Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Joseph Smith, Prophet, Seer and Revelator

This evening I felt a great surge of love and appreciation for our beloved Prophet Joseph smith.  "Praise to the Man" has been a long time favorite hymn of  mine.  Whether I sing it or play it on the piano, it brings such warmth and reverence into my heart for a mere young man who had the desire to find the truth and followed what the scriptures told him by asking God himself.

Joseph Smith's story is old and have been told and retold.  When the missionaries tell the story, I'm in awe over and over again.  I can't imagine ever having to go through life without this wonderful gospel that the Lord restored to the earth through this young humble boy.  Only 14 years old when He saw God and Jesus Christ.  His life was short and as a martyr, Joseph Smith was able to bring forth the will of God in this last dispensation.  We are not without hope.  We are not alone and death certainly is not the end.  Through the Plan of Happiness we will progress into the eternities and the restored gospel, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints shows us how to go back to Heavenly Father.

Lyrics

  1. 1. Praise to the man who communed with Jehovah!
    Jesus anointed that Prophet and Seer.
    Blessed to open the last dispensation,
    Kings shall extol him, and nations revere.
  2. (Chorus]
    Hail to the Prophet, ascended to heaven!
    Traitors and tyrants now fight him in vain.
    Mingling with Gods, he can plan for his brethren;
    Death cannot conquer the hero again.
  3. 2. Praise to his mem'ry, he died as a martyr;
    Honored and blest be his ever great name!
    Long shall his blood, which was shed by assassins,
    Plead unto heav'n while the earth lauds his fame.
  4. 3. Great is his glory and endless his priesthood.
    Ever and ever the keys he will hold.
    Faithful and true, he will enter his kingdom,
    Crowned in the midst of the prophets of old.
  5. 4. Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven;
    Earth must atone for the blood of that man.
    Wake up the world for the conflict of justice.
    Millions shall know "Brother Joseph" again.
  6. Text: William W. Phelps, 1792-1872
    Music: Scottish folk song
Joseph Smith is a prophet of God.  The fruits of his labor can not be stopped or eradicate.  It is here to stay and will roll forth until it covers the ends of the earth.   "Millions shall know "Brother Joseph" again." And:  "Death can not conquer the hero again."  I love Joseph Smith.  He is truly a prophet of God.  The world may deny, mock and murder him, but his work is not man's work, it's God's work and can not be frustrated. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

True Beauty

https://www.facebook.com/allure/videos/10154603367408607/
When something ghastly or disgusting or ugly is being shared on FB, I normally would just scroll through it and pay no attention wondering why people would share such things.  If anything on FB or social media is not spreading positivity and goodness, I don't want to waste a minute reading or watching it.  My friend Saane Tai'ese Kauvaka's post:
"She is sooooooo sweet.....
Sooooooo brave.....
I think I love her......
😊😊😊😊😊😊
Wish I could b more like her....
We all could b more like her.....
 
My very first thoughts when I got a glimpse of this woman's face was:  "Dang she's ugly!" and this must be some kind of disease story.  My mind was made up that it was probably some story about Anorexia.  But then as I scrolled up, my mind lingered on the nice words that Saane was posting about her and it peaked my curiousity.  Why would she want to be this person. So I scrolled back down and started watching the whole video.  Every word Lizzie Velasquez said, brought tears to my eyes and I was deeply, deeply touched, humbled and moved by her story.

The more I listen to her, the more the light of her inner beauty shines forth from her inside out until it just totally overwhelms her physical defamations and just leaves her so beyond beautiful and full of light and goodness.  I was awe-struck because I realized what I have always known:  That "beauty is only skin deep" and to "never judge a book by its cover".  

Lizzie was brought up with love and kindness.  I can't even begin to imagine the shock of finding out she's been named the "ugliest" woman in the world, in her tender teen-age year of seventeen, must have done to her.  Yet, yes and yet, because she was brought up in such a solid foundation, she was able to overcome such cruelty and crudeness the world threw at her.  She didn't allow these things to get her down.  It fueled her courage to stand and inspire and deliver her message loud and clear that she is not who people think she is, and can not be defined by her outside appearance.  That she is a beautiful human being and within her beats a heart just like everyone else's.

It was interesting to know that the moment she discovered the video of what the world considers, her very first thoughts went out to her beloved mother, mainly because she knows too well how much her mother loves and adores her.  It made me cry even more.  It would definitely tear me to pieces if such cruel things were being said about my own precious children.  As crude as the remarks were, people like to be blunt even when it hurts other people and they were just stating the obvious of what their first impressions were.

Lizzie rose above her circumstances.  What bravery and it takes guts to turn things around for her to become such a great inspiration and role model to young women around the world.   This is the kind of role model the world needs.  Beauty is fleeing.  I've seen beautiful women who are so flawless and gorgeous, but once they open their mouths, everything beautiful about them flies out the door because they are vile, unkind, blasphemous and obnoxious.  Right here is true beauty.  Inner beauty.  The beauty that last and far outshines any physical dispositions.  Even that of Neonatal Progeroid Syndrome.  Saane is right.  We should or I should be more like Lizzie Velasquez.