Thursday, August 1, 2019

A God of Miracles

What miracles have happened in your life today? 

God is aware of us. He loves us. One of the greatest miracles made possible through Jesus Christ is that no pain is permanent. 

Posted by Brooke Kamalu- Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

The Sanctity of Life

A father walks on the beach with his daughter on his shoulders. His wife is holding their baby, and another daughter is walking nearby.

God, our Father, is the creator of life. He is the giver of life, and all things in heaven and earth are His. He has laid before us a great plan of happiness that stretches into eternity and has no end. He is the Father of our spirits, and we are His children. We are created in His image, and He loves us with a love that is beyond our mortal ability to comprehend. But as His son was His greatest gift to us, the Bible reminds us, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16).
Because God gave His only begotten Son in the flesh as the center of the plan of happiness for us all, we can clearly feel, see, and understand that the sanctity of life is greatest in the eyes of God. As the men of earth declare, create, and alter laws of their own making, they do not alter or change the laws of God, everlastingly decreed in Heaven before the world began. The children of men do not decide what truth is. They decide if they will give heed to it or not. The children of men do not decide if Jesus is the Christ and the Savior of the world. They decide if they will believe in Him or not. Truth does not change. And what a blessing and relief that is. Hold fast to that truth. Because in the world at present, there are many willing to set God and His commandments aside and assume to take liberties with the definition of freedom, life, and agency to choose. 

The changes in laws and what will and will not be allowed by men are unsteady and many times come at the risk of losing all the blessings that God has in store for His children. I would like to share a particular part of The Family- A Proclamation To The World, Given to the world by a prophet of God, inspired and revealed by God. It states, "We declare the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed, We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God's eternal plan. . . Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. . .We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets."

Stand for what is right. Learn of the Savior. This means that laws that abuse, terminate, or break the development of a family with a father and mother are not in line with the plan of happiness God has so lovingly created for our return to His arms. I hope in your quiet moments you contemplate how you can defend the family and the children who need a safe place within its institution. Contemplate what you can do in your community, country and life to hold these things sacred. 

These truths reveal that abuse, abortion,and adultery, are among the most serious sins that violate the commandments of God and sanctity of the family on earth as the institution that God set in motion. We all belong to His family, and He loves us and wants us to return to live with Him forever. The Savior gave His pure and perfect life to protect our eternal heritage IF we will live His laws. Come unto Him. And never leave. 

To read the entire document The Family- A Proclamation to the World please go Here

-Posted by: Brooke Kamalu- Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Saturday, August 18, 2018

To Be Baptized

Being baptized is an essential part of God's plan for us. Among other sacred and necessary ordinances God has revealed, baptism is the first step on the path back home to our Father in Heaven. Thankfully, Jesus Christ gave us the perfect example in all things, and baptism is no exception. Although a perfect man, with no need to cleanse any sins, Christ was perfectly obedient in all things, and entered the waters of baptism with humility and love.

Matthew 3:13–17, John the Baptist speaks with Jesus

The scriptures teach and reveal the sacred doctrine concerning this vital ordinance. In Matthew chapter three we read,

"Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordon unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."  vs. 13-17

God has also revealed that there is an age of accountability when each son and daughter is capable of discerning for themselves the difference between right and wrong. The age is eight years. With the translation of the Book of Mormon, we learned that infant baptism is a sin before God. Little children are clean in the sight of God and are not capable of committing sin. In the Book of Mormon it is revealed that,

  ". . . wherefore, little children are whole, for they are not capable of committing sin; wherefore, the curse of Adam is taken from them in me, that it hath no power over them. . . And their little children need no repentance, neither baptism. Behold, baptism is unto repentance to the fulfilling the commandments unto the remission of sins. . . But little children are alive in Christ, even from the foundation of the world." (Moroni Chapter 8)

I invite you to study and consider this doctrine. It has so much peace attached. God has not left this up to the disputations of men. Little children who die without baptism are clean and pure and will live with our Father in Heaven in His Holy Celestial Kingdom.

I hope there is light and peace in this simple truth. God loves all of His children, and He is providing every means possible for us to return to Him. Baptism in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that first step. I testify that I know this is true and that Jesus Christ provided a perfect example of this and all things.

Posted by Brooke Kamalu-Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Are Miracles Real?

Mark 5:22–43, Christ converses with a woman of great faith

What do you think about miracles? Are they real? Do miraculous things happen today? The dictionary defines a miracle in part as, "a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws, and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency."

Mormons, or Later-day Saints, believe in miracles, and know that the source of all miracles is our Father in heaven. He is the constructor of miracles, the provider of all blessings, and the author of every good thing in heaven and earth. He loves us all more than we are able to understand fully or comprehend. But we can feel that love.

In the Book of Mormon, there is a passage of scripture in the book of Moroni that asks, "...have miracles ceased? Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither have angels ceased to minister unto the children of men."

Yet, there is a part for us to do if we will see miracles in our lives. The Book of Mormon also teaches us, "And neither at any time hath any wrought miracles until after their faith; wherefore they first believed in the Son of God."

Do you believe in the Son of God? This is Jesus Christ. He is capable of completing and performing miracles in our lives because he has atoned for all our sins, sorrows, discomforts, and utter disappointments. When he walked the earth he went about blessing the children of God with all manner of miracles and healing of every kind. And He did all these things in the Father's name. He never deviated from Heavenly Father's will. This is what made him the only perfect person to ever walk the earth. He has all power in His hands.

Then why do we sometimes feel that miracles are not happening in our lives or in the way we hope? Why does it sometimes seem that Heaven is closed to us, and it might be easier to believe that none of this really exists. Maybe miracles are just luck in disguise. Maybe there is really no rhyme or reason to the events in and surrounding our lives.

This is not so. It simply isn't true. God is in the very details of our lives. He loves us and knows what is best for us. I have had times in my life when I wanted to force a miracle. I wanted to command God to do what I thought was best because I had tried to do all that He had asked, and it just didn't seem fair that I should suffer to such a great extent. I couldn't see that there was a greater miracle happening inside of me because of my trial. I was being refined, and God knew that if he relieved me of that refining fire, I would not be free. I would not have a new heart and eyes to see what was really important. I would not be a partaker of the greater miracle of knowing without a shadow of a doubt that He was there for me. He did have miracles in store, and His perfect Son would see me through to the end.

Believe in Jesus Christ. Study His life. Pray to Heavenly Father, and ask if all these things are true, and in His time He will answer your prayers. Look for the miracles and blessings in your life right now, and thank God for them. He knows what you need. He will reward every act of faith. Your darkest hour will become your brightest day as you look to Him to guide your future. He is closer than you know. I testify that there are miracles today just as in times of old. The stories of the Bible and Book of Mormon are not just history, but evidence that these things can and do happen today. With faith in Jesus Christ and what He has done for you, anything is possible.

And you can know it every day of your life.

Posted by Brooke Kamalu-Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Monday, March 26, 2018

President Russell M. Nelson -New President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has welcomed a new prophet, and miss and love their late prophet, president Thomas S. Monson. President Monson passed away on January 2, 2018. He was 90 years old and served as the 16th President of the church. President Russell M. Nelson was sustained and set apart as the 17th president and prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunday, January 14th, 2018. We would love for you to read more about President Nelson's remarkable life and service here.

This coming weekend, March 31,2018 and April 1, 2018 is General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and all are welcome to watch, read, and listen to these meetings. President Nelson, apostles, and church leaders will be speaking. You can find out all the details for times and broadcasting in your area at

The gospel has been restored in the latter-days. God is not silent. We can know His will for our lives by listening to the prophet and apostles called today, and by praying to Him. By the power of the spirit, we can know all things that we need for peace and direction in this life. Please join us and learn for yourself what blessings God and His Son, Jesus Christ, have in store for you. 

Posted by Brooke Kamalu-Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Sunday, October 29, 2017

What is sexual purity? Why be Chaste?

Obedience to the law of chastity will increase our happiness in mortality and make possible our progress in eternity.
A Talk by David A. Bednar 
Member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
A portrait of Elder David A. Bednar, who is wearing a black suit with a black and white geometric tie, in front of a gray background.
My message addresses a fundamental question of great spiritual consequence: Why is the law of chastity so important? I pray the Holy Ghost will confirm the truthfulness of the principles I emphasize.

The Father’s Plan of Happiness

The eternal importance of chastity can only be understood within the overarching context of our Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness for His children. “All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and … has a divine nature and destiny” (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 129). All men and women lived with God as His spirit children before coming to the earth as mortal beings. The Father’s plan enables His spirit sons and daughters to obtain physical bodies, to gain mortal experience, and to progress toward exaltation.

The Importance of a Physical Body

Our physical bodies make possible a breadth, a depth, and an intensity of experience that simply could not be obtained in our premortal existence. Thus, our relationships with other people, our capacity to recognize and act in accordance with truth, and our ability to obey the principles and ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ are amplified through our physical bodies. In the school of mortality, we experience tenderness, love, kindness, happiness, sorrow, disappointment, pain, and even the challenges of physical limitations in ways that prepare us for eternity. Simply stated, there are lessons we must learn and experiences we must have, as the scriptures describe, “according to the flesh” (1 Nephi 19:6Alma 7:12–13).

The Power of Procreation

After the earth was created, Adam was placed in the Garden of Eden. Importantly, however, God said “it was not good that the man should be alone” (Moses 3:18; see also Genesis 2:18), and Eve became Adam’s wife and helpmeet. The unique combination of spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional capacities of both males and females was needed to enact the plan of happiness. “Neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 11:11). The man and the woman are intended to learn from, strengthen, bless, and complete each other.
The means by which mortal life is created is divinely appointed. “The first commandment … God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife” (Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 129). The commandment to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force today. Thus, marriage between a man and a woman is the authorized channel through which premortal spirits enter mortality. Complete sexual abstinence before marriage and total fidelity within marriage protect the sanctity of this sacred channel.
The power of procreation is spiritually significant. Misuse of this power subverts the purposes of the Father’s plan and of our mortal existence. Our Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son are creators and have entrusted each of us with a portion of Their creative power. Specific guidelines for the proper use of the ability to create life are vital elements in the Father’s plan. How we feel about and use that supernal power will determine in large measure our happiness in mortality and our destiny in eternity.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks explained:
“The power to create mortal life is the most exalted power God has given his children. Its use was mandated in the first commandment, but another important commandment was given to forbid its misuse. The emphasis we place on the law of chastity is explained by our understanding of the purpose of our procreative powers in the accomplishment of God’s plan. …
“Outside the bonds of marriage, all uses of the procreative power are to one degree or another a sinful degrading and perversion of the most divine attribute of men and women” (“The Great Plan of Happiness,” Ensign, Nov. 1993, 74).

The Standard of Sexual Morality

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a single, undeviating standard of sexual morality: intimate relations are proper only between a man and a woman in the marriage relationship prescribed in God’s plan. Such relations are not merely a curiosity to be explored, an appetite to be satisfied, or a type of recreation or entertainment to be pursued selfishly. They are not a conquest to be achieved or simply an act to be performed. Rather, they are in mortality one of the ultimate expressions of our divine nature and potential and a way of strengthening emotional and spiritual bonds between husband and wife. We are agents blessed with moral agency and are defined by our divine heritage as children of God—and not by sexual behaviors, contemporary attitudes, or secular philosophies.

The Natural Man

To some degree, the natural man described by King Benjamin is alive and well in each of us (see Mosiah 3:19). The natural man or woman is unrepentant, is carnal and sensual (see Mosiah 16:5Alma 42:10Moses 5:13), is indulgent and excessive, and is prideful and selfish. As President Spencer W. Kimball taught, “The ‘natural man’ is the ‘earthy man’ who has allowed rude animal passions to overshadow his spiritual inclinations” (“Ocean Currents and Family Influences,” Ensign, Nov. 1974, 112).
In contrast, the “man [or woman] of Christ” (Helaman 3:29) is spiritual and bridles all passions (see Alma 38:12), is temperate and restrained, and is benevolent and selfless. Men and women of Christ lay hold upon the word of God, deny themselves and take up His cross (see Matthew 16:24Mark 8:34Luke 9:23D&C 56:2), and press forward along a strait and narrow course of faithfulness, obedience, and devotion to the Savior and His gospel.
As sons and daughters of God, we have inherited divine capacities from Him. But we presently live in a fallen world. The very elements out of which our bodies were created are by nature fallen and ever subject to the pull of sin, corruption, and death. Consequently, the Fall of Adam and its spiritual and temporal consequences affect us most directly through our physical bodies. And yet we are dual beings, for our spirit that is the eternal part of us is tabernacled in a physical body that is subject to the Fall. As Jesus emphasized to the Apostle Peter, “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41).
The precise nature of the test of mortality, then, can be summarized in the following question: Will I respond to the inclinations of the natural man, or will I yield to the enticings of the Holy Spirit and put off the natural man and become a saint through the Atonement of Christ the Lord (see Mosiah 3:19)? That is the test. Every appetite, desire, propensity, and impulse of the natural man may be overcome by and through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We are here on the earth to develop godlike qualities and to bridle all of the passions of the flesh.

The Intent of the Adversary

The Father’s plan is designed to provide direction for His children, to help them become happy, and to bring them safely home to Him with resurrected, exalted bodies. Heavenly Father desires us to be together in the light and filled with hope. In contrast, Lucifer labors to make the sons and daughters of God confused and unhappy and to hinder their eternal progression. The overarching intent of the father of lies is that all of us would become “miserable like unto himself” (2 Nephi 2:27). Lucifer wants us ultimately to be alone in the dark and without hope.
Satan relentlessly works to distort the most important elements of the Father’s plan. He does not have a body, and his eternal progress has been halted. Just as water flowing in a riverbed is stopped by a dam, so the adversary’s eternal progress is thwarted because he does not have a physical body. Because of his rebellion, Lucifer has denied himself all of the mortal blessings and experiences made possible through a body of flesh and bones. He cannot learn the lessons that only an embodied spirit can learn. He resents the reality of a literal and universal resurrection of all mankind. One of the potent scriptural meanings of the word damned is illustrated in his inability to continue developing and becoming like our Heavenly Father.
Because a physical body is so central to the Father’s plan of happiness and our spiritual development, Lucifer seeks to frustrate our progression by tempting us to use our bodies improperly. One of the ultimate ironies of eternity is that the adversary, who is miserable precisely because he has no physical body, entices us to share in his misery through the improper use of our bodies. The very tool he does not have is thus the primary target of his attempts to lure us to spiritual destruction.
Violating the law of chastity is a grievous sin and a misuse of our physical tabernacles. To those who know and understand the plan of salvation, defiling the body is an act of rebellion (see Mosiah 2:36–37D&C 64:34–35) and a denial of our true identity as sons and daughters of God. As we look beyond mortality and into eternity, it is easy to discern that the counterfeit companionship advocated by the adversary is temporary and empty.

The Blessings of Being Chaste

Alma counseled his son Shiblon to “bridle all [of his] passions, that [he] may be filled with love” (Alma 38:12). Significantly, disciplining the natural man in each of us makes possible a richer, a deeper, and a more enduring love of God and of His children. Love increases through righteous restraint and decreases through impulsive indulgence.
President Marion G. Romney declared:
“I can think of no blessings to be more fervently desired than those promised to the pure and the virtuous. Jesus spoke of specific rewards for different virtues but reserved the greatest, so it seems to me, for the pure in heart, ‘for they,’ said he, ‘shall see God’ (Matt. 5:8). And not only shall they see the Lord, but they shall feel at home in his presence.
“Here is … the Savior’s promise: ‘Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God’ (D&C 121:45)” (“Trust in the Lord,” Ensign, May 1979, 42).
We also are promised that, as we pursue the pathway of virtue, “the Holy Ghost shall be [our] constant companion” (D&C 121:46). Thus, living the law of chastity invites some of the greatest blessings men and women can receive in mortality: appropriate spiritual confidence in the presence of family, friends, Church associates, and, ultimately, the Savior. Our innate longing to belong is fulfilled in righteousness as we walk in the light with hope.

The Principle of Repentance

Some of you who receive this message need to repent of sexual or other sins. The Savior is often referred to as the Great Physician, and this title has both symbolic and literal significance. All of us have experienced the pain associated with a physical injury or wound. When we are in pain, we typically seek relief and are grateful for the medication and treatments that help to alleviate our suffering. Consider sin as a spiritual wound that causes guilt or, as described by Alma to his son Corianton, “remorse of conscience” (Alma 42:18). Guilt is to our spirit what pain is to our body—a warning of danger and a protection from additional damage. From the Atonement of the Savior flows the soothing salve that can heal our spiritual wounds and remove guilt. However, this salve can only be applied through the principles of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance, and consistent obedience. The results of sincere repentance are peace of conscience, comfort, and spiritual healing and renewal.
Your bishop or branch president is the spiritual physician’s assistant who is authorized to help you repent and heal. Please remember, however, that the extent and intensity of your repentance must match the nature and severity of your sins—especially for Latter-day Saints who are under sacred covenant. Serious spiritual wounds require sustained treatment and time to heal completely and fully.

A Promise and a Testimony

The doctrine I have described will seem to be archaic and outdated to many people in a world that increasingly mocks the sanctity of procreation and minimizes the worth of human life. But the Lord’s truth is not altered by fads, popularity, or public opinion polls. I promise that obedience to the law of chastity will increase our happiness in mortality and make possible our progress in eternity. Chastity and virtue are now, always have been, and always will be “most dear and precious above all things” (Moroni 9:9). I so testify in the sacred name of the Lord Jesus Christ, amen.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Face to Face

Periodically the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosts a live face to face events geared especially for the youth of the church. These events center around questions from youth all around the world. Most of the questions are based on how to live a gospel-centered life while still living in the world and around many different temptations. These events are uplifting, and give real perspective on everyday life challenges. I hope you will enjoy watching this event and feel the good spirit it brings. 

Posted by Brooke Kamalu- Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

A God of Miracles

What miracles have happened in your life today?  God is aware of us. He loves us. One of the greatest miracles made possible thr...