Thursday I had a wonderful experience. I have been struggling with something for a couple of months now. The subject isn’t really important; I have finally resolved it anyhow. How it was finally settled is the subject of today’s post.
I had finished my work and I turned on my favorite new internet radio channel “Mormon Channel,” a new radio service from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I listened for a few moments when I realized that the speaker identified in the window was not correct. I listen frequently to General Conference recordings so I knew the voice was not Elder Henry B. Eyring. I sat and listened more closely, I had been listening but because I knew that the name on the window wasn’t right I listened ever more intently. The words sank deeply into my heart as I learned how to reconcile the things I know to be true in my heart with what I know I must do in the coming months.
I had missed the beginning of the talk so I wanted to find it in the online archives at BYU Broadcasting. When it finally occurred to me that we were actually listening to Elder Dallin H. Oaks not Elder Eyring, I also realized a great lesson. Father knows me; He knows what I need and He hears even my unspoken prayers. I don’t know if I was witness to a miracle worked just for me. Was I listening to something different than the rest of the world? What changes occurred to the Mormon Channel so that it played Elder Oaks’ talk and not Elder Eyring’s? I will never know; I do know this, I was blessed on Thursday to hear an Apostle of our Savior Jesus Christ and his message has been a blessing in my life.
I no longer need to worry about the requirements that will have me at odds with my beliefs. I can be at peace. I feel to rejoice and I wanted to share my joy!
And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.
Today I was thinking of this scripture as I wrestled with the pain of my thorn. During the Sacrament I pondered my Savior and all that he has done for me. Tonight as I try to sleep I want to think of these words, “By participating weekly and appropriately in the ordinance of the sacrament we qualify for the promise that we will ‘always have his Spirit to be with [us].’” (Dallin H. Oaks). I need Him more than I know.
Maybe this weakness will become my strength.
I have loved my iPod touch! I just found an application that allows me to blog away from the computer. Welcome to my latest time saving technique. Whenever I post from my iPod I will add the thumbnail on the left.
We have just celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary, we spent nine wonderful days together without a disagreement. I tell you this only because it takes effort, those nine days were not easy. We are far from perfect, and beautifully imperfect. We share our days together more than most. We work together, eat lunch together, and spend most evenings together. Even on the weekends we attend church and teach a class of six and seven-year-olds together. While we were celebrating our anniversary we walked through a “Garden of Love,” each tree planted on the day of marriage of the couple it represented. I asked if a couple like us could have a tree, I thought 25 years deserved a tree too. I’d like to celebrate staying together, not just starting out together.
Ephesians 5:22 – 32
22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
“The growing permissiveness in modern society gravely concerns us. Certainly our Heavenly Father is distressed with the increasing inroads among his children of such insidious sins as adultery and fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, abortions, pornography, population control, alcoholism, cruelty expressed in wife-beating and child-abuse, dishonesty, vandalism, violence, and crime generally, including the sin of living together without marriage.
“We call upon our Church members everywhere to renew their efforts to strengthen the home and to honor their parents, and to build better communications between parent and child.
“Important as it is, building stronger homes is not enough in the fight against rising permissiveness. We therefore urge Church members as citizens to lift their voices, to join others in unceasingly combating, in their communities and beyond, the inroads of pornography and the general flaunting of permissiveness. Let us vigorously oppose the shocking developments which encourage the old sins of Sodom and Gomorrah, and which defile the human body as the temple of God. . . .
“God will not be mocked. His laws are immutable. True repentance is rewarded by forgiveness, but sin brings the sting of death. . . .
“As we think back upon the experiences of Nineveh, Babylon, Sodom and Gomorrah, we wonder—will history repeat itself? What of our world today? Are we forgetting in our great nations the high and lofty principles which can preserve the nations? . . .
“. . . There are among us those same vices which we have seen wreck empires, and we see them becoming flagrant in all nations. Shall we, like Belshazzar, sow the wind and reap the whirlwind? Shall we permit the home to deteriorate and marriage to become a mockery? Shall we continue to curse God, hate our enemies, and defile our bodies in adulterous and sensuous practices? And when the patience of the Lord with us is exhausted, shall we stand trembling while destruction comes upon us? Or shall we wisely see the handwriting on the wall and profit by the sad experience of the past and return unto the Lord and serve him?” (Spencer W. Kimball, in Conference Report, Oct. 1977, pp. 5–7; or Ensign, Nov. 1977, pp. 5–6.)
Will we ever learn?
That was the question my daughter asked. Mom what will you do if Obama wins the election? I have been very vocal with by distrust of Our President-elect. I didn’t answer her that day. I haven’t really formulated my response yet. Maybe my thoughts spilling forth on this page will clarify it for me.
I am not really overetly concerned with the Obama win. I am, quite frankly, more concerned with the narrow victory of the propositions in support of traditional families. Since the election I have had a scripture story running through my mind.
Mosiah in his last days cannot appoint one of his sons King. They do not want the position, title or honors. He then sets a system of government in place very much like the land I call home. I am an American, through and through. I could have been “Born on the Forth of July” I am a bit Yankie Doodle in my love for home. I define it more clearly since living abroad for nearly a decade now.
Mosiah then tells the people how to guide this new government. Their voice is the guide, they will choose good over evil so the government will lead them in light.
He gives them a warning I have heard repeated in the past week running like a recorder in my mind. If the people choose evil they are ripe for destruction.
I have finally gone to the scriptures to find Mosiah’s words. They are much more powerful in their entirety.
Now it is not common that the voice of the people desireth anything contrary to that which is right; but it is common for the lesser part of the people to desire that which is not right; therefore this shall ye observe and make it your law—to do your business by the voice of the people.And if the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you; yea, then is the time he will visit you with great destruction even as he has hitherto visited this land. (Mosiah 29:26-27)