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Be Righteous in the Dark

Brigham Young once said, “We need to learn to be righteous in the dark.”

There are a couple of ways I look at this. One, is with to be without sight. It is difficult to be blind. I know this first hand. Yet, I don’t believe that is the type of “dark” he was referring to.

Sin is a form of darkness. I know that when I was living in sin, I hated it. I did not like myself, and had no great love for those whom I was with; those who seemed to enjoy what was being done. I cared about them, but when I would say things like, “I don’t think we should be doing this.” I was laughed at and made to believe that I was wrong. I was not good enough to be “good” yet not bad enough to be “bad”. It was very frustrating.

We are surrounded by the dark. Not just what happens after the sun goes down, but even while the sun is up in the sky. It was then and is now- very dark and growing ever darker.

One day, I was in the bathroom and thought, “I don’t want to do this anymore.” There came a thought into my mind, “You don’t have to.” I decided right then, I was not going to do those things any more. I felt, even if they kill me, I will not do those things anymore and I didn’t.

There have been times since then I wished my life had been different, but through it all, I can say, “I never did those things again and I like myself. It matters not rather others like me or not. I can live with myself, which was hard for me to do growing up. Do you like yourself?

Yesterday, I watched a movie from the early 1960’s. It was a classic with Henry Fonda. I could not finish watching it. You might ask why? It was not even p.g. rated (No sex, violence, curse words, etc). What I saw and felt as I watched it surprised even me. I learned that “I” had learned how to be righteous in the dark.

In that movie, there was a young woman working at a store selling clothing and two people came in and sort of “took her under their wings” to “help” her. They appeared to be very rich people and bought her nice clothes and took her to a fancy party. They encouraged her and gave her money, which she and her roommate had very little of.

I know that is how Satan and those who follow him work. They give the appearance of doing something good for someone, yet it is all for show. They really care less about the other person, but rather they use that person to get what they want.

In the movie, they convinced the girl that she could help them get rich, have luxury, and be happier than she ever dreamed possible. At first, she refused and tried to leave, but they managed to convince her it was no crime. All she had to do what just be a “pretty” girl and then get “rich” men to give her “gifts”, or keep them distracted while they did what they knew how to do.

Let me share with you that this is a “combination” that has been used since time began. There are three ways that Satan works. I have seen them all, up close and personal. One: Pleasure and pain. Two: Enticement and lies. Three: Wealth and murder. (This is not just murder of the body but rather murder of virtue, spirit, and truth) They teach that good is evil and evil is better than good.

That is a knockout punch, wouldn’t you agree?

It has been well over 60 years since I was introduced to these “combinations” and they are still in force today. But now it is so ingrained in society that most people cannot see it for what it really is.

About 20 some years ago a woman shared a story about chocolate chip cookies. She described this combination in words that were simple for people to understand, yet I’m sorry to say most people just thought it was cute “fairy tale”. They did not see the danger in a “little” chocolate.

Brothers and sisters: That story was not about a fairy tale, nor are the combinations that Lucifer would have you adult’s ingest a joke. Most of you were brought up watching Television. Slowly, over time evil was introduced in such a way, that you never knew you were being polluted. You still find those things fun and funny, after all, there is no sex, violence or whatever. But let me warn you, Satan knew exactly what he was doing. He would never give you what it really is up front.

God and those who follow Him give you truth up front. God’s truth is plain, clear, and up front. He has given us greater truth than He gave your ancestors. Prophets = Living prophets have tried to share God’s truth for thousands of years. Today, we have living prophets among us again. Yet, they are speaking, and many ignore what they are saying. How sad is that?

God’s truths were polluted over time until people stopped listening to the real prophets that Father keeps sending to warn us and teach us how to be careful. People tend to pick and choose which things they want to do and not do. Please, think about what you decided you did not want to hear or live.

The moment you stopped doing what the prophets counseled, was when you drew closer to the dividing line. When we don’t follow the counsel of the prophets we stop being safe. Don’t think for a second that you will wait until the last minute and then your friends can save you. That is one of Satan’s lies.

A storm is coming, brothers and sisters. A storm like no other you have seen. I do pray you are standing on Hallowed Ground. Until we meet again, may God be with you.

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Hope vs Despair

My beloved sisters, I wish to speak of hope today. I can think of many instances in my life where I learned firsthand the power of hope. I know that many of you have lost hope because of what has been done to you since you were little and for many of us, abuse continued into the later years of our lives. I hope you don’t mind, but I am going to include brothers here as well, for there are many who have suffered as we did.

I remember the days in my youth and early childhood encompassed by the horrors and despair of a family where I was not wanted and treated poorly. The lack of educational opportunities because I was a female child and had to work so I would not be sold to those whom I had been trained to please. Life-threatening health issues during my early youth because of those who did not want me to survive. As I grew older, each time I tried to get an education, my way was blocked by evil. It seemed each time I found happiness, there was evil to twist and turn my life into a nightmare. I was filled with despair.

After joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-saints, I learned that it is knowledge of who I really am, and that Jesus Christ died for me personally, that I began to have hope for something better. Until I learned who God really is, I had no hope.  Lucifer used the tools of “Despair” to discourage me. I know that many of you face this same type of despair.

As I read or listen to the prophets of God speak to us about truth, I have found hope. They say these truths much better than I do, so I share with you what prophets have said:

“Blessed is the man (or woman) that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.” (Jeremiah 17:7)

“The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.” (Joel 3:16)

“Press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men (and women). Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.” (2 Nephi 31:20)

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons (and daughters) of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

“Beloved, now are we the sons (and daughters) of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

“And every man (and woman) that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself (or herself), even as He is pure.” (1 John 3:1-3)

In more recent times (2008), we have these words, spoken by our dear living Apostle of Jesus Christ and Second Counselor of the First Presidency in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-saints, even Dieter F Uchtdorf:

“Hope sustains us through despair. Hope teaches that there is reason to rejoice even when all seems dark around us.”

“The Lord has given us a reassuring message of hope: “Fear not, little flock.” (D&C 6:34) God will wait with “open arms to receive” (See Mormon 6:17) those who give away their sins and continue in faith, hope, and charity.”

““And to all who suffer—to all who feel discouraged, worried, or lonely—I say with love and deep concern for you, never give in.”

“Never surrender.”

“Never allow despair to overcome your spirit.”

“Embrace and rely upon the Hope of Israel, for the love of the Son of God pierces all darkness, softens all sorrow, and gladdens every heart.”

We are all brothers and sister in the family of God. Yes, even those who abused you. God loves each and every one of us. Jesus Christ died for each of us individually. They want us to be happy. They want us to have all they have, and that is a truth that Lucifer does not want you to know. Satan wants you to believe that he is more powerful than he really is. He may win a few battles, but he is going to lose the war. In fact, he has already lost, and that is why he is running amuck in the world right now. He is a child having a temper tantrum. I wish a squirt of cold water could end his tantrum, don’t you? And yes, we all make mistakes.

When we listen to the words of those who came before us, and see how others pulled through and repented, and then look up towards God, we can know for ourselves that this life is only a short time (no matter how many years you live) and that eternity is much longer. This time of testing we are going through is not going to last forever. But eternity does last forever.

Hugs from a distance. Your sister with Jesus Christ.

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Females

This morning, as I awoke, these thoughts came to me:

“Yes, Lord Jesus, I will follow thee.
I will walk the path thou hast shown.
I will do what thou hast asked me to do.
I will do my best to use moderation in all things.
I will try to explain why I feel as strongly as I do
About things that are most important
When I hear others mock and ridicule sacred things
I will explain truth to them in patience
Then I will be still: For Thou are God, and Thou alone understands our hearts.”

I so yearn to speak to my own daughters and granddaughters, and thus, I speak to all those girls who were born after.

To those whom say: “I’m a good Christian or LDS” even though I:

  • Brag about having two or more pairs of earrings
  • Brag about designing my own tattoo
  • Brag about being “gay”
  • Whine because I cannot pass the sacrament
  • Whine because I cannot be a bishop

You, my sweet sisters, have no clue “why”:

  • Jesus did what He did for you personally
  • It is important to follow the living prophets

Bless your heart, I ask you to pray about what I share. I do hope you remember how to pray and to whom you are praying. I remind you that the Holy Spirit can teach you truth by knowledge. Your own “personal revelation” so you can’t be tricked. He speaks “spirit to spirit” with each of us. This is why Father sends Him to us, rather we are members or not.

I know when you remember “why” Jesus came to earth for you personally, it will be easier for you to do what is pleasing to Him and our Heavenly Parents. He was and is the example for us all, individually.

When you and I lived before we came to earth, we did not have physical bodies. Nonetheless, we did have a female body of matter that is more refined than a physical body. We had feelings and thoughts and agency to choose right from wrong.

After we demonstrated “by our actions” to Father in Heaven that we wanted to be like Heavenly Mother and have our own physical body, they trusted us enough to allow us to come to earth and gain our own bodies. We also promised them that we would do all they asked us to do, so we could be worthy to come back to be with them.

My sweet girl, you are a spiritual daughter of God who is having a mortal experience. You are NOT a mortal who might have an occasional spiritual experience.

Know that you are loved my millions of women who came before you and are anxious to see you again.

Father in Heaven has given us many ways to keep us safe and help us understand what we need “know and do” in order to return to our Heavenly home. One way is living prophets. Since the days of Adam and Eve, God has called these types of messengers to teach truth. In every period of time there have been living prophets who have spoken regarding God’s will and wishes for us “personally”. Some of our ancestors had the Holy Bible as a record of those prophets who lived and died in Europe. Many of us have the Book of Mormon as a record of those prophets who lived and died in the Americas. You and I have “living” prophets who speak to us and help us to know what is currently needed and how to avoid being tricked by evil. We have “current” written material that is just as important as the Holy Bible and Book of Mormon, which is published each and every month. These teach us current truths from the living prophets to keep us safe in this day and age and can be preserved for our descendants so they too can read what was said after we die.

When we do not read the words of those who lived in days past, we tend to make the same mistakes they made. When we do not listen and follow our living prophets, we tend to make the same mistakes as those who never knew truth or lived in days past and were swept off the earth by God. When people repent and turn away from pride and accept His love, they are saved, however, when they do not, they are doomed to repeat what happened in days past.

God promised to never flood the earth again as He did in the times of Noah. Each time you see a rainbow, remember that promise. God always keeps His word. I asked you to never forget that the next time it will be by fire.

In case you have forgotten, or never heard of Noah’s time, I suggest you start with the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17) so you can understand why God is displeased. These were not suggestions, they were laws to keep us safe.

Then, chose you this day whom you will serve. As for me, I will serve the Lord.

Always remember and never forget: “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”  (William R Wallace)

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