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A Most Precious Book

Many years ago, two young men gave me a book. They told me that within it’s pages I would find truth. As I read from it’s pages, I saw what they told me earlier was truth.  I would like to share a few of the things I learned from this wonderful book that night.

This is part of the story of a man by the name of Lehi. He too was a visionary person, and one time he had a dream wherein he saw a tree. This is part of his dream:

“And it came to pass that I did go forth and partake of the fruit thereof; and I beheld that it was most sweet, above all that I ever before tasted. Yea, and I beheld that the fruit thereof was white, to exceed all the whiteness that I had ever seen.

“And as I partook of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy; wherefore, I began to be desirous that my family should partake of it also; for I knew that it was desirable above all other fruit.

“And as I cast my eyes round about, that perhaps I might discover my family also, I beheld a river of water; and it ran along, and it was near the tree of which I was partaking the fruit. (1 Nephi 8: 11-13)

For me, the “fruit” that he spoke of, was the Holy Scriptures. In years past I had read from the Holy Bible, the words of Isaiah, other prophets and even Jesus Christ and his Apostles. I had read how wonderful it was for people who were treated poorly or shunned by others to follow those who could lead them to God. Growing up, I had wanted a Father as the father of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego who sent His Son to save them from wicked people who wanted to kill them. When those two young men left that blue book, I sat up all night reading, and towards the end of the night and early dawn, I read these words:

“Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.”

“And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.”

“And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.”

“And whatsoever thing is good is just and true; wherefore, nothing that is good denieth the Christ, but acknowledgeth that he is.”

“And ye may know that he is, by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore I would exhort you that ye deny not the power of God; for he worketh by power, according to the faith of the children of men, the same today and tomorrow, and forever.” (Moroni 10:3-7)

I would like to invite you to get a copy of this book and read it for yourself. It is called, “The Book of Mormon.”

Mormon was a man who was very valient in preserving the records of the descendants of Lehi as well as others who lived on the American Continent prior to Columbus; prior to the Pilgrims; prior to most other nations. God had instructed him to hide them up so they would not be destroyed. God had made a promise to His people that in the last days those records would come forth to help teach those who really did not know Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son. This is why the book is named after him.

Since God never lies, and Mormon knew that, he buried them up and many centuries later, another man, asked God which Church to join. Many churches use that same Holy Bible, only different versions of it, but they all teach different things. But that is for another day. Just now, I invite you to read and then pray and ask God yourself if this true or not.

You can obtain a free copy at: http://www.mormon.org/  If you have any question, there are people there 24/7 and someone will be more than happy to answer your questions. If you don’t want to talk, you may request a copy of the book and no one will bother you.

Always remember, and never forget: Jesus Christ died for you personally. God is your Heavenly Father and He loves you, personally. It is up to you, personally, to learn that for yourself, so you too may have a personal testimony of this truth.

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Whom do you follow?

The Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ, while He was upon the earth, taught many of the same principles that our living prophets and apostles teach today. For example, in the Holy Bible, James, an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ once said:

“Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.”(James 3: 3)

I find it interesting that living Apostles still teach us the same thing. They teach us in plain and simple ways, just as they did back in James day.

“One day I asked my grandfather how I would know if I was always doing the right thing, given that life presents so many choices. As my grandfather usually did, he answered me with an experience from farm life.”

“He taught me about breaking in a team of horses so that they would work together. He explained that a team of horses must always know who is in charge. One of the keys to asserting control and directing a horse is a harness and bit. If a member of the team ever believes that it does not need to obey the will of the driver, the team will never pull and work together to maximize their ability.”

“Now let’s examine the lesson my grandfather taught me using this example. Who is the driver of the team of horses? My grandfather believed it is the Lord. He is the one who has a purpose and a plan. He is also the trainer and builder of the team of horses and, in turn, each individual horse. The driver knows best, and the only way for a horse to know it is always doing the right thing is to be obedient and follow the driver’s lead.”( L. Tom Perry, an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ.)

One of the things I love about Apostles is that they always give clear direction. I have heard many people say that what the apostles ask is just too hard. “It is not all black and white,” they say, “there are many shades of grey. Things are different today.” Perhaps you have heard this as well. The Lord, Jesus Christ was totally obedient to His Father. He never said, “Oh, let me just disobey today, and then I’ll do better tomorrow. There is plenty of time.” Thus, why do we tend to justify our lives in that way? Didn’t Jesus say, “Come follow me” ?

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Matthew 16: 24)  (NOTE: He was speaking to women as well as men.)

From what you can read in the Holy Bible or the Book of Mormon, you will see that not all people changed. Not all people wanted to stop doing what they were doing, much like in this day. In those days, everyone used horses, donkey’s or camels, so they understood about a “bit”, however, now we have other modes of transportation. Can you imagine being on an airplane and having the pilot say, “I think i’ll not follow the rules on being a pilot today. I’d rather just let the plane do it’s own thing.”

Now you might think, “Isn’t that why they have auto pilot?” Try asking a real pilot about that and he or she will set you straight on that. Just as there is cruise control in cars, I would not want to trust that during freeway traffic during rush hour, would you?

Regarding families: Pope Francis, of the Catholic Church said:

“We now live in a culture of the temporary, in which more and more people are simply giving up on marriage as a public commitment. This revolution in manners and morals has often flown the flag of freedom, but in fact it has brought spiritual and material devastation to countless human beings, especially the poorest and most vulnerable. … It is always they who suffer the most in this crisis.”

In referring to those of the rising generation, Pope Francis said it is important that they “do not give themselves over to the poisonous [mentality] of the temporary, but rather be revolutionaries with the courage to seek true and lasting love, going against the common pattern”. (Complementarity of Man and Woman, Nov. 17, 2014, humanum.it/en/videos; see also zenit.org/en/articles/pope-francis-address-at-opening-of-colloquium-on-complementarity-of-man-and-woman.)

Today, in my email, I received a prayer request from a member of a Protestant church.  It is wonderful to know that many of us are pulling together, as a team, to exercise our faith and prayers in doing what God wants us to do. By being obedient to God; following the commandments; and praying for those who lead our nation: there is great strength. By praying for those whose hearts are hardened, that they might chose to repent, we give America back to God (who gave it to us in the first place). God decided a very long time ago about what a family should be. Even though I did not come from a loving family, that does not mean I do not believe in families. In deed, I do believe in the kind of families God wants us to have. 

For several years, we have had the “Proclamation on the Family” put out by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-saints. have you read it, yet? https://www.lds.org/topics/family-proclamation  I recommend you read it, and then pray above it. It is truth from God.

As for me and my house, I will follow Jesus Christ.

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As God sees me

“I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the Lord, and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.” Isaiah 63:7

The Lord does not expect perfection from me at this time, but He does expect me to try hard and do my very best. He loves me and knows me in ways I had never dreamed possible. He cares. Not just for me, but for all of His children.

When I lived in California, I used to dream dreams, a lot. Some good, some not so good. This is a most sacred thing which I share, and I only do so because I know that others can benefit from my experience. I pray that you will be patient as I try to explain in words you can understand. Not in that you are not smart, but rather in that I am so slow in human terms and language.

One of my dreams was of a tall building, one I had never seen before. I was taken to the very top of it at night. I was called by a name not my own. One would think that would have made me feel good, as the view was glorious, however, it felt dark. Thus, I knew it was not of God. However, I had another dream, wherein I was taken inside that same tall building, to a certain place. I heard and saw many things and it felt good.

That Sunday I shared with my patriarch what I had seen in my dream. He asked me to draw it out for him, which I did. Then, he erased it and told me the interpretation of that dream. He explained that I had seen the Holy Temple of God, and heard sacred words. I was shocked. I thought Temples were only in the Old Testament and that God had destroyed the Temple. But I was to learn otherwise. Many months later, I was given a recommend to go to the Los Angeles Temple to receive what are called “Endowments”. Those gifts from God which can only be received after one has entered into certain covenants with God. They are to help us to know who we really are and what God desires of us. The very first ordinance I received prior to going to the Temple was baptism. Jesus Christ himself showed us that this is very important. In Yuma, Arizona I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-saints.

My second gift from God, there in Yuma, was receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit of God. That gift actually has blessed me many times over the years. Even now, I enjoy that gift, and the good new is, I am not the only one who has received it. I learned that I am no longer alone. For having been a feral child, that means more to me than most humans can understand. But God knows, and He wanted me to have this gift so I can return home someday.

On 3 October 1986, I saw what I had seen in my second dream there in California. I heard the same words and while the name was different than in that first dream, Father had blessed me ahead of time, so I would know this was His gift and when I saw and heard it, I knew I was where I was suppose to be. From that time until this, I have had no doubt that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-saints is really the true Church of Jesus Christ.

One of the things I learned was that I am a real, beloved daughter of the Most High God. He wants good things for me. As I live and honor my vows to Him, He blesses me with more than I had ever dreamed possible growing up. It is no wonder so many people are able to raise families with hope and look forward to the after-life. I know that God desires to bless all of His children, if they will but turn to Him and His beloved son, even Jesus Christ. Now, all these years later, I again receive blessings, and they bring me to tears. Not tears of sorrow, but rather tears of joy.

I still continue to dream dreams, and these are so sacred that others who do not understand mock and make fun of me. They attach labels to me, yet I know and God knows who I am. While the world rushes ahead, I am on a different path. I am on that upward path leading me to a much better place.

I used to pray that I could be with Enoch’s wife and his family. But now, I know that I am part of Jesus’s family and I can be with Him on that great and glorious day. Rather in the body or not, I know not at this time. But it matters not either way.

I am so grateful that Isaiah was right. I love the living prophets as well as those who came before. They too comfort me, even though we have never met in person, yet.

“When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.

And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence.

And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.” (Isaiah 4:4-6)

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My Son

When my children were babies, they were kidnapped and until they were grown, I never knew where to find them. I am only sharing this, so you will see that God does bless us and when we do what is right, He gives us our hearts desires.

The photograph you see was not sent to me until after my father died and my step-sister had compassion and sent it to me. This is the way I want to remember them. I have only seen my son twice since he was stolen at two weeks old. My daughter was only a year and a few month that November in 1965 and the next time I saw her was in December 1989.

When I was set apart to become a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-saints, I was given a blessing. For those of you who do not know what a blessing is: it is a gift from our Father in Heaven to those whom love Him, honor Him and will do what He has asked of them.

In the blessing I was promised if I served a faithful mission, I would be reunited with my family. At that time, I thought, “He has not clue what he is promising me.” Yet, in my heart, I knew that God never lies, so I moved forward.

Two weeks prior to my mission ending, I received a telephone call from a young man who claimed to be my son. I hung up on him. A few minutes later the phone rang again. I again hung up on him. I felt that perhaps a member of my family was trying to cause me grief, so I told my companion that if he called again, she needed to answer the phone. It did, and she did.

Soon, she came into the room and said, “Sister King, I think you need to talk to this person.”  I took the receiver and began to ask questions. He had all the right answers, and I felt in my heart it was not a bad joke, but rather he was in deed my precious Phillip.

Unbeknownst to me, he was part of a group of those who dislike people of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-saints. He had been lied to so much by my family, that he hated me. I was told that his sister was with him, and he wanted me to meet his new girl friend. I explained I still had two weeks of my mission to go, but when it was over I would come as quickly as I could. He said, “Then forget it. If you can’t come now, then I don’t want to see you.” I begged him to allow me to talk to my mission president and try to work something out. He agreed, and after we hung up I wept bitterly. I knew that if I went, I would be breaking my mission rules, yet I also knew that if I did not go I might never see my son.

To make a long story short, I did obtain permission as well as was supported in my struggles by all those who knew what I was going through. My own companion could not come with me, however a Family History sister had relatives who lived in that city and she made arrangements for us to stay in their home while there. We got to the bus depot in that city only to learn that he had changed his mind and did not want to see me. After we went to her family’s home, she called him and I have no clue what she said, but he said I could come, but only if I came alone.

I broke mission rules again and went alone. I was surrounded by those whom hated me. I was mocked, taunted, spit upon and forced to listen while I was called names and my religion was mocked. Finally, my son had pity upon me. He leaned over, touched my hand and said, “I need to get you out of her before you get hurt.” He nodded to the man who had picked me up and told him to take me back to where I had been picked up. Just as I got to the front door, I turned, and grabbed my son and hugged him. I looked towards my daughter who backed up so I could not touch her. Then, I left.

In my heart, I feel that if I had not broken mission rules and gone alone, we perhaps would have had a much happier ending to this reunion. Nonetheless, I returned to the mission field and finished my mission. I later learned that if I had been patient, my mission president would have sent for my children and we could have been reunited on Temple Square. That never happened, and I am not sure they would have even come.

Even though my children and I are not in touch, I continue to pray that somehow they forgave me for those things they think I did. I pray that they have come to know Jesus Christ and accepted the Gospel plan. I pray that they married and have families which are sealed to them for all eternity. I know that somehow Father will make all things work for their good.

The photograph was taken at my birth-father’s house to celebrate both birthdays. August 10th and November 3rd.  I miss them, but yet I never knew them. I wish they could have known me, but that never happened either. Her 3rd birthday, his 2nd. It is the first I can see that they had something I never had. Happy birthday my loved ones. Happy birthday.

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Sad memories

I can remember when I began to bleed and was rushed to the hospital. My husband came and sat beside me, holding my hand. I had just given birth to a little a few months previously, and did not really know what was going on.

Then, the doctor came in and said, “It’s cancer. We need to get you upstairs right away. You will have no more children.” He then looked at my husband as the nurse gave me a shot. My husband went with him and I went to sleep.

When I was able to go home, my husband paced behind the couch. I asked him to come hold me. He back up. Then, he said, ‘I can’t take this. A baby is one thing, cancer is something else. I need to leave, now.” He walked out the door and drove off.

I was so alone, so scared, and had no one to call or any way to find comfort. I put a blanket around my baby and get into my car and just drove.

Tears fell down my face and I don’t remember what my thoughts were. I just know I drove until I saw the red lights flashing in my rear view mirror. I pulled the car over to the side of the road, and the officer motioned me to roll down my window.

“Did you know you were going over 100 miles an hour?” he asked. I continued to cry and then he leaned over and looked at my little girl on the front seat. He asked me to step out of the car, which I did, and then he talked to me. I spoke of what had happened, and he took us to a coffee shop and we talked. He made a phone call, then told me to follow him. He took me home to be with his wife, who held me and comforted me until I could stop crying.

I was there for 3 days and nights, while she cared for me and my child. Then, I went home, and began to think of how I was going to care for a child and still have my treatments. How was I going to work… Life was never easy, but I did what I had to do. I survived, until the next bout of cancer stuck it’s ugly head up.

Sorry to be so down tonight. I should have been in bed almost an hour ago. I shall return and then begin again. Good night.

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Faith to be healed

A few months ago, my doctor told me that a spot on my lungs needs to be checked out. He felt it might be growing again. At that time I told him I don’t want to know if it is. I already have enough problems. Yet, in my heart and mind I was concerned. Over the years cancer has plagued me from to time.

In the past I have been told many things. For example: I was told by four or five doctors I have MS and also told by three that no, I do not have it. Which is rather funny since those other MRI’s revealed so many lesions and I continue to have all the symptoms, even though at first I did not know that is what they were. I have been told I have a degenerative bone disease and also been told that can’t be possible since it can only be arthritis and bursitis, as if that doesn’t hurt.  I have been told my pain comes from fibromyalgia and also been told, since I don’t hurt all the time, I must not have it. I have had tumorous growths on my kidney, my spleen was swollen, my liver was almost dead and then told: that diagnoses must have been wrong, after all, even though your kidney is shaped funny, it is clear and working. From time to time I have had tumors and almost lost my leg because of them. As well as diabetes when in the past I had the opposite, low blood sugar where I had to be hospitalized to bring me back up. I have had numerous concussions, bruises, abrasions, been locked up and tied up and restrained rather than treated with kindness, been told I have emphysema, when it was double pneumonia, mistreated by those whom should have known better, and in general just had a lousy time being alive.

Through all this, the Lord has never left me alone. Yes, you heard me right. He has been with me through it all. Even before I knew that I was a child of God, He was there for me. I have been locked up, had my memories erased, been drugged, and called a liar because I spoke truth. I have been called crazy since a young girl because I would not willingly do those things others thought was right, yet I knew were wrong.

Since joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-saints, those whom honor the priesthood have blessed me and God has healed me time and time again, which seems to disturb medical doctors. It also disturbs others in that they complain that God has not healed them nor their loved ones, and they want to know why He does this for me. I try to help them understand that it has nothing to do with me. It is all from God’s will. He knows I have no loved ones to take care of me. He knows I have wanted to be His since I was just a wee child, even though I had no humans to care about me. I believe with all my heart that God only allows us to go through what we need to go through in order to be closer to the Lord and be prepared to dwell with those who suffered so much in the name of the Lord.

Brigham Young once said: “Trials Are Necessary—We are now in a day of trial to prove ourselves worthy or unworthy of the life which is to come.” (Journal of Discourses, volume 12:167)

Since joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-saints, and receiving my own endowments, I wanted to retire at the Los Angeles Temple, so I could just stay on hallowed ground full time where I knew I would be safe and serve in the Holy Temple of our Lord until Father brings me home. But that is not to be.

We all can find comfort in the scriptures and when we do not have access to them, we still have them in our hearts and minds. Recently, I was in the ER at the University of Utah Medical Center awaiting the results of yet another MRI. Due to a lot of blood and other issues, I feared I might have had a blood clot. On the monitor beside my bed was a screen saver of stars rushing towards me. It made me smile. I had been thinking of the hymns to keep calm while in pain and this made me think of the Hymn “If You could Hie to Kolob” (Hymn 284 in the Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-saints, 1985 edition) This gave me peace. Especially verse 5) “There is no end to glory; there is no end to love; there is no end to being; there is no death above.” words written by William Cowper (1731-1800)  See also Psalms 107: 23-31 or Romans 8-24-28

Being alone in life is not easy, but when you have the Lord on your side, you can have peace no matter where you are. I am most grateful for my Branch President who always gives me good counsel. In this particular situation, he told me to be obedient to my doctors. Thus, after I prayed and asked Father to help me be calm in explaining why I felt I needed to go home rather than another institution, He gave it to me and I was able to return to my own little apartment.

Obedience is the first rule of heaven.

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The Spirit of Revelation

“As you appropriately seek for and apply unto the spirit of revelation, I promise you will “walk in the light of the Lord”.   Sometimes the spirit of revelation will operate immediately and intensely, other times subtly and gradually, and often so delicately you may not even consciously recognize it. But regardless of the pattern whereby this blessing is received, the light it provides will illuminate and enlarge your soul, enlighten your understanding, and direct and protect you and your family.”    (David A Bednar April 2011 – The Spirit of Revelation)

When I first learned of the Holy Spirit of revelation I was not yet a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-saints. I was a young girl living with a relative. The life style of this particular relative was not in tune with the Lord, Jesus Christ. He and his people had a picture in his den of what they believed Satan looks like. Surrounding it were naked women, drugs of various types and cocktail glasses. The things done to children and youth were not good.

One afternoon, while this relative was in my room, I heard the Holy Spirit of God tell me that, “This thing is displeasing to your Heavenly Father.” I looked at my relative and it was obvious he had not heard it, so I repeated it out loud. He jumped up and ran from the room. I turned to say thank you, but there was no one there.

Since that time I have held in my heart that truth and had stood up for children, both boys and girls, who are living in homes where this type of behavior exists. I have been able to introduce others to the Lord and how much He loves us all. I let them know that He is displeased when children are abused, and I invite them to read the Scriptures so they can see how Jesus Christ feels about this type of behavior.

Since joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-saints, I was given the “gift” of the Holy Ghost and as I keep the commandments and honor my covenants with God, I have the honor of being with Him constantly. This gift is available for all who are baptized by one who has the authority. It is a gift from God to help His children while they are upon the earth.

Luke 3: 21-22

21 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,

22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. (I know that God never lies.)

Act 19: 2-6

2 He (The Apostle Paul) said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.
4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

I know that those who have been ordained to give this gift are only found in the Church of Jesus Christ of whom are called “Latter-day-saints.”  Saints are not perfect, yet they are as those whom Jesus set apart to do His work after he was resurrected.

I share these truths with you in the name of our Lord and Savior, even Jesus Christ, amen

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