Category: Religion- Религия

The author of this blog is LDS-otherwise known as ‘Mormon’. The Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS) is similar to many Christian religions, but differs on some points of doctrine. Learn what makes a ‘Mormon’ tick in these posts about Mormon life.

Посмотри вверх!

Посмотри вверх!

Скорее! Ответь, не задумываясь, какое сейчас небо?

А облака? Я спросила это у 10 человек, и только один ответил, что смотрел сегодня на небо. Небо успокаивает душу, но лишь немногие это понимают. Ну же, посмотри вверх!

В далеком 1985 году мне попалась статья Джека Бордена, в которой он изложил своё желание научить людей смотреть в небо и видеть его красоту. Я никогда не смотрела вверх намеренно, не задумывалась о небе, о том, какое оно, какие там облака, пока не прочитала эту статью. Не могу сказать, что же именно тогда тронуло меня в этой статье, но вот уже 30 лет, где бы я ни была, я всегда влюблена в небо.

Кто-то спросил меня на прошлой неделе, как я справляюсь со стрессом.

Ответ ко мне пришёл не сразу. Я задумалась, и поняла, что мой стресс проходит от того, что для меня уже стало самым обычным делом – я смотрю на небо. Когда я смотрю на небо, я чувствую безграничность того, что находится надо мной, осознание этого прогоняет стресс и направляет мои мысли в положительное русло. Если бы когда-нибудь у меня выдался день, когда мне бы ничего не нужно было делать, я бы лежала на спине и смотрела на небо (в перерывах между сном) и фотографировала облака.

Многие из этих фотографий были сняты на мой телефон. Только представьте, какими бы они получились, если бы я снимала на фотоаппарат и добавила фильтры!

Американцы уходят в отпуск чтобы «стать частью природы», почувствовать безграничность космоса, и, как пишет Джен Борден (“Sky Man”): «ощутить ликование» и «приобщиться к природе». Для тех, кто не может брать отпуск: нам необязательно менять местоположение, достаточно изменить наш взор.

В книге Look at the Sky! (“Взгляни на Небо!”) Эрик Слоан написал: «Я верю, что небо было создано исключительно для созерцания; наблюдая за небом человек может получить высшее удовольствие». 

«Не волнуйтесь, воздушные замки, которые вы построили, находятся именно там, где должны. Вам нужно лишь заложить для них фундамент», – Генри Дэвид Торо

«Тот, кто созерцает красоту Земли, открывает в себе запас сил, который никогда не иссякнет», –Рейчел Карсон, «Ощущение чуда».

«В глазах ребенка мир свеж, прекрасен и полон чудес, он удивляет и восхищает. К нашему сожалению, этот ясный взгляд, это истинное ощущение прекрасного гаснет и теряется, едва мы достигаем совершеннолетия. Если бы я водила знакомство с доброй феей, которая присутствует при крещении, я попросила бы ее давать в подарок всем детям в этом мире ощущение чуда, чтобы оно не иссякало всю жизнь, и как лекарство спасало от скуки и разочарований» – Рейчел Карсон, «Ощущение чуда».

Где бы вы не находились, небо всегда над вами.

Чтобы изучить небо, не нужно тщательно разрабатывать полевых вылазок или иметь дорогостоящее оборудование. Достаточно взглянуть на небо трижды за день и обратить внимание на увиденное. Сделайте пару фотографий неба, сделайте одну из них заставкой на экране вашего телефона или компьютера и меняйте их почаще. Постарайтесь смотреть на луну каждую ночь, и вы заметите, как меняются ее фазы: как она растет или уменьшается. Наблюдая за полётом птиц, можно заметить белый след самолета. Ваша фантазия с легкостью превратит облака с их причудливыми формами в дракона или бегущего ребёнка. Замрите перед чудом, которое сокрыто в небе!

За красоту Земли

За красоту Земли

За красоту неба

За любовь, что с нашего рождения

Окутывает нас всецело

Господь всех, к Тебе мы

возносим

Нашу песнь о благодарном восхвалении.

 За красоту каждого часа

Дня и ночи

Холма, долины, дерева, цветов

Солнца, луны, света и звёзд,

Господь всех, к Тебе мы возносим

Нашу песнь о благодарном восхвалении.

За радость человеческой любви,

Брата, сестру, родителей, ребёнка

Друзей на земле и на небесах

За великодушные и благородные мысли

Господь всех, к Тебе мы возносим

Нашу песнь о благодарном восхвалении.

И это не всё.

Иногда небо дарит испытания… и надежду: http://www.mormonchannel.org/watch/series/mormon-messages/after-the-storm 

Эти ссылки мне прислал Джек Борден.

До прочтения этого сочинения, я никогда не слышал, чтобы кто-нибудь высказывался о природе настолько близко к моим личным ощущениям. И хорошо, что я читал его в одиночестве, я не мог сдержаться и воскликнул несколько раз: «Да, именно так!». Это сочинение можно и нужно отнести к рекомендованным материалам для чтения учителям и родителям всего мира. Томас Коул, «Сочинение об американской природе» из журнала «The American Monthly Magazine 1» (Январь 1836 г.) http://www.tc.umn.edu/~danp/rhet8520/winter99/cole.html

«Душа природы: история неба в искусстве». Автор произведения – профессор Стэнли Дэвид Гедзельман (кафедра науки о земле и атмосфере, Сити-колледж, Нью-Йорк).

И наконец, публикация в блоге о том, как начать свой бизнес. Какое же это отношение имеет к небу? Только последний абзац: «75 процентов людей утверждают, что негативные мысли уходят, если посмотреть на небо». Будущим предпринимателям, борющимся с негативным мышлением, Фаннин дает урок: «Выше нос».

Вы смотрели сегодня на небо? Что вы там видели? Помогло вам то, что вы увидели, справиться со стрессом? Пришлите мне фото неба!

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5 Ways To Identify a Disciple of Christ

5 Ways To Identify a Disciple of Christ

To be a disciple of the Savior… what does that mean? The word disciple and the word discipline both come from the same Latin root – discipulus, which means pupil. To be a disciple means to be obedient  to the Savior,. It means to have  self-discipline in what we choose to do and who we choose to become.  How do we know when someone is a disciple of the Savior? Below are 5 characteristics from the scriptures  that help us to understand.

  1. A disciple will be learning.

    Matthew 5:1-2 Jesus  “went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him  And he opened his mouth, and taught them..” We don’t have the luxury of climbing that mountain and listening to Christ in person, but we have the next best thing: the words and testimony of those that have written the gospel of Christ  over the millennia.   A disciple of Christ will be actively searching His teachings. He will not be making excuses that there is no time to read scriptures in his busy day. A disciple spends time daily reading and pondering the words of Christ. Those scriptures have one purpose: for us to read and gain a testimony of Christ. It is through reading the words of Christ and listening for His voice that we become a true disciple.

  2. A disciple will be seeking conversion by ‘doing’.

    He will be trying to be more than he is now through obedience to the laws of God. Jesus told Simon Peter, “I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren” (Luke 22:32). This is Peter He is talking to! Peter the rock, the one who did miracles in His name, who was a teacher and apostle- and yet Jesus tells him he is not yet converted. A testimony of Christ means ‘knowing’ who He really is. Conversion is what happens when testimony becomes so much a part of one that he is a ‘doer’ of the word, not just one who knows the words of Christ. Being a disciple means not only seeking the gospel and learning what Christ would have him do, but seeking to convert himself to become like Christ by doing those things.  A true disciple will be serving others, loving his neighbor as himself, and making preeminent his duty toward God over personal or worldly demands.

  3. A disciple will have charity

    The apostle Paul taught us that “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.”  Charity is the pure Love of Christ. To have charity is not an act, it is state of being. Charity is not only giving one’s old coat to the poor, but giving of oneself unselfishly for the good of another child of God. Charity is not only donating money to a good
    cause, but giving kindness without reward to those who are in need. You will see a true disciple of Christ love others as Jesus loves you. The disciple of the Savior will be doing the right things for the right reason- for the Love of Christ.

  4. A disciple will be a missionary

    A disciple may not have a badge that says he is a missionary, but he will be teaching by word and by example in many ways. A disciple is “The light of the world.”  He will “…Let <his> light so shine before men, that they may see <his> good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 . A disciple of Christ will take opportunities to share the love of Christ with all who will listen. They will demonstrate that love in the choices they make, the attitudes they take, and the feeling of love and optimism that they exude. They will teach faith, baptism, and the need for the gift of the Holy Ghost. The true disciple of the Savior will be someone a good person wants to be around- they have a quality that lifts others despite the circumstances.

  1. A disciple will be actively developing strong family relationships

    The conversion that a disciple seeks requires us to be a loving, charitable husband or wife, father or mother, son or daughter, brother or sister. The most important things we will ever do will be within the walls of our own homes. To identify a disciple of Jesus Christ, look at the way he or she treats family. Leading with kindness, disciplining when needed and then showing afterwards an increase of love to the one that was disciplined, speaking with love and consideration to every member of the family, and teaching each member of the family to have faith and trust in God. These are the ways that a true disciple of Christ treats his or her family.

How do we become disciples ourselves?

By being obedient to the laws and ordinances of the gospel.  We must learn from the words of Christ by reading the scriptures and listening carefully to the promptings of the Holy Ghost. We should be an example of a true Christian by doing His will, and by being a missionary that takes time to teach others. We must have charity and take the time to serve others. We must keep the Sabbath day holy, and help in His church. As we seek to become true disciples of Jesus Christ, we should seek the good part- and then do the things we know are right.

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Two questions to ask yourself: 1. what is the difference between being a ‘Christian’ and being a disciple of Christ?  2. What do I need to do today to become a disciple of Christ?

Moroni 7:48 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. 

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Mormon Missionaries-What Are They REALLY Doing?

Mormon Missionaries-What Are They REALLY Doing?

Chances are good that you have seen a couple of young men dressed in suits with name tags walking or biking around your home town, most likely with smiles on their faces. Have you ever wondered what exactly they were doing out there?mormon-missionaries-500x340

Those young men (and sometimes young women) are usually between the ages of 18-21, and they are serving  a two-year mission at their own expense on behalf of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. During those 2 years, they work proselytizing, giving church service, providing humanitarian aid, and doing a lot of community service.

Why do Missionaries do what they do?

If you were given a special present that gave you great joy, what would be the first thought in your mind? You would be excited and want to tell your friends all about it! Perhaps you would take a selfie with the gift and post it on Facebook, or message your friend and enthuse about it with them. You would want to share your joy.

sister-missionaries-knockingThe missionaries that you see out and about, both men and women, are there to share joy in a world that is becoming increasingly stressful and complex. The missionaries have an understanding of who we are, where we came from, what the purpose of life really is, and above all, what and who the gospel of Jesus Christ is for- and they are sharing this with all who will listen.

Desire and obedience

Besides the desire to share the gospel, These young people are showing obedience to God. Sharing the gospel is a commandment from Jesus Christ, and they have the willingness to put aside their own interests and lives for a couple of years to be obedient to Christ’s charge to “Go ye therefore and
go-ye-therefore-and-teach-all-nations-39610-printteach all nations”. Pretty impressive stuff for a teenager!

What makes the Mormons different?

These missionaries have a few things that set them apart- they have The Book of Mormon, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and the Priesthood.

“The Book of Mormon was written to convince everyone, both Jews and Gentiles, thatsharing-book-mormon-1379950-gallery “Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations” (Title page). Missionary work is therefore a central theme and one of the divine purposes of the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon in combination with the Spirit of the Lord is ‘the greatest single tool which God has given us to bring souls to the Savior.” (“Missionary, Family History, and Temple Work” Ensign, Oct. 2014).

We are in a war.

armor-of-godThere are over 80,000 LDS missionaries spread all over the world today. That is a pretty impressive number of willing teenagers, but it is a drop in the bucket of what is needed. Why are missionaries important right now? Because we are in a war. God is real, Jesus Christ is divine and our savior and is very real, and unfortunately, Satan is real as well. This period of time, these generations that are in such commotion around the globe, have been foretold for thousands of years. Just as the birth of Jesus Christ was prophesied, so is His return to earth- and Satan is doing all he can to prevent us from being ready for Jesus.

The Book of Revelations was placed as the last book in the Bible. Although it was not written last, it was put last in the Bible for a reason; After the exciting news in the New Testament about the birth and mission of Jesus Christ, and the news of His death and resurrection, we read finally in Revelations about the ‘last days’ before Jesus comes back in person to the earth that He made, to take over as Lord and King. Jesus told us that these last generations before He steps back in to take over will be tough. We are in a battle between good and evil, with evil getting more and more desperate to blind the eyes of mankind to prevent them from turning to Christ.  The coming of Christ back to the earth will be a “hinge of history” (Elder Oaks, Preparing for the Second Coming) that the missionaries are preparing the world for.

The troubles in our world …we knew they were coming

mormon-missionaries-500x340Those young men and women with the little black name tags that you see around town understand that all the cultural, political and moral challenges that are happening around us are prophesied, and they understand what that means- we need to switch our focus, and now, to make repentance and faith in Jesus Christ our foremost priority in life. When we have become strengthened, we must turn and help our neighbors, family and friends.

In the words of Christ:

Jesus’s final instructions to the Twelve was this—to “go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” The instructions He gave to his disciples 2000 years ago remains the charge He gives to his disciples today. Go, teach, and bring people to a knowledge of Jesus Christ and His plan of salvation.

Do you have questions about the purpose of life, the importance of families, or the mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints? Click Here for a good resourceMormon.org . And, please leave me a comment below!

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Searching For the Truth

Searching For the Truth

A couple of years ago, after having lived in our rural home for over 20 years, the neighbors decided to run cattle in the next canyon over, adjoining our property. The first I knew about it was when I went outside after being cooped up inside for several weeks with a knee injury. Much to my horror, I could see a fence that was obviously on my own property. the-fence

My own fence had been taken out, and the neighbors fence was put 12 feet inside our property.

I was upset, and called the neighbor (who have always been good friends and neighbors, and members of our congregation).  The neighbor apologized, but said he had put the fence where he thought the property line was. He had not seen our property marker (hidden in a bush now 12 feet inside his fenceline. He told me we were welcome to change the fence to where we thought it should go- which was an impossible task for us to accomplish as we just didn’t have the resources or equipment to take out a half-mile of fence and reset it. He also explained state law which states that half of a fence line along a property line is the responsibility of each neighbor- meaning that we would be responsible for the cost of half the fence if he wanted to press the issue.

I was angry for a solid year. It colored my attitude towards my neighbors, and brought me to tears all over again every time I looked up my hill and saw cattle where I should see nothing but sky. It hurt. It was really difficult each Sunday when the neighbors were singing in my choir at Church…

The following summer, when I was again able to climb our hill (It is very steep and difficult, even without a knee injury), I climbed up and got spitting mad all over again when I realized exactly how much flat ground had been taken. My husband didn’t really care but to me it felt personal- this was my property, and they had purposely taken some of our tiny little 11 acres when they own hundreds of acres and didn’t need ours. After more months of resentment, I finally called them and admitted that I was still angry and wanted a meeting with their entire family (their property is owned by their family corporation) to hash out the fence. They readily agreed and we settled on a time to meet.

Now we come to the point of this story….

For the entire year, I had believed that they had purposely put their fence line 12 feet onto my property. I mean, really- how could they not have? They had to take down my fence to put up their own. I learned that day, however, after a chance remark from one of the brothers, that I had not had all the information and I had jumped to a conclusion that was not the truth. It turned out that a hired hand had taken down my fence, and then several days later, other people, including the brother, had come to put the new fence in. Not knowing where the original fence was, they just put it in where it seemed reasonable, along the ridge line.

In that instant, my anger and hurt melted away. These were good people that had honestly made a mistake. They were apologetic for not checking with me first, for putting the fence in the incorrect place, and for how badly I had been feeling. During that visit I had a complete change of feeling- I had peace for the first time in a year.

I learned a very valuable lesson in that experience. Like the blind men of Indostan, I judged that elephant of a fence based only on what I saw and felt. Like the Apostle Paul described, I saw my version of truth through a dark glass colored with resentment and lack of the full picture.

Learning the hard way, I have become a better, more reasonable and thoughtful person when it comes to searching for the truth. I am much more careful now to gather as much of the story as I need before making a judgement as to what the truth is in each situation. I learned not to judge the motives of others. I learned that there is truth- and it was up to me to know all the facts before I jumped to conclusions.

I repented…20160528_094657

 

 

 

 

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Finding Peace

Finding Peace

So many things can go wrong with our bodies, our finances, our future, our families, our country…there are a million ways to discover fear, none of which bring peace or happiness. The lack of peace is perhaps the most underestimated cause of anger, resentment, and lack of purpose in life. This past election season has been a parable of fear vs. peace, with an entire nation  stressed and fearful of what November would bring. What if you could live your life without fear, and be at peace today and all your tomorrows?

No matter who is in the White House or is Mayor of the next town over, no matter what war is threatening on the horizon, or who is in control of the world’s money supply, we can have peace now and look forward to the future with joy and optimism.

Peace does not just ‘happen’

Peace is something that must be worked for, both national peace and personal peace. It comes from putting down those dark glasses of fearlet-peace-begin-with-me and contention as a people and as an individual, and deciding that we want to be part of the solution, part of the light. It’s a no-brainer that once you turn on a light, the darkness recedes- and one person can shine and give off light that ripples outward way beyond what they ever realize. It takes only one person to start a movement towards light.

Where do I begin…

When we come to the conclusion that being negative, fearful and pessimistic about life isn’t working for us, how do we change? How do we make that incredible leap from fear to peace? We need to find a guide to help us find the light. We need a mentor; someone who knows us well, cares about our personal happiness and peace, and someone who has seen both the dark, and the light of peace. The best mentor to teach, explain and model peace is Jesus Christ, the prince of peace. Following the master mentor may mean getting out of your comfort zone and opening your mind and heart to new possibilities.  Accepting the gift of the atonement brings the gift of peace right along with it. The kind of meme-bible-john-peace-1342009-gallerypeace that sticks with you no matter what is going on around you, and the kind of peace that changes your view of life. It’s that peace that gives us the realization that this life matters, that what we say and do, and the relationships we form affect us much more than we ever thought- and that it is all good.

Does this life really matter?

My husband’s father passed away after suffering with cancer for some time. At one point, he was in the hospital with his two sons by his side. He had had an experience the previous evening that was very sacred to him, and he described it in detail to his sons. From that time on, he had no fear of death- he knew what it was like, and knew who would be meeting him on the other side of the veil. His death came peacefully not too many months after that experience, and not only did that tender mercy of the Lord, the gift of peace, bless him, it blessed his sons and others with the testimony of the reality of the atonement and resurrection. What happens in this life matters because this is not the end of our existence. Life goes on.

Being assured of resurrection makes life better now.

 The resurrection- life after death- is a ‘free’ gift for every person who has ever lived on this earth. Because of the atonement, you don’t die and then just cease to exist.  You lived before this earth life, and you will continue to live after this short period of mortality ends. Knowing that makes what we do here and now important. Knowing that makes the difference between fear and peace.

 Elder Dallin H. Oaks has taught that “the assurance of resurrection and immortality affects how we look on the physical challenges of mortality, how we live our mortal lives, and how we relate to those around us… the assurance of resurrection gives us the strength and perspective to endure the mortal challenges faced by each of us and by those we love…” (“Resurrection” Ensign, May 2000).

Those challenges can erode our peace and bring fear and uncertainty without an understanding of what happens after we leave tpeace-and-lovehis earth.

If I had one wish for every person on earth, it would be to feel at peace, today and your every tomorrow. My wish for you is that you feel that
God knows you as an individual child of His. Not only does He know you, He loves you and wants you to have peace and joy now, while you are on this earth, while you prepare to live the rest of your eternity.

 

Proclaim Peace! 

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https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2010-07-083-proclaim-peace?lang=eng
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Helping a good seed to grow…

Helping a good seed to grow…

20160613_205539I grow a lot of plants for my garden each year. I have a short growing season, and if I want tomatoes or green peppers, I need to start the seeds in January in my house, nurture the little seedlings and help them to grow as fast as possible. The young plants are transferred to a heated greenhouse in April, where they are planted in bigger and bigger pots until they are finally prepared to live outside in June. Throughout each stage, the seeds and plants must be carefully protected from the cold, and nourished constantly, or else they die and I have to start over. If I have to start over, I lose most of the potential of the plants, because the temperatures will drop to freezing again in the fall, just when the fruit begins to ripen.

Nourishing a seed of faith requires the same diligence as raising a tomato plant in the winter. When I learn a truth that just yells to me “Heed me, I will make your life better!”, I feel excited and eager to make it part of my life. Now comes the hard work, though. If all I do is notice that little seed of faith, and let it wash over me without heeding it, it soon disappears in the daily distractions of life. If, however I begin to nourish it, it is like putting a heating pad under newly planted seeds- the warmth of the Lords guidance makes that seed sprout and bear fruit.

To nourish a new idea, a good seed, I have found that I need to do the following: 1. Write it down, including my impressions and feelings 2. Talk to Heavenly Father about it immediately and ask for help understanding how it should impact my life and 3. Continue to focus on it in the days to come.

Writing down what I have learned is the first thing I do once I hear something important. Taking notes during conference is a good example of heeding good seeds that I want to grow. Then, to have that good seed grow requires help from Heavenly Father. That requires communication with God on a regular basis. Talking to Him about what I have just learned, and asking His help to understand it is like putting a grow light over my baby seedlings- the Holy Ghost can pour light on even the most difficult concepts. Heeding the guidance that we receive about the seed will assure that the seed will continue to grow. Once it becomes a habit to pay attention to the seed that has now become a seedling, I am on my way to assuring that the good seed will become part of my life.

When I grow seeds for my garden, there has to be constant, daily focus on the process. If I forget to water them one day, the next day they are weakened. If they are not watered two days in a row, they dry up and die. The seed of faith has to be treated just as consistently. I cannot hear a truth, write it down, and then ignore it while expecting it to continue to grow. If it is something that requires action, I can’t wait until Sunday to do something- by then I will have lost the momentum and the seed will have withered and died. I will have lost the feeling and excitement and it becomes just part of the background noise- if I remember it at all.

Sometimes we find a good seed, and then it is killed off by inattention. Inattention is the frost of faith. What we want to grow, we have to focus on. As that seed becomes stronger, we understand it more, we have made it part of our lives, and it becomes a plant that bears fruit in our life and in the lives of others.

Those good seeds are worth the time and cost.

 

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Who is Jesus Christ?

Who is Jesus Christ?

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Jesus Christ, by Greg Olson

On the title page of the Book of Mormon, Moroni says that the purpose of the book is to convince the Jews and the Gentiles that Jesus is the Christ. So just who IS Jesus Christ?

A clarification

Christ is not Jesus’s last name; it is a title. The word Christ means *messiah, or, anointed. Calling Jesus the Christ means that We acknowledge that He is the savior that was prepared from the foundations of the world to provide the atonement.

Mormons have a very clear belief in Jesus as the messiah, the literal Son of God, the Holy one of Israel, the Jehovah of the Old Testament, and the one and only path back to where we came from- His father, and our Father, in Heaven. We believe in no uncertain way that Jesus, through the atonement, made it possible for us to be forgiven of all the sins we have made and become clean as little children.christ-and-the-children

A little back-history…waaaaaaay back.

Jesus was prepared to be the Savior long before He came to earth. Let’s go back before the earth came to be. First, there was Heavenly Father (and Heavenly Mother). Then came their children. Jesus was the eldest, second born was Satan. Then came the rest of us. You, me, everyone around you, are all sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father. That makes Jesus our eldest brother, and every person on earth a relative. It is why we refer to each other as Brother so-and-so, and Sister so-and so. Of course, Satan is in that mix as well, but that is a subject for another day, another post.

jesus-and-the-black-sheepSo, there we were, one big family in Heaven. The problem was that in order to keep progressing, we needed to get a body. Our spirits are wonderful things, but there are things that we cannot do without a physical body. To get that body, God prepared a way that we could take a journey to earth and be born in the mortal world. Just getting a body isn’t the whole story- there are things we have to learn while we are here, and if we want to continue to progress In the next life and be all that we can be, we have to prove ourselves by the choices we make here.

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O Jerusalem, by Greg Olsen

Now here was the problem.  Once we came to earth, we would  choose to make some serious mistakes (sins), which meant we would not be able to live with God again because only perfectly clean beings can live there. So, as part of the plan, Heavenly Father prepared a mediator to atone for all of our sins and make it possible for us to go back to our home in Heaven clean. Jesus, the eldest son, volunteered for that role. Satan also volunteered, but while Jesus was backing Heavenly Father’s plan (called the Plan of Happiness), Satan wanted all the power and glory for himself (the original power monger), he wanted us to worship him, and Satan wanted to control our every move so we would not be able to choose good or bad- we would be his puppets doing what he wanted at all times. Suffice to say at this point, Jesus got the job because His desire was to do God’s will, as well as secure our salvation and happiness.

Jesus’s mission was to create the world under the direction of Heavenly Father, and then to provide the atonement to save his brothers and sisters from the spiritual and physical death brought about by Adam and Eve’s Fall.

adam-and-eveA few relevant words about Adam and Eve and their choicejay-bryant-ward-studios

There is a lot of misconceptions among Christian denominations about Adam and Eve. When the two of them lived in the Garden of Eden, they were in a state of innocence, not knowing or needing to know good from evil. They also would not be having children there. They had to leave the garden in order that ‘man might be’. God knew perfectly well what would happen- He knew about the serpent, He knew what Eve would choose, He knew that Adam would choose to stay with her and cause ‘the fall’. Everything that happened was accounted for in the plan of Happiness, right from the beginning.  Adam and Eve made choices, and they were beguiled by the devil, but the devil cannot frustrate God’s plan- God is a step ahead of the devil, every foot of the way. Adam and Eve sacrificed their own happiness and security in the Garden of Eden so that we could get our turn on earth. Jesus was prepared to give the atonement after the fall so that we can go back to heaven.

President Ezra Taft Benson taught that “just as a man does not really desire food until he is hungry, so he does not desire the salvation of Christ until he knows why he needs Christ…no one adequately and properly knows why he needs Christ until he understands and accepts the doctrine of the Fall and its effect upon all mankind. And no other book in the world explains this vital doctrine nearly as well as the Book of Mormon” (2).

So, Who is Jesus the Christ?

Jesus is our elder brother. He created this earth for us. He chose to follow God’s will and knows what we need to do to have happiness now and in the eternities. greg-olson-lost-no-more-600Jesus is part of the Godhead which includes Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost- three distinct personages. Heavenly Father and Jesus have bodies, the holy ghost remains a spirit so he can help us. Jesus was the Jehovah of the Old Testament, and Messiah of the New Testament. He loves us enough to have paid a terribly high price for us- and all He asks in return is that we follow Him so we can have the happiness we so desired before we came to earth. He asks us to repent of our sins, be baptized for the remission of our sins (so we can take advantage of the atonement), and do our best to follow His example of love, compassion, and service. He Lives! He is aware of each one of us, loves us and more than anything, wants us to return to him.

I testify to you that I know that He lives. I know that He is the Christ, our Lord, the Messiah, the Son of God and He is our elder brother who loves us.

~Margo

 Is there one question about what I have written that you would like to ask me? Leave me a comment and I WILL respond!

 

Note: Most of the pictures featured here are the work of Greg Olsen .  https://www.gregolsen.com/

(1). *Messiah is a Greek word translated from the Hebrew word messiah, meaning anointed.

(2). The Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants, Ensign, May 1987, 85).

( 3). The Plan of Happiness < https://www.lds.org/ensign/1993/11/the-great-plan-of-happiness.p1?lang=eng  >

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The Divine Origins of The Book of Mormon

The Divine Origins of The Book of Mormon

 I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as the ‘Mormon’ Church.

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The prophet Mormon abridging the plates

The nickname ‘Mormon’ was given to The Church because of The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. The book is named after the prophet that compiled and abridged a lot of records of the Nephite and Lamanite people on the American continent. Mormon is not someone that is worshiped (that is reserved for Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ), but we do honor him for his contributions and his life of service to God. The nickname of ‘Mormon’ was used as a derogatory term when the Church began, but we do not mind being called ‘Mormons’ in our time…It is certainly a quicker name to say, and  recognizable over most the world.

The Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religionherman-arch-keystone_1207593_inl

A keystone is the stone that is placed last in an arch. It is what holds up the arch. If the keystone is removed, the arch falls.

The keystone of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is The Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon has a divine origin, Joseph Smith translated it, and The Book of Mormon stands as a true witness to the truthfulness of the Bible and the role that Jesus Christ plays in this world. Our faith hangs on the reality and truth of the keystone- The Book of Mormon.

How did we get The Book of Mormon?

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The angel Moroni visiting Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith had an angel appear to him in his bedroom at the age of 17. He had already spoken with God the Father, and Jesus Christ 3 years earlier, and had been praying to find out what his standing was with the Lord. The angel told him that he was a messenger from God, and that God had an important work for Joseph to do. The angel talked to him about what was to come, and told him about the golden plates that had been prepared for our day. Joseph first saw the plates the next day, and when he had grown and matured for several more years, Joseph Smith was given the golden plates by the angel and translated them by the gift and power of God.

For those that scoff at God’s ability to do such a thing, I offer a couple questions: If you believe in God (and I am assuming that you do believe in God), and that He is all-powerful, all knowing, and has a heck of a lot more abilities than you or I, and If you believe He made this world- not only man, but everything in this world… why would you put a limit on what He can do? Of course God can make an angel appear in a bedroom if He chooses to. Of course He can provide a translator. Just look at the cell phone in your hand and pull up Google Translate if you think such a thing is impossible.  If men can make such things with their puny wisdom and understanding, God with His experience, knowledge and ability can make a simple translator for Joseph to translate a bunch of records full of eternally important writings.

But, you might protest, this was 150 years ago- there were no cell phones back then. Agreed, and there were none 1000 years ago when God gave such stones to the ancient Israelite priests. Remember, He built a world a few billion years ago- God is more advanced technologically than some give Him credit for. And, He has known for a long time that we need The Book of Mormon today, so He made it happen.

What exactly IS The Book of Mormon?

gold-plates-39682-tabletThe Book of Mormon is a collection of writings from prophets that were aware of our day, who were aware that we would need  another witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ. These were prophets that had a personal relationship with God.  Nephi, Alma, Moroni, Enos, and many more prophets of God were involved in writing down the religious history of the people on this continent,  descendants of Jacob and the House of Israel.

We know that Heavenly Father has other plates and records in reserve that are sealed to us at this point but The Book of Mormon is the teachings that we need to know right now, in our day and generation.

Why would God give us another book- we already have the Bible!

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The Stick of Judah and the Stick of Joseph

As a world, we need to know that the Bible has timeless truths in it, that its witness of God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost is true. In 1 Nephi :13, we are taught the reasons that we need this second witness of Christ- because there have been plain and precious things, including covenants, removed from the Bible to keep men without full knowledge of the Gospel of the Lamb.

The Book of Mormon clarifies many of the teachings in the Bible, reaffirms the divinity of the scriptures, and through it, Heavenly Father corrects the translation errors that men have made over the years. There are some verses and teachings in the Bible that have many different interpretations within different sects of Christianity. The Book of Mormon, as a second witness, makes clear where men have strayed from the meaning, by accident, and in some cases by design. Having a second, independent book of divine scripture is a powerful witness to the truthfulness and reality of both the events and people of the Bible.

We need to know what our purpose in life is, what happens after we die, what the consequences would be if we turn our backs on God. We need to know the covenants that God made with His people- the covenants that include us and our day, not just in the Old Testament times. We need to understand that God loves us each as an individual, and desires each one of us to make sacred covenants with Him so that we can go back and live with Him again when our turn on Earth is completed. We need the Holy Priesthood. These are the truths that we learn in The Book of Mormon.

Why a 14 year old, uneducated boy, Joseph Smith?

the-first-vision-82823-tabletThere are examples in the Bible of God using young men to do His work. The boy Samuel , Daniel (of the lions den)and the other boys who were taken by Nebuchadnezzar, even Joseph of Egypt (with the coat of many colors) was a youth when he was taken and begun on his path to being a prophet of God.

Joseph Smith was 14 when he realized he needed to know which, if any, of the religions in his area were true. His family was split between several churches, and Joseph wanted to join the right one, so he approached God in prayer to ask- just as it says to do in the Bible. Now, an important point to understand is that Joseph Smith was not just a random teenager in a random place having a spectacular experience. He was fore-ordained, and guided by God to play the role in returning the Gospel of Jesus Christ back to the world in preparation for the second coming of Christ. He was in the right family with the right lineage,  was born at the time God ordained, and lived in the place that God chose many hundreds, or even thousands, of years before. None of this was random, it was a carefully crafted chain of events by God.

The angel Moroni giving the plates to Joseph Smith
The angel Moroni giving the plates to Joseph Smith

When we are born, we have forgotten our pre-existence in Heaven. That is by design so that we can learn and grow by faith without compulsion, and decide for ourselves who we want to follow for eternity.  Joseph Smith the boy had no idea that he was going to be a prophet and have conversations with God and Jesus Christ. He was just a young man that wanted to know the truth. He found it- or, the Truth found him, ready and willing to do the work of the Lord. Translating The Book of Mormon, and reestablishing the Gospel of Jesus Christ on the earth was what Joseph was foreordained to do.

Joseph’s wife, many years later, told her son The Book of Mormon is of divine authenticity—I have not the slightest doubt of it. I am satisfied that no man could have dictated the writing of the manuscripts unless he was inspired; for, when acting as his scribe, your father would dictate to me for hour after hour; and when returning after meals, or after interruptions, he would at once begin where he had left off, without either seeing the manuscript or having any portion of it read to him”. < “Last Testimony of Sister Emma,” Saints’ Herald 26 (Oct. 1, 1879), 289–90.>

The 8 witnesses of The Book of Mormon

There were other witnesses to the Golden Plates as well, none of whom ever denied the reality or truthfulness of what they had been privileged to see and handle, even after some left the Church.

The Book of Mormon was translated by Joseph Smith by the gift and power of God. For more information on the translating process, click HERE 

What are the covenants contained in the Book of Mormon? melchizedek-priesthood-given-to-joseph-37721-tablet

A covenant is a 2-way promise between Heavenly Father and His children. It is an “If you do this, then I will do this for you” kind of promise that God makes with us. There are many covenants that God wants to make with each one of us. What He asks in return is that we obey His commandments; That we love God with all our hearts, might, mind and strength; That we follow Christ and be a witness of Him, always remember Him, and that we love and serve Him by loving and serving one another.

In return, God covenants with us that we will be sanctified through Christ, that we will be forgiven of our sins through the atonement of Jesus Christ, that we can be with our families for eternity, and that we will live with Him and our families again. And these are just a few of the covenants.  Read through 1Nephi 13 to identify specific covenants that God made with the prophets, that apply to us today.

My testimony of the truthfulness of this gospel

I was given a testimony by Father in Heaven over 33 years ago, and it has continued to grow and mature through the years. I know that The Church is true, I know without a shadow of a doubt that Jesus is the Christ and that He loves each one of us. I know that God answers our prayers, although sometimes the answer is “No” or “Be patient”. I have had my prayers answered in unmistakable ways and had experiences that have guided me to distinguish truth from false. I know that the Book of Mormon is a divine record, and that we can get closer to God by prayerfully reading this book than we can by any other single action. The Book of Mormon is the true keystone of our religion, and it is a precious Margo and Scriptures (4)treasure for each person.

And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, He will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the HolyGhost.” (Moro. 10:4.)

God does not lie, and He is always reaching out to His children. Prove Him by reading the Book of Mormon with a sincere heart and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. If it is something you truly wish to know and you approach it with an open heart, He will answer you. Nothing important is easy, so put some effort into it.

“To some it is given by the Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he was crucified for the sins of the world. To others it is given to believe on their words.” (D&C 46:13–14.)

I leave this testimony with you, in the name of Jesus Christ, my Savior.

Amen

To my readers:

I have recently begun my university studies again. This post is an assignment for one of my classes.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints understands the importance of education which is why they have 3 universities- BYU Provo, BYU Hawaii, and BYU Idaho. Unfortunately, there are only so many people that can be admitted to these outstanding universities. To make an education available to members all over the world, BYU Idaho began a program called Pathway. Through this program, a student goes through 3 semesters of preliminary classes to assure that they have the understanding and knowledge necessary to be successful in a degree program. A student earns university credit while working through the Pathway program, and pays only $68 per credit (in the United States- the cost is different in each country. For example, Russians pay only $17 per credit because of the difference in economies and cost of living). Once the student successfully makes it through the 3 semesters of Pathway, he or she then has the opportunity to continue on and work towards a certificate, Associates degree, or a Bachelors degree, all at only $68 a credit or less. These degrees are all online, making it possible for anyone, anywhere to receive a university education.

I will be-finally!- completing my BS through BYU-Idaho, starting with the Pathway program.

 

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Я Мормонка

Я Мормонка

Я выросла в семье, посещающей Пресвитерианскую и Конгрегационалистскую церкви. Мне нравилось в подростковом возрасте – все друзья посещали ту же церковь и у нас были веселые мероприятия. Я верила в Бога всю мою жизнь, но никогда на самом деле не понимала или ставила под вопрос кто Он или какая Его роль в моей жизни. Религия была воскресным мероприятием, о котором человек забывает до следующего воскресенья, или Рождества, или Пасхи.

Это изменилось кардиналько, когда мне исполнилось 24.

За год до этого я месяц путешествовала по стране с другом и мы заехали в Солт Лейк Сити, чтоб посмотреть достопримечательности. Конечно, мы оказались на Храмовой Площади – самая большая достопримечательность, очень необычайная и интересная.temple-square-mormon

Мы провели несколько часов в центре для посетителей и пока ходили по територрии. Я почувствовала там что-то, что никогда еще не испытывала до того – спокойствие, понимание и знание того, что у меня есть место в этот мире и что есть предназначение у моего существования.  

Temple Square pictures of Christ

До того момента я жила очень бесцельной жизнью. У меня было несколько целей. В моей жизни не было никаких правил, кроме как быть хорошим человеком на столько на сколько я знала как.

Было бы хорошо, если бы я могла сказать, что моя жизнь изменилась в тот день на Храмовой Площади, но это не так.

По крайней мере не в ТОТ день. Это больше было похоже не посаженое во мне семя.

Несколько месяцев спустя какие-то миссионеры постучались в мою дверь и я прослушала пару их посланий. Те миссионеры посадили еще несколько семян, которые еще не были готовы прорасти.

Где-то через год я оказалась в очень трудном положении и без какой-либо поддержки. У меня был попугай-какаду и машина, полная вещей. Я плыла по течению без какой-либо цели передо мной, но с той же самой жизньюMargo and Scriptures (4) Однажды я пролистывала телефонную книгу и наткнулась на номер Церкви Иисуса Христа Святых Последних Дней – Мормоны, чью Храмовую Площадь я посетила. Без раздумывания я набрала номер. После короткого разговора, где я задавала вопросы, а женщина посоветовала прислать ко мне миссионеров, я повесила трубку чувствуя себя очень странно и неожиданно возбужденной, с назначенным днем визита ко мне миссионеров.

Через несколько недель я получила ответы на мои вопросы, я научилась молиться и я приняла решение присоединиться к Церкви, решение, о котором я никогда не пожалела за 33 года с тех пор, как я стала членом Церкви Иисуса Христа Святых Последних Дней. Каждый год моей жизни продолжает быть лучше, чем предыдущий. Мне не “везет”, я получаю благословения.

 Одна вещь может показаться любопытной: почему именно Мормонка?

Правильное имя Церкви – это Церковь Иисуса Христа Святых Последних Дней. Часто это сокращают в СПД или Святых Последних Дней. Церковь получила прозвище “Мормоны” из-за Священных Писаний, которые называются Книга Мормона (еще одно свидетельство об Иисусе Христе). Это религиозная история Америк, и она идет рука об руку с Библией, как свидетельсво об Иисусе Христе.

  Вы бы хотели узнать, как это быть Мормоном?

Christ

Вот ссылка к страничке с историями сотен Мормонов по всему миру: по-русски:  Я мормон

Этот коментарий от Джерома подчеркивает то, как я чувствую о Церкви:

“… Я люблю это Евангелие! Оно наполняет мою жизнь радостью, дает мне силы и поднимает меня, когда я падаю. Я живу таким образом, который делает меня счастливым. Бог знает нашу природу и Он знает, что принесет нам наибольшую радость. Мы может провести наши жизни ищя радость своим собственным способом или мы может пойти напрямик к истиному счастью, следуя Божьим учениям и Его законам. Я еще не встретила ни одно человека, который был счастливее живя в разногласии в Евангелием! Законы Бога ограничивают нас только в том, чтоб мы не могли вредить себе или другим, чтоб не стали рабами зависимостей и не отвлеклись от истинного счастья ищя его в тех местах, которые никогда не смогут предложить. Вопрос не в том “Следует ли нам делать то, что делает нас счастливыми?”, но скорее в том ” В чем заключается истиное счастье и что делает нас по-настоящему счастливыми?” Я чувстую, что у меня есть ответы на оба вопроса и это утешает и восторгает в одно и тоже время!”

 

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Easter – Because He Lives! Пасха – Потому что Он Живет!

Easter – Because He Lives! Пасха – Потому что Он Живет!

We celebrate Easter because He lives!     Мы празднуем Пасху, потому что Он жив!

Jesus-with-Child-640 Palm-Sunday Easter is a very special time in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon), as it is in most Christian churches.

Пасха это особенное время в Церкви Иисуса Христа Святых Последних Дней (Мормоны), так же как и большинстве Христианских церквей.

“Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer and the Only Begotten Son of God the Father. We believe that He was born, lived a mortal life, taught and blessed thousands, suffered for our sins in Gethsemane, and died on the cross at Calvary. And, most importantly, we believe that after three days He was resurrected from the dead, and because He rose again—because He lives—we can also be resurrected after we die.   “Мормоны верят в то, что Иисус Христос – наш Спаситель и Искупитель и Единственный Единородный Сын Бога Отца. Мы верим в то, что Он родился, жил земной жизнью, учил и благословлял тысячи людей, пострадал за наши грехи в Гефсиманском саду и умер на кресте на Голгофе. И самое главное, мы верим что через три дня Он был воскрешен из мертвых, и потому что Он воскрес, потому что Он живет, мы тоже воскреснем после смерти.

Elder Russell M. Nelson said: “As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ in these, the latter days, we have also been charged with testifying of the realities of the Savior’s Atonement and Resurrection. This Easter season gives each of us a personal opportunity to discover His sacrifice, embrace His teachings, and share His joy.”  Старейшина Рассал М. Нелсон сказал: “Как последователи Господа Иисуса Христа в эти последние дни мы получили ответственность свидетельствовать о реальности Искупления и Воскресения нашего Спасителя. Это Пасхальное время предоставляет каждому из нас возможность открыть для себя Его жертву, объять Его учения и поделиться Его радостью.”

For those that have not read previous blogs, I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints- I am a ‘Mormon’. I love the Savior. I am grateful for the atonement because I am a very imperfect person. I am grateful for the Easter season because, like Christmas, it is a time to refocus on Christ and on the things that are most important in life. Для тех, кто не читал мои предыдущие блоги, я – член Церкви Иисуса Христа Святых Последних Дней, я – “Мормонка”. Я люблю Спасителя. Я благодарна за Искупление, потому что я очень не совершенный человек. Я благодарна за Пасхальный сезон, потому что,  так же как Рождество, это время чтоб сфокусироваться на Христе и на вещах, которые самые важные в жизни.

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But, there are the family and cultural traditions of Easter as well. I often feel ambivalent about these traditions, as I do about Santa Claus at Christmas. Although they represent the fun part of the holiday, in many homes and many places around the country, the Easter bunny is often not connected to Christ and the atonement, including in the homes of some of my family and friends. Есть так же семейные и культурные пасхальные традиции. У меня часто есть смешанные чувства связанные с этими традициями, такие же как с Санта Клаусом во время рождества. Хотя они представляют веселую часть праздников во многих домах по стране, Пасхальный Зайчик часто не имеет ничего общего с Христом и Искуплением, включая дома некоторых моих друзей и членов семьи.

During the month before Easter, every department store in the United States has Easter eggs, Easter baskets, chocolate bunnies, egg dye, toys and candies displayed close to the front. Walmart has had ‘Easter egg supplies’ on the shelves since the day after Valentines day, and hundreds of people every day since then have been buying the chocolate and toys. В течение месяца перед Пасхой каждый магазин по стране продает пасхальные яйца, пасхальные корзины, шоколадных зайцев, красители для яиц, игрушки и конфеты. В Волмарте пасхальные принадлежности были на полках начиная сразу после дня Святого Валентина и тысячи людей покупали шоколад и игрушки с тех пор.

When my children were small- and even when they were quite tall- we would enjoy the ‘Easter bunny’ on Saturday with a a family Easter egg hunt, reserving Sunday for a celebration of Christ. Когда мои дети были маленькими, даже когда они уже были очень высокими, нам нравился Пасхальный зайчик с охотой за яйцами в субботу, чтоб посвятить воскресенье празднованию Воскресения Христова.

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Even as teenagers, my children loved the egg-hunt tradition. As they got older, I spread the eggs out and made them more difficult to find.  Даже будучи подростками, мои дети любили традицию охоты на яйца. Чем старше они становились, тем дальше я прятала яйца, чтоб их было труднее найти.

These photos were from 2004- Those teenagers are now grown and off on their own.Это фото 2004 года – эти подростки теперь взрослые люди и живут отдельно.

 

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Saturday is the day that I prefer to reserve for the ‘fun’ part of Easter. However, not all of my children have chosen to follow our traditions. My oldest son and his wife do not identify as Christians and are bringing up their children without any overt religious influences. I respect their wishes and do not talk about our religious beliefs to the children- which can be very difficult when our little 5 year old grandson asks questions about what I believe about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ…  Суббота – это день, который я предпочитаю использовать для “веселой” части Пасхи. Хотя не все мои дети решили поддерживать эту традицию. Мой старший сын и его жена не отождествляют себя с христианами и воспитывают своих детей без религиозного влияния. Я уважаю их желания и не говорю о религии с детьми, хотя это бывает очень трудно когда наш пятилетний внук задает вопросы о том, во что я верю о Небесном Отце и Иисусе Христе…

Although they do not focus on, or discuss religious beliefs, they are also extremely respectful of our beliefs, which is something I am so grateful for. I love them for their willingness to be non-judgmental or to try and force their beliefs on others. I am grateful that all my children are accepting and respectful of others, including their parents who made many mistakes in child-rearing over the years. И хотя мои дети не фокусируются и обсуждают религиозные убеждения, они относятся очень уважительно к нашим религиозным убеждениям, за что я очень благодарна им. Я люблю их за их желание не осуждать и не навязывать свои убеждения на других. Я благодарна, что все мои дети относятся с уважением к другим, включая их родителей, которые совершали много ошибок пока растили своих детей.

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My darling daughter-in-law made this Easter-themed  cake a few years ago, before she became a mother of 3 young children, and a full-time nurse as well. Loving, giving, caring- all those traits that you wish to have in your relatives are how I would describe this dear young mother. And, of course I must add- she is a talented cake-maker! Моя любимая невестка сделала этот Пасхальный пирог пару лет назад, до того как она стала мамой троих детей, а так же медсестрой на полную ставку. Любящая, щедрая, заботливая (черты, которые все бы хотели видеть в своих родственниках) – так я бы описала эту молодую маму. И, конечно, мне нужно добавить, что у нее талант делать торты!

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During the first weekend of April, the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will be focusing on Jesus Christ and will be tuning in all over the world to General Conference.   The women of the church attend the first session, held on the last Saturday in March. Five more 2-hour sessions are held the first weekend of April. I will be watching the conference on my computer, receiving  inspiration and instruction from Church leaders. Any talks that I must miss because of work or family obligations, I will watch in the coming week.

I wish  all my friends- both those I know and those I have not met yet- a blessed and wonderful Easter celebration. May you focus on Christ and receive all the blessings He has to offer you!

Во время первого выходного апреля, члены Церкви Иисуса Христа Святых Последних Дней сосредотачиваются на Иисусе Христе и настраиваются по всему миру на просмотр Генеральной Конференции. Женщины Церкви посещают первую сесию конференции, которая проводится в последнюю субботу марта. Еще пять двухчасовых сессий проходят в первый выходной апреля. Я буду смотреть конференцию на моем компьютере, получая вдохновение и поучения от руководителей Церкви. Все выступления, которые я пропущу из-за работы или семейных обязанностей, я посмотрю на следующей неделе.
Я желаю всем моим друзям (и тем, кого я знаю и тем, с кем я еще не знакома) благословенного и удивительного празднования Пасхи. Желаю вам сфокусироваться на Христе и получить все благословения, которые есть у Него для вас!

http://www.mormon.org/easter

http://www.mormon.org/rus/пасха

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 Он Живет!

What do you do to celebrate Easter? What are your family traditions? Do you think your culture or country is taking Christ out of Easter?

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