A Voice of Warning

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Talofa, Malo e lelei and Aloha!

During our 36 years of marriage we have spent 13 of them in Tonga, two years in American Samoa, one year in Arizona, 18 years in Hawaii and four years in Utah. Right before we came here to Hawaii, we had spent ten years in Tonga, the last three of those working full-time with the LDS missionaries. With the mantle of our calling, we were on a spiritual high as you get when you serve the Lord full-time in any position and strive daily to be an example.

American Samoa

We have been blessed most of our marriage to live near an LDS temple and within close proximity of an LDS church school. Our children benefited from having their father work at BYU Hawaii. Each of them has graduated either from BYU Hawaii or BYU Provo after serving a full-time mission. Only recently after taking a couple of classes per semester, I finally graduated from Brigham Young University Hawaii in Art. I truly enjoyed gaining more knowledge, which has helped my children, my grandchildren and myself.

I would like to refer to the topic “A Voice of Warning” .

To me that means many different things. We are daily bombarded by different “voices of warning” . The media is full of them – newspapers, TV talk shows, talk radio, financial, political and weather news.

To the latter-day saints, the Book of Mormon is a voice of warning to this generation. It warns us against pride, indifference, procrastination, the dangers of false traditions, hypocrisy, and unchastity. Moroni’s last words to the members of the Church are written as a voice of warning.

In many sections of the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord sounds a clarion voice of warning. This is an important theme running through many portions of this volume of scripture. D&C1:4 "And the a voice of warning shall be unto all people, by the mouths of my disciples, whom I have chosen in these last days".

No one will escape the day of God’s judgment. God expects us to take his revelations seriously, and no one who reads this book can say he or she has not been warned. (See Doctrine &Covenants 124:7.) The Lord says: “And all they who receive the oracles of God, let them beware how they hold them lest they are accounted as a light thing, and are brought under condemnation thereby.” (D&C 90:5.) Again and again, in dozens of places, the Lord calls for us to hearken and give heed, “lest death shall overtake you”for the day of judgment will surely come upon all who are in the world (D&C 45:2), (see D&C 1:30–39).

In these verses, the Lord is giving notice to the world. He makes it unmistakably clear that severe judgments will fall upon mankind because of their willful unrighteousness. (See D&C 56:14–20.) He expresses his unequivocal displeasure with sin (see D&C 1:31), and speaks of his wrath being kindled against the wicked (see D&C 5:8; D&C 63:2).

But this voice of warning is not a voice of irrational rage. Indeed, it would be somewhat unfair if the Lord were to judge the world without first giving it a full warning and a fair chance to repent. Moreover, the revelations go on at great length to extend an arm of mercy and an invitation to repentance.

Just as earthly parents have issued warnings, the Lord has warned His children. “And the voice of warning shall be unto all people, by the mouths of my disciples, whom I have chosen in these last days.” And also cometh the testimony of the voice of thunderings, … lightnings, … tempests, and … waves of the sea heaving themselves beyond their bounds.” Does this sound similar to our times?

Today the Lord is revealing his will to all the inhabitants of the earth, and to members of the Church in particular, on the issues of this our day through our living prophets, with the First Presidency at the head. What they say as a presidency is what the Lord would say if he were here in person. This is the rock foundation of Mormonism.

I’m grateful for our watchmen on the tower who are known to us as apostles and prophets. They are our spiritual eyes in the sky. I am grateful for those prophets who have left their counsel with us in the scriptures and also for a living prophet today.

As a mother and grandmother, I ask myself, how can I help our children and grandchildren hold fast to their faith when a faithless world continually tempts and tries them?

When we show our children a consistent example of wholehearted faith, they will likely follow that example. Even if they temporarily experiment with another set of values, or are momentarily distracted by an exciting theory, they will usually return to the sound teachings of their parents.

We must also realize that we can never warn our children against every specific evil they may encounter in this life, nor should we try. What we can do is help them become familiar with the Holy Spirit themselves. Then they will have a voice of warning or counsel, a bad feeling or a good feeling, whenever they need it. If they keep the commandments and learn to hear and feel the voice of the Spirit, they can weather any storm.

Women today face a particular conflict with regard to the importance of motherhood. The culture of the world defines worth in terms of dollars and cents, in terms of power and visibility. It is comforting to hear a prophet reaffirm that parenthood is a most valuable responsibility. It is, in fact, a core value of the LDS gospel.

The second to the last line in The Family: A Proclamation to the World given by the First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says: We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets. We cannot say we have not been warned.

Gordon B. Hinckley, “Your Greatest Challenge, Mother,” Ensign, Nov 2000, 97–100

I know of no better answer to [the] foul practices that confront our young people than the teachings of a mother, given in love with an unmistakable warning.

Our late prophet advised us to warn our children about the following:

Teach them to seek for good friends

President Kimball continued: “Oh, if our young people could learn this basic lesson—to always keep good company, to never be found with those who tend to lower their standards!

Teach them to value education

Teach them to respect their bodies

Teach them to be honest

Teach them to be virtuous

Teach them to pray

God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and his covenants and doctrines are unchanging: Old values are upheld by the Church, not because they are old, but rather because through the ages they have proved right.

He then referred to the collapse of the Teton Dam in Idaho, and graphically described what happened on that occasion as houses, churches, and whole towns vanished. In all, 790 homes were destroyed, and 800 others were severely damaged, as were schools, churches, business houses, etc. About 7,800 people were in the immediate path of the flood, and farther down the valley another 25,000 or 30,000 were in danger. I quote:

“But what happened to the people that Saturday morning? There was a miracle! There were several deaths, but only six of them by drowning. How could such terrible destruction take place with such a little loss of life?

“The answer: they were warned. A number of them had been subjected to a restless, anxious feeling that morning, and so responded instantly when the warning came. They heeded the warning. Latter-day Saints pay attention to warnings. They have read the revelation which states:

“ ‘For this is a day of warning, and not a day of many words. For I, the Lord, am not to be mocked in the last days.’ ” (D&C 63:58.)

Recently we witnessed how the Holy Ghost worked on our children. When our daughter in law was expecting our 12th grandchild, she went to have a sonogram to find out if it was a girl or boy. They found that the baby had physical challenges and it was suggested that perhaps they should have an abortion. Of course it was difficult realizing that they would have to spend much of their time caring for this child who may never walk and may have other problems, they felt that they could not rob this spirit of the opportunity of coming to earth at this time. Just last week, our son blessed his little baby girl, Lily Ruth, who has had two surgeries since she was born, and still will have many more, but whom we all love very much.

As John said, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (3 Jn. 1:4)

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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Glad to meet you too graceomalley. I have found it does not do any good to try to force your ideas on others. Every one is free to worship (or not) as they wish. I appreciate your comments.


graceomalley 5 years ago

I think the tolerant tone of the comments here is due to the tolerant tone of the hub. Glad to meet a deeply committed while tolerant hubber.


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Happy New Year to you BJ. Yeah Boise!!


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BJBenson 5 years ago from USA

I would like to say Happy New year and Boise won!


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks for commenting gr82bme. Sorry to hear that about your kids. It is tough being parents these days, and it is tough being kids with so much materialism and techie gadgets to take up our time. Best wishes for a Happy New Year.


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gr82bme 5 years ago from USA

Our kids are fat,lazy and spoiled. Look at how those kids from Samoa work help at home and look at all the kids that have joined the football team. You won't see that here. Our kids are too busy playing video games,getting in trouble and getting everything handed to them. If they had to work like those kids maybe they would work harder to get somewhere.

Go Samoa! I want to live there

Thank you for the cool hub


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thank you Polly for your comments. I feel very grateful to have guidance to help raise my grandchildren during these difficult times we live in.


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

We are not of the same belief but I believe we have the same God and I too believe we are in the last days and I envy your chance to live your life in the ministry and it sounds very wonderful.

Polly


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

I am so appreciative erthfrend for your comments. There is still hope for all of us. The rising generation is very special and we need to help them all we can. Wishing you a Merry Christmas.


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erthfrend 5 years ago from Florida

Beautiful hub and such a very important reminder that we really need to be more mindful of the things we do and say. There are so many things going on in this world that God surely is frowning upon. As for our children, the most important thing is to provide them with the proper foundation and like you said, even though they may stray sometimes, if they have that foundation, they hopefully will follow the right path. Thank you for sharing this important reminder with us!


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thank you Onusonus. I also love to listen to President Monson. I appreciate your comments. Best wishes for a Happy Holiday.


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Onusonus 5 years ago from washington

I enjoyed this article. It's got the scout motto written all over it! President Monsons talks are always inspirational to me as well.


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks for your comments Hello, hello. It does seem that life is unfair, but we were sent here to be tested and God will not take away our free agency. That was Satan's plan. I know there is life after death and our living prophet leads the way to eternal life. This life was not meant to be easy, and the reason for many of life's difficulties is because of man's bad decisions. We will know the truth and find out we signed up for this difficult experience. That is what I believe, but I do not expect you to believe the same way I do. I do find that believing in life after death, a living prophet and Christ's return is much less depressing than believing in nothing particular. Thanks for sharing your feelings.

@HealthyHanna - yes, I am glad that most hubbers are tolerant of other views and opinions. We each have unique experiences and make choices that lead us to believe the way we do. I do appreciate everyone here that have commented including you. Best wishes for a Happy Holiday season.


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HealthyHanna 5 years ago from Utah

I am glad to see temperance and tolerance from all the commenters here. I personally think we should listen to and welcome expressions on the 'greater things of life' and appreciate being associated with all of you.

May God Bless Everyone.

I though you expressed your views beautifully.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

I am freelancer regarding believing in God. One, I hope the human race is not the end of the line. The other point is that I have to agree with diogenes. When you look around and see the amount of suffering over the centuries - war, disease, disaster and cancer, especially children, it does make you wonder. Surely an all loving God would do something about it. Most properly we will never know which way.


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Aloha Rosie2010. I appreciate your words of encouragement. May you also have a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas.

Thank you Dave. You are very blessed to be able to recognize and listen to the Holy spirit. Thank you for your comments.

Yes, TammyL. We are so blessed with Lily in our life to teach us about the pure love of God and develop attributes we would otherwise not have.

Thank you Denise. I appreciate what you said. Wishing you much joy and peace this holiday also.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Elayne, Happy Holidays to you and your family. Lovely article about your views, experiences and beliefs. For me, no matter what the spiritual belief is of a person, how they behave in our society; their values; and what they teach others is what counts. May you have peace and joy this new year.


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Tammy L 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

elayne, I could not help but think of one person when I read the part about the doctor wanting to abort the imperfect unborn child...Adolf Hitler. He wanted a perfect society and persecuted millions who did not agree with him to the point of mass genocide. Thank you for this inspirational hub.


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

elayne: The one voice I am finely attuned to is God's Holy Spirit as He whispers God's will within my heart and my mind. This is the one voice of importance I will never ignore.


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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hiya Elayne, this is truly inspirational and very informative. I'll pray for your granddaughter Lily Ruth and her parents for strength. Bless them all, and you too.

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

@ diogenes - Your comment is welcome even if you do not agree with my view. Each person is free to worship or not in their own way. It is difficult watching the injustice in the world, but when Christ comes again, there will be peace. I look forward to that time.

Thank you LianaK for your insight and positive nature. It is extremely difficult being a parent during these times, but with examples like yours, there is hope.


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LianaK 5 years ago

In response to Bob, I hope we can agree to disagree. All I see of God's works are beautiful, . . . I live in a country where I can freely live my life the way that I wish, I have a wonderful family and I see His grace and hand in all that I do. I have felt that sweet spirit of peace and love that especially radiates during this Christmas season--not because of all the commercialism, but because everyone is exposed to the purpose of Christmas--Christ. Love this hub and the message of President Monson. What an inspired leader. I think that life is beautiful when we look at life in a less pessimistic view. Most of the bad things in the world were not caused by God, but by men. Elayne, thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings with us! Can't wait to spend some time on a Hawaiian beach soon!


diogenes 5 years ago

Dear me, I seem to be inundated with hubs lauding religion this morning. All I see of God's works are the wars started in his name; the hundreds of years of Dark Ages, as freedom of thought and deed was supressed, and the Muslem threat to the USA and England, etc., just because we don't agree with their radical, fundamental doctrine. If there's a God, he's a sadist, for sure. Sorry dear, i like your articles but disagree entirely with your philosophy...Bob

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