Archive for October, 2009

That Bit of Filth

That bit of filth
Is like dirt
It builds and films
Where you’re hurt

In a rut
It gets in
There’s no but-
Disease begins

In a crack
It does grove
To attack
On the move

In a sore
It does play
To infect and gore
Hardening away

For inside us
It’s a germ
There to pus
Boil and squirm

So just like soap
Makes us clean
The Lord’s our hope
On whom we lean

He protects us well
And bears the dirt
That sins don’t dwell
Nor divert

That bit of dirt
Cannot hurt
I say at first
Till… the tears burst


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We Meet Together Oft

We meet together oft
To partake of bread and wine
In remembrance soft
Of the Savior- yours and mine

We witness all anew
Of the blessed name we bear
While repenting too
Always for His Spirit there

Let us eat of the bread
In remembrance of the Son
And sip of that shed
For our ransom fully won

D&C 20:75–79
75 It is expedient that the church meet together often to partake of bread and wine in the remembrance of the Lord Jesus;
76 And the elder or priest shall administer it; and after this manner shall he administer it—he shall kneel with the church and call upon the Father in solemn prayer, saying:
77 O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it, that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given them; that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.
78 The manner of administering the wine—he shall take the cup also, and say:
79 O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.

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Come and remove each spot
That stained your soul this week
Come confessing your lot
As one humble and meek

Come thankful with good cheer
That your joy might be full
Come feel the Spirit near
Of Him who’s merciful

D&C 59:9
9 And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day;

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The gates of hell ever lie open
Ready to greedily receive
All who partake not of their token
And are speedily then deceived

For they’d not come to repent
To partake anew and be filled
Forgetting each sweet covenant
With commandments left unfulfilled

Their share of the bread was left wasted
The freely given gift denied
The cleansing drink was not tasted
Thus, they spiritually slept and died

3 Ne. 18:6–11
6 And this shall ye always observe to ado, even as I have done, even as I have broken bread and blessed it and given it unto you.
7 And this shall ye do in remembrance of my body, which I have shown unto you. And it shall be a testimony unto the Father that ye do always remember me. And if ye do always remember me ye shall have my Spirit to be with you.
8 And it came to pass that when he said these words, he commanded his Disciples that they should take of the wine of the cup and drink of it, and that they should also give unto the multitude that they might drink of it.
9 And it came to pass that they did so, and did drink of it and were filled; and they gave unto the multitude, and they did drink, and they were filled.
10 And when the Disciples had done this, Jesus said unto them: Blessed are ye for this thing which ye have done, for this is fulfilling my commandments, and this doth witness unto the Father that ye are willing to do that which I have commanded you.
11 And this shall ye always do to those who repent and are baptized in my name; and ye shall do it in remembrance of my blood, which I have shed for you, that ye may witness unto the Father that ye do always remember me. And if ye do always remember me ye shall have my Spirit to be with you.

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He Took the Bread and then Gave Thanks

He took the bread and then gave thanks
He broke it and offered saying-
This is my body given for you
This do in remembrance praying

Like wise the cup was filled also
To represent His blood to pour
There to teach us that we might know
Who His blessed life was shed for

Luke 22:19–20

19 ¶ And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

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The invitation to repent
Is rarely for chastisement
But an appeal to turn around
And into loving arms be found

Imagine the Lord’s merciful embrace
Warmly encircling, holy, and safe
His loving arms ever out stretched and open
Offering a higher way of life and glory to hope in

Those living riotously can change and begin
To be spiritually wrapped in forgiveness within
No matter how selfish, how forsaken the sin
Our Savior is able and eager we be forgiven

Who would not run into the wind and even swim upstream
To come but unto Christ where the gospel fruit is then seen
Thus, He who humbly submits and asks for the Father’s will
Can know, feel, and find a peace that’s sweetly still

Since repentance is a journey more than a one-time event
We petition daily and weekly partake of the sacrament
There to check on our progress as though on a mountain peek
Where we can see life more clearly through the spirit that we seek

Oft still to the repentant, Godly sorrow remains
To remind us never again to do what truly pains
Ever as we’re laboring against the devil’s tightening bands
We can find Him who has graven us in the palms of His hands

Repentance always means brighter days lie ahead
Midst a residue of past mistakes filtering in our head
For forsaking of sins requires restoration and time
Unto the healing peace of conscience as the anguish subsides

Let us take counsel and in good works be about
Putting off the natural man who would that we doubt
Let us be unselfish, honest, and more pure
Being patient and kind that our spirituality endure

Let us ever hear the bidding of our Lord calling our name
And pray that each in our family will in deed do the same
Ever we may know our Savior infinitely understands
And reaches out to us offering His healing sure hands

Repent… That I May Heal You
Elder Neil L. Andersen
November Ensign

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His loving kindness
His matchless power
His open invitation
To heal us in that hour

Real joy awaits each of us
On the other side of sorrow
Ever He calls with mercy just
Why would we wait until tomorrow?

Amidst disease and death
That embraces all mankind
He that grants living breath
Is the Master Healer we can find

As our advocate
With Heavenly Father
Let us not forget
His freely given offer

“Come unto me,” is the endless call
Of Him who is just and merciful
He the Redeemer from the fall
Grants the greatest of all miracles

A divine healing of the spirit
Comes as we repent and return
Back to the Lord- to hear Him
And feel reborn to re discern

For He heals the repentant soul
Afflicted in any manner
Let us re assume our known role
And say “Yeah, Lord” as our answer

As one healed might we go
And speak of what we’ve seen and heard
There to witness of all we know
That others might pursue His grand Word

The magnitude of His healing
Can take away all our sins
Thus a debt to Him we are feeling
Midst tears of gratitude for that cleanse

Thanks to the Lord- we have hope
Of brighter days ahead
What greater joy can one know
Than of being spiritually led

Russell M. Nelson,
“Jesus Christ—the Master Healer,”
Ensign, Nov 2005, 85

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