Thursday, September 13, 2018

What a day Tuesday was! We had about a 360 mile motorcycle ride. The bike is great but that’s a long time to ride it for a couple of retired folks! Wasn’t sure we had it in us but off we went anyway! What better way to remember 9-11 than riding a patriotic themed motorcycle Tuesday to the temple! My family tree has several people who have given their all in defense of liberty over the years.

The Harley is a Screaming Eagle Ultra Classic. If you don’t know, Harley gives each model a name. With a name like that, it seemed to demand a patriotic paint theme! Depicted on each side of the gas tank are eagle heads. The saddle bags show scenes of F-15 Strike Eagles flying around the clouds, and circling the tail lights. During the design phase we wondered what do on the front fairing, consistent with the theme of American Freedom? A tribute to Friberg’s famous portrait of Captain Moroni was selected. You may know that “the Captain” lived centuries before Columbus “discovered” America. Captain Moroni was an early defender of freedom on this continent: Moroni, chief commander of the Nephite armies in the Book of Mormon made the banner (known as the Title of Liberty)  to inspire the Nephite people to defend their religion, freedom, peace, and families.

    Moroni made the title of liberty out of his torn coat, Alma 46:12–13.

    Those who would maintain the title entered into a covenant, Alma 46:20–22.

    Moroni caused the title to be hoisted upon every tower, Alma 46:36 (Alma 51:20).

Our motorcycle trailer, which we can pull behind the Harley, has a tribute depicting the raising of the American Flag on the island of Iwo Jima painted on it.

Today, we road through the beauty of God's creations and visited the Vernal Temple. On a spire of the temple stands a statute of the Angel Moroni. The angel and the captain are two different people from The Book of Mormon Another Testament of Christ. When we ride the Harley to the temple we like to tease that we are taking the Captain to visit the Angel!

Tuesday’s route took us up the canyon east of Heber City, Utah. It’s a beautiful winding canyon as we climb from a mountain valley yet higher, passing through the Strawberry Valley, and yet onward. Across the high mountain plateaus we encountered some cross winds but pressed on. This route is filled with mountainous vegetation, cattle on their summer ranges, wild life (but thankfully they all stayed out of harm’s way!), and the smells and sounds of fall. The leaves are just beginning to change now as nature reflects the beauty of her Creator’s artistic hand.

Arriving at the temple at about 10:00 a.m. We each had a family name to perform baptisms, confirmations, then added some additional names for initiatories, two family endowments, and then 10 sealings. A very productive day. The Spirit of the Lord was so sweat and so strong in the temple. It was deeply touching to hear again the words of the sealing of a couple to each other. You may know that Stef and I were sealed to each other less than a month ago. It was the first time she has heard those words since. She was moved to tears as was I. After an embrace and a kiss we left the sealing room, changed, and were back on the Harley to head for home. We stopped at McDonald’s for a quick burger and made it home before dark! Great day! So blessed to be able to participate in the saving ordinances for our family!



Wednesday, September 5, 2018

I’m not sure I have the skills to communicate the feelings of the temple. I don’t think I do. But, if you are in tune with the Spirit He has those skills. I hope in my weak words you’ll find His mighty strength. The strength of God to carry things to one’s heart in a way no other can.

Stef and I visited the Provo City Center Temple on Tuesday. What a beautiful building. As you may know, it was an assembly hall until it burned down a few years ago. I was in it during my BYU days. In fact, I was sleeping through church in it one day with my elbows on my knees and by head in my hands. I was out! When I was awakened by tugging on my pant legs. As I opened my eyes a toddler was climbing up between my feet. She was lost! I didn’t recognize her! I looked to my right and left and no one had that “would you pass my kid this way” look on their face. No one in front of me was looking back. So, in desperation, I looked behind me for the parents who had lost their child! A few rows back Danny Ainge and his wife waived to pass Michelle back, which I all too gladly did!

Today, we rode the Harley to the now temple. There were no wondering babies inside. But what a wonderful spirit fills that place. We loved being there! Stef did ten initiatories and I did seven. Then we each participated in an endowment session. On an earlier visit we had done baptisms and confirmations. Our first temple checked off the list of those we want to thoroughly visit!

Great day capped off by a short Harley ride home!




Saturday, September 1, 2018

Proverbs 31:

10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

There is nothing more beautify than a daughter of God worthily clothed in the attire of the priesthood!

The Temple Garment:
By Elder Carlos E. Asay
Emeritus Member of the First Quorum of the Seventy

Armor of God

We are at war! Our enemy is not an invading army from a bordering nation or a navy of some overseas power. Bullets are not whizzing above our heads, nor are bombs exploding in and around our homes. Nevertheless, we are engaged in a life-and-death struggle with forces capable of thrashing us inside out and sending us down into the depths of spiritual defeat if we are not vigilant.
I refer, of course, to the “wrestle” against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness in high places spoken of by the Apostle Paul (see Eph. 6:12). I refer to the onslaught of immorality, crime, substance abuse, and other insidious influences threatening our society. Such threatening influences, along with other imminent dangers, constitute “the wiles of the devil” (Eph. 6:11) against which we must stand in these “perilous times” (2 Tim. 3:1).
Paul counseled: “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Eph. 6:13). With his prophetic powers, Paul could foresee the wicked conditions that would exist on the earth in our modern day. Therefore, he urged all Saints to have their “loins girt about with truth” (Eph. 6:14), to put on “the breastplate of righteousness” (Eph. 6:14), to have their feet shod “with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Eph. 6:15), to grasp “the shield of faith” (Eph. 6:16), to place on their heads “the helmet of salvation” (Eph. 6:17), to take “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph. 6:17), and to pray always (see Eph. 6:18) so that they might be preserved. He knew that armor made of truth, righteousness, faith, spirit, and prayer would protect people from the “fiery darts” (Eph. 6:16) crafted and thrown by Satan and his henchmen.
There is, however, another piece of armor worthy of our consideration. It is the special underclothing known as the temple garment, or garment of the holy priesthood, worn by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have received their temple endowment. This garment, worn day and night, serves three important purposes: it is a reminder of the sacred covenants made with the Lord in His holy house, a protective covering for the body, and a symbol of the modesty of dress and living that should characterize the lives of all the humble followers of Christ.
It is written that “the white garment symbolizes purity and helps assure modesty, respect for the attributes of God, and, to the degree it is honored, a token of what Paul regarded as taking upon one the whole armor of God (Eph. 6:13; cf. D&C 27:15). … Garments bear several simple marks of orientation toward the gospel principles of obedience, truth, life, and discipleship in Christ.”2
Much, much more could be said about the war for the souls of men and the whole armor of God. The war on the earth began in the days of Adam, continued down through the years with Moses and the children of Israel, and still rages in a dispensation known as the fulness of times—a dispensation ushered in by the revelations received through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Hence, the issue of protective coverings enabling us to withstand the fiery darts of Satan will continue to be of great significance.
We must put on the armor of God spoken of by the Apostle Paul and reiterated in a modern revelation (see D&C 27:15–18). We must also “put on the armor of righteousness” (2 Ne. 1:23) symbolized by the temple garment. Otherwise, we may lose the war and perish.
The heavy armor worn by soldiers of a former day, including helmets, shields, and breastplates, determined the outcome of some battles. However, the real battles of life in our modern day will be won by those who are clad in a spiritual armor—an armor consisting of faith in God, faith in self, faith in one’s cause, and faith in one’s leaders. The piece of armor called the temple garment not only provides the comfort and warmth of a cloth covering, it also strengthens the wearer to resist temptation, fend off evil influences, and stand firmly for the right.


Friday, August 31, 2018

Some of you my dearest friends are not as famiiliar With the temple as others of my dearest friends are. Thought I’d share a little historical perspecivte with all of you from the Bible Dictionaary:




Temple

A temple is literally a house of the Lord, a holy sanctuary in which sacred ceremonies and ordinances of the gospel are performed by and for the living and also in behalf of the dead. A place where the Lord may come, it is the most holy of any place of worship on the earth. Only the home can compare with the temple in sacredness.

Whenever the Lord has had a people on the earth who will obey His word, they have been commanded to build temples in which the ordinances of the gospel and other spiritual manifestations that pertain to exaltation and eternal life may be administered. In cases of extreme poverty or emergency, these ordinances may sometimes be done on a mountaintop (see D&C 124:37–55). This may be the case with Mount Sinai and the Mount of Transfiguration. The tabernacle erected by Moses was a type of portable temple, since the Israelites were traveling in the wilderness.
From Adam to the time of Jesus, ordinances were performed in temples for the living only. After Jesus opened the way for the gospel to be preached in the world of spirits, ceremonial work for the dead, as well as for the living, has been done in temples on the earth by faithful members of the Church. Building and properly using a temple is one of the marks of the true Church in any dispensation, and is especially so in the present day.

The best known temple mentioned in the Bible is that which was built in Jerusalem in the days of Solomon. This was destroyed in 587 B.C. and rebuilt by Zerubbabel about 70 years later. The restored structure was partially burned in 37 B.C. and was partially rebuilt by Herod the Great, although the rebuilding continued until A.D. 64. It was destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Many of you know that Grandma M and I have been married for 36 years now and have great kids and grandkids! After 20 years investigating the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Grandma M was baptized on August 26, 2017 and confirmed a member of the church and given the Gift of the Holy Ghost on the following day.

After the one year preparation period we attended the temple together yesterday so she could receive her endowments and we could be sealed for time and all eternity as a couple and have our youngest son sealed to us as well.

We now plan to visit many temples, on our Harley,  will post some pictures and thoughts here. Some of you are members of our church and some are not. I’ll try and share some background along with those thoughts, hopefully for your enjoyment and enlightenment.



























Saturday, July 7, 2018

Well, after nearly 30 years, it’s almost official! I’m retiring the end of the month! Yeah!!! New chapters are opening in this journey of life. Soon, we’ll be able to come and go as we please. I hope to spend more time at Lake Powell, attend the temple more often, golf more, ride the Harley more, fish more, and love not being tied to a work routine!

We’ve joined the Temple Riders Association. A group of motorcycle riders who also go to, want to or plan to or go to the temple. That said, anyone can ride with us who enjoyes a group of riders who chose to live a Christian set of values; we don’t use alcohol or coffee, we don’t use tobacco products, we don’t break the law, and we usually don’t swear (slip ups happen!). One of the nicest groups of motorcycle riders you’ll ever meet.  On a recent ride we took a few days of vacation and went to Bryce Canyon with the Temple Riders Association (TRA). Had a blast! Rode to the north rim of the Grand Canyon, visited the Cedar City Temple, rode highway 12 a scenic byway and highway 14 which is even prettier than highway 12, visited Escalante and some friends rode the Hogsback with drop offs on both sides of a narrow winding road (http://boulderutah.com/highway-12-boulder-utah/the-hogsback-boulder-utah-highway-12/), and still managed to come home! Great extended weekend! Thanks to everyone who made it possible! 125 people attended this event so “everyone who made it possible” was a good sized group who put in a lot of work!