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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

291: READING THE WORDS OF A PROPHET

 In order to follow the prophet we must read and listen to his words. The words of a true prophet are God's words. If a prophet makes an effort to have his words published into a book,  then it would be important to buy and read that book. We could assume the words contained in that book are likely scripture.

I took the time to read the latest book written by President Monson entitled, "One Little Match".  He has personally autographed all the books being sold at Deseret Book. The book contains only 711 words.  I thought I would save you each 20.00 bucks and share all 711 words on this blog for you all to read. (you can also read these words on www.lds.org)


"When I was growing up, each summer from early July until early September my family stayed at our cabin at Vivian Park in Provo Canyon in Utah. One of my best friends during those carefree days was Danny Larsen, whose family also owned a cabin at Vivian Park.  Every day he and I roamed this children’s paradise to find the best spot on the river to fish. Besides catching fish, we collected rocks form the stream or found other treasures, like an empty bird’s next or a discarded antler. It was even fun to find dead bugs for my bug collection. There were always plenty of trails to hike and trees to climb.

Danny and I enjoyed each minute of each hour of each day. One morning as we sat on the cabin steps, Danny asked, “What should we do today, Tommy?”

I thought about all the possibilities. Suddenly, I had a new thought. With a bit of excitement, I said, “We should have a campfire tonight with all of our canyon friends!”

“Great idea!” Danny said. “But we’ll need to clear a space big enough for all of us to fit.”

“I know just the field,” I smiled. Our quick walk to a nearby field took only a few minutes. The tall June grass that covered the large area had become dry and prickly.

“No one’s going to want to have a campfire here,” Danny complained.

“Not a problem,” I assured him. “We’ll just pull out the grass until we clear a circle enough for the campfire and all of our friends!”

We began to pull at the tall grass, but our enthusiasm didn’t last long. We tugged and yanked with all our might, but all we got were small handfuls of the stubborn weeds. And then what I thought was the perfect solution came into my eight-year-old mind. I said to Danny, “All we need to do is set these weeds on fire. We’ll just burn a circle in the weeds!”

He readily agreed, and I ran to our cabin to get a few matches. For one little moment, I remembered the many lessons that my parents had taught me about the danger of fire. In fact, at the young age of eight I wasn’t even permitted to use matches without adult supervision. However, Danny and I needed to clear the field, and using a match would be the fastest way to do it. Without even a second thought, I ignored the warning and found the box of matches in the kitchen. I grabbed a few matchsticks, making certain no one was watching, and quickly hid them in one of my pockets. Back to Danny I ran, excited that in my hand was the answer to our problem. I recall thinking that the fire would burn only as far as we wanted and then would somehow magically extinguish itself. I knelt down next to Danny and took out one little match. I struck it on a rock and set the parched June grass ablaze.


 

 
 It ignited as though it had been drenched in gasoline. At first, Danny and I were thrilled as we watched the weeds disappear- but I soon became apparent that the fire was not about to go out on its own.

 We panicked as we realized there was nothing we could do to stop the blaze. The menacing flames began to follow the wild grass up the mountain side, endangering the pine trees and everything else in their path. 

Finally, we had to run for help. Soon all the men and the women at Vivian Park were dashing back and forth with wet burlap bags, beating at the flames in an attempt to extinguish them. After several hours, the last remaining embers were finally smothered


Danny and I were exhausted and humbled. We felt terrible about what had happened. If ony I had acted differently in that one little second and never picked up even one little match. I learned several difficult but important lessons that day. Perhaps the biggest lesson was the need for obedience. Rules and laws are created to keep us safe. When we obey those rules, we can avoid the dangers that can come from something as small as one little match.


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 If we "Follow the Prophet" (meaning the President of the church), and "Stay in the Boat" we are not only guaranteed that we will not be deceived and but we mostly likely will receive our gold star on our forehead after we depart from this world. There is little else required..., pay your tithing, keep some dietary restrictions, be moral, dress modestly in conjunction with wearing specific clothing, attend church meetings, keep good family relations and make sure you don't improperly use matches. Wow, this mortal estate isn't that hard. :)

8 comments:

  1. You are talking about no guarantee that we will not be deceived yet you quote pseudepigrapha all the time? So yes beliefs differ from one person to the next, but you claim your beliefs as truth, yet there is little empirical proof for your truths. You re-define truth to fit your goals and views. I know the Mormon church re-define terms all the time. Believers have to twist and redefine their thing to give themselves certainty where there is not any.It is willful blindness.

    If you are worried about being deceived, look at your own beliefs and pick it a part as if you were investigating another church to see if there is any truth to it.

    I don't know if you were born into a family that raised you LDS, but you really should examine your beliefs. To do so as you would if you were looking into another religion is very hard to do in a honest way.


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    1. Thanks for your advice to examine my beliefs. That is basically what this blog is all about. :)

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    2. It is important work to do. I know questioning in a faith where the axiom is "I know", brings enormous consequences to the one that questions. I do understand if you feel you can not go to far in your questions because of different pressures from your spouse, other family and friends. It is hard being born into a family and culture where there is tremendous pressure to conform to the established authoritarian structures in the religion. You have no doubt been conditioned to feel guilt and shame for not living up to the ideas that are promoted in your "scriptures" and so called prophets.

      I visit your blog because of your questioning, I enjoy the honesty in the questions. In your posts on this blog I see your more fundamental leanings towards the teachings LDS founder Joseph Smith and his writings. I would encourage you to question deeper and more critically.

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  2. I do not see prophetic words in this book…just the words of someone who learned a lession the hard way.
    Prophetic words, especially those someone has taken the time and expended the resources to put into print, in my opinion, should teach of the need for personal repentance and should testify of our Lord, otherwise they are not truly "prophetic" but just wise advice.
    I have no doubt Pres. Monson is a kindly grandfather, but I am looking for the further light and knowledge Father promised to send.
    JR

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  3. Do you really think the author of this blog is being serious?!

    Come on readers! You obviously have NOT read all his past blog posts.

    Sorry to speak for you here, Author, but I am positive some don't understand an awakening tone that has been exposing truth in this blog.

    Folks, if Monson is a prophet then oh boy, you better pay $20 for that book that rivals the Book of Mormon and definitely Isaiah.

    If on the other hand you want to read something incredible, do yourselves a favour and read one of the three witnesses' David Whitmer's incredible expose on Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. He was there during the translation process, and his final statement is 'An address to all believers in Christ'

    http://www.mormonismi.net/pdf/address_to_all_believers.pdf

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  4. Sarcasm is a difficult thing to put words to, because the tone of the words is in the mind of the reader. I had a good chuckle from your tone in the last paragraph. Thanks for showing me how easy it is to be exalted! (Wink wink)

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  5. When we joke that the GAs are "rock stars" and celebrities in LDS culture this personal book signing of a $20 (yikes) book containing 711 words by "Our Beloved Prophet- even President Thomas S. Monson" brings it all home doesn't it?

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