Friday, September 24, 2010

Doctrinal divide confronts Mormons on immigration

Here's an interesting story.  Not to sound sarcastic, but I wonder if we will see a new "revelation" come from the president of the Mormon church regarding immigration...

Here in Utah, the push toward tougher immigration laws has become increasingly tangled in Mormon doctrine as divided Latter-day Saints defend their politics by pointing to conflicting interpretations of what Jesus would do.

Would God, one side asks, demand strict obedience to the law — and penalties to those who transgress it — as suggested in Mormonism’s Doctrine and Covenants 58:21? “Let no man break the laws of the land, for he that keepeth the laws of God hath no need to break the laws of the land.”

Or would he, the other side counters, look beyond border violations and extend a hand toward the nation’s undocumented population under principles preached in Matthew 25:40? “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

The “What Would Jesus Do” question isn’t easily answered in a scripture-laden debate that has pitted biblical passages from Exodus to Ephesians against one another and placed the parable of the good Samaritan on the opposite side of the ideological debate from an anecdote delivered by LDS President Thomas S. Monson about Saints behind the Iron Curtain.

So where does the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really stand?

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

A Word for Those of You Who Do Not Pray | New Demonstration

I recommend that you read this. It reminded me how important it is for me to make a habit of prayer. I have fallen back out of the habit since returning from Utah. It is strange how easy it was to pray while I was visiting my grandmother and how quickly it became difficult when I came back home to a routine. Even though I need God just as much if not more than I did when I was at my grandma's, it just didn't seem as important. I have some repenting to do... again! Here is the link to the article. A Word for Those of You Who Do Not Pray New Demonstration

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Groundhog Day Evangelism and Prayer Request

Since returning to Nashville, I have been running nonstop with children's activities and catching up at work.  I do however want to share more about my visit with my grandmother last week.  Because her short term memory is pretty much gone, our conversation the entire week was related to her asking about my children and family. 

There were a few times where the conversation would change.  This is when my evangelism attempt would begin.  Her question usually centered around my marriage.  She asked the question "Are you and your husband sealed for time and all eternity?" in some form.  With this question I explained that no, because it is not biblical and then proceeded to share why it is not biblical and attempted to share the truth about God and Jesus Christ in some form or fashion.  Although my answer changed each time she asked it, the message never did.  It was similar to the movie "Groundhog Day" in that the conversation continued as if it had never happened a few minutes before.

I love my grandmother and am grateful that I had the chance to share the truth about Christ before her memory started to fade.  I am also grateful that God gave me the opportunity to share with her again this past week even if she doesn't remember my visit.  I know that if He chooses, she will remember the pieces of our conversation that He wills and He can save her even with my pathetic attempts to bring her to the true Christ. 

Based on the fact that I believe she will be meeting God soon, I would like to ask for your help in praying that God will work in her life and bring her to a true knowledge Him if He chooses.  Also please pray that she in turn uses the truth to repent of her sins and believe in Jesus Christ and thereby allow His righteousness to fully cleanse her so that when she passes from this Earth, she may go to Heaven to be with God.

Thank you!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Airplane Trip to Vegas

I wanted to post a quick note before going to bed.  On the plane ride from Nashville to Vegas, I had the opportunity to bring Christ into the conversation and took it.  Actually, it pretty much just came out of me before I even thought about it.  God is so great to be able to use a wretch like me to share His good news!  I will try to share the rest of the story later.  Mini time zone jet lag setting in... Night!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Traveling to Utah

I am going to attempt to post from my phone next week due to the fact that I am traveling to Utah.  Yes right back into the heart of Mormonism. :)  I am going out to visit my family, namely my grandmother who is 89 years old.  I am so excited to see her.  I have been praying that she will come to know God and believe in the true Jesus before she passes on to the next life.  Please pray for me this week.  I am going to be surrounded by all of my family members who are still Mormon.  Pray that I may reach them and that God may use me how He will.  If I can't post from my phone, my next post will be after the 12th.

God Bless!