Inspiration from the Master Mariner
Today we had the Firesdie Evening meeting at the Ilford chapel of the LDS, otherwise known as the Mormons.
Brother Nana Aggrey quoted some very inspiring quotes from the Bible and the Book of Mormon.
Before Christ left, at His last supper, he told his apostles : "I am going to my Father. I will leave you with a Comforter, who will be your companion."
What example should we follow ? "Be an ambassador or representative of Christ. Be the best. Be learned and do as He would do."
"I trust you have not set your desire on riches". This of course refers to material riches above one's needs, for those who may have become avaricious with Satan's temptation.
On Trust : "I trust according to the spirit of God that is within me."
"The only way we can have testimony is by fasting and going on our knees."
What don't we have to be grateful for. "I am grateful we have something precious. Sometimes we forget. If we reflect on our blessings one by one, we all realize how blessed we all are."
The Bishop is a living example of the message of Christ. His name is Bishop Michael Onaolapo. He has great understanding for the young single adults in the congregation, and everybody else.
"The Lord in His immense mercy knows what difficulties and challenges you face. But through all our difficulties and challenges, let the gospel of Jesus Christ be your foundation."
Brother Paul Stevenson closed the remarks by adding that the Romford Stake is to form a Single Adult Committee, chaired by President Saltzman with two representatives. The purpose will be to plan and organise activities. Finding marriage partners will not be the main purpose, although if that happens, it would a happy situation.
Brother John Phillips made an eloquent closing prayer, observing that the church and congregation is a joyful place for people to meet. The Ilford ward is one of the fastest growing congregations, with many baptisms each year.
(written by Duru-darshan
Melchizedek Priest at the LDS
The Last Great Prophet, a review by Thomas Sugrue
It seems there are people regularly interested in the review of the above-name. This, according to
a reprint of the original 1937 edition of Think and Grow Rich (with a foreward by Tom Butler-Bowden),
appeared in the Herlad Tribune, in the 1930s.
The book itself is entitled Mohammed, a biography, by Essad Bey, who has a few books to his credit,
The above-mentioned biography and the previously mentioned review by Thomas Surgrue, have earned their names in recent history, I believe.
All religionists are dreamers, who have believed and pursued a dream, as did Mohammed, as did Christ, as did the Buddha. Their distinguishing characteristic was persistence, a characteristic that is the top quality necessary for any kind of success, followed by a purpose, a plan....and action.
All these revered figures had one more distinguishing feature in addition to a message of God : a message of love, preaching God's love for humanity and the unifying fact of humanity : love and honour for all, as brothers and sisters in humanity.
Today, I send my message of peace and love to the people of Oklahoma, Iowa, Arkansas, Missiouri, and the other states who have seen devastation at the hands of Nature.
When I think of the twisters and tornadoes (now heading for Nebraska and Texas) I imagine Christ's command : Winds, be thee still.
Likewise, we should follow in the footsteps of Jesus, and say : Winds, be thee still.
Saturday 18th May was start of the Romford Stake Conference of the Preisthood Leadership and it was very fully attended both days, including a full turnout on Sunday morning.
One of the speakers referred to Doctrine and Covenants 2, which tells of the 116 pages of the manuscript which came to be lost. "As a Bishop, have you ever felt you have done something that has completely 'blown it'? (like the lost 116 pages?). This was President Bleakley of the Romford Ward, who is now leaving to go and look after the Southend Ward. He talked about Administering v. Exercising the Priesthood. Reference was made to D&C 5:16, Moroni Ch 10: 8-17. I personally admire President Bleakley, who always champions exercising the priesthood, and is a very capable Bishop.
His wife, Sister Bleakley, who has three children, also told us as to why she is a Mormon.
"Why am I a Mormon? It is because I was born in a household where both parents and grandparents were Mormons - I was born in the Church? That's part of the reason. But because I know our Saviour lives, I have chosen to be a Mormon."
Sister Bleakley grew up in Leeds, and there one day she saw a car with the registration LDS 4 EVA. To her this was of course our Church for ever, although to the car owner it was most probably Leeds for ever.
One of the missionaries, Elder Nicols, has just returned from Greece. He had a sunny testimony where he was at the Hills of Mars near the Acropolis, where the Saviour stood and prophesied in olden times.
We are here that we might have joy. Heavenly Father likes us to be joyful."
Brother Nicols is of the persuasion that we should continue to renew our covenants with Heavenly Father.
It may sound strange, but in Greece Yes is Na. (And the good news is that there has been a lot of repair
to the Greek economy, and it seems normality is fast returning to that golden land).
Sister Lydia Jacobs is a new convert, who met two missionaries is Southend. She was offered the Book of Mormon - what is this? she said. It talks about a Prophet (Joseph Smith) who lived to transcribe this book and make it available to the world. But she had heard that no one who sees the Father lives, yet two men who saw the Heavenly Father did live, to glorify His name. Lydia was baptised recently, after meeting President Jordan. She sounded like a transformation had taken place in her life. She is very joyful now. It is refreshing to know that should we see God, in our hearts, we would still live on, to glorify His name through sharing His message.
President Jordan especially travelled over to be at this testimony.
His wife, Sister Jordan, spoke about the success of the recent 'I'm a Mormon' campaign. People have even contacted the Church to enquire about tickets to the show, The Mormons are Coming.
There are Mormons all over London. Two missionaries near the Prince of Wales Theatre were asked for their autographs. "What do you actually do?" some missionaries were asked on a bus.
"Is that a real Book of Mormon?" others have asked, seeing a copy of the beautiful blue pocket size softcover volume, which is available for the asking to those who would read it and discover for the themselves the veracity of the message.
There is a special hotline to President Jordan between 9.30 and 10.30 pm each night, and missionaries phone in to tell him about the miracles that particular day. It is an even busier time as there is ever-growing curiousity about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Sister Bonnel Lawal spoke about the consequences of breaking God commandments, signs of which are to be seen everywhere and something we should guard ourselves against, despite the struggles to make ends meet and endeavour to buy the first house.
President David Barter, the Stake President, summed up his testimony in two golden words : Service sanctifies.
To all the above, in the name of our Saviour, whose message lives through the faithful congregations, I say Amen.
(Written by Duru-darshan
Melchizedek Priest at the Ilford Chapel)
18th and 19th May 2013.
Today the markets, and indeed the world, waits to hear Federal Chief Ben Bernanke's testimony at the FOMC, on the issue of QE.
At the moment, the quantitative easing and mortgage-backed securities buy-back is running at around $85 billion per month, and it seems to be working as job creation seems to have stabilised, the housing market seems to be trending slightly upwards, the stockmarket is rising nicely (to levels which it should have achieved last year, perhaps) and there is a growing optimism throughout the world.
The Bank of Japan has loosened up its monetary policy, and allowed the Yen to fall vis a vis the major currencies. This is likely to help Japanese exports of their excellent products and help production pick up at home and earn them from overseas markets and provide for their economy, which seems to have started a turn-around.
The appointment of Party Chairman Xi Jinping who will assume full powers of leadership in China in March must auger well for China. Paying heed to his ideas in the past have created a boom in China.
Perhaps another $15 billion per month in the U.S. for a period of six months may bring America back to a full Recovery, with creation of many more jobs, doing up and sale of many more houses to hard-working citizens who are earning their living, as well as housing for social projects (perhaps funded by generous philanthropists who can turn their paper fortunes into real wealth with their hallowed names attached to the building and stocking of community centres, libraries, study centres, playgrounds, etc).
Do you think the day is far away when the generosity of the wealthy will give them soul-satisfaction, and create happiness for the people in Ghana and Nigeria who need laptops, appreciate reading real books, would be happy wearning clothes which they know are known as apparel in America? Do you think that day is far away?
There is a subtle law of prosperity, as you add more to the stream, the richer it becomes, and riches flow into the world, and the richer everyone too becomes.
Listen to your hearts, and look at the world.
It seems lots of my readers are interested to know about Baba Ramdev's herbal medications and yoga techniques.
The shop is at 855 High Road, which is near Goodmayes station, at the junction near Barley Lane.
Half a minute from Tesco. The shop is called Divine Supplements, and is open at different times, so please phone for details : 0208 590 7900.
Patanjali Yogpeeth products are also available online. Please check www. nature and herbs. co.uk
(I have just typed it like this so it is easy to read. No spaces in the name)
Another source is in Hayes, Middlesex : Sira's Supermarket.
Both yoga when done correctly and the herbal medications have beneficial effects on health, to which
lot of people bear testimony. When the shop in Goodmayes was open regularly, there was a constant stream of visitors, it's almost they are going to a pilgrimage or an oasis.
A simple and effective method of yoga is this : Close the right nostril, and breathe steadily through the left. Now, after fifteen seconds or so, close the left nostril and let out the air from the right nostril.
That is all. This simple method will put more oxygen into your system. Thereafter, taking a few deep breathes throughout the day will also do good. If you put in the time and small effort, at no cost you will find improvements in your health.
I wish you love and good health.