Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Light of Christ

This... Is Elder Coles.  For some reason, I have gotten alot of speeding tickets.  I have no idea why though..... Well maybe I do.  I may have driven faster than I should have a few times.  This one day........... (This is a true story, names are fictional of course)

Frent, Frooke and Weed were playing together on a fine summers day.  They were sitting in the grass, giggling like they always do but not really doing anything wholesome.
"Alright lets go do something," said Weed.  They pondered and pondered on something that we could do and finally...
"I want an Ipod touch, lets go buy one," Frent said.
"You know those are like 250$ right Frent?" Weed asked.
"Yeah I know, but I just decided I need one so I'm going to buy one right now!  But I dont want to drive... can one of you drive?"
"No Frent, if you want it you have to buy it."
Frent realllly didnt want to drive.  But he had already made up his mind he was going to buy and Ipod touch.  Today.  So he gave in and he drove to the store which was about 45 minutes away.  Because Frent didn't want to drive, he thought the faster they got there, the faster he could stop driving.
"Frent, maybe you should slow down!" said Frooke, who was freaking out.
"Pff no way I never get pulled over."  They made it safely to the next town without getting pulled over.
"Alright Frent you really should slow down there are so many cops in this next town, you will get a ticket for sure!"  Frooke really wanted to make sure Frent didnt get a ticket.
"Pff no way I never get pulled over."
Sigh.... Frent should have listened to Frooke.  Frent got pulled over and he got a ticket  :(

Have you ever noticed, when you are about to do something wrong, or if you are doing something wrong, there is always something inside of you telling you that it is wrong?  In this example, there was someone literally telling Frent that he was doing something wrong, and I'm sure there was something inside of Frent telling him what he was doing was wrong as well.  This feeling we get is a gift from our Heavenly Father to us.  In the Book of Mormon in Moroni 7:16-17 it says
"For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.  But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this manner doth the devil work, for he persuadeth no man to do good, no, not one; neither do his angels; neither do they who subject themselves unto him."

We talk to alot of people who smoke and drink, and everytime that subject comes up they say "I know its wrong and I really should quit."  How do they know its wrong?  It is the light of Christ which is in them telling them that they are harming their bodies.  We sometimes fall into the trap of thinking that those things will make us happy.  And they might, for a time.  True happiness comes from following that voice telling us what we should and shouldnt be doing.  I would invite you all to re-evaluate yourselves on if you are following what the light of Christ in you is telling you what to do.  If not, you might be getting a ticket!

“I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness.”

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