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It is my opinion that doctors have good intentions of helping others become whole and well. I also believe that there is a limit to that desire to help people become healthy and whole. What use would a hospital be if no one was sick? What would the number of doctors we have in the country be doing with their time? No patients equals no need for doctors equals no more fancy cars, homes, and trips. It is my opinion that they current health systems goal is not to make people whole but to keep their customers. The love of money can bought and sold with personal integrity.

That being said.

Most people like to get multiple opinions and counsel with many doctors and seek to find the best course of action for them. Some doctors will give you the honest truth and some will give you the run around.

Religion can be a lot like this process. We all have problems in life. Unhappiness, lack of fufillment in life, distance between family and friends, bad temperments, negative outlooks on people and situations. We can all go looking for various teachings, doctrines, and ritual experiences of church, worships services, praise music that will heal us and help us with our problems. We find so many different explanations for the cause and just as many solutions to those problems. It can be difficult almost impossible to find the truth and what is the right course of action. Sometimes it can appear that people just want to keep their customers paying for their Church and preachers car and home. It can be hard to find the honest and true who are willing to tell us the real facts about why we feel the way we do.

Thankfully for us we can talk to the Designer and Creator of our bodies and our souls. Prayer is an invaluable gift in seeking for the truth. We can take what we have been told, study it out and confirm it with God. We have to be willing to hear the hard truth that “Well the reason why you have so many health problems can be attributed to you smoking cigerettes.” It is up to us if we are going to disregard and continue destroying our bodies at the cost of our own health and long term happiness. The addictive nature of certian sins can be difficult to break but we would be a fool for not trying and calling upon heaven to help us.

I heard someone say, “If you are unhappy, repent.”

“12 And many great destructions have I caused to come upon this land, and upon this people, because of their wickedness and their abominations.

13 O all ye that are spared because ye were more righteous than they, will ye not now return unto me, and repent of your sins, and be converted, that I may heal you?

14 Yea, verily I say unto you, if ye will come unto me ye shall have eternal life. Behold, mine arm of mercy is extended towards you, and whosoever will come, him will I receive; and blessed are those who come unto me.

15 Behold, I am Jesus Christ the Son of God. I created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are. I was with the Father from the beginning. I am in the Father, and the Father in me; and in me hath the Father glorified his name.”

3 Nephi 9

As we seek for the truth from God, we will learn of His commandments. We will find the health guidelines, if you will, that will give us spiritual happiness and wellness. Too many of us are uninformed of these guidelines and virtues. 

We must prayerfully seek to know the truth of those commandments. Then we must be humble enough to admit we have our problems, and be willing to work on eliminating them the hard way. We cannot just take the first or most convenient counsel of a magic pill once a day that requires no change in our current behavior or the least amount of effort for the desired health and happiness. Happiness is bought only by obedience to the commandments of God.

I bear my witness that as we shake ourselves of ignorance and apathy of the commandments of God we can be happy. I have been blessed to know of these commandments my whole life, but the application and sure knowledge of the promised blessings and benefits have come only with humility. They are true. We can repent. Through Christ we can be healed and happy. This I know in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.


These are really neat videos.

WickedWild•RI

I found this quite interesting. My husband and I have been interested in light and it’s connection to Christ for a long time. It is a good topic to study in the scriptures. My husband actually wrote a paper on it. Anyhow, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles does a 3 part series on it here.

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So I wanted to highlight a friend of mine on my blog by reposting his Mormon.org profile. Ryan Bills is serving as a full time missionary like me in the same area but he works with Spanish speakers and I work with those who speak English and/or American depending on their grammar and word choice.

Ryan and I have been able to serve around each other and get to know each other and I admire him for lots of different things but his love for the Savior and commitment to Him is one of the top ones. I hope you enjoy his witness and testimony.

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Me, Elder Ryan Bills, and Elder Jenkins (from Wales, he speaks English, not American.)

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What Are the Core Beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

The founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Joseph Smith, wrote, “The fundamental principles of our religion are … concerning Jesus Christ that He died was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it.”

In addition to the above, Latter-day Saints believe unequivocally that:

1.    Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and the Son of our loving Heavenly Father.

2.    Christ’s Atonement allows mankind to be saved from their sins and return to live with God and their families forever.

3.    Christ’s original Church as described in the New Testament has been restored in modern times.

     1. Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and the Son of our loving Heavenly Father

Latter-day Saints believe God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to save all mankind from their sins (see John 3:16). God is a loving Heavenly Father who knows His children individually, hears and answers their prayers, and feels compassion toward them. Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, are two separate beings but along with the Holy Ghost (Spirit) are one in will, purpose and love.

Latter-day Saints worship Jesus Christ as their Savior and Redeemer. He is central to the lives of Church members. They accept His grace and mercy; they seek to follow His example by being baptized (see Matthew 3:13-17), praying in His holy name (see Matthew 6:9-13), partaking of the sacrament (communion) (see Luke 22:19-20), doing good to others (see Acts 10:38) and bearing witness of Him through both word and deed (see James 2:26).

2. Christ’s Atonement allows mankind to be saved from their sins and return to live with God and their families forever.

Latter-day Saints believe that God has a plan for His children to return to live with Him and become “joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17). For members of the Church, Jesus Christ’s sacrifice is central to God’s plan for our happiness. Although humans make mistakes and sin, Mormons view this mortal life as an opportunity to progress and learn. By following Christ’s teachings, embracing His mercy and accepting baptism and other sacraments, Mormons believe they are cleansed from sin through Christ’s grace and can return to live with God and their families forever.

3. Christ’s original Church as described in the New Testament has been restored in modern times.

Members believe that Christ established His Church anciently on the “foundation of the apostles and prophets” (Ephesians 2:20; see also Ephesians 4:11-14) with “one faith, [and] one baptism” (Ephesians 4:5). They believe this foundation of “one faith” was gradually undermined after the death of Christ’s apostles. As a result, the original foundation of authority to lead the Church was lost and needed to be restored (see Acts 3:21). Today, members preach that the Lord has indeedrestored His Church with living apostles and prophets, starting with the founding prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Joseph Smith.

Church members understand that families are the most important unit of society. Accordingly, those who follow Christ and keep His commandments are promised to live with their families forever in divinely instituted eternal relationships.


Here is how the Mormon Church works with the different assignments and callings to serve one another and the community.


Mormon Volunteerism

The current Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints President Thomas S. Monson taught, “As we look heavenward, we inevitably learn of our responsibility to reach outward. To find real happiness, we must seek for it in a focus outside ourselves. No one has learned the meaning of living until he has surrendered his ego to the service of his fellow man. Service to others is akin to duty, the fulfillment of which brings true joy. We do not live alone — in our city, our nation, or our world. There is no dividing line between our prosperity and our neighbor’s wretchedness. ‘Love thy neighbor’ is more than a divine truth. It is a pattern for perfection.”



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