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Doctrine & Covenants Section 133   Leave a comment

Hello Brethren, this post is the flood of insight and understanding in regards to D & C Section 133. I say “Flood” because it seemed as I read, nearly verse after verse… ( 1 – 74 ) a little “ding” popped into my head and a reference (Whether complete, or small and simple) of scriptures came to mind. I hope that as I follow the instructions of the Quorum of The Twelve (Richard Scott and others; Which said to take notes and write them while fresh in your mind) that you all may be edified and without any misunderstanding. I would even encourage you to pray, even now.

I felt urged all day long to open up to the Doctrine & Covenants, but didn’t know why. Heck, I think I need a quick chastisement in not listening to the promptings of the Spirit. But in reading (As this Blog Post Says) D & C 133, I can see some bright insight concerning this new work…. the West Texas “Marvelous Work & Wonder” as petitioned to the Saints here in the Plainview TX Branch by President Shumway and his counselors on December 20th, 2009.

Early on, about Nineteen Months after the Church was organized, (Dated November 3rd, 1831 in Section Heading of 133) there were many whom sought after the instruction of the Lord. Many Elders, both whom had regular callings, and even Elders in the Mission Field, sought after the divine guidance of the Savior as to how best accomplish that of which they had been called to do. Joseph Smith The Prophet then petitioned the Lord, and this Section (133) was the result. Here is what I’d like you to read, and then I’ll follow what I felt to be a good understanding.

To respond to those whom asked, The Lord exclaimed:


 1 Hearken, O ye people of my church, saith the Lord your God, and hear the word of the Lord concerning you—

  2 The Lord who shall suddenly come to his temple; the Lord who shall come down upon the world with a curse to judgment; yea, upon all the nations that forget God, and upon all the ungodly among you. 
 
So, the Lord calls attention, then reminds them of their imperfections and even accentuates he will arrive and curse those whom forget Him, and those whom are ungodly. (I take that perhaps as those whom hide sin from the faces of man… or their respective leaders.)

He then continues: 

  5 Go ye out from Babylon. Be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord.

  6 Call your solemn assemblies, and speak often one to another. And let every man call upon the name of the Lord. 
 
He encourages the Saints to leave Babylon (Defined in the scriptures as “The World”). When he speaks of being clean vessels, I think he refers to the proper use of and administration in Priesthood Ordinances. (As found in Section 84 of the Doctrine & Covenants) Then verse 6 may easily speak for itself, but consider this as you consider not only the council given us by Elder Webb of The Seventy, but the ideal and mission placed before us by President Shumway! Our Ward Councils need constant and continual edification… to meet frequently. As he said in verse 6 also, “… and speak often one to another.” Frequent meetings are needed. AND not only together, but we should also pray fervently; as said in verse 6 also “… Let EVERY man call upon the name of the Lord.” 
To continue his counsel to those Elders, the Lord reminds them again;

 14 Go ye out from among the nations, even from Babylon, from the midst of wickedness, which is spiritual Babylon.

  15 But verily, thus saith the Lord, let not your flight be in haste, but let all things be prepared before you; and he that goeth, let him not look back lest sudden destruction shall come upon him.

The Lords command for them (And us as we liken ourselves to the scriptures) could be summed up in saying “Live in the world, but be not of it.” My understanding of verse 15 is, that as we flee from the spiritual babylon….. don’t leave unprepared. Don’t leave yourself vulnerable to the adversary. Prepare! How do we prepare? Consider The words of one of the Latter-Day Prophets.

The late President Spencer W. Kimball defined those drops of oil for us a few years ago when he said:

“There are oils that keep the gospel burning brightly. One type ofoil is the oil of family prayer. It illuminates us and makes us brightand cheery but is difficult to obtain at midnight. One drop or two willnot keep the lamp burning long. …


“Another type of oil is the oil of fasting. The last midnight islate to start disciplining our lives in preparation for the great dayof the Lord. …


“Another oil that is not available at midnight is the indispensableoil of home service. This rare oil of service is accumulated throughvisits to the sick, through lending a helping hand. …

“There is another oil that all will need—rich or poor, sick or well.Its light is brilliant and increases with use. The more that is used,the more that is left. It is easy to purchase in the day but notavailable at night. This is the tithing oil.

“There is one … oil that is so precious that without adding it tothe other oils no wick will burn. Without it, the light from all theothers will dim and go out. This is the oil of chastity.”

One should not flee out into the world without these precious drops of oil. Thats the Savior’s caution when (again in verse 15) “… let not your flight be in haste…” We need to prepare well. The caution to not look back, may be similar as the reasons the Lord cautioned Lot, and Lot’s wife to not look back. Elder Jeffrey Holland of the Quorum of the twelve, in a BYU speech given… titled his talk:

Remember Lot’s Wife

It is Luke 17:32, where the Savior cautions, “Remember Lot’s wife.”

What did He mean by such an enigmatic little phrase? To find out I suppose we need to do as He suggested.
Let’s recall who Lot’s wife was.

The original story, of course, comes to us out of the days of Sodom and Gomorrah when the Lord, having had as much as He could stand of the worst that men and women could do, told Lot and
his family to flee because those cities were about to be destroyed. “Escape for thy life,” the Lord said, “look not behind thee . . . ; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed” (Genesis 19:17).

With less than immediate obedience and more than a little negotiation, Lot and his family ultimately
did leave town but just in the nick of time. At daybreak the morning following their escape it says, “The Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven; and
he overthrew those cities” (Genesis 19:24‐25).

Surely with the Lord’s counsel “look not behind thee” ringing clearly in her ears, Lot’s wife, the record
says, “looked back,” and she was turned to a pillar of salt.

So, if history is this important ‐‐ and it surely is ‐‐ what did Lot’s wife do that was so wrong? As something of a student of history, I have thought about that and offer this as a partial answer. Apparently what was wrong with Lot’s wife is that she wasn’t just looking back, but that in her heart she wanted to go back. It would appear that even before they were past the city limits, she was already missing what Sodom and
Gomorrah had offered her. As Elder Maxwell once said, such people know they should have their primary residence in Zion but they still hope to keep a summer cottage in Babylon. It is possible that Lot’s wife looked back with resentment toward the Lord for what He was asking her to leave behind. We know that Laman and Lemuel did when Lehi and his family were commanded to leave Jerusalem. So it isn’t just that she looked
back; she looked back longingly. In short, her attachment to the past outweighed her confidence in the future. That,apparently, was at least part of her sin.

Prayer and counsel are needed badly over any and ALL things. I know that to be true brethren, and such is my testimony to you, In the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

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"….mine angels round about you, to bear you up." (D & C 84:88)   Leave a comment

My Dear Brethren, I wanted the occasion to do, as typically has been done since this blog has been created, to share with you some powerful, moving, and special videos. [ *As always noted, those whom receive e-mail messages concerning new posts to blog; You will need to visit the blog to watch the videos* ] I am so moved at one of the videos, that I decided to feature it at the top of the blog page, above all new posts, under only the blog title and Quorum Presidency information. Please, take the time to at least watch this great video, about forgiveness…. given by James E. Faust in April 2007.

And traditionally, I now also place other great videos at the bottom of the blog page for your edification. The 2 new ones, are the talk on “Pride” as written by Ezra Taft Benson, yet delivered by Gordon B. Hinkley. We approach the time for resolutions, for changes to our lives, or perhaps our natures. Let us resolve to better live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Let us better magnify our callings: Let us move the work forward and double the Lubbock Stake as envisioned by our new Stake Presidency with a resolve to not stop short of what the true potential of the priesthood has, and offers us!

Remember The Promise of The Lord:

“And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.” (D & C 84:88)

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This is a GREAT Mormon Messages Video, not up on lds.org yet, but soon shall be. Enjoy!!

Posted December 23, 2009 by rexfordgbeardsleyjr in Uncategorized

Leadership Concerning Our "Ward Councils"   Leave a comment

Hello Brethren! Before I start, I wish to take the time to say Merry Christmas!

     On Saturday, December 19th, 2009 the leadership of branch, ward and stake leaders convened to discuss a energized and enthusiastic mission to revamp the Missionary Effort. We had the distinct pleasure to be taught and edified by a General Authority, Elder Webb. The Lubbock Stake was blessed several weeks earlier with a visit from Elder Webb and Elder Christiansen. (I hope I am spelling their names correctly)
     Before much of any information was taught, the Presiding Authorities provided us with the knowledge that at the end of 2010, some new manuals should be in the hands of leaderships. (I believe, but am not sure if it was indicated simply for Branch Presidencies, Ward Presidencies or even Stake…. but they will be out.)

     I absolutely loved the opportunity to sit in the second row and look right up at all the speakers, and perfectly hear their council. (Both the meeting on December 19th, and the other several weeks earlier) Participation was essential. It still is. I knew at both meetings that I could not learn anything if I did not act on the promptings of the Holy Ghost to participate. It is my distinct affirmation, that the Leaders we sustained to the Stake Presidency were indeed called of God. 
     Their love of the Gospel of Jesus Christ shows in their concern and drive showing any and all whom are present that they were loved. To (As close as I can recall from my notes) quote President Shumway, “If you are here… you belong here!”.
     Elder Webb mentioned some scriptures, and I took some notes there. I love how the scriptures can and ought relate to our day. The first scripture he used was D & C 44:2 which reads as follows:

      “And it shall come to pass, that inasmuch as they are faithful, and exercise faith in me, I will pour out my Spirit upon them in the day that they assemble themselves together.” 

     Now, my understanding from this scripture is I think what Elder Webb wished others to see. When we discuss in our Ward Councils the Missionary Effort (Which seems to have adopted a name) “Member Missionary” ; Far too frequently, we would ask just for people to grab five names basically off the top of our heads from the High Priests, Elders and Relief Society, giving little, if any, thought or prayer or fasting into it. He may have also wished us to perceive what we needed to see!
     Truly, How often do we “Search, Ponder & Pray” concerning the Lord’s will? As the Primary Song So clearly puts forth:

  ” I love to read the Holy Scriptures and every time I do, I feel the spirit start to grow within my heart, a testimony that they’re true, Search, Ponder & Pray, are the things that I must do, the Spirit will guide and deep inside I know the scriptures are true. So prayerfully I’ll read the Scriptures each day my whole life through, I’ll come to understand, I’ll heed the Lords command and live as He would have me do, Search, Ponder and Pray, are the things that I must do, the Spirit will guide and deep inside I know the scriptures are true.”

    Have we the conviction similar to the songs our children are taught by to have? I fall short for sure. So why is it so important for us to pray about it? Consider the countless invitations the Savior extends;

3 Ne. 27: 29
Therefore, ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; for he that asketh, receiveth; andshall be opened.  unto him that knocketh, it

D&C 4: 7
Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Amen. 

D&C 6: 5
Therefore, if you will ask of me you shall receive; if you will knock it shall be opened unto you. 

D&C 11: 5
Therefore, if you will ask of me you shall receive; if you will knock it shall be opened unto you.

D&C 12: 5
Therefore, if you will ask of me you shall receive; if you will knock it shall be opened unto you. 


D&C 14: 5 
Therefore, if you will ask of me you shall receive; if you will knock it shall be opened unto you. 

D&C 49: 26
Behold, I say unto you, go forth as I have commanded you; repent of all your sins; ask and ye shall receive; knock and it shall be opened unto you.

D&C 66: 9 
Lay your hands upon the sick, and they shall recover. Return not till I, the Lord, shall send you. Be patient in affliction. Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 

D&C 75: 27

Let them ask and they shall receive, knock and it shall be opened unto them, and be made known from on high, even by the Comforter, whither they shall go. 

D&C 88: 63
Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 

Previous to this, I mentioned 10 scriptures, where the Lord tells all whom read, to ask! Asking the Lord, whom knows our every desire both before we speak them and why, still wishes us to demonstrate our Faith by calling upon him! Prayer is essential to the Missionary effort… and because it is, Nephi cautions:

2 Ne. 32: 8
And now, my beloved brethren, I perceive that ye ponder still in yourhearts; and it grieveth me that I must speak concerning this thing. Forif ye would hearken unto the Spirit which teacheth a man to pray ye would know that ye must pray; for the evil spirit teacheth not a man to pray, but teacheth him that he must not pray

So, the adversary has a tool called “Rationalization” which is not at all rational, but rather foolish… He used it many times in the Scriptures, but, he drives very hard for us all to stay away from calling upon the Lord. Take a moment to study how not calling upon the Lord can stifle our progress… The brother of Jared, prior to building the ships to cross the great waters, failed to call upon the Lord for 4 years, and see what happened:


   And now I proceed with my record; for behold, it came to pass that theLord did bring Jared and his brethren forth even to that great seawhich divideth the lands. And as they came to the sea they pitchedtheir tents; and they called the name of the place Moriancumer; and they dwelt in tents, and dwelt in tents upon the seashore for the space of four years.

   And it came to pass at the end of four years that the Lord came again unto the brother of Jared, and stood in a cloud and talked with him. And for the space of three hours did the Lord talk with the brother of Jared, and chastened him because he remembered not to call upon the name of the Lord.

   And the brother of Jared repented of the evil which he had done,and did call upon the name of the Lord for his brethren who were withhim. And the Lord said unto him: I will forgive thee and thy brethrenof their sins; but thou shalt not sin any more, for ye shall rememberthat my Spirit will not always strivewith man; wherefore, if ye will sin until ye are fully ripe ye shall becut off from the presence of the Lord. And these are my thoughts upon the land which I shall give you for your inheritance; for it shall be a land choice above all other lands.(Ether 2: 13-15)
It is there I make my (im sure for the reader) long awaited point on prayer… If we don’t pray about the names of whom we wish to help, if we do not call upon him for that much needed revelation, we can’t, as Elder Webb stated, tell them that “We have been prayed here.” My goodness how great a point does Elder Webb make there.
Some time was turned over to President Robinson, where he expounded on further points, as were found in the last chapter of Matthew.
So, we have the scriptural drive, the spiritual understanding… now we need to understand this;

  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, evenend of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28: 18-20)
 
 

We have the means and motivation to do this work. The dream of doubling the stake and effectively implementing the Ward Council where we are, we can do it. In 3rd Nephi , the same significance is shown. The Savior calls out;

 

And it came to pass that he spake unto Nephi (for Nephi was among the multitude) and he commanded him that he should come forth.(3rd Nephi 11:18)

And this is my doctrine, and it is the doctrine which the Father hath given unto me; and I bear record of the Father, and the Father beareth record of me, and the HolyGhost beareth record of the Father and me; and I bear record that theFather commandeth all men, everywhere, to repent and believe in me. 
 

 And whoso believeth in me, and is baptized, the same shall be saved; and they are they who shall inherit the kingdom of God. 
 

 And whoso believeth not in me, and is not baptized, shall be damned. 
 

 Verily, verily, I say unto you, that this is my doctrine, and I bear record of it from the Father; and whoso believeth in me believeth in the Father also; and unto him will the Father bear record of me, for he will visit him with fire and with the Holy Ghost. 
 

And thus will the Father bear record of me, and the Holy Ghost will bear record unto him of the Father and me; for the Father, and I, and the Holy Ghost are one. (3rd Nephi: 32-36)
So we have the power, the authority and means of moving the work forward! 

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I know that if ye shall follow the Son, with full purpose of heart, acting no hypocrisy and no deception before God, but with real intent, repenting of your sins, witnessing unto the Father that ye are willing to take upon you the name of Christ, by baptism—yea,by following your Lord and your Savior down into the water, accordingto his word, behold, then shall ye receive the Holy Ghost; yea, thencometh the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost; and then can ye speak with the tongue of angels, and shout praises unto the Holy One of Israel. (2 Nephi 31:13)

 
We need to keep His commandments, and fear nothing. But if we dont understand why, we may not see;

Wherefore, now after I have spoken these words, if ye cannot understand them it will be because ye ask not, neither do ye knock; wherefore, ye are not brought into the light, but must perish in the dark. 
(2nd Nephi 32: 4)


We couldn’t have asked for a better understanding!! So, to know, we must ask, and to ask means we have faith, and if we have faith, we can hope. This Branch has reached its time to rise up above its minimum requirements. The people here want the word;

D&C 123: 12
For there are many yet on the earth among all sects, parties, and denominations, who are blinded by the subtle craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it

In short brethren, this was a great meeting. We have been given all we need, now we need but use it and seek those whom are ready, the ones, that through fervent prayer, will accept this Gospel now! Its my personal Testimony that both members and Elders can be a powerful influence, and say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Some new things!   Leave a comment

I have posted some neat, and Spiritually Uplifting videos on the blog and in this post…

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The American Revolution was the political upheaval during thelast half of the 18th century in which the Thirteen Colonies among thepossessions in North America of the Kingdom of Great Britain at firstrejected the governance of the Parliament of Great Britain, and laterthe British monarchy itself, to become the sovereign United States ofAmerica. In this period the colonies first rejected the authority ofthe Parliament to govern them without representation, expelled allroyal officials and set up thirteen Provincial Congresses or equivalentto form individual self-governing states. Through representatives sentto the Second Continental Congress, they originally joined together todefend their respective self-governance and manage the armed conflictagainst the British known as the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783,also American War of Independence). The states ultimately determinedcollectively that the British monarchy, by acts of tyranny, could nolonger legitimately claim their allegiance. They then united to formone nation, breaking away from the British Empire in July 1776 when theCongress issued the Declaration of Independence, rejecting the monarchyon behalf of the United States of America. The war ended with effectiveAmerican victory in October 1781, followed by formal Britishabandonment of any claims to the United States with the Treaty of Parisin 1783.

The American Revolution commenced a series ofintellectual, political, and social shifts in early American societyand government. The development of republicanism in the United Stateswas particularly significant, including installation of arepresentative government responsible to the will of the people, thusrejecting the prevalent plutocracies of the inherited aristocracies inEurope at the time. However, sharp political debates broke out over thelevel of democracy desirable in the new government, with a number ofFounders fearing mob rule.

The basic issues of nationalgovernance were settled with the unanimous ratification in 1788 of theConstitution of the United States (written in 1787), which replaced therelatively weak Articles of Confederation (ratified 1781) that framedthe first attempt at a national government. In contrast to the looseconfederation, the Constitution established a relatively powerfulfederated government. The United States Bill of Rights (1791),comprising the first 10 constitutional amendments, quickly followed. Itguaranteed many natural rights that were so influential in justifyingthe revolution, attempting to balance a strong national government withrelatively broad personal liberties. The American shift torepublicanism, and the gradually increasing democracy, caused anupheaval of the traditional social hierarchy, and created the ethicthat has formed a core of political values in the United States. 

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Posted December 18, 2009 by rexfordgbeardsleyjr in Christmas Mesa, Joy

Thanks to The Plainview Branch!   Leave a comment

My Dear Kind, and Gracious Family & Friends ….

It is not every day that a man can look upon his past life… take stock and then plot the future. Its not every day that we spend many good years in Apostasy (11 years for me) then of course, be blessed to return to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To be given our “Second” or “Third” (Or even “Countless”) amounts of tries to keep ourselves on the straight and narrow. The good Lord has seen to me that I’ve had those chances.

Over the course of those 11 years, I did lots of terrible things to myself and to others. On nearly 5 occasions when I lived in Las Vegas, NV (During the course of October 2005- May 2008) I nearly killed myself with serious abuse of both OTC and Prescribed Drugs. On two known occasions… I had effectively “Shut Down” my liver and Kidneys… left to mingle in the Hospital for weeks on end. Becoming a beast of a man.

But since my Sophomore Year @ Santa Rita High School, (1996-1997) I did not live it, study it, nor seek for it. “It” being “The Gospel”. Many times, with many various friends we oft discussed religion…. which was popular amongst my peers. All knew I was a “Mormon” but, they called me a “Jack-Mormon” due to my choice to not live the standards many peers knew all about. I did everything a Mormon should not do, stopping just short of denying the Faith. I knew deep within my heart and soul that it was the Restored and True Church… but rationalized (As Satan sometimes does) that I “Could not be saved” or, “I can’t be forgiven”.

There is so much past to cover, and there were many many many sins I had to Repent of. Frequently, I felt discouraged and without Hope. My Beloved Grandma and Grandpa Beardsley tried to teach and nourish me the Gospel as loving family should. I offended many, and stole from them as well. Sadly, even from family members;

My life changed in a not so Patriotic way… on 9/11/01 (But the USA did). I was being driven home to my moms house in Tucson. Sad to hear that unfold on radio. Shortly thereafter, on December 22nd 2001 Melissa and I got married by Bishop Jenkins (From the Rincon Stake- Linken Park Ward)  Kids followed…. All things were progressing without incident until I lost all control of my habbits.

I need not divulge all details, but after 7 years, My Brothers in the Lord: Elder Rusk and Philpot snapped me out of all my darkness… and led me to the light. Now, 14 months later….. and a little over 24 hours from now (2:12am CST) I finally will get endowed and sealed to my family in the Lubbock Texas temple. The Elders did not act alone… many others did: They were:

President Porter

President Williams

Brother & Sister Derrick

President Longoria

President Martinez

Brother Calderon

Brother Olmsted

Brother Stone

Brother Davis

Sister Masters

There are a great many to name, but their counsel was greater than knowing their names. The helped change me… period.

To you, and them, and the Branch, My family and I Love You All Dearly…. and when we enter that temple on the 19th, it will be in Praise of our God, and in their Love for the Savior in loving me. I truly do love you brethren. Thank You Again

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Posted December 18, 2009 by rexfordgbeardsleyjr in Uncategorized

Come See the Light   Leave a comment

This Video Is A MUST WATCH: I have never been so moved by a video in my entire life. It hits home on everything that every Christian ever Spiritually Needs To See & Hear. I can’t implore you enough, please, go to the blog and watch this video… I pray it touches you, the music too, the way it has me!!!

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May The Lord Bless You All!

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Sunday, December 6th, 2009: **Fast Sunday**
Sunday, December 6th, 2009: 9:00a.m. PEC

**Sunday, December 6th, 2009: 7:00p.m. First Presidency Christmas Devotional @ Stake Center

Saturday, December 12th, 2009: Branch Social 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 13th, 2009: 9:00a.m. PEC

Posted December 12, 2009 by rexfordgbeardsleyjr in Come See the Light