Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Taiyari is UNO!!

We had Taiyari's birthday on the 14th of December he had quite some fun with his pizza and his new toy I will have Carl post a picture of the toy and him playing with it later. He is now walking all the time and he is so much fun. He loves to growl as his way of communication, but he does say No, No! I guess that is what I get for telling him no so much :)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Learn to Laugh

I was reading the General Conference edition of the November Ensign and came across this quote from Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin. It made me laugh so hard I wanted to share it.

"Have you ever seen an angry driver who, when someone else makes a mistake, reacts as though that person has insulted his honor, his family, his dog, and his ancestors all the way back to Adam? Or have you had an encounter with an overhanging cupboard door left open at the wrong place and the wrong time which has been cursed, condemned, and avenged by a sore-headed victim? There is an antidote for times such as these: learn to laugh."

Elder Wirthlin has always reminded me of the good times I had as a primary kid in Mexico. When I was only 6 or 7 years old he came to visit our stake in Puebla. I can still remember the excitement we felt in knowing a member of the Quorum of the Twelve was coming to visit us. The joy Elder Wirthlin brought to us remains with me to this day. I was saddened to learn of his death, but have found great inspiration in his teachings these last few weeks. He was a humble servant of the Lord. May our Savior be with his family during this difficult time.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Giving Thanks to our Troops

Xerox has created this wonderful website where individuals, free of charge, can send cards to our overseas troops. Although, you cannot choose a specific recipient you can write a personalized message on a card of your choosing. Take the time to visit the site and let those serving our country know how much we appreciate them, especially during the holidays. After all its free.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Article: "Gay Marriage: Our Mutual Joy"

In her article, Lisa Miller argues the Bible has more passages supporting gay marriage than it does condemning it. Her misguided position is that a Christian must rely entirely on the Bible because it is all that God has given us. She misinterprets vague, incomplete, and possibly badly translated passages of the Bible to show the Savior accepts and even encourages gay marriage. She finishes her article quoting a Priest, “if Jesus were alive today he would reach out especially to the gays and lesbians among us, for Jesus does not want people to be lonely and sad."

Her article is convincing and if I had to rely entirely on the Bible I would be inclined to agree with her, there are passages which when read alone suggest gay marriage might be acceptable. Thankfully, we have more to guide us than just the Bible, namely the Book of Mormon and latter-day revelations. One can read The Family: A Proclamation to the World and know definitively that neither our Heavenly Father nor His Son support gay marriage. Having this knowledge prevents us from erroneously agreeing with misinterpretations of Bible passages. Our Father in Heaven loves us and He knew how difficult these last days would be. He knew how twisted society’s morality would become. Thus, he has given us latter-day prophets to ensure we will not be misguided. We are blessed that we do not have to rely solely on the ambiguities of the Bible, but have righteous men on the earth to whom our Savior continues to speak.