As members of the Church, and to those particularly living in California - we have been called to ACTION! We have been invited by those who hold priesthood keys, to "do all that *we* can" - to help pass Proposition 8. A YES on 8 vote, will amend the state constitution, where only marriage between a man and a woman would be recognized, and legal in California. To those of us who understand that marriage is one of the core doctrines, of the Gospel of Jesus Christ - this seems imperative; if the Gospel is to roll forth, as anticipated...
However, we also know that evil will increase in the last days. As many of us, both in and outside of California, are working very hard to do what we have been asked; and because we are compelled to do so... the "What if" question, looms in the background.
What if Proposition 8 does NOT pass?
I'm not really talking about what will happen in our school systems, and I'm not talking about an elevation in religious persecutions, etc... I am talking about our FAITH and determination, to continue to do all that we can, to help the Kingdom roll forth...
With election day less than two weeks away, I am finding myself experiencing feelings, that seem *almost* melancholy-like. Very hard to pin-point actually. I don't believe that these feelings are based in fear, but perhaps in more of the unknown - uncertainties.
One part of me, tells myself that if those with "priesthood keys" have called us to action, then we can bind the Lord, and win this thing. My other voice, is gently whispering to me - that this is a test, regardless of outcome; it is all part of His Plan. In my reality - I believe both are true.
I have expressed in previous posts, that fighting this current battle - gives one feelings of pre-mortal deja vu. I am confident that we have had much practice on this very same spiritual battlefield, thus a major reason we are placed here upon the earth, now. We were sent to be victorious... of this, I have no doubt.
I suppose the thoughts that linger in the recesses of my mind, are more akin to "how long"? How long will we fight this battle, before we have ultimate victory? Silly question, eh? We all know when that final verdict will be. But how rocky will our path become? How dense and thick will the fog to find truth, become? Instead of our being a light on a hill, are we going to need fog-lights to find and lead the way? I think that just might be the case... A fog light on a hill! I think some would describe that, as a lighthouse.
Which leads to another question... How bad? Yes, I believe that this - really is the question that many of the faithful, are most likely asking ourselves; in the midst of this current fog that has settled over the earth.
How bad will this world become, of which we have been called to be a light, even a Lighthouse? I love the doctrine of opposition. I believe that it is in the very darkest places of our lives, that we are most drawn to LIGHT.
I just pray that those of the faithful, will remain, come what may... so that others can find the LIGHT, too.
I only learned about Blog Action Day: Poverty, the day before the event. But, as soon as I realized what was going on, and how great it would be to have so many fellow bloggers, blogging about the same important topic, on one single day - I just knew that I had to be a part of the conversation. This, is my very small contribution, on the topic of Poverty.
Poverty - all of these things, need not be...
In a world of plenty, where some have only a scant,
these things, need not be.
A lack of the means of providing material needs or comforts,
All of these things, need not be.
Un-productiveness, for lack of mentoring,
need not be.
Neediness is not necessary,
and need not be.
Destitution is unacceptable,
and need not be.
Is a road that knows many travelers...
and must needs be.
IF there were not those, with great need, then not one of us would ever come to know - who we really are, and the depths of our own souls.
Would you lift up the down trodden, to where you have found comfort, rest and peace?
Would you embrace a reduced brother, to build up his knowledge; about the worth of a soul?
Would you give of yourself, and of your means to others; even upon finding that in doing so - you, yourself and your own, are now equal?
Pride is, "the great stumbling block" to all of these things;
for until we truly understand all of our equality, before God... all of these things, will STILL be.
"When ye have done it unto the least of these... ",
ye have done it - unto Yourself.
Identical Twin Brothers: One Gay - One Straight - A Dialogue About Same-Sex Marriage
I feel very privileged that my close friend, who happens to be an identical twin, has allowed me to share a recent conversation that he had, with his gay brother. After I read this exchange, I was just stunned. I have been well aware of the many divisions that the issue of same-sex marriage, is causing between so many. We are also seeing division, even within the Church. This is very difficult for many to understand?
Last week, the Church had a broadcast from SLC, for members of the Church living in California. We were well instructed by the brethren, about the Divine Institution of Marriage; and why the Church has become so vigorously involved with the Yes on 8 campaign. Not surprising, but stunning nonetheless, was the strong encouragement and specific direction that was given to the young single adults, and young married members of the Church. There was no question, that the Church realizes the significant impact that these very savvy Internet users, can and will have, in the Yes on 8 campaign.
The Church also introduced fresh tools for these young people to utilize, as they go forth to protect and defend traditional marriage, and the family. You can visit preservingmarriage.org which was just launched, to see some of these resources.
Since I happen to be a Mormon blogger, I was interested in these resources, too. Perhaps even more so, than many of the youth in my Stake. lol Anyway, by the following day, our Stake single adults were putting themselves out there, in very courageous ways. I am so proud of these young LDS warriors.
Last night, we had branch prayer in our home. I took the opportunity, to have a kind of "fireside" chat with these awesome soldiers. We discussed a bit, about how they could be most effective in having conversations with their friends, online. Did you know, that many of our youth have hundreds of friends on there Facebook and MySpace accounts? It is mind boggling. The ability, that our young people in the Church have, to impact the Yes on 8 campaign, truly is staggering!
In closing, I testified to these young adults, that I firmly believe, that we are now doing, exactly what we did in the pre-existence. We were the very best warriors in heaven, and that this was literally pre-mortal dejavue to me personally. I shared with them, that I was certain WHO they are, and as they go forward to do what they were prepared to do, that they, too - would fast remember!