Tag Archives: LDS

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.

Advertisements

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.

Image

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

Continue reading


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.


A wonderful depiction of the Savior’s parable of the good Samaritan, in which a man is robbed and beaten by thieves, and a Samaritan shows mercy on him.


A breathe taking experience of the Last Supper with King James dialogue. Wow.

I know that Jesus is the Christ and we can remember him through the Sacrament and the way we live our life.


Elder Kjar loves jelly beans and America!

So I next person I wanted to showcase is my new companion Elder Matthew Kjar (blog, Facebook, Mormon.org) Anyways I am excited to spend time with him here in Santa Rosa. Here are some of his own words a bit about who he is and why he is a Mormon. Enjoy!

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

“I was born in Utah and raised in Wisconsin. I have been a member of the church my whole life and have had the wonderful blessing of seeing my family actively participate in the Church.
I attended a High School with a unique Biotechnology curriculum. I graduated from that school in June 2010.
During my sophomore year of High School, our family moved to Kobe, Japan for a whole year. There I attended an International Private School where I had the opportunity to become friends with people from all over the world! There I learned the language best I could, met wonderful people, and saw places that would bring the most wonderous awe to your eyes. The strength of the saints was made manifest to me as I attended our small english branch of about 5 families.
Some of my hobbies that I love to do include yardwork, movies, motorcycles, video-games, camping, 4-wheeling, and drawing pictures, of whatever I feel inspired. I love the wonderful talents that God has given me, especially my love for music. I have played the trombone all through school and love listening to the wonderful music played by others.
Because of my decision to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I have had the blessing of witnessing first-hand the fruits of my labors that come from serving those around me, here in the Santa Rosa California Mission.”

Why are you a Mormon?

“I was born a Member of the Church. My whole life I was given the wonderful gift of having the opportunity to grow up in the gospel. But as I grew up, I soon learned that I had to find out for myself the truthfulness of the message which I go around as a full time Missionary, trying to share. My faith was shaken. My foundation was made from weak, loose sand. I was even ashamed to be a part of the gospel and would hide it in fear of being rejected by my peers. But, never did I turn away, or deny Jesus Christ as my Savior.
Even though I have made mistakes in my life that may have seemed impossible to overcome, I knew that it was never to late to return to the flock, and heed the Shepherd’s call.
After researching for myself and learning all that I could about the Church, I knelt down in sincere prayer, knowing that my Father in Heaven would answer me. I testify that He did! I felt the greatest peace come over me as every doubt was being pushed away forever. I know this is the true Church because God loved all of us enough to reveal to Joseph Smith those precious truths that were lost over the centuries of Darkness that filled the earth after the death of the Apostles. Christ Lives! He is my Savior, your Savior, and the entire world’s Redeemer. Because of him, I could repent, and become the faithful saint He wanted me to be. Now I can share this message with everyone as a Missionary for His Church.
It’s the highest honor to wear His name next to mine when I put on my name tag everyday before I go to labor in His Vineyard.”

How do you live your faith?

“I actively try to remember the Savior’s Love for everyone and try my hardest to be like him. I want to always follow after His example of service, and show my charity for my fellowman, anyway I can.”


Elder Trey Williams himself.

So I next person I wanted to showcase is Elder Trey Williams! (blog, Facebook, Mormon.org) We were called to be online missionaries at the same time back in February. That was my first opportunity to meet him. I later got to be in the same zone and we have served around each other for the last two months. He is a really funny guy with a light heart and a cheerful attitude. It’s been really enjoyable to share in his love for Big Foot while serving in the heart of Big Foot country, Humboldt County, California.

Anyways, 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’m a lot of different things to different people. I’m an intellectual; I love to read and learn and listen to everything that comes my way. I’m a musician, mostly on the guitar but I “doodle” on the piano. I LOVE my classic rock (Tom Petty, Simon and Garfunkel, and the Beatles are my favorites)! I’m an artist; not that good, but just enough to express myself, and maybe even turn you into a cartoon.:) To some, I’m a loud, outgoing, life-of-the-party goofball. To others, I’m a quiet, thoughtful, timid friend who doesn’t want to step on anyone’s toes. To you, I’m a college aged young man in a white shirt and tie, with a little black namebadge.
I did go to college for a year. I majored in journalism, with the hope that I could one day see, and maybe even change, the world. I see now that dream is being realized, but not in the way I expected.
As a missionary, I and my companion strive every day to offer what we believe to others. Not to change, belittle, or disrespect others’ beliefs, but to share what has changed my own life with those who have perhaps lost their way, or hope, in today’s world. It’s a big job, a full-time job; one where our only pay is changed lives.
I love my job. :)”

Why are you a Mormon?

“I, like most people, was trying to find myself and whether there really is a God. I come from a family of intellectuals (whom I love very dearly); among us are teachers and musicians and artists. I was raised to learn things for myself, to ask questions, and to follow my feelings. There are two sides to every story, and we must know both to make a rational decision.

There came a time where I gave up the notion of religion altogether. I was disgusted with the violence I saw, in history and on the evening news, and how it all seems to stem to religion. “How can something claiming to be good cause so much bad?”, I often asked myself. Why didn’t God answer my questions? Why didn’t he answer my prayers? Why didn’t I feel Him in my life?

Then, one day, He answered me.

My testimony is that God gives us a second chance. He hears every single prayer we offer. He loves us, and that is something that is not conditional on our decisions. God doesn’t turn away from us, only we can turn ourselves from Him.
Therefore, on the other side of the coin, only We can turn ourselves To Him.

Our Heavenly Father has given us everything we need to be happy. It’s up to us to decide if we are going to be, or not. I know that Christ, His Only Begotten Son, died so that we can return to live with God again. Christ knows our pains and our joys, our failures and our triumphs, and He is with us every step of the way. I only know this through the restored gospel, given to us from God, through the Prophet Joseph Smith. He still speaks to us today, in His love, through the prophet Thomas S. Monson. I know this is true, because I’ve personally asked my Heavenly Father if this is true.
I testify to you, It Is.”

How do you live your faith?

“I serve as a full-time missionary. You’ve seen us riding bikes, but have you ever wondered why? I hope you’ll ask the next one you see, it could be me. P I believe very strongly in not just talking the talk, but walking the walk. I won’t ask someone to do something that I myself am not doing. I’m not perfect, but I strive constantly every day to try a little harder to be a little better. That’s all Christ asks of us.”



%d bloggers like this: