Monday, January 30, 2017

Correct voice link for Profile of a Prophet

In the previous post I sent the wrong link. I have since corrected it but I wanted to make sure the correct link was also emailed out.

Original Recording of Profile of a Prophet by Hugh B Brown 

Hugh B. Brown served as a law professional in Canada.

Transfers & The Profile of a Prophet

Beddes and I are staying another one!  Don't have too much time today, so here's some pictures to entertain you!  The church is true, obviously.  We had 2 people come out to church, and they're doing really well!  Life's good here in Kingston:)

Read "The Profile of a Prophet" if you have time this week!  Love you all:)


--

Elder Bybee


"He Lives"








(I have include The Profile of a Prophet in this post, that Elder Bybee suggested you read, BUT I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you LISTEN to it. The power of his voice is one that cannot be replicated and is another form of testimony to the truth of his words. I will include the link to where you can listen to it - Valerie)

The Profile of a Prophet






An excerpt from the edited and published version of a speech delivered at Brigham Young University on October 4, 1955; punctuation, capitalization, and spelling modernized.
President Hugh B. Brown
Hugh B. Brown was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on October 24, 1883, to Lydia Jane and Homer Manly Brown. When he was 15, his family moved to Canada. On June 17, 1908, he married Zina Young Card, daughter of Charles O. Card (founder of Cardston, Alberta, Canada) and granddaughter of Brigham Young, in the Salt Lake Temple. They were the parents of six daughters and two sons. President Brown practiced law, first in Canada and later in the United States. He served overseas as a major in the Canadian army during World War I. From 1946 to 1950 he was a professor of religion and coordinator of veterans’ affairs at Brigham Young University. In 1953, while working as president of Richland Oil Development Company of Canada, Ltd., he was called to serve as an Assistant to the Twelve Apostles. On April 10, 1958, he was ordained an Apostle, and on June 22, 1961, he was sustained as a counselor to President David O. McKay. He served in the First Presidency until President McKay’s death on January 18, 1970, when he resumed his position in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He died on December 2, 1975.
 
I should like to be for a few minutes a witness in support of the proposition that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored in our day and that this is His Church, which was organized under His direction through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I should like to give some reasons for the faith I have and for my allegiance to the Church. Perhaps I can do this more quickly by referring to an interview I had in London, England, in 1939, just before the outbreak of [World War II]. I had met a very prominent English gentleman, a member of the House of Commons, formerly one of the justices of the Supreme Court of England. In my conversations with this gentleman on various subjects, “vexations of the soul” he called them, we talked about business and law, about politics, international relations and war, and we frequently discussed religion. He called me on the phone one day and asked if I would meet him at his office and explain some phases of the gospel. He said: “I think there is going to be a war. If there is, you will have to return to America, and we may not meet again.” His statement regarding the imminence of war and the possibility that we would not meet again proved to be prophetic. When I went to his office, he said he was intrigued by some things I had told him. He asked me to prepare a brief on Mormonism … and discuss it with him as I would discuss a legal problem.

He said: “You have told me that you believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet. You have said to me that you believe that God the Father and Jesus of Nazareth appeared to Joseph Smith. I cannot understand how a barrister and solicitor from Canada, a man trained in logic and evidence, could accept such absurd statements. What you tell me about Joseph Smith seems fantastic, but I think you should take three days at least to prepare a brief and permit me to examine it and question you on it.”
I suggested that we proceed at once and have an examination for discovery, which is briefly a meeting of opposing sides in a lawsuit where the plaintiff and defendant, with their attorneys, meet to examine each other’s claims and see if they can find some area of agreement, thus saving the time of the court later on. I said perhaps we could see whether we had some common ground from which we could discuss my “fantastic” ideas. He agreed to that quite readily.

I can only give you, in the few minutes at my disposal, a condensed and abbreviated synopsis of the three-hour conversation which followed. In the interest of time I shall resort to the question-and-answer method rather than narration. I began by asking, “May I proceed, sir, on the assumption that you are a Christian?”

“I am.”

“I assume you believe in the Bible—the Old and New Testament?”

“I do!”

“Do you believe in prayer?”

“I do!”

“You say that my belief that God spoke to a man in this age is fantastic and absurd?”

“To me, it is.”

“Do you believe that God ever did speak to anyone?”

“Certainly. All through the Bible we have evidence of that.”

“Did He speak to Adam?”

“Yes.”

“To Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jacob, Joseph, and on through the prophets?”

“I believe He spoke to each of them.”

“Do you believe that contact between God and man ceased when Jesus appeared on the earth?”

“No, such communication reached its climax, its apex at that time.”

“Do you believe that Jesus was the Son of God?”

“He was.”

“Do you believe, sir, that after Jesus was resurrected a certain lawyer, who was also a tent maker by the name of Saul of Tarsus, when on his way to Damascus, talked with Jesus of Nazareth, who had been crucified, resurrected, and had ascended into heaven?”

“I do.”

“Whose voice did Saul hear?”
 
“It was the voice of Jesus Christ, for He so introduced Himself.”

“Then, … I am submitting to you in all seriousness that it was standard procedure in Bible times for God to talk to man.”

“I think I will admit that, but it stopped shortly after the first century of the Christian era.”

“Why do you think it stopped?”

“I can’t say.”

“You think that God hasn’t spoken since then?”

“I am sure He hasn’t.”

“There must be a reason; can you give me a reason?”

“I do not know.”

“May I suggest some possible reasons: perhaps God does not speak to man anymore because He cannot. He has lost the power.”

He said, “Of course that would be blasphemous.”

“Well, then, if you don’t accept that, perhaps He doesn’t speak to men because He doesn’t love us anymore. He is no longer interested in the affairs of men.”

“No,” he said, “God loves all men, and He is no respecter of persons.”

“Well, then, if He could speak and if He loves us, then the only other possible answer, as I see it, is that we don’t need Him. We have made such rapid strides in science, we are so well educated, that we don’t need God anymore.”

And then he said, and his voice trembled as he thought of impending war: “Mr. Brown, there never was a time in the history of the world when the voice of God was needed as it is needed now. Perhaps you can tell me why He doesn’t speak.”

My answer was: “He does speak. He has spoken, but men need faith to hear Him.”

Then we proceeded to prepare what I may call a “profile of a prophet.” … We agreed, between us, that the following characteristics should distinguish a man who claims to be a prophet.

A. He will boldly claim that God [has] spoken to him.

B. Any man so claiming would be a dignified man with a dignified message; no table-jumping, no whisperings from the dead, no clairvoyance, but an intelligent statement of truth.

C. Any man claiming to be a prophet of God would declare his message without any fear and without making any weak concessions to public opinion.

D. If he were speaking for God, he could not make concessions although what he taught would be new and contrary to the accepted teachings of the day. A prophet bears witness to what he has seen and heard and seldom tries to make a case by argument. His message and not himself is important.

E. Such a man would speak in the name of the Lord, saying, “Thus saith the Lord,” as did Moses, Joshua, and others.

F. Such a man would predict future events in the name of the Lord, and they would come to pass, as did Isaiah and Ezekiel.

G. He would have not only an important message for his time but often a message for all future time, such as Daniel, Jeremiah, and others had.

H. He would have courage and faith enough to endure persecution and to give his life, if need be, for the cause he espoused, such as Peter, Paul, and others did.

I. Such a man would denounce wickedness fearlessly. He would generally be rejected or persecuted by the people of his time, but later generations, the descendants of his persecutors, would build monuments in his honor.

J. He would be able to do superhuman things, things that no man could do without God’s help. The consequence or result of his message and work would be convincing evidence of his prophetic calling. “By their fruits ye shall know them” [Matt. 7:20].

K. His teachings would be in strict conformity with scripture, and his words and his writings would become scripture. “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Pet. 1:21).

Now, I have given but an outline which you can fill in and amplify and then measure and judge the Prophet Joseph Smith by the work and stature of other prophets.

As a student of the life of the Prophet Joseph Smith for more than 50 years, I say to you … , by these standards Joseph Smith qualifies as a prophet of God.

I believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God because he talked like a prophet. He was the first man since the Apostles of Jesus Christ were slain to make the claim which prophets have always made, [namely,] that God had spoken to him. He lived and died like a prophet. I believe he was a prophet of God because he gave to this world some of the greatest of all revelations. I believe that he was a prophet of God because he predicted many things which have come to pass, things which only God could bring to pass.

John, the beloved disciple of Jesus, declared, “The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” [Rev. 19:10]. If Joseph Smith had the testimony of Jesus, he had the spirit of prophecy, and if he had the spirit of prophecy, he was a prophet. I submit to you, and I submitted to my friend, that as much as any man who ever lived he had a testimony of Jesus, for, like the Apostles of old, he saw Him and heard Him speak. He gave his life for that testimony. I challenge any man to name one who has given more evidence of the divine calling of Jesus Christ than did the Prophet Joseph Smith.

I believe the Prophet Joseph Smith was a prophet because he did many superhuman things. One was translating the Book of Mormon. Some people will not agree, but I submit to you that the Prophet Joseph Smith in translating the Book of Mormon did a superhuman work. I ask you … to undertake to write a story on the ancient inhabitants of America. Write as he did without any source of material. Include in your story 54 chapters dealing with wars, 21 historical chapters, 55 chapters on visions and prophecies, and, remember, when you begin to write on visions and prophecies you must have your record agree meticulously with the Bible. You write 71 chapters on doctrine and exhortation, and, here too, you must check every statement with the scriptures or you will be proven to be a fraud. You must write 21 chapters on the ministry of Christ, and everything you claim He said and did and every testimony you write in your book about Him must agree absolutely with the New Testament.
I ask you, would you like to undertake such a task? I would suggest to you too that you must employ figures of speech, similes, metaphors, narrations, exposition, description, oratory, epic, lyric, logic, and parables. Undertake that, will you? I ask you to remember that the man that translated the Book of Mormon was a young man who hadn’t had the opportunity of schooling that you have had, and yet he dictated that book in just over two months and made very few, if any, corrections. For over 100 years, some of the best students and scholars of the world have been trying to prove from the Bible that the Book of Mormon is false, but not one of them has been able to prove that anything he wrote was not in strict harmony with the scriptures. …

Joseph Smith undertook and accomplished other superhuman tasks; among them I list the following: He organized the Church. (I call attention to the fact that no constitution effected by human agency has survived 100 years without modification or amendment, even the Constitution of the United States. The basic law or constitution of the Church has never been altered.) He undertook to carry the gospel message to all nations, which is a superhuman task still in progress. He undertook, by divine command, to gather thousands of people to Zion. He instituted vicarious work for the dead and built temples for that purpose. He promised that certain signs should follow the believers, and there are thousands of witnesses who certify that this promise has been fulfilled.
I said to my friend, “… I cannot understand your saying to me that my claims are fantastic. Nor can I understand why Christians who claim to believe in Christ would persecute and put to death a man whose whole purpose was to prove the truth of the things they themselves were declaring, namely, that Jesus was the Christ. I could understand them for persecuting Joseph if he had said, “I am Christ,” or if he had said, “There is no Christ,” or if he had said someone else is Christ. Then Christians believing in Christ would be justified in opposing him. But what he said was, “He whom ye claim to serve, declare I unto you. … I testify that I saw Him and talked with Him. He is the Son of God. Why persecute me for that?” …

Perhaps some of you are wondering how the judge reacted to our discussion. He sat and listened intently; he then asked some very pointed and searching questions, and at the end of the period he said: “Mr. Brown, I wonder if your people appreciate the import of your message. Do you?” He said, “If what you have told me is true, it is the greatest message that has come to this earth since the angels announced the birth of Christ.”

This was a judge speaking, a great statesman, an intelligent man. He threw out the challenge: “Do you appreciate the import of what you say?” He added: “I wish it were true. I hope it may be true. God knows it ought to be true. I would to God,” he said, and he wept as he said it, “that some man could appear on earth and authoritatively say, ‘Thus saith the Lord.’”

As I intimated, we did not meet again. I have brought to you very briefly some of the reasons why I believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. But undergirding and overarching all that, I say to you from the very center of my heart that by the revelations of the Holy Ghost I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. While these evidences and many others that could be cited may have the effect of giving one an intellectual conviction, only by the whisperings of the Holy Spirit can one come to know the things of God. By those whisperings I say I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. I thank God for that knowledge.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Weekly Thought

Sometimes, we wish life was the way it used to be.  We fail to recognize that it never will.
Sometimes our situation changes, and we thank Heavenly Father SO MUCH that we are no longer in our former circumstances.  We fail to understand that where we are in that moment is in some part, due directly to where we just came from.  

Rather than hope to return to the past, or thank God we never have to go back, we should seek to effectively balance our past experiences, with our current reality, and see both for what they really are: Stepping stones to becoming like Christ.  Both past and present can and should exist in peace within our soul.  

This is what the Master intended for us.  We aren't to live life constantly fighting to stay in one place, or constantly working towards a single destination portrayed to be "Happiness".  Rather than fight our past, or believe our future is where true joy lies, we should seek to be at one in the present.  
Our thoughts, behavior, attitudes and ultimately, our desires, should conform to the idea that we are not who we used to be, and we are not going to be any happier in the future because our circumstances change.  

The Savior's Atonement allows us to become at peace with our past, and live in the present.  There is a difference between living, and enduring, or surviving.  Each day is a gift.  To quote a favorite movie of mine, "That is why it is called the Present."  

Much love,
Elder Bybee

"He Lives"
(Some photos sent to us from Sister Harvey!!!)



Sister Takahashi sent me a message expressing her gratitude for Elder Bybee and Elder Beddes. Below is what she said:


We would have the missionaries over as much as we could, and one of the elders was sure he would be finishing off his mission here in Kingston, the other missionary knew he was going somewhere else. Just before transfers, one day my son (9yrs) came up to me and said he didn't want to serve a mission. Ultimately it is his choice, but he's got 9 years to figure that out and I didn't want him to write off the possibility just yet!! He was under the impression that missions were 5 years and that is too long, but even when he realized it was just 2 years that was too long and too far away and he just didn't want to go and that was that. I prayed to know what to do to help him see the importance and just not make the decision in his mind that he wouldn't go not when he is 9. If he makes that decision now he won't go. But I also know what it's like to be a strong headed kid and the importance to find your own way, so I left it to Heavenly Father. The day of transfers we got a call from the missionaries, to their shock they were BOTH transferred and we got a completely new set of missionaries. Elder Bybee and Elder Beddes.

We continued to have the missionaries over, and then we had that great Christmas that we will always remember. And we had them over more, my kids got to know them a little more, and we sat in front of them at a baptism. That night Tyken came and told me that one of the Elders had fixed the collar of his suit jacket and he wanted to thank them for doing that. 🙂 then as he left the room he said, "and I was thinking, I really need to get a piggy bank for my mission money so I can start saving for my mission"

🤗

This might seem small, but I know this kid and for him this was huge! Their example of missionary work, their influence to be and do good has left an impression on my kids.

I marvel at Heavenly Father and his plan. He knows all the ways.

And I am so grateful - Sister Takahashi

Monday, January 16, 2017

Quote of the week

"Challenges are at times an indication of the Lord's trust in you." -Elder D. Todd Christofferson

Saw this quote and was strengthened by the understanding that the Lord trusts each of us to overcome the things Satan throws at us.  I think Satan believes he has us on the ropes in those times, but the Lord sees the bigger picture, and sees how we will grow and become so much better as a result of our current struggle.  He trusts us to rise above temptation and challenges and become something great.  

Love you all, have a great week!



--
Elder Bybee

"He Lives"
 
Ebe and Us
 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Love you all!

A scripture I love comes from Ether chapter 10.

"...wherefore, Shez began to build up again a broken people.
 ...for he remembered what the Lord had done in bringing Jared
   and his brother across the deep;
   and he did walk in the ways of the Lord."

Shez is a great example of a Book of Mormon unsung hero.  We're all broken in one way or another.  We don't know where to go, we don't know what to do, but we can turn to Him, and "walk in the ways of the Lord."  

Ponder on how you can walk in the ways of the Lord this week.

I know He lives, and He loves me.  


--
Elder Bybee

"He Lives"
 

 
Hi Bybee Family,
I was visiting a friend in Kingston this weekend and ran into your son. It was so great to see him again. We miss him here in Hamilton but he is doing great where he is. I thought I would send you the pictures I took of him with Elder Beddes. You should be proud of him. He is doing lots of good and working hard. As a missionary mom myself I am always grateful for any sort of feedback from his mission. I am sure you feel the same. I hope all is well with you guys. You should be proud of your son!
Love,
Sister Hobbs 


 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Love you all, Happy New Year:)

 Love you all, happy new year:)







oh ya know, just coloring cute lil pictures.