Friday, August 27, 2010

Where do we draw the line....And once drawn, how diligently do we stack defenses to bolster our Spiritual De-Militarized Zone?

Brothers & Sisters,

This blog, contains a "Note" that I had effectually made for Facebook, but have since felt the need to post it here; Having thus been prompted, now I shall act:

   This life is a difficult life to live indeed. Full of schemes and struggles designed by the devil, that same being who the scriptures state was " angel of God..." ( See 2nd Nephi Chapter 2: 17 ) and one who wished for the glory and honor of the Father to be his, selfishly seeking the praise of all; The same angel who "...had fallen from Heaven; wherefore he became a devil, having sought that which was evil before God..." ( See Also 2nd Nephi Chapter 2: 17 ) Lucifer being his name ( Lucifer: Translated means "Son of the Morning.") before falling from grace, now known as Satan, has set his "Crosshairs" of which are used to fire off the fiery darts on us all, specifically designed to thwart the work of God. The Devil, ( No matter the size of his earthly empire of those whom support that "great and abominable church" , seems... along side his 'legion' of followers, both those who are currently aware of their service in his ranks, and the countless concourses of those who will realize their employ among his followers far too late,) has amassed an Armada of weapons of Spiritual Destruction against those who currently fight against his cunning devices in the world we live in today.
      The idea of this "Note" ,  (As Facebook calls this - Allow me to refer to this Note and any others I may place here, as a "Blog") has been a process of development.
      This process of development that I speak of certainly has been an elapsed timeline of changes in lifestyle, desires to shun evil and do more righteous things to bless my posterity as well as my fellow man. Having said thus, you will have realized that this is a culmination of careful prayer, pondering, study all blended in with a daily desire to increase in Spiritual stature, void of pride, driven with desire of pure humility to fulfill the sacred mandate the Savior gave to all men when he counseled and admonished his followers in "Old & New Testament" (The Bible) times, in the times of "The Book of Mormon: Another Testament Of Jesus Christ", and in these Latter Days as revealed to his people through the Prophet Joseph Smith which came to be priceless Revelations found in the "Doctrine & Covenants" which alongside our "Pearl Of Great Price" constitutes our scriptural cannon, (or) Standard Works.
      Having identified now, ( For clarity of those who are investigating the Church or the works it has... ) the process of development that comes through careful study and application of the Scriptures in our lives, I now have identified to what extent the knowledge needs to be applied. It is nothing short of a powerful standard of how after receiving the truth in what way it has to be applied in our life.
      In "The Book Of Mormon: Another Testament Of Jesus Christ" , we have not only the blessing of Another Testament  that Jesus is the Christ, our Savior and our Redeemer- The "Literal Living Son Of Our Literal Living [Heavenly] Father" (Elder Jeffrey Holland of The Quorum Of The Twelve Apostles), but we also have the blessing of finding the account of the interactions he had with his people.
      Allow me quickly to just state that it is in no way, shape or form, fair to assume that the Lord was the Savior to just one group of people, or if not said as one people, it could also be said that it is not fair to assume that he was the Savior to a group of people on one hemisphere of the Earth.
      In the Scriptures, more particularly "The Book Of Mormon: Another Testament Of Jesus Christ" we read the words of Father Lehi, the Father of all the posterity known throughout the book, from beginning to end,  known as the Nephites and Lamanites. ( * A SPECIAL NOTE OF SIGNIFICANCE * It is also among the Nephites that the remnants of a scarcely mentioned people, called the Mulekites, blend in and uniting themselves as Nephites- accepting the charge that they were a people of God. For additional insight on this people, look forward to my next "Note" [ * I will hereafter refer to as my Blog * ] to come soon. * ) It is among the righteous remnants of the people left after the great destructions decreed upon the wicked which would follow the crucifixion of the Lord - alongside specific disasters to fulfill prophecy told them all earlier. The Prophecy spoken concerning the signs that would be given concerning the Birth of Christ, were revealed by Samuel the Lamanite Prophet on, or about the year 6 B.C. - You can find the account of Samuel the Lamanite prophet in revealing all these things, beginning on page 397 in "The Book Of Mormon: Another Testament Of Jesus Christ" - Starting in the Book Of Helaman, Chapter 13.
      Starting in the Book Of Helaman, Chapter 13 Verse 5, Samuel states, "Behold, I, Samuel, a Lamanite, do speak the words of the Lord... to say unto the people, that the sword of Justice hangeth over this people...'"
      Continuing in Verse 6, Samuel says, "Yea, heavy destruction awaiteth this people, and it surely cometh unto this people, and nothing can save this people, save it be repentance and Faith on the Lord Jesus Christ...."
      In the Book Of Helaman, Chapter 14 and starting with Verse 3, Samuel gives prophetic signs to affirm the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. In that same chapter (Chapter 14), Samuel begins to reveal and give Prophetic counsel regarding the signs which will come to witness of his death and crucifixion. " And behold, again, another sign I give unto you, yea, a sign of his death." (Helaman 14:14)
Revealing particulars, Samuel states, "But behold, as I said unto you concerning... a sign of his that day... the Sun shall be darkened and refuse to give light unto you; and also the moon and the stars; and there shall be no light upon the face of this land... for the space of three days, to the time that he shall rise again from the dead." (Helaman 14:20)
      Take that prophecy that Samuel the Lamanite stated, and rewind to the time of Nephi (The 1st Book Of Nephi) and turn to page 45 in the Book of 1st Nephi, Chapter 19 Verse 10 where Nephi affirms the future prophecy concerning the Son of Man, as well as him (Nephi) voicing familiarity with Prophecies given in Old Testament (And the New Testament Prophecies not yet written). In the Prophetic insight, given by Nephi, he shares this exciting information (Out of verse 10):
      "... the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, yeildeth himself, according to the words of the angel, as a man, into the hands of wicked men, to be lifted up, according to the words of Zenock, and to be crucified, according to the words of Neum, (Cross reference Nehum 1: 15) and to be buried in a sepulchre, (Cross reference with Matthew 27: 60 - As well as Luke 23: 53) according to the words of Zenos, which he spake concerning the three days of darkness, which should be a sign given of his death unto those who should inhabit the isles of the sea -- (An observation or arguement could be made that since Europe and Asia are collectively the largest land mass on the Earth today, that to compare them with any other continent would make them small enough to be classified as "Isles of the sea") --  more especially given unto those who are of the house of Israel."
      Now, getting back to my point, which is also the area of focus I have thus far intended for all to zoom into with great detail, (Which I left off in the seventh paragraph) the Lord has an ideal person for each and every person to liken themselves unto, and this is what he shared with those righteous few that escaped the destructions decreed by Samuel the Lamanite. To his disciples of which 12 were called and set apart, the Lord said this;
      " shall be judges of this people... therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am."

      It is this astounding counsel that leads me to desire to refrain from all sin, both sight and sound. I have made appeals unto all my family and friends now that I do not wish to see any language that was short of civilized, honorable, and inspired conversation short of what the Lord would use in talking with each of us. I feel it so important to refrain from swearing, seeing or hearing people swear - it is that important to me to be free of degrading language, pictures, videos etc... and if they continue to do so after my polite appeal to at least not do so on my pages, or in conversation with me... I feel that the action I am forced to take is to remove them from my friends list. I hope I do not have to continue to appeal to them more than once-- yet if I must, I will sever the contact.
      I pray all is cared for and resolved in a Righteous manner so as to not injure feelings.
     This request I leave with you all, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

***************************** Lubbock Texas Stake Announcements:

August 28th 10:00a.m. Primary Activity Day Sunday,

August 29th Combined Priesthood/Relief Society

Sunday, August 29th 1:15p.m. BYC

************************* Plainview Branch Elders & High Priest Lessons By Date:

8-29-10 Joint Meeting (5th Sunday Agenda)

9-5-10 September First Presidency Meeting (Ensign)

9-12-10 "The Church of Jesus Christ Today" (Gospel Principles, Chapter 17 - Page 95)

9-19-10 "Faith in Jesus Christ" (Gospel Principles, Chapter 18 - Page 101)

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