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Sunday, April 4, 2021

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A little over nine years since its first article "Symphonies," LDS Perfect Day's 240+ blog posts have helped tens of thousands worldwide to elevate their relationship with the Savior of the world. As a result, they have cast aside the traditions of men, enabling them to better hear His voice, hearken to His words and enjoy a life far more transcendent than they ever imagined.

The new LDS Perfect Day Volumes 1 and 2 (found here) are compilations of these posts through the year 2020. They are intended to safeguard the blog's insights against a coming day when there will be no power and no internet. 

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Saturday, March 27, 2021

He'll Always Catch You



One of my favorite songs is "Broken" by Lifehouse. Just by listening to the song, you can just feel lots of emotion. 

When I first heard it in 2007, I was hooked. I was convinced it was a Contemporary Christian song, written from the perspective of a dying Jesus on the cross.

But after researching and reading comments, I found out the story behind the song.

Jason Wade, Lifehouse's lead singer, had a friend who lived in Nashville. His friend needed a kidney transplant. Wade flew out to Nashville to see his friend while he was in the hospital. When Wade spoke to him, the chorus of this song is what his friend told him. It was basically his friend's words to God:

I'm falling apart, I'm barely breathing
With a broken heart that's still beating
In the pain there is healing
In your name I find meaning

So, here's someone who is at the end of their life, breathing their last breaths, and the only thing that they are holding on to, the only thing that is keeping them alive, is God. 

I love that so much, because it doesn't only have to apply to someone who is at the end of their life, but it can also apply to all of us. No matter what we are going through, it can be a reassurance for us to know that we can always hold on to Yeshua, we can always find meaning in His name. 

Another section in this song says:

I'm hanging on another day
Just to see what you will throw my way
And I'm hanging on to the words you say
You said that I would, would be ok

More meaningful, powerful words. 

It is so amazing to know that through anything we go through, and through anything that happens, we can hold on to Yeshua. We can be assured by his words that say we'll be OK. 

There is nothing else in this whole world that has that reassurance. There is nothing else that we can hold onto with our lives besides Yeshua. His hand is holding all of ours.

If you wanted a mental picture, it's kind of like falling off the edge of a cliff (popular movie scene). When you look down, the fall is endless and you know you would die, but right when your last finger slips off the edge, a bigger, stronger hand catches you and keeps you from falling. You hold on to that hand with your whole life. 

It's that same way with Yeshua. No matter how hard our lives get, no matter how often we think we're going to fall off the cliff, Yeshua always catches us and we can always hold on to Him.





Sunday, March 14, 2021

The Gift of Healing Part 4: The Oft-Neglected Link in Healing Yourself...and Others


Light as a Feather

Anyone who knows me knows that I love sports-related movies (ironic considering I don't watch sports at all; I have no idea who played in the SuperBowl, World Series, etc). 

In the movie Rocky III, Clubber Lang had just defeated Rocky Balboa. Soon thereafter, Rocky announced that he'd fight Clubber Lang again. His trainer, Apollo Creed, worked with Rocky to prepare him for what promised to be a brutal fight. 

It was soon apparent that Rocky's top nemesis wasn't Clubber Lang, but himself. He had so many doubts, so much self-negativity. He had literally lost the will to fight again, despite his being in probably the best shape of his life. He wanted to quit. "How did everything that was so good get so bad," he asked his wife, Adrian. "You wake up after a few years thinking you're a winner, but you're not. You're really a loser."

"Nothing is real if you don't believe in who you are!" Rocky yelled to Adrian. "Don't you understand?"

When you watch this scene, you can just feel all the emotional and psychological rocks Rocky was carrying. Maybe not rocks. Boulders.

"But none of it's true," Adrian said. "And you can't live like this. Look what it's doing to you now. Apollo thinks you can do it (take on Clubber Lang). So do I. But you gotta do it for the right reasons."

"And if I lose?" Rocky asked.

"Then you lose, but at least you lose with no excuses," Adrian replied.

In the next scene, we see Rocky and Apollo jogging on the beach. Rocky punching. Practicing, and as he does so, he is practically dancing on air. As he gets lighter, he also gets stronger, faster, more powerful...exceeding his own expectations.

Eventually, Rocky would knock out the man who decisively knocked him out months earlier.

The psychological, emotional and mental boulders Rocky had been carrying from his prior loss to Clubber Lang were formidable to Rocky. But the others in Rocky's life saw those boulders as lightweight, practically nothing, if Rocky chose to offload them. Once he did, he became light as a feather yet as quick and lethal as a cobra.

Give Him Your Rocks

You, too, likely carry a lot of rocks with you. 

We humans are so adept at burdeneing and weighting ourselves down. All our past screw ups, stupid tendencies, sins and more. 

Rocks, definitely. Boulders? Quite possibly.

Sometimes I think that one of the hardest things about the Gift of Healing is "Letting Go and Letting God." We don't give Yeshua near as much credit for his eagerness and enthusiasm in taking our burdens from us. So, we choose to carry our burdens rather than (supposedly) weight down He who loves us the most.

And when we knowingly, willingly choose to do this, we not only weight ourselves down, but we also reject the single-greatest gift God has even given mankind: His atonement. 

That's right: When you choose to carry your own burdens, you blatantly reject Yeshua, His atonement and His mission. You turn your back on God and the greatest manifestation of love in the history of history.

How can you possibly help another heal -- or maybe even expect yourself to heal -- via the Gift of Healing when you're rejecting the greatest gift ever?

A friend of mine had a dream two years ago about the rocks she was carrying:

"This was given at a time when I struggling to work through some really painful and hard things that had happened to me years before. These were things that had always brought me a lot of pain and suffering for a long time, and had also kept me feeling very alone and completely isolated wherever I went. 

In the dream, I was sitting on the ground, heavy and plagued by sorrows that draped my body. I thought the sorrow and sadness must be that I was very, very innately bad and irrevocably hurt. I felt like I did in life, that maybe that my whole eternal identity was forever hurt or altered.

Then, from my right, Christ came near me very softly. When I registered that it was him, his presence was just as natural and comfortable and calm as if he had been in the “room” of my life the whole time. He had a backpack that he gently showed to me, the top already unzipped, as he knelt down closer to my level.

He addressed me with the softest gentle dignity and said, so extremely kindly and tenderly “You carry so many heavy things. Why not put them in my backpack and let me carry them for you?”

I was so touched and surprised that he would not mind coming near me, and talking to me. I was also so amazed that ANYONE would spend time expressing a desire to help me.  

I was now surprised that I really *could* give him my heavy things, and I started to look for a way to do it. In the dream, I started handing him these rocks as big as softballs, that each represented different kinds of hurt, sadness or pain. I knew that I had SO many rocks like this, that all of them would never fit in a backpack. I also knew I could never remember all of my terrible traits, sorrows, and hurt to to hope to be able to remember them all. 

I felt shameful in my heavy perception that I had so many more terribly abundant rocks than all the other more “normal or special” people that I seem to know.  But I did give him as many as I felt able to give. After a little while of handing rocks over, I did NOT feel like I could ask for him to take any more, because I knew that I had too many and I did not want to ask too much, or be greedy to someone perfect and kind. 

I looked around and sadly saw that there were still rocks of my sadness and hurt everywhere on the ground for a many foot radius, but I was grateful that he would take the ones that I had been able to name and hand to him. So rather than ask for too much, I said thank you and signaled that this was as many as I felt able to ask for him to take.

I just really felt ashamed and hopeless that I still had so many more rocks, strewn about the ground all around me. But again, I didn't want to be greedy, or bad, and I pretended that partial relief was going to be enough, since I believed I SHOULD NOT ask for more (those “modest” expectations).

 (My self worth felt SO low! He has really helped me with this since then, in such loving and sustained ways).

Jesus was so kind, and treated me with so much respect. He did NOT look at all the other rocks that I felt so hopeless and ashamed about and embarrassed of. It was like he didn't even see them. (He wanted me to feel dignity). I knew he saw them, but was not looking at them. He did not want me not to feel unworthy or self conscious or bad. It was VERY noble and kind and gentlemanly.  

When he saw I was done giving rocks, he didn't comment on how many I had been able to give. He just quietly zipped the pack, stood up, and put it on his back. 

I looked at him in his white robe, with the backpack on his back and I thought. “Wow. he looks like a normal man, wearing a backpack filled with rocks.” I wonder what this meant to me, for my sadness and for all these rocks. I also noticed that so far, I felt the same way inside as before. With the difference of feeling so much kindness and dignity, interpersonally. 

As soon as I was done noting that thought, Jesus looked at me in the eyes, and while holding eye contact, He slowly raised both of his arms high into the air. As he did, every rock on the ground in every direction unanimously lifted off of the ground several feet, and floated, now weightless. Every single one just hung, completely still, and suspended. 

My jaw dropped, and even my mind gaped open in awe and amazement. It was so unexpected and so incredible. Everything held so still. 

To see the rocks so still, and so silent in the air, raised by him, I could feel his supreme and law-defying strength. By feeling it, I felt SO MUCH RELIEF. 

Every weight was now lifted by him, and all of them now irrelevant to me.

I remember that in the dream I was so shocked and amazed by the lifted rocks holding so still that I even looked at the backpack and it was also looking lifted and weightless. EVERY rock was lifted and suspended. All of the weight was made irrelevant to me, by Him!

The BEST part was that as Jesus watched my expressions and my experience of his lifting of all my sorrows and weights, every terrible sorrow and pain and hurt, he smiled the most joyful and radiantly pleasure filled smile that I had ever seen (up to that moment in time). He was so filled with joy and personally deep and gratified pleasure and happiness to see my relief. This was his greatest pleasure and happiness and delight. And it was plain to see that He LOVED his experience of watching my awe and relief. 

He was just so filled with life and happiness and joy to watch me “know” his miracle, and for me to experience His rest and relief. He was SO HAPPY to do what he was doing, with the ability that he has, and was *loving* to use to help me.  

His smile was so warm and so real. In it, I knew he wanted me to know and experience how joyful he was to preform it through the power of his strength. His joy was personal, REAL, radiant, joyful, bright, happy, expressive, and amazing. It was SO personal. He LOVED showing me the ease and joy with which he lifted every sorrow and pain for ME. 

It was emotionally incredible to experience this in contrast with the heavy and exhausting many previous years during which I had suffered in silence, very greatly."

Uncondemned

If you'll recall, Yeshua never condemned the woman at the well. He never condemned the woman caught in adultery. He never, ever said, "Well, read these scrolls and come see me weekly for six months, then we'll see if you're sufficiently repentant enough." No. Did you read what I just wrote? HE DIDN'T CONDEMN THEM!

Yet today, we allow ourselves to carry equal or even lesser burdens, and somehow justify it...all while demeaning and diluting the power of a non-delaying atonement.

All things are created first spiritually, then temporally (D&C 29:31-32). That includes healing. And that healing starts with you, for "God has said that the inward vessel shall be cleansed first, and then shall the outer vessel be cleansed also." (Alma 60:23).

If you want to ensure, with a 100% guarantee, that you have made Yeshua smile, then start by valuing His atonement. Give Him ALL your rocks. Every one of them.

"For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:30)

And as you'll see in your mind's eye His joy, His indescribable pleasure, in YOUR giving true value to His atonement, you'll not only feel lighter...

...but also in your spiritual healing, you'll discover a newfound spiritual lightness about you, and an enhanced ability and enthusiasm to heal others, too.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

The Gift of Healing Part 3: The Urgent Need for the Gift of Healing


Yeah us!!!!

COVID-19 cases and deaths dropping! More and more people worldwide are returning to work and beginning to return to some semblance of normalcy! Entire states are contemplating lifting mask mandates! Businesses are reopening! People are getting out in the springtime weather and visiting cafes, movie theaters, sports events and more.

Because of these circumstances, I think it’s perfectly natural and expected that people are optimistic about the COVID-19 trendlines these days. 

Yet despite all the COVID-19 demise celebrations remains many alarming facts:

  • Leaders and judges pass and endorse laws allowing the murder of unborn children. 
  • They accommodate and fund countries who are violently opposed to God, Christians and freedom. 
  • They corrupt our laws, processes and procedures and eliminate divinely-inspired constitutional rights, provisions and principles, leaving a country founded upon principles which consider good/legal as evil, and evil/illegal as good.

Along with the mass media, these leaders and judges also:

  • Ignore and remain silent as anarchist groups foment riots and violence in our neighborhoods. 
  • Espouse sexual education and even genetic sexual manipulation of kindergarteners and encourage them to reconsider their God-given genders.
  • Give preferential treatment for individuals based on the color of their skin, not the content of their character. 
  • Embrace socialist and communist ideologies.
  • Mock, degrade and even inhibit the free exercise of religion, especially Christianity.

Within the church, 

Did you get that? Our nations are murdering babies, boldly challenging sexual and even gender-based norms, stamping out not only Christianity but also religion, morals and ethics. And the priesthood is increasingly powerless to stop it.

So, what has God done historically when mankind defiantly chooses evil over good?

He sends us warnings.

The First Wave

Typically, God has sent prophets to urge people to turn away from sin and cast themselves upon the mercy of God. He did this with Samuel (1 Samuel 7:3), Isaiah (Isaiah 1:24-27), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 4:1-4), Lehi (1 Nephi 1:18-20), Ezekiel (Ezekiel 33:11), Daniel (Daniel 2:18; 9:3, 9, 17-18, 23), Habakkuk (Habakkuk 3:2), Joel (Joel 1:13-14; 2:12-17), John the Baptist (Matthew 3:5-12), James (James 5:1-6), John the Revelator (Revelation 2:5, 16, 21-22), Yeshua (Luke 13:1-5), Nephi (1 Nephi 7:13, 11:36), Jacob (Jacob 2:33, 3:1-3), Mosiah (Mosiah 7:31, 29:27), Alma (Alma 1:12, 4:11, 9:18, 10:18-27), Helaman (Helaman 8:5, 26), Samuel the Lamanite (Helaman 13:5-6), Mormon (Mormon 6:22), Ether (Ether 8:23-25) and Moroni (Moroni 8:27, 9:22).

About a year before COVID-19 hit, in his April 2019 General Conference address “We Can Do Better and Be Better,” President Nelson actually said “I plead with you to repent.” Yet I haven’t observed any major course corrections in humanity nor the church.

The Second Wave

Yet when prophets’ pleas have been ignored -- even after a short time -- God has sent a second wave of warnings. They may come in the form of plagues (Zechariah 14:12, 15, 18; 2 Chronicles 21:14; Exodus 9:14; Numbers 11:33; Revelation 16:9, 21) or pestilences (Exodus 9:14). 

The conditions for the alleviation of these divine calamities is three-fold: mankind must repent of:

  • Its sins (Mosiah 12:2-7; Helaman 11:15; D&C 97:26)
  • Its unbelief in God (2 Nephi 6:15) and 
  • Not remembering Him (Helaman 12:3). 

The remedy for these plagues and pestilences: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:13-14)

It’s interesting to note that in 2 Chronicles 7:13-14, it’s “my people” who are “called by my name” who are the fulcrum in healing lands.

Let’s assume for a minute that we can and should take God literally, and that we, His people, can help turn this thing around.

Are we, as a church membership, humbling ourselves?

Are we praying more than ever?

Are we seeking -- and encouraging others to seek -- the face of the Lord?

Are we turning from our wicked ways?

If we are not, if things seem to be drifting more in the direction of evil than good, darkness than light, faith in the arm of flesh over faith in God, then how can we possibly expect the Lord to heal our land?

The Third Wave

"And if the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you; yea, then is the time he will visit you with great destruction even as he has hitherto visited this land." (Mosiah 29:27)

  • I see no evidence that we, collectively, as church members, are humbling ourselves. 
  • Seeking the face of the Lord is considered “a familiar tactic of the adversary.”. Many who do so are considered zealots, troublemakers and even apostates.
  • If we had turned from our wicked ways, then we would be seeing greater manifestations of priesthood power, which we are not (see Pres. Boyd K Packer, “The Power of the Priesthood,” April 2010 General Conference; and Pres. Russell M Nelson, “Ministering with the Power and Authority of God,” April 2018 General Conference)
  • I am also convinced that the voice of the people (elected officials?), in many countries, now chooses iniquity over righteousness, and many laws which have and are being passed are corrupted.

"For as their laws and their governments were established by the voice of the people, and they who chose evil were more numerous than they who chose good, therefore they were ripening for destruction, for the laws had become corrupted." (Helaman 5:2)

If these points are accurate, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon us. Then is the time God will visit us with more great destructions.

What should we be looking for in these judgments?

"For I, the Almighty, have laid my hands upon the nations, to scourge them for their wickedness.

And plagues shall go forth, and they shall not be taken from the earth until I have completed my work, which shall be cut short in righteousness" (D&C 84:96-97; emphasis mine)

When will they hit?

"For a desolating scourge shall go forth among the inhabitants of the earth, and shall continue to be poured out from time to time, if they repent not, until the earth is empty, and the inhabitants thereof are consumed away and utterly destroyed by the brightness of my coming." (D&C 5:19; emphasis mine)

Where will it hit?

"for a desolating sickness shall cover the land" (D&C 45:31; emphasis mine) (Note: COVID-19 was bad, but it wasn’t “desolating,” which is defined as “to bring to a complete end the physical soundness, existence, or usefulness of”

How bad will it be?

"The Lord’s scourge shall pass over by night and by day, and the report thereof shall vex all people; yea, it shall not be stayed until the Lord come; For the indignation of the Lord is kindled against their abominations and all their wicked works." (D&C 97:23-24; emphasis mine) (Note: “vex” means “to disturb the peace of mind of (someone) especially by repeated disagreeable acts”)

What is the nature of this plague / desolating scourge / desolating sickness?

“So the first went and poured out his vial upon the earth, and a foul, loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.” (Revelation 16:2) (Note: The word 'sore' in the Greek is helkose, which means 'ulcer'. It may be very foul-smelling, painful ulcers that are malignant)

"Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet." (Habakkuk 3:5)

What should we do during these plagues / pestilences / scourges?

"Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain." (Isaiah 26:20-21)

How long will we need to stay in our “chambers”?

"And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man." (Revelation 7:5)

Interestingly, a friend of mine who is very close to the Lord had the following dream last year:

“Last night, I had a very vivid dream about the next pandemic.

In it, I was attacked by about 10,000 demons. When they first appeared, I was able to fight them off. But soon thereafter, all the demons -- one sector at a time -- got a unique and customized upload of information (almost like a wifi signal). I actually watched them get the upload, and I knew what it was. As it was ending, I thought "Oh crap!" And sure enough, they were far tougher and smarter.

I knew during the dream that each demon represented not COVID-19, but the NEXT virus. Each demon had barbs or hooks on them which released poison when touching someone. When they touched me, the poison was released and immediately started negatively influencing each cell in my body. (I could see what was happening inside my body as well as the sensations; it was excruciatingly painful). As I fought them, each sector of demons would get a new information upload and adapt to my counterattacks. The poison changed my blood cells so they would look like the current COVID-19, only instead of viruses with spikes with suction-looking ends, there were barbs, like a scorpion or a wasp. It seemed during the dream that this battle lasted for about a day and a half. I was able to wake up during one of their upload times. After waking up, I was severely traumatized and it took a while to begin shaking it off.

How do you fight a virus that mutates and adapts to any counterattack? You don't. Mankind doesn't. Only God can. And the #1 thing God says to do, throughout all the scriptures, is to humble yourself, turn your heart to God and repent. 

You know how when you look at a tree, you know it's a tree? Or you look at a mountain, and you know it's a mountain? When I saw this virus, I knew what it was. The next one.”

“the torment of a scorpion”...”there were barbs, like a scorpion or a wasp”...Interesting!

“Exercising Faith” -- The Best (and Perhaps Only) Viable Option

According to the General Handbook of Instructions, members should be “Seeking competent medical help, exercising faith, and receiving priesthood blessings” which “work together for healing, according to the will of the Lord.” (https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/general-handbook/38-church-policies-and-guidelines?lang=eng#title_number126)

Via the scriptures, we know that COVID-19 isn’t the last pandemic we’ll have to survive. Regarding the next pandemic, 

  • Do you want to “roll the dice'' that the “wisdom” of man -- modern medical science -- will know what to do about it (the preceding scriptures imply medical science will be powerless against these “desolating scourges”)? Or that you’ll even have access to doctors even if they did know? Or that there will be enough doctors even alive to treat the living?
  • Do you want to “roll the dice” that a fellow ward member will have the requisite power in the priesthood, faith in God and (most crucially) a tight enough relationship with Him to clearly hear, understand and articulate His will, while using first-person pronouns, to bless you?  Or that you’ll even be able to access another priesthood holder in the event of another lockdown (which the scriptures clearly state will happen again)?

Yes, “seeking competent medical help” and “receiving priesthood blessings” are important considerations. But in the path of an incurable curse upon mankind, can you guarantee they will be enough?

The only thing that’s left is “exercising faith” -- specifically, the Gift of Healing...

...a gift that, as you may be sensing by now, you urgently need.

Neither you nor I know when the next pandemic is going to hit. But we do know that (1) it will, (2) because mankind generally remained spiritually deaf to God’s warning this time around, it’ll likely be worse than COVID-19, and (3) 

“if ye are prepared ye shall not fear.” (D&C 38:30)

Prepare Yourself for THE Wedding

“Every bride seeks to appear beautiful in the eyes of her groom. But it's often an involved process, an expensive and a long process. 

In the ancient Hebrew marriage, the bride and groom would stay separated for a year. The groom would prepare a place for the bride. And the bride would prepare herself for the groom. Her mission was to get ready and make herself beautiful. 

That's why you and Messiah are separated, because this is the time given you to prepare for marriage, to become beautiful in His eyes. 

If you're looking at yourself, your heart, your attitude, your spirituality... it can be pretty ugly... but don't be discouraged. For it's in seeing her lack of beauty that the bride becomes beautiful in the Lord. 

This is the time of your preparation. You have to become beautiful.” (Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, Message #405 “The Sound of The Bridegroom,” March 8, 2021)

The Lord has been crystal clear not only about how to survive these future waves of plagues / pestilences / scourges, but also how to spiritually beautify yourself prior to the wedding of the Groom and His bride:

  • Pray
  • Call upon God’s name
  • Humble yourself
  • Repent of your sins
  • Repent of your unbelief in God
  • Repent of your not remembering God
  • Seek His face

Here’s another scripture which I believe meets this criteria:

“Verily, thus saith the Lord: It shall come to pass that every soul who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice, and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face and know that I am;” (D&C 93:1)

Want to dive into D&C 93:1 in more depth? Click here and scroll down to the sections which begin with “D&C 93:1.” There, you’ll see dozens of posts to help you start beautifying.


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Sunday, February 21, 2021

The Gift of Healing Part 2: What's Under the "Tip of the Iceberg" Regarding the Gift of Healing




As we embark on this series of posts/podcasts regarding the Gift of Healing, I thought I should let you in on a little-known fact:

These blog posts, these podcasts, are simply the opening stanzas of a beautful discussion on this profound gift. They are, to use an analogy, just the "tip of the iceberg."

The real discussion, where some real meaty content is found, lies in our Facebook group. For example: just yesterday, a brand new subscriber posted their story of healing from scoliosis which involves two generations of women hearkening to the Lord's quiet reassurances, despite all medical advice to the contrary.

You can't join "The Perfect Day" Facebook group by simply clicking Facebook's "Join the Group" button. There's also a form to fill out, which clearly explains what the group is and isn't about.

We really look forward to your participation and engaging in the discussion about the Gift of Healing (and more!) on our Facebook group. Start the process today by clicking the button below, which will take you to our subscription form. And if you want to remain anonymous in our group, that's fine. Email me at ldsperfectday@gmail.com for some suggestions on how to anonymously participate. 

We hope that our focus on the Gift of Healing will be meaningful not only to you, but those in your life as well. We know that as we turn our hearts, minds, hands and feet over to the Master Healer, He will give us ample opportunities to see that He is still enthusiastically healing people these days, and wants you to not only be a spectator, but also a participant, with Him in these healings.






Monday, February 15, 2021

The Gift of Healing Part 1: Let the Healing Begin


"Jesus was walking to Jairus’s house, but he didn’t go alone. A crowd went with him. He was being jostled, pushed against, pressed into when suddenly he stopped and asked the seemingly ridiculous question, “Who touched me?”

A woman came forward. She too fell at his feet and told him, the scriptures say, “the whole truth." She had been bleeding for twelve years. She was getting worse. She had seen every doctor, done every treatment, and spent every dime. She knew only that if she could press through the crowds and even just touch Jesus’s garment, she would be healed.

It was illegal for this woman to be out with the people. She was bleeding. She was unclean. It was against the law that she, a woman, would touch Jesus, a man. But against all the laws and against all the odds, she reached out to Jesus, she pressed into him with everything she had, and she was healed.

And Jesus thought she was awesome. 'Your faith has healed you. Go in peace.'" (Stasi Eldredge, "Becoming Myself")

It wasn't two men in suits, a little oil dabbed on her head or some trite statement about God being aware of her that healed her. No. It was her faith -- a faith so deep, so profound, that it pressed into Yeshua, and moved Him to compassion.

Just five words:

YOUR

FAITH

HAS

HEALED

YOU.

"I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee..." (2 Kings 20:5)

We latter-day saints are, by and large, dismally inadequate in our knowledge (let alone usage) of spiritual gifts like the Gift of Healing. We tend to gravitate towards things we know and have been familiar with, instead of venturing into the unknown. It reminds me of that scene from Indiana Jones and the Holy Grail: When faced with traversing a deep canyon, he had to take a step into thin air in order to see the real path that lay before him. But we tend to not take that leap of faith into thin air...to our detriment.



When competent medical professionals only take you so far

When it comes to healing, many do what’s found in the General Handbook of Instructions 38.7.8 - Medical and Health Care: We seek “competent medical help,” consulting “with competent medical professionals who are licensed in the areas where they practice.”

Competent medical professionals definitely have a role in our lives. It’s said that “God helps those who help themselves,” and sometimes, the raft that’s going to save us from the floods will be your doctor. If I break my arm, I’ll go to my doctor. If I need to get a blood test to see if my hormone levels are off, I’ll go to my doctor.

For all their expertise though, doctors and other medical experts have yet to cure cancer. Yet I have seen, with my own eyes, a man cured of Stage 4 cancer right on the spot by a person specifically exercising the Gift of Healing. Modern medicine can’t cure a debilitating migraine in a few minutes. Yet I know a woman who healed herself by exercising the Gift of Healing, and commanded a 5-day migraine to go away. It did in a few minutes. 

When priesthood blessings only take you so far

Per the General Handbook, we also receive “priesthood blessings,” calling “the elders of the church” to “let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” 

Yet as we’ll read in a future post here, President Nelson has been very critical about the quality of priesthood power (or shall I say the lack thereof) among today’s priesthood holders. It is he and other apostles -- not I -- who have proclaimed to the world that priesthood blessings aren’t bringing about the results they should be. Most, if not all, tend to be prayers and requests, not pronouncements of power. And in a church whose truth claims are predicated upon the maxim “By their fruits ye shall know them,” ineffectual priesthood blessings are a very problematic situation.

“Exercising faith”

But a third method for receiving healing that’s mentioned in that General Handbook section -- “exercising faith” -- is still a mystery to many, if not most.

“We know too little about spiritual gifts. This is evident in our communications, and it is also evident in our failure to seek after and use spiritual gifts.” (Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “Spiritual Gifts”, Brigham Young University Women’s Conference, March 28, 1986; https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/1986/09/spiritual-gifts)

This is regrettable, because if Brother Joseph were alive today, he’d be saying we should be making faith our first solution with respect to healing, and not a two-word afterthought:

"I preached to a large congregation at the stand, on the science and practice of medicine, desiring to persuade the Saints to trust in God when sick, and not in an arm of flesh, and live by faith and not by medicine, or poison..." (Joseph Smith, History of the Church 4:414)

In the New Testament, Yeshua promised His disciples that “signs shall follow them that believe,” including casting out devils, speaking “with new tongues,” and healing the sick. Note that the Lord said it would be those who believe -- not just men. It’s anybody who believes in Him. Let that sink in.

“During our time here on earth, we have been charged to develop the natural gifts and capabilities Heavenly Father has blessed us with. Then it will be our opportunity to use these gifts to become teachers and leaders of God’s children wherever they may be found on earth. To exercise these gifts, we must develop a purity of heart.” (Elder Robert D. Hales, “Gifts of the Spirit,” Ensign, February 2002)

See that pronoun? “We”! It’s not just one specific gender. It’s not just anybody with the title “Elder,” “Bishop” or “President” in front of their last name. It’s ALL who believe.

OK, fine. So how do we proceed?

If you want to exercise your faith -- the same power that created the heavens and the earth, lit 16 stones for the Brother of Jared and parted the Red Sea -- via the Gift of Healing, then you’re going to need to exercise faith: an imperfect knowledge of things hoped and wished for, but not seen (see 2 Corinthians 5:7). 

So, what’s required for you to exercise faith?

“Let us here observe that three things are necessary for any rational and intelligent being to exercise faith in God unto life and salvation.

First, the idea that he actually exists;

Secondly, a correct idea of his character, perfections, and attributes;

Thirdly, an actual knowledge that the course of life which one is pursuing is according to His will. For without an acquaintance with these three important facts, the faith of every rational being must be imperfect and unproductive. But with this understanding, it can become perfect and fruitful, abounding in righteousness unto the praise and glory of God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Lectures on Faith 3:2-5)

You need to not only know that God exists, but know His character, perfections, and attributes. And you need to know His will. The Lectures on Faith describe these three points as a “sure foundation for the exercise of faith in God.”

Want a really good example of how someone exercised that faith and turned it into a genuine, bona fide miracle? Then come with me, 2,000 years ago...

He Left the Boat


“Kayfa, also known as Simon Peter, messed up. We know more about his mess ups than the mess ups of anyone else in the New Testament. He messed up rebuking the Lord, denying the Lord, comparing the Lord to Moses and Elijah, and sinking into the water. Peter seems, often, to be stumbling through the New Testament. The main thing about Peter is not that he stumbled, but that he walked. He may have stumbled... but at least he walked. He was the only apostle who started sinking into the water, but at least he walked on the water. None of the others sank, but none of the others walked. Which had the better portion? It was the one who at least walked on the water. And Peter became the leader of them all. Most of the disciples and most of us would rather avoid the risk of stumbling, falling, and sinking by choosing not to step out in faith.” (Oswald Chambers, “Kayfah : A Man Called Peter”)

We latter-day saints are told to stay in the “Good Ship Zion,” and so we do. But as Pres. Oaks’ aptly described above, perhaps we’re taking that in-boat orientation a bit too far. Collectively, we aren’t stepping out of the boat, pursuing (let alone exercising) gifts of the spirit. We avoid the perceived risk of sinking in the water, so we never leave the perceived safety of just going to medical professionals (who often just treat symptoms, not actual causes, of medical maladies) and priesthood blessings (many of which the church president has condemned as ineffectual).

We could be doing better, but we aren’t.

Want proof? Then fine -- message me back with how many people were publicly cured of Covid via the Gift of Healing. Many of Yeshua’s healings were public. Why should we, His followers, be any different?

Imagine if we were considered “The church that cures Covid!” Do you think our missionary efforts would become kind of effortless? But no, we are not. I haven’t heard of very many people cured on the spot from Covid. And why not? Well, we’ll get into that soon.

But what matters is, God is calling you to step out in faith! Don’t you think that it’s better for you to have stepped out in faith than to have never stepped out at all? Just ask Peter.

The Gift of Healing on a Silver Platter

This year, LDS Perfect Day will focus most of its posts on one thing: the Gift of Healing. Here’s what you can expect in the weeks and months to come as we present perhaps the most comprehensive examination of this gift found anywhere on the internet:

  • Why there’s an urgent, critical need for the Gift of Healing...more so than at any other time in mankind’s history.
  • Why church leaders are consistently saying why you can’t count on priesthood blessings.
  • The real reason why we don’t see the Gift of Healing being exercised in this, the restored church.
  • What traditions you must unlearn so you have a snowball’s chance of exercising the Gift of Healing.
  • At least six myths/traditions latter-day saints believe which inhibits the Gift of Healing in their lives and the church as a whole.
  • Knowing God’s will: A prime pre-requisite in exercising the Gift of Healing.
  • How to proceed in healing people.
  • One of the most important things one can do with the Gift of Healing (which most don’t do). 

Now, if you’re wanting or hoping for a step-by-step, bullet-pointed list of how to exercise the Gift of Healing, then I recommend revisiting this blog in about a year or so, when we’re done discussing healing. That’s because you’re likely not ready to implement it. Also, healing presupposes that you are able to discern God’s will regarding not only whether a person should be healed, but also how it should be done. God’s methods of healing are diverse and not subject to some kind of micro-managed, Pharisaical list.

The woman with the issue of blood had the faith to reach out her hand, and she was healed. Peter left the safety and security of the boat because he took Yeshua’s plea to “come follow me” seriously. In the process, he performed a miracle no other mortal has reportedly done. 

At least for a moment, both of them were firmly transfixed on the Savior, and as they were, they experienced a miracle. 

How about you? Are you willing to focus everything -- everything -- on Him, so you can experience a miracle, too?

Are you ready and willing to do what it takes to exercise the Gift of Healing?

If so, are you ready and willing to leave the safety and security of what you *think* you know...and to trust in He who knows all things?

You may feel you’re not worthy enough to heal another of some significant physical or mental condition. You’re not a scriptorian. You’re not a leader. You have tons of problems yourself. 

But you know what? None of those things matter! What matters is, Do you believe in God? Are you familiar with His characteristics? Is it His will that you heal another? If so, then congratulations: You’re qualified.

And once you’re qualified, He’ll put you to work. He’ll start you in the shallow end of the pool, so to speak. You’ll pray for someone to heal, and He’ll put you in their path. Sure, you may not heal a broken bone, but a healed heart. You’ll get a lot of those. Then you’ll thank God for the opportunity, and you’ll ask Him for more. 

In time, you’ll heal two people in a day. Then it’s three a day, and four a day. It progresses to the point that you grow into the Gift of Healing. And you know -- you know -- that you are a healer.

And once you have that knowledge, that confidence, that you could only have acquired by working alongside the Master Healer, there is nothing, absolutely nothing -- not even the devil and hell itself -- can stop you.

I invite you to step out of the boat. Join me in planting your feet on the surface of the water. Join me in reaching out to Yeshua, and witnessing first-hand how He can heal you, and others, in ways and extents that are truly miraculous.




Wednesday, January 20, 2021

False Prophecies, False Blessings and False Messages


"For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in ALL things." (2 Nephi 2:11; emphasis mine)

For every truly-pronounced prophecy, there are usually many, many more false ones. I mean, these are the last days! Why expect anything else?

Over the last few months, we've been exposed to quite a few prophecies about President Trump's "sure" and "certain" re-inauguration. And as of this minute, they were all proven wrong. Here's my proof:

  • “First of all, I want to say without question, Trump is going to win the election,” and “The Lord told me the president is going to be re-elected.” (Pat Robertson, "700 Club," Christian Broadcasting Network founder)
  • “God has called President Trump to lead this next four years (a second term) in our country.” (Sid Roth, host of "It's Supernatural")
  • "This morning when I woke up, I didn’t even know there was an election because I had been in the future and I saw that President Trump had won.” (Kevin Zadai, YouTuber, author, speaker)
  • “There is no doubt whatsoever. (Trump) will win. That’s God’s plan,” and “The rocks are about to move and Trump will be president no matter what you hear. He will sit in office for four more years and God will have His way in this country.” (Kat Kerr, President of One Quest International, a for-profit religious corporation)
  • “Donald J. Trump would be re-elected.” (Jeremiah Johnson, founder of Jeremiah Johnson Ministries, author, minister)
  • “Tika hatta onda ora batta ronda aka aka ora manda rasa ta" (Paula White, televangelist, prosperity theologian, spiritual advisor to Donald Trump, prophesying a 2nd term in an unknown, uninterpreted tongue)

When Emotions Override Truth

The above is just a small sampling of those who predicted what we now know is false: Biden, not Trump, was inaugurated today. There are many -- including some within our own faith -- who also gave similar/verbatim prophecies. In some cases, repeatedly.

Given that these prophecies are now officially "false," it's legitimate to ask why they were pronounced in the first place. The possibilities include:

  1. God was wrong.
  2. Biden persuaded God to change His mind.
  3. God changed His mind on His own volition, but deliberately/accidentally didn't tell these "prophets".
  4. God changed His mind on His own volition, and told these "prophets", but they never passed that fact on to us.
  5. These “prophets” never heard God in the first place, but instead heard their own emotions, thoughts and egos OR they heard a lying spirit.

I vote option #5. You?

It's not like this is the first time this has happened.

"Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the prophets say unto them, Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place. 

Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.

Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land; By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.

And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and they shall have none to bury them, them, their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters: for I will pour their wickedness upon them." (Jeremiah 14:13-16, also see Jeremiah 23:16-22)

Soon, many of these “prophets” may pronounce some convoluted excuses for their fake divinations: Trump can always run again and win in four years (aka "moving the goal posts"), we didn't pray enough for a Trump inauguration (aka it's our fault, which God's omniscience never took into account), they were just testing us to see if we'd fall for a falsehood...blah, blah, blah. 

There are others who have pronounced prophecies via dreams or visions from God. In one case, the recipient described God as either tapping or pounding His fist on a calendar, underscoring horrible disasters and man-made tragedies which -- in the final analysis -- never happened. 

"But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.

And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?

When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him." (Deuteronomy 18:20-22)

Most of these frauds will do anything to get us to look the other way as they continue prophesying while they hold the scriptures, stand in front of a flag and in many cases, ask for more money. Perhaps a few will publicly repent and ask for forgiveness.

And we should forgive them, as well as pray that they be given experiences so they recognize their errors and resolve not repeat them. Beyond that, we leave it to Yeshua, who says, "To me belongeth vengeance" (Deuteronomy 32:25). The consequences He'll mete to these 'prophets" will be both just and merciful.

But what is the lesson to be learned for all the rest of us? 

As was conjectured above, it's unlikely these "prophets" ever heard God in the first place.

"And therein," as the bard would say, "lies the rub."

A VERY Common Occurrence: When We Use the Name of the Lord in Vain

I believe that good, old-fashioned wishful thinking is the prime motivating factor behind most false prophecies. We want people to like us, to love us. And the ability to give people hope and reassurance in a dark, confusing time can be a powerful, beguiling motivator.

False prophecy isn't the only place where this uninspired wishful thinking is manifest. 

Let's talk about priesthood blessings.

For example, in Jack Weyland's book "Charly," the character Sam gives his wife (Charly) a blessing on her deathbed. There, he blesses her that she'll be better. Instead, she dies shortly thereafter.

This isn't an unusual occurrence. I've seen similar things happen so often, that the tendency among members is to just simply dismiss it by saying, "Well, I guess it wasn't God's will." That's interesting because I thought that's what blessings are supposed to be -- the relaying of God's words and will to a mortal via a mortal.

So let's consider these false prophecies and what I call "false blessings" what they actually are: "using the Lord's name in vain."

I know we LDS tend to think of "using the Lord's name in vain" in terms of profanity. As yes, that's applicable. But so is using God's name in such a manner as to produce no result: a futile, useless, ineffective, ineffectual, impotent, unsuccessful, failed endeavor.

Put into a religious context, when you pronounce a false prophecy, or give a false blessing, you are using His name to produce an unproductive, fruitless result. That's not what God does. That's not who He is. When God does something, He produces results. They bear fruit.  

And when you let your emotions, your own supposed logic, your desire for someone to be healed or given hope to override God's true words -- and you do it in His name, no less -- then you are preaching, pronouncing and proclaiming an impotent, useless God. You're also breaking a commandment that ranks higher than breaking the sabbath day, murder and adultery.

That's why knowing God's voice and God's will -- a primary focus of this blog, especially over the last year -- is so important. Know His voice and will, and you can move mountains. Don't, and you break no small commandment.

False Prophecies vs Misinformation

Now, while you'll probably never publicly pronounce a prophecy anytime soon, and you'll be a little more on guard not to use the Lord's name in vain, you'll likely be faced with other, subtle opportunities to pass on information that can be just as destructive to others.

All throughout 2020, you and I were exposed to gargantuan amounts of "misinformation" -- "false information that is spread, regardless of intent to mislead." (We were also likely exposed to copious amounts of "disinformation," or "false information, as about a country's military strength or plans, disseminated by a government or intelligence agency in a hostile act of tactical political subversion").

2021 is quickly shaping up to be a banner year in terms of misinformation. Take, for example, this last week. Here's just some of the supposedly reliable information my friends passed on to me. Again, this is all within the last week:

  • "Conclusive evidence will be released showing national wealthy elite and government leaders are pedophiles."
  • "Trump fled the U.S. for Europe."
  • "The Pope was arrested."
  • "The Italian government has collapsed."
  • "The entire Netherlands government resigned."
  • "Trump invoked the Insurrection Act. He will remain President until all domestic enemies are arrested."
  • "The Mayor of Oklahoma City was informed by POTUS via email that the Insurrection Act has been enacted and arrests will begin in that city."
  • (The weekend before the inauguration) "Trump will invoke the 'Stafford Act.'"
  • (The weekend before the inauguration) "Homeland Security is preparing to mobilize the National Guard. They will announce a nationwide, two-week quarantine for all citizens. All businesses will be closed."
  • (From someone’s nephew who is an ex-military naval officer, the weekend before the inauguration) "Trump announces that it is the 'calm before the storm.'"

Although these friends didn't intentionally mislead me, and they (thank goodness) never pronounced these things in the name of the Lord, they did induce varying degrees of concern, uneasiness and even anxiety. All they needed to do was spend 30 seconds on Google. But no, they were lazy, they were sloppy and they diverted my time to have to confirm their unsubstantiated rumor.

I understand that these days, it's hard to differentiate between fact and fiction. But just like the false prophet and the false blessor, the false purveyor of information erodes their credibility with a lie for zero reason whatsoever. And the more they do it, the less credible I find them in all facets of their lives.

How about you? Will you resolve to check things out before you misinform others?

"The Truth Frequency"

As I watched misinformation swirl around me last year (and to a greater extent this year), I developed a theory: 

The truth is its own frequency. 

Those who passionately seek the truth -- I mean, they are willing to put A LOT of effort into understanding truth -- tend to be more "tuned in" to the truth in all factors of their lives. And because of their appreciation of the truth, God blesses them with greater and greater degrees of the Gift of Discernment. 

"PROVE all things; hold fast that which is good." (1 Thessalonians 5:21; emphasis mine).

Conversely, those who don't put in the strenuous efforts to better discern truths tend to be a little more freaked out by just about anything, confused and even anxiety-ridden. They have chosen to not only tune out the truth, but often seek comfort from others who may or may not be as well. 

"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it." (Amos 8:11-12)

I won't pronounce a prophecy right now, but it's pretty safe to assume that as we approach the day of the Lord's return, we'll see more, not fewer, fake news stories, false prophecies, false memes and false messages. And to cope with it all, we'll see more, not fewer, false blessings. 

We'll see more pronouncements that (despite whatever national or worldwide calamity is happening) everything's going to be fine, serene and secure. Just ignore whatever bad thing is happening, because it'll be OK. And as history demonstrates, sometimes those sources will exist in the unlikeliest places.

So if you want to not be a deceiver or to be deceived, if you truly want to develop your Gift of Discernment, then first, you may want to consider drinking more from the scriptures. Tune directly in to God’s frequency. Second, consider your sources -- who you listen to, watch and read. Shut off the flow of misinformation and disinformation that’s influencing your spirit, body and mind. Third, make darn sure you’ve verified any information you share with others.

Look -- it's nice to be optimistic, but to be optimistic at the expense of realism is always a dangerous proposition. 

I understand and share people's hopes and dreams regarding the betterment of the United States. We want the Deep State snuffed out of existence, for the judicial system to convict America-haters, the rich and powerful who have gotten off scott-free and the Constitution and Bill of Rights to reign supreme. We long for the day when the press is truly fair and objective in its analysis and reporting, and social media upholds -- instead of abridges -- our freedoms.

Yet we know that "the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." (2 Timothy 4:4). A time when people will "call evil good, and good evil," "put darkness for light, and light for darkness," "put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter," "who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight!" (Isaiah 5:20-21). Yet God will eventually turn "wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish" (Isaiah 44:25). 

Go read what Nephi, Mormon, Moroni, John the Revelator and Isaiah said about the ultimate destiny of America, the Gentiles and in fact our world. They're all in agreement with Jeremiah -- not these false prophets -- on one crucial fact: that God will "make a full end of all nations" (Jeremiah 30:11). It's going to happen, ok? Just accept that fact. And those who want that delayed are, in essence, wishing for Christ's return to also be delayed.

Time to End the Waiting

Your inability, and perhaps unwillingness, to be tuned in to "The Truth Frequency" may eventually cost you your physical and eternal life.

There's a story by an unknown author called something like "The Devil's Meeting." 

He's meeting with a few of his demons, who are giving him ideas on how they can keep people from truly coming to the Lord. The devil said, "Listen up. As you know, the enemy has been too successful in recruiting mortals to his cause. We need to find a new strategy to keep them out of his clutches."

The first demon said, "I shall tell them that there is no God." The devil said, "Don't be an idiot. They only have to look at the wonders of creation, their own human form, even a tiny baby, the sun, moon and stars and planets each day on their perfect course, the constant cycle of the seasons to know without a doubt that a creator has had a hand in their making."

The second demon said, "I shall tell them that God is not good." The devil said, "That won't work either. They all know that God is the one who forgives even the greatest of sins."

The third demon said, "We can just tell them that they have plenty of time to make up their minds." The devil liked that decision and said, "That's true." 

Over the decades, I've seen that many in our faith have zero sense of urgency regarding the last days. They think they have plenty of time. That the pre-millennial tribulations are something their kids or grandkids will have to grapple with. That they can come to God later, when it's apparent that they really need to do it or the ever-popular, "The Brethren will let us know when it's time to come to head for the hills."

Hey, if your confidence in your timing and in your security in trusting in the arm of flesh is endorsed by God, then see where it gets you. In the meantime, others will be sticking to the revealed words of God and assuming nothing, knowing that the Lord's return and the events preceding it will come "as a thief in the night" (1 Thessalonians 5:2).

You're no doubt familiar with developing relationships. You can't expect a deep, symbiotic relationship with a person you just met. Likewise, it's also illogical to assume you can not only hear Yeshua's voice, but also dialogue with Him, at the last possible minute. You're only fooling yourself if you do. And heaven forbid if you persuade others to think the same, too.

As history has shown, God is usually pretty swift to take such people, and their complacency, into the afterlife...in a place they'd rather not spend eternity in.

Do You Stand for Truth...or Not?

Personally, I believe that today, we are witnessing the last gasps of mankind's appreciation of truth. Our "leaders" have abandoned it. Our media has abandoned it. Our courts have abandoned it. And in many ways, church members have abandoned it. And those who love liberty, freedom and all that our Founding Fathers fought and gave their lives for -- the truth -- well, they weep that fables now reign supreme. 

When mankind turns its back on truth, then God will repeatedly warn us to repent and return to Him. That's why He sends us things like plagues and pandemics, which are allowed to continue until we repent. And if we turn our backs on that opportunity, then the end of all nations can't be too far behind. Just ask Ether and Moroni how that went for their nations.

"this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD:

Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.

Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon:

Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant." (Isaiah 30:9-13)

Sometimes, I wonder why we don't hear more people talking about the one and only antidote to all these problems: Yeshua HaMashiach. I hear about leaders, men of renown, celebrities who encourage us to think nice things and do nice things. But do we hear an emphasis on humility? Turning to God? Repenting? Rejoicing in His mercy? No, not so much.

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)

As I've grown up in our faith, I was constantly fed a diet of a Lord who is unsmiling, quick to anger, unmerciful and unforgiving of those in unfortunate circumstances, a God who is now more concerned about administration than ministration. 

Yet within the last 9 years (as I've been doing this blog), I've come to discover that He's quite the opposite of those attributes. He's so humble, full of life, laughter and love. But just as much, He's so eager to forgive at depths I can't fathom. All He wants is for you to wake up. Seek Him. Hear Him. Trust Him and His atonement, what He says...no matter the doubts by yourself and others. Then seek the forgiveness He desperately offers you...

...so that in your life, there will be no more false prophecies, false blessings and false messages.


Also read: False Prophecy 101