October 31, 2011

November 2011 HT'ing/VT'ing Messages









HT’ing Message October 2011 General Conference - “Doing the Right Thing at the Right Time, without Delay “
José L. Alonso Of the Seventy
The Savior … gave us a great example about not waiting to administer relief to those who have lost a sense of happiness and joy.
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In our day many people are living in the midst of sadness and great confusion. They are not finding answers to their questions and are unable to meet their needs. Some have lost a sense of happiness and joy. The prophets have declared that true happiness is found in following the example and teachings of Christ. He is our Savior, He is our teacher, and He is the perfect example.
His was a life of service. When we serve our neighbor, we help those who are in need. In the process we may find solutions to our own difficulties. As we emulate the Savior, we show our love to our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, and we become more like Them.
King Benjamin spoke of the value of service, saying that when we are “in the service of [our] fellow beings [we] are only in the service of [our] God.”1 Everyone has opportunities to give service and show love.
President Thomas S. Monson has asked us to go “to the rescue” and serve others. He said: “We will discover that those whom we serve, who have felt through our labors the touch of the Master’s hand, somehow cannot explain the change which comes into their lives. There is a desire to serve faithfully, to walk humbly, and to live more like the Savior. Having received their spiritual eyesight and glimpsed the promises of eternity, they echo the words of the blind man to whom Jesus restored sight, who said, ‘One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.’”2
Each day we have the opportunity to give help and service—doing the right thing at the right time, without delay. Think of the many people who have a difficult time obtaining a job or who are ill, who feel lonely, who even think that they have lost everything. What can you do to help? Imagine that a neighbor, caught out in the rain with his car broken down, calls you for assistance. What is the right thing to do for him? When is the right time to do it?
I recall an occasion when we went as a family to downtown Mexico City to buy clothing for our two children. They were very young. Our older son was just barely two years old, and the younger son was a year old. The street was crowded with people. While we were shopping, leading our children by the hand, we stopped for a moment to look at something, and without realizing it, we lost our older son! We did not know how, but he was not with us. Without a moment’s delay, we took off running to look for him. We searched and called out for him, feeling great anguish, thinking that we might lose him forever. In our minds we were pleading for Heavenly Father to help us find him.
After a little while we found him. There he was, innocently looking at toys through a store window. We hugged and kissed him, and we made the commitment to watch over our children diligently so that we would never lose one again. We learned that in order to go to our son’s rescue, we did not need planning meetings. We simply acted, going out in search of the one who had been lost. We also learned that our son never even realized that he was lost.
Brothers and sisters, there may be many who, for some reason, are lost from our sight and who do not know that they are lost. If we delay, we could lose them forever.
For many who have need of our help, it is not necessary to create new programs or take actions which are complicated or costly. They only need our determination to serve—to do the right thing at the right time, without delay.
When the Savior appeared to the people of the Book of Mormon, He gave us a great example about not waiting to administer relief to those who have lost a sense of happiness and joy. Having taught the people, He saw that they were unable to understand all His words. He invited them to go to their homes and ponder the things that He had said to them. He told them to pray to the Father and prepare themselves to come again on the morrow, when He would return to teach them.3
As He concluded, He looked upon the multitude and saw them weeping, for they longed for Him to stay with them.
“And he said unto them: Behold, my bowels are filled with compassion towards you.
“Have ye any that are sick among you? Bring them hither. Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or halt, or maimed, or leprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf, or that are afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will heal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy.”4
And they brought their sick to Him, and He healed them. The multitude bowed down at His feet and worshipped Him and kissed His feet, “insomuch that they did bathe his feet with their tears.” Then He commanded them that their little children should be brought, and He blessed them one by one.5 That is the model the Savior has given us. His love is for all, but He never loses sight of the one.
I know that our Heavenly Father is loving, understanding, and patient. His Son, Jesus Christ, likewise loves us. They render help to us through Their prophets. I have learned that there is great safety in following the prophets. “The rescue” is still going on. President Monson said: “The Lord expects our thinking. He expects our action. He expects our labors. He expects our testimonies. He expects our devotion.”6
We have a responsibility and a great opportunity. There are many who need to once again experience the sweet savor of happiness and joy through activity in the Church. That happiness comes from receiving the ordinances, making sacred covenants, and keeping them. The Lord needs us to help them. Let us do the right thing at the right time, without delay.
I testify that God lives and is our Father. Jesus Christ lives and has given His life so that we may return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. I know that He is our Savior. I know that Their infinite kindness is continually made manifest. I bear witness that President Thomas S. Monson is Their prophet and that this is the only true Church upon the face of the earth. I know that the Prophet Joseph Smith is the prophet of the Restoration. I testify that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. It gives us guidance and models to follow in order to become more like God and His Beloved Son. I so declare in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, amen.
1. Mosiah 2:17.
2. Thomas S. Monson, “To the Rescue,” Liahona, July 2001, 57, 58; Ensign, May 2001, 48, 49.
3. See 3 Nephi 17:1–3.
4. 3 Nephi 17:6–7; see also verse 5.
5. See 3 Nephi 17:9–12, 21.
6. Thomas S. Monson, Liahona, July 2001, 58; Ensign, May 2001, 49.


“Doing the Right Thing”

cji
11/01/11

Switching paths quickly
avoiding the pitfalls there
doing the right thing always
within service to thus share;

So many unsure-confused
while choosing the right
is easy and simple to do
Father’s will now in sight!

Copyright © 2011 – cji



VT’ing Message from October 2011 General Conference
Love Her Mother
Elaine S. Dalton Young Women General President

How can a father raise a happy, well-adjusted daughter in today’s increasingly toxic world? The answer has been taught by the Lord’s prophets.
PD50029123_000_4040No words describe the sacred occasion when a new father holds a baby daughter in his arms for the first time. This year three of our sons have become new fathers of baby girls. As I watched our rugged, strong, rugby-playing son, Jon, hold his first baby daughter in his arms, he looked at her with a reverent tenderness, and then he looked at me with an expression that seemed to say, “How do I raise a girl?”
This morning I would like to speak to our sons and to all fathers. How can a father raise a happy, well-adjusted daughter in today’s increasingly toxic world? The answer has been taught by the Lord’s prophets. It is a simple answer, and it is true—“The most important thing a father can do for his [daughter] is to love [her] mother.”1 By the way you love her mother, you will teach your daughter about tenderness, loyalty, respect, compassion, and devotion. She will learn from your example what to expect from young men and what qualities to seek in a future spouse. You can show your daughter by the way you love and honor your wife that she should never settle for less. Your example will teach your daughter to value womanhood. You are showing her that she is a daughter of our Heavenly Father, who loves her.
Love her mother so much that your marriage is celestial. A temple marriage for time and all eternity is worthy of your greatest efforts and highest priority. It was only after Nephi had completed the temple in the wilderness that he stated, “And … we lived after the manner of happiness.”2 The “manner of happiness” is found in the temple. It is covenant keeping. Don’t let any influence come into your life or your home that would cause you to compromise your covenants or your commitment to your wife and family.
In Young Women we are helping your daughter understand her identity as a daughter of God and the importance of remaining virtuous and worthy to receive the blessings of the temple and of a temple marriage. We are teaching your daughter the importance of making and keeping sacred covenants. We are teaching her to commit now to live so that she can always be worthy to enter the temple and not to allow anything to delay, distract, or disqualify her from that goal. Your example, as her father, speaks louder than our important words. Young women worry about their fathers. Many express that their greatest desire is to be united eternally as a family. They want you to be there when they go to the temple or get married in the temple. Stay close to your daughter and help her prepare and remain worthy for the temple. When she turns 12, take her with you to the temple often to perform baptisms for your ancestors and others. She will cherish these memories forever.
Today’s popular culture tries to erode and demean your eternal role as a patriarch and father and minimize your most important responsibilities. These have been given to you “by divine design,” and as fathers you “are to preside over [your] families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for [your] families.”3
Fathers, you are the guardians of your homes, your wives, and your children. Today “it is not an easy thing to protect one’s family against intrusions of evil into [their] minds and spirits. … These influences can and do flow freely into the home. Satan [is very clever]. He need not break down the door.”4
You must be the guardians of virtue. “A priesthood holder is virtuous. Virtuous behavior implies that [you have] pure thoughts and clean actions. … Virtue is … an attribute of godliness.” It “is akin to holiness.”5 The Young Women values are Christlike attributes which include the value of virtue. We now call upon you to join with us in leading the world in a return to virtue. In order to do so, you “must practise virtue and holiness”6 by eliminating from your life anything that is evil and inconsistent with one who holds the holy priesthood of God. “Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and … the Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion.”7 So be cautious about what you view in entertainment media or print. Your personal virtue will model for your daughters, and also your sons, what true strength and moral courage are. By being a guardian of virtue in your own life, in your home, and in the lives of your children, you are showing your wife and daughters what true love really is. Your personal purity will give you power.
You are your daughter’s guardian in more than the legal sense. Be present in your daughter’s life. Let her know your standards, your expectations, your hopes and dreams for her success and happiness. Interview her, get to know her friends and, when the time comes, her boyfriends. Help her understand the importance of education. Help her understand that the principle of modesty is a protection. Help her choose music and media that invite the Spirit and are consistent with her divine identity. Be an active part of her life. And if in her teenage years she should not come home from a date on time, go get her. She will resist and tell you that you have ruined her social life, but she will inwardly know that you love her and that you care enough to be her guardian.
You are not ordinary men. Because of your valiance in the premortal realms, you qualified to be leaders and to possess priesthood power. There you exhibited “exceeding faith and good works,” and you are here now to do the same.8 Your priesthood sets you apart.
Within a few weeks our three sons will have given their baby daughters a name and a blessing. I hope this will be the first of many priesthood blessings they receive from their fathers, because in the world in which they will grow up, they will need those blessings. Your daughter will cherish the priesthood and determine in her heart that this is what she wants in her future home and family. Always remember “that the rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven” and can “be controlled … only upon the principles of righteousness.”9
Fathers, you are your daughter’s hero. My father was my hero. I used to wait on the steps of our home for him to arrive each night. He would pick me up and twirl me around and let me put my feet on top of his big shoes, and then he would dance me into the house. I loved the challenge of trying to follow his every footstep. I still do.
Did you know that your testimony has a powerful influence on your daughters? I knew my father had a testimony. I knew he loved the Lord. And because my father loved the Lord, I did too. I knew he cared about the widows because he took his vacation to paint the home of the widow who lived next door. I thought that was the greatest vacation our family ever had because he taught me how to paint! You will bless the life of your daughter for years to come if you will look for ways to spend time with her and to share your testimony with her.
In the Book of Mormon, Abish was converted by her father’s sharing with her his remarkable vision. For many years thereafter, she kept her testimony in her heart and lived righteously in a very wicked society. Then the time came when she could no longer be still, and she ran from house to house to share her testimony and the miracles she had witnessed in the king’s court. The power of Abish’s conversion and testimony was instrumental in changing an entire society. The people who heard her testify became a people who “were converted unto the Lord, [and] never did fall away,” and their sons became the stripling warriors!10
As the hymn says, “Rise up, O men of God!”11 This is a call to you, the men who bear the holy priesthood of God. May it be said of you as was said of Captain Moroni:
“[He] was a strong and a mighty man; … a man of a perfect understanding; … a man who was firm in the faith of Christ. …
“… If all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; … the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.”12
Brethren, fathers, young men, “Be loyal to the royal within you.”13
So how do you raise a girl? Love her mother. Lead your family to the temple, be guardians of virtue, and magnify your priesthood. Fathers, you have been entrusted with our Heavenly Father’s royal daughters. They are virtuous and elect. It is my prayer that you will watch over them, strengthen them, model virtuous behavior, and teach them to follow in the Savior’s every footstep—for He lives! In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Show References
1. President David O. McKay often quoted this statement of Theodore Hesburgh, in “Quotable Quotes,” Reader’s Digest, Jan. 1963, 25; see also Richard Evans’ Quote Book (1971), 11.
2. 2 Nephi 5:27.
3. “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2010, 129.
4. A. Theodore Tuttle, “The Role of Fathers,” Ensign, Jan. 1974, 67.
5. Ezra Taft Benson, “Godly Characteristics of the Master,” Ensign, Nov. 1986, 46.
6. Doctrine and Covenants 46:33.
7. Doctrine and Covenants 121:45, 46.
8. Alma 13:3; see also verse 2.
9. Doctrine and Covenants 121:36.
10. Alma 23:6; see also Alma 19:16–17; 53:10–22.
11. “Rise Up, O Men of God,” Hymns, no. 323.
12. Alma 48:11, 13, 17.
13. In Harold B. Lee, “Be Loyal to the Royal within You,” in Speeches of the Year: BYU Devotional and Ten-Stake Fireside Addresses 1973 (1974), 100
“A Simple Act of Love”

cji
11/01/11

Teaching by ones example
what’s relearnable today
applicable for the forever
the proper course to stay;

A simple act of love shown
husbands and wives as one
a family sheltered forever
Father’s will now to be done!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

October 30, 2011

“Climate Culture”



“Climate Culture”

cji
10/31/11

Crossing the great sea
filtering in and then out
salt air stifling a breeze
shattering – clamoring
sails fitted to perform
men/women strong
adapting within and out
shaking off the cold
understanding hot
climate so fluxible
meanings differing
ships and seas all
floundering becalmed
when controlled ill
to meet the needs
of only the few!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

October 29, 2011

"Small Thoughts"



“And Some Wonder”



“And Some Wonder”

cji
10/30/11

Tis a Sabbath Day
all awake and behold
much there is to be
so many things to see
be not hidden but bold
tis a Sabbath Day;

And some wonder
what’s new to see
ignoring what’s there
so important to share
eternally thus to be
all the while to ponder!


Copyright © 2011 – cji

Acts 13:41 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.

October 28, 2011

“Precipitate”



“Precipitate”

cji
10/29/11

Being in such a hurry
careening to the change
winds altering ones ways
crashing into the walls
glass falling all around
madly seeking nothing
forgetting the eternal
foregoing the forever
tumbling into the dark
pretending to be happy
tears within so hidden
while the world is bidden!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

October 27, 2011

“Ineptocracy”



“Ineptocracy”

cji
10/28/11

When pondering chaos
the plan of adversary
contention and greed
one need look further
than about the world
all seen running amok
hiding behind their tails
lamenting loud wails
in reverse ever stuck
throughout the world
one need look further
avarice’s to thus feed
so much unnecessary
ineptocracy in chaos!


Copyright © 2011 – cji

October 26, 2011

“Which Way is Home”



“Which Way is Home”

cji
10/27/11

Many say, ‘just left home’
others, ‘heading to home’
which way is home today
are we leaving or going
seems lost along the way
heading into the stillness
leaving the warmth maybe
coldness and darkness
leaving the light or towards
serving the needs of who
mortality a place to stay
or only a short probation
now the infant just left
and all the rest going
or should they be
depends on what’s truth
and who’s teaching it!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

October 25, 2011

“Face of an Angel”



“Face of an Angel”

cji
10/26/11

One wonders in awe
the greatness of some
power from heaven
presenting within
the veil ever thin
found as the leaven
of what’s to come
when without flaw!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

Acts 6:15 And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.

October 24, 2011

"Vagabond"



"Was at rest – almost asleep – thoughts flowing as water in streams overflowing – life vibrant and so alive – came the vagabond – came the vagabond – until with one with me..." – c/ork 10/24/11

“Vagabond”

cji
10/25/11

Wandering in my youth
seeking always truth
emulating said Ruth
ever more the sleuth;

Remember at three
wanting earth to flee
searching just to see
asking to be set free;

Yet into the darkest
unknowing any risk
asking no quarter
trusting yet in none
answers un-understood
nothing matching
words mixing up
thought to be a fool
giving no quarter
avoiding deep valleys
climbing the mountains
freezing in the snow
pure white and cold
raw my hands/knees
wanting so to know
how else to grow
intensity to show
pure light to glow
yet still in darkness
where demons were
temptations unreal
offerings of pelf
unwanting any aid
only in the solitude
questing greatness
not of self or of me
just truth to see
setting a life free
worry thus to flee
cannot grasp thought
perusing another
ideas found wanting
wherein to now go
ways to find blocked
all doors now locked
the guns each cocked
my very being rocked
continuing into where
did I still really care
these wonders to share
where others not dare
cradled into warmth
high on the mountains
drinking of the ice
yet going into night
losing all my sight
the world a blight
till there is light;

Holding to a course
straight and narrow
never truth to force
just a new furrow;

Coming is the peace
not as men do seek
the worldly to release
humbled and meek;

Vagabond ever to be
full realization to see
sometimes to be free
but always to be me;

Death calls once again
wherefore I did begin
yet it’s veil very thin
mortal probation to win!


Copyright © 2011 – cji

“You Ask Why”



“You Ask Why”
(Acts 5:28-33, 42)

cji
10/25/11

For so much I’ve plead
going forth in darkness
many years to toil onward
turning aside at times
but always coming back
you ask why of me often
some just turn aside
wishing no more said
but after searching all
finding once the light
thus so commanded
to share what’s truth
without blemish found
and this is the why
I cannot be quiet!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

October 22, 2011

“Family”



“Family”

cji
10/23/11

Trudging on a death march
winters cold icy weather
heavy with child ready
falling in the snow apart
soldiers, others passing
husband by her side
hounded by the French
losing site of their side
yet the child is soon born
and shortly they catch up
the Family McGuire a son
Father’s Plan continues
8 January 1809 – the 71st
a Sabbath Day to know
enduring until the end!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

October 21, 2011

“Mommy’s Day!!”

“Mommy’s Day!!”

cji/ati
10/22/11

Gushing and giggles
absolute glee beheld
a, b, c no not that
it’s my Mommy’s day
she has a birthday
cake and deserts
lots of squeezes
hugs and kisses
balloons and candles
such wonderful fun
Happy Birthday
My Mommy!
Anneliese and
(yes grandpa)!


Copyright © 2011 – cji

“Pudding”



“Pudding”

cji
10/22/11

Mixing bowls lots
packages to find
for adults and tots
recipes to remind;

Pudding for today
chocolate and more
what else to say
yuppiness in store!


Copyright © 2011 – cji

October 20, 2011

“The Day Before”



“The Day Before”

cji
10/21/11

Anticipation running high
checking over preparations
warm clothing and dry boots
bright orange vests to see
no stink-um spray to hide
flashlight and fresh batteries
camera and places to sit
the day before beacons
so much to yet be done
hoping for a quick glimpse
for opening day is next!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

October 19, 2011

“Flames”



“Flames”

cji
10/19/11

Pouring gas on the fire
adding more fuel as well
throwing on books/papers
destroying all that’s good;

Buildings and homes atop
families and generations
matters not the destruction
just so one can see flames!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

October 18, 2011

“Puppy Talk”



“Puppy Talk”

cji
10/19/11

Little yips and howls
great joy and hops
bouncing here/there
forever exploring all
scratching up walls
sniffing under couches
excitedly losing control
finding paper funny
and the first growl
confronting unknowns
puppy talk is easy
plain and simple
just like pure truth!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

October 17, 2011

“A Drawn Line!”



“A Drawn Line!”

cji
10/18/11

“But the world will still get worse – on our watch – but in some places and those things we can exert influence it will not. However the sides of good and bad – right and wrong are getting more and more organized – and believe me those who are on the side of bad – meaning – anything not pure white is quite large – while the side of pure white is quite small. Just ask William Tyndale” cji 10/16/2001

Iffy is the way many decide to look at what is right and wrong – white or black! Too many want to think it’s none of their business – as they’ve been taught, “Just be good and that’s enough.” Being good by this teaching is just doing what others do – understanding not to murder anyone – or rob a bank – which most people wouldn’t do. However, it also means that the Commandments are simply suggestions for moral behavior but are not to be taken literally. Being good is taking baths, going to church (now and again) – paying in the plate when passed. Being good is putting on a show when in the public eye – much like a politician or a con man/woman.

Thus we see the being good is only relative to time and circumstances. One can choose to be good or at just being good and no one is the wiser. We’ve to understand the only reason that Follywood, television, pornography, drugs, adultery, petty theft in the work place, breaking the Sabbath Day, foul language in public, high divorce rates, illegitimate children, abortion, starvation, homelessness, discrimination, child abuse, spousal abuse, taking of the Lord’s name in vain, swearing oaths, street gangs, rape, failing educational systems and whatever else could be added to this list is because – those being good allow it to take place. These good people are the first to say, ‘they’re only boys being boys’ or ‘it doesn’t affect me’ or ‘it’s up to the government’ or ‘we can’t do anything’ and finally the worst excuse, ‘we don’t see what’s so bad about it – everyone is accepting what is going on.”

Thus I’ll just cut to the quick, when Joseph Smith, Jr. a 14 year old boy said he’d seen a vision of the Father and the Son in the 1820’s the first to belittle and deny what he said were the righteous clergy of the day. From the first moment this was known – the clergy have never let this vile attack stop. Even today they hold fast to the idea that the Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a cult and false deceptive religion. Never minding the fact that in everything this Church does is in defense of the Holy Bible and proclaiming the Full Gospel of Jesus Christ. In over 190 years no one has yet to refute any of the teachings of Joseph Smith, Jr. or any of those called as Prophet’s or Apostles in these latter-days. The rhetoric flows – but one could take all of the thousands of anti-Mormon (anti- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and basically the pages are interchangeable and made up of gross lies and innuendoes. But we must understand the being good people want to accept whatever will make their way easier.

See the teachings of the Restored Church are that the Bible is literally true where translated and transferred correctly from generation to generation and that the Book of Mormon testifies of the Holy Bible – thus having a Second Witness to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In addition they believe the Commandments (and there are more than just ten) are all literally true and need to be obeyed to the letter! Further, that man/woman have the agency to choose to be obedient to the Commandments, Laws and Statutes of the Father and the Son – or not to. The caveat being that those who choose not to – willingly give away their agency and fall into the bondage of others and ultimately the Adversary.

Here is the a drawn line – there is no discussion of where the line is – and what it means. Either one is on the Lord’s side or not. There is no middle ground. Yes there are a lot of good people who attend a variety of churches throughout the world – and these churches each have some truths. But only one Church (and if one cares to study history they’ll find this is true) with all of the keys and authority on the earth at one time. There is only one Prophet at the Head of the Church representing the Father and the Son. However, there are 14 additional Prophets/Apostles who hold these keys but cannot exercise them – except to testify of Jesus Christ. The Church is organized and run by the Savior – it is His Church and none other.

Let’s go further – most men and women love their families and spouses – yet due to the false teachings of the various churches these family units will not traverse the veil upon the death of the family members. Yes it’s now happening that some ministers are promising their flocks that they’ve this power to ‘seal for time and all eternity’ but they do not. Due to where they received their various degrees - and which religion that affiliate with – they’ve only civil or local authority for any of their actions. And if one reads the various creeds associated with the varying churches one will see that this belief of eternal families is not taught, while often referenced in the Scriptures.

The sole purpose of coming to this earth is to pass through mortality and return into the presence of our Heavenly Father and his Son our Savior Jesus Christ to be together with them and their families and ours – sealed for time and all eternity. Our ancestors cry out to us to understand this gospel ordinance which can only be performed in the House of the Lord or a Holy Temple dedicated for this and other ordinances. As Paul has taught all will be saved through the atonement of the Savior – but all will not go to the Celestial Kingdom. He explained three various kingdom each different and each with varying degrees within them. A drawn line is made between each and what is expected to gain which ever degree or kingdom we desire to attain.

The difference of a drawn line by the Father and the Son is that it defines a dispensation of the Gospel being on the earth. Many people pray repetitively – “Thy Kingdom Come…” well the Kingdom has come! For the Savior cannot return without the Kingdom already being restored to the earth. Otherwise it would be to someone else’s kingdom and not his. All of the Scriptures point to this truth – but yet men/women at the instructions of their leaders deny this truth. They deny lots of truths – continued revelations – miracles – Prophets – Apostles – continual Scriptures – and most of all they deny God and his works. They changed ‘their god’ to one who’s changing – uncaring – unfeeling – and most of all to a god that meets no definition within the Scriptures – but only in their confused creeds.

Which side of the line will each of us choose to be found – matters not if you choose other than the Father and the Son’s line – if you choose not to believe that there are Prophets and Apostles on the earth today – matters not you choose to follow your preachers, ministers, priests, rabbis, clerics, clergy, or any other person – Darwin, etc. for a drawn line is a reality.

The sides of good and evil are aligning – well structured and well defined! What is written above I’ve spent my whole life researching (since the age of 8). The documentation and proofs are undeniable. Most let others do their homework – and pay them for doing so. Each is responsible for doing their own! A line drawn by the Lord cannot be denied – or ignored – for there will be no excuse as to what choices each person makes. Each will be accountable and responsible for themselves – saying, “another made me do what I did or led me astray into the choices I made!”

Just as the many who lived in the meridian of time have denied the Christ and his Prophets and Apostles so have men/women though out all of the dispensations of the Gospel upon this earth. Whether we see history – or review the Scriptures what makes us immune to what it has been taught? A line drawn cannot be undone – the Father and the Son are forever and ever – and we can become like them (read the Bible – it says this) – however, we’ve to choose to be obedient unto them and to do their will and not ours.

I testify to the truths found in the Bible and the Book of Mormon – and all of the Scriptures – that Jesus is the Christ – the son of our Heavenly Father – and as he came in the flesh to do his Father’s work – so have we! And as the Savior departed in the flesh so has he come back again with he who sent him as he told his Apostles 2000 years ago. We’ve a living Prophet on the earth today – his name is Thomas S. Monson called by the Father and the Son with all of the keys and authorities in the Fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Father and the Son commune with man today as they did in the past – unchanging forever and ever. These things I say in the name of Jesus Christ amen – c/ork


“A Drawn Line”

cji
10/18/11

Where the veil is thin
all who seek pure truth
see and know the line
see and understand fully
feel of the Spirit within
knowing both the Father
of His Son our Savior
and of a drawn line
which can give eternally
or which can take all
with the choices made
each accountable forever
and responsible fully!

“Deuteronomy 30:15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;”

Copyright © 2011 – cji

October 16, 2011

“The Other-side”



“The Other-side”

cji
10/17/11

Changing one’s view
seeing the other-side
yet it’s to comprehend
what one really sees;

Wasted worry often flees
knowing-wisdom to blend
finding a lost other-side
understanding true!


Copyright © 2011 – cji

“How” in response to comment



In the interest of objectivity and always wondering who ‘anonymous’ is the below was sent to me in reply to the short essay entitled, “Crossroads – Worry or Faith/Works.”

“From: Anonymous [mailto:noreply-comment@blogger.com] Sent: Saturday, October 15, 2011 12:49 AMSubject: [Newest Poems & Writings] New comment on “Crossroads – Worry or Faith/Works”.

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "“Crossroads – Worry or Faith/Works”: I have found that 'how' is quiet... maybe almost archaic but mostly unseen and not a popular option. So if the set of conditions were to slightly shift in favor of being answered I would highly esteem and recommend a question that is least favored and most likely a punctuated ending will contain the age old question.“In pondering this and in trying to understand it correctly I made the following short response.

"How" is always the excuse for multiple religions and ways. Sadly for the 'how' there's only one way, one Baptism and one Church. Since the beginning of time this has been the case - and of course the beginning of those who'd chose to make the 'how' silent and beguiling rather than quite clear and loud. But mortals will not be forced ever to be obedient - and Satan will make sure there are plenty of options. c/ork”

It is always interesting to note the argument about which way is the best to accomplish something. While on the surface the item would appear to be quite simple. Yet though simple is complicated by man/woman into being so complex as to be un-understandable. The Holy Bible is one of the basics to understanding those things of ‘true religion’ and is supported by the Book of Mormon as to the explicate teachings of The Father, The Son (Jesus Christ) and the Prophets.

Seemingly it is always left to those who are seeking profit, wealth, power or to fulfill their own lusts who strive to make things complicated. i.e. “Pay me and I’ll teach you understanding (which they never do).” They go to colleges, schools of divinity, Bible schools and all sorts of various paths to claim to be preachers, ministers, deacons, elders, priests, clergy, clerics, rabbis, and a plethora of other such titles known to the public and media. Yet they comprehend so little of what they are paid to teach that they instead turn to Greek Philosophy and Neo-Platonism for the majority of what is taught.

So why not read the Bible and heed what is taught there as to ‘how’ to accomplish the sole mission of mortality which is to return to Heavenly Father with our family (ancestors and posterity) intact. This ‘how’ was explained in the essay referenced above.

Obedience is the key – and obedience only to the Father and the Son and their appointed representatives on earth called and set apart by those having authority (from the Father and the Son) Prophets and Apostles at the head of the Saviors Church. There is no confusion, contradiction, contention, cloudiness or any other mistaking the Son’s Church and the appointed (called leadership).

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only Church which accepts the teachings of the Holy Bible literally as being true (where translated and transmitted correctly). They are the only Church led by a Prophet and Apostles called by proper authority and the only one’s holding the sealing keys delegated to them by Elijah. (People can argue about this all day long, etc. but none has ever proven the Church to be anything but what it claims to be as that of the Savior.)

Thus we’re talking simple – straight forward – understandable – requiring obedience to the Commandments of God (all of them) as to the ‘how’ of accomplishing will of the Father and the Son. Anyone who teaches anything else is neither of the Father or the Son.

The ‘how’ is neither silent, nor quiet! It is not archaic or invisible. Yet, it is a very difficult option and therefore very unpopular. When one thinks of today – everyone wants an easy solution – so as to not interrupt their fun and games.

The ‘how’ is about knowing and understanding – when William Tyndale translated the Scriptures (which make up 80% of the current Bible known as the King James version – Old and New Testaments) – he stated, “even a plowboy could understand what it both said and meant.” It would appear that some (many) think they’re much better than the plowboy – and therefore lead many astray. Sadly the ‘how’ has been transformed into ‘for your money’ – and sadly many would rather pay than to do. Samuel told Saul, “It’s better to be obedient than to sacrifice.”

c/ork






“How”

cji
10/16/11

What streams do we follow
whither the halls hallowed;

What truths do we swallow
what facts have we hollowed;

How do we know which way
have any thought to pray;

How do the course we stay
Which arrow shows the way;

Too often we glance away
and wrong paths followed;

Too often lies swallowed
and the ‘how’ lies in decay!


Copyright © 2011 – cji

October 15, 2011

“About Distance”



“About Distance”

cji
10/16/11

We can come a distance
yet find new space ahead
each Sabbath Day passing
harder to find the next
forgetting the ones past
yet what of this one day
can we think about time
is space and distance ours
or have we squandered all
thinking of others things
forgetting the current one
gathering in our thoughts
chasing distance not there!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

October 14, 2011

“Murkiness”



“Murkiness”

cji
10/15/11

Cloudy and indistinct
swimming in a mud hole
no air to breathe today
murkiness found within;

The light bright now dim
brown haze about to stay
seeing just like a mole
in murkiness succinct!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

October 13, 2011

“Come Again”



“Come Again”

cji
10/14/11

Too many times alone
visitors come seldom
emptiness invites soft
dreams carried aloft
of a far off kingdom
in a memory sown;

Seeds keep on calling
come again, and again
yet even invited unable
having lost the cable
so hard to over begin
on old knees falling!


Copyright © 2011 – cji

“Just in Case”



“Just in Case”

cji
10/13/11

Oft times mortals forget
And thus never repent;

They determine to avoid
Falling into darkness’ void;

Clamoring about the heat
Taking the popular seat;

Just in case one does read
And maybe the Word heed;

Sometimes a still small voice
Other times nature’s voice;

Thus to continue blindness
Unfeeling in utter darkness;

Mortals forget the Plan of life
Pretending instead full rife;

Awaken and thus hear
A voice so clarion clear!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

The Independent (UK)

Experts warn over Iceland volcano
Thursday, 13 October 2011

Experts are warning that an eruption could be imminent at an even more powerful Icelandic volcano than the one that paralysed air traffic last year.

Seismologists are nervously watching rumblings beneath Katla which could spew an ash cloud dwarfing the 2010 eruption that cost airlines two billion dollars (£1.27 billion) and drove home how vulnerable modern society is to the whims of nature.

Brooding over rugged moss-covered hills on Iceland's southern edge, Katla is a much bigger beast than the nearby Eyjafjallajokul volcano, which blasted ash all over Europe for several weeks in an eruption that local scientist Pall Einarsson describes nonetheless as "small".

Named after an evil troll, Katla has a larger magma chamber than Eyjafjallajokul's.

Its last major eruption in 1918 continued more than a month, turning day into night, starving crops of sunlight and killing off some livestock.

The eruption melted some of the ice-sheet covering Katla, flooding surrounding farmlands with a torrent of water that some accounts have said measured as wide as the Amazon.

Now, clusters of small earthquakes are being detected around Katla, which means an eruption could be imminent, seismologists say. The earthquakes have been growing in strength, too.

After a long period of magnitude three tremors, a magnitude four quake was detected last week.

"It is definitely showing signs of restlessness," said Mr Einarsson, a professor of geophysics at the University of Iceland.

Teams of seismologists and geologists at the university are tracking the spike in seismic activity and working with disaster officials to prepare communities near Katla like Vik, a small town of some 300 people that is flanked by black sand beaches.

Civil defence authorities have been holding regular meetings with scientists. Disaster officials have also drafted an evacuation plan and set aside temporary housing, but many fear they may have less than an hour to evacuate once the volcano erupts.

Iceland sits on a large volcanic hot spot in the Atlantic's mid-oceanic ridge. Eruptions, common throughout Iceland's history, are often triggered by seismic activity when the Earth's plates move and magma from deep underground pushes its way to the surface.

The longer pressure builds up, the more catastrophic an eruption can be. Records show that Katla usually has a large eruption twice a century. Since its last eruption was almost exactly 93 years ago, it is long overdue for another, seismologists say.

Icelanders are getting nervous as they mark the anniversary of Katla's last blast.

"We've been getting calls recently from people concerned that Katla is about to erupt because it erupted ... in 1918 on October 12," said Einar Kjartansson, a geophysicist at the Icelandic Meteorological Office.

"As scientists we don't see that much of a correlation in the date but there is most definitely increased activity. The question is whether it calms down after this or whether there is an eruption."

Of Iceland's more than 22 volcanoes, seven are active and four are particularly active - including Katla and Hekla.

Although it does not pose the same flood risk as Katla because it's not situated beneath an icecap, Hekla is one of Iceland's most active volcanoes and sits in the path of most international flight patterns.

Like Katla, Hekla is also overdue for a large eruption and could produce a disruptive and dangerous ash cloud that, in addition to disrupting air travel, could lower overall temperatures across continents by blocking out sunlight for days or weeks.

Scriptural References:
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• Revelation 11:13
13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.
• Revelation 16:18
18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
• 1 Kings 19:11
11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:
• Matthew 24:7
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
• 1 Kings 19:12
12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
• Luke 21:11
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
• Mormon 8:30
30 And there shall also be heard of wars, rumors of wars, and earthquakes in divers places.
• Doctrine and Covenants 88:89
89 For after your testimony cometh the testimony of earthquakes, that shall cause groanings in the midst of her, and men shall fall upon the ground and shall not be able to stand.
• Revelation 11:19
19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.
• Matthew 28:2
2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
• JST, Isaiah 29:6
6 For they shall be visited of the Lord of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.
• Acts 16:26
26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
• Revelation 6:12
12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
• Matthew 27:54
54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
• Revelation 8:5
5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.
• Mark 13:8
8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
• 2 Nephi 27:2
2 And when that day shall come they shall be visited of the Lord of Hosts, with thunder and with earthquake, and with a great noise, and with storm, and with tempest, and with the flame of devouring fire.
• Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:29
29 Behold I speak for mine elect’s sake; for nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
• Isaiah 29:6
6 Thou shalt be visited of the Lord of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.
• Doctrine and Covenants 45:33
33 And there shall be earthquakes also in divers places, and many desolations; yet men will harden their hearts against me, and they will take up the sword, one against another, and they will kill one another
• Zechariah 14:5
5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.
• 2 Nephi 26:6
6 And they shall be visited with thunderings, and lightnings, and earthquakes, and all manner of destructions, for the fire of the anger of the Lord shall be kindled against them, and they shall be as stubble, and the day that cometh shall consume them, saith the Lord of Hosts.
• Amos 1:1
1 The words of Amos, who was among the herdmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.
• 2 Nephi 6:15
15 And they that believe not in him shall be destroyed, both by fire, and by tempest, and by earthquakes, and by bloodsheds, and by pestilence, and by famine. And they shall know that the Lord is God, the Holy One of Israel.
• Doctrine and Covenants 87:6
6 And thus, with the sword and by bloodshed the inhabitants of the earth shall mourn; and with famine, and plague, and earthquake, and the thunder of heaven, and the fierce and vivid lightning also, shall the inhabitants of the earth be made to feel the wrath, and indignation, and chastening hand of an Almighty God, until the consumption decreed hath made a full end of all nations;
• 1 Nephi 12:4
4 And it came to pass that I saw a mist of darkness on the face of the land of promise; and I saw lightnings, and I heard thunderings, and earthquakes, and all manner of tumultuous noises; and I saw the earth and the rocks, that they rent; and I saw mountains tumbling into pieces; and I saw the plains of the earth, that they were broken up; and I saw many cities that they were sunk; and I saw many that they were burned with fire; and I saw many that did tumble to the earth, because of the quaking thereof.
• Doctrine and Covenants 43:25
25 How oft have I called upon you by the mouth of my servants, and by the ministering of angels, and by mine own voice, and by the voice of thunderings, and by the voice of lightnings, and by the voice of tempests, and by the voice of earthquakes, and great hailstorms, and by the voice of famines and pestilences of every kind, and by the great sound of a trump, and by the voice of judgment, and by the voice of mercy all the day long, and by the voice of glory and honor and the riches of eternal life, and would have saved you with an everlasting salvation, but ye would not!
• Earthquake — Index to the triple combination
see also Earth; Quake; Shake; Tremble; Earthquake. in dream Nephi hears thunderings and earthquakes, 1 Ne. 12:4 unbelievers will be destroyed in earthquakes, 2 Ne. 6:15 they who kill prophets shall be visited with earthquakes, 2 Ne. 26:6 Jews and ...
• Tremble, Trembling — Index to the triple combination
see also Earthquake; Fear; Fear of God; Quake; Shake. Lehi trembles because of what he has seen, 1 Ne. 1:6 hear words of trembling parent, 2 Ne. 1:14 is this man who made earth to tremble, 2 Ne. 24:16 (Isa. 14:16). he who is built upon sandy ...
• Shake, Shook, Shaken — Index to the triple combination
see also Earthquake; Fear; Fear of God; Palsy; Quake; Tremble. Lehi speaks to Laman and Lemuel until their frames shake, 1 Ne. 2:14 God’s voice causes earth to shake, 1 Ne. 17:45 (Mosiah 27:15; Hel. 12:11). shake off awful chains that bind you, 2 ...
• Quake, Quaking — Index to the triple combination
see also Earthquake; Fear; Fear of God; Shake; Tremble. because of what he sees, Lehi quakes and trembles, 1 Ne. 1:6 many cities to tumble to earth because of quaking, 1 Ne. 12:4 all who belong to kingdom of devil need quake, 1 Ne. 22:23 the Lord ...
• Earthquake — Topical Guide
Earthquake see also Last Days; World, End of. Lord was not in the earthquake, 1 Kgs. 19:11 visited of the Lord … and with earthquake, Isa. 29:6 words of Amos … two years before the earthquake, Amos 1:1 before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah, ...
• Uzziah — Bible Dictionary
Uzziah. Strength of the Lord. Called Azariah (2 Kgs. 14:21); king of Judah (2 Chr. 26:1); builds Elath (2 Kgs. 14:22; 2 Chr. 26:2); influenced by Zechariah (2 Chr. 26:5); defeats the Philistines (26:6); fortifies Jerusalem (26:9); smitten with ...
• Nephi, Son of Nephi, Son of Helaman — The Guide to the Scriptures
A book written by Nephi, son of Nephi, in the Book of Mormon. Chapters 1–10 show the fulfillment of the prophecies about the coming of the Lord. The sign of Christ’s birth was given; the people repented; but then they returned to wickedness. Finally ...
• Earth — Index to the triple combination
see also Bury; Creation; Dust; Earthly; Earthquake; Ground; Land; World; Earth; Earth, Cleansing of; Earth, Curse of; Earth, Destiny of; Earth, Dividing of; Earth, Purpose of; Earth, Renewal of. the Lord is mightier than all earth, 1 Ne. 4:1 the ...
• Gospels — Bible Dictionary
Event Location Matt. Mark Luke John Latter-day Revelation IV. The Last Week: Atonement and Resurrection To Jerusalem for Passover 11:55–57 The sixth day before Passover Bethany, Bethphage 12:1 A supper at Martha and Mary’s Bethany 12:2 Jesus ...
• Destruction, Destroy — Index to the triple combination
see also Burn; Calamity; Captive; Chasten; Destroyer; Destroying Angel; Earthquake; Famine; Fire; Flood; Hail; Iniquity; Judgment; Last Days; Lightning; Overthrow; Pestilence; Plague; Ruin; Scatter; Scourge; Slaughter; Slay; Smite; Sweep; Tempest; ...

October 12, 2011

“Unknowing”



“Unknowing”

cji
10/13/11

Gathering in the woods
coming from all around
seeking to hear the words
yet unknowing of what
seeking to do the will
of He who sent Him;

Yet so many unknowing
this simple truth to heed
confused in the woods
darkness settling around
trails being eliminated
of He who sent Him!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

October 11, 2011

“Pin Points”



“Pin Points”

cji
10/12/11

Once holding a note
designating a place
showing a route/path
leaving holes behind
soon light to pass
some making patterns
others no sense at all
till someday unknown
all that passed before
when the pin points
had a story to tell!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

October 10, 2011

“Crossroads – Worry or Faith/Works”



“Crossroads – Worry or Faith/Works”

cji 10/11/11

(Pausing to Consider):

Over the course of history many people worried over their daily existence – i.e. food, water and shelter. Those who worried usually accomplished little in their efforts to gain all three and became dependent on others to provide it for them. Today the Government and media play to those who worry still today about what now is considered the basics of survival; cars, homes, jewelry, television sets, I-pods, computers and much more to which everyone today feels entitled to possess. Yet whatever man/woman touch seems to be short lived and a disaster in the long term, i.e. several weeks to several months.

Terms and meanings have changed and been manipulated to satisfy the guile of those using a new language to hide their real intent. One can easily start a run on a bank – and just as quickly almost all banks will be forewarned and close their doors – thinking the money is theirs and not the account holders. Just as easily the Government can start a depression with bad fiscal policies and count on industry to step right in and help it gain momentum. History has shown almost every depression was man/woman made and not because of anything else. Indeed those who start the depression usually gain the most in the end – owning foreclosed properties and anything else they desire at 1 cent to 10 cents on the dollar.

Understanding that 95%+ of the wealth of the United States is owned and controlled by less than 4% (this figure is of some discussion but not a lot) of the population should awaken some to the problems facing either our economy or economic future. When looking for the victim and the victor one needs only look to those who’ve the most to lose(and little to gain) to those who’ve the most to gain (and the least to lose). On the world stage this is always China – on the US stage it’s the 4% (and even a smaller percentage within this group) with the most to gain and the least to lose. While on the world stage the free nations have the most to lose and least to gain; and the working class (those who pay the taxes and produce the goods/services) who’ve the most to lose and the least to gain.

Therefore we’ve a circular situation which repeats itself over and over – with the wealthy and government taking more and more control over the ‘people’ who actually produce so they can. As much as politicians complain – they in fact gain the most from the current policies and events within the US. They’ve salaries for life – vote their own pay raises and exempt themselves from all of the unwise legislation which they force upon the people.

Thus we now have to concern ourselves with in whom we trust? If we trust the Government and Politicians to watch out for our best interests and to remove the worry over our daily, weekly needs then we indeed have even a greater need to worry. Faith in the Government is falsely placed and always has been which is why governments come and go throughout history because traditionally they let down those they’ve been chosen by to serve. Of course where there’re Kings, Queens, Dictatorships and Despots one is usually given to be at their whim and without any rights. In an elected government this should not be the case – however, it is!

If we cannot trust or faith in our government or elected representatives then who is left? The 4%+ who control the wealth of our nation certainly don’t care much for us as has been shown over the past century and one-half by the absolute abuse of their wealth and power to gain more wealth and power. They say nice things and give public donations to appease and beguile those who might find some good in them. The media/TV/movies make them into big heroes but they are not.

We certainly cannot trust the new wealthy class known as actors/actresses or athletes for the very same reasons of the others. For the most part they’re out for number 1 and number 1 only. Plus they’ve much in common with the government, politicians and the 4%+ - they for the most part believe not in the Ten Commandments – other than as suggestions for the weaker among them. This is the case of several (many) bad apples overwhelming any good in their company.
(Interlude to Change of Values and Culture)
When the turn of the 19th Century to the 20th Century occurred – there was not a car in every garage – nor running water in the homes – or TV’s or anything material to excess. Canned food was thought a luxury and many found some of the new ‘contraptions’ just that. People survived hurricanes, tornados, floods, blizzards and all other natural events without the intercession of the government. People relied on each other (as some still do in this nation). There were abuses but in most areas of the country these were controlled and dealt with promptly within the local community.
With the advent of the urban clusters (early 1800’s onward) people stopped watching out for each other and demanded someone else do it for them. People stopped living both the Commandments and as neighbors. Indeed we found we could not trust very many around us – and thus there was always doubt in any gesture to do good or to share. In the larger rural areas this took until the mid-1950’s for this abandonment of helping each other especially with urban spread. One can still find in the smaller towns and villages in the US the caring and sharing feelings – however, with the advent of the drug culture, rising crime (without conscious), illegal aliens and the welfare class – much of this is also being dissipated.
(Further Consideration Good Old Days of the United States):
Many times we hear of those preaching the good old days and values but they fail to understand to what they’re referring. Thus when some indicate the return to the good old days or early values of the nation – one seeks to be led astray in the fantasy of one’s own mind. There is no return to the good old days – basically because while our memories are built in follywood and paperback books – the evil was always inherently there. Instead in reality only temporary fixes can be found – and someone who chooses the right is not the opposite of what I indicated – there will always be those who’ve values, morals, integrity, being honest, and seeking to do what is right for the right reasons.

The Prophets have foretold is that men/women will become more and more wicked – dividing the gap between those who really follow the Savior and His Father – and those who don’t. i.e. those who seek to do the right thing for the right reason – being obedient to the Commandments of the Father and the Son – and those who don’t and seek only to do that which they want to do regardless of the reasons being either right or wrong.

The rebirth of America is an interesting request – as America itself started out in violence and has continued to be so throughout its short history. And if one wants to go back before Amerigo Vespucci it won’t take much research to see many wars and violence – resulting in a history back to 2000BC and before. For a window of roughly 200 years – about c35 AD to 200AD there was peace on this continent as we now know it as North America.

America became an idea – one of worth and that even the common man could improve himself/herself. Yet ever there were those who tried to profit off of everyone else – i.e. the richer, bigger, more violent, etc. would seek and do anything to advance their own goals at the expense of others. Thomas Jefferson did it at the expense of John Adams. Henry Clay at the expense of Andrew Jackson. The North and South at the great expense of lives. The carpet baggers at the expense of the South – led be a most righteous General Butterfield(worth). Politicians at the expense of the Constitution and the people. The criminal at the expense of society.

The rebirth of the USA as was the dream and hymn’s have portrayed has always been and will be an ideal! Every now and then – we get a Reagan or Truman or a John Adams (hopefully) who actually knows what the Constitution says and means – but very infrequently – and even then the media/press/TV/movies will seek to destroy such leadership. Therefore we seek this first within our own homes and then within our sphere of friends and neighbors. Where we attend Church and where we go to shop or eat. Where we shop and where we chose to play. Otherwise the restraints placed upon the many by the vicious few is both seen and felt.
(The Return to the Ten Commandments):
Ahh… the Ten Commandments or as some scream from the pulpit or in the media – the Scriptures – and for money they’ll teach whatever one pays them to teach. It would seem in the world of today we’re running out of options of finding an absence of worry in our lives and to instead find faith and works. Worry is the motivation for cheating, lying, stealing, and generally not keeping the Ten Commandments or any others which are also found in the Scriptures. And if you violate the Ten Commandments or others – you’ve then agreed with the Father and the Son that you do not love them nor have faith in them – thus you cannot do good works either.

Most of the clergy of today say it is only Faith alone which is needful to be saved and considered a good Christian – which of course then denies what is taught in the Scriptures. The excuse is that they need only use about 5% of the Scriptures to teach their doctrines and creeds instead of the Saviors. They’ve appointed themselves and their schools to be the High Priests of who is and isn’t going to be saved – which again denies the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Therefore one still has a lot to worry about when turning to the Creeds and teachings of the majority of the Christian/Jewish/Muslim and other off-shoot religions of today as found in the US. Thus, none of the Clergy, etc. can tell you where the cut off line is between going to heaven or hell. Given that they only present two choices again they deny the teachings of Paul and other Prophets of the Scriptures. Of course the more you pay the better your chances according to them to their flocks.

So what is left? We certainly don’t want to worry – and we know the times ahead are going to be harder and harder to survive. Most who believe the Scriptures should entertain what Malachi says in the 4th Chapter – referring to the Great and Dreadful Day.

Yet how many really have studied and understand what the full purpose of mortality is? If one believes men/women – the answer is nothing. The churches also teach it is nothing, i.e. Creatio ex Niliho – if one is made from nothing there is only nothing to return to. Or as those who profess Darwinism as a fact (i.e. again never proven) – they’ve even worse prospects after death. Yet if one sincerely ponders and reads the Scriptures they’ll find a completely different presentation from the Creeds and teachings of men/women about the purpose of this mortality.

Therefore – if one truly has Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ – believes literally His Father’s Doctrines and those presented by His representatives on this Earth – the Prophets; then there should be an absence of worry! We’re commanded in the Scriptures to keep all of the Commandments! If we love the Lord – we will literally do this – and when we slip we’ll repent fully. We’ll stand against the ‘pricks and piercings’ of a wicked world without fear or doubt about who we are, where we came from and where we are going.

The essentials of this life are momentary and in reality not even ours – they are all the Lords. The Savior asks us to pay a full tithe on our increase – which in effect is all his anyway. If we do this we’ve great promises towards our well being and that of our family. The Savior asks to obey fully the Commandments – to be found righteously engaged in all things and all times. For this the Savior has helped us to attain various talents to share with others and also provides us free time. The Savior and His Prophets have expressed over and over – one Church – one Gospel and one Baptism – if we’ve faith in the Savior we ought to believe Him and not the men/women of the world.

(What is Expected of Us):
What is expected of us in this eternal relationship – which if we do will remove the worry and concerns of the world? First, we must do as directed in James 1:27! Second, we must read and study the Scriptures daily. Third, we must be found in full compliance and obedience to all of the Commandments. Forth, we must do our genealogy for our ancestors and get their work done in the House of the Lord during mortality. Fifth, we must sustain the Saviors representatives on this Earth in this Day and from the past – the Prophets. Sixth, we must literally accept the teachings of the Scriptures (all of them) and apply them in our lives to set a good example of a good example in a loving and kind way towards all others. Seventh, we must love our spouses and our families. Eight, we must sustain our leaders – called by the Father and the Son in these latter-days. Ninth, we must have Charity, Faith and Hope; or as Paul admonished, “We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” And tenth, we must report often in daily personal prayer, (and family prayer) on our progress and delays in those assigned promptings which we’ve received.
Next what is expected of us to do on a daily basis? First, a year’s supply of food storage which you rotate and use. Second, to get out of debt especially credit card debt. Third, to have emergency supplies for cold, hot and times without electricity. Forth, a well supplied first aid kit. Fifth, money set aside for emergencies. Sixth, important papers where they’re protected yet easy to find. Seventh, batteries and radio which can be used without electricity. Eight, tools which can be used without electrical power, i.e. hand saws, can openers, flashlights, hammers, etc.. Ninth, a way to gather wild game or a garden for vegetables. Tenth, a knowledge of how to purify water, cook, candles, matches, soap for self and laundry. These are the basics – nothing fancy.
In return for being found in obedience the promises of all the Scriptures can be ours – and thus the worries and concerns of the world are mute in reflection and thus we can better understand the Saints of the Primitive Church during their persecutions and hardships. We’ve all the trials of Abraham to endure – we’ll all carry our own crosses – we’ve the refiner’s fire to enter into willingly and happily! None are exempt – nor would we wish to be – if we’re true disciples of the Savior in these latter-days.
Thus one can follow man/woman – creeds which make no sense – interpretations of the Scriptures which are more neo-Platonist than anything else – or they can follow the simple, clear truths of the Scriptures and those of the Savior – which were and are all done in obedience to the Father – becoming as the same.
(Hard Truths):
Hard truths – or easy – worry or the absence of worry is a personal choice. Most of us will never be a politician or among the 4%+ in wealth or power. Most of us will never be a government. It would be my understanding that few would even desire for these things. Yet in being a disciple of the Savior one can only then no longer have to worry about the things of the world.
Remember – if we do what Father and the Son have commanded – in doing so we’ll find talents to develop – some as doctors, nurses, laborers, teachers and whatever else we desire and will find the family is the most important role within mortality. None were ever promised more than their needs – sadly too many supplant needs with wants. This we cannot do as a disciple of the Savior. This doesn’t mean we’ll live in a hovel – eat the throwaway food or garbage of others – but it does mean we’ll be concerned of the welfare of others as in James 1:27.
Heavenly Father knows who each of us are – what the intent of our hearts desire – and furthermore what our needs really are. When we’ve done all we can do – to better ourselves – to improve our minds – to support our families and loved ones – Father knows! Faith without works is dead (see James and Paul). Our works allow us to become free from worry – our faith directs our works and through the Grace of our Savior – we’ll have the strength to endure to the end.
In the name of Jesus Christ – amen – c/ork


“Decision”

cji
10/11/11

Coming to the decision
what am I here for to do
where did I come from
where might I be going
when knowing about life
thinking of the trials
then tribulations abound
special times to be found
hearing the worlds wiles
like sharpening a knife
where might I be going
where did I come from
what am I here to do
coming to the decision!



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October 9, 2011

“Markers”



“Markers”

cji
10/10/11

Sometimes as if guiding
filling in gaps of knowledge
some just showing graves
others a sign on a highway
many go unseen by many
such as chapters in books
others just a still prompting
some showing the way
filling in missing moments
sometimes as if guiding!

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October 8, 2011

“A Smile”



“A Smile”

cji
10/09/11

Each morn to report
happy to be awake
thankful quiet prayer
a smile just to share
another breath to take
with Father’s support;

Renewing covenants
this the Sabbath Day
silently able to reflect
seeking to self perfect
again at night to pray
keeping my covenants!

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October 7, 2011

“Lest We Forget 37”



“Lest We Forget 37”

cji
10/8/11

How often we hear of gray
neither black nor white
just all the in-betweens
half the measure needed
trying to do or an excuse
lest we forget the Word
unchanging and written
without beginning or end
yet some will just ignore
surely a few stripes only
how bland is the guile
how often we hear of gray!

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October 6, 2011

“Pierced”



Malachi 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

“Pierced”

cji
10/07/11

Needle sharp to feel
desolation of the earth
would it all be wasted
would Malachi know
roots and branches
all destroyed – lost
what a terrible cost
feeling heated lances
no longer to grow
vinegar – bile tasted
ashamed from birth
pierced unable to heal!

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October 5, 2011

“Just Spinning”



“Just Spinning”

cji
10/06/11

Just spinning in time
relaxing as the leaf
upon the ground alone
winds to move upon
just spinning all alone
orange/yellow in color
death already begun
life ebbing slow away
like so many just now
spinning just spinning
mortality to be lost!

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October 4, 2011

“Insistence”




“Insistence”

cji
10/5/11

Coming on too strong
time ever running short
none want to even hear
clarion the trumpet blows
yet away and forgotten
in spite of insistence
people just turn away
seeking games to play
while the day is short
too late to be wrong!

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October 3, 2011

“Corraded Truths”





“Corraded Truths”
cji
10/4/11

Given time without laws
none to protect or share
some showing resistance
left on gallows or posts
shrouds covering some
centuries to be insidious
quickly – neatly hidden
destroyed or so thought
illusions then are taught
only the chosen bidden
the truths now hideous
yet is there more to come
invited within by our hosts
beguiling their insistence
proclaiming for pelf to care
corraded truths now flaws!

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October 2, 2011

“Taking a Breath”



“Taking a Breath”

cji
10/3/11

Looking into the heavens
seeking the shade of trees
watching the colored leaves
feeling a cooler new breeze;

Taking a breath of time-out
pausing in awe to reflect all
powerful regeneration to begin
where peace and birds sing;

Feeling the comfort of forever
knowing so much yet to be
into the eternities I now see
all the worldly from me flee!


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October 1, 2011

“Whispers”



“Whispers”

cji
10/02/11

Summer seems gone
Fall coming to bloom
yet thoughts do turn
every way but truth
seeking to be youth
their time to burn
beliefs to entomb;

Whispers so silent
tis a Sabbath Day
once more to deny
dreadfully to die
Zion path to stray
whispers now violent!


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“Whispers 2”





“Whispers 2”

cji
10/02/11

Tis the Sabbath Day
alive and awakening
a Prophet speaks today
for all to come and hear;

A voice resounding clear
calling us in from play
memories reawakening
on this Sabbath Day;

Whispers ever silent
calling each to prepare
whispers now silent
his messages to share!

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