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|Posted on April 18, 2014 at 12:56 PM||comments ()|
Wish you all a Happy Easter.
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|Posted on November 23, 2013 at 10:02 AM||comments ()|
Thanks to the staff at the various Search Engines, especially Google, Stumbleupon, and Twitter, for traffic to my website and blog, viz www.durudarshan.co.uk/blog.
Welcome especially to readers from Clounage in France and Bedminster, U.S. Lots of readers from these two places recently. You are firmly on the hotspots of visitors to my blog, thanks.
People looked for Baba Ramdev clinic in Ilford.
The location is Divine Supplements, 855 High Road, Goodmayes, not far from Goodmayes train station or Tesco.
It is two minutes from the local Gurdwara.
Open more often nowadays, their phone number is 0208 590 7900.
Other friends looked for Mormon Chapel, Ilford.
This is the church I go to, Sundays 10 am to 12.30, with other programmes later, like baptisms.
It is right next door to Sainsbury's in Ilford, just round from Ilford Lane.
Instead of a cross, it has the Prophet Moroni on top of the spire.
Everyone is most welcome to come and visit, and join in the Sacrament and singing hymns.
(I am a Melchizedek priest in this church, and would be happy to meet you on your visit).
That's it for now. Soon I am going to the Romford Stake for the General Conference of our church.
|Posted on September 8, 2013 at 3:30 PM||comments ()|
On this glorious autumnal Sunday morning, Brother Jeremy Boyden opened the Sacrament Meeting, with Bishop Onaolapo presiding.
The opening Innvocation was by Sister Munden, followed by some words from President Akkune's family.
First of all, their son Ike : My brother does not like to share, but he is still my brother. I love my family. I love my father, because he keeps us all together.
Sister Akkune : I am aware that not every household has a Priesthood Holder in the house.
God has assigned to the Priesthood Holder the duty of fellowship, for the benefit of the entire human family, to build up and uplift.
I am happy and lucky to have a Priesthood Holder in the house, so how should I support him? I have to be patient and willing to support him, when he has to go to his Home Teaching meetings. I have been fortunate to always have a Priesthood Holder in my house. My Father instilled in me a testimony that I received at 13, and it has always been with me ever since.
President Akkunne (A-Ku-nay) : The family is central to God's plan of salvation for His creation.
Parents have a sacred duty to bring up children. The Lord is not pleased when children quarrel.
President Hinckley had a simple 4 point plan :
3) Pay tithe
4) Attend the church meetings.
When we pay the Tithe, there is a blessing upon our families.
Then Brother Chima (as President Akkune is also known) related the very touching story of how after
21 years of marriage he one day took out another woman on a dinner date, the lady in question being his beloved Mother. She had been a widow for 19 years, and was so thrilled to go out for dinner with her son. "Son" she wrote to him. "You don't know what it has meant to me going out on this dinner date with you. You are a wonderful son, and I love you very dearly."
Sadly, a few days later, Chima's Mother died, but he has the glorious memory of how happy she felt with his show of respect and affection for her.
The Sacrament was followed by Bible Class, in which the topic of Priesthood and fellowship continued.
Later this afternoon, we had the blessed Baptism of Benjamin, son of Nana and Sister Aggrey. This was celebrated with immersion of Benjamin in the water, singing of hymns and invocations of blessings.
There was a feast, with several varieties of rice, dumplings, salads, fish, meat and a variety of drinks.
This glorious autumnal day augers well for the love and respect people have for one another. A great day for this gathering of kindred spirits, may blessings be upon all.
(written by Duru-darshan,
Melchizedek Priest, LDS Ilford)
|Posted on August 25, 2013 at 2:03 PM||comments ()|
I was glad to see Terry at the church today. He has been to the hospital. Last time he said he was going for a cancer operation. Today he looked fine.
Eleven-year old Brother Joseph Omuroyi was asked to give a talk on Prayer. He had just been asked this morning, so he gave an impromptu speech : "How can we talk to our Heavenly Father? Prayer is the basic thing we do, when we get home and at the end of the day." I am sure we all pray for safety for all our loved ones. "I know my Father loves me. Without prayer I wouldn't feel that protection".
Today, we were joined by four new missionaries. Sister Stoja is from Tirana, Albania. She stood at the pilpit and made her introductory speech : "I know this Church is true. I know the Book of Mormon is true. It is a blessing for me to be here. I love you."
This is a great, democratic aspect about the Church of Latter-Day Saints, all members are allowed, indeed encouraged, to stand at the pulpit and give their testimonies.
Brother Judy (all missionaries are normally addressed by their surnames, unless they choose to tell us their first names) comes from Utah. He says "When I was little, I didn't like the rules. But when I came to this Church, I learned that the two great commandments were these: That we should love God our Lord with all our hearts, and all our souls, and all our minds. The 2nd that we should love our neighbours as we love ourselves. If we obey these two rules, and have love in our hearts, the other commandments become automatically understood by us." My sentiments precisely.
President Saltzman's daughters are visiting from Utah. "I feel privileged for the chance to address you. We are all capable of receiving revelations. The first revelation is that we all have a physical as well as a spiritual identity." Then he gave the analogy of children learning to ride a bicycle. " We are all capable of receiving revelations. We have to be prepared to do what the Lord tells us (like the subconscious, me thinks) If we are not sincere in following through, He will not tell us.
He is sometimes going to Let Go as we try to ride the bicycle."
Later, in the Gospel study class, we all sing Happy Birthday to Sister Grace Patterson, who is here all the way from New Zealand. It's her 21st. Happy Birthday, Grace!
Sister Kathy Su, who was from Singapore, has gone somewhere else. Sister Kathy, you were missed. Also missed Elder Botcha from Andhra Pradesh.
I am very impressed by the young missionaries, who have travelled from far and wide, to come and spread the message of our Saviour and Redeemer, whose example of Divine love and understanding has brought all of us together.
In His name, I ask for blessings upon us all.
(Written by Duru-darshan
Melchizedek Priest, LDS Ilford)
|Posted on August 17, 2013 at 5:35 PM||comments ()|
Brothers and Sisters, I have been asked to give a brief talk on the subject of Obedience.
This is a subject which is very relevant, for late in life, I have found that it gives joy to parents to find their offspring are obedient. By this I imply that children listen to parents' guidance, and do what would find approval in the parents' hearts and minds. And so it must be with our Heavenly Father. And what can be more joyful than to know that we do according to God's wishes, which are known to each one of us according to the dictates of our nature and our conscience. Just as when we are mature and realize that it makes our parents happy if we do that which they would approve, that we are dutiful and obedient children, similarly, I realise that our God in Heaven looks upon with pleasure when we do what he would have us do.
There are rich rewards as fruits of obedience, in the form of good health, good life, good guidance, good nature. To see what our elders have found true, I read President Lorenzo Snow saying that "ever feeling grateful for our earthly being, and more especially for the Spirit of God we have received through obedience to the Gospel." That is really a message of good faith, that we receive the Spirit of God in our hearts when we are obedient. That is such a precious gift.
For such approval and such guidance, the method of following the Gospel is quite straightforward. When I was 13, the love of Christ found a place in my heart, and somehow automatically I have most of my life followed the gospel, without consciously thinking about it.
When Jesus was on Earth, a lawyer asked Him "Master, what is the great commandment in the law?"
Our Saviour said unto him : "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and all thy soul, and all thy mind."
That impressed me greatly at age 13, and it has been a great comfort and delight to me, in good times as well as when I have faced difficulties in life.
And the second commandment, "Love thy neighbour as thyself" is a great promoter of understanding of our fellow human beings. If I am fair to myself, I cannot be mean towards my neighbour if he says a few nasty things about me, after all, unless I don't love myself and would not excuse any shortcomings on my part. Before I developed this realization, I always took on faith what our Saviour said : "Love thine enemy". I realized that this is a great formula to save our hearts from burningwith hatred towards anyone who has wronged us. We don't call Christ our Saviour for nothing.
Those who follow these two great commandments are probably likely to love themselves so much and have such a pleasant life, they are likely to follow the rest of the ten commandments even if they were not aware of them. That I do believe.
When one is absorbed in living a joyful life in the assurance of receiving the Spirit of God in one's heart here on earth, and today, not some date in the future, then one simply cannot do ill or fall prey to temptations. I simply would not wish to have God disapprove of any of my actions, I have such love and respect for our Heavenly Father.
I share my testimony and ask for God's blessings for continued guidance in the name of Jesus, our teacher and Saviour.
(written by Duru-darshan
Melchizedek Priest, LDS Ilford)
|Posted on August 6, 2013 at 10:08 AM||comments ()|
Recently I wrote about the Mormon church, about their production of a spiritual musical called Truth shall prevail, being staged at the Chorley, Preston temple in Lancashire. My blog had over 1600 reads, mainly from Hongzhou in China. Thank you, dear readers.
At the moment the most alarming news is from Zimbabwe, where President Mugabe has been re-elected, amidst complaints that the election has been rigged. His comeback has been with the announcements of implementing policies of nationalisation of mining and natural resources companies. Mr Mugabe obviously does not believe in free-market economics, nor does the devout Catholic believe in forgiveness, which he and inter-alia his nation received after he took over the white peoples' farms and handed them out to his cronies and their clans. A nation that was once the bread basket of Africa has reduced itself to a state of constant shortages of food in the supermarkets, due to neglect of a farming sector that has lost its efficiency; and loss of credibility overseas which have hampered imports. Just like Zimbabwe produced the Billion Dollar notes and failed to appreciate that their currency cannot have the status of a world reserve currency, so now President Mugabe... but wait, this devout Catholic and clever student and man of the world will surely not fail to realize that nationalising assets belonging to international companies will lose international goodwill towards his nation. And while it may be very profitable in the short term, in the long term it would be like taking a slow poison.
I pray President Mugabe's good sense will prevail and he will not decide on such a brutal policy. I hope this man who likes to be portrayed on his country's postage stamps in the manner of a sovereign, follows policies which will leave his country a legacy where they can trade and interact with the rest of the world as a free market economy, for years to come. Let there not be a time when the nation once again degenerates into a period of stupor and complacency, like recently when so many years were lost due to loss of goodwill abroad and lack of scientific know-how in the country.
The kind gift of globalisation has been the awareness of the spirit that only with co-operation and fairness in dealings can all the nations prosper, by developing their natural resources and exchanging them with others on a fair basis. To punish the intermediaries of such development, the international companies who operate within the boundaries and jurisdiction of every nation, would not be a welcome gesture.
Mr Mugabe's pronouncements have caused market jitters in the short term. Hopefully he will heed the wise counsel of his Ministers and allow the development of his nation's enterprises continue with international know-how, expertise and capital.
I have many friends from Zimbabwe at the church, and I wish them and their President well. I hope Mr Mugabe reads my words, and heeds the advise I offer.
|Posted on August 4, 2013 at 2:18 PM||comments ()|
This marks the 200th Anniversary of the establishment of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from Lancashire, where the oldest stake is at Chorley. The Temple there in Chorley is the venue where the British Pageant is being staged.
It is a potted history of the spread of the Book of Mormon, which is another account of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Bridge in Liverpool is the theatrical backdrop to this musical extravaganza, with nearly 200 actors, enacting various episodes from personalities connected with the spread and growth of this Church, known as the true church. "For any man who lacks wisdom, let him ask of God" and God thus inspired the wondrous 14 year old farmer's son called Joseph Smith junior to go to an open field in Wayne County, New York, in 1820, where he kneeled down to ask God for wisdom and was blessed with the visitation by two beams of light which bore the personages of God and His Son.
Thus the period known as the Apostasy (meaning the absence of God's Light from Earth after the death of the original twelve apostles of Christ) ended and the Light was restored to Earth, through the 14 year old who subsequently was entrusted with the Golden Plates which he translated and published and distributed, known as The Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ.
Subsequently Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were martyred at Carthage Jail, and their Mother, the blessed Lucy Smith, held steadfast in the face of massive opposition and held the integrity of this inspired book, The Book of Mormon. Is this book true, did it save a continent from the venom of intolerance and bring peace and understanding to what was then the Wild West? I understand so.
The steadfast holding of these words of wisdom for which that enlightened family paid so great a price was not without its blessing. Rightly so is Joseph Smith today known as our blessed Prophet, and the spreading of this Church with temples being built in more and more cities around the world testify to the growing love people have for his wisdom and Light.
Do we wait for the second coming of Christ? Or did he come in the night, restoring the Gospel of Christ and so graciously leaving this bright burning Light who some call the Church of Mormon?
(Melchizedek Priest at the
|Posted on July 14, 2013 at 3:01 PM||comments ()|
In church today at the Ilford LDS chapel, three speakers gave their ideas on the above topics, which I have briefly captured for you (briefly because they were going so fast that I was not able to jot everything down, mainly because the ideas were so fascinating that my mind was trying to understand them).
The first speaker was Sister Rubby Ofodile, whose speech was so beautifully written that I think it ought to be published in the Ensign.
She began by the mention of the motto on the U.S. currency : In God we trust, followed by 'Dieu et mon droit' the motto of the British Monarch, translated by Rubby as 'God is on my right'. "We as children of God should have trust in Him"
First we have to find someone trustworthy, and then we have to get to know
him. She seems a woman of innate faith. She recapped the story by Mary Stevenson of the footprints in the sand, sometimes two, at other times only one, when God was carrying the weary traveller, tired, sleepy, clueless but trusting.
The way Ruby gave her speech had most people spellbound.
The second speaker was Sister Julie Tavner, on the subject of Charity.
"Charity purifies us....Charity is a divine gift.... we need to have charity in our hearts, to be more Christ-like....to have compassion for the hungry and the sinner, like our Saviour.
Prophet Joseph Smith also practised charity. Charity is having patience; looking beyond the physical and looking at the other attributes. Charity is inclusive. It sanctifies us, making us more like the Saviour. It is not easy to do. A charitable heart rejoices not in inequity. Charity is the pure love of Christ."
The third speaker was Brother Mohammed Conteh, on the topic of Spiritual and Temporal Blessings of Service. He recounted from the Book of Mormon the passage where King Benjamin is speaking to his people. "I say unto you...."
Some well known verses from the Saviour : "If you turn away the needy, or don't visit the sick, then I say unto thee...." Guess what Jesus said. Similarly if you are muscular or gracious, then....
The Christ said many beautiful words, whose ideas are ingrained in the minds of humankind. I feel sure most people can fill in the blanks in the above passages.
In the fullness of time, these beautiful words of the Christ will bear fruit. May they increase our understanding.
It was a glorious, beautiful day filled with sunshine, and the Stratford Ward had a baptism, that of Chantal Gregoire, attended by a house full, celebrated with hymns and welcoming speeches, and a feast, with many dishes representing many cultures.
(Written by Duru-darshan
Melchizedek priest at LDS Ilford)
|Posted on June 23, 2013 at 4:50 PM||comments ()|
There is something about the chemistry, about the language and communication of the mind and soul, which brings people together or drives them apart. It is this chemistry between people that I would blame for.....or, rather, a change in the chemistry between people that I would blame for separation and divorce.
I am surprised that Napoleon Hill was not given the Noble Prize, but then again there is no category in the Noble Prizes into which his work fits. Perhaps, on that point, I would suggest there should be another category created by the Trustees of the Noble Foundation. The Increasing of Human Understanding.
Napoleon Hill interviewed 500 of the most successful people in America in the 1920s, and from those interviews he wrote many articles, published in his Hill's Success Magazine. But a few people made a huge impression on him, viz Andrew Carnegie, Firestone, Henry Ford, Dr.Alexander Graham Bell, and Dr. Thomas Alva Edison. And yes, Mr Edwin Barnes, who said it could not be done, that is to say, the writing of a blueprint for success based on the interviews with successful people.
Napoleon Hill turned that into a questions: Who said it could not be done? and went on to publish his Think and Grow Rich, a book that sells well throughout the world, in many languages, in number just after the sales of the Bible, Koran and Bhagavad-Gita and other religious masterpieces.
In his research, Napoleon Hill says that the first three years of a marriage often have petty squabbles and friction, but the love that exists between the two will carry it through. The next fifteen years are those in which the lucky couple start to look alike in their eye movements and thinking, influencing their value judgements and expressions, meaning the happy couple have achieved understanding of one another, and a state of harmony exists between them that we attribute to the magic of chemistry.
A state of harmony, an instinctive understanding, an automatic understanding of mutual goals. It is like both have the same road-map, or at least complementing road maps.
Those for whom a partnership does not work, it seems are rather like a horse-drawn carriage where the horses want to pull in differing directions. Where it is not possible to bring harmony of direction, abandonment of the journey becomes the alternative. Such is what happens in business partnerships as well, and in politics as well.
A question that may help bring harmony back is : What was the road map that brought the partners together in the first place? Can it be modified and restored? If the answer is Yes, then hope still remains for reunion and success.