Our spiritual devotional consisted of each father preparing a 3-5 minute talk on the following principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ: Raising our personal banner of righteousness, Jesus Christ's Example as a light to the world, Faith in Christ and Repentance, Baptism and the Gift of the Holy Ghost, Preparing to enter the temple, Temple Marriage/Sealing, and Enduring to the End.
32 For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.
33 And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed.
When a person stands atop a mountain top it is very easy to see for miles and have a knowledge of his or her surroundings. It is easier to get a glimpse of the world around us when we've risen to new heights and can see life from a new perspective. Each day is a climb through life's journey. As we accept the teachings of our Savior, Jesus Christ and hold fast to what He asks us to do it becomes easier to endure day by day. The holy temple symbolizes Christ and the climb to a higher spiritual plane where we can gain deeper understanding and knowledge concerning our purpose here in this life.
As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we feel blessed to have Christ's restored gospel back on the earth. And because the Holy Ghost has witnessed of its truthfulness we have a deep desire to share it with others, so they too may find the peace and happiness we have found from its teachings.
Living a life in alignment with the Church of Jesus Christ and its standards is not easy in a world with differing opinions and opposing viewpoints. Many family and faith values have been trampled on as Satan seeks to destroy these fundamental units of society. There is a spiritual war happening daily between good and evil. If we are to live on the Lord's side we must hold up our banner of righteousness and Choose the Right.
Since my mother's passing from this life to the next, I have had a deeper desire to try a little harder and be a little better. I have made a personal commitment to increase my personal righteousness. I love and miss my mom daily. I want her to be well pleased in my decisions and actions. I want to stand atop the mountain a raise a banner of good news and share with others the joy I've found by living the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Today was a beautiful day from sunrise to sunset. Many of us joined to honor and celebrate the life of my beautiful mother, Jana Poulsen whom I love so dearly. I have missed her smile and presence all week as our family has been joined together. This is her favorite thing for us to do- get together. I am so grateful for the peace and spirit that has comforted my family and uplifted us. The restored gospel of Jesus Christ is real and I've been a first hand witness of it all week. Thank you so much for the outpouring of love and concern, thoughts and prayers. It is truly a blessing and much needed. My moms funeral services were a beautiful tribute to her today and I know she is smiling down on us. I LOVE you, mom - you're the best and have left a strong legacy -goodnight. -Sept 6, 2014
Jesus Christ was the foundation of a happy and peaceful home. This picture represents her accurately as she always had a beaming smile. I am so grateful for her example to me to love the Savior, Jesus the Christ and to follow His teachings. The spirit of the Holy Ghost has comforted me and strengthened me over the past year. I miss her daily and long to reunite and see her again. Love you mom! -#familesareforever #LDSFam4ever #family #mom
-Sept 6, 2015
The hymn, "High on the Mountain Top," gives some great insight on God's word and work rolling forward to fill the ends of the earth.
1. High on the mountain topA banner is unfurled.Ye nations, now look up;It waves to all the world.In Deseret's sweet, peaceful land,On Zion's mount behold it stand!
2. For God remembers stillHis promise made of oldThat he on Zion's hillTruth's standard would unfold!Her light should there attract the gazeOf all the world in latter days.
3. His house shall there be reared,His glory to display,And people shall be heardIn distant lands to say:We'll now go up and serve the Lord,Obey his truth, and learn his word.
- 4. For there we shall be taughtThe law that will go forth,With truth and wisdom fraught,To govern all the earth.Forever there his ways we'll tread,And save ourselves with all our dead.