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Faith is not free.

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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.

SeminarieTV 12: & Doctrine connected 60-64

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Apologies for that I missed posting Seminarietv 12. Little was the mistake that Louis seems to have a Freudian fear of the number 13

Louis Herrey summarizes and teach from this week's reading: D & C 60-64.
Topics covered are, among others missionary work, freedom and forgiveness.
Västra Frölunda's seminary class is by discussing the subject of forgiveness.

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The Doctrine and Covenants

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The promoting the doubt and the dangerous doubt

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It is popular to doubt the Church. If we do not doubt that you are probably not sufficiently well-informed or have a childlike faith (read: naive). For me, doubt is not so strange. We all have our ups and down waves of life. But the question is if doubt itself is nothing edifying? Say you have a motorcycle in the yard. You're going to take a ride, but wonders if the bike is in running condition. You begin to doubt that you can get that coveted motorcycle tour. What are you doing? Sit down and begin to philosophize about what might be wrong with the motorcycle? Maybe start up a closed Facebook group and draws up a number of siblings doubters to confirm your tvivlarbehov? Nah, probably not. You go up to the motorcycle and try to start it. Maybe get off the motorcycle and go test it. Perhaps you check the oil, or anything technical. Or?

So here it is with faith too.

We can intellectualize, we can mess, we can discuss with equally intelligent insightful people who also doubt to confirm our ego, sorry, to confirm that we are part of a larger community, I mean ...
But faith is in fact an act. The belief is that your motorcycle. You have to test and see if it works.

Recently, I was invited to a closed-ended facebook group for doubts. I think the one who invited me thought that maybe I was intellectually enough to fit in. Yes, of course, you must have critical thinking, right? Of pure curiosity and to get any spreads to spice this blog, I went with. To make a long story short, I finally became excluded from the group. The problem? I did not doubt enough. If you ignore all the general gnash over parents, relatives, members of the congregation, Church leaders, etc., criticism of Church polygamy was high on the list. Absolutely hesitant I commented that I personally did not experience any problems with polygamy. Honestly. Imagine being TWO women who say the man's cheek to take care of the counter. No, I really did not express them on their blog, but I would still like to point out that the problem was of a typical and local nature. In Africa, the church has a problem that members of the church want to invite polygamy again.

There I could learn from this group was to irrelevant things were raised that do not really have the truth of the Gospel to make, for example, personal conflicts, and that the group was not a neutral tvivlargrupp. Is a group of neutral, all voices be heard, but this was not the case in this group. A brother in my congregation who is a professor (I think) taught me the concept of "bubblefiering". They live in their own little imagination it as a facebook group and can not accept other points of view. Something that I end up not doubted in terms of this facebook group was that it was really about an exit group. To doubt is something we should welcome and not repress, man, there is doubt dangerous. There is the example of different groups where the goal is not that you should be able to come to believe again, but that you should leave the faith completely. There was no tvivlargrupp that I was thrown out of, it was a clean exit group. The famous name of the group that Hans Mattsson and John Dehlin was the group did not think I doubted less on the matter.

When I was in the temple last time I had the privilege of having a conversation with one of the temple servants there. She told her that she had been on mission to Utah in her youth. There she met on many women from polygamous communities. At one point, she found writings at the University of the Church where any leader at the early 1800 speech stated that it was good for men to attract young attractive women. This information prompted her to really doubt and she thought to herself, "What am I doing here?" She was on mission and no longer believed. However, this temple servant told her that she realized that there was only one source she could turn to in order to gain knowledge. She prayed to God and asked him. Yet, it is only God who knows the answer.

Doubt has existed in all ages. The disciples doubted Jesus Christ, despite all the miracles they witnessed. Jesus Christ himself perhaps in a faint moment doubted his own mission when he proclaimed "My God, my God." Why have you abandoned me? "So I'm the last to doubt doubt, but I urge everyone to try God. Can you test your motorcycle, then you can kneel down and ask God. My personal experience is also that I build my faith by living right. Do I follow all the bids? Do I read the scriptures and justify them? Do I ask regularly? Can I show gratitude? Can I realize I can never understand because I'm an imperfect human being?

"What do we do with our motorcycle?" Yes, because it's not going to bother, I suppose you have to entertain it in some way. Do we maintain our faith or do we only maintain our doubts? Sometimes we must simply take a stand and work based on that position. Before I became a member of the Church, I doubted much. I was neither hot nor cold and did not want to take a stand. It was a special event that made me suddenly realize that I had to decide. When I decided, I let myself baptize. But that's not enough. I must also follow Christ and His commandments. Sometimes I really feel how I've tried faith. When I divorced and stood alone with four children, the tenth was a big challenge. I remember how depressed I felt when, in connection with my divorce, I read a newspaper article about how poorly economically single mothers had it. When I read this, I fell down and I thought that most single mothers might have two children, not four children and they did not pay the tenth. But I decided to try the Lord. I continued to pay my tenth every month on my gross salary. Of course I have not had that fat, but I have witnessed several times how my faith was enhanced by all the blessings I have received when I have chosen to follow my faith.

What does the Bible say about the doubts? Yes, there is such a website that brings out all the scriptures where it is taken up. I have selected some of these scriptures to show what attitude we should have and which way we can go.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. (Word 3: 5)

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all liberally and without criticizing, and he should get. 6 But he will pray in faith without doubting. The one who doubts resembles the wave of the sea driven and whipped by the wind. 7 Such a person should not think that she can receive anything from the Lord, 8 split as she is and unstable on all her ways. (Jak 1: 5-8)

But he said to them: "Why are you so worried? Why is it up doubt in your hearts? Luke 24: 38

Jesus answered them, "I tell you the truth: If you have faith and do not doubt, you can do not only what the fig tree. You'll even be able to say to this mountain, lift up and cast into the sea, and it will happen. (Matthew 21: 21)

Against those who doubt you will be merciful (Jud 1: 22)

Source: 46 Bible verses about doubt.

His Grace - Unplanned Pregnancy, Adoption and The "Best Gift Ever"

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The Mormon Channel released the second installment in .its "His Grace" video series on Thursday.

The video, titled "His Grace: Unplanned pregnancy, adoption and the 'best married ever', '' Tells a story of a young woman Identified only by the name Katie who Became pregnant while she was single. Katie tells of the love she felt from her family and the Decision she drew to place her daughter up for adoption.

Throughout the video, Katie Explains how She has relied on the grace of Jesus Christ.

"Through (his grace) In havebeen Able To Forgive myself of my mistakes and be happy now and really definatley hope for my future and for the future of my little girl," Katie said in the video. "You can either've become bitter or You Can Become Better through God."

Several commenters Expressed human connections to Katie and her experience.

"Katie, thank you so much for sharing this beautiful story," Kevin Lundell wrote on YouTube. "As an adoptive father, all birthmothers are sacred in our home."

Another father, Craig Woller, wrote, "As a father of three adopted children, I would like to thank you for your truly selfless married. I have thought thwart of our birthmothers and definatley always felt deep gratitude for them. May God bless you! "

The first video in this series, titled "His Grace: Drug Addiction and The Loss of a Loved One, "Was released last month.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865617110/Mormon-Channel-releases-video-on-unplanned-pregnancy-and-adoption.html

http://mormonchannel.org/video/his-grace When Katie Became A Single Mother Following an unplanned pregnancy, She Could not have imagined the impact her adoption story wouldhave on her faith and others'. She allowed a family to adopt her infant daughter-a choice that was Made with pure love in her heart. Her experience is a reminder That Such love is available to everyone through the grace of Jesus Christ.

"Through [His grace] In havebeen Able To Forgive myself of my mistakes and be happy now and really definatley hope for my future and for the future of my little girl," Katie says. "It's incredible." Katie signed away her parental rights on Christmas Eve morning. She was faced with the trial of a lifetime, but she found strength through prayer and faith.

"You can either've become bitter or You Can Become Better through God."

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His Grace - Drug Addiction and The Loss of a Loved One

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Tea Mormon Channel, The median channel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, released the first video in a new series titled "His Grace" on Friday. The video features the Beard family and Specifically Michael Beard, who battled a drug addiction before it Eventually ended his life. His parents share the peace and comfort They have found since Michael's death through the grace of Jesus Christ.

"We're here in this life to Overcome Challenges and our've become stronger," Michael's dad said in the video. "Through our faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ, and knowing the price That he's underpaid for us and for everybody on this Earth and Mikey. ... That's Helped us kind of get through some of the tough times. "

In the video, the family Explains Their son's battle to've become free from the bands of addiction. They overpriced address the tough decisions' They had to make as parents in dealing with addiction's effects on Their family.

"It is Important to Know That If You'll have struggled with drug addiction, You Are Not Alone," the video's YouTube description states. "And if you'll have lost a loved one to death by overdose, You Are Not Alone."

According to the Mormon Channel web"The video series covers stories Such as dealing with the loss of a loved one, battling addictions and Overcoming emotional disorders, showing That Christ HAS The ability to heal and comfort us through anything."

Videos in the "His Grace" series Will Be Released monthly.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865615588/Mormon-Channel-launches-His-Grace-video-series.html?pg=all

By God's grace We are Able to Overcome any challenge life brings. And with His Grace We Are Able to feel much-needed love and comfort amidst our trials. One common trial of many families is drug addiction, a problem unfortunately That May Lead To The Death of a loved one.

It Is Important to Know That You Are Not Alone If You'll have struggled with drug addiction or if you'll have lost a loved one to death by overdose.

The family in this video shares Their experience with drug addiction and The Loss of a Loved One: "We're here in this life to Overcome Challenges and our've become stronger. ... Through our faith in our Savior Jesus Christ and knowing the price That He HAS underpaid for the US and for everyone on this earth-that HAS Helped us get through the tough times. "

The New Testament Teaches Us About Jesus's grace in Romans 5: 2: "By [Jesus Christ] we'll have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." In the Book of Mormon, Moroni 10:32-33 Says: "Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye Shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace Sufficient for You, That by his grace ye May be perfect in Christ; and f By the Grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God. And again, if ye By the Grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ By the Grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, Which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your Sins, That ye've become holy, without spot. "

Through God's grace we can've become perfected. Through His grace, we, like this family, Can be given the strength to endure Life's Most Difficult struggles. http://www.mormonchannel.org/video/hi…

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