Jacob 2:16

March 10, 2011

16  O that he would rid you from this iniquity and abomination. And, O that ye would listen unto the word of his commands, and let not this pride of your hearts destroy your souls!

How do you keep the pride of the heart from destroying the soul?


John 1:6-10

November 21, 2010

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of the Light.

9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

Today I find it interesting that the true Light–or the light of Christ–lights every man that comes into the world. To me, this means that all of us, at some point, have the ability to know right and wrong. This is probably dependent on our realm of knowledge and experience, but I like that it points out that every man that has been born has some glimmer of this light. It seems that philosophical and political trends that want make all decisions subjective would here find a stopping point. If all people can know right and wrong, true good motives are possible to define, and ethical decisions can be made as we seek both the inner light of humanity that He gave us and the guidance of the Holy Ghost in the teachings of the gospel.


2 Nephi 25:26

May 29, 2010

And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.

Thus, we have revived this blog for our children. Here we can write some of our spiritual experiences so they can read them in the future.


Matthew 10:16

September 21, 2006

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

This scripture can seem strange coming from the mouth of the Savior. Should we be like sperpents? Isn’t the serpent a symbol of deceit, of evil, of the devil? Well… not really. The serpent has a dual nature in the scriptures. It is both good and evil; it represents birth and death. The symbol of the serpent has been seared into our minds negatively because of our cultural baggage. Nevertheless in those old days the serpent was more than what we think of today. Just food for your thought.

P.S. have you seen the serpent on the cross on ambulances and in drug stores… has that something to do with its ancient meaning?


Colossians 2:16-18

August 3, 2006

16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,

These two scriptures are super interesting. Verse 16 is interesting because it tells the members of the church to not be offended when others will judge them in regards to things they do different. Meat, drink holidays, new moons and the sabbath seem to be some of these things they do differently. The interesting comment here is that the sabbath was different. That infers that they did not keep the sabbath on the seventh day, but on another, and we assume it is the first day of the week (Mark 16: 2, 9; Acts 20: 7).
Verse 18 is interesting also because it seems to be a prophecy about the decay of the doctrines of Christ. Apparently some will come and beguile the members of the church to believe that worshipping angels is fine. Worshipping angels, saints and other things is idolatry. The members of the Godhead (God, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost) should be the only ones worshiped.
Comment if you agree or not.


Colossians2:8

August 2, 2006

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

This is fairly straight forward. I love this scripture because it is so clear on what we are not supposed to do; follow the philosophies of men and their vain deceit. The world is filled with much crap that is supposed to make our life better. Many philosophies of life just take us away from Christ. He should be the center of our life… not what the TV says.

Amen


2 Peter 1:3-7

April 28, 2006

3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and evirtue:

4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

COMMENTS

I love this passage. It is so sublime. I love that it gives us a way to better know how to progress in this life. Charity is the pure love of Christ and it's the ultimate goal. All these qualities are important in this life because they will make us more receptive to the promptings of the Holy Ghost. Once we have the Holy Ghost with us we can feel guided and feel that the choices we make will be good ones. 


Agrippa Almost Converted Acts 26:24-29

April 28, 2006

24 And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.

25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.

26 For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.

27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest.

28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.

COMMENTS

In this scripture Paul is preaching the gospel, according to the prophecy, to kings and to all the gentiles. Hearing, "king" Agrippa feels the spirit and is 
feels that he needs to say something to not that he is interested. He accuses Paul of insanity even though he knows he is saying the truth. When we get mad we are not rational and make accusations that are not serious. That's what Agrippa did when he called Paul mad. Paul sensed that and told the king that he was speaking words of truth and soberness. He also told Agrippa that he knew that he believed the prophets — meaning that he knew that he also believed the prophecied about Jesus.
Knowing that Paul read him openly told him honestly that he was almost converted. The reason Agrippa did not convert was because of his pride and because he cared
too much about what his servants thought of him. It is the reason most people won't repent and be healed.
The work goes on. I am glad Paul did not give up and gave us a great spiritual legacy to carry on. 


Jacob 6:11-12

April 19, 2006

11 O then, my beloved brethren, repent ye, and enter in at the strait gate, and continue in the way which is narrow, until ye shall obtain eternal life.

12 O be wise; what can I say more?

What can he say more? Be wise is such a good advice. My father told me to always look twice where Ii step so I don't step in some dog crap. I know it's funny but I can relate this saying of my father to this scripture. Jacob says pretty much the same thing, be wise so you can enter at the strait gate. To enter through it one has to always do more and more better himself/herself every day and always seek for truth. Paul has a great recommendation for this. It is found in Phil 4:8 

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Amen


Acts 17:20

April 17, 2006

(For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)

I find this scripture funny because it is so out of the ordinary. It shows how Paul or Luke felt about the Athenians at that time. Also, like the Athenians in that time I see that many of us do the exact same. Instead of working out our salvation we tend to bussy our lives with trite things. Well for now i will try to do something productive and get back to work.