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My Duty as an American

I have shared some thoughts on Facebook since the election 3 days ago, but have little time these days to string sentences together. I am busy keeping the wolf away from the door working more and harder to earn a dollar that is shrinking.  As to the election, I do believe we are headed down a path that brings bad things, we did as a nation choose decadence and sinful behavior as the norm and and in some states made behaviors legal.  From 3rd Nephi 29 chapter heading is this thought with no timeline attached nor implied by me. I am thankful for God’s patience with all of us, but I am told by a good source that “He will not be mocked!”.

“Chapter 29
The coming forth of the Book of Mormon is a sign that the Lord has commenced to gather Israel and fulfill his covenants—Those who reject his latter-day revelations and gifts will be cursed. About A.D. 34–35.”

That shared I do consider it way more helpful and productive to spend my time learning to serve more in my community and sharing the Gospel daily. The fall before the return of the Savior will require greater compassion and other Christ-like attributes than I now have. The curse mentioned could be lack of jobs, illness, lack of medical system, loss of heart to help myself and family, and many other sad situations.
I have seen the favelas of Brasil and do not wish this poverty on anybody. My sister who spent more than the 3 years I spent there and travels, says the slums of India are worse. I have watched a few movies that are way too graffic about what could be. I am preparing for a time all too soon to use my meager medical and herbal knowledge to help others and to share my possessions as I can if I have any left from the socialist government we now have.  Just look at how unprepared the East Coast was for a couple of abnormal and severe weather occurrences.

I learned as a teen after leaving home in Brasil (missionary Parents), and moving back to California that there are consequences from my behavior.  Life has been a process of working for good results or ignoring the consequences my actions bring.  I have many more experiences in the Army as a medic that bring those lessons home.  As a father and working in the wilderness I have learned to progress with what I have.  My Faith born of goodly Parents carries me through and tells me of a need to share in the neighborhood, more not less in the coming days.

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Being Thankful

“Writing down our experiences and blessings can help us remember them and give us something to refer back to. Consider asking those you teach to write down what they are grateful for—to help them remember the blessings they have received, recognize the blessings of the present, and look forward to the blessings of the future.”
“The Choice to Be Grateful” President Henry B. Eyring, December 2011

This blog is at times my attempts to be eloquent in my thankfulness. I have been blessed with wife, family, health, work, intelligence, joy, music in my heart, a testimony of God’s great love for all mankind, baptism by the authority of God to fully enjoy the Atonement of Jesus Christ in my life. And this is only a beginning of a list of gratitude.

As I remember my life I have mostly good and great memories from childhood on. Either I have selectively remembered mostly happy memories or God has blessed me with a forgetting of sadness and sorrow. I can certainly dredge up the pains I have felt and do feel, I have plenty. I have cried true tears of regret and sorrow.

As I look to the Savior I choose to remember ones that bring a joy and happiness of spirit. I listen to music that brings a smile. I avoid things that I know bring regrets. I strive to control my lesser and lower impulses, a loose tongue especially. I am thankful for the comfort of The Holy Ghost, and for my good wife.

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Music Player from Audio Archive

Bela Fleck & the Flecktones in Concert Live at The Keswick Theater on 17 November 2011

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The Savior of the World

All living at our Mesa house are in the Savior of the World play coming up on 11 & 12 November 2011, only 2 weeks away. This is in part because we all love to sing in a good choir. We are finding joy in serving the Lord in this way. We are strengthened and comforted by the Holy Ghost in the practicing to present this in a pleasing way. We feel visited by angels and thrill to sing and feel such joy accompanied by angels singing and praising our Savior.

Here are some thoughts about the experience and how it is hard but with constant reminders of our Heavenly Father’s love for mankind. Usually someone saying you did great on your part or feeling that Mary and Elizabeth and Joseph and so many parts are just right with a potential to share the gospel message not just thru acting but as the way they carry and present themselves. And you all have worked so hard to make this a success that we all want to do our part too.

I have no major miracles to report but a great feeling that I am about my Father’s business and sharing great experiences with old friends and new acquaintances. I am also getting more done at work than usual in a shorter time so I can get some rest. My back is bad and it is not bothering me though I can see Gary Helmbold could use a helper to place props and all as he is limping.

Nephi’s vision concludes in 1 Nephi 14. In it he was shown the struggle that would take place between the Church of the Lamb of God and the great and abominable church of the devil. Notice the promises the Lord makes to the Gentiles who accept the gospel in the latter days.Book of Mormon Study Guide

I Nephi 14:7 ” I Nephi 14:7 “For the time cometh, saith the Lamb of God, that I will work a great and a marvelous work among the children of men; a work which shall be everlasting, either on the one hand or on the other–either to the convincing of them unto peace and life eternal, or unto the deliverance of them to the hardness of their hearts and the blindness of their minds unto their being brought down into captivity, and also into destruction, both temporally and spiritually, according to the captivity of the devil, of which I have spoken.”

I can say I come from goodly parents, like many of the cast of “The Savior of The World”. My parents were missionaries for 20 years in Brazil for the Church of Christ. earlier when I was 5 in mid 1950’s my dad made printed circuits developing circuits for some early computers and space satellites. They prepared me for the gospel in its fullness just like the people of Brazil with the “Abra Sua Biblia” program. We learned the story of the Savior from our very own copies of the Bible reading and studying scriptures.

I am sure, in the pre-existence, I volunteered to come to my family of gospel oriented people and to accept and join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to sing and praise His name and share the Gospel story to others. I feel God’s hand and angels help in my being able to remember lines and music. I feel an excitement to be here and now using computers and knowing at the same time how to twist cordage and make a bow, arrows, stone knife and fire by friction. I am especially grateful, Thankful to be singing praises to God about my Savior with such an amazing bunch of Saints.

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Lenny’s Mormon Profile

Hi, I’m Lenny is my personal profile posted at Mormon.org. You can read about why I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and what it means to me.

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Make Them Hear You

Make Them Hear You
Clyde Bawden and Alex Boye traveled to Israel with no introduction to Glenn Beck, but they had a belief that they were destined to close the Restoring Courage show with this powerful song. Glenn Beck is hard to slow down enough to get his attention, but they did get his attention and did close the worldwide main event of the week “Restoring Courage”. God is with us and these men show it with their preformances. I have Clyde Bawden and Alex Boye albums and love their passion and love of God that shows in their music.

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Choir Practice

Choir practice was fun and helpful tonight.  I am blessed with a love of music and some talent.  A gospel choir is one of my favorite places to do music.