I choose to read the phrase "Black Lives Matter" with an implied "Too."
"Black Lives Matter Too."
#politics #government #constitution #election
When he started to pray, he was attacked by a dark power-- but he continued to try to pray. Just as he thought he was going to be overcome, a pillar of light appeared above him. The darkness was dispersed.
The pillar of light was so bright, Joseph was afraid that the trees might catch fire. In the light he saw two glorious beings. One of them called him by his name and said "This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!"
Joseph asked which church he should join. He was told to join none of the churches, but that the fullness of the Gospel would be given to him at a later date. He was told many other things that he did not record.
After this vision, Joseph Smith went on to become a modern prophet, to translate the Book of Mormon, and to restore the Church of Jesus Christ.
The church now calls this place where Joseph prayed "The Sacred Grove." But to me it is important to remember that when Joseph went there is was just the woods at one end of his family property.
You don't have to travel to distant holy places to communicate with God. You can find a quiet place to be alone right where you are and pray to God. God likes to take apparently mundane things and sanctify them and make them holy. God answers prayers-- though it may require us to continue to try even when it looks like the darkness will overcome us.
Here is more information about Joseph Smith's multiple accounts of the vision he had:
#lds #mormon #josephsmith
"Brexit" was not secession. The articles of the European Union include an option for exit.
But the US Constitution does not include an option for disunion. It was always meant to be permanent. The only option for exit is by agreement of the several states or by revolution. A single state cannot justifiably decide to unilaterally end the union.
The southern states who tried to leave the union unilaterally did so in reaction to a legal election. Lincoln couldn't have done anything that would justify revolution because he hadn't even taken office yet. Their rebellion was not just, because, despite modern revisionist claims to the contrary it was meant to protect slavery. Lincoln was right to put down their rebellion.
I don't have any time or energy to argue about this at length, but with all the pro-secession mythology flying around social media, I felt it was important to let people know that there are those of us who have studied the issue and the history at length and do not agree with the way it is being construed.
#secession #civilwar #brexit #lincoln
LDS Prophet Joseph F. Smith, October 1911
#lds #mormon #fathers
"When Jesus enjoined his followers to love their enemies, he didn’t simply mean that they should stop demonizing those who they wrongly perceived as enemies because they were different; He wasn’t suggesting that conflict is the consequence of misunderstanding, and that if we would just try to understand those who we perceive as enemies we would discover that they are not enemies after all. He actually requires us to love those who really are our enemies; those whose ideas, desires, and actions truly are incompatible and in conflict with our own."
#lds #mormon #christian #jesus #love #enemy
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