Tuesday, May 29, 2012

BLOG for 30 April 2012

We are either in the NVC (Nauvoo Visitor Center) or in a Historical site. I was in the home of Brigham Young this week. Wow! He was the prophet of God to follow Joseph. Brigham has a statue in the rotunda in Washington DC being known for his settling skills. He'd waste even Lex, Kylen and Rochelle combined at Settlers of Catan. He was titled as "The Great Ameican Colonizer", settling over 400 towns. And not just towns, but a culture of people and their religion and education.
He was about 30 when he joined the church after hearing the testimony of missionaries who were without eloquence of speech, but testified that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and the BOM is true. Brigham said of his meeting Joseph Smith, "My joy was full at the privilage of shaking the hand of the Prophet of God, and receiving a sure testimony, that he was everything a Prophet should be." From that day on, Brigham revered the prophet until the day he died and his last words were: "Joseph, Joseph, Joseph."
In his home there is a Council room. That was where he with the 12 met and decided how best to take the saints west. It is a powerful room, full of the priesthood. I gave a tour to all of the sisters at the end of the day and had us all sing "We Thank Thee oh God for a Prophet". I know that we have a living prophet today: Thomas S. Monson. He is the only person on earth authorized to guide this church and the world. And I am grateful for his service.
I also served in the Post Office this week. There we teach the importance of communication. That is how we build relationships with others and get information back and forth. We also teach about how mail was sent and received in the 1840s. Many times mail would be lost or stolen. We liken that unto prayer; the way communicate to God is through prayer, but the message never lost or stolen. The postage was already paid for us by Christ since we pray in His name. God always wants to hear from us. "Pray always and not faint" 2 Nephi 32:9.

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