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Thursday, September 22, 2011

I just want an easier way

"I just want an easier way!"


Have you ever thought this to yourself?
I know I have, even today.  I think it is natural to want to have things go smoothly without having to worry or work to keep them going in that way.

What would happen if we just chose the easier way all the time?

 Alright, I want you to look at this river. It is the Eel River, taken from a bridge driving about 35 mph. What do you notice about it? One of the first things I noticed about this river was that it was very twisty. This is just one side of it. It zigs and zags going across sand bars, around trees and under bridges (obviously) and keeps flowing and flowing.

The River chose the easiest way. Just imagine if the river chose a direct path from its source to its destination. The river would be quicker, deeper and more powerful. But if it just chooses to wrap around like this little one did, it will waste momentum, and energy, and won't be able to fulfill its purposes quite as well.

So are things going hard for you? I submit that is good! Keep pushing. Just as the Colorado river carved a great canyon in the earth (over a mile deep in some areas), if we are diligent in being our best, no matter how hard it is, we will be able to make a great impact.

"Convenience is not in the vocabulary of a disciple of Jesus Christ."
-President Bunker-





Sunday, September 18, 2011

On the outside looking in

Isn't it funny.
Everybody thinks they are on the outside looking in. Everyone thinks they know the solutions to problems, the best path in our lives, and how to do things better than you.
Sometimes those who are sure of their height, sure that they are looking at you from lofty heights, and seeing your 'limits' will even tell you to do things certain ways. Or gain their perspective since it is SO much better.

1 Corinthians 3:19 "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God."

Sometimes the world seems so wise. As they stand on their high platforms with their flowing robes. Do not be deceived. The world would like us to think we are fools for standing up for the 'cause of Christ' and giving up our time efforts and resources to build His kingdom. We know more.

Just like it seems to someone with no medical knowledge, insensible to cut someone open to help them feel better. So might it appear to someone unfamiliar with those things spiritual, to live commandments, to talk to an unseen being, and all the other things that firm believers do.

May we seek constantly after the wisdom of God, and allow Him to heal our hearts. (Which may include some surgeries...)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Cold Summers


Have you been cold recently?
It's summer for most people, but here in Fortuna, CA the summer highs are around 60 F. That makes for cold mornings.
What do you do when you are cold?

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For most of us, we bundle up, and get near something warm. Whether a heater, a fire, or maybe an oven cooking chocolate chip cookies.



About 2 years ago, before I came on my mission, my life was pretty cold. It seemed that everything in my life was falling apart. My girlfriend dumped me, my twin got a girlfriend (which meant he stopped talking to me.) and everyone friends and family, seemed a little too busy to care what happened to me. During that time I was cold.

Throughout my life, I have had the source of warmth around me. I grew up knowing about Jesus Christ, going to church, and even participating in church activities. I have had 7 great siblings, helping me and keeping me on the right path and two wonderful parents, who would do everything for me. I had always been around other fires. As I was left alone, cold, forsaken, I shivered missing the warmth. As I gazed at my life, I realized what I was missing and what I needed.

This fire, is the Love of God. It is manifest as we accept it. It can grow just as a fire can, as we put more kindling, and logs etc. Building our relationship with our Heavenly Father is simple enough. As we grow in our Faith in Jesus Christ, Repent and change, are Baptized, and recieve the Holy Ghost more into our lives, then our fire burns brighter.

Are you cold?
Do you know anyone who is cold?
http://mormon.org/missionaries/

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Not exactly what it seems.

Ban The Invisible Killer

Di-hydrogen monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands of people every year. Most of these deaths are caused by accidental inhalation of DH MO, but the dangers of Di-hydrogen monoxide do not end there. Prolonged exposure to its solid form causes severe tissue damage. Symptoms of DH MO ingestion can include excessive sweating and urination, and possibly a bloated feeling, nausea, vomiting and body electrolyte imbalance. For those who have become dependent, DH MO withdrawal means certain death.
Di-hydrogen monoxide:
  • is also known as hydroxyl acid, and is the major component of acid rain.
  • contributes to the "greenhouse effect."
  • may cause severe burns.
  • contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape.
  • accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals.
  • may cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes.
  • has been found in excised tumors of terminal cancer patients.
Contamination Is Reaching Epidemic Proportions!
Despite the danger, Di-hydrogen monoxide is often used:
  • as an industrial solvent and coolant.
  • in nuclear power plants.
  • in the production of Styrofoam.
  • as a fire retardant.
  • in many forms of cruel animal research.
  • in the distribution of pesticides. Even after washing, produce remains contaminated by this chemical.
  • as an additive in certain "junk-foods" and other food products.
Companies dump waste DH MO into rivers and the ocean, and nothing can be done to stop them because this practice is still legal. The impact on wildlife is extreme, and we cannot afford to ignore it any longer!


The purpose of this blog is to show that anything can be twisted to make it look right.

Di-Hydrogen Monoxide written chemically is H20 or...Water. What would happen if we were just presented the negatives about anything? Would we think positively about it? How much do we depend on water? Yet after this convincing article, we would be ready to ban it.

Jesus Christ taught,
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits."

What purpose would someone have of driving you away from this life sustaining resource...water? Likewise, there will be false prophets driving you away from this soul-sustaining living water.

Remember the guidance of the good shepherd comes through "Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance." When you feel these fruits you will know you are being led in righteousness
.The Only True God and Jesus Christ Whom He Hath Sent

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Faith of the Broken Hearted



Faith is nothing until it has been tried, tested and has stood. Many times we live a certain way. For social reasons, because others are doing it. For physical benefits, it feels good. Or because we enjoy it.
There is a joke I heard once that refers to the end of the world. The root of its humor (which isn't very funny) is that when the end comes, the sinners run to the churches, and the church-goers run to the bars.

Handcart Pioneers Approaching the Salt Lake ValleyThere is a lot wrong with that joke, but this shows the point that I am trying to make. We need to be secure in our faith. For me a great tale of faith is always that of my forefathers. The 'Mormon' Pioneers. These faithful saints endured great hardship and trials as they were crossing the plains to escape religious persecution. They instead of yielding to unrighteous dominion, left their homes, their lands, their families, and followed their hearts, for many of them to their very graves. Others made it to the Utah valley and were able to build up a place where they could worship Jesus Christ as He had revealed.
These are they who have the "Faith of the Broken Hearted" even after torment, pain, loss of loved-ones, they still moved with faith and devotion to their goal.

How I hope I can develop this faith, so that whatever trials I am called to face in this life I will be able to bear them with unflinching courage. 

Come, ye disconsolate, where’er ye languish,
Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel.
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;
Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.

Joy of the desolate, light of the straying,
Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure!
Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,
“Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot cure.”

Here see the Bread of Life, see waters flowing
Forth from the throne of God, pure from above.
Come to the feast of love; come, ever knowing
Earth has no sorrow but heaven can remove.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Repent!

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As you pour over my blog and see that it is barren of copyright infringements, and also pictures, Remember what the scriptures say "For the Lord aseeth not as bman seeth; for man looketh on the outward cappearance, but the dLord looketh on the eheart."

Now that I have repented, and cleased my blog of all unrighteousness, am I ready for judgement? Nope. I need to rebuild, I need to progress as a blogger, adding pictures of my own, (or rights-free pictures) and make my blog beautiful once again. This is how my blog will truly be changed.

This is repentance. Getting rid of anything negative and harmful in your life, and filling the holes with goodness. See if you can't change one thing today putting in a positive for a negative. Even just one thing will change your life for the better!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Helmet of Salvation





Putting on the Helmet of Salvation

Alright, I have a feeling this is going to be a big hit (no pun intended). The last time I described myself getting hurt, my blog got a lot of views. Maybe the Lord knew that because I have been slacking, and not updating my blog regularly that to get people to read, I had to get hurt again...

Yesterday, I was riding my bike. It was about 7:00 in the evening. We were coming from the house of a member who helps us work with the members in our area. We had met with him and talked about the work that we are doing, so that the ward can be involved in the work of salvation.

Something you need to know about me. I hate going slow. I have no patience for things that I can control, and so I go full speed on my bike. We were coming down this street going probably 20 miles per hour.--When you want to go fast on your bike you stand, and as you are peddaling you move the handlebars up at the same time, so that you are pulling your petals closer to you, as you are pushing down with your legs.--This was the way I was riding, back and forth, when my front wheel suddenly slid further to the right, as I hit a patch of gravel.

Because I was pushing down with my leg at the same time, the whole bike went down, and I was driven headfirst into the Asphalt.

Check out the cracks in the side.
I can remember sliding on my helmet/face for probably a second or two, moving about 7 feet on the Asphalt. I lied there for about a second, before springing up, brushing myself off, and telling the bystanders I'm good. That way preserving my ego from being permanently injured.

If anything happens that shakes me up, I think about it nonstop. (That might be why I am writing a blog about this.)  A couple of days ago me and Elder Hunt, my companion, were reading in Ephesians 6. There it talks about the armor of God. My mother in every letter she writes me, tells me "Don't forget your armor." One of the pieces of armor is the Helmet of Salvation.

We have a rule as missionaries. Any time we are riding our bikes, we are required to wear a helmet. Some missionaries being the 20 year-olds that we are, think that is a stupid rule, and choose not to be obedient to it.

In our normal lives we also have commandments we need to follow. Sometimes we have that same attitude. If we are not obedient to the laws of God, we are leaving the Helmet of Salvation behind, as we bike the path of life, and when (not if) we fall, we have no protection from the impact of the road.

Because of my helmet, I am typing this blog right now...I don't know how much sense it makes, you'll have to tell me when I finish it. My helmet was cracked from the impact. My vision was blurry for about 3 hours after the accident. When obeying the commandments we will still have opposition and trials. But our obedience to the commandments of God, will soften the impact. If I had not worn my helmet, (I can't be sure), but I don't know if I would be conscious right now. I might have had more permanent damage. But now I carry only a slight headache and a lot of roadburns.

I know Heavenly Father gives us commandments for a reason, and as we obey them we will recieve protection and blessings.

 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Road to Glory

Have you ever ridden a Public Bus?



If you haven't, I highly reccomend it.
It makes your life just a tad bit more interesting. Whether you sit by a man who lectures you about aliens, or you switch seats, because the person behind you is trying to feel your hair, you pay the same price to get on. While you are on the bus, it is your decision where you pull the cord, where you get off, and how much you enjoy the ride.

I would submit to you that life is a bus ride. Each of us has paid a price to be here in this life. Whether your price was to be given a body that is not fully functional, have natural temptations that are extremely hard to contain, whatever your price, you are here.

Now some people's seats are more cushiony than others. Whether they have a strong family, doing well economically, and are blessed to be in countries that allow us to excercise our agency. Whatever seat you are in whether plushy, or springs are poking out, we are all trying to get to the same destination.

There is the stop in Zion; the perfect place which is reserved for as many as will complete the bus ride. There awaiting us, our family who have made the journey in the past, our Heavenly Father who built the stop for us, and our Savior Jesus Christ, who paid our bus fare.

The Journey is long and grueling. It twists over many mountains, causing many passengers to be sick, and leave the bus. At other times, the bus goes through deserts, forcing great heat upon the passengers, and some get out in hopes of finding relief. Fortunately, our Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ, have provided us handbooks of instruction so that we will know where to get water when it's grueling (there's a minifridge in the back) and where we can get Dramamine, so the curves of the road don't impact us as much.

We are also given suggestions on how we can best endure the ride, how we can make our seats better, and how we can help the other passengers, so more of us can make it to the Bus Stop.

I hope you can see the relation of this metaphor to your life. The road is hard for many, but if you give them the hope of a final destination, even those who have gotten off the bus, can get back on the Road to Glory!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Hope

Left in the dark, Abandoned
You feel the cool, hard rocks under your hands,
As you climb to your feet,
Your head swoons.As you tilt to the right.
Helpless without sight,

A rock wall catches you,
You stumble through the darkness,

You pray for a way out,
You continue to stumble.
Suddenly, you see.
Faint but there, you see a source of light.

Hope floods into your chest,
You legs seem strong,
The bruises loosing their pain.
You rush forward with a new drive.

The light is your guide, the light is your hope. As you follow the light, you can find your way out of the dark, cold earth into the warm rays of the sun. Jesus Christ said, "I am the way, the truth and the light, no man cometh to the father except by me." If your life seems hopeless, or you are stumbling over obstacles in your life, look to the light!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Book of Mormon Musical

What can I say about this?

The same thing the church has said about it.

The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people's lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ.

               Test that!


Want to do something regarding the Book of Mormon, that will actually be worth your time. Read this.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Trust in God's will and timing

It takes a certain level of humility and faith to be able to accept God's control in your life.

I have had a lot of experiences recently that have tested that faith and humility. When we trust in his will and timing, we work in faith to accomplish what the Lord wants us to do, and everything that happens around us, we trust that it will work out.

When we begin to assume that life should go a certain way, or when we get comfortable in how it is going, that is when we need to watch out. This life is for us to grow. Even though it would be nice for us to kick back and enjoy life sometimes, I know that this is not when I grow the most. I am content that as I continue to build my faith and trust in the Lord, everything will work out right.

In a recent conference talk entitled, "As Many as I Love I Rebuke and Chasten" Elder Christofferson told this story

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Simplicity in a Chaotic World.

"It is true intelligence for a man to take a subject that is mysterious and great in itself and to unfold and simplify it so that a child can understand it."
John Taylor

 Jacob 4:14 They bdespised the words of cplainness, and dkilled the prophets, and sought for things that they could not understand. Wherefore, because of their eblindness, which fblindness came by looking beyond the gmark, they must needs fall; for God hath taken away his plainness from them, and delivered unto them many things which they hcannot understand, because they desired it. And because they desired it God hath done it, that they may istumble.

I am amazed sometimes at the questions I am asked. For instance the other day I was asked "If Jesus Christ was the Eternal God, how can he be created?" I could probably give you a hundred examples of questions asked that are misleading in their asking, and trying to plant doubt. These questions used to bother me, they used to get me questioning what I believed.

But I found out something. 1 Corinthians 3:19 "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God." I have answered a thousand questions for people that are sincerely trying to find faith, and people have cast a shadow of doubt over them. What it always ends up coming back to, is "Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the world?" We feel truth. It stems within our hearts. Men's wisdom changes, but God is the same Yesterday, Today, and Forever.

Elder Gérald Caussé of the Seventy in the General Conference of November 2008 He stated, "Little children have a marvelous disposition to learn. They have total trust in their teacher, a pure spirit, and great humility—in other words, the same qualities which open the door to the Holy Spirit. He is the channel through whom we gain knowledge of the things of the Spirit."

"Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God” (1 Corinthians 2:11)."

"And he added, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14)."

May we be simple, be humble and accept the beautiful things of God in our lives.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Not to be acted upon

Lately, something has been consuming my mind. Many people in the city that I serve in, are not happy. We come into their life, and we are able to help them have hope. But some do not act upon it, allowing themselves to passively fall into misery, and a mindframe of hopelessness.

I have seen people who are totally reliant upon welfare, and upon others to do everything for them, who give their agency away freely because of a lack of desire to work.

Jesus Christ suffered and died so that we would be able to choose for ourselves what kind of life we can live.

In a talk given by President James E. Faust, entitled "Acting for ourselves and Not being acted upon" President Faust quotes from the Book of Mormon, "And because that they are redeemed from the fall they have become free forever, knowing good from evil; to act for themselves and not to be acted upon.” and then he says this, "Being acted upon means somebody else is pulling the strings. We live in a time when many want to avoid the responsibility for their acts." and then he shares this story

"When I was a young lawyer, I was appointed by the judges to defend persons who were charged with infractions of the law. One time I was assigned to represent a young man. As we approached the bench, the venerable old federal judge looked down at both of us and asked, “Which one of you is the accused?” From these experiences, I learned that some individuals did not think they were responsible or guilty in any way even though they had violated a law. They felt they were not to be blamed. They had abdicated their consciences. They may have committed the wrongful act, but they felt it was really their parents’ fault because they were not properly taught, or it was society’s fault because they were never given a chance in life. So often they had some reason or excuse for blaming their actions on someone or something else rather than accepting the responsibility for their own actions. They did not act for themselves but were acted upon."

May we all take account of our own actions, may we be less critical of others, or our circumstances, and do as the Prince of Pop suggests, and look at the Man in the Mirror. I know that as we do that, we will, will have greater joy. We will have greater control in our lives, and we will be able to help others who need it.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Friday, June 10, 2011

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wet Elder

Do you ever have those days where it seems nothing goes right?


 
It rains from the moment you step out the door, to hours later, when you drag your
dripping self in trying to keep the mud out.
Then you decide to boil some water, to make some soup, to warm you up,
and clumsy you, you spill the boiling water all over you.



You have burns on your skin and water in your shoes. What are you going to do?

Love it!

I can guarentee that I don't react this way all the time. I am not perfect. But, if we take days like this and turn them into positive days, we will be able to see the hope in any and every circumstance.
Simply decide in yourself, and say "Come what may, and love it!"

Saturday, May 21, 2011

At One

Tie a piece of string around your finger.

Go ahead just do it.

Alright good. Now when people ask you why you have a string tied around your finger you can tell them about this blog, and how it talks about Jesus Christ, and what Jesus Christ has done for your life. Therein I just provided you with a missionary opportunity. Prayer answered?

Why do you think it is important to do missionary work?
Yeah, that could be it.

It could also be for you.

Alright, let's say you have a job, and that you have been working there for a year. You know what's going on, you are comfortable with your responsibilities, etc. And now you have been asked to train someone in your same job. You have to go over the basics again, maybe telling them what was hard for you, what is a good way to do it, and helping them know their responsibilities. Would it bring to your mind things you may have forgotten? Would it help you gain a greater loyalty to the work? Would it help you invest more?

For the last year and a half, I have had the opportunity to be a missionary FULL-TIME, it has been an incredible privilege to be able to introduce others to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and help them have more joy and peace in their lives. But, at the same time, I have been strengthened. I know that I am building the kingdom of God, and I am ready and willing to give everything to this work. I have felt the power of the message. It has changed my life for the better, and everyday I see more light. Jesus Christ said unto Peter, and I think he would say it unto us too. If ye love me, feed my sheep.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Faith takes Work

Do you know that scripture in James, where it says "Faith without works is Dead being alone."?

In this last week, I have realized a lot of the truth of that statement. This week we have had the great opportunity to share the gospel in Clearlake, CA. We have been telling everyone how Jesus Christ has restored His gospel to the earth, and that he has called a prophet to lead us and guide us through these unsteady times.

Many people want to hear us. They want to feel the hope and the peace that comes from this message. But many of them also don't act on the things that we teach them. They don't come to church, they don't read the Book of Mormon, and they don't get baptized. Though in the moment that we teach they feel the peace and hope. They limit themselves from Faith, and from eternal peace that comes from living the gospel.

My Mom wrote in an e-mail to me today a quote that she had just read.
In the Spring,
At the end of the day,
You should smell like dirt.
I think I can echo the words of this person unknown to me.

In our Life,
At the end of it,
We should feel great peace.

Peace doesn't come all at once, and we can't just do deathbed repentance, and expect to get the full peace.
We have to be investing every day, and pray and act on the things which Christ tells us. As we do this, our lives will have greater joy and peace. I know this. So act on your faith!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Dedicate!

This was a letter that I wrote to the California Santa Rosa Missionaries:

I hope you enjoyed your Easter Sunday yesterday. I hope you were able to reflect on the life of Christ, and feel the power of His sacrifice throughout that day.  It was a very special Easter for me this year.
These last few weeks have been hard for me. I have been struggling within myself with feelings of inadequacy. It seems my weaknesses have been magnified to me lately. (This isn’t a bad thing to get my pride levels lowered a little bit…)  I have felt a drain on my strength to combat these demeaning thoughts that continued to be placed in my head. I have been praying this last week especially that I could regain control, and once again have the further degrees of joy and strength that we experience as we become truer disciples of Jesus Christ.
This Easter Morning I awoke at 6:30, tired, but I had joy in my heart. Throughout this day, I have felt the spirit powerfully. In our drawn-out sacrament talks, our mediocre Sunday school lessons, our unorganized priesthood read-a-conference-talk lesson. All of these, for me, carried the spirit…strong. I was almost moved to tears throughout the entire 3-hour meeting.
This feeling has lasted even up until the letter I am writing to you.
President asked me to write to you about the Savior and the Easter events. Some of you might be thinking “and you went and told us all of this why?”
Jesus Christ when he was in Jerusalem, went about to people, teaching them, giving them peace and hope. He healed them. My mind rests on the event in Luke 5 where in v.18-20 “men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay before Him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus. And when He saw their faith, he said unto him Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.
Jesus Christ new that the men wanted the man healed. But he saw what the man truly yearned for.  Peace in his soul.
Bruce R McConkie gave a talk in the April Conference of 1985 where he talked about the Atonement and suffering of Jesus Christ.
They took Him to Annas, to Caiaphas, to Pilate, to Herod, and back to Pilate. He was accused, cursed, and smitten. Their foul saliva ran down His face as vicious blows further weakened His pain-engulfed body.
With reeds of wrath they rained blows upon His back. Blood ran down His face as a crown of thorns pierced His trembling brow.
But above it all He was scourged, scourged with 40 stripes save one, scourged with a multi-thonged whip into whose leather strands sharp bones and cutting metals were woven.
Many died from scourging alone, but He rose from the sufferings of the scourge that He might die an ignominious death upon the cruel cross of Calvary.
Then He carried His own cross until He collapsed from the weight and pain and mounting agony of it all.
 Finally, on a hill called Calvary—again, it was outside Jerusalem’s walls—while helpless disciples looked on and felt the agonies of near death in their own bodies, the Roman soldiers laid Him upon the cross.
With great mallets they drove spikes of iron through His feet and hands and wrists. Truly He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities.
Then the cross was raised that all might see and gape and curse and deride. This they did, with evil venom, for three hours from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Then the heavens grew black. Darkness covered the land for the space of three hours, as it did among the Nephites. There was a mighty storm, as though the very God of nature was in agony.
And truly He was, for while He was hanging on the cross for another three hours, from noon to 3:00 p.m., all the infinite agonies and merciless pains of Gethsemane recurred.
And, finally, when the atoning agonies had taken their toll—when the victory had been won, when the Son of God had fulfilled the will of His Father in all things—then He said, “It is finished” (John 19:30), and He voluntarily gave up the ghost.
Our Brother, Lord, and Savior, suffered limitless pain. He suffered “ Which suffering caused… God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit”
He did that for us. For you, for me, for the man who suffered from palsy. I wonder if we will ever be able to understand such an act of love. Because he has done this, there is hope. He drank the dregs of the bitter cup. His part is finished. Now my Brethren and Sisters, we need to choose Christ. We need to take  His hands that are reaching out for us. We need to make a decision every day to do better, to try harder, and to follow closer. No more are we distracted by the things of the world. No more do we care about watching movies, playing video games and other distractions of the world.
We have given our minds, we have given our might and strengths. It is now time to turn over our hearts. Christ dedicated his life for us, He lived, died and rose from the grave, for our personal joy in the eternities. He has granted us peace in our darkest moments. He has cured the incurable wounds of our souls. He has brought light to where there was none. I love my Savior Jesus Christ, but these are just words unless I turn my heart to Him.
Rededicate yourself today, to serve Christ with all your heart. Remind yourself what He means to you, and then work like it. I know I have fallen short many times even in this past week. But I look forward with hope to the coming weeks months and years of faithful service to my Master.
I love you all and I know that the greatest peace, joy and happiness can come from selfless dedication to the one who loves us most. So I urge you…Dedicate.

Elder Nathan Steven Hancock – Servant of Jesus Christ

Saturday, April 23, 2011

New Life

New life emerges, From the crags of broken shells,
And from the lush soil.
As Spring comes into our lives,
We remember newness,
We feel purity.

The Winter has left us barren,
A new start has occurred.

It is no coincidence that we remember Easter in this Season.

Christ rose from our pain and sorrow, our guilt and anguish,
He took it on himself, so that we could rise from lush soil,
He gives us new life.

Spring has come,
More warmth is in the world,
More light is coming!

And so it will be as you let Christ into your life.
For he is the "Light of the World".

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Are you hungry?

There is a passage in a chapter of the Book of Mormon that says "Remember to be carnally-minded is death, to be spiritually-minded is life eternal." Carnal, (as defined by something smarter than me) is something pertaining to or characterized by the flesh or the body, its passions and appetites.

Carnally-minded therefore would be focussed on a need of the body. Many of those needs we have every day. We need to eat, need to drink water, we need to sleep. Every desire we have from a simple desire to sleep in longer, to other more serious desires, like desiring intimacy, are carnal. These desires in of themselves are not bad. We have those desires for a reason.

When we are controlled by our desires, our passions, our lusts. That is when we are carnally-minded, that is when we have lost control of ourselves. Many people find themselves in those situations, controlled by addictions of various things that "satisfy" their hungers. This is why the Lord gives us certain commandments, to keep us Spiritually-minded. (For those of who who currently are suffering from the clutches of addictions there is hope! Just start to make steps to become more spiritually minded.)

Commandments like Fasting help us overcome our desires for food and drink. The Law of Chastity helps us to know when our desires for intimacy are appropriate and beautiful. The Law of Tithing helps us overcome our need for money and put our trust in God. The Sabath helps us give up our desire to do other things recreational or otherwise, and focus on eternal things like families, and the Gospel. There are many other commandments that our Heavenly Father has given us, to help us become the most spiritual that we can be.

I am grateful for these commandments, and as I try hard to obey them, Heavenly Father gives me strength. I know that He love us, and that you too can have that strength. Just ask for it!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

High Day 420

Tomorrow is 4/20.

Some of you may not know why that is significant, others of you could know exactly what it means.
It is what is called a "counter-culture" holiday. In really simple terms, this is a holiday for people to smoke pot.

Many things have been revealed about consuming these negative substances into our bodies, by prophets of old, as well as modern prophets. Click here to learn more about God's health code for us.

However, I am not here to talk about that. I want to change this holiday. This holiday is for people to take substances into their bodies, to take them out of reality and into a place where everything seems okay. So instead of pretending we're happy, and taking us further from our Heavenly Father, what I want to do, is have this holiday a 'Spiritual High' day, where we take in as much spiritual substance as we can.

Just imagine, if we had the world taking in scripture, or pondering about 'What their purpose is on earth?' or many other kind of things that draw us closer, (in our actual world) to God. Would this world be a much better place? So invite your friends, and go out and do this!

Visit Mormon.org to view, listen, read and watch spiritually uplifting material.

I know that as you do so you will be able to feel greater peace than anything worldly can promise.

 27aPeace I leave with you, my bpeace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be ctroubled, neither let it be afraid.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Post-it Notes

Have you ever forgotten something really important, only to realize, hours later, that you have missed a major event?

Well, if you don't have a Post-it Note ready, get one, because otherwise you will again miss a major event!

"What on earth could that major event be?"
"This kid who's writing doesn't even know me."
"I think this writer is losing his marbles...maybe he should write that on a sticky note..."

Calm down your excitement people, I will reveal the event!



Monday, April 11, 2011

Did you remember to say thank you?

Guest Blogger: Elder Walker from Detroit, Michigan area.

How often do good things come about to us? I'm not talking about getting free new stuff, but the little things, when taken away affects us the most.

How great is it to have a family, friends, a place to live, a job to work, use of our minds and body, a faith in Jesus Christ? Many of these things are very important to us, but often times go unoticed. In some cases I see that we often times find ourselves complaining about these things, how they don't make the cut. "Oh, so-and-so looked at me funny... I don't get paid enough to stand here.... I wish I could do a slam dunk... etc" There are many different things people complain about, but no matter the complaint, the following statement, "Then, I will be happy" follows.

The time I have to write here is limited. But think about all the small things that often go unnoticed. Yes, you may have a friend that did something to upset you. But what about the time that they were there to comfort you when you were feeling down? You drive a 'Detroit's-Finest' hooptie with a smash fender and its hard to look at, but what a blessing is it that it still continues to run! All these things are just common examples of the blessings we recieve from heaven each day. Now, how many of us remember to pray and give thanks?

I invite you to get down on your knees and do that! Here's a talk teaching more about gratitude.

http://lds.org/general-conference/2010/10/the-divine-gift-of-gratitude?lang=eng&query=Gratitude

Friday, April 8, 2011

Forgiveness and a Forgotten Birthday

Well, it is April 8th, a significant date if you were waiting for a card on your birthday.
Yesterday was my littlest brother Max's birthday, and I failed to send off the card I got for him.

Don't worry, guilt has embraced my heart, and I will be sending it off this Monday.

This little thing, wishing a Happy Birthday, can mean so much to people. I have very limited contact with my family, and every time it is someone's birthday I mail them a card, usually telling how much I love them, or something like that. Me failing to get my card sent this week, could lead my little brother to think I don't care about him or that I forgot his birthday. Both are untrue. He is my little buddy, and though he probably didn't hear it, I wished him Happy Birthday yesterday.

I think we have all have had events like this in our lives, where we are either on the failing end, or the forgotten end. Whether it is something small like a birthday card, something a little larger like a name. It could even be something even more devastating, a big favor that we promised a friend or a loved one.

To my brother I apologize, I should have gotten it out early, I hope you'll forgive me.

To you who have offended someone, though you didn't mean it, apologize. It will make yours and their lives lighter. To you who have taken offense, forgive. There's nothing else to do. Love helps us realize what is truly important, and helps us get past the flaws and imperfections of those around us. Strive to love those around you, your life will be happy and filled with joy.

Christ was the perfect example of one who forgave. As we approach this Easter season who can forget His merciful words on the cross, to His father in behalf of the very soldiers who nailed his hands to the cross,

"Father, forgive them. For they know not what they do."

May we all follow our Savior's example and forgive, no matter what someone has done to us.



P.S. Happy Birthday Kaylie! (Her birthday is this Sunday...I will be sending you a card on Monday too!)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Field Runners

Alright, so who of you have run through a field? ........Alright I can't see any hands so either no one has ever run through a field, or I am asking a question generally in hopes that someone will read it.

So moving on from that question...When you run in that field, remember those things that get stuck in your socks? Those are burrs. These burrs are carried about with us, sometimes knowingly, sometimes not. We can carry them around with us for miles, or we can carry them a few feet before ridding ourselves of them.

As they cling to the loose threads of our socks, they are actually doing this for survival purposes, they are seeds from a plant, and they are using you to plant them in an additional location from their mother plant. Ending up with the trails littered with plants that will make these burrs, which continue to produce burrs that stick to your socks and are led to an additional location than the mother plant. Ending up with the trails littered with plants that make... I think you get my point.

So what are the burrs in life? What spurious thing likes to hook itself onto unsuspecting people and allow them to carry it to others around them, and spread their infectious influence as wide as they possibly can?

I can think of a couple...

Selfishness, Laziness, Negativity, Rebelliousness, Anger, Deciet, just to name a few.

So how are we to pluck from us the burrs of life and move forward in our personal progress, as well as helping others, instead of spreading burrs?

1. See the Burr. Recognizing the burr is often a huge part of fixing the problem. So pay attention to how you act during the day, and seek to remove any negative things. Ask others what you can do to be a better person...see what they say. And probably most important Ask Heavenly Father to help you find the burrs that you should pluck, and ask for His help.
2. Pluck it out. Probably one of the harder steps, but slowly making changes in your life to rid yourself of these burrs will help you to feel greater peace, and it will help make the 'Hike' a lot easier...if you get my drift. Prayer is an important part of this one as well. Be praying to help you have the strength to change certain things, and then push with faith that God WILL help you...Because He WILL!

Alright now take preventative efforts, tuck your pants in your shoes, get some hiking boots, and enjoy your hike. If you want to know what the tucking pants in your shoes, and hiking boots are in the real life sense, Go to http://mormon.org/plan-of-happiness/ if you still aren't getting it, shoot me a message on Facebook... Elder Nathan Hancock

Friday, April 1, 2011

Building Our Lives

A great Missionary Elder Jones is with me today, as my temporary companion. He has some great insights about something that is coming up this weekend. Take a glance, and take his challenge. I know it will help!


As of late I have started over my reading of the Book of Mormon and came across many things that never have struck me before. One of the passages did just that struck me, and is found in the book of 1st Nephi chapter 18. As I read the scriptures I try and apply the things that are being taught to myself, and to my surprise this was an easy one to relate, not only to me but to all those that read this. It all begins in verse 1 and it says:

1. And it came to pass that they did aworship the Lord, and did go forth with me; and we did work timbers of curious bworkmanship. And the Lord did show me from time to time after what manner I should work the timbers of the cship.

Nephi tells us that from time to time the lord did show unto him how to build the ship, the same ship that would take he and his family to the promise land, now I took the ship and replaced it as my life and how from time to time the lord shows me how to build my life. Now stop and think of all the ways that the lord shows us from time to time how to build our ships. Yes, we have the scriptures and we have revelation that is given to us, but we don't always think of one of the most important ways.That important way being, GENERAL CONFERENCE!!! This is one of the most amazing things that has ever happened to this earth, a way for the world to continue receiving revelation from God and Jesus Christ. We often take too lightly the importance of all of this, this is our Savior Jesus Christ showing us from time to time just as he did Nephi how to build our lives in such a way that we can return to our Heavenly Father. Now Verse 2 says:

2. Now I, Nephi, did not work the timbers after the manner which was learned by men, neither did I build the ship after the manner of men; but I did build it after the manner which the Lord had shown unto me; wherefore, it was not after the manner of men.

Now take this and think about it, anything, any struggle or problem there is in life there is a solution to that problem in the world. On the other hand, with General Conference, as stated in Verse 2, we can learn how to build our lives up by the manner of the Lord, that same manner that helped Nephi build a boat that stood against the waves and storms of the sea. I can promise you all that if you seek this weekend during General Conference for a way to build your life up in the manner of the Lord, problems that you are facing will have a new light shed upon them. A light that will lead you to solve the problem and bring you closer to your Savior Jesus Christ and Heavenly father.

So tune in. General Conference

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Embarrassing...I think yes!

People do crazy embarrassing things to get page views, whether it's on youtube, or even here on blogspot. Do I think I am above them? No, on the quite contrary. I think I will join them. I will now write about something so embarrassing, I will not be able to show my face in my hometown for another 8 months...AT LEAST!!!







Friday, March 25, 2011

"Knock, and it Shall be Opened unto You."

Another Guest post, written by one of my previous companions. Elder Skidmore, From Manalapan, New Jersey. How do you find answers in your life?

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Peace in Chaos

Peace, Joy, Love,

Aren't these the things you want when things all around the world are so chaotic?
Scriptures give us hope, that even when things get so crazy, and there is no way things will work out.
There is a path of peace. Tranquility, and serenity can enter your life, no matter what your situation is.

Peace, I leave with you. My peace, I give unto you...Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:27

I have felt this peace in my life. It has healed wounds in my heart, helped me grow, and overcome a lot.
It has given me great hope in great things to come. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior.
I know he suffered and died to bring all of us these wonderful gifts.

Peace, Joy, Love,