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.”
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.
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.
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.”
Myth is now fact. Brandon Flowers is a Mormon. I look forward to listening to more of his music with that background in mind.
I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone.
It is universally individual.
I know this because I am the one and only Elder Tomoser in the universe but I am a child of God just as everyone on this earth is. I know that God loves us with a love and care so personal that it is hard to describe how tender a relationship once developed it is. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
I loved this past conference! It was really great. I love hearing from Prophets and Apostles. They really speak the words of the Lord and I can’t wait for us to rise up and be better.
I hope you enjoy this video and read or watch the full addresses at http://lds.org/general-conference/sessions/2011/10?lang=eng
I leave you my testimony that I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true. I challenge you to take up the invitation to read the Book of Mormon with an open mind and an unbiased opinion for that is how I can declare with certainty that Jesus Christ himself as a resurrected being is the head of this Church and leads it through Prophets and Apostles in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Meet with the Missionaries? http://mormon.org/missionaries/
I know this Church is true. My life has purpose and satisfaction because I understand who I am and what I can become.
I am not a produce of my circumstance but my choices.
“Sin limits our future choices: drugs, alcohol, infidelity quickly become addictions that become very difficult to break free from. The addiction becomes the master and we its slave.”
I trust in the Lord to help me make better choices today than yesterday, and I leave you with my witness in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Kevin seems like a really cool guy to hang around.
I enjoy skateboarding even though I am really not that great. I love to just ride downhill and feel the rush. A simple pleasure in life that I think my Heavenly Father really enjoys as well. Like any loving parent, He is happy when we are happy. But how do we become happy? We are happy when we live by the rules of eternal life. Those “rules” are found in scriptures and I love to read my scriptures just like Kevin. They keep me grounded and I love em. I wish I could read and know them better.
I know that God is real and that He wants us to be happy. Search him and seek the joy and satisfaction that comes from keeping the commandments. These things I pray humbly in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.