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Out of the ashes
of a fiery furnace
A dream of wishes…
The Lord’s temple for us!

Beyond our wisdom
He sees hidden potential
To build His kingdom
His works are providential

Never doubt for yourself
You can be much more
From our worst, there is help
That comes from the Lord

Are we not also a temple?

Go to this site for some behind the scenes info on the new Provo Temple!

From Out of the Ashes, a Temple

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Gerrit W. Gong

Heeding the Lord’s invitation
Blesses us in glorious ways
As He guides us through revelation
Restored for these the latter-days

Deepen your conversion where you station
And learn to preach the gospel well
The uncut stone rolls to reach each nation
With the good news that is ours to tell

Be not afraid, only believe
There is a path for you to take
Invite light, the darkness will leave
As you heed the Lord and partake

‘Be not afraid, only believe’

Seventy shares experiences, encourages BYU-H students
Published: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 Elder Garrit W. Gong of the Seventy and Asia Area president

“There are many ways and many reasons we feel uncertainty, doubt, or fear, or are lonely or afraid,” Elder Gong said. “But each is an opportunity to grow: fear and faith do not exist at the same time, just as light and darkness do not. Believe our Lord Jesus Christ: Be not afraid, only believe.”

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The Prophet Joseph Smith
Is our special witness
Of the resurrected Christ
Whom he had seen in light

As one called, he restored the gospel
Through the priesthood this was possible
And through modern day revelation
We’ve the Book of Mormon translation

He built temples, the veil was parted
Then, with his own blood, as a martyr
He died as a personal witness
Of the work we are left to finish

“With a Spirit-derived assurance in place, you can go forward in the Lord’s work and continue deepening your relationship with your Heavenly Father while pursuing or awaiting answers. If you determine to sit still, paralyzed until every question is answered and every whisper of doubt resolved, you will never move because in this life there will always be some issue pending, things yet unexplained.”

Elder Christofferson said that “Joseph Smith’s prophetic calling is key to our religion.” Yet even with his large contributions, he is not its foundation — Jesus Christ is the foundation, and it is His Crucifixion and Resurrection that every other element of God’s plan for the salvation of His children is built upon.
Elder Christofferson shared three ways the Prophet Joseph Smith is the great latter-day revelator of Jesus Christ — his personal witness of the Savor’s Resurrection, his translation and publication of the Book of Mormon and through sealing his testimony with his own blood.
“Among mortals, the Lord Jesus Christ has had no surer witness, no more committed disciple, no more loyal advocate than Joseph Smith, His prophet, seer and revelator. By his personal witness of the resurrected Savior, … [he] has laid before the world the preeminent revelation of Jesus Christ for our time.”

The Prophet Joseph the great ‘latter-day revelator’

Learning from the teachings of leader guides people to Christ
Published: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 Rexberg Idaho

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“The Constitution is a glorious standard

Founded in the wisdom of God!”
Said Joseph Smith, though he himself slandered
As he could not get the redress he sought

Not until the end of the Civil War would the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution begin to be extended to the states, Elder Oaks noted. “Therefore, during Joseph’s life, fundamental First Amendment rights like the free exercise of religion and freedom of speech and press only restrained the federal government. During Joseph Smith’s lifetime, individual states had to define and regulate such rights at the local level.”“It was not surprising that when Joseph Smith ran for the U.S. presidency in 1844, one of the planks in his platform was to strengthen the federal government’s ability to ensure justice and redress for all citizens and to ensure that the Constitution was applied equally to the states,” he said. Controversial though his position was at the time, it ultimately became the law of the land “and a critical component in America’s democracy,” he added.  Dallin H. Oaks speaking in Illinois.  

Behind the Extraditions: Joseph Smith, the Man and the Prophet

Where did his genius come from? Divine revelation, Elder Oaks says

slandered   (Rhymnzone.com)

  • noun:   words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
  • noun:   an abusive attack on a person’s character or good name
  • verb:   charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone

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When you walk a path strewn with thorns
That’s isolated and marked by struggle
Remember blessings come in many forms
And our Father is aware of your trouble

We were not placed on this earth
To walk alone, crippled in fear
Remember you are a child of worth
And our Father is always near         1 of 2 poems, see the label: we never walk alone

President Monson told the congregation that there will be times they will walk a path strewn with thorns and marked by struggle. “There may be times when you feel detached — even isolated —from the Giver of every good gift. You worry that you walk alone. Fear replaces faith.
“When you find yourself in such circumstances, I plead with you to remember prayer.”
God’s children were not placed on this earth to walk alone, said President Monson. “What an amazing source of power, of strength and of comfort is available to each of us. He who knows us better than we know ourselves, he who sees the larger picture and who knows the end from the beginning, has assured us that he will be there for us to provide help if we but ask. …
“Difficult as it may at times be, it is for us, as well, to trust our Heavenly Father to know best how and when and in what manner to provide the help we seek.”http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865587314/President-Thomas-S-Monson-We-never-walk-alone.html

#PresMonson 

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We can know of God’s love for us
And  that we never walk alone
Pray and read from His scriptures, thus
For that is how He makes things known

#PresMonson   1 of 2 poems, see the label: we never walk alone 

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The ever-changing seasons
Bring new beauty to each day
The skies that bring us breezes
Also cast storms down our way

Hold fast to God’s counsel
To weather the storms of life
Prepare, Saints, each house well
Build up strength through Jesus Christ
 
In this life, each season
Helps us become who we are meant to be
Each trial, each lesson
Is to prepare us for eternity
 
In times of pain, sorrow, and death
May we rejoice in the beauty God placed here
And witness to our dying breath
We have reason to hope and be of good cheer

FIRST PRESIDENCY MESSAGE

Saints for All Seasons

Our great opportunity during the ever-changing seasons of life is to hold fast to the faithful word of God, for His counsel is designed not only to help us weather the storms of life but also to guide us past them. Our Heavenly Father has given His word through His prophets—precious knowledge designed to lead us through the challenges of difficult seasons toward the unspeakable joy and brilliant light of eternal life. It is an important part of our life’s experience to develop the strength, courage, and integrity to hold fast to truth and righteousness despite the buffeting we may experience.

Pondering this message and current news. Why are there so many crazed people? I am so thankful for the beauty of the earth, that there flowers to place over graves, and brilliant skies to cause us to look up and look forward to the “unspeakable joy and brilliant light of eternal life”.

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