July 31, 2014

"Right There"

"Right There"


Can't you see him there
he's speaking please hear
reaching out to each of us
you have to see him there
no other way to the door
sure knowledge to thus find
understanding of the 'word'
right there he is waiting
we've to walk even run
doing all we can first
thus able to hear/feel
and most of all see Him!
Copyright © 2012 – cji

July 30, 2014

"Found Thoughts"

"Found Thoughts"


Elusively finding a home
lost and a stranger familiar
then of a sudden known
harvested and identified
comfortable once alone
logical and with reason
found thoughts restored
all now to see once more
while new and vivacious
no longer lost and alone
eternally in a new home!
Copyright © 2012 – cji

July 28, 2014

August 2014 Visiting Teaching Message

Visiting Teaching Message:
The scriptures teach that we can dwell in the presence of God “through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah” (2 Nephi 2:8). Messiah is “an Aramaic and Hebrew word meaning ‘the anointed.’ … In the New Testament Jesus is called the Christ, which is the Greek equivalent of Messiah. It means the anointed Prophet, Priest, King, and Deliverer.”1
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles testified: “I know [Jesus Christ] is the Holy One of Israel, the Messiah who will one day come again in final glory, to reign on earth as Lord of lords and King of kings. I know that there is no other name given under heaven whereby a man [or woman] can be saved.”2
“[Jesus Christ] is the Savior and Redeemer of the world,” said President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency. “He is the promised Messiah. He lived a perfect life and atoned for our sins. He will ever be at our side. He will fight our battles. He is our hope; He is our salvation; He is the way.”3

Additional Scriptures

From the Scriptures

Female disciples of Christ have been witnesses of His role as the Messiah. Mary Magdalene was a disciple of Jesus Christ. She was the first to see “the stone taken away from the sepulchre” on the morning of Christ’s Resurrection. She “stood without at the sepulchre weeping” after discovering that His body was no longer in the tomb.
Then “she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.
“Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
“Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.” Mary recognized that He was not the gardener but Jesus Christ, the Messiah. (See John 20:1–17.)

Consider This

Why is it important to understand the Savior’s role as the Messiah?

“Entering His Presence”


To have become clean
unspotted from the world
being in full obedience
putting aside the worldly
understanding to endure
accepting trials/tribulations
found truthful/virtuous
valiant – long suffering
able to stand up for right
being someday worthy
entering Father’s presence!

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"Invisible Ink"

“Invisible Ink”


The writings are all there
anyone able to read them
many considered mysteries
while quite clear and plain
invisible ink to the blind
un-hearable to the deaf
untouchable to others
without feelings or touch
invisible ink without faith
receding without works
after all we’ve done
the ink become plain
as is the power of God
called ‘grace’ by some
anyone able to know
when one is prepared!

Copyright © 2014 – cji

July 27, 2014

"Having Been Execrated"

Hosea 4:Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

“Having Been Execrated”


Warned and forewarned
over and over again shown
directions given – ignored
America in her new shame
building year upon year
first self-righteously evil
now wantonly more evil
choosing leaders blind
judges found unfeeling
charity lacking almost all
committing every sin
unrepentant unforgiving
how long and how far
lost without direction
ignoring all warnings
over and over given
having been execrated!

Copyright © 2014 – cji

"Of A Prayer"

“Of A Prayer”



Dear Heavenly Father
thankful to come to thee
each day – each moment
every nano-second known
knowing that thou art
and of thy Son is too
finding the presence
of the Holy Ghost
doing thy will as ours
obediently to commands
full and clear to understand
speaking now with thee!)


Grateful for this very life
able to partake the test
finding if to be obedient
enduring to the as such
given this agency free
understanding little rest
grateful this life to live!


Grateful the air to breathe
as a mind remembers all
gulping fresh air quickly
upon entering mortality
leaving a crowded room
coming out the deep water
needful of what is there
grateful to breathe air!


Grateful of companionship
having loved ones about
within and without family
embracing all thy Gospel
to thee willingly serve
understanding warmth
brothers/sisters all about
companionship of thy spirit!


Grateful able to be repentant
coming on to thee in prayer
confessing our transgressions
needing your forgiveness
seeking advice to improve
learning to forgive others
knowing thy Son to share
to become more like thee!


Grateful to announce/report
beginning or ending of day
knowing with thy assistance
all things possible for us
listening to the still voice
promptings for us to obey
this the only course to stay
coming unto thee to report!


Grateful for thy love of me
granting me this eternal test
for sacrificing thee Son
that I too may thus live
that all who come to thee
may too be able to live
eternal life giving to all
who endure to the end
in full obedience to thee;

In the name of thy
Beloved Son – our Lord
and our Savior
Jesus Christ – amen!)

Copyright © 2014 – cji

July 26, 2014

"Parallel Parking"

“Parallel Parking”



Given how eager to lead
thus having others follow
forgotten about the yoke
allowing for neither option
no longer to remember
parallel parking a trap
each in the driving test
either pulling behind
or pushing on ahead
not using the blinker
and failing the test!)


Each Sabbath Day begun
kneeling and in prayer
acknowledging the LORD
imploring our gratefulness
asking for advice and aid
seeking not to be alone
then rising into the world
forgetting again the yoke

seeking to lead or follow!


So many marriage begun
equally yoked at alters
except when rising done
having made vows to obey
making then one to follow
and striving to be leading
no longer reverent found
back into the worldly mode
vacant promises to stray!


Parallel parking to learn
begun as children young
treated unequally by most
sharing no yoke known
either to seek to lead
or left as others to follow
pulling ahead to park
or hiding behind to stay!


As in mortal marriages
entwined only in time
‘till death do ye part’
thus already in divorce
yoke already broken
bickering started
infidelity envisioned
worldly images viewed
devaluing one’s spirit
taking away the feeling
between truth and lies!


Quietly trying to deny
ever failing this test
always using the blinker
remembering the yoke
prayers said earlier
again thankful at night
on bended knees to be
tears of gratefulness
asking another chance
to awaken tomorrow!


Again to communicate
sometimes with signals
most times with words
vacantly a lost thought
of where we’ve come
why we are here today
someday where to go
predicated on passing
this mortal probation!


Marriage is supposed eternal
Scriptures repeatedly saying
Prophets of old and this day
purposes of Temples built
until given to make changes
destroying the reasons
stolen and abused then
while again restored today
rejecting truth for lies
most fail to seek the why
so much has been lost
a failure to communicate
forgetting signals given
family/marriage eternal!


Parallel parking a reason
forgetfulness to embrace
prayers said in reverence
calling upon the LORD
imploring and pleading
some to go forth obeying
honoring the Sabbath Day
others quickly turning away
no longer equally yoked
again having failed the test!)

Copyright © 2014 – cji

July 25, 2014




Blending in unnoticed
hiding in plain sight
pretending to be one
while quite another
camouflage covering
beguiling and false
pretending to be one
hiding in plain sight
traitors within sight
blending in unnoticed!

Copyright © 2014 – cji

July 24, 2014

"No Need for a Frown"

“No Need for a Frown”


Come let us each smile
happiness is in obedience
thus amid the tribulations
if one is obedient so found
then no need for a frown;

Good and bad to know
understanding allows
knowing to choose right
always forever bound
then no need for a frown!

Copyright © 2014 – cji