Saturday, October 30, 2010
Behind the babies (LF to RT) : Jared Abbott (younger brother); Terri Abbott (mother) ; Hal Abbott (father); Tara Abbott (older sister); Nigel Cockroft (brother-in-law); Me; Derek Abbott (older brother)
Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3)... The family is ordained of God. -( The Family: A Proclamation to the World )
Thank you Mom & Dad for your righteous example.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
1 out of 4 woman are victim to this disease. WOW! That is a very a high percentage. Most likely there is someone who is dear to you that has been diagnosed. So what can we do about it?
Making it known is the 1st step. I'm not saying everyone needs to run and get pick ties that they can wear on Tuesday, (even though that would be sick!). Make donations, join groups, visit this website http://www.facebook.com/gillettevenus?ref=ts&gclid=CJLfu9SP96QCFQgEbAodeWokhA, you can figure it out... Lets just not "do nothing".
But most of all, remember these brave woman in our thoughts and in our prayers. "Yea, cry unto him against the power of you enemies." (Alma 34:22). Lets fight this enemy called Breast Cancer!
And wear pink next Tuesday!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Today I want to address that question. So I thought it best to hear from Elder Gary J. Coleman who is a great leader in our church.
Watch the video.
I want to bear my humble testimony that Jesus Christ is who He proclaims to be, "the light and the life of the world" ( 3 Nephi 11:11 ). He truly did suffer and die for the sins of all mankind and is our perfect example in every way. Learn of Him. If you have not read the Bible and the Book of Mormon, you are cheating yourself and missing out on gospel truth that has been restored by God Himself. To obtain a free copy of the Bible and the Book of Mormon, visit http://www.mormon.org/ and request a visit from a missionary like myself.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Lets reach out to those who need it the most: The "unpopular kid" who sits by himself at school, the person who is around but is never noticed or talked to, the "weird dude", that "funny looken person", the guy who goes outside to smoke a cigarette by himself, the lonely alcoholic, the single parent, the single adult, the guy who comes into church smelling like smoke and booze, the annoying kid, the poor family, the new guy, the foreigner, the forgotten man... the list goes on.
Lets serve The One (God), by serving the one unnoticed
"And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." - Mosiah 2:17
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
A common question that I hear from people is "do you have any siblings?" I tell them I have two brothers and two sisters and I am right in the middle. Than I proudly inform them that I have little brother serving a church mission with me right now and he is in Chile. That's exciting stuff!!
My little brother Jared and I started filling out our mission papers at the same time volunteering to serve the Lord. We helped push each other to live righteously and increase our faith. I was living in Utah at the time, so we would talk on the phone every now and again. Every night we would text each other a scripture that touched us that day from our studies. I would read his and he would read mine. It was neat. We later recruited others to join us in our little activity, Derek (my older brother), Micheal and Aubrey (my cousins). We did this for about 5 months.
Than the day came when I received my mission call to serve in the California Santa Rosa Mission. So in March, I headed west. While in California, Jared received his call to the Chile Rancagua Mission. He departed in October. So for the past year we have both been doing the same exact thing just on different sides of the equator. It is such a boost to me to know that I have a true friend that I look up to, praying for me and fighting the same fight that I am fighting everyday. We are called to baptize.
Jared in Chile (Ill give you a hint... he is the one with the blond hair)
The lovely Rochell family
If your in Chile or northern California the gospel of Jesus Christ is the same. We teach the same exact thing!
That always amazes me. But it is also so very simple. I have talked to many people of many other faiths and they all seem to disagree with each other; even if they claim to be from the same church, faith, or religion. There are Christan's arguing against Christians.
"One Lord, one faith, one baptism" - Ephesians 4:5.
He doesn't say, One Lord, 2 faiths, 2 baptisms
He doesn't say, One Lord, 45 faiths, 44 baptisms
He doesn't say, One Lord, 1098 faiths, 987 baptisms
I think you get my point...
God is a god of order; just look up at the sky or into a flower. So it is with His church and gospel.
Elder Jared Abbott and I are striving to spread the good news "Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:" -Ephesians 4:13. That is was Paul's mission, that's Jared's mission, that's my mission, and most of all, that's Christ mission.
To learn more on how God has once again called a prophet to the earth to unify His people, visit http://mormon.org/
Monday, October 18, 2010
I love this little message. Is it not true?
We all have burdens that need to be lifted. So lets always look to the source of the ultimate relief, the Lord Jesus Christ.
I recently have felt one of my burdens lifted from the Savior. Because of His atoning sacrifice, a wrong that I did, suddenly was made right through repentance. I know I have harmed many people in my past; and because of the natural man that I am, I will harm people in my future. Because of these experiences that I have gone through, I realize that I can do nothing on my own. I need help and assistance. No matter how much I try to "fix things" or "make things right", I fall short. I just can not do certian things on my own. There is some "fixing" that can only be done by him. Elder James Abbott needs mercy! I know now more than ever that "it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do."(http://scriptures.lds.org/en/2_ne/25) . We can not fully be forgiven or have fully burdens lifted on our own accout or efforts. We must turn to Him! We must do our part so He can do His. I thank God everyday for my sending His Son to save me and lift my burdens when I can't. He is the ultimate "fixer upper". Learn of Him and than turn to Him, so He can fix the mistakes that we all make. Remember, it is only beacuse of Him that my sins and your sins will be blotted out. I love Him.