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Desire

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The creator, God, gives. That is what he does. He gives life, sustains life, he grants eternal life. He desires to give and in order to give there must be a receiver. We are that receiver. So in each of us is a created desire to receive. We were created with that desire so that we could receive what God has to give.

We have lots of desires and many of us spend a great deal of time asking to have our desires fulfilled by God. This is the baseline of our relationship with God. He desires to give, we desire to receive.

So if God's desire is to give and our desire is to receive then it seems a perfect relationship, but that is not true because we are here not to just continually receive. God is complete, we are 'broken' into pieces. We are here to learn and grow, we are here to become like and become one with the Father.

At it's simplest form, we are here to learn how to have the desire to give. A desire to receive cannot create, it only takes, but the desire to give can …

One Year Later: BOS>SLC

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I have now been a resident of Salt Lake City Utah for a year. It does not seem possible, but 10 days ago was the anniversary of my arrival to Zion.

This has been an amazing year, one worthy of reflection.

Divesting myself of all the things I coveted for most of my life was a challenge and that came first. There are two primary dimensions of this command I feel came directly from the Lord, that have been important lessons - life changing lessons - that are worth sharing.

Value - much of my life the things in my life have offered a perceived value. A value that not only provided a sense of future security ('Well, if I get desperate I can sell___") but also as sense of self worth and worldly worth to others. Legends of the value of my things, handed down to me from predecessors, from sales people, worldly perspectives and some self generated, added weight to the perceived value of these things. What I have learned is that value (worth) is more a subjective perception than an obj…

Three Seeking to be One

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The number three is a number that I have always felt a connection with. Throughout history the number 3 has been considered a sacred number in many religions and throughout philosophy. 
Pythagoras considered 3 to be the first true number, the number of harmony. Three is the first number that forms a geometrical figure, the triangle, three is the number of time (past, present, future). We are on the third planet from the sun. There are seemly countless referrals and connections to the number three. 
In Christianity alone there are many; the Godhead is made of three beings, The Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, Three wise men came to Jesus at his birth, they brought three gifts, Jesus' ministry lasted for three years, Peter denied Jesus three times, Jesus was placed on the cross on the third hour of the day, he died at the 9th hour (3pm), there were 3 hours of darkness that covered the last while Jesus was suffering on the cross, Jesus rose from the dead on the thir…

Past Errors Into Future Wisdom

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There have been times in my life when looking at my life from an observer's perspective, it appeared as though I was in the wrong place, possibly doing the wrong thing. But as I look back and as I have experienced, I have come to understand that what may have appeared to be very wrong in one moment, can indeed, be very right over time.

The greatest example of this is found in the story of 'the Fall' of Adam and Eve. From an observer's point of view the Fall of man appears to be a tragic event that not only separates us from God but it condemns mankind to death and changed our good nature into one that has become evil continually. But we know that the Fall is integral part of Heavenly Father's plan and was necessary for us to have the capacity to learn and grown, to know good from evil and for us, the children of Adam and Eve, to even exists.

The seemly wrong action of Eve and Adam has been made right.

“And now, behold, if Adam had not transgressed he would not hav…

We Made a Decision...

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The 3rd step in the Narcotics Anonymous program is "We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him."

This step is powerful and in no way vague. It is very precise and all inclusive.

According to the 12 step process of recovery, by the time one reaches the 3rd step those in recovery have been through the first two steps and these first two steps have enabled the person to move on to the third. The first two steps state:

"We admitted we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable." and "We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity". 
The first three steps in AA, Al-Anon, Overeaters Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Sex Addicts Anonymous, Workaholics Anonymous, and almost all other 12 step programs are practically identical.

There is a saying in recovery; 'the steps are in order for a reason'. I believe this to be very true. These first thr…