Posted by: nmontague | December 10, 2010

Local assembly

First, I want to apologize for not writing anything recently. I have been ill and then catching up on work. And quite honestly, I haven’t felt that inspired about anything recently.

However, I think that’s changed tonight. I wrote a blog on Strength Through Unity a while back that I was really impressed to write at the time. I’ve been thinking more about it tonight and I am certain we need to get local groups together. We need to be united with others in our community. This is difficult for me because I tend to be a loner. But I think this is something that is going to be important. We need to meet together and talk about things.

Books. Science. Language. Philosophy. History. Local, National, and World politics. Religion. etc. We need to be able to discuss practical survival skills. We need to teach each other how to be thrifty and build one another’s characters.  We need to gather groups to be friends and who will work together when things get tough. Because I am convinced things are going to get tough soon. Many people are already feeling that.

I was watching videos of Prince Charles being attacked in his car by rioters in the UK earlier. I think it’s very likely we will see similiar things elsewhere. Many people here in the States seem to think that such things are impossible. Quite frankly, I have no clue why. It’s not like human nature has changed. Fact is we have alot of pride. And we are going to have to lose it quickly. Humility is the key. And so is unity.

But what happens when we lose that pride? Do we return to humility and values? Do we give up the materialism that surounds us and turn back to the time tested values of God? Hard work, honesty, charity, peace, gentleness, meekness, etc. Or do we become angry that we cannot be happy in our sins and become violent?

We need to be humble or God will humble us.  Because if He doesn’t we will destroy ourselves. It’s happened all throughout human history. Why on earth should we be exempt from it?

The biggest stumbling block to Zion is pride. The best way to combat pride is to stop focusing on self and start focusing on others. Start serving others.

I think this is why we need to gather people together in our local communities. People we can help. I think Churches would be a great tool to help gather people. But it needs to be more than just Sundays.

I just feel like this is something we should look to. We need God in our communities and I dont think we will see Him as we can without building the local communities. We need to be building communities and promoting non-violence. Government is not the answer to our problems. We are. At least if we turn to God in prayer and seek to do His will

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  1. Neil, as someone who lived through far more turbulent times than these, may I kindly differ with you. We live in a day when human kind has more blessings, opportunities, liberties and opportunities than has ever been known to mankind. Your prognosis that dark days lay ahead flies in the face of reality. At church we’re fond of a hymn that speaks of a “hope smiling brightly before us” even as dark clouds gather on the horizon. We sing that hymn often as a reminder that hope for a better day is NEVER old fashion no matter who is in the White House or how silly congress is acting. That better day is here and now. I say we count and then celebrate what blessings we have rather than talk of storms that either never quite materialize or when they do are never as severe as we thought they would be.

    • Id rather prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

      Read a quote by Elder Maxwell a few minutes ago:

      “Yes, Armageddon lies ahead. But so does Adam-ondi-Ahman!” (Ensign, November 1981, p. 10.)


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