Saturday, February 26, 2011
No power or influence can take away the feelings that I have received from God. My testimony will no longer be tossed to and fro. I have my foundation, the Savior is my rock, I am immovable. I have received salvation. It is offered to all mankind, though it cannot be purchased. I know that He lives, and that His hand is always stretched forth to lift those that have lost there footing in the climb to become better. His arms are open and He bids all to come unto Him. A brother, a friend, a foundation upon which I can become immovable, my Savior and Redeemer, Jesus the Christ.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
’Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
Thought it scarcely worth his while
To waste much time on the old violin,
But held it up with a smile:
“What am I bidden, good folks,” he cried,
“Who’ll start the bidding for me?”
“A dollar, a dollar”; then, “Two!” “Only two?
Two dollars, and who’ll make it three?
Three dollars, once; three dollars, twice;
Going for three—” But no,
From the room, far back, a gray-haired man
Came forward and picked up the bow;
Then, wiping the dust from the old violin,
And tightening the loose strings,
He played a melody pure and sweet
As a caroling angel sings.
The music ceased, and the auctioneer,
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said, “What am I bid for the old violin?”
And he held it up with the bow.
“A thousand dollars, and who’ll make it two?
Two thousand! And who’ll make it three?
Three thousand, once, three thousand, twice,
And going, and gone!” said he.
The people cheered, but some of them cried,
“We do not quite understand
What changed its worth.” Swift came the reply:
“The touch of a master’s hand.”
And many a man with life out of tune,
And battered and scarred with sin,
Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd,
Much like the old violin.
A “mess of pottage,” a glass of wine,
A game—and he travels on.
He’s “going” once, and “going” twice,
He’s “going” and almost “gone.”
But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd
Never can quite understand
The worth of a soul and the change that’s wrought
By the touch of the Master’s hand.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Imagine you found a cure for cancer. How urgently would you spread the news of your discovery? Who would you tell? The gospel of Jesus Christ is the cure for so many of life's ills that Mormons want to share the good news of eternal life with the same urgency.
"We want to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with all the world. Being a part of this missionary service is what we are all about. We feel it is something that each member is called to do--some are officially called for full time service and the rest of us strive to share the gospel as we live our daily lives with those whom we come in contact with. We want others to find the joy that we have and to be able to have forever families even beyond this life." Marsha
Friday, February 11, 2011
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Gal 5:1
Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself. 2 Nephi 2:27
We are free in Jesus Christ, we can become free through Him. We have all been given the ability to make choices, it is up to us to make the choices that will free us, or bring us into bondage. Through studying the scriptures we can learn how to avoid sin. Through daily prayer we can be filled with the power to over come sin. Our souls are valuble, God wants to make our souls free, while Satan wants to own and destroy our souls. Freedom has a price, we must follow and obey Gods commandments. This may seem as though we are in bondage to God but in reality He makes us free as we obey the commandments. Lets look at some of the basics, stealing, if the offense is bad enough we can be put in prison. Honoring our parents, if the offense is bad enough we can be put in to time-out or even grounded. Lets look at the spiritual side. Worshiping Idols, we become attached to things that cannot and will not be a blessing to us. Covetous living, we become subject to material things. So live life so that you can be free to make choices that will not only make God happy but you as well. Speaking of free, there is a free book that can help you become free.
Missionaries are handing out copies of the Book of Mormon all over the world, even as you read this. So what is this book? If it’s given out for free, why do so many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints count their Book of Mormon as one of their most valuable possessions? What kind of book can cause so many readers to change their lives, their minds and their hearts? What kind of book can answer life's seemingly unanswerable questions? Free Book.