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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


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