Relationships – We Can Change People: Part Two

Our Actions Do Influence Others

In every exchange, whether passing by someone and making eye contact, or having a good common discussion with someone, we effect each other. A person who is an agent of light, love and Spirit, will make a good change. No matter how small or big, their exchanges in light, will always extinguish dark.

This is why we must act as righteous individuals, and not be acted upon. However, for an unrepentant, darkened individual, unwilling to follow the light, who chooses to be dark in spite of a righteous exchange with someone, they will in essence harden their hearts more, and become even worse than they were before.

Every action has an equal and opposite action or reaction, meaning that we can react negatively to a negative action, or we can act positively to a negative action. The same would hold true for the opposite.

We can act positively, and have a positive outcome on someone who is negative, even if we can’t see it, or notice the change from our exchange.

We must seek the Spirit in all we do, and listen to and obey His promptings early. In this knowledge we can effectively and joyfully be successful member missionaries, and effective in all we do in life.

Shane

Professionalism: Society’s Way of Communism

Capitalism? A Far Cry From Freedom

“Everyone act the same, be the same. Don’t talk this way, say these things, or do those things. It will be offensive.”

Sounds like a bunch of people who have lost their true roots, even their beginings. Robots who have no rights to feel, express, or create according to their conscience or desires. They must, according to professionalism, by means of earning a living, be in a sense, lifeless human beings, controlled and dictated by the puppeteer of socialistic communism. In other words, professionalism. If you don’t agree, read on.

What’s the alternative then? Is there a guide that leads us down a better path? A route that leads everyone to a more express part of who we really are? Can it truly be reached in a capitalistic society? Not fully.

The old adage that money is the root of all evil, is real. After all, loving something that is good cannot be wrong. Yes, it may be the root of all evil, but it’s not the source. The adversary is the source, and he uses money to corrupt people.

As for me, money is worthless. A divide between living the law of consecration, wherein everyone gets to know each other, uses their gifts and skills, and freely provides what they have to offer for each other. In this environment there is personal growth, service and love unrestrained. May we seek to live this better way.

Shane

Ammon, a Missionary to the Lamanites

Oh, What Joy!

This sketch’s context comes out from The Book of Mormon. Even from an Ammon, a missionary to the Lamanites, who knew and witnessed his own friend Alma, undergo a forgiveness of sins, through a falling down unto the earth, in a comatose type state. While under, he underwent a major change and healing of both body and spirit, his soul purifying and acclimating towards righteousness. So too, when his investigator King Lamoni fell to the earth, Ammon knew that it was unto the same effect.

This is also witnessed afterwards, by the awakening experience of both Alma and King Lamoni. Each, when they awoke, had been born again in Christ, through His loving, saving, powerful atonement.

Lamoni exclaimed, “Blessed be the name of God, and blessed art thou, for as sure as thou livest, behold, I have seen my Redeemer.” Alma exclaimed, “I have repented of my sins, and have been redeemed of the Lord; behold I am born of the Spirit. And the Lord said unto me: Marvel not that all mankind, yea, men and women, all nations, kindreds, tongues and people, must be born again; yea, born of God.”

Both Alma and Lamoni had similar saving experiences. Alma became a great missionary, and King Lamoni a great missionary to his people.

Shane

Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ’s roles in the Creation

How Christ is The Word

Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are two separate beings. Thus is Jesus referred to as His Son. In the creation aspect of the earth, Heavenly Father spoke the words of creation, giving Christ the instructions on how to perform the work. Then Jesus went forth and did as was spoken by Heavenly Father, even speaking forth the words of creation, for Christ is the Word of His power.

Below are two verses from the inspired translation of the Holy Bible, as found recorded in The Book of Genesis from the Old Testament.

Because much of the books in the original Bible were lost, and even some of the writings we have changed through incorrect inscribing, as well as through mal-intent, Joseph Smith, a modern day prophet, was prompted and inspired to make inspired translations of certain parts of the Bible, to help restore it to its original state. This work was never fully finished.

These two verses from the rendered restorative work out of The Book of Genesis, are distinguished from The Book of Genesis by being called, The Book of Moses, are helpful insights.

Moses 2:5 reads: And I, God, called the light Day; and the darkness, I called Night; and this I did by the word of my power [who is Christ], and it was done as I spake; and the evening and the morning were the first day.

Moses 1 also tells us of other countless earths created by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, of which additional scripture like this tells us that Christ is the Savior of them all, even the entire universe.

In Moses 1:32 we read: And by the word of my power, have I created them (all these earths), which is mine Only Begotten Son, who is full of grace and truth.

As Jesus said, He does nothing except that which He sees, or hears His Father do and / or say. So Heavenly Father spoke the elements to organize, and then Jesus fulfilled His part of the creative process, and this aspect of His role, by creating the earth, as specified by the Father, first spiritually, and then physically.

Shane

Dragons & Unicorns: Creatures of Legend?

Some Fantasy For Fun

Wow! I think it’s so cool how there have been so many different species of creatures on the earth, some which have even now become extinct.

I love to see all the many different references of the two mystic-type creatures in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible, properly called, The Book of the Lamb of God, which cite many instances, both figuratively and literally, of dragons and unicorns.

There are 43 total instances, between the Old and New Testaments, where they are dually mentioned.

The earth is much older than just the human years described in Holy writ, but the earth was indeed created by Jesus in the way described. There had to be an era of dinosaurs, in which the earth flourished while sustaining their life. Much later, human kind was put upon the earth.

We are grateful for records of such relevant events as the worldwide flood, and other destructive happenings. We are grateful to know that the continent split, and pieces drifted. We are grateful for all truths, in all areas of study.

We know that all things have a spiritual side to them, for all things were created first spiritually, before they were physically manifested.

Perhaps one fun speculation to make, is from the folklore of humankind. We may not have these extinct creatures, but people still tell stories, and pass them down through the generations. Perhaps there is probable truth in them.

One fun guess, is how there were firebreathing dragons. It’s possible that a creature could produce a poisonous flammable venom, which if sparked inside the oral cavity, could produce flames.

Another fun thought. The healing properties of unicorns. If unicorns were indeed a pure, and innocent and righteous creature, whose bands stayed together and avoided humans, who, by virtue of their innocence and sacred kindness, had a healing agent coursing through their veins, would not this be reason for unwise and selfish people to try to take advantage of this holy beast, and slay it for personal use and gain? If so, this would be a plausible reason for them to stay away from man.

I don’t think scientists have it all wrong when it comes to the physical aspect of things. For example, the timing of the earth age wise, or even the explosion which they say took place.

In my definition, it would have occurred as God commanded it to be so. My thoughts go with the possibility that while we were living during our pre-mortal lives in heaven, the earth had already been created, and was being inhabited by these “majestic” dinosaurs. Maybe that’s somewhere along how long the pre-mortal term of life lasted?

I did some resent follow up searching, and there was some evidence in findings of there indeed being a unicorn found, but it was much different than the icon it has become today. It was even described as I would think an ox could look, and called “ugly,” which I can see, if one was expecting a white horse with a horn on its head.

This description fits the example given by Joseph Smith the prophet, by virtue of his prophetic mantle, that the unicorn was in form “a wild ox.”

From this description, it must have had the horn, but been a creature which roamed away from humankind, thus being called wild. If men did indeed try to spill the creature’s blood for personal use, I can see why they would avoid humans.

Men can observe the same things, give them different names, and / or attach different meanings to it. Thus through the ages, legends change.

Shane

What Truly Enraged the Jewish Leaders

A Look Into The Savior’s Personal Life

Note: So, I’m venturing out a bit from what I normally do, so know that you don’t have to understand this. To me, these things are personal, but with an non-quenched desire to share, I’m daring to share.

Jesus had the power, ability and authority to forgive. He knew everything about people, including their hearts and circumstances. When Jesus gave forgiveness to the woman Mary taken in adultery, this incensed the Jewish leaders, showing His preeminence over their unrighteous dominion, and preclusion to God. What made things worse for the Jews, was that in the law of Moses, such should be stoned.

Jesus started out by writing in the dirt, the very thoughts and intents of these men, who knew about the woman, and secretly lay in wait to discover her, and even wanted what she had to offer. Jesus had started out by drawing out the foremost accuser, and then went down the line.

After Jesus forgave her, He, knowing who she really was, and the hard trial and weakness she had been given, beyond this, truly knew who she was, and He took her unto wife.

There is record of the name of the wife Jesus took in the recovered dead sea scrolls. It simply says, speaking about his wife: and her name was Mary, one of his disciples.

This is truly what caused the Jews to be completely set on his death at all costs. He was turning upside-down everything they felt was their’s to protect, and was doing it with miracles, forgiving, parables and confounding, all to the building up of their wrath and bitterness, to the point where they felt He had to be slain. He was mockingly tried, for where there was no offense.

The truth can never be condemned, on earth or in hell, only accused. Christ was not killed, but He voluntarily gave up his Spirit, that He could then also heal, and voluntarily re-enter His then glorified resurrected body.

Shane

Keeping Our Little Ones Safe

“Personality provides protection.”
Shane R. Brown

Just as the lionesses prey on the perimetered more sickly gazelles, those too slow or young to get away, so too in society, those children who are put in survival mode, and not able to let their inner personalities shine, who by lack of nurturing parents, or having been emotionally, mentally, physically, or sexually abused, are pushed out to the perimeters of society. They are in effect shunned, sickly, and an easy target.

They then are the ones, who without the protection of societal safety, are picked out, off, and abused, by the preditors of these vulnerable children.

If our children are encouraged, treated well, blessed with confidence and acceptance of themselves, they can thus be themselves without fear. We can then see, that their personalities minister to the good of their protection.

Shane

Book of Mormon Geography

A Branch of The House of Israel & Their Lands

The family of Lehi landed in the Northern South America / Southern Central America area. When Nephi separated from his brethren, he took his people to the North. When at the time Zeniff came among them, he took a group of Nephites Southward from Zerahemla, to live in a place once inhabited by the people of Nephi, which was then inhabited by the Lamanites. The Lamanites let them have the land, only to later subject them into bondage, for use of their agricultural increase.

At a later time, these people were under a new king Limhi, who sent out some of his people to find the land of Zarahemla, that they might receive help in becoming made free.

They went North, and passed by, missing the land of Zarahemla, instead finding many great waters, which were part of the landscape, before the face of the land was changed at the death of our Savior on the Eastern hemisphere.

They also found remains of a vast civilization. A people who were named by Moroni, the second person to abridge The Book of Mormon after his father Mormon, as the Jaredites. They had come out from Babylon, at the time the Lord had confounded the languages at the tower therein.

These people had been destroyed, and their records had been kept by their kings and prophets over the years. This group of seekers sent out by king Limhi, at not finding Zarahemla, brought back with them 24 metal plates, upon which was recorded the Jaredite history.

Moroni abridged this people’s record, now known in The Book of Mormon as the Book of Ether, who was their last prophet, who also witnessed their entire destruction.

Their records were taken by this group, brought before king Limhi, then before Ammon, who had come out of Zarahemla to find these people whom Zeniff originally brought out of the land, and then to king Mosiah of Zarahemla, who translated them through the gift and power of God as a seer.

Shane

Two Sources, Two Opposing Forces

As We Roll Upward Towards the Light

Light (white), holds all the colors in our earth’s spectrum. A lack of light, darkness, is where devils, his subjects, and God, in conquest of saving souls, has descended, and conquered all their domains. For God comprehends, has godly power and control, over all his children’s eternal welfare and progression. It is ordered by Him, rather than by us in our chaos.

Our lives are tailored to us all, not just here, but also throughout all our eternal lives. There is a little bit of good in everything bad that happens, as likewise, there is a little bit of bad, in everything good that happens.

With opposition in all things, where there is good, it is also compounded with bad. We get to choose which force will have our majority, through the exercise of our agency.

We can take what little good is in a situation, and learn from the bad, then never have to walk down that path again. Likewise, we can have a beautiful and glorious experience, from the tender mercies of the Lord, through our good actions, and still have a little bit of bad, which will then serve to tutor us, as we learn from it.

Shane

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