Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sunday Musing 37

     
     
This morning I'm just sharing a couple of ideas.
     First, I had the following thought come into my mind this morning:  "Come to the Lord and see what He can do for you."  I believe that refers to how I can change for the better by coming unto Christ.  It also refers to his desire to bless me.  This is true for all of us!
    I love the quotes below by Joseph Smith, which are related to one above (it's a secondhand source--but a good one).


......"If men do not comprehend the character of God, they do not comprehend themselves. I want to go back to the beginning, and so lift your minds into more lofty spheres and a more exalted understanding than what the human mind generally aspires to....."
“… The scriptures inform us that ‘This is life eternal that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.’ [John 17:3.]
.......“If any man does not know God, and inquires what kind of a being He is,—if he will search diligently his own heart—if the declaration of Jesus and the apostles be true, he will realize that he has not eternal life; for there can be eternal life on no other principle."
“My first object is to find out the character of the only wise and true God, and what kind of a being He is. …"
“… Having a knowledge of God, we begin to know how to approach Him, and how to ask so as to receive an answer. When we understand the character of God, and know how to come to Him, He begins to unfold the heavens to us, and to tell us all about it. When we are ready to come to Him, He is ready to come to us.”9  (https://www.lds.org/manual/teachings-joseph-smith/chapter-2?lang=eng#9-36481_000_006

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spring




     Song of Solomon 2:12 "The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;"

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Book of Mormon--Gadianton robbers

     




     Each time I read the Book of Mormon different scriptures come to my attention.  As I began my study yesterday of the section called 3 Nephi, I was impressed by the following verse: 3 Nephi 27 "And it came to pass that the ninety and third year did also pass away in peace, save it were for the Gadianton robbers, who dwelt upon the mountains, who did infest the land; for so strong were their holds and their secret places that the people could not overpower them; therefore they did commit many murders, and did do much slaughter among the people."
     Gadianton robbers, for those who are not familiar with them, were terrorists.  I never fully realized that until yesterday.  I think I always knew that there was a connection, but I never thought much about or studied it.  Yesterday I did some research on the internet and immediately found a few wonderful articles backing this up. I don't want to spend time discussing how these robbers can be labeled terrorists; you can google Book of Mormon and Terrorism and read about that.  I would like to write about why these terrorists were called robbers, a label some might consider too simplistic.
     When most of us think of robbers we think of someone invading a place in secret and stealing.  The first thing I think of is my home.  People rob for various reasons; some motivations are hunger  (often for food, goods or drugs), coercion and peer pressure, mob crazies, anger, hatred, or just the thrill of it. It is not always done in secret. I'm guessing that fear is always  felt to some degree by the robber. Stealing encompasses a broad range of activities and feelings.
     What do terrorists rob us of?  There is a short list below which I will probably lengthen (in no particular order). 
     Perhaps the recent use of the MOAB bomb on terrorist underground tunnels etc. in Afghanistan triggered the prompting to study Gadianton robbers.  I have found that if I read the Book of Mormon regularly I sometimes see parallels between what I'm reading and what is going on in the world.  It is fascinating to me that I can understand terrorism to some degree by simply studying the Book of Mormon regularly.  I certainly don't know the information that a CIA agent might know, but I can get a few  basics which are enough to be enlighten me as a citizen of the United States.  I can be warned of the consequences.  I can learn ways to deal with terrorists.  I can be motivated to live the gospel and share it.   
     What terrorists can rob us of   
  1. Life, both physical and spiritual (terrorism is a cancer in that it secretly infiltrates/starves/kills the Good)
  2. Truth (they gain power through lies, deception, etc.)
  3. Freedom (temporally and spritually) 
  4. Virtue
  5. Courage (terrorism is fueled by fear)
  6. Temporal needs (food, goods, etc.)
  7. Identity
  8. Individual worth
  9. Hope
  10. Knowledge/identity of Jesus Christ
  11. Respect for life
  12. True equality
  13. Self-sufficiency   


      

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

     Happy Easter!  I'm sharing a link to I Know That My Redeemer Liveth from The Messiah.

Source of text is Job 19:25-26 and I Corinthians 15:20

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Weekly Music Nugget 68

   
 
     When I was a high school senior I wrote an essay about music as my drug.  I have never puffed, snorted or injected anything other than an inhaler (that happened last week while I was ill), but I was a music junkee as a teenager.  I would listen to rock via my radio or play classical records over and over.  I loved the emotional highs and lows I got from music.  Why would anyone harm their bodies with drugs  when there is music?  That was the topic of my essay.
     I still enjoy listening to and discovering music that pushes my emotional buttons.  It is a joyful activity.  Music helps me connect with life, both temporal and spiritual.  I might feel joy, sadness, peace, motivation, courage, strength, or even healing.  Sometimes I get goosebumps; sometimes my tummy does flip-flops.
     Yesterday I found another piece I love and a new sensation.  When I listen to this piece I almost vibrate.  It seems "in synch" with my soul.  I don't know how else to explain this.  It's a short classical venture by Billy Joel.  I feel so much during this piece-- melancholy, longing, joy, comfort, peace,  strength, faith, gratitude, and a kind of sureness/support.  It also seems settled, for lack of a better word. It's a hymn.  link--https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1kYHFgeucs&feature=share

     As a sidenote, I have been  sick for 2 1/2 weeks.  I even had to bow out of a concert, something I have never done my entire life.  I'm feeling much better today and I'm hopeful this is past.  I hope to get back to blogging soon!
   
   

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