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This is another great video from David on youtube. I was baptized in the LDS (Mormon) Church in 1985 and a few months after my baptism President Spencer W. Kimball passed away and Ezra Taft Benson became the new president. So, he was the prophet of my first years in the Church and I some of his talks had a great influence in my life, such as Flooding the earth with the Book of Mormon and Beware of Pride.
I had never heard the talk contained in this video, but it is worthwhile to listen to this prophet warning us of the dangers facing America (and many other nations).
This videos was inspired to help wake up members of the LDS Church to the dangers they face in America, as seen over 40 years ago by President Ezra Taft Benson. i have the impression that now things are lot worse and we should all get our homes in order in preparation of the approaching PORTENT storm that Pres.Hinckley warned us about in 1998.
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I have found a series of great videos about the challenges that we will be facing briefly and for whom we need to prepare.
The author, David, posted this video on youtube and this was part of his commentary about this video.
We are the chosen generation who needs to prepare for the second Coming of the Savior. We are on a mission to prove whether or not we will persevere in a world ripening in iniquity. We are among the elect whom the Lord has called during this “eleventh hour” to labor in His vineyard, a vineyard that has become corrupted every whit” and which only a few “doeth good”. We are those few.. (excerpts for Sheri Dew)
Yesterday I had the privilege of attending the dedication of the Draper Mormon Temple. That was the second time I had such opportunity. It was a great experience and I was glad that my kids were able to be there with me and my wife. I wish people could understand better the blessings connected with the temples. Too many people outside the church have wrong ideas about them and many in the church do not take enough advantage of the blessings of regularly attending the temple.
For me to go regularly to the temple has become almost a necessity, to be able to keep my eternal perspective in place, to avoid being dragged by life problems to the point of losing such perspective. The temple is a place of refuge and peace, where we can learn the things of eternity and receive inspiration for our lives.
I really love temples.
Filed under: Family Research & Teaching, Mormon Families, Mormon Prophets and Apostles, News & Politics
I need to be honest and say that when I first heard a talk by President Gordon B. Hinckley about pornography in a Mormon General Conference, A Tragic Evil among US, I thought, “doesn’t he have anything more interesting or uplifting to talk about?” However, I noticed in the following months and years that he and other general authorities kept talking about this topic.
The first time I considered pursuing a PhD in Marriage, Family, and Human Development at BYU, Truman Madsen, the man who first suggested the idea to me, among other things said something like this: “the institution of the family and families in our society are not just having more troubles than in the past, they are in free fall”. It was a shocking idea to me at that time, especially because I had been in the US for only a couple of years, and too busy with school, to realize how bad the situation was in this country. Not that in other countries were a lot better, but as a non-American non-Utah Mormon, I still was under the illusion that here people knew better….
Now, a few more years have passed, and I am realizing every day more that our beloved Prophet was – and how could he not be? – very inspired in talking about this sad topic, and I am beginning to realize that pornography is one of the main reasons of this free fall. Truly, addiction to pornography is more of a symptom than the cause of the problem, but in this case one strengthen the other, especially in the case of young people.
Adults may have a hard time to protect themselves from this addiction, but children and teenagers are really too vulnerable to fight the war alone.
I was reading yesterday a book by Mark B. Kastleman, The drug of the new millennium. It is a very eye opening books, in spite of being sad at times to know more about the current situation. Among other very useful information, I was struck by this passage, about certain organizations that promote free access to pornography for children:
Organizations such as the ACLU and the American Libray Association propose that children ought to have the same rights of unrestricted access to Internet pornography that adults have. Are they serious? If they are, then they either do not understand the devastation pornography wreaks on a child’s or teen’s brain, or they do understand the impact and are completely, and irresponsibly, hardened and aloof to it. They are so narrowly focused on total unrestricted freedom that they cannot see the forest for the tree, and our children will suffer greatly as a result. (It is interesting to note in John Harmer’s book, A War We Must Win, that the ACLU receives substantial funding from the pornography promoters and producers in Hollywood).
It’s all about money. I can’t believe that these people do not understand the problem, but money speaks louder and they sell thelmselves and an entire generation for money. We really need to listen to the prophets and work hard to protect ourselves and our families, but we need to recognize that there are powerful forces, coming straight from hell, that work in the opposite direction, and that will not stop pursuing their goals. Really we are in the last days, and we need to be prepared and fight the war.
Throughout history, the Lord has commanded His people to build temples. Temples are literally houses of the Lord. They are holy places of worship where individuals make sacred promises with God. Mormons are well known for their temples, now more than 130 around the world. Temples are a very important in Mormon Theology but their purpose is often misunderstood by many who are not familiar with the LDS or Mormon Church. This video help understand the real purpose of Mormon temples.
I have received emails from several friends suggesting that I should join Facebook groups and other groups on the Internet specifically created to react to the new attempt made by the producers of the HBO series Big Love to portray Mormons in a negative way. According to the the Church Newsroom
Before the first season of the HBO series Big Love aired more than two years ago, the show's creators and HBO executives assured the Church that the series wouldn't be about Mormons. However, Internet references to Big Love indicate that more and more Mormon themes are now being woven into the show and that the characters are often unsympathetic figures who come across as narrow and self-righteous. And according to TV Guide, it now seems the show's writers are to depict what they understand to be sacred temple ceremonies.
So, what should we do as members of the Mormon church (who have really nothing to do with those characters depicted in the series)?
I believe that we can share our feelings with friends or even with those who produce the show, but what is most important is to stay focused on filling the world with light, including the Internet, and remember that the Church has grown in spite of opposition and attacks. Sometimes, negative information may even create an interest in the church.
Specifically talking about temple ceremonies, I believe that those who make fun of them, or treat them with disrespect, will probably receive their reward from Him who is the author of such ceremonies. Therefore, we really do not need to worry too much.
On the other hand, perhaps others, the honest truth seekers, will be able to see through the inaccuracies of that show, and feel the desire to know more, in the right way, about Mormons, Mormon temples and the happyness that can come to their lives by following the teaching of Jesus Christ.
I know that temples ceremonies are sacred, and I know that it is a serious issue to treat them with disrespect or unworthily, but at the same time I cannot avoid thinking that God knew beforehand that some abuse would happen. I am sure He will take care of it and He knowshow to protect His work.
Many people think that Mormon temples are full of misteries and they want to know them, but they forget, or better, they do not understand, that most of the knowledge, revelations and inspirations that we receive in the Mormon temples come through the Spirit of the Lord. Therefore, even if they were allowed to see and hear everything that is done in a temple, they would not benefit from it, because the Lord knows how to protect His real secrets.
His true secrets can only be revealed by His Spirit to the spirits of worthy and honest men and women. The temple is simply a place that facilitates this comunication. In the past the Lord used the top of mountains, or wildernesses to communicate with His prophets and other worthy people. So, there is not need to try to sneak in in a Mormon temple. All that is needed is preparation and obedience and all of His mistery will be revealed to those who deserve it, in His proper time and according to His will.
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I have been looking for a few good videos about the Mormon Church and these are a few interesting ones.
The first is a Mormon Ad – SciFi, and as usual it is about families
I have also found an unusual one from a Mormon girl who wants to answer questions for sincere truth seekers. She is a little bit sarcastic and suggests haters to go visit a therapist…
Finally, a nice explanation of Mormon beliefs (Mormons are Christians) by Elder Coleman in the Mormon General Conference. Elder Gary J. Coleman talks about his conversion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He speaks of his understanding of the true nature of the Godhead, access to additional scripture and revelation, and partaking of the blessings of priesthood authority.