“If fish could scream there would be fewer fishermen.” My friend, Ted Gibbons, once told me that…just in time to ruin a fishing trip. I have pondered his remark ever since. How many people, hooked by sin or the urgency of their circumstances, helplessly flounder about while inside they are silently screaming?
Category Archive for 'Charity & Charitable Service'
In the autumn of 1941, Avilda Curtis received an unexpected gift.
There is a vast difference between being in love and being loving. True love is built on the three pillars of complete loyalty, complete sacrifice, and complete trust. Moreover, true love is patient. As we have discussed, patience promises, “I will wait for you; I will wait with you; I will wait upon you.” True [...]
Over one hundred years ago, President Lorenzo Snow issued a mandate to the Church: “It is high time to establish Zion.” What has been holding us back all these years?
“Charity never faileth!” If charity can never fail, Zion can never fail, because Zion is built upon charity, “the greatest of all,” the celestial quality of love that “endureth forever.” Charity is the quintessential virtue, “the end of the commandment,” the power that invigorates and propels the law of consecration and makes way for the establishment of Zion. [...]
Joseph Smith said, “We ought to have the building up of Zion as our greatest object.” Brigham Young laid the responsibility of Zion upon each of us, individually: “[Zion] commences in the heart of each person,” and Elder Matthew Cowley stated unequivocally that individually, we are Zion. We cannot read the scriptures, especially latter-day scriptures, [...]
Zion is the habitation of the Lord. A Zion person harbors the hope that one day the Father and the Son will make their abode with him. To regain and enjoy God’s presence is a primary reason why a person enters into the New and Everlasting Covenant. To regain and enjoy God’s presence are the [...]
(Editor’s note: This is the second of two parts on the Zion virtue of blessedness.)
Have you ever become so frustrated with your wayward child that you wish something difficult would happen to shake him up? Then you repent and go back to status quo. But what if your prayer was to ask for a conversion experience-something that would offer the child an opportunity to rethink his position and [...]
Becoming a Zion person is a process that replaces telestial qualities with celestial ones. In Part 2 of this Zion series, we will discuss the traits of charity (true love), experiencing true happiness, joy and fullness of life, and becoming holy.