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Gathering of Israel
« on: November 01, 2021, 07:37:18 am »
If one has been around Saints for any amount of time,  one notes that missionary work is a primary mandate for members of the COJCOLDS.  The spreading of the Gospel has many catch phrases.  The Gathering of Israel is one.  Sunday our young bishop introduced the theme for our ward in 2022.  The gathering.
I always feel 6 ways about missionary work, or related temple work aKA the gathering of Israel.
There was a time when I spread the Gospel with true zeal.  Every single person converted fell away. My children fell away.  My husband is as uncoverted as ever.  Although my heart sister after over 30 some years was baptised this year and next year I hope to escort her through the temple for the first time I feel less and less zealous.  She has thanked me profusely for quiet steady example. And that is the rut I am in. Quiet, steady, example. 
Wherever I  travel, whomever I meet, I try to leave a seed.  Whether it be not drinking tea and booze in China,  explaining my garments are sacred to a nurse in the hospital,  telling my surgeon people all over the world were praying for her skill and wisdom, for instance.  Seeds.  All I can hope is that I am doing my best.
I do not have much contact locally outside of church folk. I am mostly at home.      We do not socialize much outside the family.  Work socialization is not a place to be preaching. 
I am content to leave I hope like Johnny Appleseed something that finds good ground. Even if it takes 30 years .
I was very involved with family history for a long while.  Then I went to Family Search and felt only dismay.  It turned into pure drudgery.
I straightened out as much junk entry as I could, but working all alone, dead ends, and the fact that my folk can in the bottom of the boat really sucked the wind from my sails.
I love the temple in all its ritual beauty and symbolism.  I go to every temple I can Stateside.  My own temple when it is open not so much.  So regular temple attendance has never been part of my life. I am sad about that.
Luckily I have plus grandchildren and their parents who do my proxy work when I trust the information enough to baptise endow and seal.
But when a big push comes from SLC or locally I am discomforted.   Should I be doing more? In my circumstances how can I do more?  Is there something wrong with what I am doing?   
And I am left with the scriptural question:  Lord, Is it I?
 
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Re: Gathering of Israel
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2021, 09:07:26 am »
Scattering seeds is important.   And becoming a member and then not continuing church attendance at least gives them them a right to the Holy Ghost as they continue their journey for which they get their entire life to live. 

Your personal best (and quick repentance of actual sin) is ALWAYS enough for your Heavenly Parents and your Savior.   
Nauvoo 1270, Feb 2005
 
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Re: Gathering of Israel
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2021, 11:58:54 am »
Quiet, steady example is probably the most important thing any of us can do.

This is probably weird, but sometimes I think it very important to leave people with the most positive feeling toward the Gospel of Jesus Christ that we can.  If they pass from this world as not having yet entered the covenant path, they will be given more opportunities on the other side to do that.  Since we take with us those feelings and attitudes we developed here on earth, and those things are much harder to change on the other side, it is much better for a person to think (when the other side missionaries come to their other side door) "Oh, yeah, that was that belief system that my sweet neighbors had.  I wonder what that was all about?"  Much better than "Oh, great!  Those awful people won't leave me alone, even after I'm dead?"

If am sad that you feel bad your people came over in the bottom of the boat.  Mine did, too.  One awesome guy was very poor and came in the very first handcart company.  I am actually very of proud of him.   We always laugh at family gatherings, because he was born out of wedlock (beginning a long family tradition of kids born less than 9 months after their parents were married) and adopted by his uncle (biological father's brother).  He recounts in his history about how he goes around to see his bio-parents before hitting the road for Utah.  His "father" is thrilled to see him.  His "mother" not so much.   He's not in any church history book, or list of "Old, fabulous, Latter-day saints."   No one in my line is.  But, I love reading about them.  They were so real.  Such normal people, very much like that family in the talk "Those of the Last Wagon" by President J. Reuben Clark.
 
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Re: Gathering of Israel
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2021, 01:23:08 pm »
Well, my sadness is more that I  have to go the extra mile for lots of my records.  My Luxembourg folks village got blasted by both sides in the battle of the Bulge. I know  lines go back as far as the Revolutionary War, and family tales talk about lines going back to the Mayflower....but it is nebulous and I am fussy about documentation.   Gosh my grandfather and his twin did not have birth certs til they hit 65...so I am sad for my forebears who wait.
I AM very proud that my forefathers and mothers built the US. I still fly my US flag regularly!
As I journey thru the autumn of my life,  I  find that setting things in order are high priority.  But which things and when are a bit overwhelming ....so when I listen to hastening thecwork and gathering talks I feel sorta like my plate is too full.
 
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Re: Gathering of Israel
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2021, 03:53:04 pm »
My DAD didn't have a birth certificate until we started to fill out his social security paperwork at 65!  Good thing his mother was still around to sign the affidavit.  Plus his church blessing certificate also helped.  On his birth certificate now it's basically a copy of those two things.  He had been in the army and driven with a CDL for over 40 years with no birth certificate. 

Familysearch is a magnificent collection of information, absolutely.  It can be frustrating at times, because it's a "wiki," and anyone with a user account can change ANYTHING!  I've been lucky, in that others who contribute to my lines have been at least (Usually much more) as fastidious than I am.  I have neighbors who have an unrelated person that keeps going in and mucking up their grandfather's record for some bizarre reason.  They have to go and fix it about every three months.  They've contacted him via email, and he just keeps doing it.
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Re: Gathering of Israel
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2021, 11:57:59 pm »
Well, my sadness is more that I  have to go the extra mile for lots of my records. 

Do not assume that ancestors from the 'bottom of the boat' are much harder to research than those from the 'top decks.'
My shortest LDS line joined the church and came to the US in 1900. I have ancestors' likenesses engraved on the This is the Place monument, mentioned in the D&C, and gracing plaques in downtown SLC. Supposedly my genealogy has been done over a thousand years back since before my grandmother's birth. But that doesn't mean it's correct, far from it! Early genealogists (even in the Church) had fewer tools for verification, and being of 'high birth' was important enough that most modern genealogists consider much of those 'researched lines' suspect--for everyone. For instance, I have sought out my namesake for years. Dyany Bedingfield, from Suffolk, England, 17th century. In hundreds of family trees in the church for well over half a century. But her records don't actually exist as far as I can find, and even the microfiche cited by some older records actually contains no information about her or any Bedingfields whatsoever. Verification is my thing, and it's far, far harder when tradition has passed on unverified information for literally generations.

I.e., it has far less to do with the class of your ancestors and far more to do with the fact that old verification data is next to impossible to find, for pretty much anyone!
When day comes we step out of the shade,
aflame and unafraid
The new dawn blooms as we free it
For there is always light,
if only we're brave enough to see it
If only we're brave enough to be it
 
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Re: Gathering of Israel
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2021, 10:55:27 am »
I think verification will become very important to those of us in this day and age where records are becoming so much more available.

We want to be able to confidently place a record before The Lord that will be worth of all acceptance.  Our records are some of the best in the world, but (as many of us have sadly come to find out), not worth of all acceptance.  Yet.

For generations, we were told that we had descended from Pocahontas (because of our Rolfe family line).  Then one little trip to Wikipedia put that story to rest, when I learned that she had no children who survived to adulthood.  It was kind of sad breaking the news to my mother.  But she's so old now, she forgets and still claims it occasionally. 
 
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