Sunday, November 20, 2022

Faith as a grain of mustard seed

 For my whole life, except very recently, I always thought this about the parable of the mustard seed:

That itty bitty seed had so much faith that it grew into a bush or tree big enough for birds to roost in, so we need to be like that seed and have a ton of faith.

I've changed my mind. 

 And Jesus said unto them, . . . verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Matt 17:20 KJV

 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
Luke 17:6 KJV

One day, it hit me that I was way off. What Jesus was saying, in my new view of the parable, was, "Even if you have such a tiny bit of faith that you can barely see it, just like you barely see this seed, nothing will be impossible." It reminds me of Alma 32:27 LDS:

But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.
It showed me the grace and mercy of our Lord, of our God. Just a tiny bit of faith, even if it is no more than a genuine desire to believe, will yield incredible results if we continue to, as Alma said, water and nourish it instead of neglecting it.

How to nourish it? How to water it? Perhaps the first Nephi might have been talking about something similar when he said:

And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done?  Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save. Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men.  Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.
2 Nephi 32:19-20 LDS

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Electric power in Zion

 I have wondered if Zion would be incredibly "3rd world country," or if it would have things like electricity, and hot and cold running water.

I'd heard before about the pyramids possibly being a source of energy from pre-Egyptian times, so was interested when I came across this video in a forum I go to. ("HeckleFish" is a bit irritating, but he shuts up a bit more as you go along.)

It talks about Tesla and how he tried to imitate the creation of the power he believed the pyramids created long ago. His funding got pulled when he told the uber-ultra-rich J.P. Morgan that he wanted to make power free for everyone. The video lists all the ways in which Morgan would have ceased to make money had he continued to fund this project. It also explains the theory of how the pyramids may have made electricity.

So, I am hoping that if there's a God-fearing person who has the mind and abilities to rediscover this and create it, who is reading this post, that they will-God willing-be able to create this thing that would enable people to have free electric power, perhaps anywhere on the planet.

Monday, March 7, 2022

Why Your Prayers Aren't Working

I watched this video by Matt Walsh a few days ago (the title of this post is the title of the video). I found his advice on prayer to be quite enlightening. I have not prayed on my knees much lately, except for during sacrament (bread and wine) prayers. Listening to Matt's words, and following his advice did seem to bring me closer to God during my prayers.

Sunday, February 20, 2022

A Day of Fasting and Prayer

I am making today a day of fasting and prayer for the peaceful protestors who are being treated violently by their respective governments. The idea came to me as I was praying for the peaceful protestors in Ottawa who are being treated violently, and the protestors in other countries. Apparently, the local police force was not willing to do so, so Trudeau brought in mercenary police from other parts of Canada to torment and inflict violence on the truckers, their supporters, their wives, children, and animals. The mercenaries even trampled a disabled woman on a scooter (there are photos on the internet showing her and her scooter on the ground).

Canada has tried to hide it by preventing Canadians from uploading videos to YouTube and other places, but some people have their IP addresses hidden, so things get out anyway. Australia also has been doing what it can to prevent people from sharing their protests that have violent police retaliation, so little is known about what is going on there. And there are other countries where people are tired of the insanity and of the dictatorships they currently live under (which, 2 1/2 years ago, did not exist - or didn't seem to exist). Their protests are also being hidden. Media will not cover these protests, unless they give it a spin to lie about what is actually happening, but mostly mainstream media is silent.

As I saw a short video of Canadian protestors kneeling in prayer yesterday, it reminded me of the converted Lamanites who kneeled and prayed, even as their enemies came upon them and started killing them. It also reminded me of the wicked city Ammonihah, who chased out the men then killed the women and children. God destroyed that city in one day. Not one soul was left alive.

And, this morning, as I was raising my voice in prayer to God along with whoever else might be praying about this tyranny all over the planet, it occurred to me to spend the day in fasting and prayer, and I invite whoever reads this to join me. Even if you can't do it today, or you read this on another day, I invite you to join me when you can do it. If you cannot go without food, find some other sacrifice you can offer the Lord as you focus on begging God to end the tyranny that is happening in so many countries.

The ordinary man and woman are trying - have been trying for a long time now - to stand up, to change rules in their so-called free countries where the people are supposed to be the ones choosing the leaders.

I pray that the wicked leaders of these countries (and the countries that don't pretend to give freedom to their citizens) and the wicked men/women who are actually pulling the strings are destroyed by the power of God (whether they are official politicians or not), unless God can pull them down into the depths of hell in this life, so that they might repent and change, and be saved at the last day.

Please join me. Please join all of us who are fasting and praying that God will step in. 

 God goes by many names. You can be any religion at all (or no religion at all) and join in this fasting and prayer. Let's spread this all over the planet, so that millions and maybe billions of prayers are going up into the ears of the Creator of this planet.

Edit: I am fasting from food. I believe that all fasts should include water. I believe that when Jesus fasted for 40 days, he still drank water. The devil tempted him with food, not water.