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Saturday, July 19, 2014

My Little Joy by Emma Huls Willden


Saturday, July 19, 2014

For more of Emma's thoughts visit her site:
http://emmajoyhulscreativemind.blogspot.com/

My Little Joy

 
My Little Joy

Oh the joy that echos inside me
the bright grace of love shining bright
As I count down time
towards something unique
something extraordinary
My smile widens
my heartbeat quickens
to the time I'll hold in my arms
the joy the love the wonder
What in that moment will I do?
Will I feel?
The time i count down quickly flys away
and yet some days feel so slow
but I know
soon very soon
I'll hold you in my arms
My precious little joy
my precious little love
I wonder what you'll look like
and how you'll behave
Oh my precious little child
how time seems so long
yet so fast to the time we'll meet
I love you already
my bright bundle of joy.

© July 19, 2014


 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

What is the Cause and Solution of the World’s Problems?


What is the Cause and Solution of the World’s Problems?

These are my thoughts and reasoning’s based upon what I have personally discovered and learned about and that I consider being true and real. And worth sharing with others. (links at the end of article)

I believe we are all of one human family, and that there is a divine creator who has designed this Earth and who eventually placed humanity upon it so they can learn to grow and to become more than they can at this time comprehend.  I know that life on Earth is but a moment in our evolution as an eternal human species, we are ever evolving and growing and Earth experiences will prepare us for our next steps in our journey.

 So is there in reality a God?  Divine Creator?  Need for a Jesus Christ –Messiah – Savior of the world?

This is what I will share and reason what I feel the purpose of life on Earth is about, and the reasoning of good and evil, or battles of light and darkness and who the players are.

Today we see the fulfilling of the words spoken of both ancient and modern prophets. Have they not warned that we should not depart from the teachings of the Messiah, Jehovah, Jesus Christ the Creator of all on Earth and the Heavens, the creator of our very lives.

He who grants us our daily breath who desires us to follow him, his teachings, his plan for living on his Earth during our mortal probationary state of life. His guide line for a happy life are found written in the Holy Books he commanded to be written and passed on to future generations some of his dealings, teachings and guide lines he has given to humankind since the days of our 1st Earthly parents Adam & Eve.

As spoken of in the Hebrew Holy Book the Holy Bible which is a gathering of books and letters found and preserved over many years into one book. This book is not perfect nor does it contain all of Gods words given to humankind, for does it not speak of many other books to be opened in the last days that also speak of the Creator, Jesus Christ, the Messiah and do testify of him for all nations shall have his word, and all the Holy Teachers of those nations throughout time have been commanded to write his words to pass on to their next generations for their learning and benefit.

As these nations come together the words or Holy Books also shall come together and we shall see the same teachings, prophecy, learning, and guidance as well as the true testimony of all people worldwide that Jesus Christ is the Creator, the God of this Earth and it is he who we should look to for guidance and a true example of how we should live our lives upon this Earth he created for us.

Today we have several such records, and all the tribes of Israel will have their own Holy Books, and many others of nations yet unknown to us shall in the last day or after the 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ all these books shall be opened and given to the people to be read for our learning and to the convincing of the Jews and all the Gentiles that Jesus Christ is who he claimed to be.

What are these Books we have today, The Holy Bible or as the old testament prophet Isaiah called it the Stick of Judah (Stick meaning Scroll as that is how books were written in that day) compiled by King James scholars in 1611 is the basic book of many Christian faiths, however many books have in the last 100yrs been removed from the 1st version, why? Is a good question, there were also many other books not placed into this Holy Bible for whatever reasons the Politian’s and religious scholars of their day had to omit them at that time, and to later remove others. Interesting how man chooses what to or not to add to a Holy Book.

So we have missing books, letter, and stories in the current Bible used by Christians today.  This is why God commanded all his Holy Prophets worldwide to write his words and interactions with their peoples so that one day it could all be brought forth to add their witness’s to the fact that Jesus is the Christ.

A book was brought forth after many thousands of years of being kept safe from the forces of darkness that seeks to destroy such records, it is a book of my ancestors and Gods dealings with them. Some have heard of this book, many have scoffed at it, created false stories about it and its coming forth and all about its history and those who God chose to bring it to light to share as a 2nd needed witness of his truth of his life and existence. This book is a record a branch of the house of Israel even the Stick of Joseph even the same who was sold into Egypt by his brethren due to jealousy.  This stick or book was prophesied to come forth as one speaking from the dust to join together in the latter days to testify of the Messiah, even Jesus Christ as a 2nd witness to his true divinity thus strengthening the evidence in his favor, for God knew that humankind would travel the whole Earth again in the future and that as the nations would join together thus also would the time become right for the 2 sacred and Holy books to come together and become one in the hands of those who follow Christ to testify of him.

My ancestors and our cousins in the North American nation do testify of our history and our legends that this Creator even Jesus Christ did visit and did command that a record be kept with his teachings in it, today this record is known as the Book of Mormon, a religious history of Gods dealings with our ancestors upon North America thus he is a True and Living God with wisdom far beyond humankind.

In the future we shall have other records as well and we must search them as they come and if they be true records they will have like teachings mixed with the history of the lost tribes of Israel and Gods dealings with their nations over these thousands of years.

All these records will testify of the divinity of Jesus Christ and that he alone in the Living and true Creator, God of this Earth and to whom we shall look to for guidance and salvation through his teachings so that we can learn the path to be able to return home to him presence and to avoid the grey and dark paths of life those dark paths taught by Lucifer, Satan the Devil who desires only our destruction both spiritually and physically in this Earth life, for he was denied the ability of  continuing his progression and obtaining the blessings of a physical body and mortal life here on Earth as we have, thus he in his jealous and prideful and evil mind seeks our destruction, thus he was truly cast our of Heaven and became the Devil.

Now why is this important to anyone?

Today we find many unique and interesting religions, faiths, beliefs, ideologies, and corrupt versions of Christianity or the teachings of Christ.

I say this of myself, for these thoughts have lingered in my mind for a long time as now I shall share some of them. My hope is to allow people to learn of these 2 Holy Books, obtain copies of them then study them together and see if their history is not correct, and if they do in fact teach of Jesus Christ and his plan for our lives here on Earth, and both the blessings and the cursing or punishments that have taken place since the dawn of Humanity on this Earth. Then do as both books ask, learn for yourselves by pray and fasting to as Jesus Christ if they are true books, and if he does live, and when done with a pure heart and humbly you will receive your answer as millions have. You see God is real and he lives, prayer is like making a phone call to him, and he will answer once we are ready to hear his reply to our question, the real question is after he speaks with us and answers our prayer what shall we do from that point and the rest of our lives?

Today the world’s ideologies are mostly against the idea of a God, Creator, or Jesus Christ. Why? Because they have listened to the whisperings of his #1 Enemy even the Devil, Lucifer, Satan the fallen one, who desires our destruction.

Who is the father of lies it is Lucifer. All hate, evils that can happen upon this world are promoted and taught by Lucifer and his followers, they disguise themselves very well, they have secret combinations to gain power, authority, and dominion over others. They seek for riches by taking from others, they seek wars, to enslave others to bow to their ideology or wills. By their fruits you will know them, if they have fruits of evil, darkness, mayhem, destruction   these are the workers of darkness.

Light cannot exist in darkness, neither darkness in the light. So learn and be not deceived.

If there be a God of the whole Earth, and he being Jesus Christ that we find written of and spoken of in the above mentioned Holy Books of 2 of the branches of Israel, the house of Judah and Joseph, then he would speak to all of his children, as a loving Father would, he would want all on Earth to know of his plan for our salvation and his sacrifice for us, and the ability for repent of our wrong doings (sins) and to be able to walk the path of light so we can return to him some day, or upon the day of our graduation from this life, this we call death or the death of the death of the physical body. As written and testified by both records we shall have the gift of resurrection and eternal life because he Jesus Christ over came this for all humanity by his sacrifice, by his physical death and resurrection.

Now then we shall be after this resurrection be judged by our deed be they good or evil. Did we walk a path of light or a path of darkness during our mortal probation on Earth? All will be judged and in my opinion it will be our own minds that have recorded our lives, our thoughts, actions or inactions upon this Earth, so our history  will be shown as a movie before our Creator on that day all will be known before him, for our own minds record it.  If we accept Jesus Christ and follow his example and receive baptism by one whom he has given authority to perform this sacred rite, and are immersed or fully baptized in water as symbolic of our spiritual death and resurrection we can become cleansed at that point of all our sins, and start a new and on the path of learning light and truth being enlightened in this life through the teachings of Jesus Christ. Thus is our new beginning and if we follow him from that point on, he will as we repent of further mistakes that we shall all make, at the time of our judgment edit or remove the bad things thus providing all of us a editor of our lives thus making our judgment film much shorter and cleaner at that day. I am grateful to have the ability to have him as an editor of my mistakes in this life, which are many for none are perfect in this life, only Jesus Christ was.

Why is it important to have multiple witness of Jesus Christ? Is not one enough? I say no, the more the better, for it is the normal behavior of humankind to change the rules due to his pride, his arrogance,  his willingness to be seduced by Lucifer with the idea that if you omit Holy books and change their meanings then you will be more comfortable in your sins, thus it has been throughout history. Even the house of Judah has over time and time again rejected their prophets and even burned / destroyed many of their Holy Books or writings of certain prophets for their personal agendas today we have found mention and remnants of these lost works in archeological finds in the last 80yrs. That speaks of these teachings. So it is important to have many witnesses in my opinion to strengthen the truths of Jesus Christ.  

I shall take one point of interest to me that has bothered me many years, when some claim to me your not a true Christian as you do not believe in the “Trinity” version of Who / What God is.  As I have studied and read the Holy Bible and other sacred texts I find I have issues with the mythology of the Trinity as I call it, so I researched the confusing ideology of the ‘Trinity’ where were its beginnings.

I have an inquiring mind and love to search out things I have questions about to the oldest sources that I can find. Just how my mind works.

So what did I discover about this ideology of the Trinity.

In 325 Ad, the Nicene Creed was developed voted on and then written as Who God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost / Spirit was. Even after this time it was re written some before we have the current version of today, here is some of the history and minor changes that still cause division / confusion amongst Christian’s faiths of today.

Nicene Creed



A seemingly minor difference in the wording of this simple text had a profound impact on European history. The Nicene Creed, or Symbol of Faith, was written by the First Ecumenical Council at Nicaea in 325 C.E., with additions (the 3rd paragraph and following) by the first Council of Constantinople (381). There is an unresolved controversy over the words 'and the Son' (in Latin filioque). This language was added in 587 by the local council of Toledo, Spain, in an attempt to combat the Arian heresy. Pope Leo III (795-816) forbade the use of the filioque version and had it engraved without 'and the Son' on the walls of St. Peter's Basillica. After a failed attempt to unite by marriage Charlemagne's Frankish holdings with that of the Byzantine Empress, Charlemagne challenged Byzantinium's claim of universal jurisdiction as the successor to Rome by claiming in 792 that among other things, that the Byzantines had omitted the filioque from the original text. The filioque was finally accepted by the Romans in the year 1014, and the revision has been part of Catholic doctrine ever since. The "filioque," the significance of Roman primacy, and geo-political conflict led to the the Great Schism of 1053. To this day, the Eastern Orthodox Churches do not accept the filioque and raise this as one of many reasons that prevent re-unification with the Roman Catholic Church.

 



 

 

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.

Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.

And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.



 

 

The following version of the Nicene Creed from a contemporary Catholic missal.

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,

f God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit


maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son o
he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered, died, and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in fulfillment of the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

 

So today we have some forms of Christianity who believe that the trinity is in fact, and this gets confusing for the common thinker.

All 3 members of the trinity, God the Father, Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are one in the same entity not 3 different and separate beings.  Hence the confusion. Even as I read the above creeds I do not see where all the 3 are the same entity.

In the early Pre 325 convention held by Constantine to decide who/what God will be and some other issues due to the disagreements of their day, some 290yrs after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Due to the political climate, the disagreement of his empire Constantine choose to have this council of over 300 various Church leaders get together and come to an agreement on several topics, who God was, was one of them.  Some of the Bishops disagreed and were banished, and it took over 40yrs for the Churches at the time to really accept what the created creed created to unify the thought of the peoples.  So as the early Prophets and Apostles of the New Testament era said there would be a falling away of the truth of what they taught and there would need to be a restoration of things in the future before the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ. I add this excerpt of this thought about the Trinity creation.

 Some modern Christians wish to apply a "doctrinal exclusion" to declare who is or isn't Christian. Such definitions are generally self-serving, and not very helpful. With the Nicene Creed, critics are ironically in the position of using a definition that would exclude all Christians for more than two centuries after Christ from the Christian fold.

Thus the New Testament itself is far from any doctrine of the Trinity or of a triune God who is three co-equal Persons of One Nature.

The New Testament does not contain the developed doctrine of the Trinity.

There is in them [the Apostolic Fathers], of course, no trinitarian doctrine and no awareness of a trinitarian problem."

The Church had to wait for more than three hundred years for a final synthesis, for not until the Council of Constantinople [AD 381] was the formula of one God existing in three coequal Persons formally ratified.

These passages are succinct summaries. If a critic wishes to justify his or her belief in the creedal Trinity, they must rely on tradition and the creeds of the 4th century, and abandon claims of scriptural or historical support for such a belief in early Christianity, including among the apostles and those they taught.

Since the LDS believe in an apostasy from true doctrine, they see the creedal Trinitarianism—which is an admitted novelty in the centuries after Christ—as evidence of it.

(LDS = The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints)

 

So imagine if you will in today’s perspective.  If our President now B.H. Obama held a council and invited all the religions of America to come to DC, then with the help of politicians as well as his impute get together and decide who God was, and the result would be called the Obama Creed and taught from that time forth as truth, regardless of dissenters, would that be right? Accurate? Truth?

I would say they could come up with some interesting things I am sure, but would it reflect the society, their morality or immorality, or their ideology or political agenda’s vs. what the Holy Bible really taught?

That is the problem with the creed.  Over  1689 yrs ago a group of churches and politicians decided what God was, interesting before this day for 290yrs the early Christians practiced and taught a very personal version of who God was, and that they were 3 separate beings with one purpose or being one in purpose or mission. That being the salvation of humankind. So God the Father and his literal Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit which has a mission of supporting the prior 2’s mission, and witness’ for them and assisting in the learning of truth by his presence in our life, such is the mission of the Holy Spirit.  One In purpose, that is why we all can become one with God, or one in purpose of his enlightenment as he suggests.

 

So we can see there is a need for a 2nd witness, since the follies of man and their imperfections do change the definitions or meanings of Gods teachings to meet their current desires or needs of their times.

Today we see those who disavow all religion for various personal reasoning, or attack the story of Jesus Christ as the Son of God, Deity, etc.  Even many Christian Schools who teach how to become a preacher (priest craft) as a job now teach the non deity of Christ, that his miracles were just stories, they are mixing in other non Christian beliefs and the worlds version of moral codes that go against the traditional teachings of Jesus Christ, so we see even today New versions of the Holy Bible printed to focus ideological agenda’s, new translations into modern lingo thus the meanings change based upon who is replacing old wording with new, as well as those who want their previously unaccepted lifestyles accepted so you have personal new bibles re written to promote their lifes choices that were once forbidden in the original or older texts of the King James 1611 Bible. Such is humanity, we seem to twist or change based upon the whims of the times.

Gods Word Never Changes, nor how he reveals it, this can be found in both Holy Books mentioned above, same patterns, same Jesus Christ, same teachings thus the 2nd witness helps us notice when society is going sideways or when incorrect teachings are taking place. Some have attempted to say it was just a little group in the Israel region that expanded then eventually was taught worldwide, they neglect to realize out of either not knowing / ignorance or on purpose the facts that many societies around the world new of Jesus Christ long before any Hebrew or European conquests took place, they are very old in our traditions, writings, and knowledge.

That is why when the Brown / Black Robes (priests / monks) of the English & Spanish came to the New Lands the America’s they discovered a form of Christianity be it different in ways from what they had been taught yet it was here, so they deemed it Evil and burned their books, killed their priests and replaced it with their European version of Christianity. Interesting some of the early books in America mention that the natives felt the new comers had a bad form of Christian teaching or teachings of the Creator so they did not want to accept the false ideals of these Europeans.

So why is it if we find a difference of thought over history that the conquers or those in power find the need to destroy all competitive thought mainly by Burning the Knowledge and killing the teachers? It is to erase it so one can dominate then indoctrinate their own agenda’s. This form of Christianity is NOT what Jesus Christ taught, ever. It is non Christian actions, however they do reveal the plan of the adversary who seeks to dominate the agenda’s of the world. This will be controversial however is truth.

Lucifer is the father of lies, and seeks to destroy truth, competition and free thought.

So humankind once again as weak as we are and subjected to sin, poor choices, and all the evils of the world, do at times even if we think we are doing good, work in opposite to the desires of Jesus Christ and his teachings.

Christ never taught to control, but the freedom of choice to choose to follow him or not.

So if a faith chooses to Force anyone to their ideology they be not of Christ, or at least those individuals do not have a full understanding of Gods teachings, the inquisitions were a great example of that false ideology. Lucifer was in charge of those times of European sadness. He made the suggestions of what took place and those who loved power, greed, corruption did as he asked them to do for it pleased their inner pride and desires.

So after these many many issues of poor non Christian behaviors over the last 1900yrs we find many have become disillusioned with religion and Christian faiths.  Is it any wonder? Why so many different thoughts, ideals, practices etc. It is because humans choose what teachings they would follow and those they did not. This has led to many discussions and much confusion and darkness this was / is the falling away as spoken of in the New Testiment.

Thus a need for a restoration of things, also as prophesied. Has this happened? Some claim it has, but  that is for the reader to discover and work out for themselves. With Gods help and humble prayer. I witness that it has occurred beginning around 1830 AD, if you want the details of it the best and most understandable sources will be found here.

Joseph Smith - Prophet of the Restoration-A movie about his life & legacy


Testimony of the Book of Mormon


This is interesting and important to me for several reason, this move above explains simply some of the basics and what took place during it, those who tried to suppress it, stop it from taking place and the interesting thing is many did very un Christian like things to young Joseph Smith Jr. for his beliefs, for speaking simply about his experiences, note: I know his current family survivors and there are not many, I have personal interaction with them and know of their history from the family perspective.

He was able to translate with the assistance of Heaven the history of my peoples long lost history so that we can read it today, My children are his and theirs, so the circle of life an knowledge continues to go around to benefit all.

There is much information about this located at http://hiddennorthamericanarchaeology.blogspot.com/

This covers much of the history of Native North/South/Central America’s before the days of Columbus as after, and Gods dealings with them, as well as much evidences that compare / relate to the stories and times mentioned in the Book of Mormon, as it is a history or part history of my ancestors.  I have linked a lot of information from this site as well. Yes huge amounts of evidences of Christianity in N. America and Hebrew explorations long before the official Columbus story.

Here I have videos at the bottom of the main page that you can see evidences, as well as over 100 articles about these topics.

Here is a little song a video I like:

Nicole Sheahan performs an original song entitled “Why I Believe”


He Lives, a testimony of Jesus Christ, Modern Apostles of Christ Testify of Him


 

So why is all this important to society and the Earth today?

I share the above so that you have an understanding where I am coming from and I have only shared a very little of that above.

The world today teaches there is no God nor any reason for a Creator nor any need for instruction books on the best way to live during your life on Earth.

They knowingly or unknowingly choose to follow the instructions and inspirations of Lucifer, who after his rebellion in Heaven was kicked out and punished. So he is continuing his war / battles against his Father and Jesus Christ here on this Earth by doing his best to get humanity to walk paths of darkness, grey or black areas. By doing so he spiritually destroys those who kept their 1st estate prior to their mortal lives here on Earth. You see since you have a mortal body at this time, that means based upon my learning you fought against or did not desire to follow Lucifer’s ideology before your birth, all those who followed Lucifer were cast out with him 1/3rd the hosts of Heaven fell. That teaches us Lucifer’s ideology is very attractive to many, and here on Earth he has seduced millions by the same ideology of give me your freedom, and I will give you what you need, give me the glory and power and rewards for taking care of you. And the main one, You’re not able to take care of yourselves thus I must assist, or Governments must  be your master, in order for you to have true freedom, you must allow us to control your lives on every level. We see this in Communism, Marxism, Socialism, National Socialism (Nazi’s), Islamism’s, Atheism, Progressivism, and other such ideology that actually promote the exact or similar teachings and promises of falsehood that Lucifer has always taught and promoted even before the creation of the Earth we now live on.

The Eternal battle of Light vs. Darkness, Good vs. Evil is just that Eternal and never ending.

One must know the darkness or you will never be able to enjoy living in the light. How can one have true free agency if not at the same time having the ability to know both good and evil, then choosing the life we shall follow and embrace? That is true free agency, will we follow Jesus Christ’s Ideology or Lucifer’s on how we shall live our life of mortality here on Earth.

All of us here on Earth have a choice to follow, if we walk a path of light then we are doing good, if we learn and become followers of Jesus Christ because we have done our homework and asked him for the truth to be revealed to us personally, by humble study of his Words and Prayer, he will and does by the Holy Spirit of truth reveal it to us. God does answer prayers.

If the whole of the world would seek this knowledge and treat others as they would wanted to be treated by others themselves then the worlds lusts for greed, power, dominion over others, and paths of darkness would end, the wars, and other harmful acts would stop.

That is the power of the truthfulness of living and striving to live a life based upon the Teachings and Example of Jesus Christ.

He is the answer to the world’s problems. For that is his mission to assist each of us in our progression of eternal evolution as eternal beings. He wants us all to return home to be with him in his many mansions he has prepared for us, by his Sacrifice and overcoming mortal death as well as the spiritual death due to our sins we all face, he did this out of Love for each and every one of us. He has prepared the way, the truth and the life if we but take the time to learn of it ourselves, and gain a personal testimony of his reality.  The battle of Good vs. Evil is very real and very important for you to understand.

May you make the time to investigate the teachings of Jesus Christ and learn of him and why his mission was / is important to your eternal evolutionary process here on Earth.

There is so much more to share but realize it all begins with you and him, he is waiting for you to make the call, just remember to listen to the answers he will give you.

God Bless,

Stephen Huls / July 12, 2014 / Monroe Utah USA