Archive for October 2009

The Holy Bible : New Church Bible Page   Leave a comment

Check Out New Church Bible Page:

As always, this is no new information on the significance of the Bible, both Old and New Testaments : But a revamped effort of emphasis: Visit Here (Click Link)

I hope the consistent shuffle of spiritually uplifting videos helps you all.
I am grateful to be able to serve in any aspect that I can brethren, and I love you all!

Remember,

Branch Halloween Social [a.k.a. “Trunk-R-Treat”] 6:00pm
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Plainview Texas Branch; Lubbock Stake Announcements;

Wednesday October 28th, 2009: Branch Halloween Social [a.k.a. “Trunk-R-Treat”] 6:00pm

Saturday October 31st, 2009: 4:00p.m. Priesthood Leadership @ Stake Center
Saturday October 31st, 2009: 7:00p.m. Adult Session

Sunday, November 1st, 2009: 10:00a.m. Stake Conference
Sunday, November 1st, 2009: CES Fireside for Young Adults
Sunday, November 1st, 2009: ***Daylight Savings Ends*** Set clocks back by One Hour

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009: YM/YW Combined Activity : 7:00p.m.

Posted October 28, 2009 by rexfordgbeardsleyjr in Uncategorized

The Provo Utah Temple : Video & Temple History   Leave a comment

Video & Information Provided By Seth Adam Smith; Visit His Webpage (Here) : Visit the blog (If you receive this by e-mail update) : The Video, which preceeds the Temple History Information, can’t currently be viewed by email.

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The Provo Utah Temple (formerly the Provo Temple) is the 17thconstructed and 15th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ ofLatter-day Saints. Located in the city of Provo, Utah it was built witha modern single-spire design very similar in design to the Ogden UtahTemple.

Since Provos early years, a hill just northeast ofdowntown Provo was known as Temple Hill. Instead of a temple, however,the Maeser Building was built on the hill in 1911 as a part of theBrigham Young University campus. A 17-acre (69,000 m2) block ofproperty at the base of Rock Canyon was chosen as the site for theProvo Temple.

The LDS temple in Provo was announced on August14, 1967, and a groundbreaking ceremony was held on September 15, 1969with construction beginning soon thereafter. Emil B. Fetzer, thearchitect for the Ogden and Provo temples, was asked to create afunctional design with efficiency, convenience, and reasonable cost askey factors.

The temple was dedicated on February 9, 1972 byChurch President Joseph Fielding Smith. The two dedicatory serviceswere broadcast to several large auditoriums on Brigham Young Universitycampus, including the 22,700-seat Marriott Center. The temple has 6ordinance rooms and 12 sealing rooms, and has a total floor area of128,325 square feet (11,921.8 m2). Thirty-one years after the temple’scompletion, a statue of the Angel Moroni was added to the spire, whichitself was changed from gold to white. The temple interior includedescalators for many years, but those have since been removed.

TheProvo Temple is one of the busiest temples the LDS Church operates.Because of its location, the temple is frequented by students attendingthe nearby Church-owned Brigham Young University. The temple alsoreceives many missionary patrons since an LDS Missionary TrainingCenter is just across the street.

The exterior design of theProvo Temple has its roots in scriptural imagery. The broad base andnarrow spire represent the cloudy pillar and the fiery pillar(respectively) that the Lord used to guide the Israelites through thewilderness under Moses (Ex. 13:21-22).

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Plainview Texas Branch; Lubbock Stake Announcements;

Wednesday October 28th, 2009: Branch Halloween Social [a.k.a. “Trunk-R-Treat”] 6:00pm

Saturday October 31st, 2009: 4:00p.m. Priesthood Leadership @ Stake Center
Saturday October 31st, 2009: 7:00p.m. Adult Session

Sunday, November 1st, 2009: 10:00a.m. Stake Conference
Sunday, November 1st, 2009: CES Fireside for Young Adults
Sunday, November 1st, 2009: ***Daylight Savings Ends*** Set clocks back by One Hour

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009: YM/YW Combined Activity : 7:00p.m.

Spiritually Uplifting Videos   Leave a comment

I advise all whom watch these videos… to watch them here on the blog, because if you go to Youtube you will most assuredly land on something that Youtube thinks is “related videos” ; Stay and watch the videos on the blog, this way… nothing bad crosses your sight.
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ALL of these Videos are powerful; If you are receiving this message by e-mail, ensure you visit the blog to see all of what standard “Html” in emails cant show you.

I Know That My Redeemer Lives:

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Praise To The Man

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Mormon Pioneers : Acts of Love & Courage

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Called To Serve 

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Elder Jeffrey Hollands Moving & Stirring Testimony From October 2009 General Conference

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Plainview Texas Branch; Lubbock Stake Announcements;

Wednesday October 28th, 2009: Branch Halloween Social [a.k.a. “Trunk-R-Treat”] 6:00pm

Saturday October 31st, 2009: 4:00p.m. Priesthood Leadership @ Stake Center
Saturday October 31st, 2009: 7:00p.m. Adult Session

Sunday, November 1st, 2009: 10:00a.m. Stake Conference
Sunday, November 1st, 2009: CES Fireside for Young Adults
Sunday, November 1st, 2009: ***Daylight Savings Ends*** Set clocks back by One Hour

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009: YM/YW Combined Activity : 7:00p.m.

Posted October 26, 2009 by rexfordgbeardsleyjr in Uncategorized

See New Church Page , "Faith In Jesus Christ"   Leave a comment

 There are great videos- great listed sources about Faith and how to better cultivate and appriciate Faith

(Click Here To Visit New Page On Faith)

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Plainview Texas Branch; Lubbock Stake Announcements;

Sunday October 25th, 2009: **FAST SUNDAY** ; 1:15 PEC/BYC

Wednesday October 28th, 2009: Branch Halloween Social [a.k.a. “Trunk-R-Treat”] 6:00pm

Saturday October 31st, 2009: 4:00p.m. Priesthood Leadership @ Stake Center
Saturday October 31st, 2009: 7:00p.m. Adult Session

Sunday, November 1st, 2009: 10:00a.m. Stake Conference
Sunday, November 1st, 2009: CES Fireside for Young Adults
Sunday, November 1st, 2009: ***Daylight Savings Ends*** Set clocks back by One Hour

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009: YM/YW Combined Activity : 7:00p.m.

Posted October 24, 2009 by rexfordgbeardsleyjr in Uncategorized

New Video Arrangement & Special Stake Conference Information   Leave a comment

First Of All, I will post and mention information about our upcoming Stake Conference: Information made available to me, by Brother Olmsted…


ElderCraig C. Christiansen, of the Seventy, and Elder Perry Webb, AreaAuthority Seventy, will preside at the upcoming Stake Conference Oct 31st and November 1stDuring the course of the conference the Stake Presidency will be reorganized.  We encourage all members to come and receive counsel and to benefit from the Spirit of the conference.
 
Stake Conference schedule as follows:

Saturday

                        4pm    Stake Priesthood Leadership meeting
 
Followingshould attend, Stake Presidency, High Council, Bishoprics, BranchPresidency, High Priests group leadership and Secretaries, EldersQuorum Presidencies and Secretaries, Ward Mission Leaders, WardMissionaries (male), Stake and Ward Young Men Presidencies andSecretaries, Stake and Ward Executive Secretaries and Clerks.
 
                        7pm    Stake Adult meeting all adult

Sunday

                        10am  General Session

(If you are receiving this info by email, please ensure to visit the blog, to view the following updates; Plainview TX Elders Quorum Blog Link)


You will notice 4 new feature videos, titled as:

1) “Whom say ye that I am.”

2) “Religious freedom under attack”

3) “The Healing Power Of Christ”

4) “The Salt Lake City Temple” (Which video can be found at bottom of blog page…..scroll far down)

These are all beautiful, wonderful, and very uplifting and inspirational… they help stir my Spirit every single time that I watch them, and I know they will stir you as well.

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Plainview Texas Branch; Lubbock Stake Announcements;

Sunday October 25th, 2009: **FAST SUNDAY** ; 1:15 PEC/BYC

Wednesday October 28th, 2009: Branch Halloween Social [a.k.a. “Trunk-R-Treat”] 6:00pm

Saturday October 31st, 2009: 4:00p.m. Priesthood Leadership @ Stake Center
Saturday October 31st, 2009: 7:00p.m. Adult Session

Sunday, November 1st, 2009: 10:00a.m. Stake Conference
Sunday, November 1st, 2009: CES Fireside for Young Adults
Sunday, November 1st, 2009: ***Daylight Savings Ends*** Set clocks back by One Hour

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009: YM/YW Combined Activity : 7:00p.m.

"….Which Faith Will Make Them Whole…"   Leave a comment

I got the opportunity to view for myself, the principle of action we all need to exercise in our life; namely Faith. The Lesson for Sunday, A Talk By Elder Kevin Pearson of the Seventy gave in April 2009, really shed a lot of light on my soul. By watching, and watching again, and listening and listening again…. I have learned for myself that even though I did not know it, (But others saw it) my Faith has been constantly growing. The Faith that makes me whole.

Elder Holland once said, in a talk given at a BYU devotional on January 13th, 2009:
(Where this quotation begins is where Elder Holland looks to the youth there, and looking ahead, amiss challenges and struggles… many youth, but even not youth alone, look ahead in life, and ask some of the very questions that this quote begins with.)

“Is there any future for me? What does a new year, or a new semester, or a new major, or a new
romance hold for me? Will I be safe? Will life be sound? Can I trust in the Lord and
in the future? Or would it be better to look back, to go back, to go home?


To all such of every generation I call out, “Remember Lot’s wife.” Faith is for the future

Faith builds on the past but never longs to stay there. Faith trusts that God has great things 
in store for each of us and that Christ is thehigh priest of good things to come.”

That, Brethren, is a wonderful means of Faithful understanding. Faith, like the featured talk, and lesson show, is “A Principle Of Action” and not just a word that says “I believe” and rightly left alone at just…. “I believe”.


President Howard W. Hunter said: “If our lives and our faith arecentered on Jesus Christ and his restored gospel, nothing can ever gopermanently wrong. On the other hand, if our lives are not centered onthe Savior and his teachings, no other success can ever be permanentlyright” (The Teachings of Howard W. Hunter, ed. Clyde J. Williams [1997], 40). My, how true this is brethren! How true!

Often we are thrown into problems which seem ever meant for our demise; But I know and can promise you this… Our Heavenly Father, and His Son, Our Savior Jesus Christ do love us unconditionally! Because they do, we can enlist their help if we have Faith that they can help us. Only by our Faith can the familiar phrase spoken by the Savior himself, come to pass;

According to your faith be it unto you” (Matt. 9:29)

Thy faith hath made thee whole” (see Mark 10:46–52).

… Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed the selfsame hour.” (Matt. 8:10, 13.)

There is the woman whose serious affliction had continued 12 years; shepleaded, “If I may but touch his garment I shall be whole.” She touchedthe hem of his garment and recovered from that hour: “Daughter, be ofgood comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole.” (Matt. 9:21–22.)

Such powerful witnesses of what Faith can do! But as important as it is to remember what Faith can do, most important is to review and carefully ponder the warnings given to us in the scriptures of what can and will happen when none have Faith. We all know that The Lord is an unchangeable being, and is the same, “Yesterday, today and forever…” but seem to fall short of full understanding that this applies to everything. Yes, even Faith. Look to Mormon Chapter 9 where it says:

15 And now, O all ye that have imagined up unto yourselves a god who can do anomiracles, I would ask of you, have all these things passed, of which Ihave spoken? Has the end come yet? Behold I say unto you, Nay; and Godhas not ceased to be a God of miracles.

  16 Behold, are not the things that God hath wrought marvelous in our eyes? Yea, and who can comprehend the marvelous aworks of God? 
 

  17 Who shall say that it was not a miracle that by his aword the heaven and the earth should be; and by the power of his word man was bcreated of the cdust of the earth; and by the power of his word have miracles been wrought? 
 

  18 And who shall say that Jesus Christ did not do many mighty amiracles? And there were many bmighty miracles wrought by the hands of the apostles. 
 

  19 And if there were amiracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he bchangeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles. 
 

  20 And the reason why he ceaseth to do amiraclesamong the children of men is because that they dwindle in unbelief, anddepart from the right way, and know not the God in whom they should btrust
 

  21 Behold, I say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ, doubting nothing, awhatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this bpromise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth. 
 
 

Powerful! Did anyone relax their glance of understanding when they just read those? Look at that last verse again. (Mormon 9:21) It says,

“….and this bpromise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth.” That’s quite a promise to give! He can, and will work miracles brethren. Through the Priesthood, and its righteous application in our lives (But not limited to our life, but also to the life of others) which includes righteous exercise of its power… we actually water that seed of Faith planted deep within us.

I know that my Faith has ever increased, I know it because the Spirit has bourne witness to me, that has continually caused my heart to burn within me. As I magnify my calling, as I prepare to go to the temple, to do all the Lord would have me do, I have ever seen him sustain me. He has sustained me as he promised…

And whoso areceiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go bbefore your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my cSpirit shall be in your hearts, and mine dangels round about you, to bear you up.” (See D & C 84:88)

There never has been many scriptures that have hit my heart, even my very soul as that one has…. and continues to do! I am humbled that the Lord would ever call such a sinner, even I, a sinner….. to any honorable calling in his kingdom.

My flesh can be weak all it wishes, and the gates of Hell can stand open to cast forth fury at me all it wishes… But comfort I take it that scripture, even the very one that reminds me yet again;

…….there I will be also, for I will go bbefore your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my cSpirit shall be in your hearts, and mine dangels round about you, to bear you up.” (See D & C 84:88)

I stand hated of my family, rebuked by my family members for being “True to the Faith for which martyrs have perished…” and regardless of how they continue in hating me I shall remain loyal, “To God’s command, Soul, Heart & Hand…. Faithful and True I Will ever stand.”

We can do it brethren. We can bring the world his truth. I bear testimony to you in all truthfulness brethren, in soberness and humility, that I “Know that My Redeemer Lives”, That Jesus is the Christ…. the Son of our Eternal Father who so lovingly gave his life so that all of us could return to the presence of the Father. “Awake My Soul, No longer droop in sin, rejoice my heart and let me praise again, The Lord my God, who is my rock and stave…. To keep me straight upon his straight plain way… O let me shake at the first sight of sin, and thus escape my foes…. I love the Lord”. I know that only in and through my Savior, can the scripture be, that says, “I am the way, the truth and light….No Man cometh unto the Father but by me.”

When the Savior says, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” That rest is the peace and happiness that invades my very heart now, as it does any time I sing, any time that I read, and any time I pray. I pray the Lord sustain you all brethren, that the very peace I have may be fully in your heart. He will do as he says he will, so in conclusion, I leave you with this scripture;

I, the Lord, am abound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no bpromise.”(See D & C 82:10) 

I say these things in the name of Our Savior, even Jesus Christ, amen.


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Plainview Texas Branch; Lubbock Stake Announcements;

Sunday October 25th, 2009: **FAST SUNDAY** ; 1:15 PEC/BYC

Wednesday October 28th, 2009: Branch Halloween Social [a.k.a. “Trunk-R-Treat”] 6:00pm

Saturday October 31st, 2009: 4:00p.m. Priesthood Leadership @ Stake Center
Saturday October 31st, 2009: 7:00p.m. Adult Session

Sunday, November 1st, 2009: 10:00a.m. Stake Conference
Sunday, November 1st, 2009: CES Fireside for Young Adults
Sunday, November 1st, 2009: ***Daylight Savings Ends*** Set clocks back by One Hour

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009: YM/YW Combined Activity : 7:00p.m.

Posted October 23, 2009 by rexfordgbeardsleyjr in Faith Love Hope Jesus Christ

New Mormon Messages Video- Lifting Burdens: The Atonement Of Jesus Christ   Leave a comment

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 Below: This is a special video I edited and produced that includes quite a few pictures taken during the course of activities (But not actual program- by request) and they are beautiful…. and to the music of two of the many special songs sang during the course of that program. I pray it lifts you up as it has me.

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Plainview Texas Branch; Lubbock Stake Announcements;

Wednesday October 21st, 2009: 7:00p.m. YM/YW Combined Activity Prep For Halloween

Sunday October 25th, 2009: **FAST SUNDAY** ; 1:15 PEC/BYC

Wednesday October 28th, 2009: Branch Halloween Social [a.k.a. “Trunk-R-Treat”] 6:00pm

Saturday October 31st, 2009: 4:00p.m. Priesthood Leadership @ Stake Center
Saturday October 31st, 2009: 7:00p.m. Adult Session

Sunday, November 1st, 2009: 10:00a.m. Stake Conference
Sunday, November 1st, 2009: CES Fireside for Young Adults
Sunday, November 1st, 2009: ***Daylight Savings Ends*** Set clocks back by One Hour

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009: YM/YW Combined Activity : 7:00p.m.

Posted October 19, 2009 by rexfordgbeardsleyjr in Uncategorized

Sunday, October 25th, 2009: [Lesson] – "Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ" : Elder Kevin W. Pearson Of the Seventy   Leave a comment

It is increasingly difficult in the age of technology, with instant communications, instant transactions and instant information to be kept safe from the wiles, the weapons of the adversary; Since we all know that there is a sad increase (And so will the unfavorable trend continue) for the world, and the weary hearts of the men who live there-in to constantly sin… and live in fear, the significance of Faith in much more significant and even more important than we all ever give enough credit to. 

This very fact is what brought me to the desire to study this talk as a Quorum. This talk stood out to me due to the significance of what Faith was doing for me then, (6 & 1/2 months ago) and what it can and will do for me in the days, weeks and months to come. Stay rooted in Christ, and firm in Faith and as the Savior said, 

“If ye will have Faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me.” (See Moroni 7:33 By Clicking Here) I hope this talk will help all who prayerfully apply it to their life as it has mine brethren. 

I leave this message with you in the name of Our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.

(Brother Rexford G. Beardsley Jr. : Monday October 19th, 2009)

Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ

Elder Kevin W. Pearson
Of the Seventy
 
In a household of faith, there is no need to fear or doubt. Choose to live by faith and not fear.

Elder Kevin W. PearsonIhumbly invite the companionship of the Holy Ghost as we discuss a vitalprinciple of the gospel: faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I acknowledgewith deep appreciation and love great examples of true faith andfaithfulness in my own life. To goodly parents, family, priesthoodleaders, beloved missionaries, wonderful children, and a preciouseternal companion, I express my deepest love and gratitude. Iacknowledge my own need and desire for greater faith as a disciple andwitness of Christ. There has never been a greater need for faith in myown life than now.

As parents, we have been commanded to teach our children “tounderstand the doctrine of . . . faith in Christ the Son of the livingGod” (D&C 68:25).This requires more than merely recognizing faith as a gospel principle.“To have faith is to have confidence in something or someone” (BibleDictionary, “Faith,”669). True faith must be centered in Jesus Christ. “Faith is aprinciple of action and of power” (Bible Dictionary, 670). It requiresus to do, not merely to believe. Faith is a spiritual gift from Godthat comes through the Holy Ghost. It requires a correct understandingand knowledge of Jesus Christ, His divine attributes and perfectcharacter, His teachings, Atonement, Resurrection, and priesthoodpower. Obedience to these principles develops complete trust in Him andHis ordained servants and assurance of His promised blessings.

There is no other thing in which we can have absolute assurance.There is no other foundation in life that can bring the same peace,joy, and hope. In uncertain and difficult times, faith is truly aspiritual gift worthy of our utmost efforts. We can give our childreneducation, lessons, athletics, the arts, and material possessions, butif we do not give them faith in Christ, we have given little.

“Faith is kindled by hearing the testimony of those who have faith” (Bible Dictionary, 669; see also Romans 10:14–17).Do your children know that you know? Do they see and feel yourconviction? “Strong faith is developed by obedience to the gospel ofJesus Christ” (Bible Dictionary, 669).

Elder Bruce R. McConkie taught: “Faith is a gift of God bestowed as a reward for personal righteousness.It is always given when righteousness is present, and the greater themeasure of obedience to God’s laws the greater will be the endowment offaith” (Mormon Doctrine, 2nd ed. [1966], 264). If we desire morefaith, we must be more obedient. When we teach our children by exampleor precept to be casual or situational in obeying God’s commandments,we prevent them from receiving this vital spiritual gift. Faithrequires an attitude of exact obedience, even in the small, simplethings.

Desire is a particle of faith that develops within us as weexperience divine truth. It is like spiritual photosynthesis. Theinfluence of the Holy Ghost, acting on the Light of Christ within everyhuman being, produces the spiritual equivalent of a chemical reaction—astirring, a change of heart, or a desire to know. Hope develops asparticles of faith become molecules and as simple efforts to live trueprinciples occur.
As patterns of obedience develop, the specific blessings associatedwith obedience are realized and belief emerges. Desire, hope, andbelief are forms of faith, but faith as a principle of power comes froma consistent pattern of obedient behavior and attitudes. Personalrighteousness is a choice. Faith is a gift from God, and one possessedof it can receive enormous spiritual power.

There is a quality of faith which develops as we focus all of ourheart, might, mind, and strength. It is seen and felt in the eyes of agreat missionary, a valiant and virtuous young woman, and righteousmothers, fathers, and grandparents. It can be seen in the lives ofindividuals young and old, in every land and culture, speaking everylanguage, in every circumstance and station in life. It is the “eye offaith” spoken of by the prophet Alma (see Alma 5:15–26)—theability to focus and be steadfast, continually holding fast to trueprinciples, nothing wavering, even when the mist of darknessconfronting us is exceedingly great. This quality of faith isexceedingly powerful.

However, “it must needs be, that there is an opposition in allthings. . . . The Lord God gave unto man that he should act forhimself. Wherefore, man could not act for himself save it should bethat he was enticed by the one or the other” (2 Nephi 2:11, 16). And so it is with faith. It can be enticing to choose doubt and disbelief over faith.

As Jesus returned from the transcendent spiritual experience on theMount of Transfiguration, He was approached by a desperate father whoseson needed help. The father pleaded, “If thou canst do any thing, havecompassion on us, and help us.”

Jesus replied, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

“And straightway the father . . . cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief” (Mark 9:22–24).

Faith and fear cannot coexist. One gives way to the other. Thesimple fact is we all need to constantly build faith and overcomesources of destructive disbelief. The Savior’s teaching comparing faithto a grain of mustard seed recognizes this reality (see Matthew 13:31–32).Consider it this way: our net usable faith is what we have left toexercise after we subtract our sources of doubt and disbelief. Youmight ask yourself this question: “Is my own net faith positive ornegative?” If your faith exceeds your doubt and disbelief, the answeris likely positive. If you allow doubt and disbelief to control you,the answer might be negative.

We do have a choice. We get what we focus on consistently. Becausethere is an opposition in all things, there are forces that erode ourfaith. Some are the result of Satan’s direct influence. But for others,we have no one but ourselves to blame. These stem from personaltendencies, attitudes, and habits we can learn to change. I will referto these influences as the “Six Destructive Ds.” As I do, considertheir influence on you or your children.

First is doubt. Doubt is not a principle of the gospel. Itdoes not come from the Light of Christ or the influence of the HolyGhost. Doubt is a negative emotion related to fear. It comes from alack of confidence in one’s self or abilities. It is inconsistent withour divine identity as children of God.

Doubt leads to discouragement. Discouragement comes frommissed expectations. Chronic discouragement leads to lowerexpectations, decreased effort, weakened desire, and greater difficultyfeeling and following the Spirit (see Preach My Gospel [2004], 10). Discouragement and despair are the very antithesis of faith.

Discouragement leads to distraction, a lack of focus.Distraction eliminates the very focus the eye of faith requires.Discouragement and distraction are two of Satan’s most effective tools,but they are also bad habits.

Distraction leads to a lack of diligence, a reducedcommitment to remain true and faithful and to carry on through despitehardship and disappointment. Disappointment is an inevitable part oflife, but it need not lead to doubt, discouragement, distraction, orlack of diligence.

If not reversed, this path ultimately leads to disobedience, which undermines the very basis of faith. So often the result is disbelief, the conscious or unconscious refusal to believe.

The scriptures describe disbelief as the state of having chosen to harden one’s heart. It is to be past feeling.

These Six Destructive Ds—doubt, discouragement, distraction, lack of diligence, disobedience, and disbelief—all erode and destroy our faith. We can choose to avoid and overcome them.

Challenging times require greater spiritual power. Considercarefully the Savior’s promise: “If ye will have faith in me ye shallhave power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me” (Moroni 7:33).

I humbly declare that God, our Heavenly Father, lives and loveseach of us, His children. Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. Helives and personally leads His Church through President Monson, Hisanointed prophet. Because He lives, there is always hope smilingbrightly before us. In a household of faith, there is no need to fearor doubt. Choose to live by faith and not fear. In the sacred name ofJesus Christ, amen.

Posted October 19, 2009 by rexfordgbeardsleyjr in Faith In The Lord Jesus Christ

"Religious Freedom Is Being Threatened" – Video By Dallin H. Oaks   Leave a comment

 There is major significance that comes with this message, and it is a message that we, “ALL” of us need be familiar with. This is not going to be something that will passively pushed aside by the world anymore.

Consider if you will, this, said of Elder D. Todd Christofferson in the April 2009 General Conference:

We need strong Christians who can make important things happen by theirfaith and who can defend the truth of Jesus Christ against moralrelativism and militant atheism.

We need strong Christians who can persevere against hardship, who cansustain hope through tragedy, who can lift others by their example andtheir compassion, and who can consistently overcome temptations.”

Let us keep those things in mind….

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Saturday, October 17th 2009: 10:00am to 12:00pm Primary Program Practice
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The Restoration of All Things: The Dispensation of the Fulness of Times   Leave a comment

“Chapter 44: The Restoration of All Things: The Dispensation of the Fulness of Times,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, (2007),507–16
“[This] is truly the dispensation of the fullness of times, whenall things which are in Christ Jesus, whether in heaven or on theearth, shall be gathered together in Him, and when all things shall berestored.”

From the Life of Joseph Smith

The Prophet Joseph Smith loved the Nauvoo Temple and yearned to seeit completed. Nauvoo resident Martha Coray was present at an addresswhere she saw the Prophet stretch his hand toward the temple and say ina melancholy tone, “If it should be … the will of God that I might liveto behold that temple completed and finished from the foundation to thetop stone, I will say, ‘O Lord, it is enough. Lord, let thy servantdepart in peace.’ ”1
 
George Q. Cannon, who later became a counselor in the FirstPresidency, recalled: “Previous to his death, the Prophet Josephmanifested great anxiety to see the [Nauvoo] temple completed, as mostof you who were with the Church during his day, well know. ‘Hurry upthe work, brethren,’ he used to say,—‘let us finish the temple; theLord has a great endowment in store for you, and I am anxious that thebrethren should have their endowments and receive the fullness of thepriesthood.’ He urged the Saints forward continually, preaching untothem the importance of completing that building, so that therein theordinances of life and salvation might be administered to the wholepeople, but especially to the quorums of the holy priesthood; ‘then,’said he, ‘the Kingdom will be established, and I do not care what shallbecome of me.’ ”2
 
The plans for the Nauvoo Temple called for an edifice that would belarger and even more beautiful than the Kirtland Temple. Situated onthe summit of a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, the completedNauvoo Temple would be one of the most magnificent buildings inIllinois. It was made of limestone obtained from quarries near Nauvooand lumber floated down the river from pineries in Wisconsin. Whenfinished, it would be 128 feet long, 88 feet wide, and 165 feet high atthe top of the spire. The exterior was ornamented with intricatelycarved moonstones, sunstones, and starstones, while sunlight streamingthrough the many windows illuminated the interior.

Joseph Smith did not live to see the Nauvoo Temple completed, butafter his death, thousands of Saints received sacred ordinances in thetemple under the direction of Brigham Young. After the Saints wereforced to leave Nauvoo, their beautiful temple was destroyed. It wasgutted by fire in 1848, and in 1850 a tornado leveled some of thewalls, leaving the remaining walls so weakened that they had to berazed. Some 150 years later, construction began on a new Nauvoo Temple,built on the original site. The reconstructed temple was dedicated onJune 27, 2002, becoming one of more than a hundred temples throughoutthe world. Each of these temples is a symbol that the fulness of God’sblessings to His children, living and dead, has been restored in thislast dispensation.

The Prophet Joseph Smith was called of God to restore these greatblessings to earth and to stand at the head of the dispensation of thefulness of times. During the Prophet’s ministry, all things wererestored that were necessary to lay the foundation of the greatestdispensation of all time. The priesthood, with its essential keys, wasrestored; the Book of Mormon was translated; the Church was organized;and doctrines, ordinances, and covenants were revealed, including theordinances and covenants of the endowment and the marriage sealing. TheLord declared that He had committed unto Joseph Smith “the keys of mykingdom, and a dispensation of the gospel for the last times; and forthe fulness of times, in the which I will gather together in one allthings, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth” (D&C 27:13).

Teachings of Joseph Smith

In this last dispensation, all the authority, ordinances, and knowledge of earlier dispensations have been restored.

“It is in the order of heavenly things that God should always send anew dispensation into the world when men have apostatized from thetruth and lost the priesthood.”3
 
On September 6, 1842, the Prophet Joseph Smith wrote the following to the Saints, later recorded in Doctrine and Covenants 128:18:“It is necessary in the ushering in of the dispensation of the fulnessof times, which dispensation is now beginning to usher in, that a wholeand complete and perfect union, and welding together of dispensations,and keys, and powers, and glories should take place, and be revealedfrom the days of Adam even to the present time. And not only this, butthose things which never have been revealed from the foundation of theworld, but have been kept hid from the wise and prudent, shall berevealed unto babes and sucklings in this, the dispensation of thefulness of times.”4
 
“Truly this is a day long to be remembered by the Saints of the lastdays,—a day in which the God of heaven has begun to restore the ancientorder of His kingdom unto His servants and His people,—a day in whichall things are concurring to bring about the completion of the fullnessof the Gospel, a fullness of the dispensation of dispensations, eventhe fullness of times; a day in which God has begun to make manifestand set in order in His Church those things which have been, and thosethings which the ancient prophets and wise men desired to see but diedwithout beholding them; a day in which those things begin to be mademanifest, which have been hid from before the foundation of the world,and which Jehovah has promised should be made known in His own due timeunto His servants, to prepare the earth for the return of His glory,even a celestial glory, and a kingdom of Priests and kings to God andthe Lamb, forever, on Mount Zion.”5
 
“The dispensation of the fullness of times will bring to light thethings that have been revealed in all former dispensations; also otherthings that have not been before revealed. He shall send Elijah, theProphet, etc., and restore all things in Christ.”6
 
“ ‘Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according toHis good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself: that in thedispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in oneall things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth;even in him.’ [Ephesians 1:9–10.]
“Now the purpose in Himself in the winding up scene of the lastdispensation is that all things pertaining to that dispensation shouldbe conducted precisely in accordance with the preceding dispensations.
“And again. God purposed in Himself that there should not be aneternal fullness until every dispensation should be fulfilled andgathered together in one, and that all things whatsoever, that shouldbe gathered together in one in those dispensations unto the samefullness and eternal glory, should be in Christ Jesus. …
“… All the ordinances and duties that ever have been required by thePriesthood, under the directions and commandments of the Almighty inany of the dispensations, shall all be had in the last dispensation,therefore all things had under the authority of the Priesthood at anyformer period, shall be had again, bringing to pass the restorationspoken of by the mouth of all the Holy Prophets.”7

Joseph Smith holds the keys of the dispensation of the fulness of times.

“I … hold the keys of the last kingdom, in which is the dispensationof the fullness of all things spoken by the mouths of all the holyProphets since the world began, under the sealing power of theMelchizedek Priesthood.”8
 
“Every man who has a calling to minister to the inhabitants of theworld was ordained to that very purpose in the Grand Council of heavenbefore this world was. I suppose that I was ordained to this veryoffice in that Grand Council. It is the testimony that I want that I amGod’s servant, and this people His people. The ancient prophetsdeclared that in the last days the God of heaven should set up akingdom which should never be destroyed, nor left to other people. …

“I calculate to be one of the instruments of setting up the kingdomof Daniel by the word of the Lord, and I intend to lay a foundationthat will revolutionize the whole world.”9
 
“I have the whole plan of the kingdom before me, and no other person has.”10
 
Lucy Mack Smith was present when Joseph Smith preached in Kirtland, Ohio, in 1832. She recalled these words of the Prophet:“I myself hold the keys of this last dispensation, and I forever willhold them in time and in eternity. So set your hearts at rest, for allis well.”11

This final dispensation is of such vast importance that it requires the complete, unselfish dedication of the Saints.

In September 1840, Joseph Smith and his counselors in the FirstPresidency made the following declaration to the members of the Church:“The work of the Lord in these last days, is one of vast magnitude andalmost beyond the comprehension of mortals. Its glories are pastdescription, and its grandeur unsurpassable. It is the theme which hasanimated the bosom of prophets and righteous men from the creation ofthe world down through every succeeding generation to the present time;and it is truly the dispensation of the fullness of times, when allthings which are in Christ Jesus, whether in heaven or on the earth,shall be gathered together in Him, and when all things shall berestored, as spoken of by all the holy prophets since the world began;for in it will take place the glorious fulfilment of the promises madeto the fathers, while the manifestations of the power of the Most Highwill be great, glorious, and sublime. …

“… We feel disposed to go forward and unite our energies for theupbuilding of the Kingdom, and establishing the Priesthood in theirfullness and glory. The work which has to be accomplished in the lastdays is one of vast importance, and will call into action the energy,skill, talent, and ability of the Saints, so that it may roll forthwith that glory and majesty described by the prophet [see Daniel 2:34–35, 44–45]; and will consequently require the concentration of the Saints, to accomplish works of such magnitude and grandeur.
“The work of the gathering spoken of in the Scriptures will be necessary to bring about the glories of the last dispensation. …

“Dear brethren, feeling desirous to carry out the purposes of God,to which work we have been called; and to be co-workers with Him inthis last dispensation; we feel the necessity of having the heartycooperation of the Saints throughout this land, and upon the islands ofthe sea. It will be necessary for the Saints to hearken to counsel andturn their attention to the Church, the establishment of the Kingdom,and lay aside every selfish principle, everything low and groveling;and stand forward in the cause of truth, and assist to the utmost oftheir power, those to whom has been given the pattern and design. …

“Here, then, beloved brethren, is a work to engage in worthy ofarchangels—a work which will cast into the shade the things which havebeen heretofore accomplished; a work which kings and prophets andrighteous men in former ages have sought, expected, and earnestlydesired to see, but died without the sight; and well will it be forthose who shall aid in carrying into effect the mighty operations ofJehovah.”12
 
“The building up of Zion is a cause that has interested the peopleof God in every age; it is a theme upon which prophets, priests andkings have dwelt with peculiar delight; they have looked forward withjoyful anticipation to the day in which we live; and fired withheavenly and joyful anticipations they have sung and written andprophesied of this our day; but they died without the sight; we are thefavored people that God has made choice of to bring about theLatter-day glory; it is left for us to see, participate in and help toroll forward the Latter-day glory, ‘the dispensation of the fullness oftimes, when God will gather together all things that are in heaven, andall things that are upon the earth, even in one’ [see Ephesians 1:10],when the Saints of God will be gathered in one from every nation, andkindred, and people, and tongue, when the Jews will be gatheredtogether into one, the wicked will also be gathered together to bedestroyed, as spoken of by the prophets; the Spirit of God will alsodwell with His people, and be withdrawn from the rest of the nations,and all things whether in heaven or on earth will be in one, even inChrist.

“The heavenly Priesthood will unite with the earthly, to bring aboutthose great purposes; and whilst we are thus united in the one commoncause, to roll forth the kingdom of God, the heavenly Priesthood arenot idle spectators, the Spirit of God will be showered down fromabove, and it will dwell in our midst. The blessings of the Most Highwill rest upon our tabernacles, and our name will be handed down tofuture ages; our children will rise up and call us blessed; andgenerations yet unborn will dwell with peculiar delight upon the scenesthat we have passed through, the privations that we have endured, theuntiring zeal that we have manifested, the all but insurmountabledifficulties that we have overcome in laying the foundation of a workthat brought about the glory and blessing which they will realize; awork that God and angels have contemplated with delight for generationspast; that fired the souls of the ancient patriarchs and prophets; awork that is destined to bring about the destruction of the powers ofdarkness, the renovation of the earth, the glory of God, and thesalvation of the human family.”13

Suggestions for Study and Teaching

Consider these ideas as you study the chapter or as you prepare to teach. For additional help, see pages vii–xii.

  • • Review pages 507–9. Why are temples so important in the accomplishment of the Lord’s work?
  • • Why do you think ancient prophets and wise men looked forward toour day? (For some examples, see pages 510–11.) Ponder the privilege ofbeing a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints inthe dispensation of the fulness of times.
  • • Study the paragraph that begins on the bottom of page 511. As youponder this statement, what are your thoughts and feelings about yourcallings to serve in the Church?
  • • Read the first three full paragraphs on page 512. How do thesestatements strengthen your testimony of the mission of the ProphetJoseph Smith?
  • • The Prophet Joseph Smith said, “The work of the Lord in these lastdays, is one of vast magnitude” (page 512). Study pages 512–15,pondering our responsibility to help accomplish the Lord’s work in thelast dispensation. Why must we “unite our energies” if we are toaccomplish this work? Why must we “lay aside every selfish principle”?Think about how you can use your “energy, skill, talent, and ability”to contribute to the Lord’s work.

Related Scriptures: D&C 27:12–13; 90:2–3; 112:30–32; 124:40–41
[illustration] The Prophet Joseph Smith yearned to see the NauvooTemple completed. “ ‘Hurry up the work, brethren,’ he used to say,—‘letus finish the temple; the Lord has a great endowment in store foryou.’ ”
[photo] Full-time missionaries at the Missionary Training Center inProvo, Utah. Joseph Smith declared that in the last dispensation, “itwill be necessary for the Saints to hearken to counsel and … standforward in the cause of truth.”

Notes

1. Quoted by Martha Jane Knowlton Coray, reporting a discourse givenby Joseph Smith in Nauvoo, Illinois; Martha Jane Knowlton Coray,Notebook, Church Archives, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-daySaints, Salt Lake City, Utah; this discourse is dated July 19, 1840, inSister Coray’s notebook, but the discourse was probably given at alater date.

2. George Q. Cannon, Deseret News: Semi-Weekly, Dec. 14, 1869, p. 2.

3. History of the Church, 6:478–79; from a discourse givenby Joseph Smith on June 16, 1844, in Nauvoo, Illinois; reported byThomas Bullock; see also appendix, page 562, item 3.

4. Doctrine and Covenants 128:18; a letter from Joseph Smith to the Saints, Sept. 6, 1842, Nauvoo, Illinois.

5. History of the Church, 4:492–93; from a Joseph Smith journal entry, Jan. 6, 1842, Nauvoo, Illinois.

6. History of the Church, 4:426; from the minutes of a Church conference held on Oct. 3, 1841, in Nauvoo, Illinois, published in Times and Seasons, Oct. 15, 1841, p. 578.

7. History of the Church, 4:208, 210–11; from a discourseprepared by Joseph Smith and read at a Church conference held on Oct.5, 1840, in Nauvoo, Illinois.

8. History of the Church, 6:78; spelling modernized; from aletter from Joseph Smith to James Arlington Bennet, Nov. 13, 1843,Nauvoo, Illinois; James Bennet’s last name is incorrectly spelled“Bennett” in History of the Church.

9. History of the Church, 6:364–65; from a discourse given by Joseph Smith on May 12, 1844, in Nauvoo, Illinois; reported by Thomas Bullock.

10. History of the Church, 5:139; from a discourse given by Joseph Smith on Aug. 29, 1842, in Nauvoo, Illinois; reported by William Clayton.

11. Quoted by Lucy Mack Smith, reporting a discourse given by JosephSmith in early 1832 in Kirtland, Ohio; Lucy Mack Smith, “The History ofLucy Smith, Mother of the Prophet,” 1844–45 manuscript, book 13, p. 5,Church Archives.

12. History of the Church, 4:185–87; punctuationmodernized; from a letter from Joseph Smith and his counselors in theFirst Presidency to the Saints, Sept. 1840, Nauvoo, Illinois, publishedin Times and Seasons, Oct. 1840, pp. 178–79.

13. History of the Church, 4:609–10; punctuation modernized; paragraph divisions altered; from “The Temple,” an editorial published in Times and Seasons, May 2, 1842, p. 776; Joseph Smith was the editor of the periodical.

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Posted October 17, 2009 by rexfordgbeardsleyjr in Sunday Lesson Dispensation