Archive for category Blessings
On Monday, October 23, 2017 I got baptized by members of The Church of God World Mission Society. Early that afternoon two members of that church, a Korean named Jacob and a Mexican-American called Danny, were talking to my then housemate Steve as I spied on them from our house’s front window. I thought they were the Mormon missionaries checking up on me. They obviously weren’t.
After mustering a little confidence, I walked outside. I felt awkward thinking they had to send Mormon missionaries to lasso me back to church. When the two gentlemen introduced themselves as representatives from The Church of God, I was half-relieved and half-disappointed. Relieved that the Mormons weren’t concerned about my non-activity. Disappointed for the same reason.
But I was also excited. I love talking about religion. That’s what these folks were obviously here to do. First they showed me the verse in Genesis about God creating mankind in THEIR image — male AND female. “You see,” they explained, “the original Hebrew word for God is plural.” That’s when I got self-defensive and asserted that I, as a Mormon, already believed in both a Heavenly Father AND Mother. “We are all spirit children of our heavenly parents,” I tried explaining. And then Jacob, the Korean with an Asian accent, taught me a simple truth I did not accept as a Latter-day Saint. “Still there is only one God.” I confess I heard some sort of Asian gong or chime at that moment.
Then Danny started talking about Christ Ahnsahnghong who is the second coming of Jesus Christ. He explained how the Holy Spirit came down in bodily form in Korea as Christ Ahnsahnghong. He was on this Earth from 1918 to 1985.
Furthermore, our Earth was now in the age of the Holy Spirit. Basically, the ancient Jews comprised the age of Father-Creator. Christians ushered in the age of the Son Jesus Christ. And then I asked them something I always try to ask when discussing religion. I asked, “So what do I need to do to be delivered from death?”
This question usually shuts people up who try to preach. But they had an answer. I had to be baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. “I’ve already been baptized in that manner,” I retorted.
Then they asked me what the name of the Father was. “Jehovah,” I answered. They were glad I knew the answer, but they pressed forward asking me what the son’s name was. “Jesus Christ,” I answered. Then came the million dollar question. “And what is the Holy Spirit’s name?”
Did I know the answer? Had I ever testified at testimony meeting on a Fast Sunday concerning the name of the Holy Spirit? But all of us knew. The Holy Spirit’s name was Christ Ahnsahnghong.
I dared not blaspheme against the Holy Ghost at that point. I submitted to the will of God. I let them baptize me.
I’ve been a faithful attendee at Church of God services since then. Sorry my Latter-day Saint friends! I have to live out my new faith. God put it in my heart. Mother-Father led me to the truth. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit Christ Ahnsahnghong. All one God. Amen.
What makes The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints different than other churches is that we offer the priesthood to all males. I would like to discuss this blessing.
Today, in Elders Quorum, we discussed living a life like Jesus’. I mentioned that magnifying your priesthood calling is a step in the direction of imitating the life of the Savior.
Practicing the priesthood means acting in the name of God, our Heavenly Father. Jesus did this all throughout his ministries among the New Testament peoples and the Book of Mormon civilizations.
In the Old Testament, all males of the tribe of Levi were to have it. In the New Testament, Jesus allows even Gentiles to have the priesthood. In the latter-days, God wanted all males who join His church to have this authority.
The priesthood brings us closer to God because it allows us to act in His name.
I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ.
Primary is where I saw kids as young as 5 years old go during the second hour of church services at an LDS service. I usually go to a Sunday school class but on one particular occasion the teacher of my class wasn’t there. Most of the people in my class weren’t at church either. it was just me and our ward’s 2 missionaries. So they let us visit the kids in Primary.
I sat down and watched them give talks and prayers. They’re pretty smart. They even read something out loud from the Articles of Faith that was posted on the wall. This is pretty difficult reading for a 5-year-old. I was impressed.
I know these kids are really blessed. They are learning how to pray properly at such an early age. And it must make them feel good to give talks just like they see their grown-up parents and family do.
The missionaries said something about prayer, and the kids really seemed to listen. The missionaries asked them what they pray about. And one of the kids said it was private stuff. I laughed. That was a hint to me that these kids really do pray.
I feel like The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really knows how to teach young children. I testify that Primary is truly a blessing for all the kids involved.
I was told by somebody at church that I should contact my home teacher to get a priesthood blessing for these panic attacks I keep getting. My home teacher came over just ten minutes after I called him! Very prompt.
I feel so blessed to be a member of a church that gives each of us a home teacher to count on for spiritual purposes. I don’t have any other priesthood holders in my family. None in my house. I am a convert and I’m the only member of the church in our household. I am thankful to still have access to a priesthood blessing.
My head was anointed with oil that was set apart for healing. My home teacher gave me words of inspiration during my blessing. He said he hopes that my mind is quickened and that these panic attacks go away.
As a convert, I want to testify to anybody who is thinking of joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that you will not be forsaken as a member of the Church. There will always be people willing to help you out with whatever you may need.
I have faith in the priesthood. God wants all male members of the church to have some authority to act in His name. God guides us men through the priesthood to help each other grow stronger. I believe that our priesthood helps us in the mission to fortify all saints.
I ask anybody reading this to pray for me that these panic attacks go away. Thank you.