Saturday, January 14, 2012

Zombie Apocalypse!

We have all either seen movies or played games that involve a Zombie Apocalypse. Sometimes I just like to  come up with scenarios about what I would do if a virus was to spread, infecting people and turning them into zombies. To introduce you into the zombie apocalypse realm, you must first know that there are several different types of zombies. Some are ultra-athletes who can run faster than cars and can jump like 20 feet in the air, but there are also the classic slow and mindless zombies who for some reason can only say, "BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIINNNNSSSSSSS", but either one has a weakness... decapitation. (You can't do much without a head.) In order to destroy a zombie one must remove the head from the body. Complete annihilation must be enforced in order to keep these blood thirsty vagabonds at bay. So you probably wonder what in the world does this have to do with anything religion related. Well, I will begin.
Never trust a zombie. Even if he tells you he's just waiting for the bus...

In every zombie movie there is a survivor group. This group works and stays together to keep their safety in a zombie apocalypse. A similar statement was made by an ancient american prophet,
"And the church did meet together oft, to fast and to pray, and to speak one with another concerning the welfare of their souls." (Moroni 6:5) This is the reason why it is a commandment to go to church because we live in a spiritual zombie apocalypse, exposure to the virus WILL turn you into a brainless monster who's only train of thought is destroying life.

As well as a survivors group a zombie apocalypse can only be endured if you got the right weapons. I hate to say it, but you'd last about as long in a zombie apocalypse with a pair of scissors as a package of franks at a hot dog eating contest. You get the point, you need to be well armed if you want to withstand a horde of raging zombies set on eating you. Well, what weapons do we have to fend ourselves in this great spiritual zombie apocalypse? What does God say?
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12) This is the weapon that we have been given. God has given us His word to help us fend ourselves from these spiritual undead.

Or if he tells you he just wants a hug... he really just wants to eat you.
In conclusion has there ever been a zombie movie where someone from the group doesn't decide that their way is better and that they can stand alone? I am not aware of any. They decide, "Hey I'm going to explore this dark and creepy room by myself!" and what usually happens? A few short moments of suspense and then BAM! They are gonzo. They get attacked and if they survive they become infected and are worse than dead. So what can we learn from this? DON'T STRAY FROM THE GROUP! Don't suppose that you are smarter or any better able to survive the unending waves of soul destroying demons. Survival comes by being obedient to the rules, however unlike a zombie apocalypse these aren't unwritten rules. These are the commandments of God.

Well, despite the light heartedness of this blog I hope you learned a thing or two about how you can apply a zombie apocalypse into your life. I invite you to keep the commandments of God... and buy a machete.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Have Miracles Ceased?

In this day and age we live in, God ministering to men through visions, dreams, or even in physical manifestations, seem to be all, but believable. A person is usually ridiculed and thought of as a lunatic if they make a claim similar to these. The sadder part is most of these persecutors would be ones who come from a Theological based faith. So this is the question I will pose, if we believe that there is a God in Heaven, why would He not be a God of Miracles?

No man or woman can pull down miracles from heaven unless they truly believe and have faith that it will happen. In the story I'm about to post; a man's son that is possessed by a demon is brought before the Savior and He is asked to cure the child. He is informed that His very own disciples could not cast out this devil, but Jesus cast out the devil immediately. The disciples saw this and they wondered why it was that they could not cast out the demon. They had cast out demons before and the would cast out demons after, but I want you to look for the reasons why the Savior tells them they were unable to administer to the child.

"...There came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perversegeneration, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting."
(Matthew 17:14-21)

In conclusion I'm going to quote a prophet from the Book of Mormon who simply answers this question, "And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles. And the reason why he ceaseth to do miracles among the children of men is because that they dwindle in unbelief, and depart from the right way, and know not the God in whom they should trust." (Mormon 9:19-20) As an additional testimony that these scriptures are accurate and true, Jesus Christ did not perform miracles in Nazereth because of their unbelief (Matthew 13:58).  Brothers and sister, we must believe. We must. If we do not we will not be privileged to the things which could have been ours if we had, but believed. True belief. I invite you to search within your hearts and commit to follow Christ by keeping His commandments, diligently seek to know Him and understand who He is by reading the Word of God, and by emulating His example in kindness, love, and patience.