Friday, August 31, 2012

Let's pull Weeds!!

Let's pull weeds everybody! It's so fun!
Yeah I know.. you're thinking: this guy is crazy.

No one I have ever met likes pulling weeds and few people even want to. When we get slack, they show up in the front yard. Some say it's impossible to keep them from coming. Others say it should just be ignored. Now I want to propose something to you.

Weeds are always showing up in life. Pulling weeds can be a draining process, taking lots of time and effort.  As we weed, sometimes we try to pull it all the way but miss a part of the root. This can result in the weed coming back later. Smaller weeds when ignored can grow to be bigger weeds, making them much harder to remove. Not even mentioning allergies, back pain, and itchiness, weeding is tough work. Is it really worth it in the end?

Let us compare weeds to sin.
We all sin. Sin makes us unclean, and unhappy. For "wickedness never was happiness" as it states in Alma 41:10. These sins are sometimes large and sometimes small. When we want to get rid of sin, we repent. This process can seem very painful and drawn out, but through Christ's power and mercy we can be forgiven of our sins. He will make our joy as exceeding as was our pain.
Come unto Christ, and He will help you be clean and free from sin once again. He will heal all the wrongs that were done by sin and make you whole.

The Lord has said:
D&C 58: 42 Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven,
and I, the Lord, remember them no more.
43 By this ye may know if a man repenteth of his sins—behold,
he will confess them and forsake them.
We confess to God our sins and we ask for his help to change ourselves. This change can be difficult when WE try to do everything. Christ is the one who can change us to make us not even want to sin.

Ezekiel 36: 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
 We can have that clean fresh start by turning to God and asking for the power of Christ's atonement to heal us and change us. Christ can be the miraculous power that gets rid of all your weeds in your life. Now do you like weeding? I sure do.

I testify that we can repent and be forgiven of all the sins we have committed. We Can and Will be changed by Christ's infinite love and mercy and He will forgive you.
Here is a song that my mom wrote about forgiveness. It is very beautiful and I recommend you listen to it. Click on the play button on the bottom of your screen after getting to the site.!/artist/artist_songs/797382

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Have 1 Minute?

I would like you to ponder for just 1 minute on who the Savior Jesus Christ is to you. What do you cherish that he has accomplished? How can you learn from His example?

1 minute video:

I know that Jesus Christ Lives. He has given His life for us so that we can overcome sin and death through the atonement. I rejoice in his teachings and strive to follow His example. I know great joy comes as we turn to Christ and follow Him and learn of Him.

If you have any questions about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and our beliefs
my companion and I can teach you about what we believe:
My profile on Facebook.!/ElderBaer

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Starving? Feast on Scripture.

Directions: Open daily. Add personal prayer.
Feast on the word.
"You don't have to read the scriptures...
  except on the days you eat"
This statement is very important. When we read the scriptures we are fed by the things we study. We gain strength to more easily overcome the natural man. Since we are spirits that are learning to control our bodies there are two sides to us. Our Spirit desires to be fed by the word of God and the uplifting things in life for the welfare of our soul. The spirit and the body are the soul of man. Our body is inclined to hunger for the carnal things of the world. One way to think of it is that our spirit is like a hand and our body is a glove. We control the body with our spirit as the hand controls the glove. The scriptures literally nourish our spirit to have greater power over the body. A children's song from our church goes "Scripture power keeps me safe from sin. Scripture power is the power to win. Scripture power! Every day I need the power that I get each time I read."
In the Book of Mormon in 2nd Nephi 32:3 it reads:
"Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do." If we read the Scriptures, they will tell us all things what we should do.

The Book of Mormon and the Bible support eachother in their witness of Christ, they will guide us to God and give us power. We need to read the word of God every day. He has revealed His word to the prophets and the prophets have written it down in these sacred books called scriptures. If we heed Heavenly Father's words recorded, we will stay spiritually strong and safe. We will satisfy our hunger for righteousness and save our spirits from separation from God by sin. The Spirit will confirm the truths of the gospel to us. May we all feast on these precious gems, the Scriptures. I know these things are true and I say them in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Prayer - part 2

In Alma 34:17-27, Amulek teaches us that we can repent through prayer and that we can pray many times a day over our jobs, our family, and against the power of Satan. He also said that we must pour out our souls to God in prayer "in your closets, and your secret places, and in your wilderness."

I want to share a personal experience that I had when I was home and was years away from being at this point in my life. For a while in my life, I was feeling pretty empty and doing many things that teenagers do when they feel empty or unloved. I tried to distract myself, with petty things like "Facebook" and funny "Youtube" videos. They only made it worse. I didn't know what it was that I needed, I just knew I was incomplete in some way.
     After some reflection I decided to pray. This was one of the few times in my life I prayed out loud. I poured my heart out to God, and asked him many things troubling me. One of the things I asked him was if He really loved me. I can tell you that nothing I have ever felt can compare to the love and peace that I received that night. I felt a confirmation from the Holy Ghost telling me that Heavenly Father loved me personally. I felt so complete, so full of joy.

I encourage you to pray to your Father and don't act like you're talking to the air. He is literally the father of your spirit, you can talk with him like a child to his earthly father. Tell him what troubles you and ask him things you need to know for yourself. I testify to you that the Father is there and He is listening. Galatians 5 tells us some ways we can feel the spirit.

 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Again I invite you to search your hearts and come unto Him who is your Father. If you are having problems like all the rest of us on this earth, come unto His loving arms and ask for the help that he is waiting to give you. Plead for guidance and protection. He will hear your prayer and answer in His own time, you must trust Him. I testify these things are true in the name of Jesus Christ amen.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Prayer - part 1

Have you ever felt alone and neglected? Have you ever felt like something was missing in your life? Prayer can bring you closer to our Heavenly Father. You are never alone. Jesus Christ teaches us how we should pray to our Father in Heaven in Matthew 6 verses 5-8.

 ¶And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

So Jesus is saying we need to pray to God privately, we need to keep it sacred. He also says that we don't need to be eloquent to pray or be wordy, it should be simple and heartfelt. God already knows the thoughts of your heart, so just simply talk to him. When you pause and ponder you will find things that you need to express, what it is that you really want to say to Him.

 In 2 Nephi 32:8-9 we read that we must pray always. It also teaches that whenever we feel like we shouldn't pray, thats when Satan or the devil is trying to drag us down. That is when we need to pray most. In Doctrine and Covenants 88:63 it says

63 Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

God wants us to pray to Him, and will draw nearer to you as you seek Him through humble prayer. I testify that these things are true and they will bless us as we follow them.

Here is a short clip about prayer I'd like to share.

Next week comes Prayer - part 2

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wise Men Still Seek Him

I wanted to share with you a wonderful video of how we can give back to Christ for all he has given us. This video talks of modern day wise men who saw an opportunity to serve, to love others who were in need of the pure love of Christ, which is charity.
In Moroni chapter 7 in the Book of Mormon it says "Charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him."
It also says that "charity never faileth".
you can read it here on the link below. In Moroni chapter 7: verses 45-48

I pray with all my heart that we can find those who are in need and may feel alone, unloved or neglected so that we may lift up their weary spirits. This is the way we serve God, by serving others. You will feel the love of those you serve and of your Heavenly Father also as you reach out to relay the love that Christ has given you to others. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ amen.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Putting on the Armor

This blog is about a realization I had of the parallels of "Sleeping Beauty" and the gospel.
In the movie "Sleeping Beauty" there is a scene in which the three good fairies come and free Prince Phillip out of the dungeon of the evil Maleficent. They give him some tools after he gets out. The first tool he gets from them is a Sword of Truth, and then he receives the Shield of Virtue.
In this picture Phillip uses the
sword of truth to kill Maleficent.

If you watched the movie you remember that as Prince Phillip is escaping the castle, Maleficent spots him and they get into a final battle. She puts a curse around Stefan's castle with a huge thicket of thorns. Prince Phillip cuts all the thorns out of the way with his sword. Eventually Maleficent turns into a humongous dragon and tries to kill him herself. He blocks her flames with his shield many times and gets backed up to a wall of stone where a fairy tells him to climb up the wall. Its really awesome because he is totally untouched when she breathes her flames at him. He throws the sword at her and she dies.

       As I was thinking about this story and applying it to life I saw some interesting parallels.
Phillip is a prince, he got ambushed and was taken prisoner by Maleficent the evil witch. He was rescued by the three good fairies who give him these tools (the sword and the shield), that are more powerful than Maleficent's attacks.
       Today we have been given armor and weapons to fight the battle against the devil or Satan.
The apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 6:

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
14 Stand therefore, having your 1loins girt about with truth, and having on the 2breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet 3shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the 4shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the 5helmet of salvation, and the 6sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Take the armor of God and fight the good fight with all your might. With His help you can conquer all. He will deliver you out of every temptation and danger. The only power Satan has over you is the power you give him. Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Ephesians 6:10.

You are a child of God, a prince or princess of the most high King! In His strength you can do all things! As Lehi has said in the Book of Mormon "Awake! and arise from the dust.... Awake, my sons; put on the armor of righteousness. Shake off the chains with which ye are bound, and come forth out of obscurity, and arise from the dust." As you awake from your slumber may you put on the Armor of God and go forth fighting against every buffeting of Satan that comes your way. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.