By Jason A. Kofoed
From time to time here at Silly Sheeple, we take the liberty to express our firm Christian beliefs as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This is one of those times.
As any who follow our posts by way of our daily newsletters or otherwise know, our goal is to awaken those around us to our "awful situation" and try to enlighten and educate any and all who will pay attention. We encourage liberty, freedom and critical thinking and will receive truth regardless of the source from whence it comes. We recognize all that is good in this nation and world, but also understand that there is much ill and evil to be repented of by We the People. This is critical if we are to reasonably expect Almighty God to help us through these trying times.
Each month our church publishes a magazine entitled Ensign. The magazine is full of counsel and inspirational teachings from Church leaders and regular members alike. This month includes a Message from Church President Thomas S. Monson entitled "The World Needs Pioneers Today". I feel to share with the reader the following exerpt from that article:
"In the decades since the end of World War II, standards of morality have lowered again and again. Crime spirals upward; decency careens downward. Many are on a giant roller coaster of disaster, seeking the thrills of the moment while sacrificing the joys of eternity. Thus we forfeit peace.
We forget how the Greeks and Romans prevailed magnificently in a barbaric world and how that triumph ended—how a slackness and softness finally overcame them to their ruin. In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security and a comfortable life; and they lost all—comfort and security and freedom.
Do not yield to Satan’s enticements; rather, stand firm for truth. The unsatisfied yearnings of the soul will not be met by a never-ending quest for joy amidst the thrills of sensation and vice. Vice never leads to virtue. Hate never promotes love. Cowardice never gives courage. Doubt never inspires faith.
Some find it difficult to withstand the mocking and unsavory remarks of foolish ones who ridicule chastity, honesty, and obedience to God’s commands. But the world has ever belittled adherence to principle. When Noah was instructed to build an ark, the foolish populace looked at the cloudless sky and then scoffed and jeered—until the rain came.
Must we learn such costly lessons over and over again? Times change, but truth persists. When we fail to profit from the experiences of the past, we are doomed to repeat them with all their heartache, suffering, and anguish. Haven’t we the wisdom to obey Him who knows the beginning from the end—our Lord, who designed the plan of salvation—rather than that serpent, who despised its beauty?
A dictionary defines a pioneer as “one who goes before to prepare or open up the way for others to follow.”3 Can we somehow muster the courage and steadfastness of purpose that characterized the pioneers of a former generation? Can you and I, in actual fact, be pioneers?
I know we can be. Oh, how the world needs pioneers today!"
For me, this brings great comfort and reiterates within myself what I already know to be true. I know that Satan has been working on each and every man, woman and child since Adam and Eve and that he is ruthless, relentless...and unchanging. Satan is the source of all evil and we give him power when we choose to disobey God's counsels and commandments which distances us from Him, His safety and protection. This is why we need to recognize the evils that surround us, stand against them, repent of our own wrongdoings and bring these evil things to light so others can do the same.
I am a pioneer. I am a 'chain breaker'. I have decided to own my mistakes and do all that I can to prove to my God that I love Him and that I will worship and serve Him to the best of my abilities. I will not use the mistakes of my parents, grandparents, etc. as an excuse nor a crutch to rationalize following the path of least resistance and I will try to be a positive influence to those around me. Even if I can touch but one I know that my efforts will be eternal in consequence. I am not perfect and I have many, many faults and shortcomings but it is up to me to decide whether I will improve the relatively short time I have upon this Earth.