Having never witnessed a Baptist minister preach before, fear and trepidation ran through my chilled frame as I first observed Robert “Uncle Bobby” Bowden preach. Electricity seemed to fill the sanctuary as Uncle Bobby rose to his feet and delivered a sermon brimming with hellfire and damnation.
Resting gently in his hands, the opened scriptures served more as a prop to hammer the unwitting Mormon youth who eagerly rose to their feet to challenge his bold doctrinal assertions than for reading.
One by one, and without hesitation, Uncle Bobby dismissed the inexperienced youth and schooled them in the art of Bible bashing. There were none who could best him. This was one Baptist you did not want at your barbecue.
For years now our family has had one focus;to be the kind of family who lives each day with spiritual purpose. We deliberately do all kinds of things like have daily devotionals and family council meetings, weekly PPIs. A family mission statement isn’t just a good idea to us, it is something we use to keep our family focused on progressing as a group toward the missions God has prepared for each of us. We talk about everything and every feeling. If we feel the Spirit leave our home every member of the family has been taught to bring it to the family’s attention and to pray and sing a song to invite it back into the home.
If we are driving to the store and children start to argue, we stop, discuss, pray and sing until we feel the Spirit so that we can go out into the world carrying a feeling that will be different, warm, and inviting. This is the way we live to keep the Spirit and to stay focused on our responsibility to spread goodness and light to the world.
Each member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been asked to be a missionary. Continue reading
Monday night I told my wife I would take her and the kids out to dinner for her birthday. Nothing special, mind you. Probably just Fuddruckers or somewhere with a play place for the kids.
At 8:30 p.m., my wife announced that she was tired and going to bed early. I was left to fend for myself.