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Give Your Faith to No One Undeserved

      We desire to possess a beauty that is worthy pursuing, worth fighting for, a beauty that is core to who we truly are. We want beauty that can be see; beauty that can be felt; beauty that affects others; a beauty all our own to unveil. Egyptians worshipped God in all things, … Continue reading

We Love God with All Our Heart, Soul, and Mind and We Love Our Neighbour as Ourselves!

 

Having a healthy, fully functioning community is not a luxury or something just for a rare few. It needs to be a reality for enough of us to significantly impact the majority. The omnipotence of God resides simply in the fact that whenever he wills anything, his will is immediately and invariably followed by the existence of its object. Heaven may seem distant at times, but God’s pure love encourages us to become more pure and holy. It inspires us to walk in righteousness—not out of fear or obligation, but to out of an earnest desire to become even more like the Lord because we love him. By doing so, we can become born again and be sanctified from all sin, and enjoy the words of eternal life in this World and eternal life in the World to come, even immortal glory. If we do not feel worthy to be a disciple of the Lord at all times, we should not get discouraged. The first step to walking in righteousness is to simply try. We must try to believe. Try to learn of God: read the scriptures; study the words of his prophets; choose to listen to the Heavenly Father, and do the things he asks of us. Try and keep on trying until that which seems difficult becomes possible—and that which seems only possible becomes habit and a real part of us. “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give us a spirit of unity,” reports Romans 15.4-5. #RandolphHarris 1 of 8

Some of us are overly self-conscious, and that skill and be both a blessing and a burden. It may help us forecast what others want or need for us, but it also opens us up to every critical comment aimed in our direction. This can cause an individual to become wrapped in their thoughts, mentally on guard for any chance to win approval and be accepted. However, after we figure out that we are worthwhile and stop worrying about how others react to us, we will still be aware of others’ opinions of us, but we will not care so very much. At first it might feel odd not to be vigilant in every social situation. Since we will no longer analyze every interaction for its inherent danger or opportunity, we may find ourselves building up a huge bank account of mental energy. Once we realize the gift life has given to us, we become very excited. It is like winning a lot of money tax free and being able to do whatever we want. So, why not channel all of our keen mental abilities in some new, more productive, less stressful direction? How about getting to know who we are as people? We can learn more psychology, religion, art, more names of flowers and trees and birds. Maybe it would even be possible to grow a business and get rid of poverty. When people mature we experience a dramatic change in the way we view the opinions of the outside World: these opinions suddenly lose impact. We shift our attention from words to things. #RandolphHarris 2 of 8

None of this is to say, of course, that the opinions of others are unimportant. The fact that we care about what other people think is a basic foundation of society, and it helps us do the right thing at times when it would be easier, or more fun, to follow our own selfish interest. The self-conscious, is us watching ourselves from the eyes of others, and this helped us, as children, learn to adhere to the norms of our families and communities. Self-conscious observation spurs us to climb the ladders of success in educational and professional pursuits. “None of us lives in oneself alone and none of us dies to oneself alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. You, then, why do you judge your family? Or why do you look down on your family? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written: ‘As surely as I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God,’” reports Romans 14.7-11. We should listen for the voice of the Heavenly Father in the bounties and beauties of nature, in the gentle whisperings of the Spirit. As we draw near to Heavenly Father, we become more holy. And as we become more holy, we will overcome disbelief and our souls will be filled with his blessed light. #RandolphHarris 3 of 8

The new approach we need to keep growing is by aligning our lives with this supernal light so it can lead us out of darkness and toward the greater light. This greater light leads to the unspeakable ministering of the Holy Spirit, and the veil between Heaven and Earth can become thin. Heavenly Father’s love for his children is the core message of the plan of happiness, which plan is made active through the Atonement—the greatest expression of live the World has ever known. When we are ready to give up self-conscious, adults who experience this magical time of self-awareness, or one watching through the eyes of one’s own inner authority come to understand that God’s commandments hang upon the principle of love. If we do not neglect the great laws—if we truly learn to love our Heavenly Father and our fellow people with all our heart, soul, and mind—all else will fall into place. “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in human love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality,” reports Romans 12.9-13.  As we begin to listen to ourselves, we will find that our mental life takes on two important aspects. First, we begin to approach the external World more deliberately, with out own interest at heart. Second, we discover aspects of ourselves—our preferences, talents, and habits. #RandolphHarris 4 of 8

As we negotiate a new balance between our internal World and the external one, both changes help us face the World with confidence. Getting this balance is the right key to wisdom. “Learn wisdom in thy youth; yea, learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God. Yea, and cry unto God for all thy support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and withersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever,” reports Alma 37.36. Becoming wise is one of the major objectives of maturity. How wise we become depends in large part on our ability to watch our public self with the curiosity of a detective and the compassion of a saint. What we observe ourselves doing in the course of our maturity may at times startle us, discourage us, confuse us, and overwhelm us. However, we must remember to be gentle with ourselves. We have to understand that we will renegotiate this balance over and over in the years to come. Many people are at war—at war with life, with each other, with themselves—consumed by the fight to win at work and elsewhere. It all includes huge drama, high stakes, tremendous challenges and risks, primal encounters, great danger, unusual camaraderie, and the extremes of play at the edge. However, the ensouled body is in communion with the body of the World and find its health in that intimacy. “Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good,” reports Alma 37.37. #RandolphHarris 5 of 8

All power ultimately comes from God; he alone has absolute sovereignty. Although many nations have a wonderful constitution, many people see the American Constitution more nearly perfect than others because it recognizes the existence of the Creator and God-given rights of individuals, which the government is bound to respect and protect. Because of the social contract theory, a philosophy of government that holds that governments exist based on the consent of the governed, and individuals who give their consent to be governed have the right to resist or remove rulers who deviate from those purposes. In the ringing language, the Declaration of Independence proclaims: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal (in the eyes of the law), that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. When God reveals himself, he does so as a person. Revelation is the act of a person, not the setting out of a doctrine. In revelation, God encounters humans beings as person to person; humans cannot argue their way to God by philosophy or discover God apart from the Biblical revelation, yet when God calls, humans can at least answer. We must return continually to revelation for renewal. This is in part because of the character of human sin, but it is also in part because we must reassert the personal character of social life in a new context. #RandolphHarris 6 of 8

Many people never make the transition from self-consciousness to self-awareness. They get stuck in what is called self-sabotage: they stop caring altogether. The man who just lets himself go, or the woman who just says she is no good at math are both engaging in self-limiting behaviour. A self-aware person makes conscious choices about what to do about simple facts: “I want to live a long, energetic life (fulfilling a person imperative), I will start exercising.” A self-sabotaging person will see the fact, may even see what needs to be done, but will go no further. We can, however, use this gift of life to pursue wisdom. All we have to be to become wiser is to listen to our own internal rhythms and use them in our daily lives. Sounds simple, right? However, anyone who has tried it knows that it is constant work. Wisdom is not a goal, but a life-long process, lit by a sense of ever-evolving relationship with all that we are. If we practice on improving everyday for a week, we should make surprising discoveries that can improve our lives on several levels. The divine love of God turns ordinary acts into extraordinary service. Divine love is the motive that transports simple words into sacred scripture. Divine love is the factor that transforms reluctant compliance with God’s commandments into blessed dedication and consecration. Love is the guiding light that illuminates the disciple’s path and fills our daily walk with life, meaning, and wonder. “And never could be a people more blessed than were they, and more prospered by the hand of the Lord,” reports Ether 10.28. #RandolphHarris 7 of 8

God is in Heaven. He lives. He knows and loves you. He is mindful of you. He hears your prayers and knows the desires of your heart. He is filled with infinite love for you. Let us be known as a people who love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and who love our neighbour as ourselves. When we understand and practice these two great commandments in our families, in our wards and branches, in our nations, and in our daily lives, we will begin to understand what it means to be a true lover of God. If only because through doing so we learn to fully and compassionately relate to all that we are, every one of us needs to wholeheartedly engage in the learnings and work that make closeness possible because it will eventually heal ourselves so deeply that we render ourselves all but incapable of dehumanizing others. Full-out intimate relationship is one of the most healing paths there is, and has the capacity to revolutionize our companionship on a significant scale, but only if it foes to a sufficiently deep level. More than cosmetic shifts are needed, more than superficial gains, more than dips in self-help literature and seminars, more than attendance to sporting events. Without a saner, deeper bonding between intimate partners, dysfunctional associations will continue to dominate the community landscape. #RandolphHarris 8 of 8

We Love God Because He Loved us First and God Anchored us to Authenticity, Integrity, and True Power

 

 

The experience of love in everyday life is diverse and complex in nature. Although some philosophers see the Universe as a plurality of minds, and recognize the levels of mind below the human soul, they realize that we can never be independent from God because our origin as humans in the creative act of God have made us able to respond to God’s love in a unique way. The Soul is a human developing part, but it is not a detached creation. Love is the measure of our faith, the inspiration for our obedience, and the true altitude of our discipleship. By loving God and doing what he wants us to do, and by loving our neighbour, we are complying with God’s law.  However, love of God and love of neighbour are quite different. Love of God is manifested by acts of obedience and worship that grow out of concern for the love of the neighbour’s need. Because love is the great commandment, it ought to be at the center of all and everything we do in our own family, in our Church callings, and in our livelihood. Love is the healing balm that repairs rifts in personal and family relationships. It is the bond that unites families, communities, and nations. There is no finer example in life than love. Love is the power that initiates friendships, tolerance, civility, and respect. It is the source that overcomes divisiveness and hate. Love is an energy that warms our lives with unparalleled joy and divine hope. Love should be our presentational continuum, an undifferentiated flux, not a partitioned series. #RandolphHarris 1 of 8

When facing complex problems, some people find themselves feeling confused, and are yearning to learn something new because they are experiencing routines as boring. In the process, individuals become worried over forgetfulness, may cling to narrow-minded ideas, lack creativity, and are longing for mental challenges. One woman was complaining she was sick of housework and feeling guilty over her lack of interest in caring for her family. A computer science engineer reported he felt overwhelmed by the amount of information coming at him. And an architect was frustrated that $1,200.00 worth of tools had been stolen from one of her farm houses under construction. These are common concerns and people are looking for answers of how they can review their lives and make changes to prevent feeling robbed. As we journey down the pathway of Mental Mastery, it is important to consider everything that can go wrong and plan for it ahead of time, look for ways to see how the products of our lives are helping those around us, and to take breaks when we need time to rest. Some people notice that their conscious attention to the details of their lives leads to better judgment in problem-solving. Others observe that activating their memory for past events expands their ability to understand their deeply rooted intellectual talents and creative gifts. When we achieve our objectives or find an unanticipated benefit, we should stop a moment to enjoy it and take the time to relish those wins. That will help more of them to come our way. #RandolphHarris 2 of 8

When we truly understand what it means to love as the Lord does, the confusion clears and our priorities align. Our walk as disciples of God becomes more joyful. Our lives take on more meaning. Agreeing with the ideal that the World is somehow a construct of the mind, we interpret the mind not as an all-inclusive absolute but as concrete, practically active human personality. There is a psychological logic of discovery that will recognize the practical impulses being the pursuit of knowledge. The World be understood only as an interrelated whole. We are bombarded with information at one thousand times the rate our grandparents were. Our senses register many thousand stimuli each day, from the way a colleague’s cologne smells to an ad for the circus to the fact that dinner will be 6.00pm at Jill and Justin’s house. Most people know that it is up to us to decide which of these bits of information to retain. (It would be nice to remember what time to show up at Jill and Justin’s, for example.)  None of us could function in daily life without the ability to filter out unwanted stimuli and focus on what is important. Like many skills, however, this skill is overdeveloped by the time most of us reach midlife. What is essential to our ability to become productive in society is now so automatic that we miss out on a lot that life has to offer. Human action can be understood only by sympathetic insight, by reliving the thoughts of others, and not by the methods of inductive science.  We have to note what it takes to life our lives the best way possible. #RandolphHarris 3 of 8

In knowledge independent objects are directly present to the mind and the mind itself is not to be contemplated, but enjoyed. The World is a process of emergent evolution in which new, higher levels of being successively develop; from the raw material of undifferentiated space time came the World of mathematical physics, from that the perceived order of sensible qualities, then life, then mind, and finally, in a time yet to come, God, conceived as the ideal goal of the whole evolutionary process. This allows our relationship with our Heavenly Father to become more profound, and obedience becomes a joy rather than a burden. God the Eternal Father did not give that first great commandment because he needed us to love him. The Lord’s power and glory are not diminished should we disregard, deny, or even defile his name. God’s influence and dominion extend through time and space independent of our acceptance, approval, or admiration. No, God does not need us to love him. But oh, how we need to love God. For what we love determines what we seek. What we seek determines what we think and do. What we think and do determines who we are—and who we will become. We are created in the image of our Heavenly parents; we are God’s spirit children. Therefore, we have a vast capacity for love—it is part of our spiritual heritage. What and how we love not only defines us as individuals; it also defines us as a community. Love is a defining characteristic of disciple of God. #RandolphHarris 4 of 8

Since the beginning of time, love has been the source of both the highest bliss and the heaviest burdens. At the heart of misery from the days of Adam until today, we will find the love of wrong things. And at the heart of joy, we will find the love of good things. And the greats of all good things is God. “We ought always to thank God for our family, loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth,” reports 2 Thessalonians 2.13. Without the illative sense, we would not be open to the transcendent, and therefore never be open to the reality of a God who has revealed himself to us. Without this preliminary openness to God as a result of reason’s illative sense, we would not be able to put our faith in that God who has revealed himself to us. The illative sense is therefore a preamble to faith. The human experience of conscience makes it clear that we have a moral duty to concluded, based upon reason alone, that there is a divine legislator, and hence God. In a healthy self-love, the experience of relationships is a phenomenon that provides insights for the purpose of advancing power, success, emotional and gender certainty that is sometimes said to make people envious of one’s mental mastery and spiritual renewal. Our Father in Heaven has given us, his children, much more than any mortal mind can comprehend. #RandolphHarris 5 of 8

God created this wondrous World we live in. God the Father watches over us, fills our hearts with breathtaking joy, brightens our darkest hours with blessed peace, distills upon our minds precious truths, shepherds us through times of distress, rejoices when we rejoice, and answers our righteous petitions. A highly decorated Vietnam veteran, an officer of the highest caliber, who had done plenty of time in the battle, said that loving God and working on mental mastering was a source of strength and relational intimacy, a crucible for breakthrough healing. True healing happens when courage, integrity, vulnerability, compassion, awareness, and the capacity to take strong action are all functioning together. Such power is potent but not aggressive, challenging but not shaming, grounded but not rigid, forceful but not pushy. Following God requires head, heart, and guts in full-blooded alignment. This is a true hero’s journey of healing and awakening. We are connecting our past and present emotionally as well as intellectually, to understand who we are. “And now, because of their steadfastness when they do believe in that thing which they do believe, for because of their firmness when they are once enlightened, behold, the Lord shall bless them and prolong their days,” reports Helaman 15.10. It turns out that the ability to be mindful has a powerful, beneficial influence on each aspect of our lives. #RandolphHarris 6 of 8

Think of mindfulness as focused concentration, as acting on purpose or with keen awareness. When we are mindful we take no situation for granted, not even routines. Mindfulness means being vigilant, looking at what is happening from multiple angels, being open to new information and willing to revise our understanding of the way the World works. Paying attention to the comprehensive view of the World and the details of our experience is the essence of mindfulness. Being mindful in our daily life choices can increase self-knowledge while decreasing the likelihood of depression. We should reflect on the reason behind each of our choices. Did the choice we made serve our own purpose? Were we accommodating the needs of someone else? Were we acting out of habit? We also need to reflect on the consequences of each option. What impact did our choices have on us? Our Healthy? Our happiness? Our relationships? Our productivity? And based upon our brief but insightful analysis, we have to consider what choices we intend to repeat when appropriate and which ones will we replace with more useful, fulfilling alternatives?  And we should think about the wonderful things God and our intellect has done for us recently. God offers his children the promise of a glorious and infinite existence and has provided a way for us to progress in knowledge and glory until we receive a fulness of joy. The Lord has promised us all that he has. #RandolphHarris 7 of 8

Think of the purest, most all-consuming love one can imagine. Now multiply that love by an infinite amount—that is the measure of God’s love for us. God does not look on the outward appearance. He does not care one bit if we live in a castle or cottage. God does not care how attractive we are. God does not care if we are famous or a has been. Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Through we are imperfect, God love us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God’s love encompasses us completely. God loves us because he is filled with an infinite measure of holy, pure, and extraordinary love. We are important to God not because of our resume, but because we are his children. He loves every one of us, even if we are misfits. God’s love is so great that he loves even the proud, the selfish, the arrogant, and the wicked. The closer we approach God, the more profoundly we experience love. However, because a veil separates this mortality from our Heavenly home, we must seek in the Spirit that which is imperceptible to mortal eyes. There is a huge need for us to take this journey out of a service to everyone. There is a deep life for us, a life in which reasonability and freedom are the same, a life in which happiness is rooted not in what we have but in what we fundamentally are. It is to such a life that the love of God is dedicated. #RandolphHarris 8 of 8

Everyone has a Secret World Inside—Lord be with Your Spirit and Grace be with You

 

Virtue is doing good to humankind, in obedience to the will of God, and for the sake of everlasting happiness. Virtuous people are proper self-lovers who, in the process of promoting the self, will not hard others. Love is divine because it comes from God and unites us to God; through this unifying process it makes us a community which transcends our divisions and makes us one, until in the end God is all in all. The psychology concerns the person, who loves, and the mutuality of persons in love. The psychology of mutual love is based on a gift that is first received from other human beings—parents, spouses, children, friends—and primordially from God. Love recognizes the interdependence of human and divine love and their being rooted in knowledge and faith. God is love and has created all humankind in the divine image as knowing and loving persons. It is God’s love that makes possible human love of God, neighbour, and oneself. Since human love is both divine in origin and human in expression, we are constantly reminded of that because of the effects of sin, the divine likeness is wounded in humankind. Nonetheless, the Atonement bestowed a new dignity on human nature and redeemed human kind in a majestic act of love. God’s continuous and sustaining gift, which is manifest in loving personal relationships and the living religious tradition, serves as the basis for the practice of the art of love in a faith-based psychology of love. #RandolpHarris 1 of 8

Psychology is the study of the human psyche or spiritual soul, which includes behavior and the mine, but more as well. There is a basic need for safe emotional connection and people often seek safe relationships, as they are a manifestation of health and strength. As relationships develop, they tend to flourish because they are a secure base to help deal with life and the World. Typically, emotional accessibility and responsiveness are desirable. If people have self-love, they respect their thoughts, feelings and beliefs and experience a deep sense of pride; a framework is designed to resist compression, and allows us the right to have ideas, speak them, and expect others to be respectful. People that love themselves acknowledge and accept the fact that they have some faults and, for the most part, excuse themselves. People who are able to self-actualize learn from the mistakes made in life. All knowledge is relative and concerns only what is conditioned by the fact that we know it. Absolute or unconditioned reality is unknowable at this time. We can conceiver it even have faith that it exists, but at best we can have only negative knowledge of it. The experience of our humanness depends on our self-knowledge and the experience of ourselves. The difference between a healthy self-love and a distorted self-love lies in the ability to tell reality from fantasy and the ability to empathise and to love others. #RandolphHarris 2 of 8

The great spiritual teachers do not preach only to the converted, but engage with an entire people, and by their ability to reach into the hearts and minds of many they exert a profoundly transformative influence on individuals and society. There is a deeper sense of spiritual affection, a love that unites God and humankind, souls and soul in divine communion.  God cannot be submitted to humanly rational standards of morality so we build a connection and guide humanity to God’s grace, God’s unselfish love, and it is given freely by God. God’s love is sovereign and is directed to the good for those who stand in a relationship with it; it creates value in its object. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. God guides me in paths of righteousness for is name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all these days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever,” reports Psalm 23.1-6. #RandolphHarris 3 of 8

Some people only think about how old they look, and that is an indication that they need to work on their self-esteem. If an individual invests too much of one’s self-worth in the way he or she looks nature’s gentle changes begin to seem like personal insults. Many people who care about the way they look resort to cosmetic surgery to keep themselves looking young. These patients are never satisfied with their surgeries, because no plastic surgeon is capable of erasing age. No matter how many wrinkles the doctor eradicates, a patient’s face will reveal its chronological age within five years. There is another kind of patient, too, a type who does not care about looking young; they want to look good. It sounds like a fine distinction, but someone who wants to look his or her best at forty-five will always be happier with his or her surgery than someone who wants to look thirty at sixty-five. If you do it for the right reasons, plastic surgery can really be terrific. No one can decide how much attention you will give your looks. For most of us, it is enough to dress well, get a good haircut, and generally make the best of what we have. All of us are in some age shock experience. However, who we are is in fine shape somewhere deep inside. So why worry about the flesh so much? Cast your minds back to your first spiritual experience. You are a fierce, energetic, living person. #RandolphHarris 4 of 8

The thinking-self separates mind or soul from the bodily material World and has the effect that emotions, sensations, and feelings, necessary for self-reflection, can be neglected. How many times do you force your body to so something at its own expense? We may push ourselves to run faster, lose more weight, stay up later, get up earlier, work longer, loft one more box plant one more tree—at a time when our bodies are screaming “STOP!” in fatigue or pain. Many people fight back, maybe pop some acetaminophen or oxycodone, and keep going. However, this can cause high risk for addiction and dependence, respiratory distress and death when taken in high doses or when combined with other substances, especially alcohol. We learn how to mentally dominate our physical needs early in life. That is what potty training is all about. However, often what starts out as a healthy effort to adapt bodily function to fit social dictates ends up causing strain and damage. Without contemplation, sense, experience, feelings, etcetera, the idea of a personal identity is not possible and the self as a rational and relational being experience Empty Suit Syndrome. When a person is subject to relentless, abusive demands, the physical mechanisms of the body start to break down, and the brain-washing slowly erodes one’s sense of self-worthy, security, and trust in humanity. #RandolphHarris 5 of 8

Many physical symptoms that we attribute to getting older are actually manifestations of physical strain. For instance, high blood pressure trouble digesting certain foods, and chronic pain, along with more debilitating cancer and heart attacks, are more often manifestations of unrelenting strain. Honor the wisdom of the body by slowing down long enough to figure out how to alleviate the stress it is under. Listening to our bodies has many rewards. We will be healthier, of course, and we will feel better. The better we become at listening to your bodies, the better our bodies will treat us. Aches and pains, poor sleep, or lack of stamina may be the early warning signs of unresolved stress on our bodies. We are probably pushing ourselves too hard, perhaps as a result of some internal pressure to perform. Rarely are symptoms such as these related solely to the aging process. If we leave them unresolved, we are opening the door to physical decline. “The Earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the World, and all who live in it; for God founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters,” reports Psalms 24.1-2. God designed our bodies to communicate with us, to help us achieve mind-body balance. The mind, body, and sensations are working together in creating awareness of self with memory and one’s sense of personal identity. #RandolphHarris 6 of 8

The Experience of an integrated self-love, mind, along with emotions and will is a core reality. Although the mind work through reasoning, it works closely with one’s emotions and will, but the mind is the part where all experiences are intellectually observed and where one consciously and unconsciously learns to deal with the inner as well as the outer World. The mind, by the process of reasoning and analysis, assists us to learn lessons about ourselves and makes us conscious about the World. The illative sense sustains a real assent to the existence of God on the basis of the deliverance of conscience. To have a natural theology, that is, to know God exists through reason, we need to recruit our illative sense. The illative sense is what allows us to take our concrete human experiences—whether they be of nature’s beauty, of the demands of conscience (the feeling of guilt, the pangs of remorse, the search for forgiveness), of the sense of the contingency of life, and come to the conclusions that there is a transcendent reality behind it all, ultimately God. Truths and beliefs that we inherit from the ancestors, who discovered the Unknowable toward which they shared the religious emotions, transcended the belief that quantity of life is the supreme value is uneasily qualified by admission of the importance of a surplus of agreeable feeling. The task of morality is to counteract the cruel injustices of the natural order of things. #RandolphHarris 7 of 8

The whole net of relationships which we find ourselves in, in one way or another, influences our life-experiences, and thus also our experience of self. The lack of an integrated view point of the self clearly has dire consequences for the understanding of the relationships we have with God, other human beings, ourselves, and the Universe. If we do not experience self, we cannot experience anything else. In short: the ability to think, to reason, in other worse, the rational, is of fundamental importance in discerning the importance of relationships and the development of relationships. It is an ability that draws on and is influenced by our personhood as a holistic experiential experience of past and present realities and future anticipations. Our evaluations, our perceptions of what we experience, are fundamental not only to how we relate to ourselves, but to everybody and everything, God included. It is the light in the Biblical teaching that God’s love towards humans and all of creation is realized within the context of a covenant relationship, is a core truth. Love in Scripture is always within clearly defined relationships governed by certain distinctive responsibilities. “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appear to all people. It teaches us to say ‘No” to ungodliness and Wordly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and Godly lives in this present age,” reports Titus 2.11. #RandolphHarris 8 of 8

 

It Gives Us Assurance to Immortality of the Soul and Eternal Life

 

There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits to the human capacity for intelligence, imagination, and wonder. Our heart’s desires must be elevated to the mind before they can be activated. We will get what we constantly put into our mind. Energy goes where attention flows. In a sense, energy responds to our mental hygiene. It works by monitoring our thoughts and gives substance to those thoughts. This is the supreme power of the Law of Attraction, which is simply our imaginations at work. However, the thoughts we conjure up do not manifest immediately, and that is a blessing in some cases. Our mind gives us a chance to reconsider our thoughts. Yet, if our thoughts continue with consistency, the mind’s assumption is that those thoughts are our heart’s desire. It will provide activation energy. We live in a World of fulfillment and unlimited resources. It is a Universe of creativity and productivity. There is so need to want for anything because our Heavenly Father has already provided everything we can imagine to create the lives we desire. Our minds are our Universe, and the heart fuels its intensity. The Law of Attraction follows the flow of energy that is attracted to what we think about most, which is why some people pray and go to church so often. Reality consists of corporeal substances, all of whose properties can be deduced from motions. Immaterial substance is a plain contradiction, it will merely receive your thoughts and manifest things. #RandolphHarris 1 of 8

Perception and will, the two seemingly propriety attributes of humankind, are brought within the scope of the theory of motion. Sensation is a physical response to a physical stimulus. The small motions within people that sets up interact with the vital motions of the body. If this interaction is harmonious, pleasure is experienced; if discordant, pain. Pleasure leads people away from the source of discord. The fundamental law of human behavior is self-preservation which continued existence depends. The mental life of the human being is a multiplicity of minute motions within the body, of endeavors toward or away from the environment as determined by its propitiousness or hostility to self-preservation. Human beings are deterministic as well as materialistic. The fundamental law of self-preservation is that we should seek whatever means are necessary to protect ourselves from dangers created by the self-preservation activities of others.  We ought to do what is rationally prudent, not what is autonomously morally binding. As we complain and remain fixated on our anemic imagination, we observe the decimation of our lives. Imagine how our thoughts interrelate to our lives, we have the power to transform our thoughts—and our lives. We are in complete control of our destinies. We should only think about the things we desire. The area where we place most of our attention will prevail. We get what we expect. #RandolphHarris 2 of 8

Expectation is belief in thoughts. We come from royalty. We have a rich heritage. Therefore, if we elect to live in squalor and deprive our spirits of the empowering atmosphere it rightfully deserves, that is a shame. God exists, and he should be worshiped. Piety is shown in right conduct, and sin should be repented. God will distribute rewards and punishments in an afterlife. We are the masters of our fate, and the captains of our souls. This proclamation should reverberate in our hearts. We must not live likes slaves nor outcasts because our birthright is a lineage of royalty. We must claim our heritage and take our position with the great ones. Mind is senior to the World both in the sense that there must be an infinite self-existent spirit and an intellectual concept plays a part in our perception of things. Mind is essentially active. There is a spiritual mover behind the evident motion of the natural World, and on the human level knowledge is not passive sensation; in knowledge mind is actively involved with its environment. If our desires are deeply rooted, fertilized, and nurtured, then our wishes become true because we are working in accordance with the Law of Attractions and the Theory of Expectancy. We acquire our heart’s desires from the God because we understand and work with the Universal laws and principles. #RandolphHarris 3 of 8

Impenetrability and divisibility constitute the essence of matter. For spirit, which is to say God’s activity is present everywhere. Wat is the emotional climate of your spirit? Often, a person’s desire overshadows one’s ability to discern the mind’s mental atmosphere. Although we may have good thoughts, are they congruent with the overall condition of our mental state? A good thought here or there does not mean that we will reap a mental state of prosperity. The sum total of our thoughts will tip the scale of emotional quality one way of the other. Our thoughts can generate a bountiful garden, or our thoughts can generate a garden of lack and limitation. We are the magician and the magic. We have complete control of every thought. No one can force us to think anything without our approval. “The Lord, your God, is with you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing,” reports Zephaniah 3.17. The moment you start the journey of elevating our spirit to things in line with Universal Love, we will meet a magnitude of lessons of opportunity. These lessons will visit us by the multitude and invade every aspect of our lives. “At that time I will deal with all who opposed you; I will rescue the defenseless and gather you; at that time I will bring you home. I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the Earth when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes,” reports Zephaniah 3. 19-20.  The more spiritually rooted we become, the more opportunities will come our way, which will allow our souls to become more advanced. #RandolphHarris 4 of 8

In the concept of substance we have an idea that is essential to knowledge and yet is not derived from, but brought to, experience. There is much a priori knowledge—intuitive knowledge of one’s own existence, demonstrative knowledge of mathematical and moral truth. Everything, in particular sensation, is caused and some of our sensations resemble their causes. In everything we do, say, and thing, we have a choice. It reflects on our thoughts, imagination and visualization. Ideas are the raw material of all thought and knowledge, and all ideas (expect substance) are acquired from sensation and reflection, or inner sense. The complex fabric of knowledge is assembled from these elementary empirical data by combining activity of the mind. We combine simple, qualitative ideas into complex ideas of objects and relations. We run similar ideas together to form abstract ideas that serve as the inner criterion for the application of the words with which they are conventionally associated. The concept of causation is more or less perceptible property, a power, of things related by it. Sensation yields us simple ideas of many kinds. If we limit our choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, we disconnect ourselves from what we truly want, and all that is left is compromise. There is a God, the indispensable cause of the perfections to be found in the World. The revelations of the incarnate God are not indispensable for the acquisition of correct moral and religious opinion. #RandolphHarris 5 of 8

Those who lived before Christ were not in complete darkness. The purpose of revelation is not the diffusion of new truths, but the corroboration of ancient ones. Since God is good, he cannot have concealed his essential message from those who lived before Christ. It follows that the vital content of revelation is accessible to all through natural reason and, therefore, revelation is a necessary reminder so humanity does not get lost. Human nature is always the same, and so is God’s law for humans. It is in the moral demands of this law that the essence of religion is contained. The Fall of Adam and Eve did not make revelation necessary because people have not perceptibly improved since Christ’s incarnation. The real corruption is to be found in what some have done to remove God from society. Gravity is immaterial and it must be interpreted as a direct expression of God’s will for the natural order. When one looks at history, it is interesting to discover that the planet experienced global warming before and America, as a result, because a tropical rain forest. As temperatures cooled, the rain forest then became the beautiful plains that we have today. Also, there used to be an ocean in the middle of North America, but as the continent rose and the Rocky Mountains formed about 85 million years ago, the ocean drained into the Arctic. Therefore, God is a self-existent being and displays the provable attributes of unity, infinity, intelligence, freedom and goodness. Human’s freedom is safeguarded from obliteration. Space and times are properties of God. #RandolphHarris 6 of 8

Moral truth is conceived in close analogy to mathematics as concerned with the eternal and intuitable fitness of actions to situations. Moreover, morality is prior to God’s will; an action is not good because God commands it, but is commanded by God because it is good. We must rely on a great accumulation of probabilities to understand God’s purposes and activities in the World. There is injustice on Earth, but, broadly speaking, the natural outcome of virtue is happiness and of vice suffering. No natural fact can exclude the immortality of the soul and a just rectification of the balance in the afterlife. We see all things in God because the ideas in our minds are the direct results of divine activity. Do not ask what the World needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the World needs is people who have come alive. Everyone has a secret World inside of them. All of the people of the World, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they have all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, beautiful, amazing Worlds. Not just one World. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe. “Give careful thought to your ways,” reports Haggai 1.7. It is our Heavenly Father that is blessing us. We receive blessings from the creator. Prayer is by far the most effective way to use the Law of Attraction. #RandolphHarris 7 of 8

There is more to the law of attraction than just visualization. Once in a while, we can just visualize what we want and they will come our way. However, most of the time, worthwhile things take action, work and dedication. There has to be a passion inside of the person We need extra spiritual power to overcome personal challenges and receive a blessing. A blessing is a conferral of power over spiritual things. Though it cannot be touched or weighed, it is of great significance in helping us overcome obstacles on the path to eternal life. We must also try to remember that when adversity comes, it is likely a means of preparing us for something ahead. Yes, it is worthy it. It is worth it all. “And when you shall receive these things, I would exhort you that you ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if you shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it onto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost,” reports Moroni 10.4. We must be willing to live the truth to the best of our ability. And then be available to the gifts of the Spirit though our personal worthiness that we may be directed and that we may recognize the answers when they come. The notion of virtue is the outcome of a correct balance of the elements of human nature. #RandolphHarris 8 of 8

 

Maybe One Function of Love is to Cure Us of an Anemic Imagination

 

He felt a tenderness fill his being and an ache so great it made him shiver. The ache grew and pierced his heart and rent it asunder with an explosive burst; with an all-consuming flame of compassion he bent his knee and clasped his hands, his heart expanded by a might that could have made the Earth tremble and mountains tumble. The man fell to the grass and cried. His river of tears were pearls of joy for the treasure he had found. Indeed, the treasure was creating an eternal bond, and its power was so awesome, it was the power of love. He found the secret of prayer—he knew it to be the language of the heart—desire embraced and propelled by emotion. “The visitation of the Holy Ghost, which Comforter fills with hope and perfect love, which love endures by diligence unto prayer, until the end shall come, when all the saints shall dwell with God,” reports Moroni 8. 26 Ancient psychology, rooted in a very different ground from modern therapeutic thinking, held that the fate and character of each of us is born in mystery, and our individuality is so profound and so hidden that it takes more than a lifetime for identity to emerge. The essence of each person originates as a star in the Heavens. This sacred quality is not just value—all lives are important. It is the unfathomable mystery that is the very seed and heart of each individual. By flushing our mental, emotional, and physical being of the daily impurities, we may augment this inner cleansing process by visualizing a flood of vibrant, white light entering our body through our heart, washing our beings clean. #RandolphHarris 1 of 5

Natural knowledge is the first instance of an intuitive awareness through the senses of singular individuals. Knowledge of the self is pretty much the same as knowledge of God. We know that we exist, and have some natural and rational knowledge about where our souls come from. Things are good because God wills them and not vice versa, so moral truth comes from the Lord. God’s creation of the World is a free act of will. All possible ideas of created things are present in God’s mind, and human’s philosophy can explore these possibilities but cannot anticipate the free act of will by which God selects some of them for creation. “Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives. Everyone with me sends you greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all,” reports Titus 3.14-15. God’s existence and nature must be revealed. That is how God’s absolute power and freedom of action are conceivable. The soul prospers in an environment that is concrete, particular, and vernacular. It feeds on the details of life. Our soul capacity is to mirror the sacred becomes a divine mirror. As embodied mirror, we reflect the divine presence with all the reverence of our humanity, and it is etched into our memory and personality. It is difficult to imagine anything more nourishing to the soul. Maybe one function of love is to cure us of an anemic imagination, a life emptied of romantic attachment and abandoned to reason. #RandolphHarris 2 of 5

However, if every person wore their heart on their sleeve, openly displayed or made known one’s emotions or sentiments, society would be unendurable; for wicked would appear too monstrous, and the weak too important, so the divine forecast provides safeguards. “You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, as set you above your companions by anointing you with oil of joy,” reports Hebrews 1.9. Under the ancient covenant, anointing oil was used to consecrate kings and to set people and articles in the sanctuary apart for holy service unto God. It symbolizes the ordaining and presence of the Holy Spirit to heal, empower, comfort, and deliver. The oil is a symbol of God’s blessing poured out through his Holy Spirit in all it’s fullness. “This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord was confirmed by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will,” reports Hebrews 2.3-4. We glory in our designation as a unique people. It is our desire to be exceptional—different from other people—because we have forsaken the World and have made a covenant to live Godly lives and to walk in paths of truth and virtue. We do not care for the soul by shrinking it down to a reasonable size. The soul has a depth of mystery and grandeur of expression that is considered highly coveted. #RandolphHarris 3 of 5

Our way of life, the security and joy that fills our souls, our hope of glory and honor hereafter all grow out of our doctrine, out of our theology, and out of the revealed truths that have come to us. And if we have a better way of life, surely those who are honest in heart will desire to know what we believe and how it changes and uplifts people. Eternity is love with the productions of time. There is a God in Heaven, a glorious personage, a holy being, who knows all things, has all power, and is infinite and eternal. God is the Supreme Being, the Eternal Absolute, the Creator and people of Worlds without number. He is our Father in Heaven, and he lives in the family unit. We believe it is not too much to ask, in this age of enlightenment and open dialogue, to let us be the ones who tell who we are, what we believe, and why our cause is going forward in such a marvelous way. It is difficult to imagine anything more nourishing to the soul. Therefore, guided by the holy monitor, we must walk in the light, keep the commandments, and overcome the World. Such is the plan of salvation for all people in all ages. Such is the plan that has been revealed from age to age so that fallen people might work out our salvation with fear and trembling before the Lord. God, who is the Father to us all, who loves all his children, and who pleads with all people to repent and be saved, the great God in Heaven above has commenced the promised restoration of all things. #RandolphHarris 4 of 5

Motivated by thoughts of purity and self-control, a person can deny narcissism all kinds of comforts. Spiritual programs are filled with concerns for individual progress, acceptance by authorities, and the wish for sainthood or some other high position. An alternative approach is to hear the soul’s complaint and give it love and attention where is most needs it, even where we are most suspicious. Love releases us into the realm of divine imagination, where the soul is expanded and reminded of its unearthly craving and needs. Love brings consciousness closer to dream state. When we comprehend the doctrine of premortal life, we know that we are the children of God, that we lived with him in spirit from before entering mortality. We know that this life is a test, that life did not begin with birth, nor will it end with death. Then life begins to make sense, with meaning and purpose even in all of the chaotic mischief that humankind creates for itself. In the field of destiny, no team or player will be eternally disadvantaged because they keep the rules. They may be concerned or misused, even defeated for a time. However, individual players on that team, regardless of what appears on the scoreboard, may already be victorious. “We have a labor to perform whilst in this tabernacle of clay, that we may conquer the enemy of all righteousness, and rest our souls in the kingdom of God,” reports Moroni 9.6. Life from this glowing purer place, our innocent spirit, relying on its own talent, falls into compliance, and is entangled with overwhelming love. #RandolphHarris 5 of 5

Where You Will be a Welcome Visitor Any Time!

 

Happiness is a skill. It requires effort and time. Since knowledge involves reference, it is always hypothetical and tentative. Probably one of the hardest steps of faith is believing that God hears and will help us when we call on him in prayer. We are still living in a World that has dimensions and boundaries and our finite minds have limits to our understanding in difficult matters. We, therefore, need a measure of faith to see past that which is seen and go deeper into that which is of the divine. Despite the turbulence in life, we please God by trusting him. “Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard,” reports Daniel 10.12. Reality is a society of persons: the ultimate (uncreated) Person and finite (created) persons. Reality is thus not nature, but history. The natural order does not have ontological identity outside the ultimate Person; rather, this order is God’s behavior. The laws of logic do not have privileged priority; they are constitutive of the supreme mind. In philosophy of religion, this position is idealistic theism (not theological dualism). God is a conscious Person who creates finite persons and cooperates with them in the cosmic endeavor. A human persons is a context of experience capable of self-consciousness, reason, and ideal values. Biblical faith has as a bridge between humans and God, in other words freedom as love. #RandolphHarris 1 of 13

God has basically created us with a desire to come to perfect knowledge of hum, but this full knowledge and relationship with God is hidden from us while in our mortal bodies. True knowledge of God will require being able to see him directly, but this is only possible by a completely purified soul. When this occurs, we will experience the ultimate pleasure—a pure and everlasting bliss that will be the satisfaction of every human desire and the obliteration of every sadness and worry. However, we can achieve a kind of imperfect happiness here on Earth. Happiness depends on the actualization of one’s natural faculties. The highest faculty the human being possess is reason, from which it follows that we can achieve happiness in this life in proportion to the level of truth accessible to reason. Our ultimate happiness consists in the contemplation of truth, for this operation is specific to humans. It is not directed to any other end sine the contemplation of truth is sought for its own sake. This is the only human operation that is carried out both by God and by the separate substances (Angels). Human nature is not so completely corrupted by sin as to be totally lacking in natural goodness. We have an impulse in us that seeks God and other impulses that pull us down to Worldly pleasures. However, it is possible to begin the process of healing in this lifetime by exercising natural virtues. Virtues of wisdom, courage, moderation, justice, and friendship. #RandolphHarris 2 of 13

God, in his grace, has revealed to us additional virtues: those of faith, love, and hope. These will pull us through to the final end so long as we begin the effort. It is impossible for any created good to constitute human’s happiness. For happiness is that perfect good which entirely satisfies one’s desire; otherwise it would not be the ultimate end, if something yet remained undesired. Now the object of the will of human’s desire, is what is universally good; just as the object of the intellect is what is universally true. Hence, it is evident that nothing can satisfy the human’s will, expect what is universally good. This is to be found, not in any creature, but in God alone, because every creature has only participated goodness. Therefore, God alone can satisfy the will of human beings. “For he (God) satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things,” reports Psalm 107.9. Life today may not be totally satisfying, however, we know that God will please the soul which is longing for an integral center of free action, wanting to be absorbed into the deity, and seeks unification with the highest perfection. Also, as we accept ourselves as emotional beings, we can find more beneficial outlets and feel good about the expression of our emotions. If it is accepted and acknowledged the we have a delicate nature, the strain of strong emotions can be reduced by channeling of expressions that do not harm oneself or another, or do not make the individual feel guilt or shame afterwards. #RandolphHarris 3 of 13

In the World at large, people are rewarded or punished in ways that are often utterly random. Increasing numbers of people use some sort of chemical either to produce emotion or eliminate it. Sometimes the same person will take a drink when happy and when sad. There are a hundred pills that will give one whatever effect one is after. We are surrounded by chemical helpers, many of which have come to be seriously misused. The use of chemicals and other artificial means of dealing with emotions and consciousness is not a new phenomenon. Such experiences have been around as long as humankind has. However, today, huge numbers of people are involved, for reasons that most of us cannot understand. Consciousness is a state of awareness, ow aware we are of what is going on, who we are, and what the reality around us is like. Human beings have always been interested in change and variety in their states of consciousness. Even little children enjoy alterations of consciousness. That explains why they will deliberately get blind dizzy on a playground merry-go-round or want to whirl around until their heads spin. This desire is a natural part of human experience, but much like children, we can find natural ways to deal with stress and avoid the unwinder martini. In the garden, cause and effect, labor and reward are re-coupled. Gardening makes sense in a senseless World. It gives a feeling of well-being, euphoria, relaxation and in some cases permits pleasant variations of perceptual experiences. #RandolphHarris 4 of 13

By extension, the more gardens in the World, the more justice, the more sense is created because the garden enables people to relax, have something to focus on in social gatherings and to become more talkative about nature, which is a neutral subject. Therefore, a garden can also be a consciousness-alteration experienced by people where they can listen to music, in communion wit nature, say prayers and experience religious ecstasy and beautiful visions. We still have a long way to go in understanding, appreciating, handling, and experiencing the full range of our emotional lives, but we know God wants us to be happy and the best way to do that is by focusing on things that bring us joy and are not harmful to others. Most of us have experienced the strong and dramatic feelings like anger, hate, joy, depression, passion and ecstasy, and fear. However, the findings of psychologist remind us that most people go to their graves still infants when it comes to living their fullest and most interesting emotional experiencing. One of the most baffling aspects of the behavior of men and women in highly-responsible positions in some segments of our society, is their comparative lack of concern for—perhaps it is lack of awareness of—the factor of communication, as such, in the problems and situations in which they have to deal. It is communication that makes human society possible. #RandolphHarris 5 of 13

The World is beset by many problems, but this hijacking of our brain’s reward centers by electronic media is potentially one of the most destructive. Sometimes we must empty ourselves of everything in order to make room for something good and full to come in. The goal is to get rid of all extraneous thoughts and feelings, to make room for something new and rich. A beautiful bouquet or a long lasting flowering plant is a traditional gift for women, but doctor Dr. Andrew Weil recommends that both men and women keep fresh flowers in the house for their beauty, fragrance, and the lift they give our spirits. Also, God created the World is six days, and rested on the seventh—now called the sabbath. Our English word sabbatical comes from that same root; it is used to refer to educational institutions’ practice of providing for teachers’ well-being and development by giving them a sabbatical, a year-long leave, once every seven years. A few businesses are beginning to give their employees similar extended periods of time off every few years, with partial or full pay, to provide times of full rest, recuperation, and recharging. We think these companies are wise. Even if their employees do nothing directly related to their work during this time, they will grow. They will come back to work refreshed and renewed, and they will probably do better, more productive work, plus having a better feeling about working for a company tat is concerned with its employees’ mental health. #RandolphHarris 6 of 13

We have found that packing our religion and living it while on a vacation is as vital as living it at home. Once love has been acknowledged as our Source of all supply—our being in other words—it must be extended to be able to flow. This is the real secret of prosperity. One who sincerely desires to find the secret of prosperity (not only money, remember?), to learn about the law of supply, cannot and will not do so, unless one comprehends the fundamental truth of love’s increase though extension. If love is not extended it cannot fulfill its own nature. It is about making us holy. It is our opportunity each day, especially on the sabbath, to connect with God and become more like him. Sometimes this means finding a new church to a attend, while on vacation, but it is nice to meet new people and see how other cultures preach about and praise the Lord. We sacrifice so little, but the Lord blesses us with so much. Love now extends itself, and always returns in the form we can use best—its value always being greater than the value we ascribed to the gift (time) we gave. God is the giver of all gifts, and each human being is an individual expression of God, his Being is therefore love’s source. God’s love has a special meaning and the truths expressed are beautiful and touches us on many levels. We are draw to the word of God because it is associated with important spiritual events in our lives. #RandolphHarris 7 of 13

The Lord has provided all of us with what we really need; and undeniable personal witness of his love. The blessings from God’s specific awareness of our lives and problems are examples of his constant influence called to our spiritual mind, the Spirit confirms the truthfulness of each. When we acknowledge God, our hearts overflow with love and gratitude, springing from some untouched place deep within us. When we feel God’s love, we can respond to it not only with our loyalty, but with our own love in return. God is so near that he is completely aware of our most secret sorrows and fears—even our troubled midnight thoughts. We are not alone. God’s love is what enables us to let go, and to realize that even though our goals have not been achieved exactly as we think they should be, God’s plan, whatever it is, will be better than our own. There is a great deal of scientific evidence that social connectedness is a very strong protector of emotional well-being, and there is no question that social isolation has greatly increased in our culture over the past 100 years. “Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and you shall find me; ask, and you shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you,” reports Doctrines and Covenants 88.63. #RandolphHarris 8 of 13

Over the years many of us have learned that love is abundant and never in short supply. Without hungering for that love and seeking it, we may never know it. Human beings have survived for millennia because most of us make good decisions about our health most of the time. Many people move to suburban areas for a better life. To appreciate the classic American town, go to the suburbs. The streets meander past a parade of beautiful houses, cafes, shops, markets, and parks, all teeming with people on foot and in cars. We think of this buzzing pedestrian existence as a kind of vacation to experience. People walk because it is an easy, fast way to get where thy are going, whether it is work, a store or café; and others walk because they are interested in the natural scenery along their paths, such as parks, rivers and woods. In other words, walkers tend to be in it either for the journey or for the destination. Human beings have an innate need to socialize with one another. A neighbor may bake a pie to welcome you to the neighborhood, and he or she may be catering to a more primal desire for connection and support. In general, suburban communities tend to be the most affluent, enjoying the highest socioeconomic status when ranked with urban populations. Suburban residents seem to also have better health than inner city residents. #RandolphHarris 9 of 13

People living in suburban communities tend to be more educated and are most likely to have adequate health insurance and benefit from longer life expectancy, more access to health care and higher quality of care. They also seem to be happier and often benefit from access to and choices from nutritious foods, spaces for physical activity and recreation, utilities such as water and sewer, dental care and health care, transportation and even digital telecommunications. The schools in the suburbs are also better and there is more space for children to play. More space means children have more room to lay out their electric trains sets. You wake up in the morning, you know, and the Sun is shining. And it is nice, and all that type of stuff, and it just makes a person feel like it is going to be one terrific day. The houses are perfect for families—they have family rooms, open floor plans and backyards—and not so suburban names like “Rocklin Trails” and “Cresleigh Domain.” And for so many, the American Dream becomes a reality in the suburbs. Within a person’s reach is the chance to have a hose on their own land a car or two, a dog and a couple of kids. Each house has three to five bedrooms or more, two or three bathrooms. And the communities look uniform. Residents, in many cases, pledge to mow their lawns on the weekly basis. And many love the chance to leave the dirtiness of the city to live in the own home on their own land. There are shopping centers and restaurants, which add to the convenience of suburban life. #RandolphHarris 10 of 13

Every magnificent house also has a refrigerator, stove, comes with a laundry room, and space for the TV set. There are picture windows and natural light. In addition to this sense of feeling like everyone belongs, there is also a sense of conformity. The suburbs also bring families together. Thousands and thousands of people migrate to suburbia because residents of suburban communities often enjoy greater access to opportunities for healthy food stores and active lifestyles such as fitness centers. There are playgrounds, sports fields, sidewalks and bikeways, greenways and trails, public swimming pools and lakes. Other amenities in suburban communities are nature parks, pet parks, plus walking, biking, and bus riding to school. People in suburban communities also practice controlled-growth land use that protects the area’s natural environment in perpetuity by preserving landscapes, sustaining farmland, protecting natural habitats for wildlife and maintaining the character of the rural communities. Land trusts are voluntary conservation easements to safeguard the land from development and sprawl. Families who have passed down the same property from generation to generation often like entering into a land trust to know their family home will remain similar to how they remember it. In addition to improved property values, many people feel their quality of life is improved when there is a protected greenspace nearby. #RandolphHarris 11 of 13

People who have achieved enlightened awareness have found a way to retain the simple joys of life, while acknowledging the challenges inherent in living. They have learned how to own and cope with their emotions, from the most pleasurable to the most painful, and have the perspective to realize that life goes on no matter what feelings slow in the moment. They come home from a tough day at work and wonder what to eat for dinner. Emotions are self-regulated. The development of a more highly evolved language for emotions I which feelings are represented as dynamic, vivid, and uniquely personal experiences (rather than the more conventional approach in which feelings—like idea or thoughts—are believed to be uniformly experiences. People fully become themselves. As we enrich our emotional responsiveness, we add immeasurably to our sense of being in harmony with life, our ability to stay productive despite disturbing upheavals, and our willingness to our own feelings and express them freely. We also put ourselves on firm footing for gain in interpersonal effectiveness, spiritual serenity, and personal integrity. #RandolphHarris 12 of 13

People are attracted to others because of their rewarding qualities. People are so motivated that they tend to adopt a number of self-presentation strategies or tactics of ingratiation that include, in addition to flatter, conformity in opinion, judgment, and behavior to that of the other and attributing attractive characteristics to themselves directly or indirectly. “I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your faith in the Lord and your love for all the saints. I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in the Savior. You love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you have refreshed the hearts of the saints,” reports Philemon 1.4-7. The World’s greatest need is mutual confidence. No human being ever knows all the secrets of another’s heart. Yet there is enough confidence between mother and child, husband and wife, buyer and seller to make social life a practical possibility. Confidence may be risky, but it is nothing like so risky as mistrust. The secrets of enjoying life is to like oneself. One of the best ways to accomplish that is to sped time around people who accept you. #RandolphHarris 13 of 13