When my family experienced a crisis many years ago, certain extended family members said and did things I felt were insensitive. I was hurt and held a grudge for nearly a year, blocking their calls and closing all communication. While I was hurting, my actions, in turn, deeply hurt those extended family members. It took much fasting and prayer for me to forgive and work to rebuild our relationship. [Read more…]
Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad! Maligayang Pasko! Mele Kalikimaka! Chuc Mung Giang Sinh! Kung His Hsin Nien Bing Chu Sen Tan! Joyeux Noel! Froehliche Weihnachten! Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad! Geseënde Kersfees en ‘n Voorspoedige Nuwe Jaar! Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova! Shub Naya Baras! Shinnen omedeto, kurisumasu omedeto! I’d Miilad Said Oua Sana Saida!
A few weeks ago, after dropping my eldest daughter off at the church for her early-morning Seminary class, I had the strongest feeling to stop at the grocery store to get a couple things I knew I needed, but would not have time to get later on that the day. As I walked out of the store into the parking lot, I was impressed with a nicely dressed woman with hair and make-up done at 6 a.m. when I had just rolled out of bed and thrown on shoes and a jacket over my pajamas! [Read more…]
Six forty-five a.m. That was the time my local congregation met at the chapel to carpool to the Houston Food Bank Saturday, October 12th to join the rest of the Katy Stake for our annual Day of Service. Our shift began at 8 a.m. with nearly 500 volunteers ages 12 and up. [Read more…]
Recently, I attended our Church’s worldwide women’s broadcast where I heard the most touching story about a man with five sheep. When this shepherd called his sheep to “come,” all but one came. This sheep had been a wild ewe that was new to the fold and did not know this new shepherd. As the shepherd worked with her, over time, she learned to love him and the other sheep. Finally when he called her to “come,” she came because she recognized his voice and knew he loved her. [Read more…]
Recently a friend told me a beautiful story. About a month ago, she learned a valuable lesson as her family was struggling to make ends meet. At a time when her pantry was nearly bare and payday was still a few days away, she prayed for divine assistance to feed her family. [Read more…]
The Book of Mormon was first published in English in 1830. Today the Book of Mormon is available in nearly 100 languages.
As the Book of Mormon musical tour recently ended, I received an email from a local Mormon missionary. Elder Adams, from Concord, California, was a young man I had met at Church who had been serving in my local congregation.
He and his missionary companion had been to my home for dinner once or twice, meeting my family and sharing wonderful messages of Jesus Christ.
In his email, this valiant young man shared such a beautiful account of the Book of Mormon and what missionaries actually do that I just had to share it.
Picture a man opening his front door and stepping out to the porch. Squinting as the late morning light penetrates the sky, he looks up and sees two young men riding their bikes.
One of them is tall and thin, the other short and stout. Both have on a white shirt and tie. He chuckles to himself and raises his eyebrow in wonder. Who are those boys and why do they do what they do?
Hello. I am Elder Adams. I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints–often called the Mormon Church. Allow me to give you a VIP, behind-the-scenes look into my world.
I rise at 6:30 every morning and prayerfully begin the early hours of the day. I do this because of my deep, life changing belief that God is my Father as He is yours (see Romans 8:16). He wants to communicate with us. He decided to accomplish this through prayer. What a glorious reality! I hope you see how a firm belief in God can shape a young man’s heart.
Every morning from 8 to 11 a.m., I devote my time to studying the word of God. For me, it is the words of the Lord flowing from the lips of the Prophets. During this time God communicates to me through his Holy Spirit the truths found in the scriptures. I devote the rest of my day (until 9 p.m) to inviting people to act on those words–that is, the words recorded in the Bible and the Book of Mormon.
I sense a questioning look on my reader’s face. Perhaps you’re wondering why I devote myself for two years, day in and day out, to this cause. You may ask, ‘Elder Adams, why do you spend your days talking to strangers? Why do you focus on the Bible and the Book of Mormon? And what is the Book of Mormon in the first place!?’ Hold on, allow me to explain.
I believe the Bible, when translated correctly, to be the word of God. I also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. The Bible contains two accounts of Jesus Christ found in both the Old and New Testaments. The Book of Mormon is another Testament, an additional witness, of Jesus Christ.
Additionally, while the Bible is an ancient record that contains God’s dealings with man in and around Jerusalem, the Book of Mormon is an ancient record of God’s dealings with man on the American continent. The Book of Mormon contains the fullness of Christ’s everlasting Gospel. Many doubt us Mormons because of our belief in this wonderful book.
My belief in Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon, and the Bible lay a foundation for who I am. This is why I do what I do. We, as missionaries, believe it our duty to “teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” (see Matthew 28:18). What an amazing work we do!
But how can you know about these truths I’ve discussed? Read the Book of Mormon along with the Bible and figure out the truth for yourself. If you don’t have a Book of Mormon or a Bible I’ll give you one. I’m with you every step of the way. I tried to answer your questions in this article but you’ll have more. Feel free to call my mission office at 281-565-7117.
For more information about the Book of Mormon or a free copy visit http://mormon.org/beliefs/book-of-mormon.
No one loves going to the movies more than my family. Yet on a typical Friday or Saturday evening, after my husband suggests going to a movie, he usually spends the next hour (literally) reading reviews and showing the family movie trailers to see if it’s something we even want to see and if it’s appropriate for kids. After an hour, we usually end up watching a movie at home since we either can’t agree or just get bored of all the research we have to do.
As I was surfing the Internet one day, I came across a couple of Mormon movie critics–a Mormon “Siskel and Ebert,” if you will. I am excited that now my family’s movie time will be less of a headache since these guys not only have high standards, but they have already done all the research for us!
The two men, Grady Kerr and Jonathan Decker both had the same idea and have combined their reviews into a podcast called ‘Mormons at the Megaplex’ that can be downloaded for free from iTunes and on youtube.com. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2CL1ZUuI5uo#t=17 Each also has his own website. Grady’s site is ‘Mormon Media Review’ http://www.mormonmediareviews.com/ and Jonathan’s site is ‘Mormon Movie Guy.’ http://www.mormonmovieguy.com/
Grady and Jonathan are unpaid and review movies as a hobby as well as a service to help other members of our faith keep our standards. In the Church’s For the Strength of Youth handbook, it states, “Do not attend, view, or participate in anything that is vulgar, immoral, violent, or pornographic in any way. Do not participate in anything that presents immorality or violence as acceptable. Have the courage to walk out of a movie . . . if what you see or hear drives away the Spirit.” https://www.lds.org/youth/for-the-strength-of-youth/entertainment-and-media?lang=eng
The idea for the podcast was born when Grady found Jonathan online and pitched the idea for them both to review current Hollywood movies with a Mormon perspective. Although the two have never met in person, they have become great friends. Both are media buffs, family men, and active members of the Church. Grady is a business owner in California and Jonathan is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Utah.
“When Grady had the idea to start a podcast and a joint website, I jumped at the opportunity to talk about movies and the Gospel with my buddy,” Jonathan wrote in his column for Meridian Magazine. “The podcasts give (families) the reliable opinions of ‘two witnesses’ on whether a particular film is worth your time and money. I say reliable’ because we both strive to live our faith and are passionate enough about cinema to know what we’re talking about.”
In addition to the podcast and websites, Jonathan’s book 250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families comes out September 10 which will be available on Amazon.com.
In a world where media is often filled with darkness and filth, I am grateful for two guys who are willing to “stand for truth and righteousness” and follow Joseph Smith’s admonition when he wrote in the Thirteenth Article of Faith stating that “if there is anything virtuous, lovely, of good report, or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”