Saturday, February 26, 2011

Our Stormy Day's

Life is never easy. We all have our stormy days. In the Book of Mormon there is a prophet named Helaman who gives advice to his son's about the days that are the hardest. He tells us how we will be able to make it through them. He says in Helaman 5:12
And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the son of God, that ye must build your Foundation; that when the devil shall sends forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.

What is says is simple. If we believe in Christ we will be able to make it through the hard times. If we never had sad times we would know the difference of happy times. Also if we never had opposition in life our relationship with our Heavenly father would be weak. 

The Oak Tree

by Johnny Ray Ryde
A mighty wind blew night and day
It stole the oak tree's leaves away
Then snapped its boughs and pulled its bark
Until the oak was tired and stark

But still the oak tree held its ground
While other trees fell all around
The weary wind gave up and spoke.
How can you still be standing Oak?

The oak tree said, I know that you
Can break each branch of mine in two
Carry every leaf away
Shake my limbs, and make me sway

But I have roots stretched in the earth
Growing stronger since my birth
You'll never touch them, for you see
They are the deepest part of me

Until today, I wasn't sure
Of just how much I could endure
But now I've found, with thanks to you
I'm stronger than I ever knew

Through our windy day's we become closer to our Heavenly. We learn how much we can endure and we will be blessed for doing so. I hope you have a nice and warm day wherever you may be.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Fellowship of The Unashamed

  Well, hello I'm Elder Maloney and this is my first blog post.  I hope that as time progresses my blog posts will become better and become a regular thing you will read. Today i want to share a quote with you that is very close to my heart. I will tell you why it is so personal to me after i share the quote.

The Fellowship of the Unashamed it was written by Henry B. Eyring

"I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The dye has been cast! I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made; I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won't look back, let up, slow down, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. I'm finished and done with low living, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tainted visions, worldly talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals. I no longer need pre-eminence, positions, promotions, plaudits or popularity. I now live by faith, lean on His
presence, walk with patience, am uplifted by prayer, and labor with power. My face is set, my gait is fast, and my goal is Heaven. My road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my guide is reliable, my mission is clear! I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, divided or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. I won't give up, shut up, or let up, until I have stayed up stored up, and paid up of the cause of Christ. I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till I know, and work till He stops me. And when He returns for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me. My banner will be clear."

Well the reason it is so close to my heart is because when I became a missionary I felt like I had stepped over the line when I became a missionary. Everyone knew where I stood when I became a missionary. I no longer hid from the world who I am and what I believe in. I am David Maloney. I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I know we have a Heavenly father. I know Jesus Christ died for all men that we may return to the kingdom of his (our) father on conditions of repentance. I know that him and his father appeared to a young man named Joseph Smith. When he had the question of which church to join. I know he was told to join none of them. That the church that Christ lead while he was here was gone. The reason why it was gone was because he had taken authority off the earth. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophey of god just like Noah, Moses and many other prophets of old. 

I don't share this with you to cause contention or anger. I share this with you because I know without a doubt that what I said is true. The way I know is not by just following what my parents believe our being brainwashed. I know because I have done what James 1:5 says If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

The only way you can know if this message or anything else is true is by praying and asking to know if this is true