Coming soon, to a bookstore near you ... a media platform? Bill Holland will soon have another series of books he didn't even know he wrote! Maybe he did.... Read and spread the word about it!
Society's learned since the slavery of the United States to the rights of women to determine if their individual rights supersede the rights of the unborn to exist that Black History Month is a time to reflect on the rights of all humans by remembering how some of us had none.
Joseph Smith, Paul, Moses, Lehi, and Rodric (me) have something in common of great significance. It is of such great significance that it needs to be told, but of such common application that everyone should experience, and does experience it to a degree. It is called meeting with God.
Most readers may be intrigued by studying Critical Race Theory from a Christological point of view, relating to the teachings, diety, and life of Jesus Christ.
Life has a way of binding us down into fixed positions--chains of past choice with accompanying guilt Jesus breaks those chains.
Fears have a source, but who knows what that is? This article is about stories of fear that may not necessarily be based on being afraid. Happy Holloween. This is in response to Brenda Arledge's Week 32 Word Prompt!
Poetry and banter inspired by the word "Secrets" issued as a word-prompt challenge for week 31 by Brenda Arledge.
Even modern prophets have to go through the persecution of their words no matter how carefully written to offend the least, or spoken to invite the humble. God's truth cuts like s two edge sword. What can we expect?
Critical Race Theory does not fit neatly, ready to package into a box and dispense to the world, as American culture prefers things. Those who prefer conserving the current system of government lean to the right. Those who prefer replacing this system of government lean left.
Seventh in a series of Woza Moya Ongcwele, IsiXhosa for Come Holy Spirit, it tells the dealings of two brothers, their friends, and family struggling with life's trials. Elders Nkosi and Smarts notice a tear forming in their plane’s right wing! The plane smacks the ground!
Critical Race Theory has led me to the following understanding I wish to share with my peers and the world. I, however, must admit that those who suggest the following to me represent the strictest of the CRT theorist. So, hold on to your offense and know that not all CRT theorists concede to the fo
If you're offended easily. Skip past this. Not that I make a habit of offending people intentionally, but most readers will not enjoy what I am about to present after studying Critical Race Theory. This is the first in a number of articles to come!
Peace, a calming peace fills him with tranquility and love, more than he could have imagined. At one time, he thought these blessings amounted to nothing but hysteria...
This poem is a tribute to the song of my heart as I studied the scriptures--derived from a journal entry. Jesus Christ is the root of my motivation to share these feelings. Poetry sings in words the feelings of the heart.
If God is what religionists and the Bible claim Him to be, why do all those bad things happen and still happen?
Dim light from the glare of a paraffin lamp casts shadowy figures dancing in the glow around the room as soft thumps of rainfall filter in through the slightly raised window...
“Yeah, but he was a prophet. Does God expect me to be as faithful as Peter, Moses, or even Jesus?”
Hiram discovers lost parts of his past while searching for answers affecting his future.
This memorial narrative poem describes the affection of a boy, then a man, towards his father. Love born after a teen meets his dad, finally! And in response to the Word-Prompt "Memories" offered by Brenda Arledge are three poems
"The Senate unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday," June 15, 2021, "establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a US holiday."
Is it the Jane Doe in the hospital room that Hiram should focus on or the missionary papers on his dresser at home. One seems to be calling, while the other seems...
Intrinsicly, I live between celebrations and pats on my back, similar to the way we give treats to our kids and pets. This poem reflects that!
I turn off my brain when people start sharing what they believe; therefore, 100 million people out there could possibly do the same. For the other seven billion-plus, I hope to reach... God is real...
How is it to meet your dad for the first time? Many of us never get to "meet" our dads. They just happen to be around when we notice they exist. Some of us get to meet them for the first time emotionally. Some of us get to meet them for the first time, period.
Celebrate the seventh year of the Mailbag! Bill Holland established a community of learning when he started the Writers Mailbag. This is an anniversary article about that.
"There is a beast in the middle of the road! What is that thing?"
Father is not limited to being the sire of offspring. It is more than that. It is moments that seem... well, dad moments!
A poem about refugees.
Can there truly exist a world without God? Can humanity truly live without some religion or standard to worship?
Feelings pulse through my soul as I think about the many types of sunshine that fill my life with joy. Some of them make perfect sense, while others shine only from emotional and spiritual realms.
Any type of supremacy is misguided at best. We each have a season where God will call upon us to act in a Chosen responsibility, that if misunderstood some of us will take that season of responsibility as a divine sanction of some type of supremacy.
Facebook games are fun. That's just the truth. That's why we play them, but at what cost? Good entertainment is good entertainment. Know what you're getting into for the fun. In the moment it is worth it! 20/20 hindsight says, "NO!"
Sometimes the simple tasks bring to mind things we love to hate to love. Life is a collection of prompts for other parts of Life.
Tribute and farewell to the friend I never had a chance to make. Rush Limbaugh is gone to the other side.
Black History Month is the celebration of all groups of people who know the struggle of overcoming the restrictions of society--not a competition with them!
Black History Month is a celebration of the high costs that societies pay to nurture human liberty.
This season of the celebration of Black History is an opportunity for the world to explore things in our cultures and in our pasts that may cause hope or may have caused harm to those with whom we associate.
The American Black History Month of 2021 celebrates something dear to all races: The right to exist! This article seeks to reach into the hearts and inspire the minds of ALL people to recognize the human will to lift, despite the pulsing forces of agency’s enemies to restrain. Cash APP: $rodricAjo
Why does it happen that one person is offended because another person is offended because the first person mistakenly accused him or her of something wrong that spawned a negative reaction? This parabolic tale begs at reason when details burden people to don yokes of flaxen cords. Cash APP: $rodricA
Nephi’s family fell apart after his father Lehi passed away. Nephi’s brothers tried to kill him because they did not like the fact that in his old age, their father favored Nephi because Nephi believed in their father’s teachings about God.
Everything is not as it seems when a closer look is taken. Half of the US thinks this was a win and the other half thinks it is a loss. Which half is right? We have a president, our freedoms, the next elections, and such. Who is the loser, though?
The history of the world changes one person at a time multiplied by every one person until changes happen in families, communities, regions, nations, and, of course, the world. Joseph Smith's experience changed the world. I am one in the world whom it changed.
The question that needs an answer is: Can Black Christians support the sentiment that Black lives matter even though there is a group that supports it called Black Lives Matter--a group considered by many anti-God and anti-Christian?
We are no different than the ancient peoples of the world described in the Holy Scriptures. We need salvation, hope, and revelation from God just as vitally as did they. As it was with them, so it is with us to receive and live the word of God and it comes to us in all of its forms.
Joseph Smith, Paul, Moses, Lehi, and Rodric (me) have something in common of great significance. It is of such great significance that it needs to be told, but of such common application that everyone should experience, and does experience it to a degree. It is called meeting with God.
Just because I felt a certain way does not mean it is okay to express it to the world. That is not keeping with what I know to be true about following Jesus Christ.
This is my farewell to President Trump. I come early and to my utter riddance.
It is true! Jesus is the purest form of catholicism in that His teachings and atonement are inclusive and relevant to all of humanity no matter the belief, station, or situation of any individual.
Have you ever said of yourself, "I am just a [insert word]" to describe yourself? Whether it is good or bad, we all put limits on who we are and how we define ourselves. There is more to us.
With the beginning of the new year of 2021, what writer would dismiss a new challenge without good cause? Writing prompts are the source of great creativity even if the prompt is another author's challenge to write. Read some!
The power of suggestion is fascinating. The title alone makes for interesting speculation and a magnetic draw. You want to click on the link just to find out what curiosity there is that you would want to read. Don't you? This type of advert is compelling. Let's begin.
If the God of creation had to endure the contempt of His creations, why not a prophet who testified on His behalf in modern times? Following is a brief exploration of the history of Joseph Smith, Junior's ministry regarding the publication of modern scripture.
Christmas is supposed to be about something more than gifts and parties. This year, it is just an excuse to get free stuff and volunteer labor. Hecking Christmas!
Outside of religion, freedom is the holy cry of US citizens. Freedom to do as we please without infringing on the rights of others and think as we will. The only thing that helps us to understand the "god" of Freedom is the holy text of the Constitution.
Hashtags can be the beginning of hope for many people during this time in human history when the world is all experience similar challenges. Christmas is a time of sharing, right? Let us share love and service. Let us be true to CHRISTmas this December 2020.
The season of gratitude is not limited to a particular time of year or a particular set of beliefs. Join in the #GiveThanks phenome started by Russell M. Nelson, a modern-day prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In a world where people seek to discover who they are in the world, it may surprise us at how close to the truth we all are in that regard. It doesn't have to be a mystery.
Remember what we have experienced together and share what we love the most about it. That is Thanksgiving. It is familiar. It is custom. It is my culture on Thanksgiving. It is a sacred act and cherished expectation that will not happen this year.
God loves a grateful heart. Gratitude turns the hearts of everyday people to give in ways they otherwise would not. If God is anything like the average do-gooder, would not the things He gives be a least just as extraordinary as the ordinary person who loves gratitude?
Sometimes, the only thing to do is write what is on the mind and see what flows out. Hopefully, it isn't embarrassing enough to edit when you're finished.
Sometimes the feast that we receive is not one of food. When we appreciate the small things in life, the feasts can be truly heavenly and spiritual.
All the apple pie that is America did not stop the shift to make America great again. That greatness is not about political power, but the power to uphold the laws of the land without prejudice. Thanksgiving is about being thankful for what we are given: Freedom and the power to vote!
It was my first Thanksgiving in Arizona, away from my mother and home state of Georgia. Seems like lately, we skip Thanksgiving and slide right into Christmas. Just like a prayer though, we should give thanks before we get the things that we've been asking
Being damned is not necessarily going to hell or suffering. Being damned is being blocked or prohibited from progressing. What do people who are damned say?. Read and see. Many times we are the thing, our way of thinking that damns.
The Electoral College may be the group that votes for president in the United States, but each citizens' choice says a lot about how the country will support the leadership of the President. Who we chose matters. Our vote matters.
Can a muse die? If so, does that mean that the writer is dead also? Is there nothing more?
The collective power of humanity to change lives with just our minds and our mouths is real. When we include faith, it is a miracle. Psychology teaches that we can help one another with unconditional positive regard. It is true on so many levels.
Columbus opened up to the Europeans a new era of human trafficking that created multiple cultures throughout the Americas. Slavery became a staple to American success.
I am vividly aware that I look like the men whose necks constricted by public servants held enough air to frame dying utterances of "I can't breathe!"
The South left the Union because it could not own slaves. It left the union because it wanted White men to have the privilege of standing supreme at the helm of society legally and culturally. What better definition of White supremacy is there than the Confederacy.
COVID-19 has covered the world in misery as millions, billions wait for word of a cure. A vaccine is in need for our spirits as well. Misery is much more of a disease in life than any virus can be because it kills the spirit and the body.
What makes language understandable when it is not spoken? This article discusses the controversial topic of whether signing is a language itself, or another means to communicate existing language.
Isaiah is the most quoted of all the prophets in the scriptures because his words are meant for all of humanity, let alone the House of Israel.
Jacob is important because he is another witness that God's plan to send Jesus as Savior was not because Israel failed as a nation; but as a continuation of the original plan from the beginning using Israel as a spiritual vehicle to ensure His Plan of Salvation for humanity went forward.
Remembering the days long gone and walking down memory lane are supposed to be pleasant things. Some times living through the change is not so easy.
This article discusses the permissiveness of society in ways, perceptually innocent ways that work to undermine the happiness of each person when society defines everything as happiness except reason.
What are those who die doing if there is life after death? They are doing something because God reveals that there is eternal life with Him or in Hell. What are they up to?
What happens around us when we are deep in thought, not noticing even our own reflection? come and read.
October 14 is the day recognizing Columbus for his heroic voyages that introduced traffic to the Americas from Europe. Once a celebrated pioneer, Columbus, in the last few decades is depicted as a greedy conquerer, an imperialistic plague.
A colleague suggested God failed His people, all of them--every creation. I took the opinion that what colleague saw as a failure was a misinterpretation on his part. Read and see if the fantastic explanations herein are more believable than God being a Failure for Adam, Eve, Cain, and Able.
We look for ways to rationalize beliefs to settle our minds in case a point we heard causes dissonance, a dissonance we'd rather live with than change from well-ingrained beliefs.
Modern society is full of questions, reasonable ones that deserve answers--from God! Let's discuss each accusation and attempt to fathom an understanding if God is a failure with angels.
“What makes your interpretation more correct than mine?” No matter how off-based a claim someone makes, emotion-based opinions seem to matter as much as reasoned opinions--in social media, at least. Equality in the ability to have an opinion exists no matter how reasoned the opinion.
As humans, should we have compassion for people and offer a willingness to include them? Has no one ever allowed themselves to endure a moment or two of discomfort to spare the comfort of another person? Is that not civil?
Poetry is an outward expression of an inward fascination in a structured medium or a free-flowing potpourri of words. This article is about Abecedarian poems in response to Ann Carr's challenge.
As painful as this mortal experience is for many of us, this life is the greatest opportunity for any man or woman to become perfected and holy because in it we can change.
This article asserts the part imperfections in all arrays and severity afflicts the human race because of the choices made in the Eden Garden and its effect on the development of each of the countless lives ever sent to the blue globe of Earth since its formation.
Experts give, if nothing more than an illusion of it, the idea of a guarantee, a deflection of worry. Trust is what experts represent to the world, professionalism.
Watered Down Black refers to the level of melanin a person of African heritage has in his or her skin in conjunction to American identity and cultural experience.
A story at a church meeting about how a daily jog can be a microcosm for the life of a Saint.
Christ did not do away with tithing. He fulfilled the law of tithing, requiring not only a tenth of increase but the giving of EVERYTHING to the church and having the Apostles redistribute it back to each member of the Church of Christ as need demanded.
For the Black man who is called the n-word or the white man who is called racist, the feelings are not equal in nature, but the hurt of receiving either epitaph can cause offense that lasts a lifetime. Such is the case in the following story mentioned in the Bible.
The worth of a man's soul is valued at more than 2000 pigs at least and the life of the only begotten Son of God at most.
With a certain moral brush have I painted the Savior into a box of perfection of my own making based in the cultural prejudices and rules of my time. How could Jesus, the most peaceful and loving, be so selfish and callous?
Another option is Cain and Abel were two among many siblings in existence at the time. Let's reason together.
Free speech is a hallmark of free society. It is the bedrock upon which all freedom stands. If ever that foundation becomes sandy, democracy sinks into the quicksand that results from the crumbling of that God-given infrastructure.
Whether real or imagined, even today we may feel like Whites curse us and talk about us in derision. They hate us for being different and for reminding them of the evil they perpetuated toward our ancestors. They despitefully used us and abused us and persecuted us for years!
A group of teenagers waited for the bus ride away from their activity when a social storm coalesced erupting into political diatribe and rhetoric.
Thousands of years ago, and even two seconds ago, slavery in some form has existed within humanity. Slavery is not unique to any race or culture any more than is a loaf of bread.
Every relationship wants to be united as a single organization of complementary ideas and function--not equal partners but complementary partners with equal worth.
People who read the words writers put forth elicit confidence that connections with strangers are made. Here is an ode to the reader.
So much can happen in a year. The way things begin are not necessarily the way things will end. This is a tribute to 2018 and a Welcome to 2019
During this article points about the existence of White privilege as a function of cultural and racial preference (described errantly in Pop culture as racism) while not being racist itself receive attention for consideration.
This article is about how both Shapiro and I, a proponent of the existence of White privilege (sort of), are correct all by the existence of the flesh-colored band-aid.
The focus here is not necessarily the doctrine, which will cause a spectrum of agreeance, but the way the pattern of family discord from Heaven continued to follow in mortality when Adam and Eve's family began to grow.
Is it odd to think the first parents had other children that those specifically mentioned in Genesis? Odd it is indeed unless there was more truth out there to factor into the equation, which there is. In this article perspective on the succession of the priesthood authority, God entrusted with Adam
This article is in support of things expressed of forgiveness the elixir and the miracle.
Effects of the fall discussed in the article apply to all of humanity in one degree or another. With each passing year since the fall of mankind from immortality, all corruption grows more corrupt and the elements cease to obey their original command more quickly.
Adult children need to become curious to leave home. Like Eve, curious to know how to keep all of the commandments God gave, including the forbidden fruit. She was willing to risk it all to know how to gain the knowledge of God, and she did. She risked and lost her life.
The wall, though. Like I said it seemed good initially. Now, I am against it. Don't stop reading, Mr. President. I can explain what changed.
This article explains asserts that no longer are the sins of the first humans condemning their offspring to eternal death. All humans endure the test of life by their merit after the grace of Christ is applied to all of their sins.
Experiencing the ability to die was one of many things that Adam and Eve would learn from mortality. This article covers how the new temporary life became a was like leaving home.
Accidental Death and Murder, are not so easy to accept. These are the conditions created by the first people. Conditions that have a purpose for good, but are unpleasant to experience.
Humanity has a death sentence that will occur in either old age or somewhere in the continuum between birth and maturity. Some will sit and fear its coming, some will not think of death until it occurs to a close relation, others will welcome it and even try to rush it along. All will experience it.
What should we as a people do when thousands are begging to get into a country that claims to offer refuge for the downtrodden historically when it also fears the threat of terrorism and crime? It is complicated.
So What is man's best friend name? Discussed here is the importance of naming a dog, and how it forms the emotional bond to the dogs we love because dogs have personality.
Adam and Eve had hope in a plan of salvation that God prepared before the world was organized. Following is perspective on the First Couple, the true first King and Queen's exodus from heaven on Earth.
Fruitful defined is to bear fruit, a yield of fruit that is good. This bounteous descriptor and action apply to all aspects of life, starting of course with God's decree to have many offspring. Anxiously engaged in a GOOD cause producing GOOD results are what the Lord desires of His children.
This dominion came with a price tag. Adam and Eve had to subdue it, tame it. Work was involved. Getting to know the Garden and how it grew, not conquer, but subdue.
Adam and Eve's injunction to multiply and Replenish the world was one of the four (4) commandments God gave: --> Do not eat the forbidden fruit --> Oversee the Garden and the Earth --> Populate the Earth with people
God's power over life and death, salvation to the soul and creation itself are beyond human comprehension unless God reveals it and all people benefit from it in every nation.
God's power is in the love that He has for all things who in turn honor Him with obedience to the laws He set for them, we call laws of nature. This article speaks on the power of God and how it relates to cleansing the inner vessel of man.
In this article, the goodness of God is a way that we as seekers of goodness can learn how to cleanse our vessels to become pure and clean spiritually. The key to learning about God's goodness is seeking to be good. Because our behavior is what comes out of man.
The new Christmas tree stood in girth and height larger than the one in the burned home. The presents, so numerous that they filled the sitting room of the new house, subdued them. The one thing that did not change was the familiar Spirit...
The warmth at Christmas time comes in many forms and from the most unexpected places. In the following true story, the warmth at Christmas was real and palpable from the heart to the skin and vice-versa.
The true meaning of racism is lost in popular culture. This article explains the differences between racism and prejudice.
God desires people to communicate with Him. In answer to those prayers of faith, He will send the Spirit to testify of the truth of the thing the petitioner desires. How is that a psychological benefit?
God designed the universe to do what it does. The planets stay in their orbits around the star called the sun because it is written in the code. The word or code of God, The Master Scientist, runs through the universe. Humans do what their maker does, create and build.
Parents are to children as God the Father is to the human race. With all the confusion in the world over religion, it is easy to dismiss this simple truth of all humans being related. Accept that truth, then the other truths make sense.
To the world, the Bible may appear full of wonder and fascinating tales, and it is! More than the great stories, the Bible offers a real and powerful testimony of God and the divinity of Jesus Christ as His son.
Change can be the pure liquid oasis of light, a respite in the desert of darkened minds. In this article, the sons of King Mosiah find the truth after experiencing their Mecca-experience while going about trying to tear down the faith of their father's nation.
Is it odd all the drama in this universe is based on a disagreement started among family? As a way to get revenge against his brother and snub his father, Lucifer tempts away the people of the world to rebel as he did in heaven.
A reflective poem about being the refugee in the stories of our lives.
In this article is the celebration of the Love I speak of, Mother. Mother died July 11, 2018, in her sleep. Mother's birthday is October 16 through 18. I will explain.
An outstanding writer by the name of Ann Carr issued the challenge to try out the new things we have learned in the article she wrote. This is my submission to her challenge. Enjoy.
Going deep sea diving is not the most thrilling prospect for people like me. I mean, I have seen the movies like Deep Blue Sea, with one of my favorite actors Samuel L. Jackon, where people journey deep below the ocean water and something horrific...
Amalickiah, an ancient American leader, equivalent to Hitler in destruction, caused a bloody series of war among the Nephite and Lamanite Civilizations in The Book of Mormon. This is the second Article.
I want you to know reader, that I was at the lowest point of discouragement I could be and still call myself a Christian when we started this Utah journey. This is the first installment of being trapped in Utah.
The tree's fruit had the power to alter the chemical makeup of Adam and Eve's physical bodies. It would change their neurological constitution and cause the poisonous blood to flow through their veins that causes decay and degeneration.
Cults start because of the psychological hold the leaders of religion have over their followers. There are signs of cultish behavior. The first sign is making excuses for the abuser to justify the behavior.
All humans belong to God and He wants all of humanity to be with Him. “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” John 3:16.
It is difficult to support a group that supports the "dismantling" of the nuclear family, however, even with that misunderstanding glaring, I thought (think) the movement is a necessary "evil." To be explicit, BLM is a part of God's plan.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been trying to define itself to the world ever since its formation in upstate New York in 1830 with six active members.
180 years before people would know of Jesus Christ's public ministry, Abinadi testified of Christ as the creator of salvation and the very fulfillment of the Law of Moses. What did he receive for his efforts? Abinadi suffered vilification, censure, and condemnation--like Jesus later suffered.
In this article, the authority of Abinadi is discussed. The life of Abinadi is virtually unknown until his public ministry. He appears on the public scene, preaches his message, and suffers his fate with the same determination as would his coming Messiah Jesus Christ.
Mormon doesn't have a church. Wanting to have us called by the person whom we worship is not trying to deny who we are. We are finally admitting to the world emphatically who we are. We are Christ's chosen people.
Challenges faced by a nation, more particularly the commanding officer of the military of this nation, and how he dealt with the political intrigue. If all people were more like him, the power of Satan on Earth would diminish, Captain Moroni!
The leadership gets it. The rest of us Mormons still need to work on it. Being Black and Mormon in America is volumes of books waiting to be written condensed into articles. This is part four.
The leadership gets it. The rest of us Latter-day Saints still need to work on it. Being Black and Latter-day Saint in America is an experience that could fill volumes of books, condensed here into articles.
The leadership gets it. The rest of us Latter-day Saints still need to work on it. Being Black and a Latter-day Saint in America is volumes of books waiting to be written and condensed into articles.
The leadership gets it. The rest of us Latter-day Saint still need to work on it. Being Black and Latter-day Saint in America is volumes of books waiting to be written condensed into articles.
As a partner in this great plan of salvation Jesus executed along with Adam & Eve, mankind would be tried and tested with the opportunity to live again in the presence of God. Adam and Eve Fell but Christ Redeemed through His Atonement.
As a partner in this great plan of salvation Jesus executed along with Adam & Eve, mankind would be tried and tested with the opportunity to live again in the presence of God. This is part one.
Our lives extend beyond eternity because we lived with God as spirits for eternity learning to become like He is and maturing to a point where He could send us to progress more on earth. Part one.
Language can be defined as a form of communication that allows intercourse between multiple people, is arbitrary (in words individually), generative (in word placement), and constantly evolving.
Jealous Cain could not see past his own lust, which with the help of Satan became a blood lust. He called himself according to Moses Master Mahan. The great secret was that he could murder and get gain without getting found out--or so he thought. This is the conclusion of the 4-part series.
This is the third installment of the sad tale regarding Cain and Abel. This article will focus on the actions Cain took to become the person of infamy he is today and what Adam and Eve did to recover.
Adam and even taught their children the gospel, but apparently, the serpent in the garden, Satan, was not through with Adam and Eve. Since he could not tempt them away from God to worship him, he did so with the other humans. This is part two of a four part series
Truths about brothers Cain and Abel. Of course, no treatment of the family of Adam and Eve is complete without touching a little on the first parents themselves. This is part one of four.
Adam was created first and Eve second. God took of the elements of the earth and created two beings to populate a planet! The scriptural account states that Eve was taken from the rib of Adam. This is Part One of their real story.
The nationalities of Black American ancestors are a mystery for the great majority of the group. Slavery stripped this group of the choice to decide to merge with American culture. This is part two of The Truth About Being Black in America
We learn from Moroni's writings the precarious nature of his existence as he records "after the great and tremendous battle at Cumorah, behold, the Nephites who had escaped into the country southward were hunted by the Lamanites, until they were all destroyed."
Captain Moroni, a patriot and a man of God, did not fear to fight for his country and his Faith! Let's explore Moroni's character.
Debauchery surrounded Mormon on every side it appears as he mentions in his record. The role he took as a military leader in a crumbling society receives attention in this article.
Mormon, a Christian, a philosopher, military genius, and historian led a powerful life of choice and sacrifice, lamenting the lack of unity and wickedness plaguing his generation evident by The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ's inadvertent commentary throughout.
Mark Twain critiqued The Book of Mormon. If it's important to know if the book is truly not a work of plagiarism, wouldn't it be an act of faith to read it and ask God if the record is true? Why make an educated guess if the source of all knowledge can help with that question?
The father of American literature, of course, would have an opinion on the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ since it claims a uniquely American origin. Who better to take to task the "Mormon Bible?"
In this article grief and loss receive attention--how it is okay that we process them very individualistically.
Ann Carr issued a challenge that all interested readers would take one of the photos at the beginning of that article and write a descriptive piece by poem or story. This is my contribution to the challenge.
The confession that I make for all living adults is: We don't know everything.
The racial history of The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints is one of inclusion, despite its specific segregation of its Black members from priesthood service and temple sacraments.
The leadership gets it. The rest of us Latter-day Saints still need to work on it. Being Black and a Latter-day Saint in America is volumes of books waiting to be written condensed into this article.
It has been years since anyone she knows has visited her. Another tear leaps into the lined face of the woman from her eyelash as she sits staring into the wall wondering where life has gone.
Are not the stories of any writer a reflection of what is in the reservoirs of that writer's soul? Is that why we can be as protective as a mother bear over her cubs when editors try to change our cubs--books!?
After the death of their beloved leader Joseph Smith, a dejected group of American Saints began a long pilgrimage to the unknown lands of the West to forge a new home in the Rocky Mountains. No group of Americans had done this before. These people,...
This will not stop all of it, but it will make it harder for the predators to have easy access. As embarrassing as this is for me and others, Me Too.
This is a Christmas challenge to retell the Christmas story in a genre-specific way that is unique and engaging. You be the Judge. This short story is my SCI-FI attempt.
A dramatization of the Christmas story from the perspective of Mary and Joseph. What if your body was to be the home of a God? What would you say if your fiance was pregnant with someones else's kid?
The challenge is to tell the story from genre perspectives by December 25, which is the cut-off day for the challenge. We as participants in the Challenge will read all the entries & judge them.
Celebrate the olive branch of friendship between people who may be different culturally and philosophically, share the same bonds of human
As I read all of the sentiments about the 2016 outcome for president, I think on my feelings for Prsident Obama. If I could ensure a letter to him, following is how I would express it.
His brother gave up his dream, temporarily, to serve the Lord. If Hiram is to follow in Hib's footsteps, why is it so hard to get an answer?
My views of the 2016 Candidates for president. Read and then vote! I turned in an early ballot.
Woza Moya Ongcwele, translation from Xhosa to English, Come Holy Spirit. This story is about, Hiram. a boy who finds a girl but not the way you would expect. This is the first of a number of stories about how God works to help him do some good.
Rights to exercise freedom of worship does not tip the scales in modern media as it permeated the minds of those men and women in ancient America in 73 to 72 BC, or thereabout. Moroni, captain of his nation's armed forces received the command to enforce the Title of Liberty!
What happens when the only thing you have is your thoughts and Time? The potential for something...
A man with so much ambition he wanted to rule the known world, like Ghangus Khan, Alexander the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, and many others, Amalickiah, with the subtlety of a snake, traitor, and usurper, was about to steal a kingdom.
Captain Moroni was a patriot and a man of God who did not fear to fight for his country and his Faith! Part one covers the cultural and military aspects of Moroni's life.
Slavery beat the hell out of them, the Civil Rights Movement tried remuneration for them, but only Jesus Christ can save them. All of them. Black Lives Matter to Jesus.
This article discusses a unique perspective of Black Lives Matter... About how it is not just Whites who need to know it, but Blacks too!
The media, in order to reach its goal to sell information, has fostered a culture of fear and prejudice.
Can we be true? YES--Getting Personal With Christianity! While doing all that I can, I stand awaiting the grace of Christ to save me. God wants us to be with Him. He has standards we need to keep.
I talk about Lucifer. Not the TV show, but the real person. Whether you believe in him or not, come and read. You will find something new. I am that type of writer. Viva OUTSIDE-THE-BOX Thinkers!!
If you have to be chaired, I hope this helps a little in your preparations
The Book of Mormon testifies that Jesus Christ IS truly the Savior of all mankind and not just a man who led a small cult of people away from traditional Judaism. This is part one.
The first thing that I noticed about them was the vivid yellow hair. I almost thought I had seen two real-life Naruto characters.
The third member of the council, the Holy Ghost is a testator. He testifies of the first two members of the Godhead without bringing any direct attention to Himself. The Holy Ghost is also a revelator
The greatest gift we can give to our neighbors is charity. We judge them through the window that has been cleanse by the frailty of our own weakness.
Meriam was raped of her faith and did not give up, but the court did not relent either. Just as violent and power influenced is physical rape, religious rape is the product to usurp the power faith and establish dominance; in this case, over a Christian woman.
There are contributions to humankind from all religions; however, no other group arguably has benefited the entire human family as the Christians. No other!