Friday, October 19, 2012

Who Shall Ascend to the House of the Lord?

Many people have seen a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Here's an example of what one looks like in case you are unfamiliar. This one is in Accra, Ghana:

In the temple, members:
  • Learn eternal truths.
  • Receive sacred ordinances, including those that bind husband and wife together for eternity, as well as join children and parents (Malachi 4:5-6).
  • Provide ordinances such as baptism for those who have died without the opportunity to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:29); 1 Peter 4:6).
You might wonder why only some Mormons are allowed to go inside temples. The answer: the temple is a sacred place. Those who enter must be spiritually prepared as stated in Psalms 24. "Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully."

Everyone is invited to prepare themselves and come enjoy the blessings of the Holy Temple.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Forward or Froward?

Well, first thing. You might be wondering what the word "froward" even means. So let's just take a look at what a dictionary might say.

Froward: willfully contrary; not easily managed.

If you just switch the 'R' and the 'O' you've got the word: forward. Which means:

Forward: toward or at a place, point, or time in advance; onward; ahead.

So if you find yourself or your life not easily managed then just make a few minor adjustments. Set some goals and start moving forward instead of froward.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Come and See

Can you imagine what it must have been like to live in the days of the Savior and hear Him teach? Imagine the excitement of hearing prophecies fulfilled and seeing miracles performed. Philip, one of Christ's original 12 Aposltes, experienced the joy in discovering the long awaited Messiah. He exclaims to Nathanael, "We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."

Nathanael responds, "Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?"

Philip simply says, "Come and see." (See John 1:45-46)

Christ's gospel was lost but has been restored. To those that may say, "What good thing can come out from the Mormons??" we simply invite them to "come and see." Just click on the image below:

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Oh (s)No it's Snowing

Snow. It's such an interesting thing. It fell this morning for the first time this Fall. I must admit, I had hoped that it would come later. However as it kept coming down and disappearing on contact with the concrete I thought to myself, "Say, this snow isn't so sad afterall."

Today it just came and went. But soon it will come to stay. Snow has some wonderful uses. It can be a source of water for summer months as it melts off the mountains and flows into the valley. It provides beautiful scenery, especially for a white Christmas. Plus, it can be a whole lot of fun. Jeremy Jones would attest to that.

The snow can also represent cleanness and purity. As in the case of Isaiah 1:18 "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."

Our Father in Heaven has given us many gifts. Scriptures, snow, and sins forgiven are all signs of His sincere solicitude. All He asks is that we be willing and obedient, then we shall eat of the good of the land (see Isaiah 1:19).


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