Sunday, August 24, 2014

Disseminated on a Need to Know basis and you need to know

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"O that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people! Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth." (Alma 29:1-2)

Alma grieved, supposing himself a sinner to entertain such desires of grandeur in his time.

"But behold, I am a man, and do sin in my wish; for I ought to be content with the things which the Lord hath allotted unto me." (Alma 29:3)

God has allotted unto us the very means that Alma yearned to have at his disposal. And we are under sacred obligation to do what Alma only wished he could do.

Is not the internet, when properly used, a trump of God through which is declared both the warning voice of truth and good tidings of truth to all the world? Are not we, who properly apply this magnificent tool with global reach and immediate efficacy, as angels sounding a trump of God? Do we not, through small and simple truths disseminated consistently and articulated clearly, shake the earth from the clutches of evil?

I boldly and shamelessly testify that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true and living church on the earth. Jesus Christ is the Redeemer, the only begotten Son of God in the flesh. Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, two individual personages with tangible, exalted bodies. Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon from ancient records engraved on metal plates shown to him by the resurrected ancient American prophet, Moroni, the son of the prophet Mormon. The Book of Mormon is true. It is the most correct book on the earth at this time. It was written for you and me, and for our posterity. And there is more to come.

On multiple occasions, I risked my career as an officer in the United States Air Force to communicate my personal testimony of these simple and irrefutable truths, and to give the gift of The Book of Mormon to townsfolk where I was stationed, to enlisted men and to general officers and to men of every rank in between. In the very act of being reprimanded, I have urged officers above me to be baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I have been called "an embarrassment to the unit" by my operations officer, because I gave a visiting general a Book of Mormon. I believe I have been the target of conspiracies to remove me from my position under false pretenses. I have had a supervisor threaten to destroy me.

God preserved me, and I remained. I did not lose my career. I was blessed to complete it early, on terms favorable to myself and to my family.

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