Tuesday, May 31, 2011

What do Mormon Missionaries do?

As missionaries we provide other people the fruit of a prophet because "for the tree is know by his fruit." Matthew 12:33 or in other words you will know if that man is a prophet by the things he teaches. The fruit of that prophet is the Book of Mormon. We invite everyone to read and then ask in pray to our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ to know if the book is true. To say it better Elder Jeffrey R. Holland will explain it. He is better at doing it. He has a video.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


     We all have trials in our lives. They will bend us to our breaking point and sometimes beyond the point. Sometimes times the trials are just tough. Maybe even you are sometimes punished for the cruel dealings of others. For example the Prophet Joseph Smith was unjustly incarcerated into jail in 1839, ironically named Liberty. Jeffrey R Holland tells the story.

     "Liberty Jail, one of the more forbidding structures in that region, was considered escape proof, and it probably was. Surrounded by stone walls four feet thick, the floor-to-ceiling height in the dungeon was barely six feet. Inasmuch as some of the men, including the Prophet Joseph, were over six feet tall, this meant that when standing they were constantly in a stooped position. When they lay down, it was mostly upon the rough, bare stones of the prison floor covered here and there by a bit of loose, dirty straw or an occasional dirty straw mat.
    "The food given to the prisoners was coarse and sometimes contaminated, so filthy that one of them said they “could not eat it until [they] were driven to it by hunger.”  On as many as four occasions poison was administered to them in their food, making them so violently ill that for days they alternated between vomiting and a kind of delirium, not really caring whether they lived or died.
     "In the Joseph’s letters, he spoke of the jail being a “hell, surrounded with demons … where we are compelled to hear nothing but blasphemous oaths, and witness a scene of blasphemy, and drunkenness and hypocrisy, and debaucheries of every description.”  “We have … not blankets sufficient to keep us warm; and when we have a fire, we are obliged to have almost a constant smoke,” he said.  “Our souls have been bowed down”  and “my nerve trembles from long confinement,” Joseph wrote. “Pen, or tongue, or angels,” [can] not adequately describe “the malice of hell” that he suffered there.  All of this occurred during what, by some accounts, was considered the coldest winter on record in the state of Missouri."
      In Joseph's words, he wrote, "O God, where art thou?... O Lord, how long shall they suffer these wrongs and unlawful oppressions... Let thine anger be kindled against our enemies... Remember thy suffering saints, O our God" He was at the breaking point. He light at the end of the tunnel was getting farther away.
     But then receives this revelation, the spark of light that brings knowledge to his mind. This is not only for his comfort in his trialing time but to comfort all the suffering saints. "My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.Thy friends do stand by thee, and they shall hail thee again with warm hearts and friendly hands." D&C 121:7-8
     Let me tell you today that we are going to have hard times but all we need to do is hold on and endure the trials well. I pray that we will always remember the promise that was given to all. That we may "sunshine in our soul" because we who who our God is while we are in our own Liberty.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


When you have something good you also have a choice of having something better and best. A fork is better than a knife to eat chicken soup but a spoon would be the best. Lets talk cake for a better example.
Chocolate cake is the pinnacle of all food. Everyone has once in their life used the phrase 'piece of cake' at least once in their life. A single layer cake of pure deliciousness. It is a good choice. On a score of 1 to 10, it scores about a 3 on the chocolate scale. Then a better choice would be the double layer cake. The siding on the cake is calling your name to come eat it. It just makes you feel good just looking at it. Then you have the BEST choice, triple layer mountain of glory chocolate cake. This thing ain’t just saying eat me, the cake is screaming at you. You seem to be magically drawn into and towards the cake.
    In this example you have a choice to make, choice one, two, or three. Choice is the ability to make a decision for yourself. We all choose what we want to do. Whether to sleep in all day or to wake up and get going to work. In Book of Mormon there is a person named Lehi and right before he dies he gives council to his children. He says, "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 2:27-29
     God has given us the ability to choose which path we will go down. He has given us manuals to help us return back to his presence. We have the Holy Bible both Old and New Testaments. We also have the Book of Mormon which is another testament of Jesus Christ. He has given us the all that we need. We just need to use them. I know that the Bible and Book of Mormon are the words of God and that when they are used “one in thine hand” we can see so much more. I know that if we have any questions about whether or not the Book of Mormon is true. All we have to do is read the book with an open heart, wanting to know the truth then “ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.” (Moroni 10:4)