August 31, 2015

Visiting Teaching Message September 2015


Divine Attributes of Jesus Christ: Powerful and Full of Glory

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Faith, Family, Relief

Detail from Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead, by Carl Heinrich Bloch
This is part of a series of Visiting Teaching Messages featuring divine attributes of the Savior.
The scriptures teach us that Jesus Christ “received all power, both in heaven and on earth, and the glory of the Father was with him” (D&C 93:17). Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said that by this power our Savior created the heavens and earth, performed miracles, and endured the pain of Gethsemane and Calvary.1 As we come to understand this, our faith in Christ will increase, and we will become stronger.
As we make and keep temple covenants, the Lord blesses us with His power. Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, said: “Covenant keeping strengthens, empowers, and protects. … I recently met a dear new friend. She testified that after she had received her temple endowment, she felt strengthened with power to resist temptations.”2
Nephi bears testimony of covenant power: “I, Nephi, beheld the power of the Lamb of God, that it descended … upon the covenant people of the Lord, … and they were armed with righteousness and with the power of God in great glory” (1 Nephi 14:14).

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From the Scriptures

Being filled with great compassion for Martha and Mary, Jesus Christ raised their brother Lazarus from the dead by the power of God He possessed.
Jesus arrived at Martha and Mary’s home after Lazarus had been in the grave for four days. They went to Lazarus’s tomb, and Jesus commanded that the stone covering the entrance be taken away. Jesus said to Martha, “Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?” He then prayed to God the Father and “cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
“And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes.” (See John 11:1–45.) The Savior uses His power to redeem and empower us. Our faith in Him will increase as we remember that He is full of power and glory.

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How does the power of God arm us with power and glory?

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“Within Father’s Grace*”


Able to withstand storms
giving all we’ve to give
knowing then of ‘grace’
the power from Father
given to his only Son
able to carry us beyond
when we’ve done all
and thus keep trying
extending ourselves
beyond our abilities
because of obedience
worthy of our covenants
within Father’s grace!

Copyright © 2015 – cji

Home Teaching Message September 2015


By President Henry B. Eyring

First Counselor in the First Presidency


Once, as I sat by my father’s bedside through the night, he talked about his childhood. He spoke of the love of his parents in difficult times and of the love of his Heavenly Father and the Savior. I knew he was dying of cancer, so it did not surprise me that at times he mixed up his feelings for his Heavenly Father with the love and kindness of his earthly father. My father had often said that when he prayed, he thought he could see in his mind the smile of Heavenly Father.
His parents had taught him by example to pray as if he spoke to God and that God would answer him in love. He needed that example to the end. When the pain became intense, we found him in the morning on his knees by the bed. He had been too weak to get back into bed. He told us he had been praying to ask his Heavenly Father why he had to suffer so much when he had always tried to be good. He said a kindly answer came: “God needs brave sons.”
And so he soldiered on to the end, trusting that God loved him, listened to him, and would lift him up. He was blessed to have known early and to never forget that a loving God is as close as a prayer.
That is why the Lord taught parents, “And they shall also teach their children to pray, and to walk uprightly before the Lord” (D&C 68:28).
The gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored—with the Book of Mormon and all the priesthood keys that can bind families—because Joseph Smith as a boy prayed in faith. He gained that faith in a loving and faithful family.
Twenty years ago the Lord gave families this counsel in “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” from the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.”1
We owe an overwhelming debt of gratitude to the family of Joseph Smith the Prophet for his upbringing. His family exemplified not only faith and prayer but also repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.
The generations that come after you may call you blessed for your example of prayer in your family. You may not raise a great servant of God, but you can by your prayers and your example of faithfulness help the Lord Jesus Christ raise up good and beloved disciples.
Of all that you might choose to do to help the Lord, prayer will be at the heart of it. There are apparently ordinary people who, when they pray, inspire others to open their eyes to see who is there. You can become such a person.
Think of what that can mean to those who kneel with you in family prayer. When they feel that you speak to God in faith, their faith will increase to also speak with God. When you pray to thank God for blessings they know have come, their faith will grow that God loves them and that He answers your prayers and will answer theirs. That can happen in family prayer only when you have had that experience in private prayer, time after time.
I am still being blessed by a father and a mother who spoke with God. Their example of the power of prayer in families is still blessing the generations who came after them.
My children and grandchildren are blessed every day by the example of my parents. The faith that a loving God hears and answers prayers has been passed to them. You can create such a legacy in your family. I pray that you will.

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Proclamation on the Family

“The Family: A Proclamation to the World” teaches principles that are just as timely today as when it was first presented on September 23, 1995. Consider inviting the individuals or families you teach to celebrate the proclamation’s 20th anniversary by:
1.     Listing principles it contains that have special significance for them. (See how President Eyring does this with prayer in the message above.)
2.     Discussing how each principle can bless them today and in the future.
3.     Setting specific goals to incorporate those principles into their lives and to share them with others.


Working at Prayer

President Eyring teaches that your family can be blessed by your strong relationship with Heavenly Father. You can improve your relationship with Him by improving your prayers! Here are a few ideas of how to do so:
Before you begin your prayer, take a few moments to think about what you want to say. Consider questions you might have or things that have been bothering you—you can even write them down so you don’t forget. Use this time too to clear your mind from the ruckus of the day so you can focus on the gentle impressions of the Holy Ghost. If your mind tends to wander while you pray, try to visualize Heavenly Father listening. Speak in specifics. Also, leave a few minutes at the end of the prayer to listen to the promptings of the Spirit. You might write down your impressions in your journal.
Remember that prayer has been called “a form of work” (Bible Dictionary, “Prayer”), so don’t worry if it takes practice or seems hard! Your effort in praying can help you forge a relationship with God that will bless generations.


A Prayer Reminder

President Eyring teaches that it’s important to pray with your family. You can be an example to your family by praying every day. You can also remind your family to pray together every day. Print the card below and put it where your whole family will see it. This way you can always remember that Heavenly Father wants to hear from you!

“Trusting in Prayer”


Granting all of life is a gift
Father’s most cherished
able to allow us to choose
within a mortal body here
thus trusting in prayer to know
feeling Father’s loving touch
being lifted beyond ourselves
able then to care and share
bringing Father’s love to all
trusting in prayer and faith
doing good works always
choosing obedience always
presenting value to Father
for his precious gift to us!

Copyright © 2015 – cji

August 30, 2015

"To Protect"

“To Protect”


Values are so very important
needed for us to protect all
most especially those eternal
which the worldly just ignore
while so many need to learn
what is good and righteous
apart from the temptations
which seek to ensnarl all
thus to protect we must do
leading the way by example
and teaching what is truth
values are so very important!

Copyright © 2015 – cji

August 29, 2015

"How to be a Dad"

“How To Be a Dad”


Wherein is the tear
needful to be strong
with thoughts clear
admitting when wrong;

Sure and wise to be
trusting and ever fair
helping a child to see
all that is and isn’t there!

Copyright © 2012 – cji

"Changing the Flow"

“Changing the Flow”


Irrigation ditches to dig
canals and waterways
changing the flow ever
wars and dictators know
little changes mean a lot
for those who act swift
creating so firm the rift
accomplishing all tout
young adults to grow
cords of birth to sever
wind lashings and stays
our lives to sure rig!

Copyright © 2012 – cji

"Shrouds to Fill" (short essay) (from the past)

History is repeating itself – over and over the evil which worked in the past is now working today.  There is no such thing as a convenient coincidence – while things may look different – they are not – over and over repeated acts of violence where none can intervene – thus accepting that the government must.  Remember when innocent bystanders are injured by religious sects protected by the PC – and the police blame the bystanders?  PC police getting away with shooting and killing law abiding citizens and having their courts say it was justified.  Drug runners – illegal aliens – fighting the border patrols and the border patrols are the ones in jail! 

If one wants a world government and many of the most wealthy and evil in this nation and other do; the mass murders must continue and the shrouds provided need to be filled! All we need for a World Government – anyone remember someone named Stalin??  - He did very effectively in Russia – eliminated millions and then put in the military to crush it – and then came the Totalitarian of today – most of this was most likely discussed in the 1880’s and began with the implementation of the Unions and organized gang violence – by the early 1900’s – the Mafia found a new home – by the 30’s depression helped aid more government intervention (following the crash of 1906 – man-made) the same event happened in 1929 – followed by the refusal of extension of lean to Germany by France 1933 – rise of Germany and Russia and Japan – and some nation where the trains finally ran on time!  Work one area at a time – experiment here and there – allow the terrorists/criminals to spread – preach it in the movies, music, media, television – books and magazines – you know glorify sex, violence, insubordination, abuses of all kinds, drugs, and especially make heroes out of actors/actresses – highlight the ‘everyone does it’ and what do we have? 

Break-up of the family unit – create a loss of common sense – separation of races – increased crime w/o punishment – a felon for a president (anyone ever notice he’s never denied anything? Including committing several felonies – i.e. SS Card and lying before the State Bar of Illinois) – a criminal for the Attorney General – a do-nothing congress and even the gradual increase in the power of the UN (which is simply a tool) – China violating every law every written yet becoming a member of the WTO within weeks of 9/11; and the rise and fall of minor nations of pirates.  Virtue and morals – honesty and integrity – truth telling and being responsible/accountable for one’s actions no longer are held as values within the United States of America!

Oil is the blame – wealth is the blame – white people are always the blame – Bush is to blame – religion is the blame – God is the blame – and soon no one cares or does anything – they continue to go to the mall – dress like fools (or undress depending on the point of view) – act like fools – become parasites on the Internet – and play games of total violence – segregating most from normal society – thus having excuses such as: no one likes me – no one understands me – I want only to be free – let me do my thing – and tough luck to those I happen to hit over the head with a baseball bat – shoot just to kill – rape because you know that is what they want – and so forth and so on – because everyone else is the blame and therefore the need for totalitarian government – run not by the UN or the USA or anyone else – but ultimately China.

Then the radio – tv – movies – music – plays Christmas Carols and all is well!  c

“Shrouds to Fill”


Gristly as it sounds to all
in ignorant governments
needs to use its stockpiles
much like industry stocks
the old must be sold/used
then begin to sell the new;

Shrouds to fill all to view
a population thus abused
in old days done with rocks
today same results - denials
false tears in PC statements
innocents to suffer and fall!

Copyright © 2012 – cji


“1248* and Counting”


Sometime long ago thought
started to write each Sabbath
not sure even when this began
over 24 years ago it did begin
calling upon those who read
the Sabbath Day thus to heed
a Commandment of Father
to be kept as all of the others
while most the worldly ignore
all will be accountable as one
individual choices we make
eternal life in the balance
choosing to Father obey
or peer pressure on this day
calling on each to remember
while guessing not many do
loving Father and the Son
started to write each Sabbath
sometime long ago thought to do!

Copyright © 2013 – cji

"Continuous Revelation"

“Continuous Revelation”


Unbroken from the heavens
Father communicating with us
Prophets and Apostles know
sometimes latent for centuries
in an unrighteous world found
then comes a Prophet called
the Church restored to earth
revelations continuous again
God unchanging for eternity
thus always to communicate
with his children via a Prophet
then and now eternally always
whether the world denies
still the same – Prophets to be
intermediaries with Father
in continuous revelation!

Copyright © 2015 – cji

"Creeds of Ignorance"

“Creeds of Ignorance”


Shadow dancing with wisdom
pretending to be as the brilliant
more so than even our Father
inventing language as logismoi
creating lies woven into almost
confusing and thus contending
destroying the Scriptures all
substituting creeds of ignorance
from the 3rd Century till today
unrelenting in denying truth
simple, clear, pure truth
shadow dancing instead
with the logismoi of men*!

*Men = men/women

Copyright © 2015 – cji

"Some Have"

“Some Have”


Some have and some not
some come to the fountain
some go unto Babylon instead
some seek for the eternal
some have great feelings
some have only the cold
some desire eternal life
some think it is a given
some wonder and search
some just wander lost
some come to the fountain
some go unto Babylon still
some have and some not!

Copyright © 2015 – cji

"The Power"

“The Power”


Lightning striking quickly
locomotives crashing
mighty battleships firing
torpedoes direct hits
pounding elephants
rushing giant falls
crocodiles attacking
the power of actions
within words softly
while the power’s awe
comes in the sacred word
ignored by almost all
rather to embrace
locomotives lightning!

Copyright © 2015 – cji

Have been away

Sorry I've been away - and for some reason can never log on - chuck

August 23, 2015

"To Grow"

“To Grow”


Needing to understand growth
the physical is most important
yet the Spiritual more important
growing begins within in warmth
allowing knowledge to mature
one precept at a time learning
developing faith and strength
prayer daily - reading Scriptures
for to grow towards the light
requires many things foreign
as the worldly seek it not
while the righteous know to do
putting aside the worldly
putting foremost the Spiritual!

Copyright © 2015 – cji

August 22, 2015

"Willingly to Choose"

“Willingly to Choose”


Awakening – thus to pray
going about daily tasks
but on the Sabbath Day
to spend time with Father
whither the place chosen
yet willingly to choose
serving in full obedience
seeking better to know
thus to understand all
keeping the Sabbath holy
each has their choice
awakening – thus to pray!

Copyright © 2015 – cji

August 21, 2015




Joining a growing group
those who seek misery
tasting all of the temptations
enjoying the spoils of others
taking without ever giving
dwelling within hot coals
chasing the flaming darts
first with some ease, then
missing and being hit
feeling the pricks of pain
finding the misery of lies
joining a growing group!

Copyright © 2015 – cji