Archive for June, 2008

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


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Dear Fellow codependents,
I know you are at a loss
You seek your independence
But, your poor waif you can’t toss

I’ve found a message of hope
That I would like to share
There is a way to cope
There is someone who cares

Our Father offers mercy
As He extends His grace
To those who are thirsty
There’s knowledge to embrace

We can help one another
To choose more of what’s right
Habits changed for another
Make burdens become light

As we respect agency
And allow consequence
Our poor waif is then set free
To search for new guidance

This process may take a while
For a full recovery
As sins make quite a pile
And they need uncovering

With loving understanding
We’ll let our poor waif fall
While we step back still standing
And to the them we will call

Dear waif, we can’t fix problems
Nor do we have advice
We do have ears that listen
In a program that’s nice

There are others just like you
And together we can cry
You will learn of hope too
The offer’s there to try

The 12th step is to serve others
and be a light…

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I hungered, in the past
And nothing satisfied
Each fulfillment didn’t last
Now, I’m fed and dignified

Through prayer and meditation
I can seek the Lord’s will
To achieve my destination
I’ve power to help me fulfill

My hearts desire is for love
Which I feel when I pray
May I give thanks to God above
For all that has come my way

In the morning, the Lord comes first
I’ll start the day with gratitude
And, too I’ll quench my thirst
Through study and solitude

For, in my mind and in my heart
Thoughts and feelings come to me
With strong impressions, I can start
To become the very best me.

And when this does not seem enough
I’ll fast so faith will increase
For, the seas of life can be rough
And, I want to feel His sweet peace

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For the entire membership of the Church
General Conference is an inspiring time of the year
As we’re instructed and edified
We learn how to act upon the laws we hold dear

Great things are happening in God’s kingdom
We are moving forward as never before
The great mountain will fill the whole earth
And if we are righteous, we’ll see so much more

We can all benefit by looking deep inside
During reverent moments of worship
To be proved true, there’s nothing we will hide
As we journey in our membership

Each Sunday’s a spiritual checkup
That helps navigate life’s highways and byways
During sacrament meetings while we sup
We can get our bearings and see the right ways

To stay on the narrow path of faith
With the Bishop, we’ve worthiness interviews
Have we pursued what’s foolish or vain?
It’s easy to get diverted from what is true

Truth provides virtues unto our lives
Steadfast, loyal, honest, and just are but a few
In our career paths, as one strives
We must not serve two masters, but always be true

With full faith in their every footstep
The pioneers forged and tempered their souls
Without the Lord, they would be inept
May we too be true, in all of our roles

Elder Wirthlin – General Conference April 1997

D&C 59: 23
23 But learn that he who doeth the works of righteousness shall receive his reward, even peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come.

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The more I repent, the more I know
That to become clean is a gift
As blessings from the Lord soon show
And help me that I not drift

Every day and every hour
Is not too high a price to pay
For the devil would to me devour
As he tempts me into harms way

Thoughts from Bruce R. McConkie’s
quote pg. 61 in
Addiction Recovery Program

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I’ll be daily accountable
And take a personal inventory
For it would be regrettable
To let my growth become history

When I do something that is wrong
I’ll quickly admit it and step back
I will evaluate and become strong
To maintain, I must fill in each crack

I will not let temptation take hold
Denial and complacency are no more
My feelings and thoughts must be told
My change of heart must build and store

I will stay myself and wonder
Am I patient, long suff’ring, and gentle?
That when I perchance make a blunder
Can I be temperate and humble?

I will watch for pride in all of its forms
I will promptly seek for release
I will humbly petition the Lord
That my strength through him might increase

Alma 7: 23
23 And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive.
Mosiah 4: 30
30 But this much I can tell you, that if ye do not watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God, and continue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish. And now, O man, remember, and perish not.

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Is there restitution
That I might make?
With a resolution
I’ll wrong sins and awake

I’ll seek for a gift
It’s called charity
And others I’ll lift
Without variety

With Christ’s perfect love
I’ll cast off my fears
Make prayers to above
And right the past years

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