Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Brady spoke in Sacrament Meeting on Sunday. Here is the talk he gave.
He was assigned to give a talk on : President Hinckley's talk: The Gift of the Holy Ghost Jan. 2005 New Era
I'm sure we all have a general idea of what the Holy Ghost is. During a time of truth and peace, he will come, and we will feel his presence through that still small voice. However, what is this voice? When I'm listening and participating in a church or gospel lesson, I certainly don't hear someone whispering in my ear. To be honest, if that is really how the Holy Ghost functioned all the time, a lot of people might be creeped out a little bit.
The still small voice, though not always audible, is simply the way which the Holy Ghost communicates with us. Back before we had our bodies, we lived in the primordial plane of existence. This is also where the Holy Ghost lives, and we know this because He does not have a body of flesh and bone, for he would not be able to dwell in us. In the primordial existence, we had our own language, which is a perfect language, in which all souls will recognize, and when the Holy Ghost is present in our lives today, he has the ability to speak peace and truth unto our souls, which is why he is also labeled the first comforter.
We are so lucky to have this gift of the Holy Ghost. However, the church population is so small compared to the rest of the world. We are living in an oasis, being fed by the spirit constantly. From the time that we come down from the primordial existence, out from the presence of God, we are all born with this hunger for the Spirit. You can literally think of everyone else as if they are roaming out in the desert, and here we are, still at our oasis, feeding on the gifts of the Spirit. To not share these gifts with others is selfish. That is why leaders of our church encourage that men go on a mission, and for us to be always looking for a missionary experience, so we can welcome those starving people into a place with the sweetness and joy that can be found in no other way but by the Spirit.
Gordon B Hinckley shared a beautiful story about this, he said:
I remember the story of one of our LDS chaplains, a man of great faith, devotion, and courage. For a year or more he had been in the central highlands of South Vietnam during the war there. …
He was not always a member of this Church. As a boy in the southern U.S. he grew up in a religious home where the Bible was read and where the family attended the little church of the community. He desired the gift of the Holy Ghost of which he had read in the scriptures but was told that it was not available. The desire never left him. He grew to manhood. He served in the U.S. Army. He searched but never found the thing he most wanted. Between military enlistments, he became a prison guard. While sitting in the gun tower of a California prison, he meditated on his own deficiencies and prayed to the Lord that he might receive the Holy Ghost and satisfy the hunger which he felt in his soul. That hunger had not been fully satisfied with sermons to which he had listened.
One day two young men knocked at his door. His wife invited them to return when her husband would be at home. These two young men taught that family by the Holy Spirit and they were baptized. I have heard this man testify to the effect that as he was taught by the power of the Holy Spirit, he was edified and rejoiced with those who taught him. Out of that marvelous beginning, with the gift of the Holy Ghost, came a shedding forth of light and truth that gave peace to the dying, comfort to the bereaved, blessings to the wounded, courage to the timid, and faith to those who had scoffed.
Now when missionaries go out to serve their mission, they are told to preach by the Spirit, for a very good reason. In Moroni 10: 5 it says. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.
It is interesting how Light and Truth coincide. When we receive more light, we receive more truth. Many people have lived this principle. Jesus is the first example that comes into my mind. He was able to know all things through the light in which he had. The brother of Jared is the second example that comes to my mind as well. He had so much light and faith in him, that when he placed the clear stones before God, and prayed that he would turn them into vessels of light, he was able to see the Finger of God, and because of his light, he was given so much truth that he was able to see not only God, but was able to cross over the vale uninvited.
Here's also something to think about; if light and truth coincide, then the opposite would be darkness and lies.
Now, I know that by the fruits of our church, it has light, and with that light comes truth. Other churches have light as well, but they only have parts of the truth, and with only a fraction of the truth, comes a fraction of the light. We have the fullness of the gospel, and people will actually recognize that light and truth.
Simply do what is right, let the consequence follow. We can pray to have the Holy Ghost each morning, to help guide us through our day, leading us to ever strive to do what is right. When you do this, President Hinckley said that, "each night, before retiring, you may come before the Lord in prayer without shame or embarrassment or the need to plead for forgiveness. I do not hesitate to say that God will bless you if you will do so."
I know that the Holy Ghost is real, and we have been promised that by and through His power, we may know the truth of all things. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.
Yesterday Brady said to me, " Mom, we are Patriotic".
I said, "what do you mean??"
Brady said, "Our cars are Patriotic"
"Red" Our new car.
"White" My work car.
"Blue" Our Bonneville.
Yup... Unknowingly, we have a Red, White and Blue car.
That was great!
I love being Patriotic!
Monday, May 30, 2011
The struggle for liberty and freedom is one of the greatest battles we are experiencing in our world today. It is imperative that our children and families grow up appreciating their freedoms and the privilege of living in this land which is “choice above all other lands.” (Ether 2:10).
Teaching our children to be patriotic, to know and understand the Constitution as the source of their freedoms, and to be willing to sacrifice to maintain their liberty is akin to hoisting our own Title of Liberty.
I am grateful for those men and women who serve or who have served in the US Military! Thank you for your sacrifice and courage which keep us safe from harm and lets us enjoy the freedoms we have in this great country.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
I purchased a new car today!!
2005 Dodge Neon SXT Sedan
I have been scrimping and saving for such a long time. I wanted to pay cash for a car - like Dave Ramsey says. I didn't want any car payments. When I started to look on-line for a car, I was surprised on how much used cars cost.
I was NOT going to purchase a car that had over 100,000 miles on it or older then 2000.
So the cost was higher then I wanted - but didn't settle for less. I saved $6,020 for my car. Brady had saved $1,180 which I used and will pay him back. Total $7,200 saved.
I saved every extra dollar I could find for this car. I've been very frugal about my spending ... because I've had this huge goal set for a while. It has been really fun watching that pile of cash grow.
Memorial weekend they were offering $500 off any new or used car. This car was selling for $7,991 and we got it for $7,491.
I ended up having to put $1,033 on my credit card. I know Dave Ramsey would not approve, but I am sure I can pay that off next month - by continuing to be very frugal. At least I will NOT have any car payments!! Hooray!
I was going to trade in my Pontiac Bonneville for a new car. The Check engine light came on last week. Yesterday it wouldn't start at all. So, I couldn't use it for a trade in. I thought I would send it to the dump or donate it.
This afternoon, I went out and it started up. The check engine light is still on. I think I may just repair it, because I have a feeling this new car will end up being driven by Brady ALOT. I'll have to save for a while before I can get the Bonneville fixed though. I don't like debt.
Anyway, it's a cute zippy small car.
Brady hasn't like driving because he hates my Bonneville. He doesn't feel comfortable with the bigger car. Now our focus is going to be getting him driving. I want to stop driving him around. He'll be 17 this summer and he needs to start being a little more independent. So, the new car purchase was basically for Brady to drive and get his license.
I also think this will be the car he will take to college next year.
I plan on saving like crazy to be able to trade in the Bonneville for a new car next year (maybe). It depends on how much it will cost to fix the problem it has now. But, I'd like to get a little bigger car for me and not such a small zippy car. We'll see how it goes and how much I can save.
I think it was a great example for Brady to see me put down all that cash to purchase a car. I'd love him to NEVER have any debt. He is pretty frugal anyway and I hope it stays that way.
I do have a wedding to help pay for in September ... so we'll be eating food storage (as usual) to get our savings stock pile built up again.
It was really hard to let go of all that saved up cash .... I loved counting it and wanted more. I kept thinking that I could get by with my Bonneville and keep all that cash - until it needed to be repaired once again. That motivated me to just do it and get a car small enough for Brady to feel confident enough to drive.
I am really happy to have a newer car and to really NOT have a car payment. It's a GREAT feeling!!
We are really excited! Woo HOO!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
We Receive Great Blessings as Members of Jesus Christ's Church
The Holy Ghost Helps Us Know the Truth
Baptism of Nephites and getting the Holy Ghost. How the Holy Ghost keeps my baptismal covenants from The Friend, June 2000 here.
The answers: Across—(1) gift, (2) godhead, (3) Melchizedek, (4) prophet, (5) spirit. Down—(1) good, (4) prayers, (6) confirm, (7) Holy Ghost, (8) speak, (9) testimony, (10) repent.
The Still Small Voice activity from The Friend, August 2005 here (print out only page 23):
My oldest sister Christine and me (Sondra)
My older brother Lyle pushing my younger brother Richard on the swing.
When Richard and I were little we shared this same bunk-bed. Richard slept on one end and I slept on the other, with Lyle on top. Richard loved his monkey Sam which my mother made. Sam went everywhere with Richard. This is such a sweet photo.
Lyle, my older brother.
I loved grandpa (my Mom's dad). He died when I was 5 years old. I loved going to visit him and sitting on his lap. He had a green chair that vibrated and I loved it!
This is Richard and Sondra on Grandpa's lap.
Christine and Richard.
The oldest and youngest in our family.
Richard... so cute!