True prosperity comes from God

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  • Pentacone Batley, W.Yorkshire
    April 24, 2011 9:33 p.m.

    Dear Brother Scott,

    "True Prosperity Comes From GOD?"

    Why should He, and How could He give, more than He has Already?

    He has Created such a World, and Provided such Bodies, complete with the "Spirit of Christ" each. Then, He has sent forth His Wishes, Commandments & Law, in the hope that WE, see His Motives, and Choose through "Free-Will", to try to Understand!

    Love GOD (If you know Him well enough),

    & Love Thy Neighbour,

    As Thyself!!

    Prosperity is given to Everybody, to one Level or another!

    It is our Purpose to try to help those with Less, to become more, towards the More!

    Someone, Somewhere, has to learn how to Moderate the Levels, for ALL!

    (A Nickel to One, is a Dollar to Another!)

    With All Heavenly Love,
    Joseph Peter Sheehan.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    April 24, 2011 8:26 a.m.

    How many times have we heard this. Don't build that group home for people near my neighborhood, it might lower our property values. Apparently property values are more important than the welfare of others. Or we can't possibly help the the poor in other countries. There are just to many of them.

  • Dadof5sons Montesano, WA
    April 23, 2011 3:48 p.m.

    I feel far to may members equate being wealthy to living a righteousness life. and that is not so. Look at so many saint that struggle and scrape to make ends meet. Are they living in sin? No! Living the gosple does not create wealth in dollars.

  • terra nova Park City, UT
    April 23, 2011 11:52 a.m.

    In "Approaching Zion," Hugh Nibley had scathing words for those who attach righteous behavior to temporal wealth. Rightfully so. There are far too many who see their relative wealth as a sign that God is pleased with them, or that they were somehow "more valiant" in a pre-mortal state.

    Being wealthy is like being fat. It takes a lot of energy to haul all that lard around. We are wise to drop the extra pounds and find gratitude for food and raiment "sufficient for our needs." We could do so if we would turn our focus to helping others - and truly loving them.

    But the cult of greed is grown up among us. Its siren song sings from sewage strewn streams eddying from radios, ipods, computers, 50' inch flat-screens and brightly blinking billboards along the highway of life. Many, like Ulysses, hear that song and lose their grip on reality. They struggle with all their might to break free from bonds meant to save them. Just so, many leave the comfort of Lehi's iron rod and disappear into swirling water and broken buildings.

    There is greater joy, much greater joy, in Christ's tree of life.

  • Utes Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 23, 2011 11:07 a.m.

    "They were not slow to remember the Lord their God."

    My guess is that they did not blame some poor person for his poverty on being lazy.

    "Prosperity comes to those who observe the law of tithing. When I say prosperity I am not thinking of it in terms of dollars and cents alone."

    This thinking needs more emphasis. A recent Priesthood lesson that I attended on tithing focused too much on individuals being rich because of tithing. The counter logic to this is to notice that there are many (millions) of tithe-paying righteous Latter-Day Saints who are not rich - many even poor.

    I know - my comments are not earth-shattering and are ordinary and obvious. But it is amazing how easily we forget what true "prosperity" is.