THIS BLOG ATTEMPTS TO SHOW HOW SCIENCE IS CATCHING UP WITH REVEALED RELIGION

THIS BLOG IS AN ATTEMPT TO PUT ALL THE COOL STUFF THAT I BUMP INTO ABOUT THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST AND EVENTS THAT LEAD UP TO IT INTO ONE LOCATION.
THE CONTENTS WILL BE FROM AN LDS PERSPECTIVE. IF YOU DISAGREE WITH ANYTHING IN HERE, I DO NOT PARTICULARLY CARE TO ARGUE, UNLESS YOU CAN ADD TO THIS BODY OF WORK. I HAVE AN OPEN MIND, THAT IS WHY I READ STUFF FROM ALL DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES AND SEEK LEARNING FROM THE BEST BOOKS. I JUST AM NOT HERE TO ARGUE ABOUT IT - BUT TO PUT IT OUT THERE WHERE OTHERS CAN PERUSE/PURSUE IT. I TAKE PARTICULAR INTEREST IN HONEST SEEKERS OF TRUTH AND BELIEVE THAT SCIENCE IS REVEALED RELIGION'S BEST ALLY. YOU WILL SEE ALOT OF TOPICS IN THIS BLOG THAT SHOW SCIENCE BACKING - AND SLOWLY CATCHING UP WITH - REVEALED RELIGION.
ENJOY!!

Friday, February 12, 2016

OH COME, OH COME THOU EMMANUEL - AND RANSOM CAPTIVE ISRAEL

It was prophesied that things would get so bad in this country that the Saints would cry day and night until deliverance comes.

I know it will get much worse than it is right now.  It will be a pressure cooker.

I know this is a Christmas song - but I find myself humming it quite a lot lately - especially since LaVoy was murdered.  I would like justice as quickly as is possible.

I am still grinding thru the book about Christ's life by Vern Swanson - and I cannot help but note how parallel things are now in the USA with how things were in Jesus' day.  The other thing that astounds me - just as with the LaVoy Finicum narrative, is how badly those who wrote the history down (parallel with the media today) distorted what really happened.  Thankfully, we have modern revelation to give us a clearer picture of reality.  Those who have distorted things for their own purposes or to drive an agenda will have to pay every farthing.

The nice part - and the only consolation I have right now is knowing who wins this one in the end.  I guess patience is key...:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPfdD3pBUig

Enjoy! And please pray for His quick return.

Here is Sugarland if you like a little more twang and faster tempo:

DO NOT EAT SEAFOOD OUT OF THE NORTH PACIFIC

I am going to finally break down and spend the money and invest on a Geiger counter:

And I just bought the stuff to sautee with salmon that I planned on buying......  Yowsa!
Maybe not.....  I will report how the geiger counter on the Pacific salmon in the stores.

EASTERN ORTHODOX MEETS CATHOLIC - PROPHECY FULFILLED

Joseph Smith said we would be near the end when this event occurred - I think that is around the time the Bear lays the paw on the Lion:

Any questions?

Here is an excerpt from the prophecy:

The Lord took of the best blood of the nations and planted them on the small islands now called England and Great Britain and gave them great power in the nations for a thousand years and their power will continue with them, that they may keep the balance of power; and they will keep Russia from usurping her power over the world. England and France are now bitter enemies but they will be allied together and be united to keep Russia from conquering the world. The two Popes, Greek and Catholic, will eventually come together in their decline and be united. The Protestant Religions do not know how much they are indebted to Henry the VIII for throwing off the Pope’s bill and establishing the Protestant faith. He was the only monarch who could do so at the time and he did it because the nation was at his back to sustain him. One of the peculiar features in England is the established Red-coat; a uniform making so remarkable a mark to shoot at, and yet they have conquered wherever they have gone. The reason for this will be known by them some day as red is seen in a different color threading through under all history. The lion and the unicorn of England comes from there being so much of the blood of Israel in the nation. While the terrible things of which I have mentioned are going on, England will be neutral until it becomes so inhuman that she will interfere to stop the shedding of blood and history will be more properly understood. England and France will unite together to make peace, not to subdue the nations.  She will find this nation so broken up and so many claiming government, till there will be no reasonable government. Then it will appear to the other nations, or powers, as though England had taken possession of the country. The Black Horse will flee to the invaders and will join them for they have fear of becoming slaves again; knowing England did not believe in slavery, they will flee to them that they believe will make them safe. Armed with British bayonets, the doings of the Black Horse will be terrible.” Here the Prophet said that he could not bear to look longer upon the scenes as shown to him in vision and asked the Lord to close the scenes.
Continuing, he said. “During this time the great White Horse will have gathered strength, sending out elders to gather the honest in heart among the Pale Horse, or people of the United States, to stand by the Constitution of the United States, as it was given by inspiration of God. In these days which are yet to come God will set up a Kingdom never to be thrown down, but other Kingdoms to come into it, and those Kingdoms that will not let the Gospel be preached will be humbled until they will.”
 And so it goes.  And some people will still persist in the belief that he was not a Prophet.  They will perish with the wicked.  You cannot turn your backs on the Lord's servant and not have lasting consequences.  You simply cannot.....

THE BURDEN OF DAMASCUS

Oh boy.

I am starting to get early intelligence in that things are getting even more syrias over in Syria.....

I am thinking about the phraseology "the burden of Damascus".  What does it mean to have a burden.  It occurred to me that this would be the same burden that the breeding tom turkey would have in the turkey farm when he has been around for 10 years and things are just not "up" to what they used to be.  He knows his life is limited - as with all toms on a turkey farm - so it is not a matter of "IF", but "WHEN" for him.

As with all cities, they are sacked over time.  Wars and conflicts happen in this telestial world.  As time goes on, if you are still standing - it is just a matter of time before your fall comes.  This is a burden - something a city would worry about if it had a soul; quite similar to that tom turkey on that turkey farm.  When these words were penned/uttered, it was around 2500 years ago.  How much greater is that burden today, than it was 2500 years ago.

Folks, the die is cast.....  People that think it is all honkey dory and that all is well in Zion - are seriously deluded.....

FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS JUST ABOUT DEAD

Liberty Activists And ISIS Will Soon Be Treated As Identical Threats

Many of us saw it coming a long time ago — increasing confrontation between liberty proponents and the corrupt federal establishment leading to increasing calls by political elites and bureaucrats to apply to American citizens the terrorism countermeasures designed for foreign combatants. It was only a matter of time and timing.
My stance has always been that the elites would wait until there was ample social and political distraction; a fog of fear allowing them to move more aggressively against anti-globalists. We are not quite there yet, but the ground is clearly being prepared.
Economic uncertainty looms large over our fiscal structure today, more so even than in 2008. Global instability is rampant, with Europe at the forefront as mass migrations of “refugees” invade wholesale. At best, most of them intend to leach off of the EU’s already failing socialist welfare structure while refusing to integrate or respect western social principles. At worst, a percentage of these migrants are members of ISIS with the goals of infiltration, disruption and coordinated destruction.
With similar immigration and transplantation measures being applied to the U.S. on a smaller scale (for now) the ISIS plague will inevitably hit our shores in a manner that will undoubtedly strike panic in the masses. I believe 2016 will be dubbed the “year of the terrorist,” and ISIS will not be the only “terrorists” in the spotlight.
While scanning the pages of mainstream propaganda machines like Reuters, I came across this little gem of an article, which outlines plans by the U.S. Justice Department to apply existing enemy combatant laws used against ISIS terrorists and their supporters to “domestic extremists,” specifically mentioning the Bundy takeover of the federal refuge in Burns, Oregon as an example.
“Extremist groups motivated by a range of U.S.-born philosophies present a “clear and present danger,” John Carlin, the Justice Department’s chief of national security, told Reuters in an interview. “Based on recent reports and the cases we are seeing, it seems like we’re in a heightened environment.”
“Clear and present danger” is a vital phrase implemented in this statement from Carlin and he used it quite deliberately. It refers to something called the “clear and present danger doctrine or test,” a doctrine rarely used except during times of mass panic, such as during WWI and WWII. The doctrine applies specifically to the removal of 1st Amendment rights of free speech during moments of “distress.”
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What does this mean, exactly? “Clear and present danger” is a legal mechanism by which the government claims the right not only to prosecute or destroy enemies of the state, but also anyone who publicly supports those same enemies through speech or writing.
Recently, the prospect of allowing the Federal Communications Commission to target and shut down websites related to ISIS has been fielded by congressional representatives. Many people have warned against this as setting a dangerous precedent by which the government could be given free license to censor and silence ANY websites they deem “harmful” to the public good, even those not tied to ISIS in any way.
Of course, overt hatred of Islamic extremism amongst conservatives is at Defcon 1 right now, and with good reason. Unfortunately, this may lead constitutional conservatives, the most stalwart proponents of free speech, to mistakenly set the stage for the erasure of free speech rights all in the name of stopping ISIS activity. The greatest proponents of constitutional liberties could very well become the greatest enemies of constitutional liberties if they fall for the ploy set up by the establishment.
The Reuters article outlines the future implications quite plainly:
The U.S. State Department designates international terrorist organizations to which it is illegal to provide “material support.” No domestic groups have that designation, helping to create a disparity in charges faced by international extremist suspects compared to domestic ones.
It has been applied in 58 of the government’s 79 Islamic State cases since 2014 against defendants who engaged in a wide range of activity, from traveling to Syria to fight alongside Islamic State to raising money for a friend who wished to do so.
Prosecutors can bring “material support” terrorism charges against defendants who aren’t linked to groups on the State Department’s list, but they have only done so twice against non-jihadist suspects since the law was enacted in 1994. The law, which prohibits supporting people who have been deemed to be terrorists by their actions, carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.”
The Justice Department goes on to explain that they are “exploring” options to make “material support” charges more applicable to “domestic extremists.”
So what constitutes “material support?” Well, as mentioned earlier, John Carlin just told us. His use of the phrase “clear and present danger” denotes that 1st Amendment speech will be restricted, ostensibly because some speech will be labeled “material support” of terrorist organizations. The liberty movement, likely in the near future, is about to be outwardly defined by the establishment as a terrorist movement, and those who support it through speech will be designated as material supporters of said terrorism.
To be utterly clear, this could apply to any and everyone who promotes anti-government sentiments online, and will likely be aimed more prominently at liberty analysts and journalists. The argument for this move is rather humorous in my view — bureaucrats and others complain that it is “not fair” that Islamic terrorists are being treated more harshly than “white rural domestic extremists” and that material support laws should be enforced against everyone equally.
Yes, that’s right, the 1st Amendment is under threat because the Justice Department does not want to appear “racist.” At least, that is their public excuse…
I’m not sure whether it is depressing or hilariously ironic that the U.S. government (along with many other governments) is preparing the groundwork for prosecution of liberty activists for material support of terrorism when it is the government that has been proven time and again to be by far the most generous material supporter of terrorist organizations.
Will this all take place in a vacuum? Of course not. Something terrible is brewing. Another Oklahoma City-stye bombing, perhaps. Or a standoff gone horribly awry. The standoff in Oregon continues without Ammon Bundy and is about to get worse in the next week according to my information (you will see what I mean). The point is, the narrative is being finalized in preparation for whatever trigger events may be in store, and that narrative closely associates ISIS with liberty activists as being in the same category.
“As law enforcement experts confront domestic militia groups, “sovereign citizens” who do not recognize government authority, and other anti-government extremists, they also face a heightened threat from Islamic extremists like the couple who carried out the Dec. 2 shootings in San Bernardino, California.”
This is why I have consistently argued against giving any extra-judicial powers to our already bloated federal system. I am a staunch opponent of Islamic immigration and terrorism, but some people are so desperate to fight one monster that they are willing to give unlimited powers to another monster thinking it will give their minds ease. These people are fools, and they are putting the rest of us at risk.
If you want to fight ISIS, then fight them yourself. Do not give the same government that helpedcreate ISIS and then deliberately transplanted them to Europe and the U.S. even more legal authority over our lives to supposedly “stop” ISIS. This would be absurd.
In the meantime, I would point out that regardless of how the federal government wishes to label us, the liberty movement could not be more different from the Islamic State:
1) We don’t enjoy covert funding and training from the government at large as ISIS does. (Though according to leftists, we all take our marching orders from the Koch Brothers).
2) Most of us were born in this country and are rather attached to it.
3) ISIS fights to dismantle traditional Western values. We fight to restore traditional Western values, and we will not only fight ISIS but also cultural Marxists and collectivists who share the same disdain for liberty.
4) Many of us are far better trained than ISIS goons, so if anything, we are a more severe threat to the enemies of free society. (We actually look down our sights when we shoot rather than hiding behind cars with the rifle over our head and squatting like a constipated dog. We can also operate their AK-47s better than they can).
5) We are as opposed to Sharia Law as we are to martial law. In fact, we see them as essentially the same unacceptable circumstance.
6) We don’t cannibalize our enemies. (Who would want to take a bite out of Henry Kissinger’s spleen?)
7) We might look down on the insane ramblings of today’s feminists, but at least we would not stone them, enforce female circumcision, then rape them, then throw acid in their faces, then slap a hijab on them and take away their driver’s licenses. So maybe, just maybe, we toxic masculine conservative barbarians aren’t as bad as they seem to think we are.
8) We understand that black pajamas are not the best camouflage, but ISIS may have better fashion sense than we do.
9) Our beards are all-American. Their beards are just plain creepy.
10) They fight to be martyred. We fight to win.

When all is said and done, who is the greater threat to you and your freedoms? A psychotic theocrat that has taken his religion so far into the forbidden zone that any evil, no matter how heinous, is justified through the circular logic of zealotry? The criminal government that funded that psycho, trained him, slapped a rocket launcher in his hands and then gave him a free plane ride to your favorite shopping mall? Or, some weirdo that stores lots of food and gas masks in his basement and every once in a while talks to you about 9/11? Come on, think about it…

THE BEST LITTLE SLAVES ARE THOSE WHO DO NOT REALIZE THEY ARE SLAVES.....

How awake are you??

 
Sobering.

HAMMOND RANCH - PART OF SHADY CLINTON DEAL TO RUSSIANS

Folks, I swore I would give my last breath defending against this kind of corruption after what I saw down in Brazil.

From this source:  http://newstarget.com/2016-02-11-exclusive-massive-cover-up-blm-leases-hammond-ranch-land-to-russia-through-clinton-foundation-donors-for-uranium.html

EXCLUSIVE: Massive Cover-up – BLM leases Hammond ranch land to Russia through Clinton Foundation donors for uranium

Image: EXCLUSIVE: Massive Cover-up – BLM leases Hammond ranch land to Russia through Clinton Foundation donors for uranium
The Hammond Ranch controversy continues to sink into a rabbit hole without end. Evidence has surfaced that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been taking land with plans to lease it to Clinton Foundation donors.
Russia gradually gained control of Uranium One, a major mining company, in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, while Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State. Canadian records reveal that the company’s chairman used his own family foundation to make four donations to the Clinton Foundation during that time, resulting in a sum contribution of $2.35 million. Secretary Clinton approved the deal for Russia soon after her family’s slush fund received the donations. Now, Vladimir Putin controls 20 percent of all uranium production capacity in the U.S.

Undisclosed contributions made to the Clinton Foundation

These contribution were not made known to the public by the Clintons, even though Hillary Clinton made a deal with President Obama to disclose all the donors. Other individuals associated with the company made donations too.
Furthermore, after Russia declared that it was taking over Uranium One, Bill Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank, which promoted Uranium One stock.

A gold mine for uranium

It is not known whether the donations were responsible for the uranium deal, but the timing is suspicious. Since Hammond Ranch is a gold mine for uranium, it’s unsurprising that the Clinton Foundation would want to lease the land to Russia through donors.
This would also explain why U.S. authorities have been coming down so hard on protesters. Officials aren’t prosecuting individuals because of the Hammond controversy. Officials are coming down on protesters because they are occupying a valuable piece of land; a piece of land that was promised to the Russians.
According to The New York Times: “Whether the donations [to the Clinton Foundation] played any role in the approval of the uranium deal is unknown. But the episode underscores the special ethical challenges presented by the Clinton Foundation, headed by a former president who relied heavily on foreign cash to accumulate $250 million in assets even as his wife helped steer American foreign policy as secretary of state, presiding over decisions with the potential to benefit the foundation’s donors.”
Sources include:
CanadaFreePress.com
Evil.news
LibertyBlitzkrieg.com
NewsTarget.com

O WRETCHED MAN THAT I AM - NOT FALLING INTO DESPAIR OVER SIN OR THE VAGARIES OF LIFE

Great article from LDSMag:  http://ldsmag.com/what-nephi-teaches-us-about-overcoming-despair/

I chatted with someone recently (actually several people) who feel that they do not measure up in God's eyes.  I think we all go thru bouts of self-doubt and indecision.  It is all part of the deal of mortal life.  God does not allow sin in the least degree - but He DOES allow us to come into His presence by way of repentance and accepting our Savior as our Redeemer and Guide.  I hope you find some comfort in the principles of this article, as I have:


Scripture Study

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This is a Book of Mormon Extra for Gospel Doctrine Lesson 7.
Nephi travels a miserable desert, endures starvation as he seeks to make a new bow, lives on raw meat, is threatened multiple times by his brothers, takes two extra trips back to Jerusalem, has to build a ship with only the worst of complaining workers, is tied up during a storm at sea and apparently never murmurs or sinks to despair.
Finally, the wrath and murderous intentions of his brothers following the death of his father, Lehi, are too much, and even the invincible Nephi has his dark moment. On these plates where he is writing the things of his soul he cries out, “O wretched man that I am!”
He is apparently wretched not just for the anger and hatred that is heaped upon him, but also for his sense of his own sins and weakness of the flesh—the pains and fallibilities of living in a fallen world.
The reality is that we are energized in a very real way by the light of God. We are taught “And the light which shineth, which giveth you light, is through him who enlighteneth your eyes” (D&C 88:11).
We know that the Lord’s light is in us and through us, but like Nephi we can’t always feel it or access it. The world is too much with us and we know what it is to walk in shadows. More often than we’d like to admit, life bears down on us and the mists of darkness swirl around us and we, too, become heavy.
It is valuable to us that Nephi is willing to share his moment of wretchedness and what he does to emerge from that dark pit. If someone like the indomitable Nephi can sometimes be swathed in despair, then we understand that it is common to this mortal sphere and there is a way out.
What he does is profound—and a model for us all.
Nephi Acts as an Agent
There is a point in Nephi’s lamentations where he makes a conscious choice. He stops shorts in his tracks as he is pursuing a line of thinking that is devastating. Right in the middle of describing how his “heart groaneth because of [his] sins”, he redirects his course. He has recognized that his mind is not working in a way that brings energy and light to his being.
Think how easy it would have been to continue down the same course. Not only does his heart truly groan, but he could have begun listing a great number of other complaints at the same time. He could have become even more eloquent about the sources of his misery. He could have gone so far as to blame God for sending him rotten brothers or a difficult family situation.
Instead, he backs off and turns it around. “Nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted.” With this remark, he is choosing to be an agent and not a victim. Now it would be easy to suggest that what he is doing here is merely choosing to have a good attitude, but there is something much deeper and more important happening.
Attitudes and emotions follow thoughts, not the reverse. We feel something because we thought it first. We are not, then, mere victims to our emotions, led along like a donkey on a rope. Our state of being begins in our head—in the thoughts we think at such a rapid rate every second of every minute of every hour.
Feelings follow so quickly after, that sometimes we think that they lead, but it is what we are thinking that carves out everything else and determines our emotions.
This would be fine and good if our thoughts were all based in truth and light, but we have learned certain patterns of thinking in this fallen world that are simply flawed. They are natural man patterns that don’t bless us. We would obviously abandon them if we realized that they were hurting us, but we usually hold on tight to them because we don’t see that they are false. They hold us hostage. It is our fallen world mentality, developed because we had no memory of our truer self or home.
When we entered this fallen sphere, we began afresh to determine what reality is—and none of us got it entirely right. So we developed patterns of thinking—some of which don’t bless us at all. We don’t stop to look at them because they become habitual.
Most of us believe that what we think is “the truth.” Our thoughts represent reality. After all, they feel like reality to us because we have rehearsed them so many times in our minds. They are reflexive. They belong to us. We even think our thinking, however flawed, is us.
How can you tell if your thinking patterns are flawed? The Lord has given us a sure way of understanding. Truth is light. The light that “proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space” is “the same light that quickeneth your understandings” (D&C 88:11).
Replacing our Flawed Thinking
If we begin to feel that low energy dimness, a sense of discomfort and unease or if we simply live constantly with ideas that we are inadequate, unable, or hopeless, if we are anxious, resentful or blaming, we are holding on to false, natural-man ways of thinking. We have this perfect test to see if we are. Patterns of thinking about ourselves, our lives or others that bring us heaviness or darkness or unhappiness give themselves away. They are not God’s light that is quickening our understanding.
They are half-truths, partial truths, even outright lies. Admittedly, Nephi was having a truly terrible time, but was he a “wretched man”? He appears to feel it wholeheartedly. At the moment he was carefully engraving it on plates, he believed it was reality—until he chose to embrace the truth, which is light. Then his wretchedness shows itself for what it really is—the product of his own natural man thinking.
“I know in whom I have trusted,” he announces, and then begins in his Psalm the most beautiful, light-filled description of his gratitude. Here is what is key. He is replacing the lies and partial truths of false thinking with the truth. He had the perfect test to tell if this new line of thought was true, because it was filled with light—very different than the darkness he had just been feeling.
Far from being a wretched man, he now acknowledges:
“My God hath been my support; he hath led me through mine afflictions in the wilderness; and he hath preserved me upon the waters of the deep.
“He hath filled me with his love, even unto the consuming of my flesh.
“He hath confounded mine enemies, unto the causing of them to quake before me” (2 Nephi 4:20-22)
Nephi has replaced flawed, natural man thinking with the truth—and what flows from that is gratitude and light. Someone else didn’t do that for him. In fact, no one else could. By his will, he stopped thinking the swampy thoughts that were dark and instead put the power of his beautiful mind upon the truth. His exultation of gratitude was the result.
Paul talks about the power of our thoughts when he says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” If we are to have the joy of the Lord, we must have the mind of the Lord. That is worth repeating. If we are to have the joy of the Lord, we must have the mind of the Lord–which is free, expansive, loving and full of light because He is full of truth. The Lord has given us a barometer to tell if our minds are full of thought patterns that are based in truth. We can feel the natural man, flawed thinking in our system when it’s there. It makes us droop. The truth, instead, lifts us.
Write it Down
If we feel a bit wretched or even worse, one way to help ourselves is to write down what we are thinking. Invite ourselves to some meditation on our thoughts. Step back and look at what you are thinking. We can be conscious of our consciousness.
What are we believing now, and is it true? Or is it flawed? Be forthright with yourself as you write down what you think. Get to the very core of your own patterns. Let me give an example of what one woman did. This is what she wrote down, though it was more expansive and detailed than this.
I think I am always on the line.
I think that I never measure up.
I think that I am not good enough.
I am afraid because I think I won’t be good enough.
I think I am being judged.
Then she asked herself about each statement: what is flawed about this thinking? I know it must be flawed because it is bringing me down, and the truth is full of light. At the same time, she had to acknowledge that she really believed these statements to be true. In fact, she had gone through life unconsciously gathering evidence supporting these statements.
She took those statements one by one, seeking to replace them with the truth—or at least a higher truth that she could write down in another column to the side.
For instance, she began to explore the statement, “I think that I never measure up.” She asked the question, “Measure up to what?” What was this invisible standard that she was supposed to measure up to? Did she think that somehow she had to be perfect to be acceptable to herself or to the Lord? And what was perfect anyway? What did it look like?
She began to see she was holding a very simplistic idea that needed to be explored through the help of the Lord and the Spirit. She studied God’s command to be perfect and realized that the word really means “whole”—the end of a process. And what was that process? Trusting that the Lord gave you weaknesses and mortality in order to take you on a journey to wholeness and bring you to Him. Trusting that his atonement was a gift to make you whole. She came to see that she had been denying the atonement all along and thinking she had to be sufficient unto herself. She understood that nobody measured up on her own or ever could.
So many things changed in her thinking as she studied, prayed and thought this through. She replaced her flawed thinking with higher, truer thinking—and her being began to be filled with greater light. Instead of thinking “I never measure up,” she determined that the Lord’s perfection was enough and He had given her the atonement to teach her and lift her and, line upon line, bring her to Him. She knew in whom she had trusted and she stopped trusting in a false perception of herself.
Say the Truth
When you are low, the way to help yourself at that moment is to go to the very core of your being and start saying true things—just like Nephi did. Truth, being light, drives out darkness. What is it that you absolutely know to be a core truth?
I have learned that when I am tempted by despair, which I know is fostered in part by flawed thinking, I start with the most basic truths. Sometimes that is hard, because in those dark moments we are absolutely convinced of our wretchedness and every difficult thing that got us there. We may even be convinced that things will not be better. “O wretched woman that I am.” “O wretched man that I am.”
In those times, I begin to say things I know are true. I say, “I know that God lives.” I can feel the light of that truth begin to stir in me.
What else am I sure of? “I have seen God working in my life.” More stirring of light. This is true. Then, I can begin to name some of those times. Truth begins to dawn inside of me.
I am gradually freed from the lurking shadows. Nephi consciously chose to lift himself from despair through the Lord’s light of truth, and we can learn from him.
Jesus told his disciples, “If ye continue in my word…ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free: (John 8:32,33)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

WHO IS THE DELUDED ONE? - THE SPIRIT OF LAMAN AND LEMUEL

I have a few family members that think, just as Laman and Lemuel did, that I am a deluded and visionary man.  Off my rocker, so to speak.

When speaking of this, I often talk of the grafting of the olive branches and the wild and unruly grafting.  I have much good fruit and some wild graftings that did not take.  One sibling in particular has created quite the division in the family, calling out my imperfect - but good - father as some kind of horrible person.  I refute that and back my father up.  I also remind people of the basic commandments - that bearing false witness will be met with a day of reckoning in which they will be put to task for having done so.

Here is a great little write-up I found on FB on the spirit of Laman and Lemuel:

"Surely, as sons of Lehi, Laman and Lemuel had been taught about God, just as Nephi had—but, nonetheless, and obviously, they did not know Him. They had not learned what they had been taught, because to come to know the dealings of that God who has created us, it is not enough to have someone else tell you about him. You learn about who he is, in those hours in your room on your knees. He reveals himself to you when you seek him with all your heart and when your whole mind and soul is inclined toward him.
Laman and Lemuel did not want to pay that price, and so they paid other, agonizing prices instead, throughout the entire journey. They suffered, not because the Lord imposed suffering upon them, but given the nature of the journey, it was the natural consequence of attempting to go it alone.
Because at their core, they knew not God, at their core they could only respond to the reality of the journey with the outlook of the natural man.
We are often told by the world that real freedom and growth comes from abandoning God and his standards, and exercising our will, walking in our own way. What God wants is to make us sheep, to restrict us, to trample our individuality, we hear. Yet, who not only has all the fun, but also all the growth on this journey—Nephi, or his brothers, Laman and Lemuel? Who develops leadership, ingenuity and integrity? Who gets to make a bow and build a ship? Who has visions and talks to the very Creator, himself?
Who, on the other hand, spends all their time plotting and complaining, withering away with every passing year?
We know those answers, and it is easy to sit here at our seeming distance from the desert and call Laman and Lemuel foolish, but the more telling thing is to use their story to look back at ourselves.
In actuality, we are not so far from the desert. We are on our own wilderness journey, specially designed and customized to purge us of our weaknesses and bring us home ready to inherit the promised land.
If we would weather our lives with joy, feel shored up and loved even on the loneliest stretches, strengthened for the battle that rages all around us, made courageous against the fiery darts of the economy or the family disappointments or the illness which plagues us, then it is not enough just to decide to have a good attitude.
Such resolutions will ultimately fail us, because they do not come from the place of real power. Instead, we must “know the dealings of that God who created us.” When we are willing to pay the price to know him, more than a good attitude follows. What follows is strength and joy and the deep affirmation, “O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever.”

There is a reason there is a gulf separating the righteous and the wicked.  It is never enough for them to leave and walk away.  They must continually kick against the pricks and persecute those who stay true to principle - and try to lead as many away from the truth as they can.  History repeats itself - over and over and over......  The spiritual fittest see the patterns and move the opposite direction.  The spiritually dense continue on their self-destructive path until they are sealed his......  Sad.

UTAH IS MOVING TO GET THE FEDERAL CONTROL OUT

This will be called "seditious" and will no doubt bring persecution.

Of course, you can guess what I think of that......

I just got friended by Thara Tenney who is the eldest daughter of LaVoy.  Her FB is full of good stuff.  I think by killing the old chief, the whole band of indians is on the warpath!  SunzaBs!  They will NOT lose this one.