Guess who we saw at the temple today?
For the past couple of years I have attempted to be a regular temple attender. I had had several tough years during and after going back to school to get my bachelors. So I thought I would try and tempt the lord to give me some blessings from regular temple attendance. The first thing that happened was I got laid off, from a pretty lame job. Then I ended up in St. George teaching a couple of classes at the college. That was fun, but it wasn’t what I really needed to be doing to provide for my family. About 6 months after getting laid off, I was blessed with a good job. I still believe it was Emerson’s praying that really got me the job. But, I will blame some of it on the temple attendance.
Some time in the first quarter of 2012, my cousin Martin and his family were sealed in the temple. So I asked him if he wanted to be my temple buddy and help keep me motivated to go regularly. So he agreed and we have been going ever since. We had been going to the Jordan River temple on Tuesdays because we could go before 6AM, but only on Tuesdays. Then the schedule changed at the Jordan River Temple because of the new movie. We realized we could go to the 6AM session at the Salt Lake temple and the timing for work would be about the same. So about a month ago we started attending the Salt Lake Temple.
Our second time in the Salt Lake Temple there was a lady, with a group of friends, that looked really familiar and then I realized it was a lady I had seen speak at General Conference last April, April of 2013. Martin even remembered her name, Sister Elaine Dalton. That was kind of fun to see a prominent member of the church in the temple.
This week we changed the day from Tuesday to Wednesday because of a thing I had going at work. While in the waiting room I recognized one of the Ladies from Sister Dalton group walking in, and sure enough there was Sister Dalton followed shortly behind. What a coincidence seeing her again. Then after the session Martin and went to the name desk to pick up the family names we had just completed. We notice Elder Uchtdorf and Elder Eyring stading about 40 feet away in front of the stained glass panel in the main section of the entrance to the temple. There were a couple of security people close by. We asked the young women at the names desk how often things like this happened. She said “I have been working here over a year. And this is the first time I have seen anything like this. They are doing temple president training.” When I turned around I also saw Elder Cook. As we walked back to Martin’s work, were our cars were parked. We talked about other times we had seen and met general authorities of the church.
Just before reaching the car I got a text from Richard Coffy, A fiend of mine from South Carolina, who is now working in Salt Lake. The text said “What are you doing in City Creek?” I texted back that my cousin and I were just getting out of the temple. He said he was surprised to look out the bus window and see me walking across the street.
Seeing all of these people is just one of the blessings I am getting from regular temple attendance.
Glorious is what it is going to be! We talked in church about how it will be during the millenium, 1000 years of peace, everyone just gets along, works to make sure everyone is good and Jesus Christ will reign as king. Sounds like paradise. Sadly it’s not going to happen soon enough. until then I am just going to need to dream.
With many in the world forsaking any belief in religion or deity. Easter is another season that brings back into focus the life of Jesus Christ. While Christmas is something that brings joy to the world, Easter is where the real power comes in. I am thankful for the hope I get from the belief that Jesus Christ over came sin and death so that we can live in peace forever. I know many Christians have different beliefs about the atonement and resurrection. I however, am fond of my belief of these events, which brings me hope for the future and hope for eternity.
In Church today we had a speaker that spoke about “Train wrecks, lost Sheep and the atonement.” I think his name was Steve Harris; I know his first name was Steve for sure. Anyway he volunteered for three years at the Salt Lake County Correctional facility. He said the time there changed his life. He said he truly felt the saviors love for these men and women that had made poor choices in their lives. He explained, in the maximum security section of the facility the prisoners were not behind bars, but behind a plexi-glass sort of plastic. On Sundays, they would move from cell to cell asking in the prisoners wanted “Church?.” He mentioned, some would wave him on, but many would ask for a message. Steve told that he became well acquainted with some of the men. One of the stories he shared with us was about a week in his life that had been exceedingly difficult. His family was going through some extraordinarily difficult economic times. That particular week he has run out of hope and was feeling despair. Steve had been praying for peace and hope to come back into his life. As he approached his assignment at the county facility, he still did not feel peace. Towards the end of his rounds through Maximum security he came to the cell of two men, Moses and Americ. He explained that Moses had a smile that could brighten the darkest room, and a voice that was melodic. He indicated he could listen to him all day. On this particular day, he felt like a southern baptist preacher and said “You need to come to the altar of God.” Moses and Meric answered with a hearty “Amen brother Steve.” After he had delivered his message, he asked if he could leave them with prayer. Moses replied, “Can I pray for you brother Steve?” Steve said, he almost broke down. In his heart, he said, “I need a you to pray for me.” He answered audibly, “Yes.” Moses began the prayer. “Father God” and then began a beautiful prayer that covered things that were truly personal to him, things that he has only conveyed to his wife and parents. He felt the despair being lifted as Moses prayed, and that despair being replaced by peace and hope. He felt it ironic that he had to go to prison to have a prisoner answer his prayer. After the prayer ended. Moses said, “That was a gift from God.” Steve knew that to be true. This and many other experiences at the prison testified to him that the savior loves everyone and wants everyone to return to him.
He then continued his talk with a discussion about train wrecks, he explained how looking up train wrecks on the internet revealed pictures of mangled metal and twisted tracks. He said he liked to use the term train wreck, he said he often described peoples lives as train wrecks. He also talked about people he saw making poor choices and would explain their situation as a train wreck waiting to happen. He then related the scripture from Isaiah 53:6 “All of us like sheep have gone astray,” Steve then explained we are all train wrecks or train wrecks waiting to happen. And there is no way back except through the atonement of Jesus Christ. He continued, our savior wants us to come back. He is looking for us, when he finds us, he will gladly pick us up, and rejoicing, carry us back to the fold. What a glorious thought! Our savior wants us to repent and find our way back to him
Well, it’s only been four months but I thought I’d write something today as a take a break from more writing for my MBA.
I am thankful that food is so easy to get for me here in the US. I realize how hard it has been for people through out history to just get there hands on a little food, sadly this is still true for most of the world today. And I am even more thankful for the variety and exquisite food I get to enjoy. I am currently eating some crockpot chicken seasoned with some sort of tomato sauce. for desert I am having some Jolly Ranchers and dark M&M’s
It may be a simple meal, but it’s better than what 99.9% of the worlds’ population has ever tasted. I am blessed.
Until next time.
Enjoy your next meal.
Because this is Christmas time I am writing my feelings about Jesus Christ. I am thankful for his life and teachings. His teachings have had a great affect, for good, in my life. I believe from following his teachings I am happier and have more freedom. Many, especially here in Utah, claim that religion restricts freedom. I am going to disagree with that statement. Because I profess to follow Christ here are the reasons his religion has kept me unrestricted; I have not used or experimented with alcohol, cigarettes or elicit drugs and therefore I am not a slave to those addictions. I have not engaged in promiscuous sexual conduct, and therefore my life is not restricted by the effects of sexually transmitted deseases. I do not steal or Murder and therefore not in prison. These are all pretty serious things. I am not however, trying to say that I am anywhere near perfect. I have done many things wrong in my life, and continue to make mistakes, that bring me sorrow as I realize my errors. My faith in Jesus Christ has helped me out with the sorrow I have felt.for my sins. Jesus Christ promises if we follow him he will forgive us of our sins and with this forgiveness we can feel peace. I have felt the peace that comes from Atonement Jesus Christ made for the sins of mankind, mine included.
I have also learned to listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost in my life to help me make good choices. Unfortunately I have also felt the effects of poor choices I have made from not listening to the promptings of the Holy Ghost. Everyday I strive to have the wisdom and strength to follow Jesus Christ and listen to the promptings he gives me through the Holy Ghost. Even with all the influence he has had in my life I still lack faith. Why do I still ask myself, almost daily, “Is he real?” As i contemplate this question I realize it is because I am selfish, lazy and want to find an easier way. Hopefully I can overcome my selfishness and laziness to more fully enjoy the peace that comes from committing myself to following him.
I also believe that if all people followed his teachings life would be easier, not just for me, but for everyone.
Why is Christmas time the best time of the year? It’s because it’s about Jesus. The more we think about him and follow him, doing what he would do the better our lives will be.
Christmas time is less happy now because we have tried to push Christ out of Christmas and replace him with the holidays.
Last week we spent the week in St. George. I really like that the weather is warmer there than most places I’ve lived. But not as brutally hot as others. It also has the wonderful added bonus of cooling down every evening.
I believe St. George has more days and more times that are absolutely perfect. Sometimes it’s only part of the day, but there are many days when it is all day. Lots of places I’ve lived they would have a few days every year that were perfect, just a few. Southern California has beautiful days almost all day everyday. On the days that in other places might be called less than perfect in souther California they only add a refreshing break to the perfection. Hopefully also adding to the realization of how perfect the weather really is.
Back to Utah weather and St. George.
Having lived in Salt Lake a few year, the past being the coldest and wettest I remember, I have come to truly appreciate how great the weather in St. George really is. While St. George and the surrounding areas are growing there is still aren’t that many people and the traffic is minimal.
Sadly the economy is crazy in St. George. No one would move there for a job, we can only move there if we are getting paid by companies outside of St. George.
Even with the crazy economy I am surprised more people do not live there.
I realized a few years ago St. George is an incurable disease you catch and once your infected you will end up there.
I have been using google voice off and and on for over a year. Now it been hooked up with sprint. There are a couple of cool things about this. Here is a short list.
1. I am at a computer a lot, and I can text from my web browser.
2. Voice mail to my phone is transcribed and sent to me as an e-mail. I can also download and listen to these messages on my smart phone.
3. I can call people from the computer and they see it’s from me. I’ve used a skype number with my last company for over 6 months and people wouldn’t answer my call because most of the time the skype number didn’t even show the number it was coming from.
4. This is super cool! If I am in a building, house, where I don’t have cell coverage, like the basement of my in-laws, I can receive calls to my cell phone on my laptop.
There are probably other things for other people. but these things, while small, make my life just a little bit better.
Received this e-mail today – My job search is over. (made it through google spam filters)
our corporation, works in the E-field for a long period .
nowadays firm begin our activity in the territory of the EU and we need to hire reputable person in USA.
Any interested can become our manager.
Our position is opened for you if you are:
– Age/Years: from 18 till 60 years
– Sex/Gender: has no matter
– Education: has no matter
– Other requirements: Skill to communicate and access to the I-net.
– Bank account
– Living in the territory of the EU.
No relocation required, you can do the work in your place.
Let us know if you interested and our operator will contact you within few hours.
Thank you for your attention.
Last week in Deacons quorum it was fast Sunday and I taught about feasting on the words of Christ. We challenged all the kids to read at least one verse during the week. Jim Freeze had a cool Idea and brought food to class this week: chicken salad sandwiches, crackers, grapes and bottled water. I thought it was pretty cool and I think the boys will remember that for a life time. Great lesson.