to you Jenni!
post #261 of 628
4/9/08 at 1:25pm
Gaining a Personal Testimony by Paying Tithing
"To those who are not yet full-tithe payers, I invite you to
begin today to pay your full tithing to the Lord through your local
priesthood leader. I invite you to pay your tithing to the Lord first,
before you meet any other financial obligations. I invite you to put your
trust in the Lord and, as He Himself said, 'Prove me now herewith'
(3 Nephi 24:10). As you do so and as you place your tithing obligation to
the Lord as the first priority of all of your other financial obligations,
you will indeed become a witness to the matchless power of the Lord as He
opens the windows of heaven and pours out a blessing 'that there shall
not be room enough to receive it' (3 Nephi 24:10). You will then have
gained your own personal testimony of this very sacred law of tithing, and
as you continue your obedience to this law, it will draw you ever closer to
Topics: tithing, testimony, trust, priorities,
(Daniel L. Johnson, "The Law of Tithing," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 36)
Center Your Life in Jesus Christ
"True, enduring happiness, with the accompanying strength, courage,
and capacity to overcome the greatest difficulties, will come as you center
your life in Jesus Christ. Obedience to His teachings provides a secure
ascent in the journey of life. That takes effort. While there is no
guarantee of overnight results, there is the assurance that, in the
Lord's time, solutions will come, peace will prevail, and happiness
will be yours."
Topics: Jesus Christ, obedience, guidance,
happiness, personal growth
(Richard G. Scott, "The Atonement Can Secure Your Peace and Happiness," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 41)
|The front cover my my Church's weekly newspaper has a photograph of an African child receiving a vaccine for Measles. Inside, the LDS program to immunize millions of children against Measles is highlighted in detail.
My fellow anti-vaccine LDS mamas and I are often asked how we reconcile our views on vaccines with the fact that the Church has such extensive vaccine programs worldwide, contributing generously to Rotary's Polio vaccine campaign, requiring vaccines for missionaries traveling to certain areas, and keeping the Prophet and Apostles up to date on their vaccines as they travel around the world.
I have three answers to this.
1. One or two vaccines for an older child or young adult is a far cry from the over 60 vaccine doses that are given to our infants and toddlers in their first two years of life.
2. Missionaries and General Authorities are adults and perfectly capable of making their own health decisions. Any 19 year old missionary who wants to reject vaccines can serve stateside. Contrariwise, that same 19 year old can decide that their body is perfectly capable of handling the limited vaccines required to serve in Africa or South America or wherever.
3. I am entitled to revelation for my family and my children, not my Church. Bryan and I were told never to vaccinate our children. Despite the many problems with vaccines today, especially with the insane vaccine schedule currently recommended by the CDC, it is not inconceivable that other parents are going to receive different answers than ours when they pray about vaccines. The Prophet and Apostles have received inspiration for vaccines in third world countries, and since I trust them as men of God, I trust that the benefits of this program outweigh the negatives.