Monday, October 27, 2008

We don't have to walk the Plains...

But WE DO have to stand up for what we believe...even if it is not accepted in common society!

Here is how my Father in Law spent his 56th Birthday...with his wife (Tim's Mom) holding signs on Prop 8 in California!
Ashlyn too!

 A lot of you might recognize this picture below of Samuel the Lamanite on the wall telling the people to repent. We know he was hated and scared, but he did it anyways...why?
Because he was commanded to do so and because he knew it was right. Now someone obviously has inserted this "YES on Prop 8" sign, but I thought it was appropriate. Why are so many of us involved with these propositions as an LDS people? Because we were commanded to do so and because we know that it is right. No matter who opposes us.  

   "And now when ye talk, ye say if our days had been in the days of our Fathers of old, we would NOT have slain the prophets, we would not have stoned them, and cast them out.    But behold ye are worse than they; for as the Lord liveth, if a prophet come among you and declareth unto you the word of the Lord, which testifieth of your sins and iniquities, ye are angry with him..." ~Helaman 13:25
We have so much to learn from History-especially scripture stories. They are here for OUR learning. I also think of the Book of Mormon story in 1st Nephi when Lehi had the vision about the Tree of Life & the Iron Rod. How realistic that is in today's world as there are so many in that "great & spacious building" pointing and laughing at those holding on to the rod and then how there were also those who let go of the rod because they didn't want to be made fun of. It's crazy times these that we need to grasp onto these stories & utilize their strength. We know they are FOR US in THIS DAY and I think it's important to make these connections. We HAVE to care MORE about offending GOD and less about offending MAN!

  • "We should not allow our personal values to erode, even if others think we are peculiar. We have always been regarded as a peculiar people. However, being spiritually correct is much better than being politically correct. Of course, as individuals and as a people we want to be liked and respected. But we cannot be in the mainstream of society if it means abandoning those righteous principles which thundered down from Sinai, later to be refined by the Savior, and subsequently taught by modern prophets. We should only fear offending God and His Son, Jesus Christ, who is the head of this Church." ~President James E. Faust
“Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart,” Ensign, May 1998

So Perfectly Said!

(Don't forget AZ's Prop 102!)


Lacey said...

Couldn't have said it better...If only all the Saints could see the support spread across Pacific Coast Highway on Saturday from San clemente to Huntington Beach (Orange county) they would have been proud..Big, bright yellow shirts and signs proudly waving in a sea of hostility ...It was a goose bump experience.. Let me tell you there is STRENGTH in numbers...More and more are coming out to give their support .( How blessed are those who for weeks stood alone)..But all is well and we will take all the support we can get.(better late than never).The two loves of my life ARIZONA and CALIFORNIA let them be in our prayers next Tuesday....Debbie

Jen-ben said...

So cool Audra! I love it!!!

Lundell Family said...

You brought chills over my body!! That was perfectly said. Thanks for the post and we are praying for California and Arizona... All I know is if we all continue to stand up and not sit back on the sidelines, it will not matter what happens as long as we are doing our part.

Kristi said...

Thank you so much for your insight in this comment. It is so true what you said about NOT stoning the prophets of our father's day. If we don't follow President Monson today, it is the same thing. Thank you for your courage to share these feeling on your blog. I admire you.

Unknown said...

All i can add is an amen to that, very well said!

Church Family said...

Audra- I love your mighty testimony and your big caring heart. I so enjoy reading your blog. What is up? Are you getting back down here to Gilbert sometime soon for good? Keep us posted. By the way, the house NEXT to us is now available!!! :)

A day in the life of the Campbell's said...

WoW! soperfectly said. You are amazing with words and I wish I had a print out of that quote from Pres. Faust. I was a little discouraged to see people in my own ward not feel very strongly about this topic. I want to do all I can and feel I owe it to my children and to my faith to be a strong influence in this.