I love being American. Especially here in Montana. I have thought a lot on Freedoms, Soliders and patriots who have gone before us. Our founding Fathers for example. I then think of my good friend Mark. He is now serving in the Army of this great Nation. I hope that this post is read by him as well as all of those who are fighting for the cause of Freedom.
There was a solemn moment in every ones heart of what it means to them to be a part of this Land of Liberty. The Song Proud to be an American by Lee Greenword. Speaks for us in those words...
If tomorrow all the things were gone,
I’d worked for all my life.
And I had to start again,
with just my children and my wife.
I’d thank my lucky stars,
to be livin here today.
‘ Cause the flag still stands for freedom,
and they can’t take that away.
And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘ Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.
While reflecting on some of my memories from the mission I came across a letter that I received a couple three months ago. The exact message is to be shared at a different time, but the theme I got was. Have I Changed? That is great question.
Have I Changed?
Have any of us changed for the better? Well that is the question, one that I pose to you. Have you Changed for the Better? I believe that we all go through different events in our lives that make us who we are today. So to answer that question within just a few short months I have changed for the better. I am a better person now then I was yesterday. I heard a quote that makes the difference for me now.
"If you are not progressing forward, you are going backwards."
Let us now take into our lives that quote and make sure that we are becoming the Sons and Daughters of God that He wants us to be.
Hope Ya Know, We Had a Hard Time. What would bring some one to say that? To me it would come from a person who is having a hard time with work or school or life in general. I can't depict it any better then this awesome video.
Life as we see it may be extremely inconvenient to us. We may see things such as
long lines at the grocery store, or even
an unceasingly long stop light
All of these things try our patience. They make our lives inconvenient. We oft times say "Oh come on hurry up." Or "Why do I need to be patient." Though we ask these questions let us remember our Saviour who fasted for 40 days. And Satan cam tempting him. Saying.. "If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread." Now Christ had not eaten in 40 days. You think that he would be just a little hungry. His response was perfect. "It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." What a perfect response. I believe that there is a lot to this. I mean it would of been so much easier if Christ did so, for if he did so he could of satisfied his need for he needed to eat. That was convenient as we call it, but he choose the correct way. He did everything to the "T" as we call it of his Father's will. He followed and obeyed with exactness. Even Christ himself asked. "..O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt." I believe that speaks volumes. Let not us shirk away from being patient, but let us Endure Well.
With Father's day being tomorrow. I wanted to express some of my feelings towards my own Dad. He is very much a hard worker. He taught me my work ethic. He "voluntold." my brothers and I to go help with a lot of projects that we felt interfered with our golfing. Which it did put us off later then what we wanted to be. We could of spent countless hours on that course, but my Dad in his wisdom, told us that we had more important things to do. We felt like it was drudgery. It was hard to put off something we loved. We however did it. maybe not with smiles on our faces, but you can sure count on that Dave had his three boys there. I don't remember all of the people we helped or even there names. But i do remember a couple three things that I learned. First and foremost. When someone needs help your plans change to what there plans are.
Think of it like Batman. Whenever he Saw the "Bat Signal" he dropped what he was doing and went to see what the problem was.
Second. Just because it's late at night, the Job must still roll on. I have had the problem throughout my mission. When we get a move going or there is flooding to be taken care of. We don't stop at 6:00 Pm for the night. We Go till we get the Job done, Or we drop from exhaustion.
Lastly, when people need HELP they can call on me to get the Job done. When People at home needed something in a pinch. My Dad was right there to help. Of these things. I have learned from my Dad. He has shown me how I must live. And more importantly how I must live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thank you Dad.
Think of a time that you told a little lie to your parents, or some thing else that you knew was wrong. We start digging a hole for ourselves. I have heard of the quote. "The first Law of Holes. Is when in one, stop digging!" These small actions at the time may seem innocent and that it is no big deal. Though some people justify their actions. We need to realize that we often live far below our potential. Though we know we do. How do we correct that and come to the level we are capable of being at? The answer is actually really simple. "For the Lord God hath said that: Inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land..." That is the answer. Is to keep the commandments of God. Then shall we be blessed by the Lord. Now once we know what we must do to get out of the hole. How do we do it?
I believe that we must rely on Christ. Who preformed the Atonement. He suffered for both you and I. He is "The way, The Truth, The Light." Might I add another, He is the ladder that allows us to progress upwards. He is the one who we must look to in our time of need. "No matter how Dark the night, the Dawn is always invincible." Christ is that shining light. Let him help in your time of need. Because He has already been there and suffered that.