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There will always be something worth living for while there are shimmery afternoons.  Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Do not wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it is at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. Pause for a moment an enjoy the elegant show window of a prestigious furniture store. Let the beautifully designed sofa, and the comfortable-appearing chairs and the coffee table catch your eyes. Gaze at the amazing chandelier positioned overhead, and let your eyes rest as you image yourself relaxing with the evening paper. Each person is passionate about his or her own projects and is primarily interested in cultivating them with the minimum outside interference. To some extent, modern humans are capable of governing themselves, but their individual resources are insufficient. In order to prevent constant collision and frustration, some agency is required which will supervise a set of rules that is designed simply to serve this limited purpose. #RandolphHarris 1 of 11The image of the perfect ruler that of the umpire or referee who controls the game without participating in it himself or herself is the ideal protector of humanity. There will also be times when you will have to demonstrate your righteous courage in plain view of your peers, the consequences of which may be ridicule and embarrassment. Additionally, in your World, skirmishes with an adversary will also be fought on a silent, solitary battlefield in front of a screen. The political skeptic of government warns against the tendency of the specific activity of government to turn into something more grandiose and quite different. For there are many who dream of a perfectly harmonious condition of affairs and who deplore the waste and lack of planning in modern life. Such people regard the government as a vast reservoir of powers that are to be captured and guided in the direction of their own political dream. Politics thus becomes an encounter of dreams, and the umpire abandons his or her position and begins to play the game on his or her own account. In life, as in business, there has always been a need for those persons who could be called finishers. Their ranks are few, their opportunities many, their contributions great. #RandolphHarris 2 of 11tumblr_lxplacOaoj1qd9l3bo1_1280From the very beginning to the present time, a fundamental question remains to be answered by each of us who runs the race of life. Shall I falter or shall I finish? On the answer await the blessings of joy and happiness here in mortality and eternal life in the World to come. For the skeptical conservative, one dream is on par with any other. Governments are not, and cannot be expected to become, repositories of truth: any such claims are impostures. A government that actually governs, rather than imposing some dream or other upon its subjects, will be guided, not by a vision of truth, nor by the attempt to impose one project upon its subjects, but by the evolution of the society it rules. Social life constantly generates new situations: some activities decline and new ones arise, a process which requires an adaption of the rules governing the society. However, the changes in the rules should always grow out of, rather than be imposed upon, the life which they regulate. Further, changes should be made economically or else they may lose their effectiveness. #RandolphHarris 3 of 11Frequent changes are deplorable in that they give rise to feverish hopes and disappointments which encourage further dreams of taking over the resources of government. All human achievements have been made (and sustained) in the face of great difficulties: authorities exist to guard such achievements and traditions against the continual threat of human folly, laziness, blindness, and stupidity. Conservatism stresses our responsibilities to our duties rather than on rights. We are not left without guidance to make this momentous decision. The Holy Bible contains those accounts, even those lessons, which, if carefully learned, will serve us well and be as a beacon light to guide our thoughts and influence our actions. As we read, we sympathize with those who falter. We honor those who finish. The moment God put a dream in your heart, the moment the promise took root, God not only started it, but he set a completion date. God is called the Author and the Finisher of our Faith. He would not have given you the dream, the promise would not have come alive, if God did not already have a plan to make it come true. #RandolphHarris 4 of 11

Maybe at one time you believed that you could do something extraordinary. You had a dream of living the apple pie life, with a big house, two fancy cars, a three-bedroom house with three full bathrooms, and two main bedrooms, rooms big enough to fit more than one bed, stained glass windows, a washer dryer combination that literally does everything for you…washes, rinses, dries, and shuts off…in one continuous operation…without watching. Once you have tossed in soiled clothes, add Persil Pro Clean, set the time and temperature dials, your work is finished. Take them out at your leisure…clean, completely dried, and “Sun-freshed”…ready to iron, or fold and put away. Your hands never touch water, never come in contact with bleaches nor detergents. Wash at any time of the day, up to ten pounds of clothes. And then zip through a big family ironing in record time with the new Kenmore Automatic Ironer Machine, which features two roll speeds—fast for flat work and slow for fancy ruffles and frills. Both shoe and press controls helps to free hands for guiding work. With an exclusive adjustable light for best work area illumination. And a new, large drop-leaf, laps shelf. Easily accessible release bar. White baked-on enamel finish, and hinged cover and chrome hardware. #RandolphHarris 5 of 11

You believed that you could have a twin top with griddle where you could roast a turkey and all the trimmings, broil other meats and vegetables, fry apple rings on the griddle—all this at the same time! With a smokeless waist-high broiler that is over-size. Chrome-plated broiler rack that adjusts easily to desired height. You dream of an oven with a deep Roast-R-Pan and trivet. With a Visi-bake own door that lets you have the fun of seeing what is cooking; peek-switch turns on oven light. Three giant, two standard top burners, and two Warm-R-Burners. Cook top covers with baking charts inside. Two utility drawers. And a Kenmore garbage burner where you dump food scraps, sweeper dirt and rubbish—anything burnable with a heavy-gauge steel body with a smooth, metallic brown baked-on enamel finish that has a top, grate, burner that is sturdy, warp-resistant cast iron. And of course, a kitchen with an automatic dishwasher, and a Coldspot freezer that can store up to 350 meals and have eleven convenient food store sections. With a quick-freeze compartment, three food elevator baskets, two storage baskets and adjustable basket. Ready rack to store juices, ice cream and small items. Along with a Coldspot refrigerator with rust proof structural aluminum shelving and an automobile type door lock. Color-tone interior beauty…gleaming white porcelain enamel with colorful harmonizing trim. #RandolphHarris 6 of 11

God is telling you do not let lies play around in your mind. Your dream is not over. Keep thinking about the details of what you want. God set a completion date. It does not matter how long it has been or how impossible it looks. If you will stay in faith and not talk yourself out of it, it is just a matter of time before your dreams come true. Just because it has not happened yet does not mean it is not going to happen. God has already lined up the right people, the right opportunities, the right answers. Everything you need is already in your future. Let go of the doubt, shake off the discouragement. Whether it has been a year or one hundred and twenty-two years, what God promised you he still has every intention of bringing it to pass. In the Scripture, it reports that the Holy Spirit revealed to a man called Simeon that: he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah (Luke 2.26). You can image how far out that promise seemed. As time went by, and Simeon did not see any sign of the Messiah, negative thoughts came: “You heard God wrong. It has been too long. It is never going to happen.” #RandolphHarris 7 of 11

Nevertheless, Simeon awakened every morning believing, expecting, and knowing that it would happen, and one day it did. The promise came to a dramatic fulfillment and Simeon declared, “My eyes have seen God’s salvation!” I am keeping the faith that my dream will come true. I want a house just like Darrin and Samantha Stephens from Bewtiched, and exact replica down to the furniture and appliances, the only difference is I want a turret with a witches cap. And God is saying to all of us, in reference to our dreams, science does not matter, have faith and know that he is going to finish what he started. No one and nothing can stop God from fulfilling his promises. And God put that promise of that house in my heart as a kid. God promised to bring even the secret petitions of our hearts to completion. Some will try to push us down, steal our dreams, and talk us into settling for mediocrity, but we need to have this new attitude and believe that whatever God started in our lives, he will finish. Will you keep believing even though it looks impossible? Will you stay in faith, even though every voice tells you it is not happening? #RandolphHarris 8 of 11

dfghjkfghjSamantha had no idea that she would ever meet Darrin, that they would get married, but they kept bumping into each other. One day, he came home from work and told her that he no longer wanted to live in someone else’s house with furnishings and curtains they picked out, and surprised her with a house he bought while she thought he was at work. It was a dream come true. If people want to believe the things in movies and on the Silvertone Console matched five-ply mahogany veneer television with magnificent “Photo-Tune” pictures that brings all the magic of no glare into our living rooms are real, could you image how much better our lives would be if we focused on the good stuff, and had faith in God? The Scripture says that for years Rachel desired to have a baby, but she had fertility problems. After she had given up on her dreams, it reported that: God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and enabled her to conceive (Genesis 30.22). It does not say that Rachel remembered God, but she must have been living right. So somewhere in her heart and mind she kept the divine law active. This is how much God wants you to fulfill your destiny. So, what are the incompletions in your life that you need to stay in faith about? #RandolphHarris 9 of 11

Lust of power, greed of popularity, and disdain for honor have every appeared as faces of failure in the panorama of life. Captivated by their artificial attraction, many noble souls have stumbled and fallen, thus losing the crown of victory reserved for the finisher of life’s great journey. We cannot impress upon you enough, it is best to be popular with God because eternal life is important. There is more to come after life on Earth and you do not want to spend your eternity in Hell. The damned do further evil in Hell. By doing further evil, they lose more being. The damned are confined in different places according to the second nature that they have acquired for themselves. Those, for example, who have given into wrath during their Earthly lives will be consigned to a place with like-minded people. The damned can then act according to their second nature and the sufferings and pain which they undergo emerge from their behaviour, as well as the behaviour and acts of others around them. So, people who are wrathful in their Earthly life, will be attacked and torn apart by others wrathful people. The damned cannot affect anyone with their evil actions as long as the person affected are the damned and so no further evil done. They wanted to live foul and that is what they will experience. #RandolphHarris 10 of 11Though Jesus was tempted by the evil one, he resisted. Though he was hated, he loved. Though he was betrayed, he triumphed. Not in a cloud of glory or chariot of fire was Jesus to depart mortality, but with his arms outstretched in agony upon a cruel cross. Mortality ended. Immortality began. Times change, circumstances vary, but the true marks of a finisher remain. Know them well, for they are vital to our success. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in humans. Recognize that faith and doubt cannot exist in the same mind at the same time, for one will dispel the other. Let virtue garnish your thoughts unceasingly. Courage becomes a living and active virtue when it is regarded as determination to live. When the burdens of life become heavy, when trials test one’s faith, when pain, sorrow, and despair cause the light of hope to flicker and burn low, communication with our Heavenly Father provides peace. Behave like a child of God, this is one who will finish life. Helaman 15.5 reports: Walk circumspectly before God, and observe and keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments according to the law of Moses. I pray that we will all be a finisher in this race of life and thus qualify for that precious prize: eternal life with our Heavenly Father in the celestial kingdom. #RandolphHarris 11 of 11

 

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Let My People Go to the Beach!

 

Most people look to God as a helping father. We have faith in the principles which God represents; we think truth, lives love, and justice, and considers all of our lives valuable because it gives us a chance to unfold our human powers. To love God means that we are longing for the attainment of the full capacity to love, for the realization of that which God stands for in oneself, as we strive for the reality of spiritual salvation and inner birth. The realm of love is something we are able to develop throughout the process of evolution, as we long to experience God’s higher powers, his longing for truth, and his unity. The dark legions of the World fear most of all the innocence of God because it unmasks the disguises by which they hold sway over a large part of the World’s population. The love of God is neither the knowledge of God in thought, nor the thought of one’s love of God, but the act of experiencing the oneness with God. This leads to the emphasis on the right way of living. All of life, every little and every important action, is devoted to the knowledge of God, but a knowledge not in right thought, but in right action. Some believe it is important to represent a way of life according to which someone light strive for the well-being of others, whether friend or stranger, without caring about material rewards or Worldly success.  #RandolphHarris 1 of 5

Many develop emotional habits that support right action, but in a matter of having reason to control passions and emotions so that they do not interfere with right action. Self-mastery or continence is considered virtue. Generosity is a duty that we are to preform, but one cannot be legally compelled to be generous, and when or how generosity is shown is not precisely specifiable. However, in the cause of generosity, the motive of the agent counts. For if I give money to a poor person I encounter on the street and do so because I want others to think well of me, I have not acted generously and performed my imperfect duty. When I give generously, I must do so out of concern for the good of the person to whom I give the money. If we adopt others’ happiness as an end, we will not take malicious pleasure in their downfall. On the contrary, we will naturally feel gratitude for their benevolence and sympathy for their happiness. These feelings will make it easier for us to perform our duties and are a sign that we are disposed to do so. Sympathy is one of the impulses that nature has implanted in us to do what the representation of duty alone would not accomplish. We preform the duties of virtue with the properly cultivated emotions. And if we perform our duties of virtue in the right spirit, one part of us, reason, retains control over the other part, passion. #RandolphHarris 2 of 5

Virtue contains a beneficial command to human beings, namely to bring all of our capacities and inclination under our (reason’s) and control and so to rule over ourselves, for unless reason holds the reins of government in its own hands, human being’s feelings and inclinations play the master over them. The correct way to be passionate is to use our passional nature in a way that fosters morality. For morality moves us to action whereas reason alone does not always. Therefore, virtues can arise from our feelings and desires. We accept the instruction from God reverently as or guide and goal. God knows the worth of our souls. He wants to heal the brokenhearted, deliver the captives, and heal the sick. God wants to lift up our eyes unto Heaven, and be merciful to us. The Universal creative spirit is present everywhere and is within every living being. Humans are created free, with the possibility of limitless expansion, and let alone to discover themselves. During this process of self-discovery, humans bring upon themselves, through the operation of the law of mine, the experiences they imagine in their thoughts. However, the divine providence leads to harmony and that is why we are encouraged to focus on God. #RandolphHarris 3 of 5

We are never really alone when we love God. God holds before us the great promise of the final redemption of human beings through his laws and our relation to the divine spirit. There is always something at the innermost depths of our being which never completely loses a sense of our spiritual nature. “Humans are free according to the flesh; and all things are given to them which are expedient unto humans. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all humans, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the great adversary; for the adversary seeks that al people might be miserable like unto himself (2 Nephi 2.27).” Necessity for self-preservation makes of want to band together and have organized leadership. These are the factors that makes a nation great. The spiritual impulses are fundamental to the nature of our being. Those nearest us need love also. We must organize our people so that they work together effectively in commerce, agriculture, industry, and international relations. If we undertake and continue the development of the Kingdom of God under divine guidance, we will bring a quality of love to reign and it will compliment our organizational ability and the intellect soul. #RandolphHarris 4 of 5

Seeing that our merciful God has given us so great knowledge concerning these things, let us remember him, and lay aside our sins, and not hand down our heads, for we are not cast off. We have inherited by far the richest and most powerful kingdom of the World at this time. We possess great wisdom and understanding. The hope is that we will return to the true knowledge of the Kingdom of God and the final triumph of spiritual power. It is too easy for people to forget that there is a supreme ruler at the center of the nation of ourselves, whose sovereignty is fixed in love and enthroned. This ruler is God. It is only as we turn our thoughts away from this spiritual sovereignty that our faculties and energies become dispersed. This makes us a weakened nation, subject to the invasion of every fear, doubt, aliment, and temptation that presents itself at the borders of our experience. There knowledge that life can never destroy itself and that trust crushed to Earth shall rise again. Our own souls eternally proclaim that we should not forget that the very power which created this World is the power that builds the bridge for the remnant to return to the Holy Land. Let the Kingdom of God be real and very practical. Let us know right now that we are established in the kingdom of health, happiness, and wholeness, because we are established in the Kingdom of God. #RandolphHarris 5 of 5

It is Better to Look Up!

 

In the ground of existence, God is truth, love, and justice. One’s mind should be continuously acknowledging the presence of God and the power of God in one’s experience. God is I, inasmuch as I am human. Unconditional love is all protective, all-enveloping; because it is unconditional it can also not be controlled or acquired. Its presence gives the loved person a sense of bliss; its absence produces a sense of lostness and utter despair. Since God loves all of his children because they are his children, and not because they are good, obedient, or fulfill his wishes and commands, God’s love is based on equality. All humans are equal, because they are children of God, and because they have been blessed to live on Earth so that they may learn to love others and return to life with their eternal Father. If we exercise our faith and look to God for help, we will not be overwhelmed with the burdens of life. Believe in God; believe that he is wisdom and has all power, both in Heaven and in Earth. We will be strengthened, and our lives will be filled with peace and joy. We will come to realize that most of what we worry about is not of eternal significance—and if it is, the Lord will help us. However, we must have the faith to look up and the courage to follow God’s direction. “Therefore, lift your heads, and rejoice, and put your trust in God (Mosiah 7.19).” #RandolphHarris 1 of 5

Encouraging people to look up is a metaphor for remembering God. As we remember him and trust in his power, we receive strength through him. “I can do all things through God, whom strengthens me (Philippians 4.13).” That means we can be relieved of our stress, burdens, and our suffering. we can be forgiven and healed from the pain of our sins. God has the power to allow us to receive the faith and strength to endure all things. Spiritually looking up is not a one-time experience. We learn from the sacrament prayer that we are to always remember God and to keep his commandments, that we may have his spirit to be with us every day to guide us. The nature of Fatherly love is that God makes demands, establishes principles and laws, and after we pour out our hearts and souls to Heavenly Father in prayer, he leads us to forsake the things of the World, repent, and change. He leads us as we keep his commandments and try to be more like him. And God leads us through the Holy Ghost. We must act on the direction we receive, and as we do, we will cheer up, for God wants us to be happy. God wants to be part of our lives and bless us and help us. He will heal our wounds, dry our tears, and assist us along our path to return to his presence. As we look up to God, he will lead us. #RandolphHarris 2 of 5

Faith is real power, not just an expression of belief.  The acknowledgement of God is a creative act making possible his manifestation in human experience. Let us remember God and not hang down our heads. As we look up to God, our sins are forgiven and burdens are lightened. Spiritual inspiration, understanding, and awareness arise from compassion and virtue. They are aspects of God’s grace that become operational by consent of the seeker’s will. All states of spiritual awareness are actually mystical in that they are subjectively profound and transforming and can procure God’s love. God’s love is grace, the religious attitude is to have faith in this grace, and to make oneself realize that whatever happens to us, God shall rescue us, save us, and forgive us. Needless to say, my love for God and God’s love for me cannot be separated. If your father has passed away, or you never knew your father, simply look up to our Heavenly Father. We live in a World where all children are born of a mother and every last one of them has a Father, they just have to choose to get to know him. God made a covenant with Noah, in which he promises never to destroy the human race again, a covenant by which he has bound himself. #RandolphHarris 3 of 5

Each of us have a personal responsibility to do what is necessary to obtain and keep a strong testimony. Not only is God bound by his promises, he is also bound by his own principle, that of justice, truth, and love. As we study, pray, and seek the truth, we will develop greater patience while seeking answers from the Lord. Willingness to be patient is part of our search for truth and part of God’s pattern of revealing truth. Faith will grow and answers will come. Prayer established a serenity within the soul, enabling it to have confidence in that spirit of acceptance without which the divine gift is never complete. For how can the divine gift become complete until one accepts it? There is no song without a singer. If Aaliyah had never dared to start her music career, the World would have never heard those beautiful ballets. It was not easy, but she persevered because it was her passion and she had something to share with the World. And so, we must learn joyfully to enter into our divine inheritance. We should learn to have confidence in life, to believe in the Eternal Father, and accept the divine bounty. This transformation of thought from negation to affirmation, much like a music career, is seldom instantaneous, so we must maintain flexibility of thought, be willing to bend somewhat before the storms of life, but refuse to break. #RandolphHarris 4 of 5

Our thought should have an elasticity which permits it to spring back in place, but it cannot do so unless it is first fully convinced that it does know in whom it has believed, unless it is completely convinced that the Universe is a spiritual system governed by a beneficent consciousness. It is the nature of faith to believe God upon his bare word. It will not be, says the sense; it cannot be, says reason; it both can and will be, says faith, for I have a promise for it. By some divine interior awareness there is an intuition within human beings which pushes us forward. There is some spark in our souls which have never been entirely extinguished. The prayer of faith and belief, communion of the soul with it source, fans this spark into a divine blaze in whose light allows no dark shadows to lurk. We must not allow challenges of each day to dominate our time and energy because we will neglect the eternal things that matter most.  Heavenly Father’s great plan of happiness includes the doctrine, the ordinances, the covenants, and the exceeding great and precious promises whereby we can become partakers of the divine nature. We should realize that we are today in the Kingdom of Heaven, that today God is our host, and then we would see that wilderness has become paradise. And we have to say, what a wonderful life it is here. #RandolphHarris 5 of 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For You Have Given Me Hope

 

Our need to love lies in the experience of separateness and the resulting need to overcome the stress of separateness by the experience of union. Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Faith is a trusting and confident attitude toward God, faith may be compared with trust in one’s fellow human beings. In addition, as a cognitive act or state whereby people are said to know God or to have knowledge about him, faith may be compared with our perceptual awareness of our material environment or our knowledge of the existence of other persons. Faith is belief in revealed truths. Ultimately the object of faith is God himself. We are so constituted that faith in love overcomes the belief in hate. Our nature is that faith in life destroys our fears of death. Our nature is such that faith routs all fear all alone the line. The great affirmations of life must, of necessity, destroy their apparent opposites. We have a certain and firm knowledge of God’s benevolence toward us, founded upon the truth of the freely given promise that we will be saved and have eternal life, and this faith in the truth is revealed to our minds, and sealed upon our hearts through the Holy Spirit. There is a permanent relationship between faith and the word of God. #RandolphHarris 1 of 5

We do not have to experience the sorrow caused by sin, the pain caused by others’ actions, or the painful realities of mortality alone. Faith is the indispensable volitional component within the process of acquiring knowledge, and it plays a basically similar role in both religion and nonreligious life. “And we are willing to enter into a covenant with our God to do his will, and to be obedient to his commandments in all things that he shall command us, all the remainder of our days, that we may not bring upon ourselves a never-ending torment, as has been spoken by the angel, that we may not drink out of the cup of wrath of God (Mosiah 5.6).” Wherefore, we must press on with a steadfastness in God, having a perfect brightness of hope, and love of God and of all people. Wherefore, if we shall press forward, feasting upon the word of God, and endure to the end, and we shall have eternal life. As we increase our understanding of God, we soon discover that we are developing a deeper understanding of the great plan of happiness. Prayer is the communion of the soul with the oversoul, with the divine creative presence which is not only in the soul, but which is the soul. #RandolphHarris 2 of 5

The religious form of love, that which is called the love of God, is, psychologically speaking, not different. It springs from the need to overcome separateness to achieve union. The love of God has as many different qualities and aspects as the love of human beings has—and to a large extent we find the same differences. God stands for the highest value, the most desirable good. Hence, the specific meaning of God depends on what is the most desirable good for a person. The understanding of the concept of God must, therefore, start with an analysis of the character structure of the person who worships God. Prayer in its truest sense is not a petition, not a supplication, not a wail of despair; it is rather an alignment, a unifying process which takes place in the mind as it reaches to its divine self and to that power which is greater than human understanding. In the act of such prayerful and reverent communion with God one sense the unity of good, the completeness of life, and at times the veil of doubt is lifted and the face of reality appears. This consciousness, which has been referred to as the secret place of the Most High, is an experience rising out of the conviction that God is all there is, beside whom there is none else. #RandolphHarris 3 of 5

We are aware of God acting toward us in and through the events of the World around us, so that at all times we are having to do with God and God with us. Our concern is to draw others into this direct awareness of God, rather than to induce them to make James’s gamble. James presumes a complete absence of grounds for belief and, in this situation, he proposes a prudent gamble. Prayer, then, is communion, and this communion produces life to be good. Prayerful communion ascends to that place where unity has not yet become variety, where the unformed one is ready to take any specific shape. In this act of communion, the individual becomes copartner with the Eternal and gives birth to time, space, and conditions. A very important connection has long been recognized between faith and what may be called the cognitive freedom of the human mind in its relation to God. And not merely in works, but also in faith, has God preserved the will of humanity and free and under our own control. God is willing to appear openly to those who seek him with all their hearts, and to be hidden from those who flee from him with all their hearts, he so regulates the know of himself that he has given signs of himself, visible to those who seek him, and not to those who seek him not. #RandolphHarris 4 of 5

God, having created human beings as personal, always acts toward humans in ways which respect and preserve human’s freedom and responsibility. For this reason, God does not reveal himself to human beings in his unveiled glory, for in a direct, unmediated awareness of infinite perfection human’s frail moral autonomy would be destroyed. Therefore, the divine presence is always mediated through the events and circumstances of a World which God has created to be relatively independent sphere of interactions with him human beings. Human’s personal autonomy is protected by the fact that we can become conscious of God’s activity toward us only by an uncompelled response of faith. Faith and belief in the communion of the soul with its source is becoming pronounced rather than a petition. Belief, faith and acceptance cause one to transcend the lesser good and ascend into that holy mount within where the eyes view the World as one vast plain and one boundless reach of sky. We should think on whatsoever things are true, lovely, and of good report; we should dwell on these things rather than on their apparent opposites. We must believe that there is a divine power awaiting our use. #RandolphHarris 5 of 5

 

 

The Desire for Happiness is in this World!

 Love is supposed to be the outcome of a spontaneous, emotional reaction, of suddenly being gripped by an irresistible feeling. To love somebody is not just a strong feeling—it is a decision, it is a judgment, it is a promise. If love were only a feeling, there would be no basis for the promise to love each other forever. A feeling comes and it may go. How can I judge that it will stay forever, when my act does not involve judgment and decision? Certain types of love are exclusively an act of will and commitment, and therefore fundamentally it does not matter who the two persons are. Whether the marriage was arranged by others, or the result of individual choice, once the marriage is concluded, that act of will should guarantee the continuation of love. We are all one—yet every one of us is unique, unduplicable entity. While it raises no objection to apply the concept of love to various objects, it is a widespread belief that, while it is virtuous to love other, it is sinful to love oneself. However, the Bible tells us to love others as we love ourselves. “Who could have supposed that our God would have been so merciful as to have snatched us from our awful, sinful, and polluted state (Alma 26.17)?” #RandolphHarris 1 of 5

If it is virtue to love my neighbor as a human being, it must be a virtue—and not a vice—to love myself, since I am a human being, too. It implies that respect for one’s own integrity and uniqueness, love for and understanding of one’s own self, cannot be separated from respect and love and understanding for another individual. The love for my own self is inseparably connected with the love for any other being. Love of others and love of ourselves are not alternative. An attitude of love toward oneself will be found in all those who are capable of living others. Genuine love is an expression of productiveness and implies care, respect, responsibility, and knowledge. “Cry unto God for all your support; let it be in the Lord; let all your thoughts be directed unto the Lord; let the affections of your heart be placed upon the Lord forever. Counsel with the Lord in all your doings, and he will direct you for good; when you lie down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when you rise in the morning let your heart be full of thanks unto God; and if you do these thing, you shall be lifted up at the last day (Alma 37.36-37).” #RandolphHarris 2 of 5

The desire for happiness is in this World. Love is not an affect in the sense of being affected by somebody, but an active striving for the growth and happiness of the loved person, rooted in one’s own capacity to love. Deeper than this psychic life is a spiritual intelligence which transcends even objective processes of reasoning, and it can distinguish between illusions and reality. Our subconscious reactions will coerce unless we control them, will cause us to believe all kinds of fantastic things unless reason sits in judgment. Therefore, we should be careful at all times to study any alleged revelation in the light of this truth, knowing as we do that one’s personal opinion may masquerade as any revelation which one’s unconscious desire may order, for the entire race thought is more or less active in all of us. Truth has been revealed—not only to give vitality to the belief, but to equip it with power and give it a performance which has been good. There is no God who holds one person superior to another. It is not the will of God that some people should be free while other are bound, since God is the author of freedom and not of bondage. #RandolphHarris 3 of 5

You focus on the good in life, you can shake the negative emotions and patters. Spiritual power works through human beings at the level of our faith, and we find that throughout the ages faith has been honored. Most certainly some people’s prayers have been answered, but not all persons’ prayers have been answered in the way which they wished them to be answered. To love a person is the actualization and concentration of the power of love. The basic affirmation contained in love is directed toward the beloved person as an incarnation of essentially human qualities. Love of one person implies love of humans as such because if we love our family, but are without feeling for (a concern for the life of an unknown person) the stranger, that is a sign of a basic inability to love. Love of human beings is not, as is frequently supposed, an abstraction coming after the love for a specific person, but it is its premise, although genetically it is acquired in loving specific individual. More so, we must love ourselves as much as we love other people. The affirmation of one’s own life, happiness, growth, freedom is rooted in one’s capacity to love, in care, respect, responsibility, and knowledge. If an individual is able to love productively, one loves oneself too, if one can love only other, one cannot love at all. #RandolphHarris 4 of 5

Most surely belief is a certain way of thinking; it is an activity of consciousness. Belief is a thing of thought, and being a thing of thought we can change belief. And if what a human being believes decides what is going to happen to one, the most important thing for one to do is regulate one’s belief so that what happens will be good for one, and one will be glad to have it happen, and joyously welcome it. No matter what we have suffered, God is the source of healing. Those who have experienced any manner of abuse, devastating loss, chronic illness or disabling affliction, untrue accusations, vicious persecution, or spiritual damage from sin or misunderstandings can all be made whole by God. We must come unto God and allow God to work his miracles. “And it did work for them according to their faith in God; therefore, if they had faith to believe that God could cause that those spindles should point the way they should go, behold, it was done; therefore, they had this miracle, and also many other miracles wrought by the power of God, day by day (Alma 37.40).” God is the source of peace, and he promises the peace, which passes all understanding, a feeling that comes with his spirit speaks peace to our souls no matter what challenges surround us. #RandolphHarris 5 of 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God is in Our Temple

Love for life are absolutely infectious. How often do you reflect that your covenants reach beyond morality and connect you to the Divine? Making covenants is the expression of a willing heart; keeping covenants, the expression of a faithful heart. Care and responsibility are absolutely necessary for the preservation of life and growth. Other aspects go even further than mere preservation. There is an attitude that instills love for the living, which gives one the feeling: it is good to be alive, it is good to be a human, it is good to be on this Earth! Altruism and unselfish character are considered the highest kind of love, and the most sacred of all emotional bonds. Love gives us a since of power and possession, as it provides us with a natural satisfaction and makes one feel connected to the community. Love requires unselfishness and we have to have the ability to give everything and to want nothing but the happiness of the loved one. “That which is of God invites and entices us to do good continually; and to love God, and to serve him (Moroni 7.13).” Covenants—or binding promises between us and Heavenly Father—are essential for our eternal progression. #RandolphHarris 1 of 5

We promise to love God with all our hearts and love our sisters and brothers as ourselves. In the temple, we further covenant to be obedient, selfless, faithful, honorable, charitable. Every time we reach out with love, patience, kindness, generosity, we express the relationship which exists between God and the individual. You are a child of Almighty God, created to grow, move forward, increase, and constantly break the barriers of the past and advance God’s Kingdom. If we can conceive of the Divine Being as already existing within us, no search is necessary. Instead of a search there is an unfoldment. Prayers, petitions, or attempts at communication with the Infinite is possible because God is omnipresent, and at the center of our own being. God is in our temple. Divine communication is more real and more beneficial when we believe in the indwelling spirit, when we believe that God’s work is already accomplished and perfect even though it is eternally unfolding. Moreover, God’s words have more power when we believe that they are power, and he endows them with power in such degree as he senses the divine presence in back of them. #RandolphHarris 2 of 5

The inner testimony of the soul is real and valid. Covenants renew, invigorate, and refresh our souls. Who could deny the privilege of appreciating beauty? A higher altitude of thought will find a corresponding higher level of manifestation. A deep underlying sense of this spiritual Universe is necessary to the most effective form of mind healing. There is a field of reality higher than the intellect, and it uses the intellect as its instrument. Without feeling, nothing comes into being. We all have life events that, when we recall them year later, acquire new and important meaning. We are blessed with a great and noble heritage that offers a pathway to truth. Applied to mental healing, this means that the words we speak must have a deep meaning to us, and we must sense that behind them there is a power-seeking expression.  Words come from the heart, and are a gift from God. God spoke the World into being by the power of his words and we are in his image in part because of the power we have with words. Words do more than convey information. This power is infinitely greater than our intellect. Appreciation of human experience will be quickened rather than delayed through unity with this indwelling spirit. #RandolphHarris 3 of 5

God has great things in store for his people; they ought to have great expectations. Our spiritual experiences reach high levels at sometimes than at others, and we should seek to being the inspiration of these moments of illumination into our daily living. Because are so blessed, it is also important that we learn and do our duty to God. It is important that we try to cease wars, end unhappiness, resolve economic problems, wipe poverty from the face of the Earth, and have a spirit of mutual helpfulness. We are not called upon to consider ourselves as unholy; we are neither conceived in sin nor shaped in iniquity. By fulfilling our responsibilities, we are given the opportunities to develop spiritually. God is a synonym for wholeness. The Kingdom of God is within you. This Kingdom is finished, complete, and perfect for eternity, but the manifestation of the Kingdom of God is the eternal activity of right ideas, law, order, truth, and beauty. To desire that the divine eternal shall project itself through our thought and makes our nature receptive to the greater side of our nature which lies open to the upper reaches of thought. #RandolphHarris 4 of 5

Spirituality is beauty, invisible harmony, power, love, happiness, joy and enthusiasm, and the greater rhythm of life flows through everything. It is like the heat in fire, the colours in a prism. The author of peace cannot inspire confusion. God is the author of peace. Divine means love, beauty, harmony, and reason. God cannot be the author of confusion, he does not inspire humans to acts of destruction. In the pursuit of truth one seeks to wed oneself to reason, it is the source that will lead the soul to the alter of reality. We all have promised lands that we would like to go to, and we can have our own light in the World that challenges us. This light comes all wrapped up in love, the Lord’s love for every one of his children, and especially for young people. The Lord knows that we face challenges and temptations, and he provides the light that brightens our hearts, minds, and spirits. God has reported that his word is truth and truth is light. Light is the unity, goodness, and perfection of the supreme being. Prayer is what makes the connection with God’s power, which leads to loving and enlarging our own capacities. #RandolphHarris 5 of 5

 

Love is an Attitude Toward the World

 

 

Love is not primarily a relationship to a specific person; it is an attitude, an orientation of character which determines the relatedness of a person to the World as a whole, not toward one object of life. I love you because you fulfill my expectations, because you do your duty, because you are like me. Obedience is the main virtue. People need unconditional love and care physiologically as well as psychically. It is important to use religion as an authority and guidance. God has the function of making us secure in life, teaching us, and guiding us to cope with the problems with which particular society we have been born into that confront us. God does not try to prevent us from growing up, and does not try to put a premium on helplessness. God wants us to have faith in life, so we are not overly stressed, and thus we do not infect others in our lives with chaos and dysfunction. Part of God’s wish is that we become independent, patient, and tolerant, rather than threatening and authoritarian. We should grow to have an increasing sense of competence in life and become our own authority. #RandolphHarris 1 of 5

 There is no misdeed, no crime which could deprive us of God’s love, of his wish for our life and happiness. Mature people become free from the outside figures, and knows that all we need is the God inside of us. Love is an activity, a power of the soul. If we truly love one person, we love the World, we love life. We should have a sense of responsibility, care, respect, knowledge for other human beings as this attitude helps us to further our lives. The differences in talents, intelligence, and knowledge are all negligible in comparison with the identity of the human core common in all people. When we get emotionally and spiritually involved in helping a person who is in pain, a compassion enters our heart. It hurts, but the process lifts some of the pain from another. Sanctification takes place within our souls and we become more like our Savior. We should also learn to pause more often, in our daily lives, and learn to recognize the spirit of God. God is the all-powerful creator of the Universe. An invisible law of God is acting upon us. Once we recognize those feelings for what they are, our faith in them will increase. Soon we will find that we have developed a spiritual sixth sense which cannot be misled. #RandolphHarris 2 of 5

The blind cannot lead the blind. However, alone with truth, one person can pass from weakness into strength, from fear into faith, from defeat into success, and even while we are still living we connect to a realization of everlasting life. We have come to this Earth at a glorious time. The opportunities before us are nearly limitless. Almost all of us live in comfortable homes, with loving families, adequate food, and sufficient clothing. Many of us also have access to amazing technological advances. We as individuals each have our own thoughts, feelings, hopes, aspirations, and desires, and each is directly and intimately connected with God, life, energy, and power. Each of us is a fountain of life.  God that dwells in us does the work. However, sometimes we become so frustrated with our little thoughts and fears and doubts that it makes it impossible for us to let God flow through us with the joy of life. Our problem is not with God, who is the river of life. Our trouble is with ourselves. When God puts a promise in your heart, we have to come to the place where we believe in that promise so strongly no one and no circumstance can move us. #RandolphHarris 3 of 5

When the natural joy of life is unblocked it will flow freely through us and we shall become whole and happy. However, doubt, fear, uncertainty, anxiety, and a sense of insecurity can so congest our mental life that nothing good can get through. However, do not feel badly because you are not where you want to be right this minute. Do not focus on the disappointment, the failure, or the mistakes. They are all a part of God’s plan to prepare you for much bigger opportunities. Keep moving forward, being your best, honoring God, being determined and persistent, and God promises there is something rewarding in your future. We are born with a natural desire to express life. Clear your mind of everything that doubts the existence of God; live as though love is the great reality; bless and curse not, and then accept and let God release everything that belongs to us. He will bring out gift and talents we did not even know we had. God will provide new opportunities. God loves to do exceedingly, abundantly, above and beyond. We have to be faithful day in and day out. Believe that you can break out of what is holding you back and become everything God created you to be. Incredible power is released when we believe. #RandolphHarris 4 of 5

It is time for us to let go and let God. However, before God can do it we must clear our minds of everything that hinders his doing; we must keep our faith strong. We must look at ourselves and be honest. If we find anything in our thinking that denies life, let us clear it away. We can stop being afraid if we want to. We can stop having resentments. We can at once stop all unkindness, winnow out every doubt, and gain faith through the simple practice of learning to believe. Express joy today. Be happy. Bring gladness and enthusiasm into every experience of your life. Maintain a quiet confidence and peace and a sense of serenity. And be glad for the achievements of others and rejoice in their success. We can learn to love people if we wish to. It is this kind of thinking that allows God to flow through us, and brings laughter and joy into everything we do. It can bring health and freedom in place of sickness and bondage. It can bring abundance and prosperity where there might have been impoverishment. That is why we have to be certain to keep our faith in God. We must forgive, we must love, we must make others happy so that we ca draw the divine substance into our own lives. #RandolphHarris 5 of 5

I Love Because I am Loved

 

Be true to the self, the root of evil lies in the innermost recesses of the mind. People should lobe each other for the sake of perfecting their mutual reality. God is omnipresent and omniscient. Through self-vigilance we have the ability to the realization of Heavenly reason in human life. The Heavenly order is to be reflected in the social one. We have a sense of indebtedness and we owe our gratitude to Heaven. The Earthly Lord, the parent, and the teacher is bound to foster obedience rather than self-assertiveness. The infinite mercy and forgiveness of God is beyond any and all conception. Think about the infant. At the moment of birth, he or she would feel the fear of dying, if gracious fate did not preserve it from awareness of the stress involved in separation from the womb. As the child grows, experience teach he or she that one is loved because they are their parents’ child, because they are helpless, and because the child is beautiful and admirable. The child is also loved because he or she is needed by the parents. This love is much like how God loves us. The love of God is unconditional. It is not arbitrary nor evanescent, nor is it parceled out to he deserving. God loves all of his children and is not limited by concepts, ideas, thoughts, nor languages, as he is present within the physical. #RandolphHarris 1 of 5

Earth and Heaven are endowed with intelligence, since they do the work of intelligent beings. When Earth lacks heat, Heaven sends it; when she has lost her freshness and moisture, Heaven restore it. All when need, God will provide. “I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, whose summons you by name (Isaiah 45.3). Prayer is a matter of the heart. When we pray, it is a new feeling of producing love by our own activity. This is how we show God that we are grateful, and joyful to be loved. Prayer is a sense of union, of sharing, of oneness with God. Prayer can provide the shield of protection that the parent will want so much for their children to have. The child who sees a mother or a father pass through the trials of life with fervent prayer to God and then hears a sincere testimony that God answered in kindness will remember the confirmation of God’s power, and when their trials come, they will be prepared. God has in himself all the power to defend you, all wisdom to direct you, all mercy to pardon you, all grace to enrich you, all righteousness to clothe you, all goodness to supply you, and all the happiness to crown you. Put your hopes and dreams in God’s hands and trust that they will come true. #RandolphHarris 2 of 5

When we pray, we should ask God to write upon our heart his will, and God will be felt and reveal it to us. We will see light in the direction where we should go, and we will behold darkness in the direction we should not go. Sometimes we are silenced by an overpowering need to know what God wants. It is then that the answer from a loving Heavenly Father can be spoken to the mind by the still voice and can be written on the heart. So, if all things are possible through faith, why do w not have more faith? The certainties of the gospel, the truth, once one understands it, it will see you through these difficult times. And we shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasure. The Lord gave unto the faithful a promise that the destroying angel shall pass by them. Men must treasure and protect the masculine part of their nature. Men must have respectful, protective regard for all women and girls. Do not abuse yourself. Never allow others to touch your body in a way that would be unworthy, and do not touch anyone else in any unworthy way. We are all united with an invisible force which is creative, and we are already one with God, who can do anything. Our thoughts are powerful and can attract good to us or repel it from us. That is why proverbs 4.23 reports, “Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.” #RandolphHarris 3 of 5

We are surrounded by a creative mind which reacts to our thoughts. This is the basis of all faith and effective prayer. When we pray, we should believe we already have what we desire. Things are done unto us as we believe, which means there is a power that can, will, and must react to us. However, this power has no choice other than to react to us in the way we think. The power acts as a law operating on our beliefs. We must do what is required of us by law, morality, custom, or convention or even what we are commanded or requested to do by some appropriate authority. We are not to be fearful. Remember, the prayerful power of your spirit will protect you. Hope in God, his goodness, and his power refreshes us with courage during difficult challenges. Faith stabilizes our lives and has the power to fill our lives with happiness. Faith is a gift of the spirit, and leads to peace, mercy, rejoicing, and gladness. The foundation of our faith is an anchor to our souls, keeping us grounded in the reality of God. However, the adversary uses despair to bind hearts and minds in suffocating darkness. Despair drains from us all that is vibrant and joyful and leaves behind the empty remnants of what life was meant to be. Despair kills ambition, advances sickness, pollutes the souls, and deadens the heart. #RandolphHarris 4 of 5

Despair can seem like a staircase that leads only and forever downward. Hope, on the other hand, is like the beam of Sunlight rising up and above the horizon of our present circumstances. It pierces the darkness with a brilliant dawn and encourages and inspires us to place our trust in the loving care of an eternal Heavenly Father, who has prepared a way for those who seek for eternal truth in a World of relativism, confusion, and fear. Our thought is like an image held in front of a mirror, it will reflect back to what we think. The part we play in our use of the power is greater than we are. We can change our thinking and in doing so cause the law of mind to act affirmatively for us instead of negatively. When our faith is in the good, it will obliterate evil. Good and evil are not equal powers. Good always overcomes evil. Therefore, keep thinking about peace and let confusion go. Affirm the good and forget the evil. By talking about God and reading the miracles in Bible and recognizing the power of God in our daily lives, we are preparing our minds to be thankful and pray affirmatively, which means we are praying effectively. We should have an abiding trust that the Lord will fulfill his promises to us. We should know that our prayers will be answered. Manifest confidence, optimism, enthusiasm with patient perseverance. We are loved because we love. #RandolphHarris 5 of 5