For the time being, Joy and Roy can no longer post blogs, therefore, after this week, I will no longer be submitting a Sunday blog. I want to thank Joy for inviting me to write this weekly blog. I love the Lord and have felt that this has been an opportunity to serve Him in some small way. Since there have been virtually no comments for many months, I can only hope that my submissions have made a positive difference in some of your lives. I expect that ingodwetrust readers will still be able to access the archives and the many wonderful articles that have been posted on this site.
If any of you would like to contact me, I can be reached via email at email@example.com Blessings, Sharon Anderson
UNITY– From Many One
Although many “experts” are claiming that America has passed through the worst of the economic and political crisis and that things are going to continue to improve, there are numerous indications that the worst is yet to come, including the continued devaluation of the dollar due to monetization of the debt, increasing unemployment and home foreclosures, and pending legislation (such as cap and trade, health care reform, gun controls and LOST) which if passed will further exacerbate our economic woes and compromise our liberty.
I want to recommend a few resources that you may find helpful in the months ahead and then discuss the importance of unity.
1) I have great respect for the John Birch Society and all they do to educate Americans. To search the archives of the New American go to www.thenewamerican.com
2 To learn about current legislation and to contact your Senators and Representatives go to
3) To maximize your influence in upcoming elections go to www.ourcaucus.com . Watch the videos on the home page and then learn about their plan to replace compromised incumbents. This is where the rubber meets the road.
4) For inspiration and encouragement, I highly recommend the videos that are posted at www.realamericanstories.com.
The problems we face are serious, but we can trust that the Lord’s purposes will prevail and we can draw strength from one another. Now, more than ever before, it is important that we are united as Americans, as families, with our fellow believers, and most importantly, with the Lord.
Here is a video from realamericanstories that helps us appreciate the strength that can come from unity.
These quotes about unity that are worth pondering.
D. Todd Christofferson: “we must begin by becoming one within ourselves. We are dual beings of flesh and spirit, and we sometimes feel out of harmony or in conflict. Our spirit is enlightened by conscience, the light of Christ, and naturally responds to the whisperings of the and desires to follow truth. But the appetites and temptations to which the flesh is subject can, if permitted, overwhelm and dominate the spirit.”
: “Be humble. Pride is the great enemy of unity.”
: “A perfect oneness will save a people, because intelligent beings cannot become perfectly one, only by acting upon principles that pertain to eternal life. Wicked men may be partially united in evil; but, in the very nature of things, such a union is of short duration. The very principle upon which they are partially united will itself breed contention and disunion”
Howard W. Hunter: “… the key to a unified church is a unified soul—one that is at peace with itself and not given to inner conflicts and tensions. So much in our world is calculated to destroy that personal peace through sins and temptations of a thousand kinds.”
And here are some excerpts from an Sept. 2008 Ensign Article by Henry B. Eyring:
We can have His Spirit by keeping that covenant. First, we promise to take His name upon us. That means we must see ourselves as His. We will put Him first in our lives. We will want what He wants rather than what we want or what the world teaches us to want. As long as we love the things of the world first, there will be no peace in us. Holding an ideal for a family or a nation of comfort through material goods will, at last, divide them The ideal of doing for each other what the Lord would have us do, which follows naturally from taking His name upon us, can take us to a spiritual level which is a touch of heaven on earth.
We also keep our promise to remember Him when as families we pray together and when we read the scriptures. At family prayer around a breakfast table, one child may pray for another to be blessed that things will go well that day in a test or in some performance. When the blessings come, the child blessed will remember the love of the morning and the kindness of the Advocate, in whose name the prayer was offered. Hearts will be bound in love.
We keep our covenant to remember Him every time we gather our families to read the scriptures. They testify of the Lord Jesus Christ, for that is and always has been the message of prophets. Even if children do not remember the words, they will remember the true author, Jesus Christ.
Third, we promise as we take the sacrament to keep His commandments, all of them. President J. Reuben Clark Jr. (1871–1961), a counselor in the First Presidency, as he pled for unity in a general conference talk—and he did so many times—warned us against being selective in what we will obey. He put it this way: “The Lord has given us nothing that is useless or unnecessary. He has filled the Scriptures with the things which we should do in order that we may gain salvation.”