Monday, March 24, 2014

Why God Gave Us More Than Just the Bible

On Saturday I went to the temple one last time before the baby comes. My husband was so worried that I may go into labor at the temple and urged me to stay home. I knew that I would be just fine especially if I was doing service for the Lord. He didn't seem to comforted by my answer but he knew there wasn't anything he could say to change my mind.

While in the initiatory waiting room, I opened up the Book of Mormon to this random scripture. It's the Lord talking about why He provided us with more scripture than just the Bible and I love what he says.

This is some very powerful scripture and it's almost as if the Lord is saying, "Come on guys - really? You think a Bible is all I gave the world? You think that I only speak to some of my children? Think about it - the planet is big and I'm God. I'm going to do what is needed to speak to ALL of my children. Here is how I have done it and it's foolish for anyone to say otherwise. Realize that all of these books of scripture testify of each other and that I am God." 

2 Nephi 29:3-14

And because my words shall hiss forth—many of the Gentiles shall say: A Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible. 

But thus saith the Lord God: O fools, they shall have a Bible; and it shall proceed forth from the Jews, mine ancient covenant people. And what thank they the Jews for the Bible which they receive from them? Yea, what do the Gentiles mean? Do they remember the travails, and the labors, and the pains of the Jews, and their diligence unto me, in bringing forth salvation unto the Gentiles?

O ye Gentiles, have ye remembered the Jews, mine ancient covenant people? Nay; but ye have cursed them, and have hated them, and have not sought to recover them. But behold, I will return all these things upon your own heads; for I the Lord have not forgotten my people.

Thou fool, that shall say: A Bible, we have got a Bible, and we need no more Bible. Have ye obtained a Bible save it were by the Jews?

Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth?

Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also.

And I do this that I may prove unto many that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and that I speak forth my words according to mine own pleasure. And because that I have spoken one word ye need not suppose that I cannot speak another; for my work is not yet finished; neither shall it be until the end of man, neither from that time henceforth and forever.

 10 Wherefore, because that ye have a Bible ye need not suppose that it contains all my words; neither need ye suppose that I have not caused more to be written.

 11 For I command all men, both in the east and in the west, and in the north, and in the south, and in the islands of the sea, that they shall write the words which I speak unto them; for out of the books which shall be written I will judge the world, every man according to their works, according to that which is written.

12 For behold, I shall speak unto the Jews and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the Nephites and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the other tribes of the house of Israel, which I have led away, and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto all nations of the earth and they shall write it.

13 And it shall come to pass that the Jews shall have the words of the Nephites, and the Nephites shall have the words of the Jews; and the Nephites and the Jews shall have the words of the lost tribes of Israel; and the lost tribes of Israel shall have the words of the Nephites and the Jews.

14 And it shall come to pass that my people, which are of the house of Israel, shall be gathered home unto the lands of their possessions; and my word also shall be gathered in one. And I will show unto them that fight against my word and against my people, who are of the house of Israel, that I am God, and that I covenanted with Abraham that I would remember his seed forever.

This is prophesy that has come to pass. The natives of the American continent have the Book of Mormon and Bible (words of Nephites and words of Jews). The Book of Mormon is also in Jerusalem. What an awesome day it will be when lost tribes return and we have their books of scripture as well. All three books will testify of the same God.

God is amazing and it only makes sense that He would give His word to His children all over the world - especially during a time when there was no internet or printing press. He gave His same word to all of His children and asked their prophets to write it down into a book.

Just think about all of His other worlds and the children living in those worlds. They also have books of scripture with the same word. It really is silly to think that the Bible is the only source of God's word amongst His vast creations. His word is not limited.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Happy Lady - Making the Most of What Life Gives Us

I released an eBook today that is FREE on Amazon until Saturday! It's a special project dear to my heart and prompted by the Spirit, about the power of a positive attitude. Full of tips, ideas and inspiration all from a gospel perspective - I hope that it helps all who read it, turn their lemons into lemonade. Please share!