Monday, July 25, 2011

Combating Pornography

In April 2010 General Conference Address entitled "Place No More for the Enemy of My Soul" Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke how the father of lies and lust will do anything he can to counterfeit true love and to profane and desecrate true love wherever and whenever he encounters it.

The following video from Mormon Messages on highlights his powerful message.

Additional help for combating pornography can be found online at

"May the joy of our fidelity to the highest and best within us be ours as we keep our love and our marriages, our society and our souls, as pure as they were meant to be."

Monday, July 11, 2011

July's Message

My family just returned from a short trip down to St. George. In our preparations for the trip, I had asked a few people what things we should do and see. I got some advice and more than one questioned my sanity in going to Southern Utah in the summer. Though the temperature, at times, exceeded the 100 degree mark, the opportunity to visit St. George was a great one. There was one word that crossed my mind a number of times during our trip down south—perspective. In the car, I wore a pair of sunglasses that tinted the landscape a more lively shade of its original color. Previously, I had never paid much attention to the scenery. This trip provided me with a realization of the beautiful mountains, valleys, and farmland in southern Utah.

In St. George, we visited the St. George Tabernacle. As we made our way up the steps to the front door, I remembered that a distant relative of mine, Miles Romney, may have been involved with the building of the Tabernacle. As we entered the doors, there was a circular stairwell that went up to the second floor. I grabbed a brochure on one of the tables and started to scan the inside and my memory was confirmed. Not only had Miles Romney helped build the Tabernacle, he was actually the supervisor of the Tabernacle construction project. In fact, he called the circular staircases in the Tabernacle his crowning achievement. Seeing the work of my ancestor, helped me more fully realize the impact that my ancestors have on my life today.

Sometimes it just takes a little change in perspective to make us fully appreciate the blessings we have in our lives. The sunglasses helped me see the landscape in a different way. The visit to the Tabernacle helped me better appreciate the actions of our ancestors and the love they had for those that would follow. I’m grateful for the small opportunities our Father in Heaven gives to help us gain a better understanding of his blessings.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

2011 Priesthood Spring Service Project

In June, 2011 members of the Willow Wood Ward Elder's Quorum and High Priest's Group combined to provide support and labor on a number of projects in the Centerville area. Two dozen volunteers put off working in their own yards and gave up their Saturday morning to help with several projects in the neighborhood including painting, mowing, weeding, trash removal, fence repair, pruning, and sprinkler repairs. (More Pictures Available)

Community service, sacrifice, and caring for others provide great opportunities to draw nearer our Savior and serve as important examples for all those around us. Thank you all for your sacrifice and your service!

"...Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
          - Matthew 25:40

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Why a Blog for a High Priest Group?

In a talk entitled "Sharing the Gospel" from October General Conference in 2001, Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles quoted from the Book of Mark stating "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." He then mentioned the church's new website and said that "the value and use of this new resource will emerge with experience."

The internet has become an increasingly important tool for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and for strengthening testimonies. In subsequent years, members of the LDS church have been encouraged by church leaders to share their testimonies online and to use the internet to share the gospel with others.

This blog is an attempt to to help other, like-minded latter-day saints use new technology to communicate their love of the gospel of Jesus Christ and to share their testimonies with the world.

Church leaders have warned on many occasions that the internet can also "allow evil influences to cross the threshold of your homes. These dangerous traps are only a mouse click away." In an April 2008 Conference talk by Dieter F. Uchtdorf entitled "A Matter of a Few Degrees" President Uchtdorf mentions how a few degrees in error in setting a course in a commercial airline flight can result in a dramatic (and dangerous) difference over the course of a long flight.

It is hoped that the information and testimonies posted in this blog may provide the inspiration, motivation, and direction needed for someone to change their life for the better. That the stories, comments, thoughts, and links shared here may provide a rescuing gleam across the wave in an otherwise dark, tempest-tossed setting for individuals who may be struggling and in need of rescue.