Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A New Way to Look at the Book of Mormon

I think I want to begin a new project as pertains to my Book of Mormon study:  Read it as if it were the first time that I ever put my eyes on it.  (In some parts of the Book of Mormon this may be true, though I believe that I have at some time or another, read it through at least once--but do we read/inhale every word, normally----or do we "scan" through some passages, quickly, already)?

Is it even important to read every single word, or rather to just pick and choose themes?  So what I am desiring, is this:  I want to see the words, the intent, the spirit of the book, as if I were a non-member and see how it affects me.  I am sure, or fairly sure this is impossible, as I have been steeped in the gospel for nearly my whole life.

Maybe what I want to do is just get a fresh look.  "Dig About the Roots" and TRY to imagine the import the message of the Book of Mormon for me and for mankind and womankind, in general.  I need oxygen and I need to refresh or even re-set my relationship with the Book of Mormon.  My spiritual relationship with the gospel of Christ needs fertilizing, sunlight, the "Light of Christ", and in general, a fresh perspective.

We say in the Genealogical Society board meetings, sometimes, that we need "fresh blood" in the membership.  We talk of how we can attract those people that will come into the leadership and "stir things up" a bit--bring new ideas, new ways of looking at things.

I do not plan to discard the knowledge and relationship that I've already acquired with the Book of Mormon--I just plan to give those roots, a bit of oxygen and search them for ways to refresh my in ways that will lift me to new understanding.

The best way of course to accomplish this is to apply the discoveries of disciple-ship to my daily walk.  Bring the principles forth and liken them to my situation.  Example:

And we will nourish again the trees of the vineyard, and we will trim up the branches thereof; and we will pluck from the trees those branches which are ripened, that must perish, and cast them into the fire.
"Trim up the branches" = pruning.  Right?  So I can eliminate from my life those things which are less useful in obtaining spirituality, yes?  Cast into the fire those practices in my life that impede my spiritual progress.  Sometimes I practice this principle by self-correcting my course.  For example, I am partially successful in not reading a novel when it begins to go into way too much detail about the love life of a couple.  I just toss it in the trash bin if the language is too salty, the scenes too hot and steamy...etc.  What about my own language?  Is it appropriate and meaningful in good ways?  Or do I occasionally sink to promulgating confidential information?  Am I a gossip?

So application of the principles of righteousness in the Book of Mormon have to be customized to our particular personality and challenges.  That is why we have to read the scriptures over and over and over; we change, we forget, we need new experiences to understand the import of the revelations that await us in the teachings of the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other sacred writ.

So my plan is both to approach the Book of Mormon from "where I am coming from", but also from the "where is God coming from" and how the Book is a "shaker and mover" in the lives of investigators.


I hope that one of these links will help you and me to accomplish our study and build our testimony of the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Christ.  

Saturday, July 30, 2016

I'm feeling discouraged about the political scene right now.  From the media I get the impression that it is a foregone conclusion that Hillary R. Clinton is considered to have the best chance to be elected President.  She and her husband and associates have put in years of work and effort and chicanery to cultivate the place that they are in today.

They represent the "one-world" viewpoint.  However, I don't just hold them responsible...(Former) Governor Jeb Bush and others in the Republican Party let their party down this time because they didn't attend the Convention and they haven't supported the people's candidate, Donald Trump.  I they will be sorry.  We only have 99 days left in this campaign.  Where are there voices for "less government", now?!!  Senator McCain can be forgiven; he isn't a spring chicken after all.  However, there are so many who failed the RNC in their attempt to produce support for...(Not for Donald Trump, but for the party in which we had put our hopes, for the platform that represents

an option

to the left wing, liberal, socialized viewpoint of Hillary and her Crew (pirate crewe, that is)!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

The True Nature of Anger

Here to Help | Mormon Channel

Here to Help | Mormon Channel

I plan to read one account each day, just to remind me there is hope on the horizon when someone reaches out a helping hand.  I hope to be in some little way that person who helps someone, even a little.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

FHGuide: Get Started

FHGuide: Get Started  

This is an amazing resource for those of you who have never used a guide for your research.  But if you need a plan or would like a review, then this is for you.

In addition, it is FREE.  Since this is one individual's "baby", he has provided a place for donations, if you find the guide useful or want to encourage efforts like this one.

Take a look and let me know what you think.  

Sunday, August 09, 2015

There Will Come A Day in Your Life

Hopefully, more than once this will happen to you, and you will wonder if the dews of heaven have distilled upon you:

You will be listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on BYU TV, (after all you missed church and you are trying to feel a little bit better about yourself), and this does help...

You will find you are wanting greater spiritual strength as you listen to the program and realize that there is a part of you that really is hungering for greater truth and light...

Not even a sweet potato biscuit will taste as good as knowing that you have been fed by the Spirit.

But, I do believe that first, you have to "hunger and thirst after righteousness"; [for they who hunger and thirst], those are the ones who shall be filled.  (Matthew 5:6, Sermon on the Mount, "Blessed are they who...").

The only thing in this world worth striving for, the treasure that we should be seeking, the sweet invitation of the Spirit to partake of Christ's love and light--HOW ARE WE SEEKING IT?  Or rather, how are we not seeking it?

Where is our faith?  Do we focus on our weaknesses to the extent that we forget there is One who is stronger than us?  That's my tendency.  I concern myself with so many things and distractions, that I forget that it is in my weakness that I need the Savior.  When I wake up with insufficient strength, spiritual and physical,  to get ready for church, do I just give up, or do I kneel and ask the Savior to assist me?  I need to seek His help, His strength.  Faith will take me there.  

What is your counsel, your ideas, that will lead you to having faith,  and lead me to asking for help when I need to ask for help?  

When there is a cloud hanging over your head (of any type), what leads your vision to be directed toward Heaven and Divine Help?!!

The answers are in part, timeless, well known to all of us.  But, there are other answers that must come from reflecting on our unique challenges and reviewing what actually happens when we feel unable to move our spiritual feet.  Gathering both kinds of answers are something that we can do to move forward.