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The Military Book of Mormon and Healing

[image: military chaplain]
I know you may not think of it now
But take this Book of Mormon with you
When __________, I testify how
You’ll feel protection and God’s love, too
When- you’re confused you feel lost you’re lonely you’re homesick you are scared you are hurt you’ve lost hope you’re angry you’re worried you’re in need (you’re humble)
image is of an LDS Chaplain and he is hold a military size Book of Mormon which is designed to fit in the sleeve pocket of active duty uniforms. They can then carry it wherever they are. https://www.lds.org/callings/military-relations/military-chaplains

The Book of Mormon tells of many wars and how the righteous endured through and overcame them.

Here is the story that inspired this:

We recently had Elder Jacob Gould in our ward.  He had been through infantry training as a ranger.  He was airborne trained.  He spent 15 months in Afghanistan. He is 24 years old.  Here is his story.  I was not active in the church at the time I left for training.  Brother Gallenger, who had been a Vietnam medic and also had priorly ordained me to the priesthood, gave me a pocket sized Book of Mormon.  He said, ” I know you may not think of it now but in your time of need know you may pray to Him and read…”  My thought at the time was, “Yah….yah… yah…”  But, I took it.

One day I woke up early and could not go back to sleep, so I decided to read.   Had I not read that day, early in the morning, I would not have been awake for the ambush that was about to take place!

Where was he?  (He was in one of the worst valleys of Afghanistan!  127 men were sent there and only 84 came back.  He saw a lot more die as there were neighboring companies.  He sought for comfort and peace from the Book of Mormon and prayer.  When he came back he fell away in the 3 months since his return.  Seeing all that death was hard.)  After crying one day, I spent 45 minutes praying to be free of the pain and wishing to repent for I had been doing everything (turning from God) I could to chase away what I had seen. A soldier’s wife of a friend (Nancy) opened up the idea of going on a mission.  I gave God this last chance to heal me of what I had been struggling with.  Nancy showed me love and patience as for a time I was very far away spiritually and doing wrong. In the end, I chose a mission and here I am and she is paying for it!

I was promised Heavenly Father will help me deal with my suffering due to Afghanistan.  Here is one way I am healing today:  It has to do with temple work. Military gear is hot, heavy, and cumbersome. It is awkward and my friend chose to not wear his helmet.  I felt an impression to tell him he really needed to wear it, but I found that “awkward” and was unsure how he would receive it.  It was my birthday.  He was shot in the head the wound was significant.  I held him in my arms.  He later was pronounced brain dead.  I had to let him go… With the help of Nancy I am working on that.  My love of the gospel failed him here but I have contacted his family and will soon do his temple work!

On one particular mission 77 men went out.  16 died.  It was my job to “pick up what was left” literally pieces… Everything was blood stained.  I told God, “I can’t do this anymore!”  “Why not me next time?  I am tired!”  I looked around.  All the buildings were destroyed except for ours.  There, inside, was a little box of little New Testaments.  I opened one to  Timothy 2:3-4

 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

Those verses were about enduring hardness.  We are all called to be that soldier. Spread love. He lives. Prayer works.  Read the scriptures.  Go to church.  Do temple work.  If you do, you will be able to endure through any obstacle you may face!

We pick up the pieces

And begin again

There’s hope as one faces

Jesus our friend

Knowing Not the Intent

Knowing not the intent
Let go and move on
Refraining from comment
Spread forth a new song

Fast and Testimony

Who in this chapel
Has been taught this day?
In fast, to sample
The spirit today

The Battle Begins at Birth

The battle begins at birth
To rediscover our Heavenly worth
On earth, deep scars get in the way
As continually our hearts fray

Because of the Emblems

Because of Christ’s emblems
Of which we partake
We have lighter problems
As sins we forsake
Imagine what life would be like without any one of the blessings of the gospel…. prayer peace renewing of the spirit covenants gifts of the spirit …

See the World

See the world
In a different light
Add God’s Word
It is full of insight

Pray Before You Start Your Da

Pray before you start the day
Let the Lord bless you today
The heavens do pour forth speech
And reveal knowledge unto each
Psalms The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. 19: 1-2

See the World Beyond Yourself

See the world beyond yourself
Learn the life of someone else
What one thing set him apart
What message did he impart?
I am so excited for tomorrow! Our school is doing the coolest thing! https://www.facebook.com/AHALV

Clay Christensen on Religious Freedom

The America of old
Prayed with a heart of gold
They knew to obey the law
Because they believed in God
Listening to some young children talk to each other today, I was shocked that they were comparing who in their family was arrested and why. Sigh.

Whistle Through the Graveyard

Though you’re filled with terror
That rattles skin and bones
Whistle through the graveyard
Ignore what creaks and groans
May the tune be happy
Or at least one you know
Make it quick and snappy
To help you quickly go
My husband said, “Whistle through the graveyard.” I wondered what it meant….

Who Causes You to Quake

When you’re framed with terror
By the choices others make
Discern truth and error
Vow to God you’ll only quake

He Entered Gethsemane

Reuben and Rachel variation in my piano lesson book (Schaum D – The Orange Book – All Pieces – John W. Schaum Piano Course) inspired this…

Slowly knowing what would soon pass

He entered Gethsemane

For our sins and pains, He would ask

He trembled. We’ve so many!

Off a ways.  He prayed and knelt there.

Feeling utterly alone

He was pressed with every man’s care

Sin, like venom, was made known

Hardness pressed. How long could this last?

There, He fell upon His face

Could the Father let this cup pass?

He, the lamb, who’d take His place?

Then Satan, knowing his low place

Filled the cup to press Him more

Hell was shown, this was man’s fate

Drops of blood sweat out, to pour

But Jesus became yet more pure

He, the lamb, grew white like snow

This gave Him the strength to endure

Our sentence for sin to know

Govern Your Actions

Govern your actions
With the future in mind
Divine potential’s
For the worthy to find
Purity Precedes Power “We cannot foresee what the Lord has in mind for us. Our only course of action is to be prepared and worthy for whatever he requires. We must govern our actions every day with our future in mind.” —M. Russell Ballard, “Purity Precedes Power” Topics: Agency, Obedience, Divine Potential

Little Eagle

Little Eagle,
Spiritually awake
To who you really are
You’ve a journey to make
And great wings to soar far
Over the horizon
Beyond what you see
Is strength to rely on
For life’s mastery
On the Wings of Eagles “It isn’t until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are that you can begin to take control of yourself. As you learn to control yourself, you will get control of your life. If you want to move the world, you first have to move yourself.” —Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “On the Wings of Eagles” Topics: Self-mastery

Add Life to the Day

Add life to the day
Wake early, smile, pray
And watch the sun dawn
As you walk your glad dog
My dog woke early with me. She is 16 and sleeps all the time. I started to get dressed and she put a paw on my foot. It was her quiet way of telling me she wanted a walk. She usually tells me by getting in my way. (I miss the days of the tail wagging that’s so vigorous it is hard to get the leash on. ) She knew the master of the house was still asleep. How did she know I was going to walk? I haven’t gone early in a year and when I did I didn’t take her. I guess we both are feeling spring fever.

Calming the Tempest

He’ll stand at the helm
Through tempest and storm
To save and to help
Have faith in the Lord

Woven Generations – FamilySearch Ancestral Research

Like unraveled thread

Grief grew in my heart

And filled me with dread

Which tore me apart

My daughter would soon leave

And cross the ocean deep

Then a thought began to weave

A strand of hope to keep

I took a great ball of yarn

My bon voyage gift to send

To teach no matter how far

A mother’s love will not end

“Don’t forget us,” I said

And placed the ball in her hand

“Let it unravel as you sail ahead”

While I hold the trailing strand

For as long as I could see

Her tear filled eyes never left mine

Others waved, but no, not me

I held on still with all my might

And then, I saw the last

As her arms waved up high

I became but the past

And let go… whispering, “Good-bye”

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory – FamilySearch Historical Connections

A golden web of love
Does surround this earth
And binds us to above
With Heavenly worth

Hold Your Ground

Hold your ground
To what you know
Light once found
Is life to grow
Lord, I Believe “ʺIn moments of fear or doubt or troubling times, hold to the ground you have already won, even if that ground is limited. . . When these moments come and issues surface, the resolution of which is not immediately forthcoming, hold fast to what you already know and stand strong until additional knowledge comes.ʺ” —Jeffrey R. Holland, “Lord, I Believe”

Why Do You Serve

Why do you help?
Who is it for?
Forget your self.
Be like the Lord.
https://www.lds.org/ensign/1984/11/why-do-we-serve?lang=eng Why Do We Serve? Elder Dallin H. Oaks Ensign Nov 1984 It is necessary to consider not only how we serve, but also why we serve…*strive to serve for the reasons that are highest and best.* Motivations for service: *to achieve prominence or cultivate contacts, to obtain worldly honors, prominence, or power. *for the sake of riches or honor -“priestcraft.” (Alma 1:16.) Nephi said, “Priestcrafts are that men preach and set themselves up for a light unto … more »

When You Think You Can’t Go On

When you think you can’t go on
Remember the Savior and His love
That to His church you belong
Walk tall. Continue. Be strong
You Can Do It Now! “There will be times when you think you cannot continue on. Trust the Savior and His love. With faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and the power and hope of the restored gospel, you will be able to walk tall and continue on.” —Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “You Can Do It Now!” I just came across a file that I used to fill with things that reminded me of who I was. Maybe we should all fill our closet walls and ceilings with these reminders. Notes from m… more »

God Knows Your Heart

God knows your heart
And just what is best
He’ll take you far
Take heed, you’ll be blessed

You’ve Only Just Begun

You’ve only just begun
A life of cleanliness
Salvation can be won
Through daily repentance

Life’s Music

Life’s music is an outburst
Of what lies within the soul
Where feelings- our best and worst
Ring out a melodious toll
Remember that dissonance, minor keys, discord- add to the beauty of music! The end of your LDSRadio has been announced! After the curtain finally falls, we will continue to serve you through our two musicstore websites, yourLDSmusicstore.com and http://www.EFYmusic.com
Sigh. Sadly you will be missed
Thanks for the talents you have shared
Through this change of events, this twist
Please know that your listeners cared

Spiritual Cleansing

Just as a white board
Can be wiped new and clean
Our souls are through our Lord
As repentance is seen
The Key to Spiritual Protection “Just as chalk can be removed from a blackboard, with sincere repentance the effects of our transgression can be erased through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. That promise applies in every case.” —Boyd K. Packer, “The Key to Spiritual Protection” Topics: Repentance, Atonement

Put Me on a Cloud

Put me on a cloud
Far away from here
Where there is no doubt
And my thoughts are clear

Faith Counts Initiative Discusses the Value of Faith

We, the people of faith
Together can combat
The world of evil and hate
By being a loving contact

President Thomas S. Monson – Charity Never Faileth

Fellow travelers
On this journey called life
Let’s love, rather
than judge and criticize

President Thomas S. Monson – Charity Never Faileth

Oh how I love you
Beyond what I show
For you remain true
To truths that we know

President Thomas S. Monson – Charity Never Faileth

You let me down
That is true
But still be known
I love you

President Thomas S. Monson – Charity Never Faileth

No one is perfect
We know not the heart
Take time and reflect
How judgments can harm

Have the Courage to Be Filled with Love

Refrain from thinking you know best
Of what everyone else should do
What you should be is virtuous
And stand firm for what you know is true
We’re to righteously judge
And shine with light come from above
May we each have the courage
To fill our lives with peace and love
“My earnest prayer is that you will have ****the courage* required to refrain from judging others, ****the courage* to be chaste and virtuous, ***and *the courage* to stand firm for truth and righteousness. As you do so, you will be ‘an example of the believers’ (1 Timothy 4:12), and your life will be filled with love… more »

President Thomas S. Monson – Charity Never Faileth

Come view each other
Through life’s window made clean
Love one another
And let your best be seen

Love One Another

Each day there are neighbors to greet
And all kinds of people to meet
There are smiles to give and words to send
For it feels so good to be a friend

Peace is Possible: The Christmas Truce of 1914

There is a spirit at Christmas
That can be felt around the world
Even when war is among us
And we are all being our worst
If it is possible for this day
Then it lies within every heart
To lay aside differences and pray
And let faith’s miracles impart

Hear Elizabeth Smart explain this one crucial detail that helped her esc…

Though raped and beaten
Like a shattered vase
She survived within
Because of her faith
Faith counts Let us spread the word Hope comes As love’s shared in this world Check out an interfaith #faithcounts http://faithcounts.com/

Jesus Teaches that We Must Become as Little Children

Matthew 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their *angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven*.
*Despise not a little one*
*As their angels given*
*Behold the face of the Son*
*Instead you might listen…*
Alma 32:23 23 And now, he imparteth his word by angels unto men, yea, not only men but women also. Now this is not all; little children do have words given unto them many times, which confound the wise and the learned.

Parable of the Sower

Open your heart and make room
For the sower to plant seeds
Therein let the gospel bloom
Then go forth and do good deeds

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