Several months ago I came across a book (written in the 80’s) by Shad Helmstetter, a Ph.D. in psychology, about positive self-talk. The premise of the book is that we all have a constant, running dialog of things that we say to ourselves. Many people aren’t aware it is there, and have no idea what they are saying. He talked a bit about the subconscious mind and about how powerful it is. It is so powerful, that if a smoker consistently said to himself “I don’t smoke” over and over again, even as he was lighting up—he would eventually quit smoking. [Read more…]
Archives for September 2013
In conjunction with the 183rd Semi-annual Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, members of the LDS Relief Society, one of the largest women’s organizations worldwide, recently participated in a literacy drive to benefit the underprivileged of the North Houston area. [Read more…]
Recently a friend told me a beautiful story. About a month ago, she learned a valuable lesson as her family was struggling to make ends meet. At a time when her pantry was nearly bare and payday was still a few days away, she prayed for divine assistance to feed her family. [Read more…]
The Book of Mormon was first published in English in 1830. Today the Book of Mormon is available in nearly 100 languages.
As the Book of Mormon musical tour recently ended, I received an email from a local Mormon missionary. Elder Adams, from Concord, California, was a young man I had met at Church who had been serving in my local congregation.
He and his missionary companion had been to my home for dinner once or twice, meeting my family and sharing wonderful messages of Jesus Christ.
In his email, this valiant young man shared such a beautiful account of the Book of Mormon and what missionaries actually do that I just had to share it.
Picture a man opening his front door and stepping out to the porch. Squinting as the late morning light penetrates the sky, he looks up and sees two young men riding their bikes.
One of them is tall and thin, the other short and stout. Both have on a white shirt and tie. He chuckles to himself and raises his eyebrow in wonder. Who are those boys and why do they do what they do?
Hello. I am Elder Adams. I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints–often called the Mormon Church. Allow me to give you a VIP, behind-the-scenes look into my world.
I rise at 6:30 every morning and prayerfully begin the early hours of the day. I do this because of my deep, life changing belief that God is my Father as He is yours (see Romans 8:16). He wants to communicate with us. He decided to accomplish this through prayer. What a glorious reality! I hope you see how a firm belief in God can shape a young man’s heart.
Every morning from 8 to 11 a.m., I devote my time to studying the word of God. For me, it is the words of the Lord flowing from the lips of the Prophets. During this time God communicates to me through his Holy Spirit the truths found in the scriptures. I devote the rest of my day (until 9 p.m) to inviting people to act on those words–that is, the words recorded in the Bible and the Book of Mormon.
I sense a questioning look on my reader’s face. Perhaps you’re wondering why I devote myself for two years, day in and day out, to this cause. You may ask, ‘Elder Adams, why do you spend your days talking to strangers? Why do you focus on the Bible and the Book of Mormon? And what is the Book of Mormon in the first place!?’ Hold on, allow me to explain.
I believe the Bible, when translated correctly, to be the word of God. I also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. The Bible contains two accounts of Jesus Christ found in both the Old and New Testaments. The Book of Mormon is another Testament, an additional witness, of Jesus Christ.
Additionally, while the Bible is an ancient record that contains God’s dealings with man in and around Jerusalem, the Book of Mormon is an ancient record of God’s dealings with man on the American continent. The Book of Mormon contains the fullness of Christ’s everlasting Gospel. Many doubt us Mormons because of our belief in this wonderful book.
My belief in Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon, and the Bible lay a foundation for who I am. This is why I do what I do. We, as missionaries, believe it our duty to “teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” (see Matthew 28:18). What an amazing work we do!
But how can you know about these truths I’ve discussed? Read the Book of Mormon along with the Bible and figure out the truth for yourself. If you don’t have a Book of Mormon or a Bible I’ll give you one. I’m with you every step of the way. I tried to answer your questions in this article but you’ll have more. Feel free to call my mission office at 281-565-7117.
For more information about the Book of Mormon or a free copy visit http://mormon.org/beliefs/book-of-mormon.
There is an old cliché about how raising kids is like a circus and it does seem that there are quite a few similarities. I can easily recall several times when my house seemed to be filled with tigers, monkeys and bears leaving a trail of destruction in their wake as they raced around the house jumping through hoops. (The hoops THEY wanted to jump through, not the ones I was cracking my whip for). [Read more…]
A while ago I went to a used appliance store in Beaumont to buy a fridge. I was hoping to update my kitchen from the white of the 90’s, to the stainless of today for a fraction of the cost of brand new appliances. As I browsed through the many options, I found a beautiful GE Profile stainless steel fridge/freezer combo that was only a few years old and had only a few miner scratches and dents. It was clean, cold, beautiful….PERFECT! OBVIOUSLY it was all meant to be. [Read more…]
No one loves going to the movies more than my family. Yet on a typical Friday or Saturday evening, after my husband suggests going to a movie, he usually spends the next hour (literally) reading reviews and showing the family movie trailers to see if it’s something we even want to see and if it’s appropriate for kids. After an hour, we usually end up watching a movie at home since we either can’t agree or just get bored of all the research we have to do.
As I was surfing the Internet one day, I came across a couple of Mormon movie critics–a Mormon “Siskel and Ebert,” if you will. I am excited that now my family’s movie time will be less of a headache since these guys not only have high standards, but they have already done all the research for us!
The two men, Grady Kerr and Jonathan Decker both had the same idea and have combined their reviews into a podcast called ‘Mormons at the Megaplex’ that can be downloaded for free from iTunes and on youtube.com. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2CL1ZUuI5uo#t=17 Each also has his own website. Grady’s site is ‘Mormon Media Review’ http://www.mormonmediareviews.com/ and Jonathan’s site is ‘Mormon Movie Guy.’ http://www.mormonmovieguy.com/
Grady and Jonathan are unpaid and review movies as a hobby as well as a service to help other members of our faith keep our standards. In the Church’s For the Strength of Youth handbook, it states, “Do not attend, view, or participate in anything that is vulgar, immoral, violent, or pornographic in any way. Do not participate in anything that presents immorality or violence as acceptable. Have the courage to walk out of a movie . . . if what you see or hear drives away the Spirit.” https://www.lds.org/youth/for-the-strength-of-youth/entertainment-and-media?lang=eng
The idea for the podcast was born when Grady found Jonathan online and pitched the idea for them both to review current Hollywood movies with a Mormon perspective. Although the two have never met in person, they have become great friends. Both are media buffs, family men, and active members of the Church. Grady is a business owner in California and Jonathan is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Utah.
“When Grady had the idea to start a podcast and a joint website, I jumped at the opportunity to talk about movies and the Gospel with my buddy,” Jonathan wrote in his column for Meridian Magazine. “The podcasts give (families) the reliable opinions of ‘two witnesses’ on whether a particular film is worth your time and money. I say reliable’ because we both strive to live our faith and are passionate enough about cinema to know what we’re talking about.”
In addition to the podcast and websites, Jonathan’s book 250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families comes out September 10 which will be available on Amazon.com.
In a world where media is often filled with darkness and filth, I am grateful for two guys who are willing to “stand for truth and righteousness” and follow Joseph Smith’s admonition when he wrote in the Thirteenth Article of Faith stating that “if there is anything virtuous, lovely, of good report, or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”
By Lisa Hyde
There was not a dry eye to be found at a recent interfaith concert in Cypress celebrating freedom and gratitude.
After a two-year hiatus, the annual “Lest We Forget” Concert occurred on Sunday, September 8 in Cypress, Texas. Held in September to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001, the concert celebrated those who have preserved the freedoms enjoyed today.
The concert, first debuted in 2004, was held annually until 2011 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Grant Road. This year the concert was reinitiated and held at the Cypress United Methodist Church (CUMC) on Cypress North Houston Road. The concert included many participants from both The Church of Jesus Christ and CUMC churches. [Read more…]
Sitting in a recent Sunday School class, I felt my jaw drop as I listened to a woman’s story of charity. Years ago, the woman’s husband left her only five days after she had surgery due to cancer. She was left sick and alone with no one to care for her. [Read more…]