family

Yeppers!

I say yes–you shake your head no!
You point there–I say go!
Uh-oh…you say as you make a mess;
If you could just talk, there’d be less stress…
Only just a handful, used sparingly, are your favorite words.
You screech them so happily…
No, Bampa, puppy, Mama, Dada, and baby.
Everything else points to THAT!
Being a mother is where it’s at ūüėČ

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Leading a Christian Life

Recently I had a friend over who professed to be Christian but whose beliefs I feel did not reflect their own actions. They claimed that they did not believe in the doctrine of family or of works yet I saw in their family a basis of family time and hard work ethics. I shared with them a copy of The Family: A Proclamation to the World 1 because I felt it reflected their values yet they rejected it because they believed it represented modern prophets and they claimed to believe only in the prophets of the Bible. While I respected their beliefs I could not help but think it sad that they could not understand that Jesus taught us by his perfect example to live as he did. They claimed he only came to live a perfect life to save those who would believe on his name and they truly believed they had eternal life waiting for them. In the Holy Bible John 12:25-26 Jesus states: “He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.” This scripture reflects the idea that we need to follow Christ’s example by serving others. As we share the teachings of Christ we are serving others. I think my friend felt I was trying to take from¬†their faith but my intent was just to enrich it.

Furthermore, In John 7:17 it states, “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” The Family Proclamation is of God. I know that God speaks to us through living prophets today because I have ¬†read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know if it was true. I felt the Lord’s spirit confirm to me that it is. ¬†Because I know that–I know that the prophet Joseph Smith translated it by the power of God and that he was the Lord’s prophet. By extension I know that through Joseph Smith the Lord restored his church the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and it is led by living prophets. If my friend put to test the principles I shared they would have known for themselves it was of God.

In order to gain a testimony of a principle we must sacrifice the time and efforts in order to do so. To quote Elder M. Russell Ballard, “Prophet Joseph Smith explained an important relationship between the principle of faith and the principle of sacrifice: ‘Let us here observe, that a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation; ‚Ķ it is through the medium of the sacrifice of all earthly things that men do actually know that they are doing the things that are well pleasing in the sight of God.”2 As I sacrifice to serve others I do know that the path I’m striving to live is pleasing to God. “We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.”3 I therefore have respect for my friend’s beliefs as they requested me to “not share my religion again” with them but my conscience dictates¬†I do share with others as my religion is a huge part of who I am.

1<https://www.lds.org/topics/family-proclamation&gt;

2<https://www.lds.org/ensign/1998/10/the-law-of-sacrifice?lang=eng&gt;

3<https://www.lds.org/scriptures/pgp/a-of-f/1.1-13?lang=eng#1&gt;