Monday, September 08, 2008

Food for Thought: A Message from the Houston Texas North Stake Presidency

With Hurricane Ike making a beeline toward us, Pres. Tolman sent this out to our stake. I thought it topical to us all and well worth sharing.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Randy Tolman
Date: Mon, Sep 8, 2008 at 8:34 PM
Subject: Message from Houston Texas North Stake Presidency

Note: Priesthood and Auxilliary leaders, please ensure your members that don't have email receive a copy. Thank you!

September 8, 2008

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

During this hurricane season here on the Gulf Coast, our thoughts and attention are turned to the impending physical danger and potential destruction that seems to come at us in rapid succession. We are reminded of how powerful and unpredictable these threats are, and how powerless mankind is to change their course or stay their influence.

It is altogether appropriate to reflect at times like these, on the gospel principles that apply to the various seasons of our own lives and families. We are all spiritual sons and daughters of a Heavenly Father who loves us and cares for us. He has revealed that we are here on this earth ?that we might have joy.? He created this world, complete with earth quakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, as well as bright sunny days and beautiful spring mornings. For Him, as it should be with us, all things are spiritual in nature. Floods and pestilence, heartache and joyful exhilaration, are all part of life?s great experiences that we looked forward to from our pre-mortal state.

There will always be storms in our lives that should strengthen us and turn our hearts to God.

It is our hope that all of us who are members of the Houston Texas North Stake will be ever vigilant in watching for, preparing for, and then enduring the various challenges in our lives. We want to remind you of the great blessing you have to receive revelation from the source of all truth and light, that of our Heavenly Father. We are each promised and entitled to personal revelation. Most often, that revelation comes to us as we keep our covenants, study, ponder and pray. There can be no substitute for diligent study of the scriptures. It is the key to this light. Our Heavenly Father will reach out to us and guide our paths and extend to us ample spiritual warnings through the gift of the Holy Ghost.

We are fortunate to live in an age of modern technology that can bless and warn us of impending dangers of all types (health, weather, safety, etc.) May we use all of the tools available to us and then look to Him to be the guiding beacon in our lives.

We express our love for each of you. We look forward to seeing you and sharing more about His doctrine at our Stake Conference, October 11 & 12.

Your Brethren,

President Randy Tolman
President Dennis Larsen
President Kent Chamberlain

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