Friday, November 13, 2015

Pondering: Moses 7:63: Veterans Day of Remembrance

Moses 7:63 And the Lord said unto Enoch: Then shall thou and all thy city meet them there, and we will receive them into our bosom, and they shall see us; and we will fall upon their necks, and they shall fall upon our necks, and we will kiss each other

Happy Veteran's Day to all my fellow Vet's.
I have never looked at this day as a "holiday", but more of a day of remembrance, so I am really glad that it is on the day that it falls, no special shopping days, no half off sales and definitely no Black Friday.

It is a  day to remember the  service of our fellow brothers and sisters, some fallen, most still here. 
When I tell people that I served in the Navy, many say "Thank you for your Service".This used to confuse me, because I never thought what I did deserved any recognition. Some would ask why did I join, and I wished I could say that I was "Born to Serve", but in reality I joined like most people; needing a job,or job training; money for school, more regular pursuits. But looking back, I have realized that love of country came later, in maturity, and after experiencing the intensity of military life and comparing it to the civilian life I came back to . The intensity of our mission, regardless of where we served, in the field or on base. Whatever our job was, it was stressed to us, to take pride in the execution of it. To do it right the first time. The intensity of our friendships for our buddies, our friends in arms, those relationships never end. 
Some compare service in the Military as a great sacrifice, and I never thought of it that way and I daresay that if you asked other vets, they might view it that way too. 
I can say truthfully that it was a privilege to serve, and to live in this beautiful country of ours seems like a given,but it is not. 
I have always thought, that given the opportunity, I would serve again in some capacity.

New Music y'all
Celebrate your favorite Veteran home. 

LeAnn Rimes with Gavin DeGraw - Celebrate Me Home (Official Video)

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Pondering: Make Ready

Wow, the year is almost over, and our lessons in the New Testament draw to a close. I have loved learning and teaching this record this year. It has been humbling to realize how little I really know about our Wonderful Savior Jesus Christ. When we started this course, Christmas was past and again we were teaching about Jesus. I thought to myself, I am really going to have to get people excited about Jesus again, and all of his works and parables. One scripture really "set it off" for me and still does:

Luke 1:16-17 Amplified Bible 16 And he will turn back and cause to return many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God,17 And he will [himself] go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn back the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient and incredulous and unpersuadable to the wisdom of the upright [which is [a]the knowledge and holy love of the will of God]—in order to make ready for the Lord a people [perfectly] prepared [in spirit, [b]adjusted and disposed and placed in the right moral state].  
I love the Amplified Bible version that breaks down the meaning. I love studying the New Testament and my Faith in my Savior has been bolstered, I don't think I can go back to just being a passive reader, a non-doer. 


Casting Crowns - Until The Whole World Hears

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Pondering: “What do you believe?”

So, Oprah has asked the question, “What do you believe”? Oprah has produced a documentary that focuses on the question of belief and how this belief integrates the lives of various people, of different cultures and creeds, and ethnicities around the world. It is scheduled for seven days. It reminds me of the “I am a Mormon” videos.  

My verse to ponder this week is from Doctrine & Covenants 46:13-14 To some it is given by the Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he was crucified for the sins of the world. 14 To others it is given to believe on their words, that they also might have eternal life if they continue faithful.
I love this verse; it is so self explanatory and mysterious all at once. To some; Who are those people? Have they been specifically chosen for this gift, or did they do some work? 
Did they ask questions? Did they challenge themselves to find out what they believed? 
To believe is to set out on a journey, to seek, to find out if there is something better and bigger than ourselves.
We are asking the age old questions, “Is there more to life than this?” “Are we alone or is there someone out there?” 
To those who have been given the gift to know who Jesus Christ is, they have the profound duty to share that knowledge and help those who seek.  Romans 1:16 I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth….

Are we defined by our beliefs? Or are we transformed and renewed by our believing that leads to faith in Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world? Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Again, that proving involves seeking, and asking questions and praying to know what is that good, and acceptable and perfect will of God. I asked myself these questions, one stood out; 
“Ramona, what do you believe ?“ I believe in God the Eternal Father and in His Son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

(New music Y'all)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


 What a great General Conference, just what we needed to help us finish out the year. I have 3 key talks that really resonated with me:

Discovering the Divinity Within

Rosemary M. Wixom
Primary General President
We come to this earth to nurture and discover the seeds of divine nature that are within us. …Our divine nature has nothing to do with our personal accomplishments, the status we achieve, the number of marathons we run, or our popularity and self-esteem. Our divine nature comes from God. It was established in an existence that preceded our birth and will continue on into eternity.We identify with our divine nature as we feel and give the love of our Father in Heaven. We have the agency to nurture it, let it flourish, and help it grow. Peter said we are given “precious promises” that we “might be partakers of the divine nature” [2 Peter 1:4]. As we understand who we are—daughters of God—we begin to feel those precious promises. …

Be an Example and a Light

President Thomas S. Monson
Each of us came to earth having been given the Light of Christ. As we follow the example of the Savior and live as He lived and as He taught, that light will burn within us and will light the way for others. …The words we use can lift and inspire, or they can harm and demean. … May we follow the example of the Savior, who spoke with tolerance and kindness throughout His ministry.

My Heart Pondereth Them Continually

Brother Devin G. Durrant
First Counselor in the Sunday School General Presidency
I invite you to “ponderize” one verse of scripture each week. The word ponderize is not found in the dictionary, but it has found a place in my heart. So what does it mean to ponderize? I like to say it’s a combination of 80 percent extended pondering and 20 percent memorization. …
Of course this last talk by Brother Durant was one that stood out to me the most. A challenge for us to "Delight in the Scriptures", to "Ponderize" them. His challenge for us was to choose one scripture a week, read it, write it down and put it in a place where we can see it daily, and then study it, break it down, seek out the deep parts, to ponder it and to apply to our life. I found two verses to ponder for the week, I usually study one verse and I will find the "answer" or "explanation" verse to go with it.
John 1:12-13   But as many as received him, to him gave the power to become: the sons (and daughters) of God; even to them that believe on this name. 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of GodMosiah 5: 7-8; 12   And now, because of the covenant which ye have made, ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons and his daughters; for behold this day he has spiritually begotten you; for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name; therefore, ye are born of him and have become his sons and his daughters.  8: And under his head ye are made free and there is no other head whereby ye can be made free. There is no other name given whereby salvation comes; therefore, I would that ye should take upon you the name of Christ, all you that have entered into the covenant with God that ye should be obedient unto the end of your lives.  
Joseph Smith History: 1:74 Our minds being now enlightened, we began to have the scriptures laid open to our understanding, and the true meaning and intention of their more mysterious passages revealed unto us in a manner which we never could attain to previously.....  

NEW MUSIC; Obsessed with this group NeedtoBreathe.

Friday, October 2, 2015


This must be a Utah thing. I saw the disclaimer briefly, really out of the corner of my eye, I thought it was a prank. I mean I didn't get the memo that the World was ending in Sept.
Church Responds to Inquiries about Preparedness
SALT LAKE CITY — (September 26, 2015) In response to several news media inquiries, the Church recently issued the following statement:  The Church encourages our members to be spiritually and physically prepared for life's ups and downs. For many decades, Church leaders have counseled members that, where possible, they should gradually build a supply of food, water and financial resources to ensure they are self-reliant during disasters and the normal hardships that are part of life, including illness, injury or unemployment.This teaching to be self-reliant has been accompanied by the counsel of Church leaders to avoid being caught up in extreme efforts to anticipate catastrophic events. The writings and speculations of individual Church members, some of which have gained currency recently, should be considered as personal accounts or positions that do not reflect Church doctrine. Courtesy Mormon Newsroom
Did this have anything to do with the Lunar Eclipse and the unusual coloration of the moon as it passed between the Sun and the Earth: blood moon I think they call it? Is it the same as a Harvest Moon, but it would be great for Halloween?
Here on the east coast, we had so many distractions, impending tropical storms turned hurricanes (now that could be the end of the world in a more selective manner). The Pope visited D.C. last week (my hometown), so maybe he brought in some positive vibes. Maybe positive enough to inspired the Speaker of the House to resign.

But seriously, I went back and listened to Elder Neil Anderson's April conference talk; "Thy Kingdom Come", where he exhorts that preparing for the return of Christ helps to build our faith. So the key word is prepare, which is less about food storage, and amassing a arsenal of firearms, than it is about looking at the eternal. 

In Malachi the Lord asks “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? There are two really good points in this verse: Endurance which can imply faithfulness and standing which implies covenant making and living according to those covenants.
Psalm 24:4 answers He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. Clean hands reference our integrity, and a pure heart entails just that. We should strive to have a heart for God, to love him with all of our heart, our might and our mind. We are “fixed” on serving the Lord, and not the idol’s of the day which can be any worldly pursuit that is taken out of context and goes against God’s statutes and commandments. Or as a saying in the world goes, name your poison.
If our goal is life eternal, then we need to think on these things and reconcile them to ourselves in this earthbound life. Fear not we are counseled, Peace I leave you. Not as the world gives peace but my peace. I believe that peace is power, blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God.

Maybe we should define  what is the "end of the world". Is it the earth upon which we stand? Or is it the "established order" of all things social, political, and religious, etc? 
Maybe a cursory reading of the Book of Ether will put things into perspective. The scriptures also teach that when Jesus returns he will destroy the wicked.  Psalm 145.20 The Lord preserves all who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy.
After all is said and done, old things will pass away, a new heaven and a new earth will replace the old earth. But look at this verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; Behold all things have become new. We are a fallen people who are a part of a fallen world ideology, a fallen earth. But now, we who are in Christ are in process of being made new and newer still and shiny and new when Jesus returns. All of the rules, and fallen state of the old world order, the laws of sin and despair, of hopelessness, of dirt and filth, should not be our Truth. Jesus said that I AM come(ing) that they (you, me) may have life and have it more abundant. At this very moment, old things are passing away, sloughing off.

 Have you ever wondered why there would be a need for a “new” Heaven?  Isaiah 29:14  Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work among this people; A marvelous work and a wonder; For the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, And the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.”
Before Jesus was crucified his disciples asked him where was he going, he said in John 14:2  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
In my Father’s house; or rather  in the presence of My Father, (my Father and your Father, My God and your God); in the place where He abides, there are rooms/mansions/glory. This is beautiful Temple imagery that points to Malachi 3’s question of abiding the presence of the Lord. Jesus as the Great High Priest officiates in the presence of God, seated on his right hand of power and authority. He prepares that place; he prepares us to come into the presence of the Lord. But these concepts are too high to understand by the average man, the natural man. But if you consider yourself a new creation, preparing to inhabit a new heaven, a new earth, and then it is important that we seek to understand this.   
I have wondered then if we lump the term "world", with earth, moon and sky. I have thought about this a lot and after I got over the fear and panic of "not knowing", I prayed for knowledge.
We have covenanted to "stand" for the Savior and be a witness for Him, in all things, unto death. Do we escape the end of the world if we "die" before His coming? No, we are still bound, but is the destruction of the wicked you or I? I hope not and I believe not. Paul the apostle said in Philippians 1:21 for to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 
For in Him we live and move and have our being: Acts 17:28 "We are his offspring. 

So what is the answer for the “end of the world”, it is the Atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The atonement is a perfect answer, a perfect scenario, a perfect solution for an imperfect and fallen situation. We are not spared trials, and storms and job losses etc. This comes with… but as I understand it, the atonement is that Balm of Gilead, the way and the truth and the light. It is the hope, the truth against the lies. We must prepare ourselves in many ways to live in this world, and we must prepare for our eternal life, and Jesus is coming soon. 
How will we know for sure? Jesus asked his disciples a rhetoric question: “What manner of men and women should you strive to be; he answered “Even as IAM. Wow what a tall order, but then here is wisdom,
In the Book of Mormon, we learn the great truth that we “pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that [we] may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that [we] may become the sons [and daughters] of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure” (Moroni 7:48). Visiting Teaching Lesson Ensign Oct 2015
We have nothing to fear, there is no fear in Love.  Proverbs 29:25 the fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.