I have had the privilege of attending many cultural celebrations
held in conjunction with temple dedications. I have loved all of them,
including the most recent one I attended in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, last
Latter-day Saint youth who participate in cultural celebrations
put on marvelous, memorable programs. Last year in Phoenix, just prior to the
celebration, I told the participants, “You are children of light.”
like all of the youth of the Church to know that they are children of light. As
such, they have a responsibility to be “as lights in the world” (Philippians
2:15). They have a duty to share the truths of the gospel. They have
a calling to stand as a temple beacon, reflecting gospel light to an
increasingly dark world. They have a charge to keep their light aflame and
order for us to be “an example of the believers” (1 Timothy
4:12), we ourselves must believe. We must develop the faith
necessary to survive spiritually and to project a light for others. We must
nurture our testimony until it becomes an anchor to our lives.
Among the most effective ways to gain and keep the faith we need
today is to read and study the scriptures and to pray frequently and
consistently. To the youth of the Church, I say, if you haven’t done so,
develop now a habit of daily scripture study and prayer. Without these two
essential practices, outside influences and the sometimes-harsh realities of
life can dim or even extinguish your light.
teenage years are not easy. They are prime years when Satan will tempt you and
do his utmost to entice you from the path which will lead you back to your
heavenly home. But as you read and pray and as you serve and obey, you will
come to know better “the light which shineth in darkness” (D&C
6:21), our Exemplar and our strength—even the Lord Jesus Christ. He is
the Light we are to hold up to dispel the gathering darkness (see 3 Nephi
strong testimony of the Savior and His restored gospel, you have limitless
opportunities to shine. They surround you each day, in whatever circumstances
you find yourselves. As you follow the example of the Savior, yours will be the
opportunity to be a light, as it were, in the lives of those around you—whether
they be members of your own family,
classmates, co-workers, mere acquaintances, or total strangers.
When you are a light to the world, people around you will feel a
special spirit that will make them want to associate with you and follow your
I plead with parents and leaders of our youth to help them stand
firm for truth and righteousness. Help open wide to their view the gates of
learning, of understanding, and of service in the kingdom of God. Build within
them strength to resist the temptations of the world. Give them the will to
walk in virtue and faith, to be prayerful, and to look to heaven as their
To our youth, I say, our Heavenly Father loves you. May you feel
also the love which Church leaders have for you. May you ever have a desire to
serve your Heavenly Father and His Son. And may you always walk in truth and
stand as a light among God’s children.
from This Message
Consider discussing with those you teach what it means to be a
“[child] of light.” What responsibilities does it entail? You could discuss
times when their light has been particularly bright and what made it bright.
Consider asking them to think of a specific person, such as a youth, a
co-worker, or a member of their family, who may be in need of light. Then you
could pray together about a way to share light with that person.
Prayerfully study this material and seek
to know what to share. How will understanding the life and roles of the Savior
increase your faith in Him and bless those you watch over through visiting
teaching? For more information, go to reliefsociety.lds.org.
This is part of a series of Visiting Teaching Messages featuring
divine attributes of the Savior.
said, “He that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is
chief, as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat,
or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that
Savior is our supreme example of the power of humility and submissiveness.
After all, His submitting His will to the Father brought about the greatest,
and even the most powerful, event in all of history. Perhaps some of the most
sacred words in all the scriptures are simply, ‘Not my will, but thine, be
disciples of Jesus
Christ, we always seek to be like Him. “Meekness is vital for us to
become more Christlike,” said Elder Ulisses Soares of the Seventy. Without it
we won’t be able to develop other important virtues. Being meek does not mean
weakness, but it does mean behaving with goodness and kindness, showing
strength, serenity, healthy self-worth, and self-control.”2 As
we work to develop this attribute, we will find that “humbly submitting our
will to the Father brings us the empowerment of God—the power of humility. It
is the power to meet life’s adversities, the power of peace, the power of hope,
the power of a heart throbbing with a love for and testimony of the Savior
Jesus Christ, even the power of redemption.”3
the sweetest and most powerful moments of Christ’s ministry was when He washed
the feet of His disciples. “He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments;
and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a basin,
and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel
wherewith he was girded” (John
As the Savior introduced this ordinance, the disciples may have
been overwhelmed that their Lord and Master knelt before them and performed so
meek a service. Jesus then explained the lessons He wanted them and all of us
“If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also
ought to wash one another’s feet.
have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you” (John
How can having humility help us love as the Savior did?
Gun Shop Owner refusing to sell guns to Muslims
TheCouncil on American-Islamic Relationshas already reacted to Hallinan’s new
policies by asking the U.S. Justice Department whether Hallinan is violating
the civil rights of Muslims by refusing to serve them on the basis of their
Hallinan, however, insists that he
has the right to “deny service to anyone for any reason.” He also said that he
would ask potential customers if they are Muslim.
posted video has been seen more than 34,000 times (H/TThe Blaze). Obviously, people believe
discrimination in the name of survival is justified.
The truth is when we
have an avowed enemy who is working towards out destruction then it makes sense
to do what we can do protect ourselves.
Back during the
second World War the nation prevented both Germans and Japanese from emigrating
to the U.S. And since the government is going to continue to allow Muslims into
the country then it makes sense for private business owners to control who they
sell their wares too.
Some activists will
say this is unfair.
But hey, the power
of the market will weed out these business owners if their decision is
ill-advised, so they should be allowed to do what they want, don’t you agree?
One must read the following – false churches are anything
which takes and gives not to the LORD! Therefore we’ve to understand all of the
Prophets of God that there will be mass destructions in a wicked world – which have
occurred in the past and will continue until the 2nd Coming when the
Savior comes once more to rule on this earth. He and His Father returned in the
Spring of 1820 to begin the last dispensation of the fullness of times – but again
most of the world have simply ignored it – or spent much of their resources in
denying, shaming or otherwise discrediting this restoration of the Kingdom of
God. Much of what one reads below says it quite plainly. Until all have had the
opportunity to hear (whether they accept or not) the final instant will not
occur however, much destruction will occur.
The Second Book of Nephi Chapter
28(see also Jer. 23:21-32)
Many false churches
will be built up in the last days—They will teach false, vain, and foolish
doctrines—Apostasy will abound because of false teachers—The devil will rage in
the hearts of men—He will teach all manner of false doctrines. About
1 And now, behold, my brethren, I have spoken unto you, according
as the Spirit hath constrained me; wherefore, I know that they must surely come
2 And the things which shall be written out of the book shall
be of great worth unto the children of men, and especially unto our
seed, which is a remnant of the house of Israel.
3 For it shall come to pass in that day that the churches
which are built up, and not unto the Lord, when the one shall say unto the
other: Behold, I, I am the Lord’s; and the others shall say: I, I am the
Lord’s; and thus shall every one say that hath built up churches, and not
unto the Lord—
4 And they shall contend one with another; and their priests shall
contend one with another, and they shall teach with their learning, and
deny the Holy Ghost, which giveth utterance.
5 And they deny the power of God, the Holy One
of Israel; and they say unto the people: Hearken unto us, and hear ye our
precept; for behold there is no God today, for the Lord and the
Redeemer hath done his work, and he hath given his power unto men;
6 Behold, hearken ye unto my precept; if they shall say there is a
miracle wrought by the hand of the Lord, believe it not; for this day he is not
a God of miracles; he hath done his work.
7 Yea, and there shall be many which shall say: Eat, drink,
and be merry, for tomorrow we die; and it shall be well with us.
8 And there shall also be many which shall say: Eat, drink,
and be merry; nevertheless, fear God—he will justify in committing a
little sin; yea, lie a little, take the advantage of one because
of his words, dig a pit for thy neighbor; there is no harm
in this; and do all these things, for tomorrow we die; and if it so be that we
are guilty, God will beat us with a few stripes, and at last we shall be saved
in the kingdom of God.
9 Yea, and there shall be many which shall teach after this
manner, false and vain and foolish doctrines, and shall be
puffed up in their hearts, and shall seek deep to hide their counsels from the
Lord; and their works shall be in the dark.
10 And the blood of the saints shall cry from the ground
11 Yea, they have all gone out of the way; they have
12 Because of pride, and because of false teachers,
and false doctrine, their churches have become corrupted, and their churches
are lifted up; because of pride they are puffed up.
13 They rob the poor because of their fine
sanctuaries; they rob the poor because of their fine clothing; and they
persecute the meek and the poor in heart, because in their pride they are
14 They wear stiff necks and high heads; yea, and because
of pride, and wickedness, and abominations, and whoredoms, they have
all gone astray save it be a few, who are the humble followers
of Christ; nevertheless, they are led, that in many instances they
do err because they are taught by the precepts of men.
15 O the wise, and the learned, and the rich, that are puffed
up in the pride of their hearts, and all those who
preach false doctrines, and all those who commit whoredoms, and pervert
the right way of the Lord, wo, wo, wo be unto them, saith the Lord God
Almighty, for they shall be thrust down to hell!
16 Wo unto them that turn aside the just for a thing of
naught and revile against that which is good, and say that it is of
no worth! For the day shall come that the Lord God will speedily visit the
inhabitants of the earth; and in that day that they are fully ripe in
iniquity they shall perish.
17 But behold, if the inhabitants of the earth shall repent of
their wickedness and abominations they shall not be destroyed, saith the Lord
18 But behold, that great and abominable church, the
whore of all the earth, must tumble to the earth, and great must
be the fall thereof.
19 For the kingdom of the devil must shake, and they which
belong to it must needs be stirred up unto repentance, or
the devil will grasp them with his everlasting chains, and they
be stirred up to anger, and perish;
20 For behold, at that day shall he rage in
the hearts of the children of men, and stir them up to anger against
that which is good.
21 And others will he pacify, and lull them away into
carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion
prospereth, all is well—and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and
leadeth them away carefully down to hell.
22 And behold, others he flattereth away, and telleth
them there is no hell; and he saith unto them: I am no devil, for there is
none—and thus he whispereth in their ears, until he grasps them with his
awful chains, from whence there is no deliverance.
23 Yea, they are grasped with death, and hell; and death, and hell,
and the devil, and all that have been seized therewith must stand before the
throne of God, and be judged according to their works, from whence they
must go into the place prepared for them, even a lake of fire and
brimstone, which is endless torment.
24 Therefore, wo be unto him that is at ease in Zion!
25 Wo be unto him that crieth: All is well!
26 Yea, wo be unto him that hearkeneth unto the precepts
of men, and denieth the power of God, and the gift of the Holy Ghost!
27 Yea, wo be unto him that saith: We have received, and
we need no more!
28 And in fine, wo unto all those who tremble, and are
angry because of the truth of God! For behold, he that is built
upon the rock receiveth it with gladness; and he that is built
upon a sandy foundation trembleth lest he shall fall.
29 Wo be unto him that shall say: We have received the word of God,
and we need no more of the word of God, for we have enough!
30 For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the
children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little
and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and
lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him
that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We
have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have.
31 Cursed is he that putteth his trust in man, or maketh
flesh his arm, or shall hearken unto the precepts of men, save their
precepts shall be given by the power of the Holy Ghost.
32 Wo be unto the Gentiles, saith the Lord God of Hosts! For
notwithstanding I shall lengthen out mine arm unto them from day to day, they
will deny me; nevertheless, I will be merciful unto them, saith the Lord God,
if they will repent and come unto me; for mine arm is
lengthened out all the day long, saith the Lord God of Hosts.
One has to do their own homework – paying
another has no attitude adjustment other than to encourage the one being paid
to enhance their own position – i.e. the philosophy of men/women which
justifies denying the Christ being alive – The Father being separate from the
Son – that they have physical bodies of flesh and bone – have appeared to
men/women – that there are still miracles – and unlike the cries from the wilderness
of the worldly – God is alive and quite well – and not dead.
However, the moral decadence which has
overtaken our world (the US) and the whole world will only continue to get
worse – it has to – because as the righteous accelerate towards Zion (in very
few numbers) so the unrighteous accelerate towards Babylon. There are only two
roads – two choices – and Satan has or is releasing all of his vemon on the
world today to keep the truth of the Scriptures hidden, mysterious or otherwise
gift wrapped in the justification of the worldly – false teachers and most of
the academic clergy who teach the hatred of contention, confusion, and worse
the denial of the literal truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Oh so much I could write or explain – but
to what avail? However, I’ll continue – as without it being said, written or
otherwise communicated some will continue to have an excuse where none exist.
Hugs my friends – you know I love you – and
if what I’ve written or said to be communicated is true – which I know it to be
– you’d be very upset with me if I didn’t share it with you – c/ork