One day for God.
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 Chapter 9 Bankruptcy of Detroit last Friday is a stark reminder of what happens to an economy when trust breaks down between communities and disrupts the social fabric, leading to decline and decay and a sad breakdown of an economy.
I understand from cursory reading of books on Detroit that the 1967 riots sparked off a distrust between the communities, and may have been the turning point for the breakdown of the economy which has now resulted to this sad, sad decline.
No two children of the same family will be totally understanding or obedient to their parent(s), but if family members work in harmony and common objectives, they tend to be more successful. That rule of harmony holds true for organisations as well as for communities, there is no reason why it should not hold true for cities or even nations, hence last week I referred to Cario and Oakland but of course I should also have mentioned Miami.
Just imagine Detroit in the 1950s, which now appears to have been its heyday, full of harmony and enterprise, inspiring dreams, the American dream, contributing to its status as a city of great reputation worldwide, with its ballrooms, museums, theatres, skyscrapers....The industry and enterprise was there to give a livelihood to the 465,000 residents there, who soon grew to over a million and to nearly two million towards the peak. The infrastructure was added to as it served the citizens and visitors, and the town grew to a city.
The decline has seen people leave, mainly white people leaving the city to suburbs, leaving a ghetto at its core, the deserted buildings falling apart, now ready for demolition or refurbishment.
The population has fallen, leaving the municipality with an income of about $1 billion a year, when it probably needs at least a billion-and-a-half just to service the interest on the bonds.
A solution may be repopulation, with some company and a group of New Economy companies able to generate a lot of jobs and sustain the livelihoods of the citizens. Obviously there is a lot of talent and raw energy, that can be purposefully employed and will create wealth and sustain the people and regenerate the city. All that is now needed is for a few men and women of vision to locate their wealth generating companies there, and give a boost to the regeneration of the housing and public buildings.
The talent is there, you cannot stand and see a great city die. Hopefully, the government can make a special provision for a funding programme to regenerate this great iconic city with its beautiful landmarks.
As harmony exists between people, so will Recovery and Prosperity bloom in their midst. Today, I pray for restoration of faith in Detroit.
In church today at the Ilford LDS chapel, three speakers gave their ideas on the above topics, which I have briefly captured for you (briefly because they were going so fast that I was not able to jot everything down, mainly because the ideas were so fascinating that my mind was trying to understand them).
The first speaker was Sister Rubby Ofodile, whose speech was so beautifully written that I think it ought to be published in the Ensign.
She began by the mention of the motto on the U.S. currency : In God we trust, followed by 'Dieu et mon droit' the motto of the British Monarch, translated by Rubby as 'God is on my right'. "We as children of God should have trust in Him"
First we have to find someone trustworthy, and then we have to get to know
him. She seems a woman of innate faith. She recapped the story by Mary Stevenson of the footprints in the sand, sometimes two, at other times only one, when God was carrying the weary traveller, tired, sleepy, clueless but trusting.
The way Ruby gave her speech had most people spellbound.
The second speaker was Sister Julie Tavner, on the subject of Charity.
"Charity purifies us....Charity is a divine gift.... we need to have charity in our hearts, to be more Christ-like....to have compassion for the hungry and the sinner, like our Saviour.
Prophet Joseph Smith also practised charity. Charity is having patience; looking beyond the physical and looking at the other attributes. Charity is inclusive. It sanctifies us, making us more like the Saviour. It is not easy to do. A charitable heart rejoices not in inequity. Charity is the pure love of Christ."
The third speaker was Brother Mohammed Conteh, on the topic of Spiritual and Temporal Blessings of Service. He recounted from the Book of Mormon the passage where King Benjamin is speaking to his people. "I say unto you...."
Some well known verses from the Saviour : "If you turn away the needy, or don't visit the sick, then I say unto thee...." Guess what Jesus said. Similarly if you are muscular or gracious, then....
The Christ said many beautiful words, whose ideas are ingrained in the minds of humankind. I feel sure most people can fill in the blanks in the above passages.
In the fullness of time, these beautiful words of the Christ will bear fruit. May they increase our understanding.
It was a glorious, beautiful day filled with sunshine, and the Stratford Ward had a baptism, that of Chantal Gregoire, attended by a house full, celebrated with hymns and welcoming speeches, and a feast, with many dishes representing many cultures.
(Written by Duru-darshan
Melchizedek priest at LDS Ilford)
There is something about the chemistry, about the language and communication of the mind and soul, which brings people together or drives them apart. It is this chemistry between people that I would blame for.....or, rather, a change in the chemistry between people that I would blame for separation and divorce.
I am surprised that Napoleon Hill was not given the Noble Prize, but then again there is no category in the Noble Prizes into which his work fits. Perhaps, on that point, I would suggest there should be another category created by the Trustees of the Noble Foundation. The Increasing of Human Understanding.
Napoleon Hill interviewed 500 of the most successful people in America in the 1920s, and from those interviews he wrote many articles, published in his Hill's Success Magazine. But a few people made a huge impression on him, viz Andrew Carnegie, Firestone, Henry Ford, Dr.Alexander Graham Bell, and Dr. Thomas Alva Edison. And yes, Mr Edwin Barnes, who said it could not be done, that is to say, the writing of a blueprint for success based on the interviews with successful people.
Napoleon Hill turned that into a questions: Who said it could not be done? and went on to publish his Think and Grow Rich, a book that sells well throughout the world, in many languages, in number just after the sales of the Bible, Koran and Bhagavad-Gita and other religious masterpieces.
In his research, Napoleon Hill says that the first three years of a marriage often have petty squabbles and friction, but the love that exists between the two will carry it through. The next fifteen years are those in which the lucky couple start to look alike in their eye movements and thinking, influencing their value judgements and expressions, meaning the happy couple have achieved understanding of one another, and a state of harmony exists between them that we attribute to the magic of chemistry.
A state of harmony, an instinctive understanding, an automatic understanding of mutual goals. It is like both have the same road-map, or at least complementing road maps.
Those for whom a partnership does not work, it seems are rather like a horse-drawn carriage where the horses want to pull in differing directions. Where it is not possible to bring harmony of direction, abandonment of the journey becomes the alternative. Such is what happens in business partnerships as well, and in politics as well.
A question that may help bring harmony back is : What was the road map that brought the partners together in the first place? Can it be modified and restored? If the answer is Yes, then hope still remains for reunion and success.
A reader from Saudi Arabia put in the search phrase, May Allah make Peace, and found my website.
Indeed, the Being, the Force, the Entity we call Allah, which translates into God for the Christians and Bhagvan for the Hindus, is the only one who can inspire people to restore peace, brining peace of mind, cessation of hostilities between brethren and kindred folks, and indeed to mankind at large.
May Allah bring peace, and inspire man and women to appreciate the wonderful nature of God's creation, and His gift of life to each and every one, which is so precious to us all...May we understand that it is equally precious to others.
May Allah in His mercy inspire us to understand that He has created the world with abundance, and may it be shared by all in a fair and just way.
Often people are fighting over dominance of something, a house, a piece of land, a family business or anything. Often people have died over such things, even over leadership, only to discover later that it was in vain, not worth the fight, and that the use or ownership of the same could have been achieved with fairness and just means - if such a subject had been opened up in words, and agreements made cordially.
In the Bible it says "Ask, and it shall be given to thee" (Of course, one has to be patient with faith, as things happen in the fullness of time).
Similarly, I liked very much what the Saudi Prince Al-waleed bin Talaal has suggested : "For whatever you seek, ask Allah....and when you get it, give thanks."
Allah the merciful, the magnificent, loves all mankind and living creatures, for we are all His creation.
In the fullness of time, Allah shall grant to each and everyone to their hearts content what they desire, as they live by His commandments and live in peace and allow others to enjoy peace.
Each has to ask : "What bring we into the world?" Other than God's name and good deeds, is there anything that He would like us to carry to Heaven?