Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wandering Without a Purpose!

Picture this in Costco! x3
This blog starts off with a story. Fasten your seat belts because here we go! Elder George and I were driving down Reserve Street in Missoula last week and Elder George saw a Costco. He was so excited to go and get a Costco card so we could shop there, because buying in bulk sounds a lot better then shopping every week. As missionaries we only shop on one day of the week which makes it vital to get everything we need in one trip. So, the theory of buying in bulk and only shopping once every three weeks really caught my attention.We go into Costco and we fill out the application to get one of the coveted cards so we can shop there and as we finish filling it out they tell us the amount we need to pay for the card. Elder George gives them his card and they tell us they don't accept credit! (Strike one Costco) So, I hand them mine and we receive our cards and leave. Our day to shop comes around and we were pretty excited to start our new adventure of shopping in the expanses of Costco! We stroll in and start our search for the best deals on food that would be easy to make and quick! But first Elder George needs to get money off his card so he can buy food, well, it turns out that you need some kind of code from your card to get money off of it. Who would have known right? So, we figure we will wander around and search for stuff. But as we walked through the store we became more and more frustrated because we didn't know where we were going or what we were doing and we couldn't buy anything anyway! I've always been impatient while shopping but when I can't buy or find anything it sends me into a spiral of impatience! So, we decided to just go and get some food from the food court they had there and once again we couldn't buy anything because our lack of preparedness. That had to be the most lost I have been in a store in a really long time. Just the helpless feeling of not being able to do anything or accomplishing anything was the worst feeling.
Is that what it feels like to live without Jesus in our lives? Is that wandering feeling just a glimpse of how I would feel if I didn't know what I was doing on this earth? I thought about these questions and I came up with one solid answer, and that answer is yes! I believe that trying to go through this life without the knowledge of Jesus Christ would be such a feeling as I had in Costco! Just wandering and not knowing what to do. Walking around with simply no purpose there or here. However, with the gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives we can have a sense of purpose and be able to accomplish what we have been sent here to do! Jesus told us he is the way the truth and light, does that not mean he will guide us? It is my testimony that he is here for us and that he will guide us! How do we get this light in our lives?  
" For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do." 2 Nephi 32:5. By taking the name of Christ upon us, which is by being baptized by the Priesthood authority. That is the way Jesus can light our way and show us how to get around in this life and not feel the helplessness that I had by shopping in a place where I had no idea what I was doing.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Let Brotherly Love Continue

  That's Drew, he's my big brother. He has always been that example to me that a big brother should be. He has always been one of my best friends through my whole life. When we didn't have a radio in our car on the way to school he would sing "Jukebox Hero" to me every morning. The best way I can describe our relationship together is "He's my Boy".
He has always lead me through my life even if he didn't know it. We always had fun together, I remember one time he was teaching me how to box in our basement (why we had boxing gloves anyway is confusing to me too) but he was teaching me how to box and in that moment I learned that your suppose to keep your hands up in front of your face or you will get punched square in the nose. My brother is bigger then me so a punch to the nose wasn't on my wish list. But as crazy as it may sound I love that memory with my brother, I loved riding around in his car with him listening to music but him singing was always a close second. My junior year when I was getting dressed to go to Prom, he was being my "Alfred" from Batman. He put my vest on me and then my coat and squeezed my face.   There are a lot of memories about my brother that I will never forget.
Thank you Alfred
My brother left on his mission to Orlando,Florida December 2009, he opened his mission call 3 months earlier. The night that he opened his call was the night I started reading the Book of Mormon. Because the example that my brother set by going on a mission changed my life forever. From that night on it took me a year to finish reading, mean while my brother would email me once a week to encourage me to serve a mission. Because he did that I followed in his foot step and he has supported me every step of the way. And now my boy is all grown up and setting yet another example for me. This weekend, March 24th 2012 he is getting married to a girl he loves very much. Not only is he getting married but he is getting married in the St. George Temple. What a wonderful thing that is. In the temple marriages are preformed by the power of God and by the power of God they are not "till death do us part" but the marriage is for time and all eternity. When Jesus Christ was on the earth he gave us the power to seal on earth and in heaven. If you have a Bible handy check out Matthew 16:13-19. For those of you who don't have it, here it is

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"13 ¶When Jesus came into the coasts of C├Žsarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
 14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
 15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
 19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."

 Jesus gave us the authority to seal our families to us for time and all eternity that we may always be with them as long as we follow the example our Savior, Jesus Christ set for us. So to my brother and his wife I say congratulations and thank you for the example!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Bubba Gump Shrimp

"Forrest, lets sleep with our backs together so we don't get our heads in the mud". Bubba

A simple phrase uttered in a simple movie, but lets explore what is going on in this statement that Benjamin Buford Blue or Bubba just made. But first lets back it up a bit and get a little history on the relationship between Forrest Gump and Bubba. We see them first meet in the bus where nobody wants Forrest to sit by them so Bubba with charity in his soul welcomes Forrest to sit by him. Then from there their friendship bloomed and they made plans to open a shrimp boat company together, you may know it as "Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.", then Bubba enlightens us with the different variety of shrimp. Then in the heat of battle we come to the statement that was made in the beginning of this blog! Now lets explore what this statement means on the surface shall we? Well, lets be honest that was a rhetorical question because your already along for the ride. Alright, I would say there is some degree of service going on here because they are leaning together so the other one doesn't get his head in the mud. Hebrews 13:1 "Let brotherly love continue". That scripture is clearly evident in this expression. Now if we look deeper into it, they are really supporting one another and keeping each other from falling into the "mud". But what does this symbolize? Your right probably nothing but in my head they are supporting and caring for one another and what does that for us in our lives? What place can we go to feel supported and lifted and re-energized for the week and cared for? You may have come up with a lot of answers but what I came up with is ........................(drum roll please).........................              
If we go to the Bible in the new testament to the book of Ephesians ch. 4:12-14 it says
 12" For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;"

We see why Christ set up his church when he was on the Earth so he could help us and lift us and perfect us! We go to church to have that support of leaning against our brothers and sisters so we can keep ourselves out of the "mud" or sin. Church is were we go after a long week of being tempted by Satan to sin so we can feel re-energized by the word of God and by fellow Saints. But even though church is only once a week, that doesn't mean we can only be supported once a week. It means that God gave us a way to get through the week on our own and those things are the scriptures and prayer. So during your week lean you back against prayer and scripture study and then go to church so you can feel that added measure of support. So please take Benjamin Buford Blue's advice and lean back to back (go to church) so you can keep your head out of the mud (sin). 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

You Get What You Need.

"No, you can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
And if you try sometime you find
You get what you need" Rolling Stones.
This might sound crazy but the Rolling Stones were spot on here. If you know me know me at all you know that random songs pop into my head at random times. Well, while I was studying the other day and reading out of the Book or Mormon in the book of Alma ch. 29:1-3, the Rolling Stones popped into my head. As you read this, picture how it applies in your life. 
"1 O that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people!
Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth.
But behold, I am a man, and do sin in my wish; for I ought to be content with the things which the Lord hath allotted unto me." 
Even though this scripture was written over 2,000 years before the song was it still applies and it applies to us today as well. And it's true we cant always get what we want (meaning our desires) but if we try sometimes (meaning we do the will of the Lord) we'll get what we need (meaning the Lord knows us better then we know yourself) and he will provide for the things he knows we need even if we don't think we do at that time. The things he gives us will always turn out in our favor because he is a loving God and cares for us like a loving parent cares and wants to give the world to their children!  SO, keep trying because you will find "YOU GET WHAT YOU NEED".

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Lonely Drive on Christmas

Christmas morning 2011 at 3:00 am! I couldn't sleep because I was so excited for Christmas morning. Finally when 6:30 rolls around we hop out of bed, run to the tree and tear open presents. Always a good way to start the morning. I have never been able to sleep the night before Christmas because growing up my older brother and I shared a room so there was more talking and that has continued and probably always will. I don't think the lack of sleep came from the presents but more from the spending time with my family all day and just sitting around watching our new movies or putting together the new toys or fixing the scooters that we just got because they couldn't handle the jump! But it has always been a day to spend with my family. Since I have been on my mission I have spent Christmas with other missionaries so it has still been like having a family there with me.
However, the thing that stuck out to me this Christmas was not only that it was Sunday but that on our way to church (at 8:00 am) we saw so many people driving, driving either alone or with their dog. And for some reason that really got to me, to see so many people not with their families made me realize just how blessed I am. Seeing all the people driving and knowing exactly what my family was doing, which was watching all the nieces and nephews open presents and sharing that joy together and there I was sitting there driving to church and seeing all of these people alone on this holiday. That sight really made me want to share the gospel even more! I wanted to stand on Cafe Rio and yell the plan of salvation and that we can be with our families for time and all eternity! I realized the great need for temples on the earth today and the need for a Prophet to lead and guide us in these troubled times. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a huge emphasis on families. We believe that families are the most important social unit in society. We learn from our families and in them we grow physically and spiritually and we can become closer to God as we study together and pray together. It breaks my heart to see people alone on the holidays because that means they are alone most of the year! Lets end this and bring our families back together! We can do it with the Gospel of Jesus Christ!