June 14, 2019

"The Lurk"

“The Lurk”


Into the hallways
Found many days;

Climbing the stairs
Feeling the stares;

Mostly in the nights
Afraid of the lights;

Lurking in the shadows
Never knowing who knows;

They call 'The Lurk’
One of your homes perk;

Others call me a ghost
Using your home my host!

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June 13, 2019

"Flags in Many Forms"

“Flags in Many Forms”


Flying overhead waving
on the sides of building
flag poles tall and proud
then something appears
where you see a difference
red, white and blue ordered
bringing deep thoughts
or the considerations
so many so proud
of our flag we hold dear!

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June 12, 2019

"Good Examples"

"Father will use you as a 
good example of a good example
or a good example 
of a bad example" 
Hartmon Rector Jr. 1972

“Good Examples”


Are you a good example
or are you a bad example
are you a good of a bad
each will be used as found
nothing goes unused
thus if you’re good of good
or a good of a bad
then you’ll be accountable!

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June 11, 2019

"Arm of Flesh"

“Arm of Flesh”


Whom do you trust
in man or in God
matters your answer
so many trust God not
but follow the arm of flesh
seeking men/women
before their Heavenly Father
how long do they think
surviving on weaknesses
ignoring pure love
and the strength
of their God?

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June 10, 2019

"Com-on People"

“Com-on People”


Let’s put it on the table
most can read and write
most Bibles are free
most all Scriptures are so
all is on-line for the taking
so what is the problem?

Recognized leaders giving up
saying satan has already won
if you join them you error greatly
read what the Lord’s written
what His Prophets have said
then and now for all to hear!

Father’s children will win out
no matter how bad it looks
righteous people must endure
this means to the very end
com-on people head up
smile the best/worst yet to come!

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June 9, 2019

"We've Rules"

“We’ve Rules”


Unlike some we’ve rules
seeking harmony within
and survival without
some call rules obsolete
others just ignore them
some use them as defense
when caught doing wrong
but we’ve all rules to obey
starting with Commandments
whether one believes or not
one day all will know truth
when it’s too late not to!

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June 8, 2019

"24 Hours"

“24 Hours”


24 hours one day
each week asked
commanded to keep
the Sabbath Day
why so hard to do
worldly distractions
why can’t we be strong
willingly to obey
24 hours – one day?

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June 7, 2019

"With Courage"

“With Courage”


Equal portions
fear, understanding
anticipation, experience
with courage still
going into battle array
seeing the enemy
just there not far off
similar thoughts
fears, understandings
anticipations, experiences
all with courage to engage
till one is victor
the other vanquished!

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"Rise Above"

“Rise Above”


When alone at sea
drifting amidst waves
thundering one then one
knowing to survive
you’ve to rise above
to get a breath
going back down
till the next surface
hours upon hours
drownproofing always
to rise above the odds
when alone in the world!

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June 6, 2019

"Walking in a Dream"

“Walking in a Dream”


Gale force winds whipping
ice, snow, rain, sleet, hail
deepening into darkness
while daylight all around
my clouds and storms
unrelenting forcing me
mazes of valleys deep
slopes of mountains steep
unable to awaken
just keeping walking
into this dream unending
awake, asleep, awake
caves deeper becoming!

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"Ministering: Dress and Appearance"

Too many today are experiencing doubt and acceptance – society has no such concerns – the break up of the family unit is foremost – by any means possible – and personal modesty is part and parcel of what needs to be destroyed. Consider the following:

Dress and Appearance

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? … The temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
young woman smiling

Your body is sacred. Respect it and do not defile it in any way. Through your dress and appearance, you can show that you know how precious your body is. You can show that you are a disciple of Jesus Christ and that you love Him.
Prophets of God have continually counseled His children to dress modestly. When you are well groomed and modestly dressed, you invite the companionship of the Spirit and you can be a good influence on others. Your dress and grooming influence the way you and others act.
Never lower your standards of dress. Do not use a special occasion as an excuse to be immodest. When you dress immodestly, you send a message that is contrary to your identity as a son or daughter of God. You also send the message that you are using your body to get attention and approval.
Immodest clothing is any clothing that is tight, sheer, or revealing in any other manner. Young women should avoid short shorts and short skirts, shirts that do not cover the stomach, and clothing that does not cover the shoulders or is low-cut in the front or the back. Young men should also maintain modesty in their appearance. Young men and young women should be neat and clean and avoid being extreme or inappropriately casual in clothing, hairstyle, and behavior. They should choose appropriately modest apparel when participating in sports. The fashions of the world will change, but the Lord’s standards will not change.
Do not disfigure yourself with tattoos or body piercings. Young women, if you desire to have your ears pierced, wear only one pair of earrings.
Show respect for the Lord and yourself by dressing appropriately for Church meetings and activities. This is especially important when attending sacrament services. Young men should dress with dignity when officiating in the ordinance of the sacrament.
If you are not sure what is appropriate to wear, study the words of the prophets, pray for guidance, and ask your parents or leaders for help. Your dress and appearance now will help you prepare for the time when you will go to the temple to make sacred covenants with God. Ask yourself, “Would I feel comfortable with my appearance if I were in the Lord’s presence?”
How does my testimony of the gospel influence my choice of clothing?

“A Child of God at Any Age”


Floundering in clothing stores
fashion parades or dancing
modern movies and magazines
advertising such a great risk
but, I’m a child of God at any age
and therefore have greater goals
much of world knows me not
other than being unique to them
modest in dress and grooming
presenting neat and a purity
a child of God at any age!

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June 5, 2019

"Awaited, Feared, D-Day"

“Awaited, Feared, D-Day”


There is no crime in war
each side killing the other
bodies stacked in rows
trenches dug thrown in
Normandy took 200K plus
Americans over 63K plus
never to return home again
giving their lives knowingly
so others may be free
so others may be free
seventy-five years later
shamelessly hating the US
ignoring prices paid 6/6/44
awaited, feared, D-Day
worse than ever thought
prices paid but now forgotten
how very sad and regretful!

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June 4, 2019

"D-Day (but Not)"

“D-Day (but Not)”


All set but not
engines revved
smoke filling air
boats partially loaded
then all stopped
silence filled the gap
air cover too heavy
yet errors found
corrections made
one more night
relief for the many
one more night!

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June 3, 2019

"One Day Closer"

“One Day Closer”


NCO’s double checking
nothing goes unseen
ordered to plenty of sleep
no more leaves for shore
the Brits more nervous
same daily training
keeping up appearances
letter writing at night
more intense serious
how many going
never coming home!

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June 2, 2019

"Something Afoot"

“Something Afoot”


So long ago long flights
deep into the nights
seeking out information
if any accommodation
weather to break
on the morrow to awake
something afoot to be
watch the officers to see!

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(D-Day minus 3)

June 1, 2019

"19th - WoW"

“19th – WoW!


When counting we’ve a number
when knowing we’ve eternity
married in the House of the Lord
for time and all eternity – forever
children born in the covenant
was it in our pre-lestrial glory
we once met and covenanted
looking for each other in mortality
now the 19th out of billions
Happy Anniversary
Carrie and Morgen!

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"In Depth Prayers"

“In Depth Prayers”


Knowing to whom you pray
having a personal bonding
pouring out inner-most parts
knowing He knows but still
needing to hear it from you
in depth prayers always
most important the Sabbath
recognizing the Spirit more
thus the closeness there
for in depth prayers to share!

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"A Brother to a Brother"

I’ve a very good friend help me to save poems written on the International War Veterans Poetry Association – here’s from the Prologue to the first of the published books - chuck

Charles J. Ingerson


Tony Pahl and Chuck Ingerson
(Prelude: To Tony P.
Bound in hearts
a wound sharing
each word imparts
not seen wearing.

Boots put away
uniforms unworn
hoping on today
not again torn.

It’s thoughts oft
bridging this gap
whispers so soft
on the door rap.

Carrying to one
feelings of the other
something’s undone
a brother to a brother.)

It isn’t touching
neither a weakness
memories clutching
humbled meekness.

Returning somewhere
trying to navigate
a faith to share
futures contemplate.

Waiting for a wreck
crashing tangles
never to check
fate only dangles.

Often in neglect
political angles
leaving regret
lights and bangles.

Not from the past
into the present
a future to last
tomorrow to resent.

Seeping away lust
feeling to rehash
inviting new trust
only then to crash.

He’s not here
can’t find anywhere
do you see him
can you hear him
screaming his name
but he’s not here.
Flags and parades
chairs strewn about
papers and charades
none left to shout.

Finding older dust
uniforms just fade
weapons to rust
to rest thus laid.

Hopes once bright
carried far aloft
pushing the night
in memories oft.

Something to touch
letting cool my skin
not ever very much
never real to win.

Wounds not seen
found deep within
bleeding and lean
in the crowds din.

Spacing into frantic
allowing in the fear
remembering awe
so very, very clear.

Moments to give in
again trying to hide
frightening dreams
each night to ride.

Charting a new course
finding each marker
avoiding the reefs
into deep waters
using the stars
colder the sky
asking me why
clinging to hope
shattered in light
waves dwarfing all
clouds hide the sun
winds increasing force.
build again
reject again
begin all over
begin all over
begin all over
how can this be
where to go next
fighting so inside
fighting so inside.
No more found
not looking
not looking
To Grasp
Ingrained a strength
which sweeps within
blood to flow at length
finding the Wall thin.

Feeling hands to hold
old friends calling out
to grasp from the cold
giving us a redoubt.

One more day
another night
one more stay
another fight.

Never letting go
finding in faith
able to grow
now in faith.

(Epilogue: A Brother
Guessing each alone
could stand the test
and a message to loan
if numbers impressed.

There together bound
one upon the other
in sequence found
a brother to a brother.)

May 31, 2019

"Ministering: June 2019"

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2019/04/23ballard?lang=eng  Listen/watch

 The True, Pure, and Simple Gospel of Jesus Christ
Loving God and loving our neighbors is the doctrinal foundation of ministering; home-centered, Church-supported learning; Sabbath-day spiritual worship; and the work of salvation.
My brothers and sisters, it’s difficult for me to believe that it was 71 years ago, in 1948, that I was a missionary in England and 44 years ago that my wife, Barbara, and I took our family to Canada when I was the president of the Canada Toronto Mission. While serving there in April 1976, I was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy, and unexpectedly in 1985, I was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Unlike my previous callings, which included future releases, my release from my calling to the Twelve is not the best option right now; however, I pray that day will come only after I have finished all the Lord has called me to do.
In thinking about my last 43 years of service as a General Authority and the privilege I have had to minister to Heavenly Father’s children, I have come to realize more fully that He wants all of His children to find peace, joy, and happiness in their lives.
The prophet Lehi taught, “Men [and women] are, that they might have joy.”1 There are many reasons why peace, joy, and happiness may elude us in this life, including poverty, war, natural disasters, and unexpected setbacks in employment, health, and family relationships.
But even though we cannot control those external forces that impact our lives here on earth, as we strive to become faithful disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, we can find peace, joy, and happiness despite the worldly troubles that swirl around us.
One of my children once said, “Dad, I wonder if I will ever be able to make it.” I responded, “All Heavenly Father asks of us is to do the very best we can each day.” Brothers and sisters, do the best you can do day after day, and before you know it, you will come to realize that your Heavenly Father knows you and that He loves you. And when you know that—really know it—your life will have real purpose and meaning and you will be filled with joy and peace.
As the Light of the World, the Savior said, “Whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.”2
“Jesus Christ is the name which is given of the Father, and there is none other name given whereby [we] can be saved;
“Wherefore, all men [and women] must take upon them the name which is given of the Father.”3
The scriptures teach us that Satan desires to lead people into darkness. His every effort is to shut out the light and truth of Jesus Christ and His gospel. As Lehi taught his children, the devil “seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.”4 If Heavenly Father’s “work and … glory” is “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of [men and women],”5 Lucifer’s “work” is to bring to pass the misery and endless woe of God’s children. Sin and transgression dim the Light of Christ in our lives. That is why our quest is to bask in the Light of Christ, which brings peace, joy, and happiness.
In the last 18 months, the Lord has inspired His prophet and the Apostles to implement a number of wonderful adjustments. However, I worry that the spiritual purposes of these adjustments might become lost in the excitement about the changes themselves.
Joseph F. Smith said: “The true, pure, simple gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored. We are responsible for maintaining it upon the earth.”6 He added that the true, pure, and simple gospel is the “saving doctrines of Christ.”7
In the Articles of Faith, the Prophet Joseph Smith taught that “through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.”8
The first principles of the gospel are faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. His brother Hyrum taught: “Preach them over [and over] again: you will find that day after day new ideas and additional light concerning them will be revealed to you. You can enlarge upon them … to comprehend them clearly. You will then be able to make them more plainly understood by those [you] teach.”9
The best ways for us to see the spiritual purposes of the Church are to live the true, pure, and simple teachings of Christ and also to apply the Savior’s two great commandments: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart. … Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”10
Obedience to those two commandments provides a way to experience more peace and joy. When we love and serve the Lord and love and serve our neighbors, we will naturally feel more happiness that comes to us in no better way.
Loving God and loving our neighbors is the doctrinal foundation of ministering; home-centered, Church-supported learning; Sabbath-day spiritual worship; and the work of salvation on both sides of the veil supported in the Relief Societies and the elders quorums. All of these things are based on the divine commandments to love God and to love our neighbors. Can there be anything more basic, more fundamental, and more simple than that?
Living the true, pure, and simple gospel plan will allow us more time to visit the widows, widowers, orphans, lonely, sick, and poor. We will find peace, joy, and happiness in our life when serving the Lord and our neighbors.
The Sabbath-day adjustments that emphasize home-centered, Church-supported gospel learning and studying are an opportunity to renew our spirit and our devotion to God within the walls of our homes. What could possibly be more simple, basic, and profound? Brothers and sisters, can you see that learning and teaching the gospel in our families is an important way to find joy and happiness in our lives?
Speaking of the Sabbath, the Savior said, “For verily this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High.”11 He added, “That thy joy may be full … [through] rejoicing and prayer … ye [should] do these things with thanksgiving, with cheerful hearts and countenances … [and] with a glad heart and a cheerful countenance.”12
Please note some of the key words in this revelation: joyrejoicingthanksgivingcheerful heartsglad heart, and a cheerful countenance. It sounds to me like Sabbath-day observance should bring smiles to our faces.

As we minister in a higher and holier way, please consider how essential it is that we greet everyone who comes to our Church meetings, especially new members and visitors. We should all enjoy singing the hymns and listening carefully to the words of the sacrament prayers with an open heart and mind.
Testimonies of faith in our fast and testimony meetings are led by a member of the bishopric, who shares a brief testimony focused on the plan of happiness and the true, pure, and simple gospel of Christ. All others should follow that example. We need to remember that there are other appropriate places to tell stories or share travel adventures. As we keep our testimonies simple and focused on the gospel of Christ, He will provide spiritual renewal as we share our testimonies with one another.
Effective ministering is best viewed through the focused lens of loving God and loving our neighbors. Simply stated, we minister because we love our Heavenly Father and His children. Our ministering efforts will be more successful if we keep our ministering simple. The most joy comes from the simple things of life, so we need to be careful not to think that more needs to be added to any of the adjustments we have received to build faith and strong testimonies in the hearts of God’s children.
Let’s not complicate things with additional meetings, expectations, or requirements. Keep it simple. It is in that simplicity that you will find the peace, joy, and happiness I have been talking about.
For years the leadership purposes of the Church, as stated in Handbook 2, are outcomes that are clear and simple, from which I quote:

“Leaders encourage every member to receive all essential priesthood ordinances, keep the associated covenants, and qualify for exaltation and eternal life. …

Adults: Encourage each adult to be worthy to receive the ordinances of the temple. Teach all adults to identify their ancestors and perform vicarious temple ordinances for them.

Youth: Help prepare each young man to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood, to receive the ordinances of the temple, and to be worthy to serve a full-time mission. Help prepare each young woman to be worthy to make and keep sacred covenants and receive the ordinances of the temple. Strengthen youth through participation in meaningful activities.

All Members: Help priesthood and auxiliary leaders, ward councils, ward and full-time missionaries, and members work cooperatively in a balanced effort to rescue individuals, strengthen families and Church units, increase priesthood activity, and gather Israel through conversion, retention, and activation. Teach members to provide for themselves and their families and to assist the poor and needy in the Lord’s way.”13
My service in the Church has blessed me with many remarkable and special spiritual experiences. I am a witness that the Lord directs His Church to accomplish His purposes. I have received divine guidance far beyond my capacity. The joy of gospel living for me has been centered on the true, pure, and simple doctrine and gospel of Jesus Christ.
I have served under the keys and directions of six prophets and Church Presidents, from Spencer W. Kimball to Russell M. Nelson. I testify that each one of them was and is God’s chosen prophet. They have taught us essential principles about the Church and the gospel and doctrine of Christ. President Nelson is carrying the Lord’s work forward at a breathtaking pace. I say “breathtaking” because he’s the only one of the Apostles who is older than me, and I am having a difficult time keeping up with him! I am a witness that the priesthood keys and the mantle of a prophet of God are upon him. President Nelson teaches the true, pure, and simple gospel of Jesus Christ. I bear my testimony that Jesus is the Christ and this is His Church—of which I testify humbly in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

“What Could Be Easier?”


True and simple is the Gospel
nothing complicated or wasted
obedience in all things – teach
away from the worldly aspect
remembering who we serve
to whom we owe all things
then doing the right thing
at the right time – always
what could be easier – nothing!

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