Monday, October 28, 2013


Faith is an interesting word in my opinion.  I will be honest I never really knew what it meant when someone asked if I had any faith.  I would always say that I had plenty.  I never knew though what I had plenty of in all honesty, I just knew I had plenty of it.  Then I get out on my mission and I realize two things.  1)  I don't know what faith is.  and 2) I definitely don't have plenty of it!   So I have taken some time recently to find out what Faith is and how do I get more of it. 

I guess first off you need to know that faith is not something you have so much as it is something you DO!  The analogy I like to use to describe doing faith is comparing it to hope.  If I hope the sun will rise tomorrow then I wont do anything to plan for it.  I will just sit and 'hope' it comes.  I won't make plans because it might not.  If it comes I will deal with it then.  If I have faith tomorrow will come I will plan for tomorrow.  I will actively pursue tomorrows events today, because I have faith it will come.  Instead of just sitting and hoping I'm exercising my faith in tomorrow coming by making tomorrow happen before it gets here.  To relate that to Faith in Christ, if we hope that Christ atoned for our sins we would sit and wait till we died to find out.  We would want to hope Christ was there for us but we wouldn't turn to him cause we would be unsure.  When we have faith in Christ we use his atonement by asking for his forgiveness, we may not have a 'perfect knowledge' that he atoned for our sins but because we have faith in him we exercise it  by actively applying the atonement into our lives.  By doing this small act of faith we are following the council given in Alma 32.

 33 And now, behold, because ye have tried the experiment, and planted the seed, and it swelleth and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, ye must needs know that the seed is good.
 34 And now, behold, is your aknowledge bperfect? Yea, your knowledge is perfect in that thing, and your cfaith is dormant; and this because you know, for ye know that the word hath swelled your souls, and ye also know that it hath sprouted up, that your understanding doth begin to be enlightened, and your dmind doth begin to expand.
 35 O then, is not this real? I say unto you, Yea, because it is alight; and whatsoever is light, is bgood, because it is discernible, therefore ye must know that it is good; and now behold, after ye have tasted this light is your knowledge perfect?
 36 Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither must ye lay aside your faith, for ye have only exercised your faith to plant the seed that ye might try the experiment to know if the seed was good.

When we have tried the experiment and planted the seed we are using our faith as a verb.  We are trusting in out Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and as the seed grows into a plant and tree so will our faith grow larger and stronger as we continue to act upon it.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Gods Plan for us

I am not good at explaining myself so I have turned to this video to help me teach what I want to say.  Copy and paste this to your url and learn for yourself what Gods plan for us is!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Any Excuse?

There is a Fable by Aesop that I've been thinking of a lot lately I will relate it to you in a a somewhat shortened and I will change a few words to better explain my purpose.  "There was a coyote once drinking from a mountain spring.  A few feet down stream there came a little lamb to drink out of the same string.  The coyote wanting an excuse to eat the lamb say, "Little lamb, why do you muddy up the water I am drinking?"  The lamb replies "That is impossible!  I am down stream from you so surely it is not I that muddy up your water."  The Coyote thinks for a moment then says "It was You who called me those names last year!"  The lamb again calmly replies "Surely it was not I, for I am only 6 months old."  The wolf replies, "Well it must have been you father!"  And with that, arf arf arf arf.  The coyote ate the lamb.  Before the lamb dies it yells, "Any excuse will serve a tyrant!""

Now after reading that you may be thinking, what does that have to do with anything?  Well I will tell you, why I have been thinking of it.  How often in life do we look for the loopholes and the excuses to do things?  I know I am definitely one of those people who always try to justify something.  But going back to my Rules and Principles post, is that what we are supposed to be doing?  Are we like the coyote looking for a reason to eat the lamb.  Are we the person who spends more time trying to find the loophole and justify ourselves?  That is for you to decide and strive to do better.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Keep the Sabbath Holy

The injunction from God to “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Ex. 20:8) has been in force throughout human history. There is power in keeping the Sabbath day holy. I testify that God lives, that we are his children, that he loves us, and that he gives us commandments so he can bless us as we keep them and thereby have joy. As we keep the Sabbath day holy he will bless us, and we will achieve a quiet power for good as individuals, as families, and as nations, that we cannot obtain in any other way.
Let me give two examples:
The small island kingdom of Tonga lies immediately next to the international dateline, so it is the first country in the world to greet the Sabbath day. It is a small country and, in the counting of the world, a poor country. But years ago a wise Tongan king decreed that the Sabbath would be kept holy in Tonga forever.
Modern civilization has come in many ways to Tonga. If one goes to the capital of Nuku’alofa on a weekday, he finds the usual heavy traffic of trucks and cars and the bustle of thousands of shoppers making their regular purchases from well-stocked stores and markets. One sees people line up to view the latest movies and to rent videos. One can watch modern buses whisk tourists off to catch their jet planes, or observe the speed and clarity of a satellite call to the United States. The streets are crowded and business is good. You might wonder, “What is so different about this town from hundreds of others like it throughout the world?”
But when Sunday dawns on the kingdom of Tonga, a transformation takes place. If one goes downtown, he sees deserted streets—no taxis or buses or crowds of people. All the stores, all the markets, all the movie theaters, all the offices are closed. No planes fly, no ships come in or out, no commerce takes place. No games are played. The people go to church. Tonga is remembering to keep the Sabbath day holy.
It is significant that the first country in the world to greet the holy Sabbath keeps the Sabbath holy.

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