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HouseThis last week we watched the movie “Courageous” again.  We have seen it a few times already, but I always enjoy good uplifting movies that I can share with my family.

I really like the message that is shared in this movie.  Even though it is meant specifically for men, what I get from it is the message that we all need to step up and be more responsible. There is always more that we can do to be a bigger influence for good, and thus improve our overall life and family.

This is the “RESOLUTION” that they signed in the movie.

I do solemnly resolve before God to take full responsibility for myself, my wife, and my children.
I WILL love them, protect them, serve them, and teach them the Word of God as the spiritual leader of my home.
I WILL be faithful to my wife, to love and honor her, and be willing to lay down my life for her as Jesus Christ did for me.
I WILL bless my children and teach them to love God with all of their hearts, all of their minds, and all of their strength.
I WILL train them to honor authority and live responsibly.
I WILL confront evil, pursue justice, and love mercy.
I WILL pray for others and treat them with kindness, respect, and compassion.
I WILL work diligently to provide for the needs of my family.
I WILL forgive those who have wronged me and reconcile with those I have wronged.
I WILL learn from my mistakes, repent of my sins, and walk with integrity as a man answerable to God.
I WILL seek to honor God, be faithful to His church, obey His Word, and do His will.
I WILL courageously work with the strength God provides to fulfill this resolution for the rest of my life and for His glory.

I noticed something in the movie this time that I may have just overlooked last time.  During the ceremony where the men were dressed up and swearing to live by this resolution, the preacher spoke to them and he said something that was so true, so accurate, but that I don’t think most of us ever really think about to realize. He mentioned that they all were feeling determined and good about this resolution, but right now, they are in a good place and it is easy to agree to all these good things. But life isn’t always easy, and hard times are going to come that will challenge their resolve to these promises.

I think we all promise to be or do good at something when we are in a good place, and feeling determined to change, but when the tough times come, how are we going to remember how we felt about our commitments to be good?

In the movie they all signed a beautiful copy of this resolution and hung it in a prominent place in their homes in order to remind them at all times about what they each promised to do.

If we can find ways to put a physical, visual reminder of the good things that we want for ourselves, the promises that we make to ourselves and the things we are determined to change, I think that will also help us to stick to our resolves even in trying times and difficulties.

I highly recommend owning this movie, so that your family can be reminded of the importance of putting our priorities in the right place, and to be encouraged with the strength that we can all do good things.  Click this link to buy it now.

The people who made this movie are a part of a movie company that was formed to try to make a difference in the world, and spread the teaching of Christ at the same time.

Here is their story.

Think of how much good these people have done, and think on the blessings and gifts that God has given to you, remembering that you too can make a difference in this world also.  We all have a sphere of influence, there are things we can do where we are. Let’s go out and do what we can. Let’s share God’s truths by the way we live and interact with each other.

Go make it a great weekend.

Laura

Every home should have good movies like this one, to share our influence with all who enter, and especially with those who live there.  “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”  Click this link now, make this DVD a part of your family collection.

 

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meetinghouse-rock-church-933549-printMany of you know that we (Susan & Laura) are Mormon’s.  Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Some of our posts have reference to things we do in our church, and some quotes are from prominent members of the Church.

But just because we are Mormon, does not mean that we do not welcome people who are not members of our church.  We really want to be able to share inspiration and a sense of hope and joy in life with anyone who is willing to read our messages. By reading our messages you may find out more about what it is like being Mormon, just as you’ll get to know some of our individuality also.

On Friday’s we have decided to post links to other sources (stories, videos or interviews) that we have enjoyed, and feel that you may be able to get something out of also.

Today I am sharing an interview from a PBS documentary “The Mormons,” with Jeffrey Holland who is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Click here for the full interview.

I would like to share with you the last question recorded in the interview. Although it is a bit cerebral, I think it helps to explain our desire for association will all good people and aspirations.

Turning the question around, do Mormons feel that Christians are Christian?

… It is absolutely incumbent upon us and our solemn obligation to acknowledge every good thing and every good act and every good truth of anybody on the face of this earth, including — and especially, in terms of a brotherhood and sisterhood — Christians and Christian churches. Somehow there has evolved this chasm, this decisive distinction. … That seems to me absolutely wrong. It’s wrong on the face of it; it’s wrong in my experience; it’s wrong doctrinally. … As an institutional response, it seems to me that past, present or future, it is not our call to damn or deny or vilify anybody else. Our call is to extend the fruits of His ministry and the benefit of what we know.

Our universal cry, as I understand it, is to say, “Bring any good thing you have, bring any truth you’ve ever known, every Gospel principle you’ve ever embraced, every non-Gospel, civil, humanitarian impulse you’ve ever had,” which, by the way, would be part of the Gospel in our definition — and our only duty is to add to that. We do believe we can give value added. There’s something we can contribute that … was not available prior to the restoration, the Gospel and Joseph Smith. …

I’m in the good-news business. It is to no advantage and to no purpose for me to desecrate or decry. I would do that against evil. I would speak out against child molesters and pornographers. There are things that I’m not going to equivocate on. But I’m not talking about individual people’s religious belief and their quest for the best that’s within them. …

Now, in saying that, that is not some mournful plea from the gallery about wanting to be mainstream in 21st-century Christianity. That is not an issue for me. I don’t have any particular desire to have anybody say whether we’re mainstream or whether we’re not. … I have no particular wish to in any way be seen as another Protestant religion. We are adamantly not another Protestant religion.

But what I don’t like, and what I don’t want to perpetuate, is the personal antagonism and the personal cleavage where otherwise wonderful people can go to dinner together and have their kids on the soccer team together and carpool to the PTA together, and then, when it comes to religion, just start throwing fists. That does not seem to me right. …

I love that he explains that he is in the “good-news” business.  While we always strive to hold true to our standards, we want to associate with all of the good people around us.  And in a world with so much trouble it is also refreshing to recognize that there are so many good people all around in our neighborhoods and schools etc that we can relate with.

There is so much beauty in the world that is a gift from God, that we want to be able to share our view of that beauty with you, and hope that you will feel welcome in taking this journey with us.

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