I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

I’ve been a member of this church since I was baptized at 8 years old, and I am currently active in this church. My experiences being a member of this church is that you go to church because you want to be more like Jesus, even though you know those around you, as well as yourself aren’t perfect like He is, you still go. I know that it’s here where Jesus Christ can teach me by His Holy Spirit. Its also here where I know I can be given opportunities to serve others like Jesus did when He was alive. This has helped me know I am a child of God, because of the many things I still need to learn about His teachings. This church is undoubtedly centered around Jesus Christ, and I’m glad I’m a member.
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The True Spirit of Equality

As we should know, feelings of equality are not for members of the Church alone. Equality when truly cultivated extends far beyond the boundaries of Church membership. True humility and meekness leads to a generosity of spirit that reaches to all of God’s children – everywhere. Also, we should know that equality in our personal character is in many ways based on understanding the true doctrine of Christ. President Boyd K. Packer taught: “True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior.” The Savior drew upon the power of doctrinal truth to open our eyes and hearts. As members of the Lord’s Church, we should know that we are a congregation of equals. As in the Church in Alma’s day, the teacher is no better than the learner, the leader no better than those who are served. We each have individual interests and strengths, unique talents and gifts, and we have our share of weaknesses and foibles. The purpose of the Church is to make us better, to give us opportunities to fellowship with the Saints, and ultimately to bring us to Christ. In this regard, we are equal.

Absolutely a great read, I believe and support every word in this study

(BYU Religious Studies Center: Living the Book of Mormon “All Are Alike Unto God”)

Repentance Can Be a Blissful Experience

Another one of those things that isn’t cut-and-dried as many may think, and I think we’ll be surprised who we will see in heaven. The Lord said, ” though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1.18-20) I know repentance can be a blissful experience.
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The Father’s Opinion on Suicide Matters Most

In Elder M Russell Ballard talk, he said, “I feel that judgment for sin is not always as cut-and-dried as some of us seem to think. The Lord said, “Thou shalt not kill.” Does that mean that every person who kills will be condemned, no matter the circumstances? Civil law recognizes that there are gradations in this matter—from accidental manslaughter to self-defense to first-degree murder. I feel that the Lord also recognizes differences in intent and circumstances: Was the person who took his life mentally ill? Was he or she so deeply depressed as to be unbalanced or otherwise emotionally disturbed? Was the suicide a tragic, pitiful call for help that went unheeded too long or progressed faster than the victim intended? Did he or she somehow not understand the seriousness of the act? Was he or she suffering from a chemical imbalance that led to despair and a loss of self-control?

The late Elder Bruce R. McConkie, formerly of the Quorum of the Twelve, expressed what many Church leaders have taught: “Suicide consists in the voluntary and intentional taking of one’s own life, particularly where the person involved is accountable and has a sound mind. … Persons subject to great stresses may lose control of themselves and become mentally clouded to the point that they are no longer accountable for their acts. Such are not to be condemned for taking their own lives. It should also be remembered that judgment is the Lord’s; he knows the thoughts, intents, and abilities of men; and he in his infinite wisdom will make all things right in due course.” (Mormon Doctrine, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1966, p. 771; some italics added.)

Kat Kerr an evangelist whose eye witness accounts on this subject supports my church’s teachings says, “Do those who commit suicide go to Hell or do some go to Heaven? The Holy Spirit gave me the answer, and as always it was so simple, most of us missed it! The world’s definition of suicide is: The act or instance of intentionally killing oneself. There is one more viewpoint no one mentions and that is the Father’s opinion! Here is the explanation I was given. God looks at each case separately and if the person ending their life is a Believer, He does not always call it suicide. If the person had lost control of their normal reasoning; either because of physical, emotional or mental trauma; then he calls it ‘ending their suffering’, not committing suicide. In other words, all those individuals would go to Heaven! This by no means gives anyone the right to end their lives, you could never be sure what the Father’s decision would be concerning you. We must choose Life and not things related to Death and then live your life like you actually believe Heaven is watching.

I think these are encouraging messages from people who care, and a subject that needs to be given more hope, rather than despair. Our Father’s opinion is most important on anything, but this is by far one that we all need to remember.

Are We Living in a Tapeworm Economy?

I believe that Heavenly Father created us to thrive financially, spiritually, physically, and so on. But than, why are most of us not thriving in all these areas? It was Henry Ford who said, “It’s well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” Are our banks involved in a system that’s sucking the people dry worldwide? What system are they running anyway? Time for people to start asking questions and begin on working the solutions. Time to wake up.

Thrive is an insightful two hour movie documentary for everyone, there is something here for everyone. It uncovers many of our questions about our world economy and how we can help get out of the many financial crisis occurring worldwide. Also, this movie requires an open mind, however, if one is not that open, I encourage to at least consider the solutions which is about thirty minutes at the end. To enjoy, click on link.

http://www.thrivemovement.comwww.thrivemovement.com/the_movie

Backsliding Instead Of Growing

To clarify, backsliding is not a term we use in my church, although we do teach on how to avoid, and how to overcome from doing so. Also, this post is an intense read, and not for the faint hearted. It is a compilation of various visions of christians seen in hell and of what they are telling us to stop doing. Why share these awful situations? Why not just share more encouraged thoughts? Basically, its not my intention to scare anyone to repent, but that I found it to be astonishingly truthful, direct, and that this can be possible. Please keep in mind that these examples are brief and do not contain all of the background details for some situations. We also should not assume that if this happens at any one time during our lives or another’s life that its unamendable. Quite the contrary, all these examples can be overcome and we need not fear anything about it but instead move forward from it. I believe from what I have been taught in my church, that all men can be forgiven, and all can go to heaven when we willingly take part in the Lord’s atonement. But beginning with the post, to understand what it means to continually backslide and end up in hell as spoken from those there are as follows.
When we say we love the lord, praise the lord at church but hate or have bitterness toward our brother (Matt 5:22, Lev 19:17-18). When we don’t forgive our brother noting here, we might be able to do great services for the lord in the church but if we don’t forgive our brother in our hearts (Matt 6:14-15). When we feel we cannot cry in prayer in the presence of the Lord anymore, if we have stopped our prayer life (James 5:16, Matt 2:41, 3Nep 20:1). When we turn away the sick and the needy (Matt 23:31-46, Luke 16.19-18). When we are prideful and don’t humble ourselves (Luke 12:10). Lying and hiding the truth (Psalms 139.7-10, Acts 5.3-10, Rev 21.8, 1Cor 6:9-10). When we only want to enjoy this life, when we love the world more than Christ (Matt 16.26, Alma 4.8, D&C 25.10; 121.35). When we are envious or jealous of others, and being suspicious that another will gain some advantage (Prov 6.32-35, Ether 9.7, d&c 67.10). When we steal including stealing through tithes and offerings (Ex 20.15, Matt 19.18, d&c 42.20). When we don’t teach the gospel of Christ to our children in the way the lord wants us to…we must remember once a child is at the age of accountability and die in disobedience without repenting can be claimed by the adversary…we must get the spirit to teach our children (Prov 22.6, Rev 20.12). When we are ashamed of Christ, we should never be ashamed of speaking out His truths (Luke 9.26). When we go look for a church that makes us feel good about ourselves only, the Lord’s church is where the spirit of the lord moves Christians and moves them to repentance of all sins (1 Thess 5.2). When we turn away from the ways of God, when we are not willing to follow Christ’s ways and walk after the imaginations of our own hearts (Roman 6.23, Job 13.15, Dan 3.19-28). Please take the time to study this out in your own minds, even by prayer and scripture study, and remember nothing is set in stone until we leave this earth. God bless.

– Caramelo Brenes, Bernada Fernandez, Rick Joyner, visions on seeing christians in hell and heaven

Standing Up For Truth

Standing up for truth is about always being reminded how much truth there is in living by it. It takes a lot of courage to stand out in any crowd, but especially a religious one. The lesson I learn is that to stand up is to continue asking the Lord for his strength through prayer. Maybe this is why many hesitate, but whatever reason one withdraws from doing so, the Lord does not agree. No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light (Luke 11:33). We must remember that to stand out is not to be perfect. The Lord does not call those who are perfect, because there are none who are, but he calls on the weak, that He might make weak things strong” (Ether 12:37). Christ said, ” I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8.12).