This is a principal I learned under god's tender tutoring hand. It is a true principal and if followed will help you make many good decision's in life.
Once you have made a commitment to be true to god the Adversary will step in and tempt you to abandon your dedication. He will tempt you to think it's okay to let down your guard just this once and then you will make the decision to change. Of course, this is false. But how can you know if this is temptation from the opposition? How can you decide to decide to live the Commandments of God? A dedicated person who wants to be true to his covenants may fall in his efforts to be true, but the fall should never keep him down. He can get up, regroup and decide again and again until he gains the strength to remain true. It isn't easy, But it is possible to make this decision.
"Our destiny and ultimate fate depend on our daily decisions. Tomorrow's joy or despair has it's roots in decisions we make today. Those who stand at the threshold of life always waiting for the right time to change are like the man who stands at the bank of a river waiting for the water to pass, so he can cross on dry land." Joseph Smith made the right choice of praying to god at the right time for an answer to his questions. We are his children whom he loves and we have that same right. But, We must decide to decide.- Joseph B. Wirthlin "The Three Choices" Ensign- Nov. 2003
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
So often as I think of Joseph Smith and the work he accomplished in bringing forth the Restoration, I am brought to tears of gratitude for his sacrifices. He went through so much pain and heartbreak , through almost constant persecution which began immediately after he began speaking of the First Vision, the loss of family members, including many of his own babies, and through his own errors, such as losing the 16 pages of the manuscript of the Book of Mormon. Yet, he remained strong, steadfast, immovable, faithful even to his death as a martyr.
I am grateful for the teachings he brought forth, for the latter-day scriptures, especially for the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants, and for the blessings of the temple work that he instituted. No uninspired man could have done what he did in the relatively short time that he had. He was given his calling at the young age of 14 and martyred at the age of 38. In only 24 years he laid the foundations for the great work of the latter days, brought forth new scriptures and teachings, restored the priesthood authority, helped to build two temples, founded the beautiful city of Nauvoo, served as an officer in the Illinois state militia, and ran as a candidate for President of the United States of America.
I think John Taylor said it best in the Doctrine and Covenants 135:3, when he said:
Joseph Smith, the Prophet and seer of the lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it.
I testify to the world that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of god. I have studied his works, read the scriptures he brought forth, and worshipped in the church he restored as the instrument and mouthpiece of the Savior. I know with no doubt in my mind, that he was a true prophet. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. What is your testimony of the prophet Joseph Smith? Leave a short testimony in the comments section. I look forward to reading your testimonies.