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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

By : Dad 
In studying about unity for my High Council talk yesterday, I found these verses… They discuss so well how we need everyone in the Kingdom because we are all unique and different...1 Corinthians 12 :

12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
 13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
 14 For the body is not one member, but many.
 15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
 16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
 17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
 18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
 19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
 20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
 21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
 22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
 23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
 24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
 25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
 26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
 27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
 28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
 29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
 30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
 31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
Verse 22 lept out at me!  The parts of the body which “seem” more feeble are necessary!  I started to think of members of the Church who are feeble… perhaps they are not as strong a teacher or leader as others.  Perhaps they are very shy or anti-social.  Perhaps they are poor, widowed, divorced or mentally ill.  The feeble ones are necessary… One reason may be because that is where we practice being like the Savior… helping those who truly need Him the most…

From my patriarchal blessing:
“I bless you that you will have a sensitivity to the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted, the down trodden and depressed.  I bless you that you will be able to encourage them and lift them up and bring them to a higher station in life.”

I want to be aware of and help the feeble more in my life for they are necessary in the Kingdom of God!

4/26/2015 - By : Dad 

One of the reasons the Jews did not believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah was because of the law in 

Deuteronomy 21

22 And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree:
 23 His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.
The law states that anyone hung on a tree (or cross) is “accursed of God” therefore Jesus could not be the chosen one of God because he was obviously accursed of God by being crucified… This logic and reasoning is absolutely right by the Jews… Jesus was accursed of God, but not because of His own sins…

Galatians 3

 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

Paul uses this law to explain, "yes he was accursed of God, because of us!"  He took upon Himself our sins…  Vicariously, the best among us became the worst among us and suffered an infinite atonement!  He descended below all things...

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Moses 5:9, " And in that day the Holy Ghost fell upon Adam, which beareth record of the Father and the Son, saying: I am the Only Begotten of the Father from the beginning, henceforth and forever, that as thou hast fallen thou mayest be redeemed, and all mankind, even as many as will. "

As I listened to conference with about four questions, I received specific answers, but my favorite answer was this:

" I will be inspired, be prepared and be without fear if I keep the Spirit with me. If I don't feel the Spirit, press forward in faith and obedience and the Spirit will come."

                                                                                                                          - Cherish Newman

Children of God

Mosiah 18:21-22

As I studied today, striving to meet my new goal of 30 min scripture study a day, I came to Mosiah 18.  I was searching for scriptures and doctrine related to unity for my HC talk on Sunday.  These verses are perfect:

21 And he commanded them that there should be no contention one with another, but that they should look forward with one eye, having one faith and one baptism, having their hearts knit together in unity and in love one towards another.
22 And thus he commanded them to preach. And thus they became the children of God.
I love the phrase "having their hearts knit together in unity and in love one towards another”  To be unified effectively, we must avoid contention and have our focus on the Savior and our covenants.  This is a good unity scripture…

However, I love vs. 22 and I believe something powerful is taught there… “Thus they became the children of God…” Aren’t we already the children of God?  What does this mean?

Mosiah 5:7
And now, because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; for behold, this day he hath spiritually begotten you; for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name; therefore, ye are born of him and have become his sons and his daughters.

The God referred to in vs. 22 is Jesus Christ… As we follow Him, we become His sons and His daughters…He becomes our spiritual Father

I hope and pray we can all, everyday, be sons and daughters of our Savior, Jesus Christ….
                                                                                                    - Kelly Newman

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Temple Preparation - Family Home Evening

Newman Family Temple Prep ( FHE,6 week course)

The Temple is important.  Why?
A.      Revelation & Peace
a.       Bednar (Patterns of Light part 3)
                                                                           i.      My Personal Eva and Mom experience.
                                                                         ii.      Grandpa Morrell’s Father experience
                                                                       iii.      Kelly-Every major decision I made, I went to the temple.  Marrying mom.  Career.  Adoption.  Bishop to get counselors.  Walking in not knowing what to do, walking out knowing.
b.      Peace (Pres. Monson, Conference April 2015,
“As we attend the temple, there can come to us a dimension of spirituality and a feeling of peace.”
B.      Covenants of Salvation.
a.       Covenants since Old Testament times.
b.      2 way promises. It is hard to break your covenant.  The Lord will not EVER break His.
c.       Temple has at least 9 covenants that you make, before God, Angels and Witnesses.
d.     Jeremiah 31:31
                                                                          i.       ¶Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

C.      Ordinances of Salvation.

a.       Baptism is the gate.
                                                                           i.      2 Nephi 31:17
17 Wherefore, do the things which I have told you I have seen that your Lord and your Redeemer should do; for, for this cause have they been shown unto me, that ye might know the gate by which ye should enter. For the gate by which ye should enter is repentance and baptism by water; and then cometh a remission of your sins by fire and by the Holy Ghost.
b.      Holy Ghost is the Liahona.
c.       Initiatory is the washing and annointing to enter the Celestial Kingdom.
                                                                          i.      Exodus 40:12 And thou shalt bring Aaron and his sons unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and wash them with water.
                                                                       ii.      Exodus 40:13  And thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments, and anoint him, and sanctify him; that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.
d.      Endowment is the gift of leadership and priesthood, power and responsibility. (Star Wars apprentice)
                                                                           i.      Doctrine and Covenants 105:12 For behold, I have prepared a great endowment and blessing to be poured out upon them, inasmuch as they are faithful and continue in humility before me.
Doctrine and Covenants 105:1818 But inasmuch as there are those who have hearkened unto my words, I have prepared a blessing and an endowment for them, if they continue faithful.
e.       Temple Sealing is the Crown.
                                                                          i.      19 And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife by my word, which is my law, and by the new and everlasting covenant, and it is sealed unto them by the Holy Spirit of promise, by him who is anointed, unto whom I have appointed this power and the keys of this priesthood; and it shall be said unto them—Ye shall come forth in the first resurrection; and if it be after the first resurrection, in the next resurrection; and shall inherit thrones, kingdoms, principalities, and powers, dominions, all heights and depths—then shall it be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, that he shall commit no murder whereby to shed innocent blood, and if ye abide in my covenant, and commit no murder whereby to shed innocent blood, it shall be done unto them in all things whatsoever my servant hath put upon them, in time, and through all eternity; and shall be of full force when they are out of the world; and they shall pass by the angels, and the gods, which are set there, to their exaltation and glory in all things, as hath been sealed upon their heads, which glory shall be a fulness and a continuation of the seeds forever and ever.

D.     Work for the Dead
a.       144 temples.  The Lord is hastening his work.  The major thing we do in the temple is work for the dead.
b.      A spirit cannot do the physical ordinances for themselves.
c.       Joseph Smith-D&C 128
15 And now, my dearly beloved brethren and sisters, let me assure you that these are principles in relation to the dead and the living that cannot be lightly passed over, as pertaining to our salvation. For their salvation is necessary and essential to our salvation, as Paul says concerning the fathers—that they without us cannot be made perfect—neither can we without our dead be made perfect.
16 And now, in relation to the baptism for the dead, I will give you another quotation of Paul, 1 Corinthians 15:29: Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?
d.      Temple ordinances have been done since the beginning of time. Work for the dead since the resurrection.

Daniel & Gideon Receive The Priesthood

My heart was so full as Gideon was ordained.  I had spent the week before pondering the significance of Gideon receiving the priesthood.  He is the first in his Father’s line for hundreds of years if ever to receive the Holy Priesthood of God.  In his mother’s line only Sultan, two uncles, who were adopted (Bedane and Merga), and your Grandfather Julu whose work has been done for him, have the Priesthood.  That is so significant!  I could feel the love and joy that was being felt beyond the veil filling my heart!  My sons, you have been privileged with the gospel and the priesthood for a reason and a purpose, many thousands of your ancestors are looking to you for help with their salvation.  You are great boys and I love you very much!

As anytime I am able to use the priesthood and give a blessing I take it seriously.  Last night as I had the privilege of ordaining Daniel to the Aaronic Priesthood was no different…I almost always dress in a white shirt, which is symbolic of the priesthood.  I almost always pray and seek the Lord’s Spirit to be with me to say the things he would have me say.

I try not to think of certain words or phrases that I should say… I just try to prepare myself.  Repent, clear my mind, seek the Lord’s Spirit and Trust in Him.

Sometimes it feels more powerful to me than others, but is always a good experience as I take the time and do it right.  I have a lot to learn and want to continue to refine myself to have greater power in the Priesthood (D&C 121:34-46).

Last night as I laid my hands on Daniels head with both his grandfathers present, the words came clearly.  My mind was filled to bless him as I invoked the authority of the priesthood, in the name of Jesus Christ and conferred upon him the Aaronic priesthood.  My love for him grew… and God truly blessed him with things he needed at this time…

Thank you Daniel for being worthy, ready and excited to join the ranks of honorable men who hold the priesthood of God!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Yesterday at Church I was thinking how I needed to figure out where I should read in the Book of Mormon for the next little while… I had just finished it personally.  We are about to start it again as a family… I hate not having a plan as the quality of my study goes down.

In High Priests Group, the teacher challenged us all to study just one book… then he passed out slips of paper and I pulled out Ether!  So last night I studied Ether 1 and I’m excited to slowly and in depth study Ether over the next 3 weeks or so…

I have always been impressed with verses 34-37 where the brother of Jared is pleading with the Lord to spare them.  Last night, however, it was emphasized to me that after taking care of their families, they pleaded with the Lord for their friends.  I really like that… I thought of the dear friends I have had throughout my life and the wonderful friends I have now.  I think of the wonderful people who live in our ward and stake that I have a great love for… I would have prayed for them as well!  

Friends have a great influence on our lives, especially for the youth.  It is important to surround ourselves with people who we can mutually serve, influence, fellowship and love.  I think of the lines of Hymn #293… “Each Life That Touches Ours For Good”… 
Vs. 2 
What greater gift dost thou bestow, 
What greater goodness can we know 
Than Christlike friends, whose gentle ways
Strengthen our faith, enrich our days.

In John 15, the Savior teaches us how to be His friends… "Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you…”

                                                                                    Love- Dad

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Alma 28:12
12 While many thousands of others truly mourn for the loss of their kindred, yet they rejoice and exult in the hope, and even know, according to the promises of the Lord, that they are raised to dwell at the right hand of God, in a state of never-ending happiness.

President Joseph F. Smith: “I believe we move and have our being in the presence of heavenly messengers and of heavenly beings. We are not separate from them. … We are closely related to our kindred, to our ancestors … who have preceded us into the spirit world. We can not forget them; we do not cease to love them; we always hold them in our hearts, in memory, and thus we are associated and united to them by ties that we can not break. … If this is the case with us in our finite condition, surrounded by our mortal weaknesses, … how much more certain it is … to believe that those who have been faithful, who have gone beyond … can see us better than we can see them; that they know us better than we know them. … We live in their presence, they see us, they are solicitous for our welfare, they love us now more than ever. For now they see the dangers that beset us; … their love for us and their desire for our well being must be greater than that which we feel for ourselves.” 2012 April General Conference, How to Obtain Revelation and Inspiration for Your Personal Life, Sat. Afternoon Session - Richard G. Scott

My Dear Children,
I have been acquainted with death and grief.  Losing my mother (Mary Anne/Nana) and my brother Elijah, within three months of each other in 2006.  That was one of the most painful and slow healing times of my life.  Grief swallows you, then you crawl out with the Lord’s help, and have a moment of peace, then you get swallowed again, and you crawl out again.  One of the greatest peace-giving thoughts was the knowledge that the spirit world is so close and that although they were gone from our sight they were not really gone.  Also it was during this time that I really had to dig deep within myself and my testimony to find out if I really believed in the Plan of Happiness.  I do believe.  What a lifeline that knowledge is, it is true, it is real.  

                                                                            Love For Eternity, 
By Dad

Last night I bounced around the scriptures a little and finally settled in on Alma 6.  I was reminded how much I loved verse 6.  I read it several times then laid down and pondered it as I fell asleep…

Nevertheless the children of God were commanded that they should gather themselves together oft, and join in fasting and mighty prayer in behalf of the welfare of the souls of those who knew not God.

I thought, “How does my fasting help someone who does not know God?”  My mind started to flood with thoughts… Perhaps my fasting doesn’t actually do a whole lot of anything for those who know not God.  Perhaps my fasting is more for me… My fasting helps me to commune with God and to understand His will better.  My fasting is to humble me to understand what the Spirit may be telling me.  My fasting is to help refine me so I am a better example to those around me.  Perhaps one of the reasons we fast for those who struggle spiritually is to understand God’s will concerning them, how much He loves them and how we might be an instrument in His hands to help them come unto Christ.  So maybe, when I fast, it has more to do with helping me become more like the Savior so I can then help others be like Him as opposed to petitioning God to change other people...

By Mom

As I read today, I read in Genesis 3. I felt very grateful for the temple. The things we learn about Adam and Eve in the temple are so profound. I honor Father Adam and Mother Eve. They had a very hard choice to make. Ultimately they had to choose to leave Heavenly Father's presence in order to have the change to become like Him. They had to choose agency. Knowing there was a chance of not making it back. Not knowing that the Savior would redeem them - They still made the choice. The choice of agency, posterity and eternity.  

Monday, April 13, 2015

Psalms 24:3-4
3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?

4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
Dad showed me this scripture in the temple. The "hill of the Lord" IS the temple. As I was there I did a self check to make sure I had clean hands, not that they were washed only, but that they had been doing good and righteous things. Also, that my heart was pure, that I was focused on Heavenly Father and His will for me. That day in the temple was super powerful for me! Many answers to prayers and much revelation. My joy was so full! The spirit was so strong. I want to live everyday with clean hands, and a pure heart, so that I can have the Holy Spirit with me always.
                                                                                                                           Love -  Mom 

Last night I was reading Alma 22 and was impressed with verses 13-14…
13 And Aaron did expound unto him the scriptures from the creation of Adam, laying the fall of man before him, and their carnal state and also the plan of redemption, which was prepared from the foundation of the world, through Christ, for all whosoever would believe on his name.
14 And since man had fallen he could not merit anything of himself; but the sufferings and death of Christ atone for their sins, through faith and repentance, and so forth; and that he breaketh the bands of death, that the grave shall have no victory, and that the sting of death should be swallowed up in the hopes of glory; and Aaron did expound all these things unto the king.
I really like that as Aaron teaches the plan of redemption he focuses on the Savior and His suffering and death is what saves us… We really can’t merit (earn) anything by ourselves but we can qualify for exaltation though the Savior’s Atonement and through faith and repentance…  It puts into perspective how desperately all of us need the Savior no matter who we are or what we have done…
I love Him and I know He is my Savior and Redeemer… I rejoice that He suffered for me.