Here is a good post about Why Can’t Everyone Go into the Temple?. If you are wondering this yourself, you may want to go check it out.
I must admit that I was too exhausted and lazy last night to write, so this will have to do. I spent most of the day traveling. It was about six by the time I got checked into the hotel and time for the first activity before I was even settled. P.S. I was starving! It took about an hour to get our luggage from the flight and then we had to wait for the bus and so forth, it was ridiculous! Next time I’ll ship my luggage and rent a car so I can skip some of the waiting.
The flight was actually pretty good. I scored an empty seat next to me which is second best to having a friend there. I really wish Tara had been in that empty seat. it was a long flight. I got to watch both Journey to the Center of the Earth and Wall-E. I also tried to do some soduku on the flight, but wasn’t having much luck. I hope it was because I was being distracted with the movie, but it may have been that my brain just wasn’t working.
I rented a car this morning to go to church. I first had to get my massage appointment rescheduled, but Carla was nice enough to handle that for me as always. She took my appointment and is getting me a new one later in the week. I was totally worried about lds.org having the wrong information in the meetinghouse locator, but I decided to go with it. I drove past the local meetinghouse which started at 9 to the one on the south side of the Island which was supposed to have the YSA meeting there at 10. Well, there was another ward finishing up fast and testimony meeting there when I got there. Another couple asked me if I knew what was going on. A local member told me the next ward started at 1. The sister missionaries found out for me that the YSA meets at the stake center (back by the airport) and that the next ward was a Tongan ward. I decided to try out the stake center. I got there just after a ward had started and just missed sacrament. I stayed through their testimony meeting and Sunday school when I found out that the YSA ward did meet there at 10 and was going on simultaneously. I then stayed for another sacrament meeting so I could take the sacrament.
In that final meeting, I met another couple from Northern California who is vacationing in Hawaii. They told me their GPS had directed them wrong and they finally found the stake center two blocks from their hotel or ship (I’m not quite sure). I realized that clearly the adversary didn’t want me to take the sacrament today. It all started with the spa, then Enterprise didn’t have cars, i showed up at the wrong building (at the right time), and then just missed it when I showed up at the other building. I knew I needed to stay and take it. I was going to just take the sacrament and leave after, but I felt that I needed to stay for my third fast and testimony meeting today. I almost got up to bear my testimony even, but people seemed to be rushing the stand, so I didn’t go.
I think this was one of the most powerful meetings I’ve ever been in. It was definitely worth it and I was so grateful to have been there and to have finally been able to take the sacrament. How wonderful it is that we can travel to the corners of the earth and yet come Home every Sunday in worship. I did really feel at home in that stake center of our Lord’s Church today. There was something special and I don’t mean the people saying aloha. The congregation would say aloha back to anyone who said it from the pulpit. That was strange! We don’t do that anywhere else that I know of. Normally it is only a one way communication.
After church I saw a fire just after it got started on the side of the highway. I called it in and then started taking pictures after I realized it was growing. I got quite a few and some good ones I feel. I came back to the resort and posted the pictures and was reminded again that I need to backup and cleanup iPhoto.
We had our welcome dinner tonight. I got to see Jim & Susan and meet their son. I had dinner with them and I think we are going to hang out again throughout the week. I haven’t seen the couple from SLC that we had last year. Unfortunately I can’t remember their names to check the guest list. I guess we’ll just have to see if I can find them. Where’s Tara when I need her?
The Luau was pretty cool. The Samoan fire knife dance was amazing. I don’t know how that guy was able to do what he did, but I’m sure he doesn’t have any hair left on his body. There is probably/definitely more to say, but I’m so tired, I need to get to sleep!
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a statement in response to the protests over the success of prop 8.
So it looks like I’m back to going to Maui by myself. I guess it will be an interesting week.
Today seemed like it dragged on at work and I even left for lunch. I was ready for lunch at like 10 and the hours after lunch seemed even longer. When 4:45 rolled around I decided I was done and started wrapping things up.
I’m disgusted that this prop 8 battle is continuing. The people have spoken and approved to designate marriage as being between only a man and a woman. The people who have lost need to understand that only 2-5% of the citizens in California are LDS. Our church is not pushing anything on anyone, we simply headed up the campaign on a moral issue. I still maintain that because only a man and a woman can create a family only a man and woman should be entitled to be married. This is discriminatory, I understand, because it is biology. We also discriminate against many other things in life. Birds can fly, people can’t. Can we change the laws of gravity? No. Can we change the laws of marriage? No.
I must take a minute to publicly thank the no on 8 supporters who have made it clear exactly the level of tolerance they would expect from us. Even after the election, the hate continues as well as protests. I think they have actually helped our fight by indicating to the public that they aren’t able to tolerate the public opinion.
I am appalled though at the attacks on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Protests outside of our temples and attempts to take away the tax exempt status of the church are uncalled for.
… We have always emphasized that respect be given to those who feel differently on this issue. It is unfortunate that some who oppose this proposition have not given the Church this same courtesy.
We had our broadcast tonight from Salt Lake City regarding Proposition 8. We were encouraged and given more counsel regarding voting yes and doing all that we can to support Proposition 8 in order to protect the sanctity of marriage. We need to do this as a moral issue and in fact to support tolerance. The worry is that our freedoms will be taken away by the minority that are always looking to press the envelope further. We’ve been asked to continue spreading the word to educate and now to persuade voters to vote Yes on 8.
PreservingMarriage.com – an official website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
ProtectMarriage.com – the coalition of churches and other organizations working to protect marriage in California with a Yes on 8 campaign.
Church Readies Members on Proposition 8 – article from the LDS Newsroom
I just saw that Google is openly opposing Prop 8 (not sure if I should link or not). I think this just goes to show how much work in education we need to do. They say they don’t want us taking away rights, well we aren’t taking away any rights. In fact, the argument is that by allowing Prop 8 to fail, we will be taking away the rights of those that believe in traditional marriage. Shame on you Google. All that information at your fingertips and you can’t figure out what is really going on.
In other news, things were crazy at the office today. I tried to get through things to clean some things up before I leave next week, but it just wasn’t happening. I think I’m going to be spending some more extra time at work the next few days to get things ready. And stupid Dell isn’t sure if they can deliver on their promise to get me my new laptop by the weekend. I don’t think they understand that if I don’t have it by the weekend, I just don’t want it as I will have no use for it. Maybe I can twitter to get some results tomorrow.
I’m not exactly thrilled with how hot it was today. We were only one degree away from hitting 100! I guess I was just enjoying the cooler weather too much. Fortunately, I spent most of the day in the office and didn’t even know how hot it was until I was coming home.
I spent my evening making phone calls for prop 8. I called a bunch of houses in Murrieta to find out how they were planning on voting. Unfortunately, most of the calls went to voicemail Hopefully the messages I left will be well received. It seemed like there was more that expressed a strong vote for Proposition 8 and defending traditional marriage as between a man and a woman. There were some that told me it was none of my business and there were some that we totally for gay marriage. It is probably going to be a close race which is why we need to push so hard on this.
I was talking with Scott tonight about the proposition and other things in general. Again it hit me at how the division in the church over this issue is not good. I completely believe that we need to keep our mind in these things. While we don’t need to blindly follow our prophet, we do need to think if we are sustaining him and if we truly believe he is a Prophet of God. If we can’t follow his counsel on a simple thing like this, how are we going to follow it down the road. Isn’t it possible that he can see where this is going and how major of an impact this “little” definition is going to have on our society? I was talking with one lady tonight on the phone and I wanted to tell her about our Church. I chose to respect the request that we don’t proselyte while working on this. She was on the fence of how to vote and it seemed she didn’t know what could be coming or the direction we have in this matter.
I also see the argument for separation of church and state. This simply isn’t an issue of that though. Marriage has always been defined as between a man and a woman. Yes, it was defined as such in Genesis, long before our country was formed. Our country was formed with the bible in mind and also with freedom of religion. While we have freedom to practice what we please, we don’t have the authority to choose who God will choose to marry. If we want to go down the separation road, it becomes so clear as Sister Dowden pointed out how important this matter is that the Church is willing to stake the Church in this battle.
This has been an interesting week with working Monday, being off on Tuesday and now working two more days before being off again. I think I could get used to it, but I probably shouldn’t. I’m glad things have been so busy in the office, it has helped keep me out of trouble and I certainly haven’t had any time this week to cause any at home.
Really nothing to be said here. Just read:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints just released a full statement on the marriage proposition (Proposition 8) which aims to amend the Constitution of the State of California to define marriage as between a man and a woman.
I don’t have much to say on the matter other than we need to do all we can to support this and I probably haven’t been doing all that I can do. California voters already voted eight years ago that marriage should be between a man and a woman and four judges from San Francisco possibly put their own interests above that of the voters and ruled that unconstitutional. We need to turn out and vote to make sure this proposition is passed so we can protect marriage.
The Church and this proposition are not against gays. This measure is not intended to attack or take away rights as some may incorrectly believe. We are simply trying to define marriage as being a union between a man and a woman, as ordained by God. Gays will still have the rights they have as far as domestic partnerships, the advantages of tax law, etc. We are worried about what will happen if marriage is not clearly defined. What will our kids be taught in school? How is the next generation going to be raised? What are they going to be learning?
Please get educated and pray about the appropriate action to take on this measure. This document from the Church is a great resource to start to understand what is at stake.
I only recently came to understand how serious this measure is. Some have asked about the seperation of church and state on this issue. First, I think that when government tries to interfere with a religious institution or right such as marriage, the state has already gotten things messed up. However, it was pointed out to me that even if this is as issue that should be separated, that simply shows how much this means that The Church and other churches are willing to cross that line to do all that they can to support this proposition.
Vote Yes on Proposition 8 to protect marriage in California this November.
Today was good. I still didn’t accomplish everything I was hoping to do, but I guess as long as the day wasn’t a complete bust I won’t complain too much. I had the whole morning off and spent it reading primarily. Church went well. I really like the talks from Melissa and Kim. Marissa was back teaching Sunday School and did a good lesson as well. It always amazes me at how much I manage to not pick up on while reading the lessons that we end up focusing on in class. We talked a lot about giving up a little sin that is holding us back. I was trying to figure out what that is in my life. I know I have lots of problems, I guess I’m just having a hard time focusing on one. Maybe it is not being considerate enough or forgiving.
We also talked a few times today about sharing the gospel and just opening our mouths. I was thinking what a great new opportunity I will have here with the house to start setting examples and traditions. I am looking forward to having a place where the Spirit will be welcome and a place where we can have those gospel discussions. Some examples were given of missionaries who were relentless with spreading the word and proclaiming the gospel. I wish I could have a fraction of the drive that they had to talk to a stranger when one helped you up from the ground after falling off your bike.
Larilyn and I made brownies after church for branch prayer. Sister Skaggs said that she wasn’t going to have anything chocolate there, so I called and asked if we should bring some brownies. They seemed like a big hit cause they were almost completely gone by the end of branch prayer tonight. It was the first time I got to use my new mixer and the oven which was good. Of course, we discovered more things that I was missing, so I’ve got some additions to the list. Maybe Sib and I will go shopping once she gets home next week.
I wanted to write to Sisters Caldwell and Shiess today, but i apparently failed at making time for that. I don’t think I have much planned for tomorrow night, so maybe I can get some letters off then and will be able to actually receive my own mail tomorrow too! I do need to go get the rest of the ceiling fans so they can be installed Tuesday and I’ve got a lot of things to do in the office tomorrow to catch up and to prepare for the board meeting Tuesday.
Well, that’s probably about it for tonight. I’m quite tired, so I’m going to call it bedtime from here. Good night to all!
Joel Dehlin, CIO of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, posted an interesting summary of some of the recent happenings regarding President Gordon B. Hinckley’s passing. Many of them were things I probably already knew, but hadn’t realized and I hadn’t seen some of the links he presented.
In the video of the youth dressing in their Sunday best and speaking about President Hinckley, one of the girls quoted him saying, “See the sunlight through the clouds.” First off, this is an interesting tie in with the weather we had in the surrounding days. It is also one of those phrases that almost encapsulates President Hinckley. I think he saw the good in everything. If we could find the good in all things we would be much happier people and that in turn would improve the world.
A very good press conference this morning:
Thomas S. Monson is the new President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with Henry B. Eyring as First Counselor and Dieter F. Uchtdorf as Second Counselor.
I’m anxious to see what they will bring. I think that Elder Uchtdorf was a good choice that will help bring the Church forward with the growing international membership.
See the LDS Newsroom for more information as it becomes available.
I think the weather has been very interesting to match the news. We had the rain yesterday when they were in the Temple in Salt Lake City to sustain and ordain President Monson and now today, at least here in Southern California, it is beautiful. We have mostly clear sunny skies and I hear we got a good amount of snow overnight which will help sustain life throughout the year.
It never fails. I can get home at a reasonable time with full intent on getting to bed by 10 and it ends up being nearly 11 before I even start writing! I got lost reading some things about the press conference tomorrow and setting up a group on facebook promoting it. We will find out who the new president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be. Tradition would hold that it will be Elder Thomas S. Monson, the longest serving member of the Quorum of the Twelve (currently Fourteen), however it could be any worthy male. In theory we all should each get a confirmation of his call because we will need to sustain him at the next conference.
I’m honestly more anxious to see who his counselors will be. I read an interesting article from the Salt Lake Tribune which talked about each of the men he was likely to choose from and there are so many good choices of counselors I don’t know how anyone can choose one. I think it is too early for David A. Bednar to be called, but he would be amazing in the position I imagine. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland could probably do wonders as well. There are many others very capable of serving in that capacity as well.
I woke up to rain this morning. I absolutely love waking up to the rain. It is just so refreshing and always makes me think of having the opportunity to wash away whatever things we need swept away and giving us the opportunity to start anew – and clean. It’s interesting the timing of the rain lately. We had rain last Sunday, the day of President Hinckley’s passing and then again today, the day before the Quorum of the Twelve announces the new President of the Church. I tend to think of it more as washing the earth and anointing it for a new prophet. Of course we don’t need to wash away any of the wonderful things that Hinckley has done for us, but maybe it is more of a call to repentance for those who are in need. Having never been in the church under another prophet, this will certainly be the beginning of a new era for me.
President Hinckley brought the Church into the 21st century. He took control of the media and kept the Church in the spotlight, favorably. He wasn’t afraid to go out there and talk with news reporters, something I’m terrified of doing. He made the designs for the newer smaller temples and presumably had a large part in the way the current temples operate. He oversaw the construction of nearly 80 temples during his call. Roughly one third of the members of the Church today were baptized while he was President. I’m one of those and that is just an amazing figure to fathom.
In our branch council meeting this morning we had some rare extra time and discussed one word summaries of President Hinckley and then if these traits were skills or attitudes. After listing many things like charitable, loving, compassionate, temples, duty and clear sighted we went through and found that most of them were attitudes or combinations of attitudes and skills. Most of the traits we listed were not purely skills. What that means to me is that we have a huge amount of control over our lives, simply by changing out attitudes to the situations we are put in. I clearly need to exercise some attitudes to learn some skills to help make the world a better place. President Hinckley was a humorous man, but he never had fun at another’s expense. Sometimes he may have taken the expense on one of his own jokes, but I don’t think they were ever ill hearted. He was admired by so many not of our faith that he must have mastered charity, a Christ-like love, at an early age.
On to other subjects, I ate way too much this evening. I probably should have stopped at break the fast, but I went over to the Dowden’s and had more food, then more and then dessert. I forgot the doughnut holes at home this morning, so I’ll have to take them to Diana later in the week.
Stephanie taught an amazing lesson today for Sunday School. I learned way more than normal and hadn’t realized things even after reading the material three times that she pointed out to us! I guess it just shows you can’t do it alone.
In priesthood – in short – we talked about how to ensure that we always have the Spirit with us. Obviously we need to be mindful of things that would push it away like procrastination or not keeping our priorities straight. Brother Rider compared it to maintaining a level of physical fitness. It just isn’t possible to maintain an achieved level without some exact level of work each week. It may be as little as twenty minutes twice a week, but without it you will fall back. You will have the knowledge of the better fitness level, but won’t physically be able to attain it without more than the level required to maintain – and will have to do “make up” work. We need to keep our priorities straight and not stay up so late that we are late in the morning and constantly put off nourishing ourselves with the Scriptures or other good sources of knowledge.
Kristin posted a link to a site that is encouraging reading the Book of Mormon in 97 days in honor of President Hinckley’s 97 years of life with us. I’m thinking about taking the challenge, but want to make sure I can commit to keeping it before I do officially.
Well, speaking of not staying up to late, and 30 minutes and .10″ of rain later, I think it’s about time to sign off and get some sleep.
This article contains some interesting information on some of the people that President Monson may pick from to serve as his counselors. That’s not a decision I would want to be involved in because there are so many great men that could be called to serve. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland could be great. I think David A. Bednar is too young to be called to the position, but he could most certainly rise to the occasion.
Tomorrow will be interesting…