Remote Control

I broadcast church every week. I feel like it’s a good service I can provide, but it takes me away from sitting with my family. That separation bothers Paula too. I’m so grateful… I found a mobile software that lets me control my OBS app on my laptop from my phone. I tried it today and it works brilliantly at the church. Now I can provide the service with some control while sitting with my family.

A Warning

Willy’s bball team lost to PG tonight. It was a pretty good battle, but our team made too many mistakes and couldn’t get it together. Willy had a great game. He was high scorer. After the game, Willy drove to Ashton’s house in Bluffdale to use his recovery compression boots. His legs have been really sore lately; he isn’t used to playing an entire game. Along the way, Willy got pulled over for speeding. He got a speeding ticket a few weeks ago. Fortunately, he was let go with only a warning. God is good.

Go Cougs!

At 6:15p Troy Zenter offered us 3 tickets to the BYU mens basketball game. New Covid vaccine requirements went into effect at BYU, so Phoebe, Rocky, and I went to the game. I had a positive Covid test that gives me a 90 day pass and anyone under 12 yrs old is exempt from the vaccination requirement or showing a negative Covid test. The game was fun with those two. BYU won, but I think the kids enjoyed more picking up abandoned long skinny balloons that were left behind in the student section. I also tweeted a picture of Phoebe and Rocky and it showed up on a big screen at the game a few times.

Earlier in the day I listened to a Joe Rogan podcast about Covid 19 from December. Joe’s guest was a Dr. McCullough. They discussed how seemingly effective medications were banned early on for no apparent reason, vaccines became the only solution, and vaccines have real risks and those risks have been censored completely. The podcast was 3hrs long, but it was totally worth it (https://open.spotify.com/episode/0aZte37vtFTkYT7b0b04Qz).

2 Nephi 3-4

2 Nephi 3

  • Lehi promises his last son, Joseph, that he’ll be blessed as a result of being a descendant of Joseph, son of Jacob. (v1-5)
  • Lehi recounts a prophecy by Joseph about a prophet in the latter days (Joseph Smith) that will bring forth writings (the Book of Mormon) that will remind man of the covenants of the Lord and be a second witness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. (v6-21)
  • Lehi invites Joseph to “hearken” unto Nephi and he’ll be blessed. (v25)

2 Nephi 4

  • Lehi speaks to his grandchildren that belong to Laman. (v3)
  • Remember: “For the Lord God hath said that: Inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land; and inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments ye shall be cut off from my presence.” (v4)
  • Lehi blesses that children that if they are cursed, the responsibility will fall to their parents for raising them wrong. He also prophesies that their seed will not be destroyed, but the Lord will always have mercy on them. (v6-7)
  • Lehi give Lemuels kids the same blessing. (v8-9)
  • Lehi blesses Sam to inherit the land like Nephi. (v11)
  • Lehi dies. It only takes a few days and Laman and Lemuel are angry with Nephi. (v13)
  • Nephi’s feelings for the scriptures & spiritual things:
    • “For my soul delighteth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth them,” (v15)
    • “Behold, my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord; and my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen and heard.” (v16)
      • How do we make the scriptures and the things of the Lord a delight in our lives such that our hearts ponder them continually?
        • Pray for it?!
        • Spend time doing it regularly. Then, maybe, it will become continual?!
  • Even though, Nephi has had incredible spiritual experiences, he still messes up. These mess-ups bring him grief, and temptations and sins beset him. (v17-19)
    • “Nevertheless, notwithstanding the great goodness of the Lord, in showing me his great and marvelous works, my heart exclaimeth:
    • O wretched man that I am! Yea, my heart sorroweth because of my flesh; my soul grieveth because of mine iniquities.
    • “I am encompassed about, because of the temptations and the sins which do so easily beset me.”
      • Beset defined:
        • “trouble and threaten persistently” – Apple Dictionary App
        • “To press on all sides, so as to perplex; to entangle, so as to render escape difficult or impossible.” – http://www.webstersdictionary1828.com/Dictionary/beset
    • “And when I desire to rejoice, my heart groaneth because of my sins;”
  • “…nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted.” (v19)
    • “My God hath been my support:” (v20)
      1. “led me through mine afflictions in the wilderness” (v20)
      2. “preserved me upon the waters of the great deep” (v20)
      3. “filled me with his love” (v21)
      4. “confounded mine enemies” (v22)
      5. heard Nephi’s prayers (v23)
      6. “given me knowledge by visions” (v23)
      7. “angels came down and ministered unto me.” (v24)
      8. The Spirit has taken Nephi to “exceedingly high mountains” and shown him “great things, yea, even too great for man;” (v25)
  • Why after seeing “so great things” and the Lord visiting men with “so much mercy”, does Nephi give “way to temptations” and let Satan “destroy [his] peace and afflict [his] soul?” (v26-27).
    • Because Nephi still human just like you and me.
    • Is Nephi feeling sorry for himself? Maybe a little pit?
  • Nephi seems to gather enough mental strength to start to pull himself out of his sorrow and immediately turns to the Lord for help. (v28-30)
    • Nephi praises the Lord (v30)
    • Nephi asks
      • the Lord for forgiveness: “wilt thou redeem my soul?” (v31)
      • for deliverance from his enemies (v31)
      • that his body will have a natural warning signal when sin manifests itself. (v31)
      • for protection from hell (v32)
      • that the Lord help him to be righteous (v32)
      • that righteousness encircle him (v33)
      • for escape from enemies (v33)
      • to make his path straight (v33)
      • to remove stumbling blocks (v33)
      • to hedge up the way of his enemies (v33)
    • Nephi states what he knows and makes promises to the Lord:
      • “I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh;” (v34)
      • “I know that God will give liberally to him that asketh. Yea, my God will give me, if I ask not amiss;” (v35)
        • “therefore I will lift up my voice unto thee; yea, I will cry unto thee, my God, the rock of my righteousness.
        • “my voice shall forever ascend up unto thee, my rock and mine everlasting God” (v35)

Messed Up

Yesterday, I was asked to make a change on an integration. Well, today I found out I made a mistake and the integration sent out 64 emails to clients that shouldn’t have been sent. I felt so bad and thought I’m better than to make a mistake like that. I fixed the issue and then had to confess the mistake to the internal sales group I’ve been working with. The guy in charge was very cool about the whole thing and was merciful on me. He could have blown up; I’m grateful he didn’t.

2 Nephi 1-2

2 Nephi 1

  • After Nephi taught his brothers, Lehi spoke to them. He “rehearsed” or reminded them “how great things the Lord had done for them in bringing them out of the land of Jerusalem.” (v1)
    • Despite rebelling at sea, God has mercy on them and spared their lives. (v2)
    • God led them to the land of Promise so they weren’t destroyed in Jerusalem. (v3)
    • “Yea, the Lord hath covenanted this land unto me, and to my children forever, and also all those who should be led out of other countries by the hand of the Lord.” (v5)
      • The Lord has covenanted this land (all the Americas?) to Lehi’s descendants.
      • The Lord has also covenanted this land to “all those who should be led out of other countries by the hand of the Lord.” (v5)
        • I believe this covenant promise is still in place today!
        • Lehi testifies that everyone that comes to this land is led by the Lord. (v6)
      • This land is “consecrated” to those who are led here if:
        • “And if it so be that they shall serve him according to the commandments which he hath given, it shall be a land of liberty unto them; wherefore, they shall never be brought down into captivity;” (v7)
          • The promise of always enjoying freedom if we serve the Lord.
        • “for if iniquity shall abound cursed shall be the land for their sakes, but unto the righteous it shall be blessed forever.” (v7)
          • A curse will come upon those that do iniquity at the same time a blessing will come upon the righteous.
      • “And if it so be that they shall keep his commandments they shall be blessed upon the face of this land, and there shall be none to molest them, nor to take away the land of their inheritance; and they shall dwell safely forever.” (v9)
        • If the Lord’s commandments are kept, “none to molest them”, “take away the land”, and “they shall dwell safely forever.” What promises!?!
  • Lehi warns that if they don’t keep the commandments the wrath of God will come upon them and they’ll be scattered. (v10)
  • Lehi commands them to wake up the spiritual things and follow the Lord. (v14-16)
  • Lehi reminds them again (it’s been so many times):
    • “And he hath said that: Inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land; but inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments ye shall be cut off from my presence.” (v20)
    • “That ye may not be cursed with a sore cursing; and also, that ye may not incur the displeasure of a just God upon you, unto the destruction, yea, the eternal destruction of both soul and body.” (v22)
      • Avoid curses and destruction.
  • Lehi instructs his sons to quit fighting against Nephi, without him, they all would have died in the wilderness long ago. (v24-27)
  • Lehi prophesies that Zoram’s seed, because he has been loyal to Nephi, will prosper in the land forever if they are righteous. (v30-32)

2 Nephi 2

  • Lehi talks to his son Jacob. (v1)
  • Lehi describes Jocob in this way:
    • “thou knowest the greatness of God” (v2)
    • “I know that thou are redeemed” (v3)
    • “thou hast beheld in they youth his glory” (v4)
  • Jacob is blessed “even as they unto whom he shall minister in the flesh.” (v4)
    • I want to be blessed as if the Savior ministered unto me in the flesh.
  • Doctrine of Justice
    • Every man has a conscience and knows good from evil; no one has an excuse. (v5)
    • Break the law and you’re cut off from God.
    • This law is physical and spiritual.
  • Doctrine of Mercy
    • The “Holy Messiah” (v6) “offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law…” (v7)
    • There are conditions to receive this grace and mercy: broken heart and contrite spirit.
  • It’s very important that everyone in the world know:
    • No one can live with God, “save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah…” (v8)
    • The Lord has power to die and rise from the dead “by the power of the Spirit”. (v8)
    • Jesus is the first to be resurrected and merits the power to save others. (v9)
    • Jesus also earns the right to judge everyone. (v10)
  • Opposition is necessary to experience “righteousness”, “holiness”, and “good”. (v11-15)
  • One of Heavenly Father’s objectives in sending His children to earth was to help them learn to think, speak, and act correctly. In order to learn those things, they need to be presented with good and evil, and learn to choose the good. (v16)
    • “Wherefore, the Lord God gave unto man that he should act for himself. Wherefore, man could not act for himself save it should be that he was enticed by the one or the other.”
  • Lucifer fell from heaven and became Satan, “miserable forever, he sought also the misery of all mankind.” (v18)
    • He succeeded in getting Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit which got them expelled from the garden of Eden and allowed them to have children. (v19-20)
  • The Lord gave Adam and Eve the ability and opportunity to repent; this earthly experience became a probationary state. (v21)
  • Adam and Eve needed to transgress to children could be born and they could learn to choose right from wrong. Otherwise, nothing would have ever changed in the garden of eden. (v22-23)
    • “And they would have had no children; wherefore they would have remained in a state of innocence, having no joy, for they knew no misery; doing no good, for they knew no sin.” (v23)
    • “Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.” (v25) We are meant to experience joy in this life; the Lord can help us find it.
  • Jesus Christ the Messiah redeemed mankind from the fall making them “free forever… to act for themselves…” to choose a eternal life or death. (v26-27)
    • “Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil;” (v27)
      • “…all things are given them…” Everyone is given a conscience that helps them recognize good and evil; no one has an excuse to be evil.

Make it Rain

Chloe and Willy had high school basketball games today. Chloe hit 5 three point shots between her JV and varsity games, and Willy hit 5 in his varsity game. Both won their games. It was fun to watch.

Paula also provided cinnamon rolls, apples, and apple dip as part of the girls team meals. Everyone loved them… after their games of course.

How did the Lord touch our family’s life today? He blessed the kids to play the sports they love and allows the rest of us to enjoy cheering them on. It’s brings me a lot of joy to watch the kids work hard, do their best, and have fun. It’s a bonus when they win.

MLK Day

Today was a nice relaxing day. Willy, Chloe, Walker, Brody, and Jimmer all had Bball practices. I cleaned the master shower. We had a puzzle completion for FHE and ate Scotchies.

I also got a chance to study the Book of Mormon and various talks about discernment and receiving personal revelation. These are my two focus areas right now.

A Dream

I had a dream last night. Here are the details I can remember:

  • I’m the best player on the basketball team. Our game is scheduled to start very soon.
  • I couldn’t seem to find my basketball shoes so I could play in the game.
  • I found an alternate pair, but the laces were too short and messed up. I put them on anyway.
  • I finally get down to the game and it’s almost halftime.
  • My coach looks at me and sees that I’m still trying to tie my shoes. He gives me a look that communicates he was looking to sub me in, but now he can’t cause I’m tying my shoes. I tell him I just need another minute. He must have seen me struggling because he came over to help me.
  • My laces are too short and look ragged. Coach sends me to get new ones in the store connected to where we are playing.
  • For what seems like forever, I run though the store trying to find laces.
  • I also start to prepare a spaghetti meal: noodles with mozzarella cheese.
  • I was never able to get the meal together for some reason. So, I tried eating the cheese by the handful and never really got any noodles.
  • I was never able to find any sho laces either.

What does this dream mean? The only thought I have is that I’m not prepared for something that may be coming soon.

President Nelson’s “Now is the Time to Prepare”

I thought to search for President Nelson’s recent talk about revelation, I found this talk on preparation first: Now is the Time to Prepare (https://abn.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2005/04/now-is-the-time-to-prepare). It was given just after his wife died. It talks about not procrastinating to repent as a step to prepare to meet God.

President Nelson’s “Revelation for the Church, Revelation for our Lives”

The talk I initially was searching for is called: Revelation for the Church, Revelation for our Lives (https://abn.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2018/04/revelation-for-the-church-revelation-for-our-lives).

  • ‘Said President Lorenzo Snow, “This is the grand privilege of every Latter-day Saint … that it is our right to have the manifestations of the Spirit every day of our lives.”’
  • ‘One of the things the Spirit has repeatedly impressed upon my mind since my new calling as President of the Church is how willing the Lord is to reveal His mind and will.’
  • ‘Imagine the miracle of it! Whatever our Church calling, we can pray to our Heavenly Father and receive guidance and direction, be warned about dangers and distractions, and be enabled to accomplish things we simply could not do on our own.’
  • ‘If we will truly receive the Holy Ghost and learn to discern and understand His promptings, we will be guided in matters large and small.’
  • ‘If Joseph Smith’s transcendent experience in the Sacred Grove teaches us anything, it is that the heavens are open and that God speaks to His children.’
  • The process:
    1. Find a quiet place where you can regularly go. Humble yourself before God. Pour out your heart to your Heavenly Father. Turn to Him for answers and for comfort.’
    2. Pray in the name of Jesus Christ about your concerns, your fears, your weaknesses—yes, the very longings of your heart.’
    3. And then listen!
    4. Write the thoughts that come to your mind. Record your feelings and follow through with actions that you are prompted to take.’
  • ‘As you repeat this process day after day, month after month, year after year, you will “grow into the principle of revelation.”’
  • ‘Does God really want to speak to you? Yes! “As well might man stretch forth his puny arm to stop the Missouri river in its decreed course … as to hinder the Almighty from pouring down knowledge from heaven upon the heads of the Latter-day Saints.” (D&C 121:33)’
  • I urge you to stretch beyond your current spiritual ability to receive personal revelation, for the Lord has promised that “if thou shalt [seek], thou shalt receive revelation upon revelation, knowledge upon knowledge, that thou mayest know the mysteries and peaceable things—that which bringeth joy, that which bringeth life eternal.” (D&C 42:61)’
  • ‘As Elder Neal A. Maxwell taught, “To those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, it is clear that the Father and the Son are giving away the secrets of the universe!”’
  • ‘Nothing opens the heavens quite like the combination of increased purity, exact obedience, earnest seeking, daily feasting on the words of Christ in the Book of Mormon, and regular time committed to temple and family history work.’
    1. increased purity
    2. exact obedience
    3. earnest seeking
    4. daily feasting on the words of Christ in the Book of Mormon
    5. temple & family history work
  • ‘I promise that as you continue to be obedient, expressing gratitude for every blessing the Lord gives you, and as you patiently honor the Lord’s timetable, you will be given the knowledge and understanding you seek.’
  • Every blessing the Lord has for you—even miracles—will follow.’
  • ‘Our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, will perform some of His mightiest works between now and when He comes again.’
  • ‘We will see miraculous indications that God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, preside over this Church in majesty and glory.’
  • ‘But in coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost.’
  • ‘My beloved brothers and sisters, I plead with you to increase your spiritual capacity to receive revelation.’
  • Choose to do the spiritual work required to enjoy the gift of the Holy Ghost and hear the voice of the Spirit more frequently and more clearly.’

Shelby’s Patriarchal Blessing

Shelby received her Patriarchal Blessing this afternoon at 1:30p. It was given by Brother Bruce Schreiner; he’s a really neat guy. The blessing was beautiful and I hope it will serve as a source of encouragement and hope for Shelby. This is a another example of a gift that Heavenly Father & the Lord Jesus Christ have given us to help on our way.

Roxy Lewis, the daughter of Doug & Jessica Lewis (now sadly divorced as of last week), needed a blessing today. I was able to help and be voice. She’s been having appendicitis symptoms, but he doctors say it’s not that. The blessing talked about healing her body and also her mind. The general impression that I have is that whatever is bothering her mind is causing the physical pain also.