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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

World of Illusions


I think we live in a fantasy world and tend to believe in a world of illusions. Recognizing and abandoning an illusion makes you wiser and clears the fog, which enables you to perceive previously concealed possibilities, acquire a fresh orientation, and comprehend a bigger picture. Finding truth and living it can truly set you free. 

Like Gold, truth can be obtained by washing away the filth surrounding it and the all the rubbish obscuring it. I think truth is meant to be obtained not necessarily by its growth but by washing away everything that is not truth. That way truth, which already existed, begins to emerge and appear before our very eyes.

The adversary takes great pride in making falsehoods appear desirable and true. And, on the other hand, he really thrives on manipulating our perspectives to make the truth itself appear false, useless, and without value.

Consequently, truth tends to be without fashion or style, is not perceived to be popular in this world, and too often is publically scorned and ridiculed. Indeed, it is a tremendous undertaking in life to identify and discard illusions, find reality, and fully embrace the truth by living it. 

I suppose the truth is not for all, only for those who diligently and faithfully seek it. After all, few believe that, “The pain of truth is much better than the bliss of an illusion.” 

This illusion video below may persuade you to reconsider what you think you see :)


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Angels Among Us Today?

“And thus the works of darkness began to prevail among all the sons of men. And God cursed the earth with a sore curse, and was angry with the wicked, with all the sons of men whom he had made; For they would not hearken unto his voice, nor believe on his Only Begotten Son, even him whom he declared should come in the meridian of time, who was prepared from before the foundation of the world. And thus the Gospel began to be preached, from the beginning, being declared by holy angels sent forth from the presence of God, and by his own voice, and by the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Moses 5:55-58)

Are these conditions being manifested today?
Is darkness prevailing?

Is God angry with the wicked?
From God's point of view, who is referred to as the wicked?
Who is not hearkening unto His voice? Nor believing on his Only Begotten Son?

If this is actually happening today among us, would you suppose the gospel is at least beginning to be preached again? Is the gospel being declared by holy angels? By angels sent forth from the presence of God? And by his own voice? And by the gift of the Holy Ghost?

If so, where can an angel, either mortal or immortal, with these credentials be found today here on earth? Do you know of an angel, who resides among us? Anywhere?

“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Hebrews 13:2) What does this mean to you?

Are truths being restored again? Is further light and knowledge coming forth? Is the true and living gospel being taught again? Is the restoration being preserved as it was in 1831? (D&C 1:30)

Restorations again? Revelations? Prophecies? Good news? Patterns?

Whenever apostasy and wickedness reaches a certain point, patterns of God seem to emerge, angels appear, repentance is called, and individuals get to choose for themselves. If God's pattern, at this “tipping point” of wickedness, is to send an angel/messenger from His presence with an authorized message, would you expect such an angel with God's message today? If so, where is an angel to be found?

Does an angel, who has literally come from the presence of God, has been instructed by God's own voice, and possesses an authorized message from God Himself, actually exist among us today? If so, would you expect such an angel to be popular, well known, or highly regarded and praised? From history, we learn that prophets like that, who deliver a message from God, are often persecuted, rejected, and cast out.

How many individuals in our society today do you suppose would acknowledge such an angel and accept the message of repentance he delivers? The majority? Some? A few? Would God vouch for the message delivered by the angel He sent? How would that affect the hearers and those to whom the message was directed?

Would the message fit in the category of “whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servant, it is the same”? Why or why not? If such an angel is indeed present and currently among us (And I believe there is), what would be required on your part? And what is the status or consequences associated with the one who fails to take notice of the ministry of such angels?

Moroni had something to say about this:
“Or have angels ceased to appear unto the children of men? Or has he withheld the power of the Holy Ghost from them? Or will he, so long as time shall last, or the earth shall stand, or there shall be one man upon the face thereof to be saved? Behold I say unto you, Nay; for it is by faith that miracles are wrought; and it is by faith that angels appear and minister unto men; wherefore, if these things have ceased wo be unto the children of men, for it is because of unbelief, and all is vain. For no man can be saved, according to the words of Christ, save they shall have faith in his name; wherefore, if these things have ceased, then has faith ceased also; and awful is the state of man, for they are as though there had been no redemption made.” (Moroni 7:36-38)

If you have not recognized, acknowledged, or accepted such an angel today, what does that mean? When someone fails to recognize a true message or fail to entertain angels from God's presence, according to Moroni, what is the state and standing of that individual? If you have not identified such a messenger from God with His message, which is very likely a message of repentance, what does that have to say about your level of faith? Unbelief? False traditions? Salvation? Redemption?

Society today does not yet have the original religion that Adam received from God. We do not currently possess the “records of the fathers” which describes the gospel taught by God to Adam. I am not aware of any group, religion, institution, or people today that has preserved the entire original religion. 
 
Joseph Smith was called by God and authorized as His servant to call repentance, teach the gospel, and to begin the process to restore the original. Through Joseph, much truth was restored, apostasy was challenged, and we have obtained some important parts of the gospel which had been lost. Joseph was persecuted and killed, and God's message was rejected before the restoration was completed. What Joseph left was only a portion of the intended restoration. During the course of almost 184 years since the deaths of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, the partial restoration they left has been morphed by men into an awful, ongoing, ever changing, and increasing disorder, which leaves people befuddled to understand it. What Joseph restored must now be recovered, preserved, and come to life as was the case on November 1, 1831, when the Lord referred to the church as “the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth” (D&C 1: 30)

If that description and status is to be recovered and restored again today, then most certainly His people, fellowships, gatherings, churches, or groups must be established by revelation, visitations from angels, and delegation of authority. His people must be “true and living” because the authority and gifts need to be present and unfolding. New scripture shall continually come forth and increase. Revelations will surely be ongoing and perpetually being received.

God has and does and will covenant with His people. His covenant people will continue to grow in knowledge, light, and truth as further ordinances and rites are restored. The humble, “true and living” followers of Christ are taught the doctrines which give the tools with which they can grow in light and knowledge until the perfect day. (D&C 50: 24.)

Therefore, what Joseph and Hyrum left restored in June 1844 must return in our day and, in addition, the original religion taught to Adam must be restored before we finally arrive back at the beginning. The original religion, which was lost long before Abraham, was restored to Abraham and lost later. Therefore it becomes very important for us today to connect with our fathers, who have connected with heaven. We must receive angels sent from the presence of God and obtain the restored original religion.

We must be actively engaged in His work to receive what God is offering today.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Heroes and Villains

The difference between a hero and a villain is largely determined by what people think and believe. And … the thoughts and beliefs of men and women tend to change, especially over a period of time and with additional experience.

Perhaps, that is why today's heroes become tomorrow's villains just as today's fools become tomorrow's venerated examples.

I sometimes wonder if, in reality, there are no villains and heroes, only people doing their best while others are observing and judging from their own distorted perspectives.

Unfortunately, accusers almost always fail to view the entire experience, motivations, and reasons, nor comprehend the full set of events, thought processes, and perspectives. Therefore, it may be wise to reconsider what we think we see … because we may be simply wrong.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Savior's Shadow

For me, this may be the best song yet performed by Blake Shelton, at least of which I am aware. It is very soothing, peaceful, and rings with truth and hope. God is love, is no respecter of persons, and works with every single person who is found with a pure heart and a willing mind. I appreciate Blake sharing his gift of music and I love the song. Enjoy !



I'm standing in my Savior's shadow
He is watching over me
I feel the rain, I hear the thunder
As he cries for me

I'm standing in my Savior's shadow
Grace will lead to where I'm free
I take his hand, we walk together
And his light shines on me

Though the devil try to break me
My sweet Jesus won't forsake me
When I'm in my Savior's shadow
Where I'm supposed to be

I'm standing in my Savior's shadow
Following his footsteps there
Every mountain, every ocean
He hears my every prayer

Though the devil try to break me
My sweet Jesus won't forsake me
When I'm in my Savior's shadow
Where I'm supposed to be

Though the devil try to break me
My sweet Jesus won't forsake me
When I'm in my Savior's shadow
Where I'm supposed to be
When I'm in my Savior's shadow
I'm who I'm supposed to be


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Gathering Light … From Where?


“What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on your point of view and where you are standing. It also depends on what light you have already gathered and what sort of person you are.” (CS Lewis)

So …What is your point of view and perspective? Where are you currently standing? Upon what are you leaning? Trusting? Depending? Do you confide in Science? Philosophies of men? Surfing the internet? Religion? Christ? Other?

Technological experiments, tests, reported results, and all conclusions derived in science account for only a very small fraction of the full detailed picture. Man's understanding of Science underestimates and fails to explain and fully identify even a household fly with all its curious characteristics, not to mention all the creations of God right before our very eyes. Similarly, when only a few solitary notes are heard in music, it becomes very difficult to even identify the song, let alone understand the full intended message.

Many people today tend to assume that the philosophies of men and everything found on the internet, facebook, blogs, etc. must surely be mostly true and is something to count on and base our lives upon. More correctly, I think the internet, like this world, is full of varying perceptions, misconceptions, interpretations and partial conclusions based on a very small sampling and little experience, at least from God's point of view. In very few places does the internet contain the word of God declared with power through His servants, but it does exist. The word of God can and has been found, but like most things, it is rarely recognized for what it really offers, represents, and has of merit and value.

With extremely limited intelligence and skewed perspectives, we frequently stumble over very important truths and key events, which remain unrecognized and appear to be of little worth at best or, on the other hand, just plain annoying and disturbing. Consequently, we hurry off as if nothing happened or after what we perceive to be an inconvenient delay, we pick ourselves up and continue our living as before. Since we possess such a microscopic understanding of how things really are and minute comprehension of the big picture, it is extremely unlikely that men can possibly teach and quote each other to end up with a perfect picture of reality and full truth comprehended. To result in even more confusion and misunderstanding, we each have a different and changing big picture in our minds and insist it must be true.

Likewise, religion is viewed from nearly as many different perspectives as there are people involved. Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the sagacious as false, and by the rulers as a useful instrument of process and control. Truths being restored, angels calling repentance, and humble servants teaching with heavenly power is often confused and mixed with an endless source of heresies, corruption and power, all within various religions, each of which claim to be of God. Religious institutions, much like the philosophies of men mingled with scripture, holds much less light than what is available and any notes of music, if discerned at all, are usually skewed, out of tune, confusing, and even irritating.

Christ, on the other hand, possesses a higher degree of intelligence than do we. Christ, like the sun, has risen and sends forth light from which our entire brightness and beauty is wholly derived. He is the way, the truth, and the life. (John 14:6) He is truly a “been there, seen it, done it, and experienced it first-hand” sort of friend. It is your choice to truly receive Him as your friend.

“And the Lord said unto me: These two facts do exist, that there are two spirits, one being more intelligent than the other; there shall be another more intelligent than they; I am the Lord thy God, I am more intelligent than they all.” (Abraham 3:19)

Would it not seem wise to approach and ask questions and receive answers from the One who is more intelligent than they all? Christ is the master teacher, who is full of meekness and love and knows exactly what He is talking about. Christ perfectly embodies the word of God, precisely lives it, and fully manifests it. That's why we are commanded to learn of Him and precisely follow Him. 

We must never forget that we are entirely dependent on God at every moment. When any person lays out “all her cards” on the alter, hiding nothing, and is not only willing to, but in fact does hand over her whole self to Christ, things change significantly and likely can never be the same. Fully coming unto Christ will cause you to hear the entire symphony, all the pieces of music, and every single note in perfect sequence and melody. Your intelligence and understanding will greatly expand. You will find and know truth Himself and with Him everything else thrown in.