Thursday, December 29, 2005
Monday, December 26, 2005
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Praise to the man
Tomorrow marks the 200th birthday of the LDS prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. He was born December 23, 1805 in Sharon, Vermont. In his own account he states:
Today, in December 2005, his name is both revered and cursed. Current world wide membership in the church he organized stands at 12.2 Million and growing.
"An acquaintance said to me one day: "I admire your church very much. I think I could accept everything about it—except Joseph Smith." To which I responded: "That statement is a contradiction. If you accept the revelation, you must accept the revelator."In my own experiences in talking to people I have had the same responses. People like almost everything about my faith with the exceptions being the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. It is a wonder to me, as well, that our faith can be so praised and yet our very foundation decried.It is a constantly recurring mystery to me how some people speak with admiration for the Church and its work while at the same time disdaining him through whom, as a servant of the Lord, came the framework of all that the Church is, of all that it teaches, and of all that it stands for. They would pluck the fruit from the tree while cutting off the root from which it grows." President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, December 2005
As President Hinkley says,
"We do not worship the Prophet [Joseph]. We worship God our Eternal Father and the risen Lord Jesus Christ. But we acknowledge the Prophet; we proclaim him; we respect him; we reverence him as an instrument in the hands of the Almighty in restoring to the earth the ancient truths of the divine gospel, together with the priesthood."President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, December 2005Twice In the past year I have stood in the room where Joseph and his brother Hyrum were killed. Each time I have felt that I stood on sacred ground.
I add my voice to those who honor the man, Joseph.
Praise to the man who communed with Jehovah!
Jesus anointed that Prophet and Seer.
Blessed to open the last dispensation,
Kings shall extol him, and nations revere.
Hail to the Prophet, ascended to heaven!
Traitors and tyrants now fight him in vain.
Mingling with Gods, he can plan for his brethren;
Death cannot conquer the hero again.
Praise to his mem’ry, he died as a martyr;
Honored and blest be his ever great name!
Long shall his blood, which was shed by assassins,
Plead unto heav’n while the earth lauds his fame.
Great is his glory and endless his priesthood.
Ever and ever the keys he will hold.
Faithful and true, he will enter his kingdom,
Crowned in the midst of the prophets of old.
Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven;
Earth must atone for the blood of that man.
Wake up the world for the conflict of justice.
Millions shall know “Brother Joseph” again.
Text: William W. Phelps, 1792–1872
Monday, December 19, 2005
The gift of a book
Now to find time to read it.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
It was a pretty good crowd for a Saturday
Sing us a song you're the piano manThe crowd went wild...he sang more lines. Then, as he sang out these next lines, the crowd roared...
Sing us a song tonight
Well we're all in the mood for a melody
And you've got us feeling alright.
It's a pretty good crowd for a SaturdayIt WAS a Saturday and he had us feeling alright.
And the manager gives me a smile
'Cause he knows that it's me they've been coming to see
To forget about life for a while.
Monday, December 12, 2005
A plug for another blog: On Principle
Sometimes he uses levity and sometimes he is somber, but each time the lessons are there.
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Forgiveness is Divine
I learned a profound lesson today. The concept of forgiveness is not new. It is not new to me, but I learned what can happen between two people when forgiveness is extended.
I also learned that two people can overcome huge obstacles when they are willing to put the friendship above past mistakes.
This entry IS directed toward a certain friend. She knows who she is. To her I say, Thank-you for your friendship...it is the most divine a gift anyone could give.
Friday, December 02, 2005
Was he a fraud or a prophet?
Today I found myself reading a quote by Gordon B. Hinkley, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is what he said, "We declare without equivocation that God the Father and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, appeared in person to the boy Joseph Smith... ... Our whole strength rests on the validity of that vision. It either occurred or it did not occur. If it did not, then this work is a fraud. If it did then it is the most important and wonderful work under the heavens." (President Gordon B. Hinkley, "The Marvelous Foundation of Our Faith," Ensign, Nov. 2002, 80.)
It doesn't get any more plain and simple than that.