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January 1971 Ensign Part 1

Message from the First Presidency.

When you truly love, you will receive in return. In the days when Joseph Smith lived, other churches asked him why he was able to follow him even with all of the suffering they were going through. He responded  saying “because I possess the principle of love. Also I can offer the world a good heart and a good hand.”

God’s Kingdom: A Kingdom of Order.

The principles of the Lord Jesus Christ are divine.

And the Deaf Shall Hear. 

This is a story about a child that had a life goal of becoming a missionary but had been told it may be hard due to his handy cap. Here is apart of the article.

Clarke, our second son, has had a lifelong goal of serving a mission for the Church, but because he has been deaf since birth, we felt that this was not a realistic goal. As we tried to explain to him that it might not be possible for him to fill a mission, he sometimes answered, “You have taught me all my life to have faith;now where is your faith?”

Because of this child’s faith the church now offers opportunities for people with hearing issues to be missionaries in the church.

The Church and It’s Magazines. 

This section speaks about the history of the church’s magazines as of 1972.

“On April 19, 1843, the Prophet Joseph Smith was giving instructions to the Twelve. To Brother Taylor he said:“John Taylor, I believe you can do more good in the editorial department than preaching. You can write for thousands to read; while you can preach to but a few at a time. We have no one else we can trust the paperwith. …” (DHC 5:367.) “

Gospel Forum.

“And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come.” (D&C 130:18–19.

The Women’s Movement: Liberation or Deception?

“Error, sin, lust, envy, and evil thrive in the midst of today’s prosperity. More than $5 million a year is spenton pornographic literature by which vile men try to “diggold out of dirt.” Magazines, movies, television programs, and other mass media are utilized to lower moral standards and behavior. Crime and spiritual values are questioned. Our interests are centered in ourselves. We are preoccupied with material things. Many of us are more concerned about conquering space than about conquering ourselves. We are more dedicated to material securitythan to inner purity. We give much more thought to what we wear, what we eat, what we drink, and what we can do to relax than we give to what we are.”

I never really thought about all of these issues being in the 1970’s. Being a child of the 80’s I thought all of these issues started in the mid 90’s when I started to see these things unfold.

“From the beginning, the Prophet Joseph Smith recognized the importance of organizing the women of the Church “through the order of the priesthood.” As he did so, the Prophet declared: “… and I now turn the key in your behalf in the name of the Lord, and this Society shall rejoice, and knowledge and intelligence shall flow down from this time henceforth. …” (History of the Church 4:607.) “

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Life Update

Last time I made a blog post I was living in Charlotte, North Carolina. My family and i moved back to Klamath Falls, Oregon March of 2015. Since our move I took a break from blogging and going to church. I was burnt out of going to church. There are many reasons why but I will not post them today. Two weeks before Christmas we started attending our original ward which is the First Ward in the Klamath Falls Branch.

To be honest we attended our old Christian Church many times through out our return to town. The reason is because we were trying to figure out if we wanted continue our path in the LDS church. One night we prayed together as a family. We asked God if he would show us an answer as to which church we should go to. Yeah I know that it sounds very LDS-ish but we really had a hard time figuring out how we felt about the subject. The next 24 hours were crazy.

My wife and I both woke up with a message in our Facebook Messenger. Two members from our Charlotte Ward messaged us to see how we were doing. From March until late December we have not heard a word from any members. After these we had a few more members from various locations reach out to us. Again we had zero contact with members since we left back in March.

I have been doing a lot of You Tub viewing about the church. Yes I have viewed things linked to the church and non church videos. I am not afraid to research and try to balance both sides. I am kind like Kylo Ren in the new Star Wars movie. I am pulled by both side of the force or in this case Theology. Now that I have been praying, reading and You Tubing I have decided that 2016 I will be my year of rebuilding my personal and spiritual life.

I plan to do something different this time. I will only research and view things that are Pro Mormon. I have researched more of the anti- Mormon stuff than the things defending it. Many of my blog posts will be my journey through Building a Better Me.