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The Saints are a peculiar people; they live an entirely different life-style to most Americans -- and it isn't just the negatives either (no alcohol, no tobacco, no coffee, no tea, no games on Sunday, etc..) Actually all of the negatives are positive.
For example, when I quit smoking in 1967 cigarettes had just gone from 25 cents to 35 cents a package -- from a vending machine -- and I was smoking two packs a day. Therefore, today I would be spending $11 a day for smokes; That's $330.00 per month that I am saving every month, just because I joined the Church, and that's just the cigarettes. I was also drinking substantial amounts of high-octane rum when I decided to join the Church. I can't even remember the price now -- I was also drinking almost a gallon of tea per day in the summer time.
Consequently, when I joined the Church I was immediately happier, and soon to become healthier. Instead of dying before the century burned out, I'm actually in better health today than I was 50 years ago. By the sweat of my brow I raised 6 daughters to maturity on a ranch; only 1 of them and only 1 time, needed to be hospitalized for illness in all those years. There was also one time that was caused by an older boy that couldn't win a race with her.
All of my children earned high marks in school, all of my grandchildren (so far) have earned full scholarships to college when their time came. Therefore I say that we are happier, healthier and at least an edge closer to wiser. That's what I mean by saying all of the negatives were positive.
According to data recently collected from Pew Research on Religion and Public Life, Mormons make up 1.7% of the American adult population. 96% of those who identify with the Mormon tradition say they are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1% belong to the Community of Christ, and the remainder do not specify any particular Mormon group.
76% of the Mormon population living in the U.S. is heavily concentrated in the West. 35% live in Utah. 13% live in California and 7% reside in Idaho, 5% live in Nevada and 4% each in Oregon and Arizona. 12% live in the South (This includes 4% who reside in Texas), 7% live in the Midwest and 4% reside in the Northeast.
61% have at least
some college education compared
with 50% of the overall
population. 38% of Mormons report
earning between $50,000 and
10% of the converts to Mormonism are black, and nearly all black Mormons in the United States are converts. 10% of Mormon converts are Hispanic, and just 72% are white; Converts are also more than three times as likely to be immigrants to the U.S. as lifelong members are.
Our HP Group Leader asked all of us to go the extra mile in giving out BOMs. I woke up Monday morning with a sense of urgency to put a move on it. I had explained to Heavenly Father where I planned to go and when, on the evening before. A message came back this morning. Dress in your Sunday best, then prepare your resources and go.
All right, here we go down the road. A large sized-hilltop marks the end of town and the bottom of that hill marks the beginning of the next town. A short hill leads us into highway speed. About three minutes later we see a car beside the road. This is four lane traffic with bumper-to-bumper hazards so we hesitated to negotiate our way across; "Do we need to go back?"
"Yes, that might be whom we are supposed to see today."
So we turn around and go back. The driver is hesitant at first, as anyone should be, but yes, he needs help badly. "I have run out of gas, have no one to call -- and I'm out of money."
"Okay, we live only about four miles from here. We'll run home, fill up a little gas can and bring back enough gas to get you into town, then follow you into a service station, just over that next hill there. There was hesitation, He pulled off his cap and wiped his forehead. I noticed he was a veteran and asked where he had served in Vietnam.
There was a lot of mixups and topsy-turvey changes of direction but we made it back with a small can of gas, almost completely full. MORE problems developed that required both of us to put both hands to work.
We made it back to the station, but my credit card would not toggle the pump on. I tried everything. "Wait a minute," I said and went to get one of my Ensigns and a BOM. I handed them out to the astonished gentleman. "I want you to accept these as my gift to you for letting us help you.
He turned them over and yelped with surprise. "Oh, my wife has been looking for these." The pump began running behind us. We were startled. Another BOTH HANDS FULL episode leaped before us. I got the gas going. "Is your wife a Latter-day Saint then?"
"We are both Mormons," he said proudly as he struggled with the question of where to put his treasures down. "But we can't find a chapel anywhere." Then he told me where he lived. I knew the place instantly. "You are in our ward then, I'll give you directions."
I had to reassure him that I knew where he lived. "That's a long ways from here." he said anxiously
"Yes, we need a lot more members to fill up all that space," I replied. We're out combing the roads for them." And it came to pass that we separated with big smiles and great grins of happiness.
"Did you give him a BOM?" Marleen asked when I got back in the car.
"Oh, better than that, we have helped a family stranded on the road.. We have given service to a service man from the Vietnam war. We have helped a service station make a big sale. We have passed out a BOM and an Ensign. The two of them almost grabbed them out of my hands. And best of all, both of the recipients are now baptized and confirmed."
When we returned home the phone rang. It was a friend of Marleen's, not quite begging for a BOM. That means that we've been so successful today that we may have to incorporate and issue stock.
We took off for our destination again. Lo and behold, here's another stranded motorist. Naturally I knew that he needed a Book of Mormon. With that good deed done we took off again, going a back way for reasons I can't remember, and here, tucked in the woods, we found a stranded vehicle with two more men inside. Two more Book of Mormons were handed out.
I was still feeling an urgent need building up in my breast and once more we were met with a crying need for gas. I invite you to compute those odds for similar events happening all in one day!
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Whenever you are having a conversation about the Church, you should try to make this a point; We follow Jesus Christ. We try to live as He taught us to do on the Sermon On The Mount. That s the basis of our faith, and our lives. This is the strongest non-defensive position you can take. You don t have to defend or justify anything else when you are basing your position on the teachings of the Son of God, and the fact that you are doing your best to keep His commandments, said Apostle Russell M. Ballard at BYU
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If 10 commandments can make us this happy, just think how happy we could be with living 20. Lin Stone
Language most shows a man. Speak that I may see thee. Ben Jonson
The language in heaven is music in its most subtle form. So soft we can miss it, so sweet the taste lingers like the final note of our favorite hymn. Lin Stone.
Music: There is also an interactive Church Music Player on the web site now which is fun to use. It will even help you learn to sing. It has most of our hymns and many Primary Songs. The beat can be slowed until you learn it, parts, melody, bass, tenor, soprano settings there for the taking. Check it out and tell anyone in the choir.
If you are ever responsible for assembling a group of Saints together who don't know each other remember the one sure subject to introduce is HOW I WAS CONVERTED. If that subject ever does wear out and you still need to keep the conversation rolling, then the second subject to introduce is SOME OF THE BAPTISMS I PERFORMED.
The music of William James has touched the hearts of many thousands of people. William records that almost the very instant he set having a temple marriage at the top of his priorities his taste in music changed. His mission call to Australia gave him the privilege of writing and performing music in special firesides. "I was a missionary first and a musician second."
Writing lends itself to the field of genealogy. If you can write simple English then you can produce family histories for money. Breaking in is the hardest part, naturally. But the good news is that once you get going, the business just keeps pouring in through word of mouth. As a genealogy writer you'll be doing research, outlining, timelining, and producing the final product for publication. Some other skills that will stand you in good stead are basic photography, and interviewing. If you can run a camcorder, so much the better.
If you just tell people you are a genealogy writer, even though interest is running higher all the time, many people will just shrug their shoulders. They don't know WHY they should care -- yet. The first thing you'll want to do is learn some of the reasons people SHOULD do their genealogy. The more reasons you come up with, the more sales you can make. For example, did you know that doing genealogy research could literally be good for one's health?
If people realized what our temples offer them there would be a continuous traffic jam thirty miles long of patrons waiting to get into even the smallest temples we have, and that would just be the members of our Church lining up to get back in. Once the world realizes what our temples offer all other work would cease and our entire energies would be devoted to preparing ourselves for entering the Holy Temple and participating in the ordinances thereof in holiness.
Those who understand the blessings waiting for them there have gladly sacrificed life savings to go just once. To this very day there are Saints giving up food and drink for days just so they can attend a session at their nearest temple.
When we expect miracles from our missionaries the first thing we do is take them through the temple for their own endowments. With just a glimmer of the blessings that have been bestowed upon them they go forth ready to convert the world.
When the Church was brand new the very first thing the members did as soon as the organization was established was begin to build a temple. They sacrificed their money, jewels, and precious goods, their labor, and their skills to build an edifice that still stands as an emblem of beauty and holy grace. There the leadership of our Church was endowed from on high and went forth unto the world with power and a fire burning in their bosoms that the mightiest nations on earth could not deny or controvert.
When persecution raged and neither life or limb was safe we labored to complete the Nauvoo Temple. Endowment sessions ran throughout the night with the Twelve laboring in all their might to show the people what great glories had been added upon their head. When they tried to close those sessions the people still lacking those ordinances cried out for mercy that they too be endowed with power from on high. Their pleas could not be ignored. Risking their very lives to stay there and keep the sessions going the officiators toiled until they dropped from exhaustion, then they rose to work longer and harder than ever.
With the faith of the fully endowed guiding them onward the people were able to endure privations they had not asked for. Their faith blazed so that from beginning to end of their trek they passed over lands far easier to tame and raise crops than the veritable wilderness where they stopped to build the Kingdom of God. Before that desert would blossom like the rose it tore up plows and wore out horses, mules and oxen, and the first spot marked for conquest was the spot where the temple would be built. "Here we shall build our temple."
Where in all of history can you see a people more dedicated or more devout in their worship than the Saints laboring to rear their temples and go through them for their endowments? That fire still burns. It burns more fiercely today than ever. Saints all around the world are laboring diligently to build more temples, and attend those they already have.
"Come. Let us go up to the House of the Lord."
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The Bat Creek Stone was discovered in 1889 in an undisturbed burial mound in Eastern Tennessee by the Smithsonian's Mound Survey project.
In 1971, Cyrus Gordon identified the letters inscribed on the stone as Paleo-Hebrew of approximately the first or second century A.D. According to him, the five letters to the left of the comma-shaped word divider read, from right to left, LYHWD, or "for Judea." In 1988, wood fragments found with the inscription were Carbon-14 dated to somewhere between 32 A.D. and 769 A.D. These dates are consistent with the apparent date of the letters.
As for the Wyoming County petroglyph, it remains for all to see: America's first Christmas message, left between 500 and 800 A.D., by Irish Christian missionaries. We may never know the identity of the person or persons who carved the message, but the fact that it exists, provides important proof of the old claim that Irish monks sailed to America to spread the gospel long before Columbus and the Vikings. An Irish monk named Brendan wrote of that in the Sixth Century, but no one believed him. Now, in view of the earlier settlements found in New England, it should be obvious that the Irish had the map all along.
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