Friday, March 27, 2015

Because He Lives

He Lives - Celebrate Easter Because Jesus Christ Lives:

Because He lives
Life goes on,
His light reaches
Pure and strong

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sampling Signs

God puts forth signs
Before our face
Through trying times
be still. Have faith.

He doesn't trample
On agency
But shows for sample
Loving mercy

If you are seeking and desiring God's love, it is right before your face.

His Final Week the Easter Story


Savor the things which come of God
Let them be a part of you
Be the salt of the Earth for all
Through the good works that you do
Salt of the Earth: Savor of Men and Saviors of Men - general ...
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‑day Saints
In the New Testament the Savior referred to his disciples as the “salt of the earth,” and charged them to retain their savor (Matt. 5:13).
Matthew 21:1–11, Palm leaves waved in the air as Jesus enters Jerusalem

As the Jewish plots to take His life
Fermented beneath the surface
Jesus continued to testify
And bear fruit through selfless service
resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.
"steadfast loyalty"
synonyms: loyalfaithfulcommitteddevoted,

Matthew 26:36–57, Jesus kneels and prays in the garden
The Bitter Cup

In Gethsemane He found the bitterest cup
And to the last dregs Jesus drank it up
Bitter with anguish, dark with despair
He swallowed it all to show He does care

The will of the Son was "swallowed up in the will of the Father." Mosiah 15:7

the complete loss or absence of hope.
"driven to despair, he throws himself under a train"
synonyms: hopelessness, disheartenment, discouragement,
desperationdistress,anguishunhappiness; More
severe mental or physical pain or suffering.
"she shut her eyes in anguish"
synonyms: agonypaintormenttorturesuffering,

Look every which way around.
The Lord's love is so profound.
That He suffered for everyone
To redeem, atone, and ransom

People Watch and Ponder the Immensity of Christ's Love!
What is the difference between redeem, ransom, and atone? Does one build on another? I would love comments???
redeem- purchase back, pay the dept- He took on all our afflictions and sins.
ransom-paying the price to free another. He paid the price of the fall, both physical/spiritual death.
atonement- He made reconciliation (at-one-ment) possible by fulfilling the demands of justice.
Matthew 26:36–57, Jesus kneels and suffers in the Garden of Gethsemane
The Door of Ecstasy for All

The enclosing agony for one
Has opened the door of ecstasy for all
We'll resurrect because of the Son
Mercifully He has atoned us from the fall

Jesus did what He did out of love
That we might return to God's presence
And dwell with him in Heaven above
The narrow way truly is precious!

This takes the following phrase to a whole new level...
What Does All for One and One for All Mean? - › Q&A › Reference › Biographies and Quotations
The phrase 'all for one and one for all' speaks for unity. If one person experiences some kind of problem or difficulty, then other every person comes in to help.
surround or close off on all sides."the entire estate was enclosed with walls"synonyms:surroundcircleringgirdleencompassencircle;

You are Inside His Circle of Love

For everyone, Jesus died
Make a circle. You're inside
Let His love surround you
To guide the things you do

Truth is a Living Light

All truth is as a living light
Which shines before our eyes
And radiates what is right
For growth to improve lives
John 13:1–35, A lamp on the table at the Last Supper
The Cup

With the third cup, by design
He mixed the water with the wine
As a sign of things yet to come
When they would pierce Him, though the Son

During the last supper, the disciples were given four cups of wine. Each have a purpose which varies a little as you search online. They are based on the four promises in Exodus 6

1.I will bring you out. slavery (The blessing is said and the host washes his hands)

The Cup of Blessing or sanctification/ (out of the world and out of spiritual slavery of sin and the fear of death.)- the Kiddush, which means sanctification2. I will rid you of bondage. liberty (The three unleavened matzah are brought out. The middle one is broken in half and set aside. They represent the Godhead and Jesus is torn/ Everyone washes their hands) The washing of feet.

The Cup of Plagues/ Before Eating-telling the story of the Passover/Exodus
the bitter herbs are eaten
Judas is given the bread dipped in sop.3. I will take you for my people. covenant people- Love one another. The promise of peace.The torn bread was blessed and torn as sacrament. (Jesus did not drink the blood of the vine)

The Cup after Supper-the cup of redemption;
became The Blood of the sacrament.
Psalms 113 to 118 – the ‘hallel’, the praise psalms – are sung.
(in praise of the plagues that brought deliverance.)4. I will be to you God. inheritance.
The cup of completion. We will drink this one with Him in our Father's kingdom.

6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:
7 And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you God: and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. Exodus 6See wonderful commentary here:

The Appointed Hour

The night was lit by the full moon
Which cast the temple's shadow where
It added to the cloak of gloom
As the group walked away off there

Descending the city, weary
They crossed by a little brook
And soon passed the cemetery
On a path they often took

The grass was tall. It soaked each hem
In the garden where trees were budding
As they walked the wind howled, driven
Adding to the sense of foreboding

Christ's clothes grew heavy as did His heart
It became laborious to step
From the disciples, He turned to part
The appointed hour must be kept...

How many times had He been present
When the olives, here, were pressed?
History lay poised for this event
His deepest thoughts, He expressed

"My soul is very sorrowful."
This He compared even to death
The bitter cup was ever full
With a seemingly endless depth

Peter, James and John, He asked to watch keep
As a ways off the Lord went to pray alone
His friends proved weak and soon fell asleep
Indeed, this night, Christ was utterly on His own

for the appointed hour...
2 (8) April. (Iyyar, barley harvest). This was called the month of flowers, and it was the greenest and considered the most beautiful of all the months. Many times during this month the dry desert winds would blow in for three days at a time, melting the snow, and quickening the vegetation. During this month the harvesting begins in the Jordan valley and on the coastal plain. The fruit trees are in blossom and show their young foliage. The peach, pomegranate, olive, and many more.

By Divine Decree

By divine decree
The great redemption began
In Gethsemane
Christ received the pains of man

The Transferred Debt

Having power over death
That perfectly, He might rise
He transferred and took sin's debt
Vicariously for our lives

From Within

Jesus suffered pain for all.
He took upon Him every sin
He redeemed us from the fall.
And came to know us from within.

Matthew 26:36–56, Christ looks toward Judas
How Deep

How deep His love and compassion is
As He bore the dark depths of Hell
To know every side of injustice
That perfect mercy might prevail

Mercy - Merriam-Webster Online
kind or forgiving treatment of someone who could be treated harshly. : kindness or help given to people who are in a very bad or desperate situation. : a good or ...

A Knowing Heart

With a knowing heart
As one who bore it all
Strength He does impart
Through faith's prayers, large or small

Eternity Hung in the Balance

Eternity hung in the balance
In the Garden of Gethsemane
It was our one solitary chance
For forgiveness of sins.... so many

The Portal

Death's grave is the portal
To become immortal
This through Jesus our friend
Who loves us without end

Because of Jesus Christ, we are assured that the grave is not our destination, merely the portal to immortality and eternal life.

Just Serve

We listened to new counsel
And found a way to act
In Christ all things are possible
"Just Serve" makes an impact

I loved cheering for all the good hearted people at the Make a Wish run.  I saw so many acts of kindness and a handful of children wearing the shirt: I'm a Make a Wish child!
Check out and see what opportunities might be right for you.

The Hope of the Atonement

May the hope of the atonement
Rest upon your mind
To those who are obedient
There is peace to find

One Way or Another

One way or another
May there be an end
A change for the better
What is best for my friend

I remember praying daily for someone who was damaging the lives of my children.  I prayed for an end one way or another.  Jail, repentance, getting caught- anything!


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In diversity
We share all anew
That the gospel is true

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The Captain of the Soul- Invictus/ The Soul's Captain by Elder Orson F. Whitney

Invictus by William E. Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance,
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

The Soul's Captain [The Answer]
by Elder Orson F. Whitney
of the Quorum of the Twelve
Art thou in truth? Then what of him
Who bought thee with his blood?
Who plunged into devouring seas
And snatched thee from the flood?
Who bore for all our fallen race
What none but him could bear.
The God who died that man might live,
And endless glory share?
Of what avail thy vaunted strength,
Apart from his vast might?
Pray that his Light may pierce the gloom,
That thou mayest see aright.
Men are as bubbles on the wave,
As leaves upon the tree.
Thou, captain of thy soul, forsooth
Who gave that place to thee?
Free will is thine — free agency
To wield for right or wrong;
But thou must answer unto him
To whom all souls belong.
Bend to the dust that head "unbowed,"
Small part of Life's great whole!
And see in him, and him alone,
The Captain of thy soul

He's Been There Before

He's Been There Before by Elder Troy Whittle
The alarm bell rings at 6:30, I stumble to my feet
I grab my companions bedding and pull off his sheets
A groan fills the room, is it already time to arise?
It seems like just a second ago I was able to shut my eyes

The morning activities follow- study, prayer and such
When it's time to leave the apartment, you feel you haven't accomplished much
"We have a super day planned," My comp. says with a grin
I lowly utter a faithless breath, "Yeah, if anyone lets us in."

With the word of God and my faithful Schwinn, we ride off in the street prepared to
Face another day of humidity and heat
It's 9:30 in the evening, the day is almost through
My champion and I are riding home not accomplishing what we thought to do

We ride up to the mailbox, hoping to receive a lot
Only to look inside and hear my echo reverberate "air Box"
We go up to our apartment, the day is now complete
The only thing to show for our work is a case of blistery feet

It's past 10:30 p.m. My companion is fast asleep,
Silence engulfs me all about and I begin to weep
In the midst of sadness, I kneel down to pray
I need to talk to father, but I'm not sure what to say

"Oh, Father" I begin, "What happened to us today?
I thought we'd teach somebody, but everyone was away
My hands, my aching hands- worn, hurt and beat;
If our area was any smaller, we'd have knocked every street"

"Why on missions are the days so much alike?
The only difference about today was the flat tire on my bike
Will you send some cooler weather? The heat is killing me
I sweat so bad, it gets in my eyes, it's very hard to see"

"Why do I have to wear a helmet, isn't your protection enough?
People always laugh at me, and call me stupid stuff
Please send us investigators so I may give them what they lack
I want to give them Books of Mormon, the weight of them hurts my back"

"And what about my family: They don't have much to say
I'm sick of not hearing from home day after day after day
Oh Father, Why am I here am I just wasting time?
Sometimes I just want to go home, I'm sorry but that's on my mind"

"My companion, Heavenly Father, what are you giving me?
"The way he rides his bicycle, I don't think he can see
Now you have it, I can't go on, I don't know what to do
That, my Father in Heaven, is the prayer I have for you"

My prayer now finished, I stand up, then jump right into bed
I need my rest for tomorrow, we have another long day ahead
Sleep start to overtake me, I seem to drift away
Then it seems a vision takes me to another time in another day

I'm standing alone on the hill. The view is very nice
A man walks to wards me and says, "My name is Jesus Christ"
Tears of joy well up inside, I fall down to His feet
"Arise," He states, "Follow me to the shade. You and I need to speak"

My attention's towards my Savior, total and complete
He says, "Your mission is similar of what happened to me
I understand how you feel, I know what you're going through
In fact, it would be fair to say I've felt the same as you"

"I even know how you felt when no one listened to you
At times I felt not quite sure what else I could do
I know you don't like to ride a bicycle, for you a car would be sweet
Just remember the donkey I rode wasn't equipped with 21 speeds"

"I understand you don't like sweating, in fact it's something you hate
I remember when I sweat blood from ev’ry pore, oh the agony was great!
I see you don't like your companion- you'd rather have someone else-
I once had a companion named Judas who sold my life for wealth"

"It's hard to wear a helmet and have people make fun of you
I remember when they put thorns on my head and called me King of the Jews
So you feel burdened down by the weight of your pack
I recall how heavy the cross was when they slammed it on my back"

"Your hands hurt from tracting and knocking on doors all day
I guess when they pounded nails into mine, I ached in a similar way
It's hard not to hear from home when your family's not there to see
I lost communication on the cross and cried, "Father, why hast Thou forsaken me?"

"We have a lot in common, but there's a difference between us you see
I endured to the end and finished my mission, so follow and do like me"
He embraced me with His arms and His light filled me with His love
With tears in my eyes I watched as He went back to the Father above

I stood with awe and wonder when a beep rang in my head
I listened and heard the alarm, then realized I was in my bed
My companion let out a groan, "6:30 already, no way!"
I sat up and said, "Come on, I'll even carry your scriptures today!"

No matter what we go through, when we feel we can't take more
Just stop and think about Jesus Christ, He's been there before
By Elder Troy Whittle
Texas Houston Mission

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

These poems are my own thoughts and impressions as I study the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints

I encourage you to read from the Book of Mormon and the standard works, and listen to modern day prophets, also, that your mind and heart might be touched.

Kelly Miller

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