The Book of Mormon

A video popped up on YouTube on the first day of the New Year entitled "What is the Book of Mormon?" This comes out from a group called The Book of Mormon Project ( Here is the video below:

One of my favourite words from the video are near the end:

This Book is for the scholarly and the uneducated, the rich and the poor, the hopeful and the demotivated. This Book is for those who want to see a change in themselves and in the world.

I have seen the power that these words have in the lives of everyday people, like myself and those around me. When I was in grade 5 in primary school and only 10 years old, I gave a Book of Mormon to my teacher. I don't know what came of this, he sadly passed on in 2008, but I hope that he recognised the gesture and perhaps had a read through those pages. As my life moved on, I have had opportunities to share the Book of Mormon with others and to study it for myself. But when I was a missionary, I got to see this Book really change the lives of individuals and families for good, as I spent two years teaching from the Book of Mormon full-time. Some of these people have become some of my closest friends. It really is a "Another Testament of Jesus Christ".

And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins

2 Nephi 25:26

A New Lease On Life

Well, more than a year has gone since my last post and that has to change. Writing this blog gave me direction in my personal spiritual study as well as giving myself an outlet to place my thoughts on the subjects I studied. I was going through all of my internet 'stuff' and clearing out the spam comments from this site, and I noticed that someone had mentioned that they thought my comments were instightful. So with that, I'm going to be updating the look of this site and making this a regular thing to share my thoughs and to #sharegoodness in testifying on the goodness of Christ. And maybe include other bits and pieces as well...

Frailty of Life

Since I was a teenager, I would always work with my mother is searching out our family history. I really enjoyed the time I spent going through records and such. I also spent some time volunteering helping other get started in finding their own ancestors. I even had the opportunity to teach classes on researching family history to various congregations throughout Northern Japan. With recent times, I have been distracted with work, impending wedding and university. As a consequence, my research has laid dormant. But a couple of weeks ago, I was talking with my grandfather about family history in the war. He produced a family line that was in a book that he found at a shop which led me to think about starting things again. So I jumped on.

My paternal line hasn't been researched in a while, so I though I'd go down that direction. Within a week, I had found about 12 people on my direct line. It's quite satisfying. But in my research, as always is the case, I find many children who don't live past a couple of years. Many families will have a dozen kids with not many surviving. I'm not a parent, but I would imagine that would be an extremely difficult thing to cope with. Especially if only four of your ten children live to adulthood. Even though these incidences happened over 100 years ago, it doesn't diminish anything. Out Heavenly Father's plan for us extends though all generations of time.

In 1 Corinthians 15, there is a lot said about life now and beyond, but one of my favourite passages is

For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

1 Corinthians 15:21-22

Everyone can pass out of this life very easily, but the wonderful news is that everyone through Christ "shall be made alive". Sometimes we wonder why small children are afflicted with disease and die young, why some fathers die with small children still to provide for. It is heartbreaking to see this happen to other and even more so in your own family. Why does it happen? I don't know. Why does God let it happen? I don't know. But I do know that there is a plan. I don't have full view of the plan. And to be honest, sometimes it can be had to take.

I have found solace the the words of this hymn.

 When I leave this frail existence,
When I lay this mortal by,
Father, Mother, may I meet you
In your royal courts on high?
Then, at length, when I've completed
All you sent me forth to do,
With your mutual approbation
Let me come and dwell with you.

O My Father - Hymns #292
I hope to be able to meet my ancestors one day and put some faces to names. I think it will be a sweet reunion with those that we haven't met but owe so much to. I also hope that all of you can also find some comfort in knowing that even though we may not understand, we can go forth with faith!