March 31, 2017

"Building Up the Kingdom"

“Building Up the Kingdom”


Restored in these Latter-days
preparing for Jesus’s return
past, current, future revelations
allowing for final preparations
let there be no mistake known
there are many who deny all
saying the heavens are closed
but the heavens are open
for the Father and the Son
unchanging in dealings with us
eternally the same communication
for the building up the Kingdom!

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"Received by the Prophet"

“Received by the Prophet”


Protected by the Father/Son
a Prophet entitled to revelation
for the whole world even today
not idle words but divine
able to help us each better
each received by the Prophet
each coming from Father/Son
allowing all to discern truth
protected by the Father/Son!

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Continuous and ongoing always
promptings of the Spirit felt
one to be in tune with Father
living according to Commandments
seeking the higher law standards
wanting to know truths always
thousands of years provided
to those of the covenant
revelation from Father/Son!

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Articles of Faith 9:

Articles of Faith 9:
We believe all that
God has revealed,
all that He does now reveal,
and we believe that He will
yet reveal many great and
important things pertaining
to the Kingdom of God.

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Visiting Teaching Message April 2017

Visiting Teaching Message April 2017

The more we as sisters understand that the oath and covenant of the priesthood applies to us personally, the more we will embrace the blessings and promises of the priesthood.
Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said, “All who have made sacred covenants with the Lord and who honor those covenants are eligible to receive personal revelation, to be blessed by the ministering of angels, to commune with God, to receive the fulness of the gospel, and, ultimately, to become heirs alongside Jesus Christ of all our Father has.”1
The blessings and promises of the oath and covenant of the priesthood pertain to both men and women. Sister Sheri L. Dew, former counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, said, “The fulness of the priesthood contained in the highest ordinances of the house of the Lord can be received only by a man and woman together.”2
Sister Linda K. Burton, Relief Society General President, has issued this call: “I invite you to memorize the oath and covenant of the priesthood, which can be found in Doctrine and Covenants 84:33–44. By doing so, I promise you that the Holy Ghost will expand your understanding of the priesthood and inspire and uplift you in wonderful ways.”3
Joseph Smith’s instructions to the Relief Society were intended to prepare women to “come in possession of the privileges & blessings & gifts of the priesthood.” This would be accomplished through the ordinances of the temple.
“Temple ordinances [are] priesthood ordinances, but they [do] not bestow ecclesiastical office on men or women. [These ordinances fulfill] the Lord’s promise that his people—women and men—would be ‘endowed with power from on high’ [D&C 38:32].”4
Additional Scriptures and Information

Faith, Family, Relief
Consider This
What can you do to more fully understand and access the promised blessings of the oath and covenant of the priesthood?

“Worthiness Entitles”


Children off to school or play
housework to be done again
wondering of each’s safety
having put them off in prayer
then alone again to implore
able to feel the promptings
personal revelation to each
knowing needs therefore
worthiness entitles all now
who’ve made covenants
with the Father and Son
to blessings eternal untold!

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Home Teaching April 2017

Second Counselor in the First Presidency


The Rabbi and the Soap Maker: There is an old Jewish tale about a soap maker who did not believe in God. One day as he was walking with a rabbi, he said, “There is something I cannot understand. We have had religion for thousands of years. But everywhere you look there is evil, corruption, dishonesty, injustice, pain, hunger, and violence. It appears that religion has not improved the world at all. So I ask you, what good is it?” The rabbi did not answer for a time but continued walking with the soap maker. Eventually they approached a playground where children, covered in dust, were playing in the dirt. “There is something I don’t understand,” the rabbi said. “Look at those children. We have had soap for thousands of years, and yet those children are filthy. What good is soap?” The soap maker replied, “But rabbi, it isn’t fair to blame soap for these dirty children. Soap has to be used before it can accomplish its purpose.” The rabbi smiled and said, “Exactly.”

How Shall We Live?
The Apostle Paul, quoting an Old Testament prophet, summarized what it means to be a believer when he wrote, “The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17).
Perhaps in this simple statement we understand the difference between a religion that is frail and ineffectual and one that has the power to transform lives. But to understand what it means to live by faith, we must understand what faith is. Faith is more than belief. It is complete trust in God accompanied by action. It is more than wishing. It is more than merely sitting back, nodding our heads, and saying we agree. When we say “the just shall live by faith,” we mean we are guided and directed by our faith. We act in a manner that is consistent with our faith—not out of a sense of thoughtless obedience but out of a confident and sincere love for our God and for the priceless wisdom He has revealed to His children.
Faith must be accompanied by action; else it has no life (see James 2:17). It is not faith at all. It doesn’t have the power to change a single individual, let alone the world.
Men and women of faith trust in their merciful Heavenly Father—even during times of uncertainty, even during times of doubt and adversity when they may not see perfectly or understand clearly.
Men and women of faith earnestly walk the path of discipleship and strive to follow the example of their beloved Savior, Jesus Christ. Faith motivates and, indeed, inspires us to incline our hearts to heaven and to actively reach out, lift up, and bless our fellowmen.
Religion without action is like soap that remains in the box. It may have wondrous potential, but in reality it has little power to make a difference until it fulfills its intended purpose. The restored gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of action. The Church of Jesus Christ teaches true religion as a message of hope, faith, and charity, including helping our fellowmen in spiritual and temporal ways.

President Uchtdorf and his daughter, Antje, visited refugees in a camp near Athens, Greece.

A few months ago, my wife, Harriet, and I were on a family trip with some of our children in the Mediterranean area. We visited some refugee camps and met with families from war-torn countries. These people were not of our faith, but they were our brothers and sisters and they urgently needed help. Our hearts were deeply touched when we experienced firsthand how the active faith of our Church members brings help, relief, and hope to our fellowmen in need, regardless of their religion, nationality, or education.
Faith yoked with consistent action fills the heart with kindness, the mind with wisdom and understanding, and the soul with peace and love.
Our faith can bless and righteously influence both us and those around us. Our faith can fill the world with goodness and peace. Our faith can transform hatred into love and enemies into friends. The just, then, live by acting in faith; they live by trusting in God and walking in His way. And that is the sort of faith that can transform individuals, families, nations, and the world.
Teaching from This Message
President Uchtdorf explains that faith is more than just an expression of belief. True faith in Heavenly Father and in Jesus Christ requires action, and living by faith has the power to transform lives and homes. You could invite those you teach to share moments when they have seen the blessings and power of living by faith—from either personal examples or observations of others. Encourage them to pray for guidance to know how to better live the gospel.
Serving Others in Faith

President Uchtdorf tells us that our faith in God must be “accompanied by action.” When our faith is “yoked with consistent action,” he explains, it “fills … the soul with peace and love.” With the promise of this blessing, we can make a difference, and we can see this in our lives if we take the time to do faith-filled service. You could pray each morning to ask the Lord for help in serving others. For instance, ask Him to show you when a sibling needs help with a chore or when a friend needs a compliment. Then, when you receive a prompting, act on it! If you make these prayers and this service a habit, then your faithful, consistent action will bless your life and the lives of others. President Uchtdorf promises that you “can transform individuals, families, nations, and the world.”
Try this activity with a friend. You’ll have to trust and follow their directions carefully. With a pen or pencil in your hand, close your eyes. Let your friend tell you where to draw the eyes, nose, mouth, and hair on this face. Then take a look. How did it turn out? You can color in the face and draw another to play again! Sometimes it’s hard to follow directions. But when we try to follow Heavenly Father by listening to the Holy Ghost, He will help us. We can always trust Him.

“How Shall We (I) Live my Life”


When we were eight years old
there were dreams and thoughts
we were now accountable for self
decisions of right or of the wrong
thus the question was asked,
‘how shall we (I) live my life’
where do I look for an example
many today have great difficulty
living in a chaotic void of help
then we hear the still small voice,
‘the just shall live by faith’
exercising this faith with works
discerning the good and the bad
no longer eight years old pondering
‘how have we (I) lived my life’
following the Prophets and Savior
or by the precepts of the world?

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March 30, 2017

"When Wither the End"

“When Wither the End”


How often oops in the translations
Then multiplied in the transmissions;

The endless question always asked
When wither the end to be tasked;

Savior answering to those who hear
Allowing the worthy to see all clear;

Only the Father knows of the when
So much to be thought of then;

The Savior coming with the Father
Restoring the Kingdom together;

Then having the Gospel taught
To all those who eagerly sought;

These first two have happened
Our world now being sharpened;

When wither the end to be known
Only the worthy knowing shown!

(Note: Without a Restoration
There would be no Church
Without a Prophet called
For the Kingdom must be here
Before the Savior can come
Eternal and forever in Glory!)

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Joseph Smith: Translation of Matthew 23:39-Chapter 24
31 And again, this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world, for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come, or the destruction of the wicked;

32 And again shall the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, be fulfilled.

March 29, 2017

"Two Testimonies"

“Two Testimonies”


The world rants against the Bible
over and over claiming blasphemy
even the founders of Christendom
Augustine and Origen refuted it
taking their rhetoric as more truth
thus today the intelligent do also
until they come to learn of another
a second testimony of the Savior
hand in hand – testifying of each
the Book of Mormon the second
only one person translated it
using the gifts given to him
thus only one transmission
without political correctness
paying for it with his life
bearing testimony as did Paul
so we might know and discern
eternal life and salvation!

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"Book of Mormon"

“Book of Mormon”


A second testament of Jesus
this from the tribe of Joseph
Ezekiel 37:19 foretold this
taking the stick of Joseph
putting them with the other
the Stick of Judah for one
bringing the records together
giving two testimonies of Jesus
knowing the Bible to be Judah
then the Book of Mormon Joseph
which we believe to be literally
the word of God making one
with the Bible a firm testimony
of Jesus Christ our Savior
our Lord and Master
allowing us to know him!

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"Other Records"

“Other Records”


The Bible comes from Judah
Old and New Testaments
from one tribe among many
how vain are men/women
believing this all there is
just one testament of Jesus
would there not be more
all of the tribes had records
indeed the seed of Joseph
to go over the wall to inherit
the everlasting hill/mountains
building great civilizations
they too had Scriptures/records
preserved for our day today
brought forth by a Prophet
called the Book of Mormon!

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Many tribes of Israel journeyed
taking with them the Scriptures
called ‘sticks’ or ‘records’
orally and some were written
passing on to their descendants
truths of the Gospel taught them
they so taught their children
throughout the world taught
in these journeys of the tribes!

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"The Bible"

“The Bible”


Translated thousands of times
even when being first recorded
many records destroyed in war
ravages of time and decay
while the thread always there
records kept from Adam onward
some lost or buried in tombs
some kept secret by churches
while yet changed for politics
remains what we’ve today
some 56,000 editions told
commanded to be taken
literally and to be studied
all – in toto’ – all – not part
William Tyndale worthiness
speaking/writing many languages
over 80% of what’s in the Bible
from his efforts put to death
(not once but twice-hanged/burned)
‘so even a plowboy could discern’
thus we’ve the Bible Old/New
a testament of Jesus the Christ
but it is only one of the Scriptures!

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