Sunday, June 28, 2015
As I continue to ponder the great flood of the earth and Noah's family being spared, as I make this book for my posterity, I must recognize my continual gratitude for the Restored Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I am continually thankful for the sacrifices made especially by Joseph Smith and the early saints whom helped in His work.
We have been given a great witness of God's character in The Book of The Pearl of Great Price, Moses Chapter 7; in regards to the great flood. We learn much about the feelings of God and the heaven's as the flood destroyed all except Noah and his family.
In Moses we learn about a prophet Enoch.
Enoch was a prophet of God during the time of Adam. Joseph Smith was given the account of Enoch and a time that Enoch was taken up to heaven and allowed to see all the generations of the earth.
We learn from Enoch's account that God and the heavens wept with great sorrow for the loss of life on earth of those in the flood. But, even in the flood, we can see God allowing all to work for His children's good ( Romans 8:28 ) as these people were so wicked that they were "past feeling" and had no chance of changing in their earthly state.
God, knowing all, knew that it would be better for these individuals to wait in Spirit Prison, until a time that Jesus could preach to them, after He had suffered for their sins.
We can also see the reference of this spirit prison that those lost in the flood would go to for a time, we learn in the New Testament that Jesus Christ would go teach to these people in this prison and this was the beginning of the Spirits being preached to that are dead....As we read in:
1 Peter 3:18-20
Sunday, June 14, 2015
As I considered my own marriage and Genesis Chapter 6, I was hesitant to share. I thought upon this doctrine all week, and I decided I absolutely must include this for my posterity.
With that in mind, I want to carefully explain that in no way do I desire to belittle my precious marriage that I am extremely thankful for. I am thankful for the endless patience that my husband has with me, and for the chance to raise my children in a loving home in this broken world...I do however, wish to express the truthfulness found in this scripture account.
In Genesis 6, as the warning of the flood begins, a reference to forming non-believing families is given.
Genesis 6 : 2 states:
The sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
When individuals believe in Christ and follow Him, they become " His sons " or " His daughters".
From this we learn, that the " daughters of men " are the daughters of men who were not believers of Christ. This means that they were not taught the principles of righteousness, and were not followers of God's laws.
Living righteously can be difficult even with the support of our families lifting us up, and helping us to make good choices. When we do not have the help, or companionship of one whom desires to serve God, it is easier for many to just give up.
This is one reason those in Noah's time had become so wicked, was because they were not marrying within the church, which allows for support, help and strength to do better.
In a recent General Conference talk given by D. Todd Christopherson, titled, " Why Marriage, Why Family " , he explains the importance of having a righteous family. He explains that this provides the best teaching, and a higher likelihood of returning a child back to their Heavenly Father.
"A family built on the marriage of a man and woman supplies the best setting for God’s plan to thrive—the setting for the birth of children, who come in purity and innocence from God, and the environment for the learning and preparation they will need for a successful mortal life and eternal life in the world to come. "
When children are born into a home of parents whom are " sons of God ", that have made and keep sacred covenants; the chances that the child will be reared with gospel truths, and desire to make and keep sacred covenants themselves, are much higher.
I am a personal witness that choosing to marry outside of God's laws and available blessings is a challenging experience. Like those " sons of God " whom married " daughters of men " were warned that they must change; I too have been warned. My response has been working with all diligence and loving Him.
I find God's warnings to those wicked men among Noah to be very merciful on His part.
I am also a witness that if they would have listened, God would have helped them to change, as He gives me daily strength, courage and tender mercies that allow me to move forward with faith that I can become more like Him. He is so patient and loving to myself and my family. I am so thankful.
I say this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.