We had a very nice evening. We went to the temple, and did the work for my ancestors, Donald Jackson and Margaret Bain, who were both born in 1809, in Scotland. I thought how they had been waiting for more than a hundred years for us to perform their earthly ordinances for them. I hope and pray that they accept what is offered to them, because it will lead them happiness, salvation, and exaltation.
While I was in the temple, I was thinking about how the temple is the Lord’s house. God really does exist, both Heavenly Father, and His Son and my Elder Brother Jesus Christ. I love them so much. My knowing them makes me want to obey their commandments and stay pure even more.
Following righteous leaders is also very important. This last Tuesday, Iowa had their Republican primary, and Mitt Romney, who just so happens also to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, won the contest by eight votes. I hope that he eventually is elected to be the President of the United States, because I know that he is a righteous man. He has served in various capacities in the LDS Church, and he was called of God when he was called to serve. God knew that he was a righteous man. He served without receiving any pay. I just read this very informative article on the church service of Mitt Romney: For Romney, a Role of Faith and Authority.
I wonder about the righteousness of our current U.S. President, Barack Obama, because he has one very bad habit: he smokes cigarettes. This fact was never revealed or discussed when he was running for office, and he is supposed to be a mentor and example for the youth of our country. Is it supposed to be okay for them to smoke too?
After a little bit of research, I have not found any information on how Barack Obama has volunteered to serve those around him, outside of government involvement.
Unrighteous leadership can lead us open to attack. I think of the example of this in Mosiah 20. Before this chapter in the Book of Mormon, the unrighteous leader, King Noah, had been killed, and his priests went into hiding. In this chapter, they abducted daughters of the ruling Lamanites. The Lamanites ruled the people of Limhi. Limhi was the name of the person who had been chosen to be king after Noah’s death, and the Lamanites accused Limhi’s people of abducting their daughters. So, the Lamanites attacked Limhi’s people. After much bloodshed, Limhi’s people had to explain to the Lamanites that the priests of their former wicked ruler had abducted their daughters. If Limhi’s people had had righteous leadership, they would not have had this problem in the first place. Will we have similar regrets?
This is what I previously wrote after reading Mosiah 20: Being Humble To Be Understood