May 31, 2017




Captive and helpless
welfare and entitled
drugged into submission
prisoners for their will
unwilling to push back
unwilling to learn anew
unwilling to seek the key
rather prisoners known
slaves in another time
killing each other over
then others as savages
running wild on streets
whether white/black/other
prisoners unwilling freedom
captive and helpless!

Copyright © 2017 – cji

"Aspens in Silence"

“Aspens in Silence”


The sounds were there
but amid the silence
unheard by any now
aspens in silence
further down the slope
far beneath the pines
laying with the snows
tears only to be heard
as sounds were there!

Copyright © 2017 – cji




Chasing one’s tail
almost catching often
as in research endless
circling indifferent
building lie upon lie
deeper and deeper
into the ground tread
round and round
as oxen tethered
knowing only to tread
whirligig as child’s
without innocence
caught in their snare
chasing one’s tail!

Copyright © 2017 – cji

Home Teaching Message June 2017


Called to the Work

Thomas S. Monson

When the Prophet Joseph Smith called Elder Heber C. Kimball (1801–68) to “open the door of salvation” as a missionary to England, Elder Kimball was seized by feelings of inadequacy. “O, Lord,” he wrote, “I am a man of stammering tongue, and altogether unfit for such a work.”

Elder Kimball accepted the call nevertheless, adding: “These considerations did not deter me from the path of duty; the moment I understood the will of my Heavenly Father, I felt a determination to go at all hazards, believing that He would support me by His almighty power, and endow me with every qualification that I needed.”1
My young brothers and sisters who are called to full-time missionary service, you are called to the work because you, like Elder Kimball, “have desires to serve God” (D&C 4:3) and because you are ready and worthy.
Senior couples, you are called to the work for the same reasons. You, however, bring not only a desire to serve but also wisdom gained from seasons of sacrifice, love, and experience that your Father in Heaven can use to touch the hearts of His sons and daughters who are looking for the truth. No doubt you have learned that we can never truly love the Lord until we serve Him by serving others.
To your desires to serve as missionaries, you will add faith and fortitude, courage and confidence, resolve and resilience, determination and dedication. Dedicated missionaries can bring about miracles in the mission field.
President John Taylor (1808–87) summed up the essential qualities of missionaries this way: “The kind of men [and women and couples] we want as bearers of this gospel message are men who have faith in God; men who have faith in their religion; men who honor their priesthood; men in whom … God has confidence. … We want men full of the Holy Ghost and the power of God[,] … men of honor, integrity, virtue and purity.”2
The Lord has declared:
“For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul;
“And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work” (D&C 4:4–5). Your call has come through inspiration. I testify that whom God calls, God qualifies. You will receive heavenly help as you prayerfully labor in the Lord’s vineyard.
The beautiful promise the Lord gave to the missionaries early in this dispensation, as contained in the Doctrine and Covenants, will be yours: “I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up” (D&C 84:88). As you serve, you will build rich eternal memories and friendships. I know of no field which produces a more bounteous harvest of happiness than the mission field.

Now, a word for those elders, sisters, and couples who, for whatever reason, may not be able to finish their assigned time in the mission field: The Lord loves you. He appreciates your sacrifice. He is aware of your disappointment. Know that He still has a work for you to do. Don’t let Satan tell you otherwise. Don’t get down; don’t become discouraged; don’t despair.
As I observed in general conference shortly after I was called to lead the Church: “Fear not. Be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith.”3That promise still holds true for you. So don’t lose your faith, because the Lord has not lost faith in you. Keep your covenants and move forward.
The world needs the gospel of Jesus Christ. May the Lord bless all of His Saints—regardless of where we serve—with a missionary heart.

Teaching from This Message
Whether or not we serve as full-time missionaries, each of us has the opportunity to share the gospel and serve those around us. Consider pairing this message with a recent general conference talk on this topic, such as “Sharing the Restored Gospel” by Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (Liahona, Nov. 2016, 57). You could also discuss the phrase “whom God calls, God qualifies” with those you teach. How have they felt God supporting them in missionary work and in their callings? You could invite those you teach to pray for strength and inspiration to know how to share the gospel with their family, friends, and neighbors.
A Missionary without a Tag
By Kirsti Arave
The author lives in Utah, USA.
teenage girl in school
At school I have a teacher who has the kind of personality that might scare someone from sharing opposing views on a subject. One day we got on the topic of LDS missionaries. I knew I could have answered his questions, but I felt like I shouldn’t. So I said just enough to satisfy him for the time being.
For the next few weeks I couldn’t stop thinking about our conversation. Finally, a thought came to me that I should give him a Book of Mormon with a few highlighted phrases about missionary work. The thought scared me, but it persisted. I knew it was a prompting I had to follow.
About two months later, I had the Book of Mormon ready. All day long I felt like the book was burning a hole in my backpack. The three seconds it took for me to hand it to him as I left for winter break was the scariest moment of my life.
On the first day back, I passed his classroom but was scared to go in. Then I heard him call for me, and he gave me a card. I read it in the hallway. He wrote that he had studied “at length” the passages I had marked, and he was beginning to see some reasons behind my faith.
I get excited sharing the gospel now, and I am even more excited to serve my Heavenly Father on a mission soon.
Get ideas at


Missionary Service

Missionaries are called to teach the gospel and also to serve people. Help the missionaries find these tools hidden in the picture!


1.     Heber C. Kimball, in Orson F. Whitney, Life of Heber C. Kimball, 3rd ed. (1967), 104.
2.     Teachings of Presidents of the Church: John Taylor (2001), 73.
3.     Thomas S. Monson, “Be of Good Cheer,” Liahona, May 2009, 92.

Whom Are Called”


All are called to serve
our mission in mortality
to share precious truths
giving understanding
of the Savior our Lord
to speak of his Father
thus to share the Gospel
found in the Scriptures
literal and true known
without the wisdom of man
relying fully on our Lord
nothing wavering ever!

Copyright © 2017 – cji

Visiting Teaching Message June 2017


Priesthood Power through Keeping Covenants

Prayerfully study this material and seek for inspiration to know what to share. How will understanding the purpose of Relief Society prepare daughters of God for the blessings of eternal life?

“My message to … all is that we can live every hour ‘blessed by the strength of priesthood power,’ whatever our circumstance,” said Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
“… As you worthily participate in the ordinances of the priesthood, the Lord will give you greater strength, peace, and eternal perspective. Whatever your situation, your home will be ‘blessed by the strength of priesthood power.’”1
How do we invite priesthood power into our lives? Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles reminds us that “those who have entered the waters of baptism and subsequently received their endowment in the house of the Lord are eligible for rich and wonderful blessings. The endowment is literally a gift of power … [and] our Father in Heaven is generous with His power.” He reminds us that men and women “are both endowed with the same power” in the temple, “which by definition is priesthood power.”2
Linda K. Burton, Relief Society General President, said: “Since priesthood power is something we all desire to have in our families and homes, what do we need to do to invite that power into our lives? Personal righteousness is imperative to having priesthood power.”3 “If we will humbly present ourselves before the Lord and ask Him to teach us, He will show us how to increase our access to His power,” said President Russell M. Nelson, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.4

Additional Scriptures and Information

Relief Society seal
Faith Family Relief

Consider This

How does keeping our covenants bless us with priesthood power?

“Our Royal Rights”


Each and every person
entering though baptism
receiving the Holy Ghost
entering the Sanctuary
the House of the Lord
worthy to receive all
carries then with them
the ‘Priesthood Power’
our royal right ensure
being children of God
predicated on worthiness
these rights eternally!

Copyright © 2017 – cji

May 30, 2017

"Is the Choir Listening"

“Is the Choir Listening”


Deafness all around
chaotic and blustery
confusion and guile
wondering who if any
still listening to truth
we know the left isn’t
we know congress not
we know the media
cares not but for lies
is the choir listening
if so to who do they
many wander about
sometimes to obey
conveniently when able
other times caring not
to keep all the truth
all the Commandments
all of the time-always
even in the confusion
blustery and chaotic
all around deafness!

Copyright © 2017 – cji




Drinking the hemlock
drop by drop ingesting
striving to get all to do
just a little won’t hurt
lie a little-sin a little
here have another sip
slowly unconsciously
forgetting right or truth
believing anything fed
verbal, visual, vile
skosh is the amount
drinking the hemlock!

Copyright © 2017 – cji




Circular going about
endlessly expelling
citing lies upon lies
concatenate flows
linking into each more
series of falseness
claiming to be true
each citing each as one
linking lies and not facts
concatenate desperation!

Copyright © 2017 – cji




How happy is the adversary
parents abdicating responsibility
teachers and leaders the same
anything goes without foul
entitlements and enslaved
those needing guidance lost
infants in the streets crying
young children but targets
teenagers feeling empowered
others abdicate accountability
chaos and jubilation combine
the adversary is so happy!

Copyright © 2017 – cji

May 29, 2017

"Street Warriors" (Epilogue)

Street warriors who serve
daily in harm’s way today
putting aside the pressure
going into the line of fire
unknowing where or whom
knowing it’s their duty
sworn by oath to serve
men/women in Blue
wearing shields
wearing shields
wearing shields!)

Copyright © 2017 – cji

(8) "Impressions"

Weeping is found my heart
how many years have past
how many men/women known
wherein I’m so grateful too
millions maybe even more
unsung heroes of the peace
protecting me and my family
impressions now in stone
more importantly my mind
ever remembering each
impressions of loneliness
street warriors each and all
remembered weeps my heart!

Copyright © 2017 – cji