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Optimistic907 posted a topic in General DiscussionMy fellow brothers and sisters, My name is Marc, Latter-Day Saint residing in Anchorage, Alaska. Before I continue further, I would first like to Thank Heavenly Father, for the opportunity to just ask a few questions amongst a diverse set of people. Thank you Heavenly Father for creating each and one of us differently. I will now stop and pray as I finish this sentence. I'm in business with free agency, meaning no regulations, rules, or specific times to clock in, aka Entrepreneur. My life journey consists of working in a hospital, in which I developed emotional intelligence and a real deep sense of empathy. Some people say they love other people, and some people truly deeply love people because they understand exactly what their going through. I'm extremely passionate when it comes to helping families and friends solve social and or economic issues/problems they may be facing. I will search every high and every low to do my best for you and your family. The Love fueling inside of me is how I came to Christ, or Christ came to me without knowing who he truly is and who Heavenly Father is. I quote John 15 "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other." I bear testimony, that to love each other is a divine truth. Not just to say 'I love you', but to truly, with utmost integrity, honestly, act and perform "love" in action and in truth. I testify that as long as you love others, Jesus will choose you. Appoint you. How do I know? Through revelation, faith, and never giving up, because I too have suffered many afflictions with a past history that lived in darkness. Essentially, I lived a opposite life of Riteousness and love. But the opposite of love is not hate, the opposite of love is fear, fear to love. During my deep struggle of afflictions, I built the courage to step over fear. Henceforth, walked by faith, stepped in love, and never lost hope. Long story short, Love, fulfills all commandments. I believe in Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. I know The church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was restored through Joseph Smith through revelation, I know President Monson is the living prophet. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen. Thank you Lord Back to the topic. I'm in business that is more focused on understanding and comprehension than it is 'recruitment'. It is more focused on trust, appreciation, relationships, families, knowledge, and to truly make a difference. I'd say it leans more towards becoming independent and self reliant, in which we teach, in church, and in 'business', principles of "success". I boldly encourage spiritually maturity so I don't have to explain "success" is. It is not the love of money. That being said, we solve social and economic problems occurring nationwide and hitting local families and individuals. I only want to do it the Lord's way. I believe teaching gospel principles will guide others to Jesus Christ, with or without them knowing who He is. I am asking for mature opinions, and suggestions on how to be a entrepreneur as a latter day saint, that has solutions to solve problems using the 'business' and incorporating principles from the gospel, and principles in economy, finances, sociology, and in business. Honestly, without an intent to offend or judge or belittle, whether people believe in what I believe or they don't, I'm still going to help them using my business. but saying that, I feel confused. I feel like I'm using business to "help" others, when in reality, Christ is the only way. but not everyone believes in Christ. but my eternal purpose is "using business to help families and individuals secure and protect their futures, including their kids, and then their kids, and then their kids". possibly help families secure and protect their whole ancestry line, whether they believe or do not believe. Suggestions? I don't even know if I'm asking my questions or stating my purpose correctly, thank god this is a discussion. Ask, seek, knock. any questions to help unravel my thoughts and confusion? thank you
A few centuries ago we thought we had found the meaning of life. Modernism says that we do not need God, because reason and science can tell us what we need to know. They can solve all of our problems. Along came the 1960s. The young adults of that decade believed that humanity was doomed. Environmental disaster, over-population and nuclear war all threatened to wipe us out, well before the millennium ended. Thus, modernism crumbled. In its place postmodernism arose. It is basically anti-modernism—saying that God, science and reason have all failed. Thus, there is no grand meaning in life. Isn’t something is missing from both of these philosophies? If modernism is too proud, postmodernism is too depressing. Perhaps, instead of looking to recent philosophy, we would do better to look back to the wisdom of ancients. Over 3,000 years ago the book of Ecclesiastes records that King Solomon, one of the richest, wisest, most powerful men to ever live, pursued the meaning of life. He examined wisdom—the academe—rigorous study. The book tells us he studied all that was done under the heavens (history and sociology). He considered that which was crooked (engineering), and what was lacking (accounting). He said he knew more than those who ruled before him (politics). He even sought to understand understanding itself (philosophy). Finally he pondered madness and folly (psychiatry and psychology). It was all, according to Solomon, “a chasing after the wind.” Ironically, it was the pursuit of knowledge that got Adam and Eve in trouble. The serpent tempted them by saying that by eating the forbidden fruit they would gain the knowledge of good and evil—thus becoming like God. Is this not post-modernism? It says there is no ultimate truth, so good and evil must be determined individually. Since knowledge failed, Solomon tried diligent labor. He found that hard work produced competition and strife. Similarly, the pursuit of power disappointed because the old king, no matter how wise and noble, would eventually be replaced by a younger one—even though the new one might be foolish and corrupt. King Solomon also went after money. He found that no matter how much people acquired they always wanted more. Then, when death comes, families are left to fight over the spoils. Meaningless! Similarly, pleasure proved folly. Comedy, games, alcohol--even experiencing multiple casual sexual escapades—they offered a season of enjoyment, but ultimately became boring. Knowledge, labor, power, money and pleasure—none of these offer true meaning. So, what is there? Solomon got it right: fear and obey God. Christians explain that “fear” is best understood as sincere love. Further, they say that the love of God is seen in how we treat our neighbors. Some may protest that there are good, generous, loving people who do not believe in God. Irrelevant. If there is a Creator then creation can only find meaning through Him. The meaning of life is found in the Author of our lives. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/meaning-lifenoreally-tommy-ellis?trk=hp-feed-article-title-publish
LeKook posted a topic in General DiscussionNote: Please don't read more into this question than what it is! :) My question: Is it out of the realm of possibility that the average Christian can have visionary and/or revelatory experiences outside of the scope of strictly personal revelation?
Hello, my name is Joan Raney and I am a new member of the group. I was looking for a vision concerning the South that I think President McKay had and came across this group. So I thought I would join. Does anyone know what I am talking about? Someone was telling me about the vision and I would like to read it.