There was a lot of controversy when the Prince Ata Tonga showed interest in the Mormon Church. The king learned of his second son decided to be baptized, and when he sent his soldiers first to stop the baptism, but the prince sent the soldiers.
The king was not content with this, but sent the Prime Minister of Tonga to bring an end to the spectacle and negotiate with the prince. The baptism was postponed for a while and the prince continued to go to church.
But now, finally, Prince Ata been baptized in a church in Hawaii in March. We must hope that the king did not make him arvslös and everything else that he threatened. It's not easy when you have errant parents who do not like the religion chosen. This occurs more often than you think.
Some time ago a Facebook friend contacted me. Hen had been a member for a few months, perhaps up to a year and was at the time of baptism very enthusiastic about taking the step and finally get baptized.
This message on Facebook, however, was anything but enthusiastic. Hen told me that the hen is no longer believed in the church. There was so much information on the Internet indicating that the Church was not true. Hen also felt uncomfortable as a member when the hen throughout its membership, both violated the law of chastity and the Word of Wisdom. When we become members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as graduates, we also promise not to have extramarital sex or make use of alcohol, tobacco, coffee or black / green tea.
Surely it was sad that they no longer believed and decided to leave the church. At the same time, I felt that they never gave anyone a chance. To baptize into the church is to take a step, just as it is a step into marriage. Anyone of us knows that it does not automatically mean that a marriage becomes happy just because you are married, you have to work on their relationship as well.
It is the same with being a member of the church. We can not delude ourselves that it is enough to join the Church and so everything flows on as well. No, it's not. A marriage is a relationship that must be built on. The same goes for the relationship we are with Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father when we go down into the waters of baptism. We need to work on our relationship. Faith is not free. We must not confuse the concept of faith with the concept of grace. Grace comes from God and is free. If we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior in our lives we have been reconciled to God when Christ takes upon himself all our sins. In baptism, so we washed clean and can turn the page. We are starting a brand new life.
In this new life, our conversion also means keeping our eyes on Christ and following Him. IN John 14: 23 it says:
Jesus answered, "If anyone loves me, he adheres to my word. And my father will love him, and we will come to him and take our living with him.
So choosing to believe in Jesus Christ also means that we follow His commandments. Then we can also receive the confirmation of the Holy Ghost in our lives. Faith is nothing persistent. It is an action and approach. We can compare most faiths with a plant that needs nutrition to survive. Throne needs scriptural studies and prayer. Tron needs us to follow the commandments. Tron needs a trembling to listen to the quiet voice in our inner. Tron needs a heart willing to repent, humble, have a positive attitude and have a desire to earn. We must open our hearts and actively live our faith.
Of course I was sad about the message I received on facebook, but at the same time I was not surprised. I myself have been the same; Believed that faith was free and lived high on the love of love that I found myself in as a new member. But finally I came down on earth. Love was over and it was then that I realized that I had to start working on the relationship I entered into with Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. Then, when I live right and follow the commandments that I know I have to follow, faith comes as a confirmation. I meet with the worship to know the Holy Spirit's presence in my life confirming to me that the path I chose when I chose to follow Jesus Christ is the right path that leads to light, joy, peace and a sense of meaningfulness.
What do you think of when you hear the word funeral? My Swedish church experience is that it is a sad and final event. Grief, sadness and solemnity. My mother's funeral felt like a business association of humanists; no faith, no faith, nothing more than an impersonal priest who rattled off their lines and impersonal ritual mantra.
On Friday, so I attended a funeral of a dear brother in the church. He had for years suffered from Parkinson's disease and experienced the disease as a monster who had taken over his body. For his missing relatives were mixed with relief that his brother now had it good.
As I wrote in other blog posts, I love Mormon funerals. When I arrived at the chapel, I had with me three roses to lay on the coffin; one red, one white and one gammelrosagul. Although I do not actively spent time with family in private, I experienced Fredrik as a dear brother in the congregation.
The chapel was completely filled with people. I recognized a few people who are no longer active in the church, some people I had never seen before. Each of us was assigned a meeting sheet. What I noticed was a few quotes that stood in the meeting magazine: "There is no such thing as 'can not' " as well as "Should something be done as it should be done properly. "
Fredrik was a handy man and an unbearable optimist. It was evident when the various speakers personally spoke of Fredrik. An elderly man told funny anecdotes about their adventures along with Fredrik. Both were Norwegians so it was good to hear earthly Norwegians and stories about fishing trips. On a fishing trip, Fredrik had gently handed a hand, but still he got in and rubbed so that the gypsum loosened. They both had to get to Tärnaby for Fredrik to get a new plaster, and as the older brother expressed it, everyone in Tärnaby from the doctor to the doctor could gypsum. All the five children of Fredrik were also up and told about his dear father. They talked about his scarred hands used diligently when he had worked as carpenters, they talked about his persistence, his boldness to tell about the gospel and his eternal optimism - his ability to "think outside the box.”
It was a meeting full of memories, smiles and a strong faith. Frederick was now with his parents his daughter who died of sudden infant death and her granddaughter who died in the ninth month. There is no sadness, just missing, but also a great joy that Frederick had met his savior Jesus Christ and that he had a good life.
When the speeches were over and all the great hymns - Yes, I must not forget that our bishop Fabrice played guitar and sang Frank Sinatra's "My Way"At the funeral. That song was Fredrik's special wishes - then the closest family gathered in front of the coffin and held each other. Then we all had to go to the coffin to say goodbye and put our flowers on the coffin. There was such a light, such a joy and such a gratitude throughout the funeral. It felt like a single great revival meeting, where the speakers not only spoke of Fredrik but also testified about God and Jesus Christ and how close we live to our deceased. They are with us, on the other side of the veil. The psalms that were singing were Be upon me every moment, Only one day a moment at a time, and O great God. It was a powerful meeting with the presence of the Spirit, and I am grateful that I could join.
After the funeral, wrote the eldest son in the family this on facebook:
Thanks for all the warmth and participation of this special day when we took leave of our beloved husband, father, relative and friend. We feel a regret, of course, but at the same time a great peace of mind knowing that Fredrik is where he should be now. He has certainly started the new major construction projects in our Father's loving kingdom and welcomes many cherished reunions! Thanks to many special year Dad and all the best - you will be missed!
How they reason that Mormon politicians? Sometimes when I hear the arguments of politicians who are members of the Church, both in Sweden and abroad, so hit me the idea of how different they may be. There are liberal Mormons, conservative Mormons. If the church has a certain attitude on an issue, it can be expected that this attitude is reflected in the current politician? No, it's not. For example, to church officially supports for illegal immigrants generous Utah Compact. My Romney's settings to illegal immigration makes you start to wonder if he even heard of Utah Compact. Of course, he has it, but he chooses to follow the party line.
Another question concerns whether as Mormon politicians should let one's own ethical stance reflect off on political decision-making. If I for example have a restrictive attitude to abortion, should I support this politically? Various politicians various reasons and reason also in various ways during different phases of life. Harry Reid became the recently criticized for being a democratic politician. He represents a party that is for same-sex marriage and abortion. Mitt Romney has from the beginning been in favor of the woman's free will to perform the abortion, but has in recent years made a U-turn. How can it be so?
There are two things to be considered as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The first is of course that you try to spread the gospel, the good message, and try to live as Jesus has lived. One strives for a world in which the family is at the center, where everyone's equal worth is emphasized and where all life is the creation of God and must be protected. It's one side of the coin. The other side is specific to our church. It is the doctrine of man's free will. We believe God requested a plan of salvation in a prexist before we were born down to this earth. Two people offered their services. First, Lucifer was the one who wanted to force man to salvation and then take credit for what he had done. Then came the Jehovah - or Jesus Christ - and offered to give his life for mankind to atone for man's sins and let the man himself have the opportunity to opt between good and evil. The honor for this would be attributed to Heavenly Father. Yes, as you all understand, Jesus won the plan of salvation and Lucifer was cast out of heaven as an unbelieving angel. This doctrine helps members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also freedom of choice. We need to give people the right to choose his life and get to what we would regard as destructive decisions.
These approaches aukualiserades to me recently when an active politician in Sweden, who is also a member of the church, asked the following question on a discussion forum. Have the doctrine of the importance of human free will in the back of the head so hang you with the reasoning:
I think a lot about what should be done because I have become deputies in the municipal public health. This spring, "we" (I was not even then) a letter from the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association, where they pleaded for the municipality to introduce tobacco-working, citing, inter alia, to allergies and asthma as particularly sensitive children may react to smokers and snus users who breathes out his tobacco air.
When we got it in the social welfare committee (of which I was then deputy), I imagined negative to this because it would have far-reaching consequences, it is not just the children who are affected by the so-called protection such a policy would entail. There, as proposed would apply to all workplaces in the municipality, which I saw as an unreasonable restriction on the freedom of people to destroy their body.
What do you say others? Is it reasonable that the municipality may require even employees refrain from tobacco during work hours?
Sure, it may seem surprising that a Mormon politicians in Sweden does not support the proposal that involves the Swedish population greater hold on what we in the Church calls for the Word of Wisdom, that the Church's law of health which among other things requires that we, as members may not use tobacco . I usually try to imagine how I would probably have acted if I had not been a member of the church. I might as allergies, do not see how a limited spatial opportunity for smoking, to infringe upon human free will. To me it is obvious that we must have a society that takes account of their fellow men, and to smoke in a public place is not to take into account. In addition, dies about 500 people in Sweden each year as a result of so-called. passive smoking. This member has in any case been running question of free will to a head.
Below a few youtub clips where Mitt Romney first advocates the right to free abortion and then change the matter. Probably, he has commuted from the doctrine that man has a free will to the more general Christian view that we will spread some kind of ethics in society. In his statements, one of the thirteen religious articles in the church also echoes
We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to our own conscience, challenges, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they want.
I have been a member of the church since May 2014 and many have wondered how I have come in contact with the Church, what my parents think about the church and why I joined. It was little more than half a year ago I was baptized, that I was going to celebrate it by writing a blog post about why I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The fact is that I have always had an interest in religion since I was very small, I have always believed in God, or at least believed in a higher power. When I was younger, I read sometimes the stories of the Children's Bible about Jesus, Jonah and David and several characters and thought of it as standing. I have been a member of the Swedish church since I was very small as most Swedes have, and I did not go to church so much until autumn 2012 when I became more serious in my faith and I read all the Gospels in the New Testament.
I was on a kind of alternative confirmation camp that is not my home, but had it was a bit more like a language trip. I was in England a few weeks, very nice people and so, but I knew well that the Swedish Church was not sufficiently Christian without adapted too much to what people wanted to hear and not what they ought to hear. I still like the Swedish church and many there are very nice people, but I decided to test on another church that was a Free Church. Even though I liked it more, I felt in the end not comfortable with everything that unbelievers will go to hell.
I later read about other religions and churches, and finally found The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormon Church as it is often called. I was a little familiar with it, knew that they had the Book of Mormon that Mitt Romney, who was a presidential candidate in the election 2012 in the US was Mormon, and I had also read about the church a few years ago when it was more up to date but did not think much more on that.
I read in any case on genealogy, temple, Joseph Smith, the church's history and some of the church's publications online, and after that I ordered home Book of Mormon, and two American missionaries came and handed over the book. I asked the missionaries and listened to their message. They came several times and I liked everything what they told me. I visited the chapel located in a municipality near where I live and thought it was nice, since they continued to visit me and we decided a date for baptism, the 3 May 2014 pm. 13.00 in Täby parish.
Baptism began with some speeches and hymns that I am a child of God and Come follow me, and then I was baptized and became submerged in the water. After the baptismal service continued with several speeches and hymns and then were treated to refreshments and I got as a gift all the Church's writings (Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price) that the missionaries had written a page with a message to me.
Baptism was the best moment of my life when I became born again and all my sins were forgiven. I had believed in Jesus before but now I followed him through to join his church. I knew and still know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God who established the true religion and that he was especially selected by God. Joseph is one of my greatest heroes when he sacrificed his life for us living today could take part of the gospel that we read about in The Doctrine and Covenants 135: 7
"They were innocent of any crime, as they have often proven to be, and put in prison only by traitors and wicked men scheming. And their innocent blood on the Carthage Jail floor is a large seal, sat on Mormonism, which no court on earth can reject, and their innocent blood on the State of Illinois coat of arms, with the state's broken promise, given by the governor, is a witness to the everlasting gospel is true and that the world can not question, and their innocent blood on the banner of liberty, and the United States Magna Carta, is an ambassador for Jesus Christ religion that must touch the honest hearts of people of all the nations, and their innocent blood, together with all the martyrs of innocent blood, which John saw underaaltaret, cry out to the Lord of Hosts till he avenged the blood of the earth. Amen."
The church is true, and even though I have heard some criticism of the church, both from critics and people who have left the Church, it has not affected me when I was able to get an answer to critical questions by reading on church websites where there is very good information or websites or blogs that Mormon Lady & Friends or FAIR Mormon and of course also by praying to God by asking.
Now it has been 6 months and over 7 days ago, I was baptized as a member of the church, and I have never regretted it, I'm still as active and thrive even better than I did when I became a member because I've got more friends and know more about the church now. It has not been as tough as those in my family who know I am a member for supporting me and many of my friends think it's cool for me to take such a decision to become a member of the Mormon Church.
Guest Columnist: Michael
Ephesians 2: 8-10
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