Tuesday, November 1, 2011


My name is Elder Thompson. Elder Wright asked me to write a blog for him, so I will attempt to say something of worth. I am a new missionary in the Santa Rosa Mission. I have been out for about ten weeks, and am serving in Davis. I want to share something that I don't talk about casually, this experience is personal and I am hesitant to put it on the Internet but the spirit is prompting me to do so. The day before my graduation I went to a lot of parties held by my friends. At each party they served pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, brats, and hamburgers. I went to four different parties and at each party I ate pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, brats, and hamburgers. By the next day I had food poisoning. The day I was supposed to walk across the stage and receive my diploma. My grandparents and flown in from Oregon to Wisconsin to watch the event; however, I could not stand without the feeling that I would feint. I was nauseous and was in no condition to go to my graduation. I was very sad, but took courage at the impression that I should ask for a priesthood blessing. I went downstairs and asked my father and grandpa to give it to me. As soon as my grandpa put his hands on my head and began to talk the Holy Ghost filled my entire body, I could not control my emotions and began to sob. Never have I felt the spirit so strong, I felt like I had been completely united with the spirit. It filled me from head to toe. As the spirit entered into my body I felt so much peace, strength, and power, I also felt my nausea and dissy head disappear. As the blessing came to a close the overwhelming spirit started to fade, but as it did my feelings of sickness had not returned. I had been healed by the priesthood, the power of God. I imagine that I felt as the people in the Bible felt when Jesus Christ healed them. Through the prophet Joseph Smith that priesthood was restored to the Earth, it was as if the Lord himself was laying his hands on me when my father and Grandpa gave me that blessing. I testify that the Gospel has been restored in its fullness. The true Gospel of Jesus Christ is there for anyone that will reach out to it. True happiness only comes from this Gospel, and Heavenly Father is waiting to give it to you if you will exercise your faith and come unto him  through his servants, prayer, and scripture. I testify that these things are true, and that anyone can come to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church once again restored to the earth through the Book of Mormon and prayer and I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ amen.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Never Lose Hope

Last Saturday Elder Thompson and I were visiting people in the city of Davis where we are now serving.  Davis is a small town with a UC not to far from where we work. 
It was growing late in the evening, close to our time to head in, and were visiting some people who were potentially interested in learning about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  As we were walking to the door I noticed a man with a large Jack Daniels liquor bottle in His hand, pouring himself a cup.  We knew this apartment was the correct location of the specific individual who had requested missionaries.  Our confidence quickly shot down, pondering and judging the men who were behind the door to be unstable, and undoubtedly uninterested.
So with willingness and determination, we knocked and without 5 seconds a man answers the door with his cup in his hand and a big smile on his face.  His name was Ron and was the one who we were looking for .  He asked some questions with a slur, and found himself getting carried away in his laughter.  As we carried our conversation, His roommate, John, came running in from behind him.  He was a taller Asian man with a smile from ear to ear, curious, and hand signaled us into his small apartment.  It was coming close to our hour and we thankfully offered another appointment.

This man and his friend surfaced many deep concerns regarding questions of their souls.  John mentioned he had a wife and two beautiful children who lived far away east.  A place where work was difficult to find and a decent education was in drought.  He said, "I have a drinking problem, and other bad habits I need help with."  With his hands spread towards us, wanting relief from his addictions, we could feel his sincerity penetrate our spirits. We could feel his heart towards his children.  We could feel his concern for their welfare.

Although he was passionate about His family, we had fear in our hearts, not knowing if the situation was right and we offered to set up an appointment of a more convenient time.  We suggested a time early the next day to watch a modern day prophet speak to the whole world.  He agreed, and promised to be there.

We headed home and both looked at each other and complained there was no way he would remember.

The following day early in the morning, we returned to our appointment at nine A.M. and we felt as if we were waisting our time.  I mumbled to myself, "I know he won't be there".  We didn't have hope for this unsober, hungover man. 

With surety he would not answer, we gave it a knock, and nothing happened.  We gave it a second knock having some faith he might answer the door, but nothing came.  After about 3 minutes I gave it a good pound.  Miraculously he opened on the last attempt, dressed to watch the general conference and talk about how he could find the hope for his life and his family!  We watched all of General Conference with Him and bore our testimonies as the modern prophets did that very morning. 
I learned a great life lesson.  Don't ever lose hope on someone, because God wouldn't give up on me.  It is because of the gospel of Jesus Christ that we all have the opportunity to find our faith, realign our life in harmony with Heavenly Fathers teachings.  I know with out a doubt, God lives and loves each one of us, and wants with all of His heart, might, mind and strength everyone to return! 
Never Lose hope!  Never!  God will never lose hope on you or on me.  I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen

Monday, August 8, 2011

Take Upon You the Name of Christ

Dear Elders and Sisters,

To start off my letter let me share with you a piece of an Liahona article my mother sent to me this last week.  It has forever made an impression on my heart and the work of the Lord in my mission.  As I opened my letter my mother wrote a small note telling me she loved me and maybe this article would help another missionary!  It was written by Jacob F. Frandsen;

"A few weeks into my mission, I began to feel lonely and a bit homesick.  I loved being a missionary, but the work was much harder than I had anticipated. I missed my friends, my family, and all the familiar things I’d left back home. During my personal study one morning, I sat quietly, turning my missionary name tag over and over in my hands, thinking about how I longed for familiarity. I wished I could just hear somebody call me by my first name.
"As I looked at my name tag, I noticed that although my first name was absent from the tag, I saw my family name, the name of the Church, and the name of the Savior printed on it. Suddenly I recognized something that changed both my outlook and my attitude. I realized that as a missionary I wasn’t there to represent myself. Instead I was serving to represent my family back home and, most important, I was representing my Savior and His Church. I put the name tag on my shirt pocket, right over my heart. As I did so, I promised my Savior that I would more fully give Him a place in my heart and mind.
"I didn’t miss hearing my first name after that morning. From then on I worked and served the best I could, proudly wearing my name tag every day. During the times I began to feel discouraged, I looked at my name tag, and it reminded me of my responsibility to follow Jesus Christ’s example."
I remember my first couple of weeks, even months serving as a new missionary, being worried, and not knowing what I needed to do.  Although those hardships, struggles and weaknesses at times took a toll on myself, I know it moved me to the place I needed to be.  Jesus Christ will put times in our lives of pressure, stress, weakness and falling, for us to learn and grow.  Our missions aren't easy or in other words; "the mission doesn't come with an easy button", we all struggle with something, but our weaknesses can and will become strengths if we direct our course to our Lord and Savior (Ether 12:27).  
Take a moment in the next week or so to grip your tag in your hands and ponder the reasons you are here (Write them down) !  Just as Brother Frandsen did ponder why your first name isn't on your tag, why your family name is there, and how you represent the Lord our Master.  Think about your family, not only the family that you have now, but your future family!  Are you the missionary they would expect?  Are you becoming who they need?  A responsible father or mother?  Do you always give your sacrifice to the Lord and strive to be better?  Answer these questions in your journal and write your feelings.
Elder Quentin L. Cook
"Missionary work is not just one of the 88 keys on a piano that is occasionally played; it is a major chord in a compelling melody that needs to be played continuously throughout our lives if we are to remain in harmony with our commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ."
One observation I have noticed on my mission, when there is a vision in mind your work will move upward and onward!  On the Preach My Gospel DvD District 2, episode 3 all of the missionaries in this particular episode are real.  Real with their challenges, real with their investigators, real with their success.  They love their missions.   I believe their happiness started with some kind of vision of who they wanted to be and what they would do to accomplish the goals they've set. "Set goals and make plans".  We must have a vision of our people preparing themselves for baptism, temple work, and eternal families.
 "The reality is we are changing lives.  We are messengers of truth.  We are spiritual guides here to guide our brothers and sisters on their journey back to our loving Heavenly Father.  Please do not be the contributor to the "uniqueness" of your area.  Do not let your attitude be what slows the work.  Do not allow feelings of self-pity, or a lack of investment to burden you down. Repent, and 'Bloom wherever you are planted!' "
Take the name of Christ and bolt it, wire it, weld it and leave it right next to your hearts forever!  WE ARE FOREVER MISSIONARIES!  Teach people the message of truth that will reach every clime, visit ever nation, and voice every ear.  Proclaim glad tidings of great joy!  Reach out in love to invite all to follow Jesus Christ our Eternal Messiah who is and will be forever and ever our Savior.   I invite all of you to put on your tag and always remember the names you carry!!
I love you all so much,
My love,
Elder Wright

Sunday, June 19, 2011


Dear Dad,

Remember all the times you would spend untangling my fishing line?  I bet you felt hopeless as I wanted to do it all myself and just catch some fish.  I hope you know I all I wanted was to be like you and catch as many big fish as you!!   You would sacrifice all your time instead of fishing by your own, but fixing me so I could fish. 
Do you remember the hunting trips we would go on and I was usually scared because of the dark or of uncertainty in the wilderness.  You took your time with me and showed me the way.  You taught me how to prepare a first aid kit, light in the dark kit, and how to survive in the outdoors.  I bet you felt lost when I just wanted to go home, but you kept me out in the deep, steep mountains.  It was refreshing to know you just wanted me to enjoy it.

Remember the nights we would spend working on the boats together preparing them to go out into the thick marshes!!  I cannot forget.   I was so stubborn when I was working on my own boat ---"I want it how I want it dad".   But I cannot forget your loving words-- "If you don't do it how I told you, . . . It won't work!!"  Usually I found out the hard way! 

Do you remember all the times I watched you pray at night and consistently read and study your scriptures?  Do you remember when I would ponder your prayers at dinner?
Do you remember how I was inspired to be a better person because of your example?
Do you remember when I peeked around the corner of your room as your kneeled and prayed?
Do you remember you would always take your concerns to God and discuss them with me? 
Do you remember every sunday you would prepare your lesson for Sunday School? 
Do you remember when you taught me how to believe in myself and know God knew I could be a better person? 

I hope you know I do remember.  Every time I think about those close occasions I know I need to be the person you are today.  Thank you so much for your example to not only me, but my older brothers.  Dad you truly have changed my life and set the example of living, by loving me and being the Father who our Savior knows you can be.  I would hazard a guess you thought I was a lost cause at times, but I want you to know I watched more closely than you thought.

I know our Father in Heaven is the same way with his children.  He loves us and wants the best for us.  This life can bring trials and challenges, but as we take those steps and follow the counsel which is given to us by our Savior and His Servants the Prophets we will find success.  I know His love his shown through many ways, and a great earthly father is one of them.

I love you Dad more than you know.  You are my best friend.  Have a great fathers day.

Your son on a mission,

Elder Cameron Wright

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


As I have been pondering these past few weeks there are two principles that cross my mind.  FAITH and TRUST!  We teach these two principles everyday as we invite our brothers and sisters to follow Jesus Christ and learn more about the restored gospel.  What a fantastic message we share to all those who will receive it!!  What more could you give to someone who needs this embracing news?!!  I love this great news, Christ changes my life everyday.  How does Christ Change your life everyday?

I often ask myself; is my sacrifice good enough for him Who gave all?  Is this all I can do?  Can I do more?
  There is always more we can be doing, but we must be able to recognize our own potential and where we are currently standing.  This is why we self evaluate and set goals.   We set goals to always have increase spiritually, physically, mentally, or in our day to day work.  It all comes back to "how can we become more like the Savior?" 

I have the feeling many of us get caught up in the"end result."  There is much more success to be had than that of what the world may see as "success" or "popular''.  We all know the pearl of great price in not found at the end of our journey but during.  Although it may be hard to see, we must see afar of and TRUST in the Lord.  The Pearl is found through our trials, struggles, and difficulties.  Elder Todd D. Christofferson  told us of a story given by President Hugh B. Brown years ago about grooming a currant bush.

". . . he came across a currant bush that had grown over six feet (1.8 m) high and was yielding no berries, so he pruned it back drastically, leaving only small stumps. Then he saw a drop like a tear on the top of each of these little stumps, as if the currant bush were crying, and thought he heard it say:

“How could you do this to me? I was making such wonderful growth. … And now you have cut me down. Every plant in the garden will look down on me. … How could you do this to me? I thought you were the gardener here.”

President Brown replied, “Look, little currant bush, I am the gardener here, and I know what I want you to be. I didn’t intend you to be a fruit tree or a shade tree. I want you to be a currant bush, and someday, little currant bush, when you are laden with fruit, you are going to say, ‘Thank you, Mr. Gardener, for loving me enough to cut me down.’

 There are times in our lives when we become overgrown and the Lord will prune his vineyard to bring about the salvation of many.  Indeed it may hurt, as President Brown mentioned, but the Lord knows all.  He sees afar off and knows.  Let us Trust in the Lord and His tender mercies, Let us work as valiant and hard as we can.  Don't be discouraged, but put your faith in Him to help you in your work.  You are successful missionaries as you push, set goals, and strive to accomplish the means which the Lord has instore for you.  The "end result" is your FAITH and TRUST in Jesus Christ.  He will make you who you need to become.  Remember the words of Nephi;

I, Nephi was desirous also that might see, and hear, and know of these things. . . . For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost . . ." 

As we diligently seek our Savior, "doing all we can do" for our brothers and sisters, the Lord will provide.  It is His promise!!  I know these things to be true, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Your Brother and fellow missionary,

Elder Cameron Wright

Sunday, May 8, 2011


There are many people in the details of my designed life who have effected who I am now. But today I want to talk about someone who means the world to me.  I want to point out how much I deeply care for my beautiful mother, MarJean Wright.  Without my mom I don't know where I would be in life.  Life itself would not have much meaning, nor would the meaning of life have much value.  I respect and honor those mothers who sweat, worry, and remain awake for endless hours on weekend nights, waiting patiently for the unarrived son or daughter from a so called "important event" in there children's high school life.  I cannot account the number of occasions my mother pondered faithfully for her apathetic son to arrive home. 
My mother was true and faithful, never giving up sight on what really mattered.  I will forever remember the nights when coming home late after a night of "fun" and walking silently into the house thinking "they won't hear me", but always knowing mom was awake and never was I going to get past her.  For some reason She always "knew" what was going on, whether good or bad.  Fortunately, I knew and felt my mothers love and I could always sit down and talk with her about anything in my world, even if it wasn't something she wanted to hear. 

Those nights walking into our home I was commissioned to always report my night to mom.  Immediately when entering the door I would quickly take off my shoes and head straight to moms room to let her know I was home.  99.9 percent of the time the T.V. was on and she sitting up in her bed looking at me and waiting for the information about my night.  But it was much more than just "reporting", but talking with discussion how I was doing.  

I feel like one of the sons of Lehi from the Book of Mormon returning from the Land of Jerusalem after much tribulation and affliction and Sariah being worried about her sons.

  "after we had come down into the wilderness unto our father, behold, he was filled with joy, and also my mother, Sariah, was exceedingly glad, for she truly had mourned because of us.

"For she had supposed that we had perished in the wilderness; "  (1 NEPHI 5:1-2)

I honestly cannot count how many times that happened whether I was late or not, She was always there waiting for me.  The stories can go on and on about my sweet mom, and all she did for me.  I will never forget all the camping trips, road trips, late night movies, and just going out to get something to eat.  The soft drives as we talked about life, family, school, etc.  She was always invested into my life, and I could feel it.
My mother sacrificed the world for me by helping me and never giving up on me.  She could see afar off and trusted in the Lords blessings.
Although there were times in my life when I wasn't being who I was expected to be, and Mom never failed in trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ that He would take care of me.  She did all she could do to help me, and then give the rest to God.  She gave her whole life, her goals, her vision to raise me and my four older brothers.  Quit was not in her dictionary.  I thank her, I commend her, and I love her.  I will do all I can to support, honor and be the son she hopes and believes I am.  I am thankful for you mom.  I love you with all of Heart. 

Love your Son,

Elder Cameron Wright

Friday, May 6, 2011

4 Tools for Overcoming Any Challenge

It's once again my privelege to be able to write a little blog post on here today.  It was my opportunity a few weeks ago to do a cameo on Elder Bevan's blog where I wrote about General Conference and the need to study the addresses that have been given to us over the years because they are scripture.  Today, I want to thank Elder Wright for giving me this chance to talk a little bit more about a somewhat related subject; maybe sort of an expansion of what I was talking about last time. 
Everyone faces challenges in their lives.  We all get a little bit of everything.  Some challenges are serious and difficult to overcome, sometimes even life-threatening.  Others are much more minor, but still have the potential to slow us down for a little bit.  However, there is no obstacle that cannot be overcome.  Not one.  The scriptures say, "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it" (1 Corinthians 10:13).  (Temptations can also be intrepreted to mean trials here as well.)  We are spirit children of a Heavenly Father who loves us and wants us to return to Him.  He has provided a plan to guide us throughout our mortal journey.  If we follow this plan, we will be rewarded with eternal life in God's presence and joy forever. 
When faced with our challenges, it is often difficult to remember that God really does love us and that he really wants the best for us.  A question often asked by those plagued with difficulty is "Why me?"  It is only natural to react this way initially.  But there is a better way to face our trials.  Instead, ask yourself something like "What can I learn from this experience?" or "How will I work to overcome this challenge?"  Analyzing our problems and challenges like this will help us to have a much more positive approach to everything that comes to us in life, no matter how great or small the predicament in which we find ourselves.  And the Lord Himself has always provided us with ways to overcome anything that burdens us. 
The gospel of Jesus Christ and His commandments provide many solutions for overcoming life's daily struggles and greatest trials.  I wish to mention four in particular:

1. Daily personal and family scripture study
The scriptures can be a powerful source of strength for us as individuals and families.  The prophet Nephi in the Book of Mormon extends to us a wonderful promise related to the scriptures.  "...Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do" (2 Nephi 32:3). How about that for a promise?  Not sure what to do about something?  Feast upon the words of Christ!  They'll tell everything you need to know!  But it gets better.

2. Following the inspiration of the Holy Ghost
The Holy Ghost is a being of spirit.  He, unlike our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, does not have a body of flesh and bone.  But being how he is gives him a wonderful power.  His presence and influence can be felt simultaneously in multiple locations.  His presence is manifest in two different ways: (1) the power of the Holy Ghost and (2) the gift of the Holy Ghost.  The power of the Holy Ghost can be felt by anyone that is not yet baptized by priesthood authority.  The gift of the Holy Ghost is conferred upon those who have taken upon them the covenant of baptism.  When we receive this gift of the Holy Ghost, we are promised that he will be our constant companion, as long as we keep ourselves worthy and in places where he can follow us.  Remember Nephi's promise about the words of Christ?  He gives us a strikingly similar promise two verses later.  "For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do" (2 Nephi 32:5).  Still not sure what to do about something?  Listen to what the Holy Ghost tells you!  He'll show you everything you need to know!  So with the combination of the words of Christ (scriptures) and the guidance of the Holy Ghost, we will be shown and told all things what we should do!  It's not really leaving anything out, is it?  But let's keep going.  There's more.
3. Prayer
Some people may get to this point and say that all of this talk about scriptures and the Holy Ghost is all fine and good, but oftentimes we don't understand what we read, or we don't know what the Holy Ghost actually feels like, or even how to receive his guidance in the first place.  Our Father in Heaven has given us prayer as a means of verbal communication with Him so that we can express our thoughts and feelings about everything that is going on in our lives.  True, He does know everything that goes on with us daily and He knows our thoughts, but He has asked that we pray to Him in faith to seek His will concerning us.  And if we trust Him, that will will be made manifest unto us, somehow or by some way.  Prayer is where we can ask the questions that we need answers to, ask for help with our difficulties, and express gratitude for the multitude of blessings that we have already received.  Prayer is a good tool to use to clear up our doubts and fears.  It is a source of strength and spiritual renewal.  

4. Faithful church attendance 
Being in church among people with great faith and their own share of trials and difficulties is another great source of strength.  There's strength in numbers, right?  We're not meant to toil and labor during our days here on Earth just by ourselves.  We're surrounded by people who are more than willing to reach out and help us!  In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe in serving one another and lifting up those who are weighed down by difficulty and sadness.  When we are faced with seemingly insurmountable trials, we need not withdraw into ourselves.  There are many willing to help.  The doctrines and principles of the gospel taught by inspired teachers and leaders bring comfort and guidance.  Let these comforting messages fill your life and give you hope for the future.  

I want to conclude by sharing my testimony that Heavenly Father does indeed love us.  He has not left us here on the earth to struggle helplessly.  He would never do that.  It is not part of the plan!  He has provided numerous resources, many beyond those I have named and described, to provide us with joy that can last throughout the duration of our lives and on into eternity.  Our Savior Jesus Christ has sacrificed Himself, as a perfect man, so that all of us can receive exaltation and eternal life.  He loves us and understands everything that we suffer because He has already suffered it.  I repeat what I said earlier.  There is no obstacle that cannot be overcome.  Christ has made it possible.  Seek after Him.  Seek after His words.  They will bring you the comfort and guidance that you seek.   

-Elder Caleb Condie

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Greatness of His Heart

Easter weekend is one of my favorite weekends.  We are to celebrate the Resurrection of the One who was holier that all other.  He was the Son of God, the Hope of Isreal, the Messiah, and our eternal Savior.  He was Jesus Christ.  As I look back to think about all the wonderful holiday's we celebrate this is one of my favorites.  Looking past the beautiful colors, smells, and the cool breeze of spring, it is a time to look deeper into what our God has given us.  The greatness of his heart to come, live, and walk the walk of not popular edifices, but love, respect, obedience and sacrifice.  He bleed at every pore for you and for me.  He hung on the cross while the suffocation whipsed out of his breath to conquer the trial of life.
Jesus said;
  "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

He overcame death so that we might be lifted up as He did to be judged from our works, according to the desires of our hearts.  As we follow his example by baptism and repenting to the end we will have eternal salvation, happiness, and life.  I pray as you consider to follow his example, remember how he prayed unto the father (Nephi 19), read through the scriptures (Luke 4:21), and gave unto His disciples bread and water (Matt 26:26), you will do as he said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." 
I know these things to be true.  If you have any questions about Jesus Christ and what He did for you, write me on face book or go this next link MORMON.ORG.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Choose This Day

From the static, windy, world we live in today it is hard to know or understand what the Lord would have us do.  He is our light and life and by following him we can and will find the peace in this life.
Jesus Said; "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."

We make Choices everyday whether we follow Christ or not.  I can promise you when you follow His example life will work out.  We will be blessed.  I invite all to "Choose" the Lord in all thy ways, in all thy doing, and by showing Him you will keep the commandments by entering into the waters of Baptism.

Will you ponder and pray

about what that means to

you? Ask God to give you

comfort and help you

through your trials. 

God Bless,

Elder Cameron Wright

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Follow Thou Me

If you haven't gotten a chance to visit Ohio yet, I've got news for you: Your not missing too much! But if you've ever lived in Ohio; you know that football is the most popular sport. When I was in high school I enjoyed playing. Our school had a tradition of running the offense the exact same way it had been for decades. We ran the ball almost every play. That is just how the tradition was. And it worked well. Very well. But one year we decided to not follow the program. We switched  to a spread formation, which is a passing offense. It only took 3 games for us to realize that we couldn't pass the ball around as well as we thought we could. We missed the playoffs that year, which could've been avoided if we had just followed years of success. 

Christ is our perfect example in the flesh for us to follow. He was the Only Begotten Son of God. The attributes He inherited from His Father were amazing. He had power over death. He performed miracles upon miracles. He was baptized. He suffered and died on the cross. He rose on the third day. He didn't do it just to prove He could accomplish it. He did it for US. 

The Savior's doctirne is clear for all of us: And he said unto the children of men: aFollow thou me. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, can we bfollow Jesus save we shall be willing to keep the commandments of the Father? (2 Nephi 31:10).

Jesus Christ was the greatest leader I've ever known. But He also was more than that. He was a follower as well. In the book of John, Jesus describes who's errand He was on. It was His Father's will that He sought for in all things. Everything Christ did was under the direction of the will of Heavenly Father. So what does that mean for us? Well have you ever heard the phrase "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"? If you haven't, you've never been to Ohio. Sometimes we feel like we don't have to come to church, or read our scriptures, or help others. Others feel like they need to be perfect now; like we can't ever make a mistake. No one is perfect. Everyone has done something wrong. We don't need to find our own way to heaven. Come to church. Do what is right. Be baptized by someone comissioned of Jesus Christ. It is only through Christ that we can be saved. Don't try to be perfect; only strive to be perfected by the One who lived the only perfect life. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hello World,

     I have the unique opportunity today to post an addition to Elder Wright's Blog.  We are on exchanges today and tomorrow, and it is time to learn from a great missionary example.  I just walked in, sat down, and he said, "Type!"  So this is what seems to be coming out, apparently.  I have no idea who will see this and who is even looking.  I have no bearing on the whole blogging thing.  I won't even get to see any feedback or responses or numbers of those who read it.  So I guess I'd better think before I post.  In like manner, we have no idea what affect we have on those around us.  We have no idea who is watching.  Sometimes I think I know who's watching, or that I'll know when it matters who's observing me, but I've learned on the mission that everything we say and do is seen and heard.  I know that we have a far reaching affect on those around us.  Whether we are missionaries with a name badge and a tie, or just a kid in school who comes and goes without saying a word.  People are watching.  We can't choose what people think, but we Can choose our actions.  We may not want to draw attention to ourselves, impossible as a missionary, but once we understand that people are watching, we can choose to be what we'd want others to see.  I'd encourage anyone who may read this live as though you're on camera.  You can choose to "be an example of the believers."  I know as a missionary that many things I do have farther reaching affects than I can ever know.  Just like posting this random blog will be sent out to unknown eyes and destinations, so too do the things we say and do end up in the ears, eyes and hearts of God's children.  I hope I can live so that I could watch the video of my life and not worry who's watching.  I hope I can improve my time while in this life.  I hope when people speak of Elder Brady Anderson, they remember that I was a representative of Christ, in word and deed.  My mom always told me growing up that Integrity means stopping at a red light and waiting, even in the middle of the night when no one is around to see.  Well I know that even if no one actually sees you do what's right, people can feel a person of integrity, by the way the live when people Are watching.  And in the end, of course God is always watching.  He knows the intents of our hearts and the things we do when we "think no one can see."  It permeates our whole being and blesses those around us as we strive to live a Christlike life.  In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Leaving something behind

Bringing it to Santa Rosa this week has been a growing oppertunitty and something new to look forward to.  I will most certainly miss Ukiah not only because of the people and wonderful ward members but because of my companion Elder Spenlove.  He helped me build my confidence and to really take a look at the people and feel inside who they really are.
 As I was leaving Ukiah California I was pondering inside the window of our moving van about all the wonderful experiences I had serving in Ukiah, and the thought crossed my mind; Did I do all I could do for my Heavenly Father in this area?  Did I use all my talents, efforts and strength?  Indeed, there were times I could have worked harder, prayed with more faith, and used my talents and abillities more.  But for the round of all things I believe I did my best.  Another thought entered my mind with great force were the faces of all the people I had worked with.  Each of their images and love are imprinted into my soul forever.  I not only taught them about the gospel, but they taught me about love, and why love is the most important attribute to have.  I am thankful for each and every experience I have had in Ukiah whether good or bad, I learned.
Although we are not perfect we all need to take the second look and see how our Heavenly Father understands and loves each and everyone one of us. The Lord has his "Way" and no other, He will help us if we put our trust in him to overcome our weaknesses and perform the labor in which he has instore for each of us.  As I was studying this morning I came across a scripture in 1 Nephi 10:18-19 in the Book of Mormon, it says;
" . . the way is prepared for all men . . .  if it so be that they repent and come unto him.
"For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost . ."
Take His truth and apply it to your own life.  Use Christ's Attonement in your own life.  Believe in Christ. 
I know these things to be true. 

If you have any questions about the Gospel email me on Facebook or comment on my blog and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Secrets to His Servants the Prophets

What is a prophet?

  I believe many people are turned away when told about "prophets" because of the doubt and trouble in times past with so called "prophets".  Jesus teaches us about prophets, he said;
"By their fruits ye may know them."  Which simply is to say, look at the good works or "fruit" that comes from a living prophet. 
Amos (a prophet in the Old Testament) teaches us that God gives us "His secrets."
"Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secrets unto his servants the prophets."
Has God always called prophets?  The answer is yes.   From the creation of Adam, up to the time of our very own day.  What! we have Latter-day prophets?   Yes. Just as in times of old God calls prophets.
 For example Moses (being a prophet) brought the children of Israel out of bondage or slavery from a very wicked nation.  In a real sense, our day many people are in bondage and have many challenges which take them away from life's most precious moments.  How many families are broken because of drug abuse, violence, harassment or ignorance?  How many thousands of Heavenly Fathers children are hurt because of wickedness and "slavery"?
Our latter-day prophets receive guidance from Heavenly Father to help us come out of slavery and bondage.
The world changes and we can't do this on our own.  We need help and direction. "When there is to be anything different from that which the Lord has told us already, He will reveal it to His prophet and no one else."  Harold B. Lee
Prophets also Testify of the Savior and His ministry, just as John the baptist taught his people.  Watch this video of modern witnesses of latter-day prophets.
I know prophets are real, they do communicate with Heavenly Father through his Holy Spirit.  I know you can know this is true, because there is evidence that Heavenly Father has given us.
If you would like to know more about this evidence, check out my post "Safety for my soul", and I know without a doubt you can come to know this truth as well.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Two precious gifts

 "Life offers you two precious gifts. One is time, the other freedom of choice, the freedom to buy with your time what you will. You are free to exchange your allotment of time for thrills. You may trade it for base desires. You may invest it in greed. . . . Yours is the freedom to choose. But these are no bargains, for in them you find no lasting satisfaction."

 "Reflections on a Consecrated Life

--Elder D. Todd Christofferson

We must serve with all our heart, might, mind and strength.  We must serve our fellow beings as we would serve our family.  When we are in the service of our fellow beings, we are in the service of our God. (Mosiah 3:19)I know we need to spend our time wisely while we are here on this earth, we must "prepare to meet God".  Time is very short, and I can testify because the my time keeps going by faster and faster while serving the Lord.
I know this is true in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Hakuna Matata

    My name is Elder Vea and I hail from Hawaii. I am currently serving with Elder Wright on an "exchange" where missionaries switch with other missionaries and learn from each other. Just last night we started this exchange and I learned a lot within a few hours. Anyways, I am one of five children and I currently reside in Mesa, Arizona. I am loving every bit of being out here serving our Heavenly Father. It has been a neat experience to serve other people. I have learned many things here in California and one important thing I learned is that everyone is different. Everyone has lived a different life and has different backgrounds. Everyone has either experienced their life in a good way or has seen the "rough" part of life. I can honestly say that I have seen both worlds. My entire life has been centered around Jesus Christ and his teachings and how families can be eternal. But it hasn't been all sunshine and bright days. We all have a dark time in our life and sometimes it lasts for a while. We sometimes feel the need to "awake" and do something about our life but we can never find out how.

"If you want to be somebody,
If you want to go somewhere,
then you better wake up and pay attention."

Jesus Christ has provided an opportunity for us to "wake up and pay attention." His Atonement is sufficient for everyone. No matter what happened to us or where we are at in our life. People can change and experience a change of heart.

Growing up, my parents taught me the principles of the gospel and wanted me to live it. I was a rebel. I wanted to be free and I wanted to experience life the way I wanted to. I didn't want anyone telling me how to live my life. As I became older, in high school, something changed my life. As a senior, I was excited and I wanted to get the most out of high school while in this last year. I had a job, played football, and was enrolled in Theatre Arts. Everyday was a busy day: wake up at 6:30, school, football practice, rehearsal, and work. I wouldn't get home till probably around 11:00 at night. Then finish homework and finally went to bed. And then my whole day starts again. This went on for about 6 months. Football ended but I still wanted to do more. I soon forgot about reading my scriptures, saying my prayers and going to church. I forgot about God and what he has done for me. I FORGOT.

A few months went by and I recieved an important call . . . It was from my counselor at school. I received the most dreadful news ever: I was one credit short of graduating and so I needed to enroll in summer school. I was devastated. When I told my parents, they were furious! I felt like a failure.  I didn't know who to turn to but my older sister who was living in Arizona at the time. I told her what had happened. She asked me if I prayed.-- I said no.-- She asked me if I read my scriptures. -- I said no.-- She then told me, "You are asking the wrong person so get on your knees and call me later!" The phone call ended. After about 5 minutes, I got on my knees and prayed hard as I never had before. Still feeling sorry and tears in my eyes, I walked to the kitchen. My little sister was watching "The Lion King" at the time and as I was in the kitchen, These words came out and spoke to me: "Hakuna Matata." It means "No Worries." My soul was at peace. My tears ceased to fall and a smile came across my face. I was being told just that! Not to worry and do what God wants me to and everything will be alright. So, I read my scriptures, went to church and said my prayers. I was doing all that I can that would please my Heavenly Father. My counselor called me again and said, "You can graduate with your class but it would require some time of yours." I quickly took the offer and I was able to graduate.
  In the Book of Mormon, there is a prophet that I felt much like during this time, Alma 36: 12-21 "I could remember my pains no more..." I had finally awaken and did something about my problems. I know that as we follow Alma's counsel, and remember what "our fathers have taught us," then we can experience joy. "There can be nothing more sweet and exquisite as was my joy." The power of the Atonement is for everyone. If we put or faith and trust into the hands of our Savior, I can promise that He will tell us not to worry. We don't have to be perfect to come to the Savior. I am not perfect and neither are you but if we give our all, that would be perfect for Him to accept. So, I leave you with two words of wisdom: "Hakuna Matata."

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Build me a bridge

"Cry me a river, build me a bridge, and get over it."  What a profound statement, usually taken in the sense of  ignorant feelings towards someone.  "Cry me a river, build me a bridge, and get over it" is used in terms of taking your problems ("cry me a river") and whipping yourself in shape ("build me a bridge") until you master whatever it that is bothering you ("get over it").
In the very real situations of life, trials come, and trials go.  I guess you could say, "life happens" when we don't always know the outcome.  Unfortunately, there are some of us who are born into grief, with a troubled family.  There are some who are blessed with loving parents in homes which are not broken.  The rivers of life that separate us from happiness are growing wide and with swift current.  At times we may feel or believe we cannot cross these grand rapids of crushing water walls.  We stand alone on one side of the river crying for help, when all we see are flowers and pasture fields on the other side.  We also see happiness, families close together, triumph and success.  How do we obtain such happiness?

God is our loving Heavenly Father, and he needs us on the side of happiness, but the trials of life are in our way (the river).  Can we sail this river with a slow current and calm wind? or swim without being pulled down into the depths?  If we really tried ourselves we could not make it.  So how are we to attain this happiness and "get over it"?  How are we to be who God wants us to be? 
 It is through our Savior Jesus Christ and by his Grace we can build "bridges" over the rushing calamities of day to day life. 

Watch this video. 

We must not give up now, we have come this far.  Let us trust in the Lord who has overcome the world, He has built a bridge over every river, small stream, and straits of life.  Take his hand, live the gospel, trust in Him, and take the first step on the bridge. I promise you, it will make you happy.  I know these things to be true.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Mysteries of God

What are the mysteries of God??  I found myself pondering the question"what are the mysteries of God"?  Of course this obscured question is out of bounds for such a young person as I, but it seemed to me there is some kind of resolution to my questioning.  I was reading in the Book of Mormon and I read over a passage in Alma 26:22 which says; —"Yea, he that repenteth and exerciseth faith, and bringeth forth good works, and prayeth continually without ceasing—unto such it is given to know the mysteries of God; yea, unto such it shall be given to reveal things which never have been revealed . . ." 


 I asked, what things are to be revealed?  Am I to have some glorious epiphany and Heavenly Father hands me all the secrets in the world?  I don't think so. God wants me to learn and understand life a little better before he starts enlightening me about the next ice age or whatever it may be —guess you could call it "trial and error".

 I believe to "know" the mysteries of God is to "know" yourself.  We are his children, He loves us, He created us, but we don't know ourselves as well as He certainly does.

  The gospel of Jesus Christ is Faith, repentance, baptism, receiving he gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end, by bringing forth "good works".
  Faith is to trust him, Know He will provide, believing he will guide you through stressful challenges.  
Through faith you will have the desire to repent and change your life, to allign your will with his.
  By these simple actions we can learn and gain the mysteries of God by having personal revelation, growing in maturity, finding gifts God has given you, and most important improving your Christlike attributes.   
The mysteries of God are within us all; prayeth continually "without ceasing" have faith you will be led to know yourself and know the mysteries in your own life.  Repent, change and bring forth good fruit so you may know the mysteries of God.   Find mysteries of God within yourself, we have them and we are His children.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Find your faith in Christ

With all the love and adoration I have or can give, I heed and wish to magnify the message of Jesus Christ.
  Jesus Lives.  He loves You and me.  He gave himself to atone for you and for me.
He says "come follow me" and "I will give thee rest"  I am optimsitc to meet Him and to fall at my knees, to wet his feet with my tears -- To hear him say -- "Well done"--  Face to face one day I will see him, he means more than life to me. 

Sunday, January 30, 2011


I think back to my youth and remember the days when my family and I would go on adventurous camping trips, which would usually include fishing, shooting, and doing the outdoor stuff.  I remember anticipating the beautiful sharp pine trees, and hearing the rushing river alongside our campground.   I love breathing the whispering winds as we are overwhelmed and humbled by nature and the creation of our God.
Some moments will never be forgotten.  Being young and learning to enjoy the freedom of the great outdoors I always came to love the campfire. Hear the crackling goodness of warmth and peace, staring into the blazing hot coals, as if your face was going to melt.  It's comforting to ponder and retain life's most precious moments as bouldering stress flow away. I find myself huddling close to a campfire while I have deep thought. 
So you're maybe asking yourself; why would he be talking about campfires?  Fire is an amazing reaction in which can sustain life, cook really good food, and keep us nice and warm.  But I want to relate how a fire can save us from harm, keep us happy with light to see and food to cook --- and how the gospels simple truths are likened unto a fire.  How Jesus Christ and His teachings can keep our own fires(spiritual fires) burning with light, happiness, warmth, and maybe full of tasty cooked food. 

       How does fire work?

PS--Don't Smoke
Fire is a combustive oxidation reaction--a chemical

reaction between oxygen molecules and any

molecules that have the potential to take on an

oxygen molecule. Energy, in the form of heat or

light, is released from the molecules as the reaction

takes place.

When enough oxygen and heat combine with the fuel source, ignition occurs. Once the initial heat source has ignited the fire, the flame generates its own heat for combustion, and oxidation continues in a chain reaction. The fire will burn until one or more of the necessary components is exhausted or removed. (1.)

When the elements of heat, fuel and oxygen are put into one bowl served together the reaction will produce FIRE!!  Like a fire, we are to put three elements into our spirituality such as:
 first, prayer; Second, scripture study; Third, sabbath day worship.

In prayer we speak openly and honestly with our loving Father in Heaven. We express
gratitude and thanksgiving for our blessings. We may acknowledge our love for Him. We
also ask for help, protection, and direction according to our needs.
In turn He will give unto us our direction according to our need and His will. -- I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father--  2
Nephi 32:9

Scripture Study

feast upon the words of Christ … ,(and) the words of Christ will tell [us] all things what [we] should do” (2 Ne. 32:3)
Search out diligently for your life and others questions of your soul, your current needs and concerns and challenges WILL be made light.  For the "words of Christ" will direct you to make correct decisions.

Sabbath Day Worship
"Our Sabbath-day behavior is a reflection of our commitment to honor and worship God.
By keeping the Sabbath day holy, we show God our willingness to keep our covenants." (2)
We show our God we love Him by remembering him and His Sacrifice.  As we partake of his sacrament, and abstain from shopping, attending sporting events, and partaking of unrestful things, we will see and feel him more in our lives.

These three simple ingredients turn into what is called a testimony (fire of the spirit).  When you feel clean, you feel happy, independent, worthy, and last but not least, loved.  You know the Savior is pleased and happy for what you are doing.  These basic applications turn into a life sustaining reaction, in turn will increase your happiness, love, peace, and joy in not only this life, but in the life to come. 

We mush continue to apply these principles:
 1) prayer(communication with our Heavenly Father), 2) scripture study(Book of Mormon, Bible, current teachings of latter-day prophets), and attending to fellowship in the unity and body of His church(church attendance and sabbath day observance).  As we do so, we will become acquainted with love, which is in Christ our Lord and Savior.

Look at Tom, he's so excited because he has fire now!!  Remember fire can make us warm, but if we cease to feed this fire, it will burn out.  Keep feeding your spiritual fire with the required needs, and you will find the peace which comes for safety of the soul.