Sunday, June 22, 2014

Seeking to be Like the World

1 Samuel 8:4-5
4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,
5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.

My Thoughts
There is an undercurrent in the United States to turn from the government that has established for us and seeks to become like other nations with socialism and such.

They are so blinded by the perceived glamor of being international that they can not see the struggles those nations have.

They are so frustrated with our corrupt leaders of our nation that equate that with the constitution.   They are unable to see the corruption in other nations and how that corruption takes away many of the freedoms of those people that the protects for us.

How to find the answers to life's questions

Proverbs 3:5-6
5 ¶Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

My Thoughts
When we don't consult the Lord it is like not turning to the dictionary when we went to find the precise definition of a word instead groping for context clues in the sentence we are reading.yes we may get some level of understanding, but we may not come up with the precise definition of that word.

without the precise definition of the word we may end up using the word incorrectly in other contexts.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

What Happens To Children That Die Without Baptism?

Moroni 8:19-23
19 Little children cannot repent; wherefore, it is awful wickedness to deny the pure mercies of God unto them, for they are all alive in him because of his mercy.
20 And he that saith that little children need baptism denieth the mercies of Christ, and setteth at naught the atonement of him and the power of his redemption.
21 Wo unto such, for they are in danger of death, hell, and an endless torment. I speak it boldly; God hath commanded me. Listen unto them and give heed, or they stand against you at the judgment-seat of Christ.
22 For behold that all little children are alive in Christ, and also all they that are without the law. For the power of redemption cometh on all them that have no law; wherefore, he that is not condemned, or he that is under no condemnation, cannot repent; and unto such baptism availeth nothing—
23 But it is mockery before God, denying the mercies of Christ, and the power of his Holy Spirit, and putting trust in dead works.

Doctrine and Covenants 29:46-47
46 But behold, I say unto you, that little children are redeemed from the foundation of the world through mine Only Begotten;
47 Wherefore, they cannot sin, for power is not given unto Satan to tempt little children, until they begin to become accountable before me;

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Choice/Chosen Generation

Randall L Ridd, The Choice Generation, General Conference April 2014
"I would like to address you as the 'choice generation' because never before in history have individuals been blessed with so many choices. More choices mean more opportunities; more opportunities mean more potential to do good and, unfortunately, evil."