Put on the Whole Armor of God

There has been a lot of talk lately about “Putting on the Whole Armor of God,” it really has been on my mind a lot lately, so I decided to do some study on it and here is what I learned. 

“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day. … Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness…And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace…Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked… And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph. 6:11–18.)

   Ok, here is how I apply this to myself. First I have my loins girt about with truth, I know who I am, why I’m here, and where I’m going. I know the truthfulness of the Gospel, and I study my scriptures everyday to increase my knowledge of truth. Next, I have breastplate of righteousness. I always strive to do what is right, if I fail and sin, I can use the infinite gift of the Atonement. By using the atonement in my life, I am able to repent of any and all sins that I commit, therefore striving to be as righteous as I can be! Then I have my feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. I prepare myself everyday for what may lie ahead. My feet are always ready and willing to carry me wherever I need to go to fulfill the Lord’s work and to spread forth the gospel of peace.

One of the most important things is the shield of faith! This is so important! With the Shield of Faith, you can fight off the fiery darts of the wicked. I’m ready with my Shield to block anything that may cause my faith to weaken, and as a missionary, I have an even greater target on my back. We all need to fight harder than the adversary, do not let your shield fail!! The last two are the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit. The helmet of salvation reminds me to always keep my thoughts clean and pure. If my thoughts are clean and pure, I’ll better be able to listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost easier in my life. The sword of the spirit is my only offensive weapon, and it is the only one I need. 

With the whole Armor of God I can fight off any attacks Satan wants to take at me.  but he will always come back for more, so we always need to have the sword handy, you never know when he is going to strike. If our armor is weak, there is an unshielded vulnerable area for attack, and we will be subject to injury or destruction by Satan. Do not give him that chance!!  Through the great principle of repentance you can turn your life about and begin now clothing yourself with the armor of God through study, prayer, and a determination to serve God and keep his commandments.

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Royal Generation

Royal Generation

For nearly six thousand years, God has held you in reserve to make an appearance in the final days before the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

While our generation will be comparable in wickedness to the days of Noah, when the Lord cleansed the Earth by flood, there is a major difference this time. It is that God has saved for the final innings some of His strongest children, who will help bear off the Kingdom triumphantly. and that is where you come in, for you are the generation that must be prepared to meet your God.

All through the ages the prophets have looked down corridors of time to our day. Billions of the deceased and those yet to come have their eyes on us.

make no mistake about it, you are a marked generation.There has never before been more expected of the faithful in such a short period of time as there is of us. Never before on the face of this Earth have the forces of good and evil been as well-organized.

Now is the great day of Devil’s power, with the greatest mass murderers of all time living among us. But now is also the great day of the Lord’s power, with the greatest number ever of priesthood holders on the Earth. And the showdown is fast approaching!

-President Ezra Taft Benson, February 1987

 

This statement made by President Benson really stood out to me a lot. It has a lot of power and meaning behind it! always remember, we are the Royal Generation! We all have to potential to become the best of the best! There never before has been so much good on this Earth; the church is restored to the fullest of times, the priesthood is everywhere, the gospel and missionaries are all over the Earth, and we have a modern prophet that receives revelation from God!!! How great and marvelous it is to be alive today, to see the gospel being spread throughout the world, to hear the voice of a modern-day prophet that is the voice-piece of the Lord, to finally be able to know all the answers so many of us have been looking for so long finally answered! This church is true, I know it is true with all my heart, how great it is to be a part of this great work!

But along with all the good, Satan is now working his hardest to turn the hearts of all who will listen; he is smarter and more present than ever, he’s everywhere!!! We need to be always be on our guard, wearing the whole armor of God! Remember the stripling warriors; be valiant and courageous,   don’t give temptation a fighting chance. “… the showdown is fast approaching!” get ready for it, make no mistake about it. Don’t procrastinate it, we need to decide right now that we will give satan no attention whatsoever, “Awake, my soul! No longer droop in sin. Rejoice, O my heart, and give place no more for the enemy of my soul.” (2 Ne. 4:28.)

A wise man once told me not to long ago, “Never forget who you are and where you came from… you all are beloved sons and daughters of God! He loves you, He wants you back in His holy arms forever…” (President Jack R. Christianson)  You are a child of a Heavenly King, who loves you. Be true to your divine nature.  “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.”  (1 Peter 2:9.)

 

  Never Forget…

Of Noble Gentry Came Your Birth

For Purpose Proud You Came To Earth

Came To Claim Your Rightful Place

To Help God’s Children Win The Race

Why Mormons build Temples

Temples are literally houses of the Lord. Throughout history, the Lord has commanded His people to build temples. The Church is working to build temples all over the world to make temple blessings more available for a greater number of Heavenly Father’s children. 

Message from the First Presidency, President Erying

One of the great tributes the Savior can give is to call us “friends.” We know that He loves with a perfect love all of His Heavenly Father’s children. Yet for those who have been faithful in their service with Him, He reserves this special title. You remember the words from the 84th section of the Doctrine and Covenants: “And again I say unto you, my friends, for from henceforth I shall call you friends, it is expedient that I give unto you this commandment, that ye become even as my friends in days when I was with them, traveling to preach the gospel in my power” (D&C 84:77).

 

We become His friends as we serve others for Him. He is the perfect example of the kind of friend we are to become. He wants only what is best for His Heavenly Father’s children. Their happiness is His happiness. He feels their sorrow as His own because He has paid the price of all their sins, taken upon Himself all their infirmities, borne all their troubles, and felt all their longings. His motives are pure. He seeks no recognition for Himself but to give all glory to His Heavenly Father. The perfect friend, Jesus Christ, is completely selfless in offering happiness to others.

 

Each of us who has made the baptismal covenant has promised to follow His example to bear one another’s burdens as He would (see Mosiah 18:8).

 

In the next few days you will have many opportunities to be a friend for Him. It may be as you walk on a dusty road. It may be as you sit down in a railroad car. It may be as you look for a place to sit in a Church congregation. If you are watching, you will see someone carrying a heavy burden. It may be a burden of sorrow or loneliness or resentment. It may be visible to you only if you have prayed for the Spirit to give you eyes to see into hearts and have promised to lift up the hands that hang down.

 

The answer to your prayer may be the face of an old friend, one you have not seen in years but whose needs suddenly come into your mind and heart and feel as if they are your own. I’ve had that happen to me. Old friends have reached out to me across the miles and the years to offer encouragement when only God could have told them of my burden.

 

Living prophets of God have asked us to be faithful friends to those who come into the Church as converts and to go to the rescue of those who have drifted away. We can do it, and we will do it if we always remember the Savior. When we reach out to give succor and to lift a burden, He reaches with us. He will lead us to those in need. He will bless us to feel what they feel. As we persist in our efforts to serve them, we will more and more be given the gift of feeling His love for them. That will give us courage and strength to reach out again and again in faithfulness.

 

And, in time and in eternity, we will feel the joy of being welcomed to the company of His faithful friends. I pray for that blessing for all of us and for those we will serve.

13 Articles of Faith

Two years before he died, the Prophet Joseph Smith wrote them in a letter to a newspaper editor, John Wentworth, who had asked for information about the Church.

Ever since the Articles of Faith were written, they’ve inspired and directed us in the basic principles of our gospel. They enhance our understanding of certain doctrines and help us commit to living them. They invite further thought. And they’re a good tool for explaining our beliefs to people unfamiliar with them.

13 Articles of Faith
1. We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
2. We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.
3. We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
4. We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
5. We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.
6. We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
7. We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
8. We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.
9. We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.
10. We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.
11. We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
12. We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
13. We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul-We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

 

These outline what our church believes in, if any of you have any questions or comments,  please feel free to drop me a line. Can’t wait to hear from you!!!

LIFE IS GOOD!!!!

The Two Thousand Stripling Warriors!!

In the Book of Mormon, there is a true story about 2,000 young men with bravery, courage, and an unshakable faith for God! And they were all young men, and they were exceedingly valiant for courage, and also for strength and activity; but behold, this was not all—they were men who were true at all times in whatsoever thing they were entrusted. Yea, they were men of truth and soberness, for they had been taught to keep the commandments of God and to walk uprightly before him. These young men gathered together and promised to defend the liberty of their people and the Nephites.

Alma 53: 16-21

One of the most important parts in these verses is in verse 20, “this was not all—they were men who were true at all times in whatsoever thing they were entrusted.” Not only did they have courage, but they were honest and true in all that they did! They knew the commandments of the Lord and always strived to obey them. In doing so, they had the Spirit of the Lord with them, and with the Lord, all things are possible!
 
 
  
  ” … they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them… And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it… And now it came to pass that we, the people of Nephi, the people of Antipus, and I with my two thousand, did surround the Lamanites, and did slay them; yea, insomuch that they were compelled to deliver up their weapons of war and also themselves as prisoners of war… But behold, to my great joy, there had not one soul of them fallen to the earth; yea, and they had fought as if with the strength of God; yea, never were men known to have fought with such miraculous strength…”
 
 
Also, these men loved their mothers (as do I, I love you Mom)!!!! They had all these great attributes because their Mother’s taught them accordingly! Their Mothers knew that they needed to teach their children the ways of the Lord, as doing so, they raised what would later become the two thousand stripling warriors, men of mighty valor! WE DO NOT DOUBT OUR MOTHERS KNEW IT!! They had never fought in a battle before, nor did they have much experience concerning the matter. But because they cared more about their families lives then their own, and they were taught by their Mothers that the Lord would deliver them, they had full faith that they would win the battle and spare the lives of their families!
 
 
These Sons truly loved their families, just like I do! I really can relate to these Young Men, I too was taught about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ growing up, and I have an unmeasurable love for my family! They mean everything to me, I highly doubt I would be even close to the man I am today if it weren’t for the love and care of my Mother and Father! I would be willing to do anything for my family, even if it meant laying down my life for them, I would! I am a Momma’s boy through and through, I love her to death, She is the best Mom a son could ask for! All the many happy joyful memories I have growing up, all the times she kissed my “Ouchies” better, Every night when she would read a book to me before bed time, sing me silly songs, each time she wiped away my tears, each time she gave me medicine when I was feeling sick, or gave me comfort when I was lost and felt alone! I love my whole family with every last fiber in my being!! I am truly grateful for all they do and what they have raised me to become!!! I Love my Heavenly Father, and I feel His love with me each time i do what is right! These things I bear testimony in the sacred name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, AMEN!!!!!! 

The Family:A Proclamation to the World

Following is a statement that the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles published about the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints.   

“We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.

All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.

In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.

The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.

We declare the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan.

Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.

The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.

We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.

We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.”

This proclamation to the World means a lot to me and my family! I know that the things in here are true, and that if we follow this counsel from Heavenly Father, our lives will be blessed as we feel His love more abundantly in our everyday lives. I feel so blessed to have the strong family unity and support that I know have, without the Church, I doubt that our unity would be nearly as strong, especially in today’s society. For those of you that haven’t experienced an “ideal family,” know that Heavenly Father still loves you!! Through Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, all things are possible.  Praying to Him in the name of His son, Jesus Christ, will bring peace unto your soul,  I promise you that!! God bless!

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