i have a lot of thoughts running through my mind right now (at work, ahaha) so, this may be scattered as i'm just going off the top here. no pre-planning, no outline, no pre-write..no nothing. haha
so, "time over matter". over and over again, we hear the words "mind over matter" and "there's a time&place for everything" well, i kind of combined the two and came up with "time over matter". because really, nothing dictates our lives more than time. and sometimes, we have to be patient and let time pass, in order to receive certain things. and if by that time, we hadn't received what we were looking/asking for then.....it wasn't our time!! where am i going with this? well...we shall all find out together...just.....give......it.......time hahaha
my main reason for this blahg is the recent attacks on the LDS Church by the female group "ordained women". There's a news segment i seen this morning that made me realize that this group, while vocal in their actions, will in one way or another alter the way things are done in the church and also, will change the way people see the church altogether. here's the segment, (hope it works)
the "ordained women" group have been questioning women's roles in the church for quite some time. Now, after protesting, questioning and attacking the church and its leaders, the founder of this group is being held in "disciplinary court" and may face excommunication by way of apostasy. Apostasy, for those that may not be familiar with the term is defined, "When individuals or groups of people turn away from the principles of the gospel, they are in a state of apostasy. One example is the Great Apostasy, which occurred after the Savior established His Church. After the deaths of the Savior and His Apostles, men corrupted the principles of the gospel and made unauthorized changes in Church organization and priesthood ordinances." In a way, this group, has turned away from the gospel and it's teachings, it has also led many others astray. While, this isn't the first attempt by someone and it won't be the last. I feel the leaders of the church are handling this well. This group of women, have been asking about the ordination of priesthood powers and want it to be available for the women in the church as well. what they should understand, is that the priesthood, IS AVAILABLE TO EVERY MEMBER! the priesthood power, is the authority to act in the name of God. However, while women are not "ordained" to the priesthood power, we still have full access to its power! And, if these women paid attention in the endowment session, we (men and women) are given the authority to "use" this power..so long as we are faithful in our doing. But, some people have (just as in old times) corrupted, misused and misunderstood this power they "want" so badly. and because of social media sites and the "right to have an opinion", this group and their "questions" have reached more people than they may have expected to reach. and quite possibly have gained the attention of those who may not understand the teachings of the church or the unique authority we hold. And because of that, we (as a church) will become victim to yet more and more persecution. it will be harder for our missionaries to talk to people about the wonderful blessings of the priesthood, if the question of "women and the priesthood" come up, not as an intriguing question..but as an accusation. Again, there is nothing wrong with "questioning" your beliefs, but what has happened here, is that these questions, rather than searching, praying and fasting for answers, have been taken to the "world". Joseph Smith had a question. He took it to the Lord. the Lord answered him and TAAAA-DAAAA here we are!! if this matter was prayed about, maybe the Lord has answered......that it is not our time!!
another line that they crossed, was trying to obtain tickets to the general priesthood session during conference. as a female member of the church, have alwaaaaays wanted to know what they talk about in priesthood session, but one thing that is amazing about technology is that once conference is over...the sisters of the church have full access to every single talk given in priesthood session! so, there is no need to want to "be in the congregation"..really. leave that for the men, give them their space already!! ok, i guess that wasn't really "crossing the line"..but you know..there's a time and place for everything! and priesthood session is the time, set apart for the brethren of the church to address the other brethren of the church..to remind them of their priesthood duties, to kick them in the butt, to encourage them to be, do and become better than they already are!! again..there is a TIME for everything
the only being that KNOWS when and where, who and how things get done the church, or even in the world...is "he who knoweth all things..." the Lord! and..He speaks through His priesthood messenger, the Prophet, who, today is Thomas S. Monson. You cannot look at this man of God and think that he's evil or that he "doesn't know what he's doing". He is loving, kind and is like a "grand-father" figure to the church. he's been through a lot throughout his own lifetime, he has plenty of experience. I know that he is called of God to guide us, in these latter-days. I know that what he has to say on any matter, of the church or the world, that it comes through the spirit and more importantly through the Lord, for he holds ALL THE KEYS of the priesthood. imagine if EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE had ALL these keys..what madness would surface? i mean, there's already heaps of madness and corruption..but these keys, are not meant to be mishandled, and while they have been in years past, the prophet would never misuse these keys to get gain.
so.."time over matter". i know that in time, this matter will pass. i only wish others used their agency wisely. used the scriptures to seek answers, sought to cry unto the Lord with their questions, i wish they would have an open heart to the teachings of this blessed gospel. how far we've come..but how much further we have left to go. we need each and every member of the Lord's kingdom to do the Lord's work. the Lord NEEDS YOU!! now..is YOUR time! now..is OUR time! what can we do to ensure that each member UNDERSTANDS this?
the in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good" alma 37:37
and from the Bible
"if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not, it shall be given him."