Being followers of Jesus Christ, we can liken our diligent faith to an exercise class by staying on course with these 10 suggestions.
FOLLOW THE LEADER
Exercise classes always have a leader who keeps the class on task, motivated, and positive! Without that leader people will lose their rhythm, get discouraged, and stop too soon. The leader will allow you to modify whenever needed, but the leader always tells you to keep moving.Continue reading →
In the Family Proclamation we are clearly reminded of woman’s ability to mother, or nurture, when it tells us, “Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children.” This responsibility is a natural part of our DNA as women. It comes out without our even having to think about it, unless it is discouraged, frowned upon, or redirected by the world and its counterfeit pleasures.
Mothering has always been the loving influence necessary in teaching and inspiring the next generation. Civilization is based on a man and a woman marrying and raising children to continue the cycle. Without this divine responsibility, there is no sense of selfless service in raising children, no mothering, and ultimately, no future for the rising generation.
Thousands of years ago mankind was taught, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). Also this, “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward” (Psalms 127:3). And finally, “That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children; that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments” (Psalms 78:6-7).
President David O. McKay once told of an experience during his college days. While walking down the street with his family, passing some houses, they heard some ugly screaming and yelling. He knocked on the window to stop the attack as they all waited for the police to arrive. When the door was opened, young McKay glimpsed for the first time in his life a drunken woman with two crying daughters. Years later, while teaching in a reform school, he was introduced to these two sisters now grown. He stated, “They were not to blame—victims of an evil environment into which the mother had led them” (Gospel Ideals, pp. 451-452). Continue reading →
I will never forget the words spoken during the temple marriage of my youngest sister. The sealer looked around the beautiful room full of friends and family and said the following:
“When we come inside holy temples of God, we feel protected by their sacred, strong and solid walls. We might feel like we never want to leave such a beautiful place because it is so safe and protected from the world. However, please remember and take comfort in knowing that the covenants we make with God, and the symbols that we take with us and wear, are stronger than the walls of this temple.”
I walked out of the temple that day a different person. Those words have forever changed the way I view my temple marriage and the covenants that I have made with my husband and with God.
Immediately following Friday’s decision by the Supreme Court of the United States that legalizes same-sex marriage in all 50 states, without fanfare The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) stood as a beacon of light in how faithful members of the Lord’s Church should stand stating that LDS doctrine about marriage will not change.
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints acknowledges that following today’s ruling by the Supreme Court, same-sex marriages are now legal in the United States. The Court’s decision does not alter the Lord’s doctrine that marriage is a union between a man and a woman ordained by God. While showing respect for those who think differently, the Church will continue to teach and promote marriage between a man and a woman as a central part of our doctrine and practice.”
Although the complete legalization of gay marriage in the United States has seemed like a long journey, members of the LDS Church are well prepared for the days ahead. We’ve made covenants. We know the doctrine. We know the Lord’s position on the matter because Prophets and Apostles, who we believe are inspired by God, have counseled and taught us both the doctrine and to love those with differing views. Many have sincerely prayed for personal understanding and help to know how to navigate this issue on many different levels—both within and outside of the Church and in our families. We’ve got this! Continue reading →
I am disheartened by the Supreme Court’s decision today legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states, but I don’t feel defeated. I feel empowered and stronger than ever about my faith.
When we know that what is right is being buffeted, scorned, ridiculed, and torn apart to shreds, we cannot as the hymn says, “shrink and shun the fight.” There just simply is no time for that. In fact, in that same hymn, “True to the Faith” (Hymn #254), it declares, “True to the faith that our parents have cherished. True to the truth for which martyrs have perished. To God’s command, Soul, heart, and hand, Faithful and true we will ever stand.” We all have to press forward in faith, and declare our witness of the gospel of Jesus Christ until the very end.
The fact is the Lord has been preparing us for these assaults on morality for many years. He has been communicating His mind and will through His latter-day prophets, seers, and revelators regarding these tough societal issues of which we will have to face and make decision. In Rome, back in the fall of last year, a delegation consisting of two of the apostles, President Henry B. Eyring, Elder L. Tom Perry, and the Presiding Bishop of the Church, Elder Gerald Causse’, was invited to the Vatican by Pope Francis. Elder Eyring spoke before an international, interreligious colloquium testifying about the values of traditional marriage, and “the complementarity between man and woman.” Continue reading →
In the Book of Revelation, chapter 13, there is much to learn and ponder. The chapter begins by talking about a beast that rises out of the sea. This beast has seven heads and ten horns. The dragon, who is Satan, then gives power unto the beast. Interestingly enough, one of the heads of the beast has a wound that has been healed. All the world wonders at the beast and worships Satan and the Beast. In verses six and seven, still speaking about the beast with the wounded head, it says:
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Another beast then comes that has great power. In verse 14, it says of the second beast,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
The beast with the wounded head is able to get the whole world to worship him. The end of the chapter describes what happens once the world worships the beast:
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
In short, unless the people of the world receive a mark in their hands or foreheads, they may not buy or sell. The mark in their hands or foreheads can be interpreted as people’s thoughts and deeds. Knowing that we are in the last days, how then does this relate to us?
Today, the United States of America and much of the whole world seems to be at a tipping point that relates very well to these scriptures. There’s a powerful political lobby that has infiltrated every part of our society and spread quickly across the world. It began on the coasts, in Manhattan, N.Y., in an incidence known as Stonewall and has spread its influence throughout the world. Today, if a person or business is not willing to go along with the demands of a powerfully orchestrated group, they may be refused employment, fired, sued, and stripped of their livelihood. As time goes on, it has become pretty clear that this will get much worse. Continue reading →
I’m 60 years old, and my Dad passed away almost 30 years ago in July of 1985. I can’t believe it has been that long ago. You would think that memories would eventually fade, but they don’t. Dad and Mom left a legacy to their children and grandchildren that will live forever in their stories. In honor of Father’s Day, I’ll share just a few of my favorite memories of Dad. Dad always said his main legacy to us was his sense of humor. Read on to see why.
Every child needs a dad, even though each of us has a biological father. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we place the highest esteem on the use of the title: Father – as this is how we address our Father in Heaven. Here in mortality, I believe, that sacred designation is earned after one has proven himself a to be a Dad and for most this doesn’t come easy. It’s a lifelong journey of commitment (an inherent covenant), that begins at the birth of a child. This journey then, takes on the rigors of raising the child and continues through adulthood and ultimately till the end of days – never.
“The Lord’s plan of salvation requires that you pass through trials in this mortal life. Those trials seem to be greatest when you reach fatherhood, but be assured—fatherhood, in a sense, is an apprenticeship to godhood.”
Those who leave the Church for whatever reason are still children of our Heavenly Father. It is not our responsibility to change their minds, only to love them—always—unconditionally. We must not desert them, whether they come back, or not. As we leave the ninety-nine and go after the one, we must remember that the one has agency which not even God will take away. We must respect that agency, as we love and respect them. We may (after heartfelt prayer) discuss and/or invite, but the decision to return is their own.
Every situation is different, and everyone has his or her own story. We need to be willing to listen—really listen—to their stories. A lot of assumptions are made about people who are not attending Church on Sunday, and most of those assumptions are wrong. We have never really dealt well with those who leave the fold. It is time to start having some serious and open dialog about it, with no one excluded from the conversation.
Mormon Women Stand would like to thank Nick Galieti from Fair Mormon for his interest in this important topic and for his willingness to help shed some light on the issue and get it out in the open for discussion. You may access the Fair Mormon interview here.
The hot topic of the day is whether or not to legalize same sex marriage. The problem with hot topics is that emotions often get in the way of thinking things through in a logical and rational manner. The following article by discussingmarriage.org, “Why Should We Support Traditional Marriage?” clears away all the fog and takes us through many of the relevant issues in a logical, rational fashion. Contention can’t solve anything; logical thinking can. The article shows that civil disagreement is possible.