Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Sunday citation

Here is yet another quote from Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow:

"When you find yourselves a little gloomy, look around you and find somebody that is in a worse plight than yourself; go to him and find out what the trouble is, then try to remove it with the wisdom which the Lord bestows upon you; and the first thing you know, your gloom is gone, you feel light, the Spirit of the Lord is upon you, and everything seems illuminated." (Chapter 22, pg. 260)

Sunday, February 16, 2014

A Sunday citation

At the beginning of the year, we started studying the Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith manual in our priesthood and Relief Society meetings. I'm trying to catch up with the study schedule, so I recently read the first chapter. I am so impressed with his teachings. There is a reason he was called the "defender of the faith."

Here is a quote from that first chapter that I thought explained our doctrine of the Godhead being three separate personages very well:

"The [first] vision of Joseph Smith made it clear that the Father and the Son are separate personages, having bodies as tangible as the body of man. It was further revealed to him that the Holy Ghost is a personage of Spirit, distinct and separate from the personalities of the Father and the Son [D&C 130:22]. This all-important truth staggered the world; yet, when we consider the clear expressions of holy writ, it is a most astounding and wonderful fact that man could have gone so far astray. The Savior said, 'My Father is greater than I;' [John 14:28] and he invited his disciples, after his resurrection, to handle him and see that it was he, for, said he, 'A spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.' [Luke 24:39.] The apostles clearly understood the distinct entities of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, to which they constantly refer in their epistles; and Paul informed the Corinthians of the fact that when all tings are subjected to the Father, 'then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.' [1 Corinthians 15:28]" (pg. 37)

Just out of curiosity, I decided to do some research for scriptures and ancient text that that showed the Father, Son and Holy Ghost being distinct beings. I found a few:

John 17:21 (might help clear up any confusion about the term "being one")
Matt. 3:14-17
Acts 7:55-56
Luke 23:34 (this isn't the only time that Jesus prays to his Father, giving us the idea the Father must be a separate being. If they were the same, he wouldn't have had to pray to Him, would he?)

I also know that in the Hebrew text of the King James version of the Bible, it is clear that there is Elohim and Jehovah, and they aren't the same being. Even in the Nicene Creed of 325 A.D., they admit that Christ was begotten of the Father and that He is seated on His right hand. He'd have to be a distinct being to do that. Even the Holy Ghost sounds as though it was defined as a distinct being.


Friday, February 14, 2014

Most recently published article: 4-H winter clinic

Here is a link to my most recently published article:

Livestock clinic helps kids with projects

The article is on page 3. The link will only be active until next Friday when it will be replaced by the newest edition of Intermountain Farm and Ranch.

This article was a lot of fun to write. I enjoyed hanging out and talking with all the farm kids and learning about ultrasound for carcass traits and how they do 4-H projects. It was great!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

A Sunday citation

One of the things that bothers me about how society teaches children to be educated and accomplished is that we kind of teach them to focus on themselves. Their attainments become all about them. So when I read this quote from Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow, I had to share it:

"One of the best things a young man or a young woman can have in view, in trying to be great, is to have others great also; and not mind spending a little time to improve others. The best way to improve ourselves is to exercise ourselves in doing good to others. Keep this in mind constantly." (Chap. 22, pg. 261)