Monthly Archives: July 2011

I love this movie! It is so amazing. I can feel the Spirit so strongly when I watch it. I know that Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God and that we translated the Book of Mormon which enhances and deepens our love of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

The following are words of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, an Apostle of the Lord, in a recent General Conference talk.

“As one of a thousand elements of my own testimony of the divinity of the Book of Mormon, I submit this as yet one more evidence of its truthfulness. In this their greatest—and last—hour of need, I ask you: would these men blaspheme before God by continuing to fix their lives, their honor, and their own search for eternal salvation on a book (and by implication a church and a ministry) they had fictitiously created out of whole cloth?
Never mind that their wives are about to be widows and their children fatherless. Never mind that their little band of followers will yet be “houseless, friendless and homeless” and that their children will leave footprints of blood across frozen rivers and an untamed prairie floor. Never mind that legions will die and other legions live declaring in the four quarters of this earth that they know the Book of Mormon and the Church which espouses it to be true. Disregard all of that, and tell me whether in this hour of death these two men would enter the presence of their Eternal Judge quoting from and finding solace in a book which, if not the very word of God, would brand them as imposters and charlatans until the end of time? They would not do that! They were willing to die rather than deny the divine origin and the eternal truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.
For 179 years this book has been examined and attacked, denied and deconstructed, targeted and torn apart like perhaps no other book in modern religious history—perhaps like no other book in any religious history. And still it stands. Failed theories about its origins have been born and parroted and have died—from Ethan Smith to Solomon Spaulding to deranged paranoid to cunning genius. None of these frankly pathetic answers for this book has ever withstood examination because there is no other answer than the one Joseph gave as its young unlearned translator. In this I stand with my own great-grandfather, who said simply enough, “No wicked man could write such a book as this; and no good man would write it, unless it were true and he were commanded of God to do so.”
 

I owe a great deal of happiness and comfort to Joseph Smith, but even more so do I owe and am eternally indebted to my Savior and Redeemer, even Jesus the Christ in whos name I leave these words, amen.


“Real hope is much more than wishful musing. It stiffens, not slackens, the spiritual spine.”- Elder Neal A. Maxwell

 

I think that hope is a very rare commodity these days. What do you think?

 

I get bogged down with life sometimes. There are so many unhappy people and unhappy circumstances  and it bounces off and gets on everything. The best thing that I know how to keep those negative vibes away is to continue to strengthen my spirituality and my relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

It truly helps me to know that God loves me and that he is someone who can help me overcome whatever I am going through. To know that the Savior has felt the same that I have felt is very comforting.

Take a chance, make a change. Look deep and find something that brings you peace not just for the hour, for the night, for the day, for the week, for the month, but for eternity.

I can testify that the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, is a marvelous gift God wants all of His children to have and is found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The evidence and power of God’s love is found in its fullness there.

Learn more and find real hope. These things I say in Jesus Christs name, amen.


Tyler Haws is the man! I have great admiration for him. I know that what he is doing is right. When a Prophet of God admonishes every young man to prepare to serve a full time mission, that applies to everyone no matter what our talents or strengths are. I have great respect for those who make worldly sacrifices for eternal purposes.

That is what it really comes down to isn’t it? Putting off the “natural man” as the scriptures say. Shedding ourselves of the vain things of the world and treasuring up the things that follow us into the eternities like our character, our relationships, and our intelligence.

I would invite you to look into the mirror and evaluate. And after prayerful pondering, adjust accordingly. Through the Atonement of Christ all change is possible. This I know and leave in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

 


“Trust is to human relationships what faith is to gospel living. It is the beginning place, the foundation upon which more can be built. Where trust is, love can flourish.” -Barbara Smith

Trust is such a big part of life.

Think of the people you trust in your own life. What would you do without them? I am grateful for all my friends and family who I can trust and count on for helping me through life. I am grateful for a wonderful companion, Elder Hubbard, to serve with side by side. But most importantly I am thankful for Jesus Christ. I can trust in His strength for everything.

My world could be taken away but my faith and trust in him would sustain me through. When a person learns to trust Christ, the perfect love of Christ can flourish in your life. Trust in him, trust in his promises, and keep his commandments. I know you can find security and love through our Lord and Savior, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.


I remember watching this movie growing up. It’s really good even though it’s a little dated. The story is still amazing.

I can testify and add my witness that the Book of Mormon is true. It is a rare possession and as a missionary I have the great privilege of sharing this wonderful message with the world. I would invite you to read it, not to find fault but to find faith. If you read it with an open heart and an open mind you will feel the power of God. I know that this is true and add my witness in the name of Jesus Christ, our Master and Teacher, amen.

 


Elder Rob Vomocil

So I wanted to share with everyone some stories about people who I have been privileged to serve around while on my mission.

The first person I wanted to showcase is my first companion, Elder Rob Vomocil. (blog, Facebook, Mormon.org)  Check it out, he is an awesome guy, I love him to death. I learned so much about life from being around him for three months.

Elder Vomocil and I

Here are some of his own words a bit about who he is and why he is a Mormon.

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

“I love music! I’ve really enjoyed sharing and playing music all throughout my childhood, and really found myself at home with my band. I played football in high school, and since have been involved with a lot of different things. I love to hike, read, play video games and snowboard. After my mission I will go back to school, but I haven’t decided what I really want to do with my life yet.”

Why are you a Mormon?

“I’ve had church around me a lot growing up, but was never really forced to go. Because of it I grew up not really having a desire, or anything to do with any of it… After living by myself, and just trying to figure life out, I knew I wasnt really happy. My brother has always been such a happy guy, and everything seemed to work out for him. Deep down inside, I knew it was because he had a relationship with God and Jesus Christ.

With my brother and some friends, I came back to church. The solid foundation that it gives what was probably most appealing… I found myself wanting to know more, and to do more to grow closer to God because life just… started getting better. As I did the things that I knew my Father in Heaven wanted me to, I found myself in a place I never dreamed I could be. I had found happiness.”

How do you live your faith?

“I try my hardest to help build my friends up, because when they are happy, I’m happy. Right now I am serving a mission, out trying to find people all around Northern California (and the Internet) who are looking for purpose and direction. Mostly, I teach people and invite them to do things that will help them strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ, but I love to serve those in the community any way I can.”



“Let us relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey, and share our love with friends and family.” -Thomas S. Monson

 

The sources to this talk are found here. (Text) (Audio) (.PDF)

 

This talk is one of my favorites mainly because it helps me keep a perspective on things. When we prioritize our lives to the things that matter most like our friends and families the care of everyday life seems to subside and dissolve away.

I am grateful for a living prophet who can speak these words of encouragement with the same love that the Savior has. I am grateful for His great sacrifice which makes this life worth something. I am grateful for the Restoration, to have the correct doctrine of Jesus Christ in its complete form is a blessing I love to share. I know that these things are true and invite you to search, ponder, and pray for divine guidance in finding what is right and true forever and ever. These things I leave with you in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

 

 



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