Yesterday we were blessed to be the "witness couple" in our Endowment session.
With only the small amount of Gods very Elect and Holy children on this Earth having this privilege to enter these sacred LDS Temples, that was a great honor for us and a very special way to participate.
We had an awesome day!
President Ezra Taft Benson taught:
“In an eternal sense, salvation is a family affair. …
“Above all else, children need to know and feel they are loved, wanted, and appreciated. They need to be assured of that often. Obviously, this is a role parents should fill, and most often the mother can do it best.”10
But another crucial source for that feeling of being loved is love from other children in the family. Consistent care of brothers and sisters for each other will come only with persistent effort by parents and the help of God. You know that is true from experience in your own families. And it is confirmed each time you read of the family conflicts faced by righteous Lehi and his wife, Sariah, in the Book of Mormon record.
The successes they won provide a guide for us. They taught the gospel of Jesus Christ so well and so persistently that children and even some descendants over generations had hearts softened toward God and toward each other. For instance, Nephi and others wrote and reached out to family members who had been their enemies. The Spirit at times softened the hearts of thousands and replaced hatred with love.
One way for you to reproduce the successes of Father Lehi is by the way you lead family prayers and family time, such as family home evenings. Give children opportunities to pray, when they can pray, for each other in the circle who need blessings. Discern quickly the beginnings of discord and recognize acts of unselfish service, especially to each other.
When they pray for each other and serve each other, hearts will be softened and turned to each other and to their parents."
We have been praying that Bernd Holler start being honest to himself, his children and others and to do the right thing in sharing our children (God gave us) with us and their brother Alex, so that we can teach them the Gospel of Christ, teach them truths, show them eternal love, and teach them divine honor and respect.
Especially to Jacob and Andrew, who Bernd knows are meant to be with us at this time, if only for short visits.
He could start by allowing these boys, and encouraging them, to call their loved and missed brother Alex. Or accepting Alex to call his brothers. It's time he stops the bitterness and starts the healing! He knows we have always been open to respectful communication through Brother Acosta in a civil, legal and friendly manner, and that our lines of communication are open to this type of co-operation.
Bernd knows that we could legally fight him and easily take our boys from him, due to his selfish and sever alienation tactics he has used since the day I left his wicked home , but God keeps telling us that He is ever extending His patience with Bernd through these boys, to humble Bernd to repentance, hopefully bringing Bernd back to Him and has been and is waiting patiently for Bernd to repent, all the while those around him (i.e. our children) have to suffer through his pride and stubbornness.
We will continue (if even for years) to invite these hundreds of righteous LDS members to continuously pray for all of them, everyday, especially for Jacob and Andrew, until they are free to come home to us and are able to finally grow in true eternal love, truth, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. JUST the same way their father Bernd Holler did, and was able to do, for many years of his own life while these boys were being born on Earth, and they were coming into this world with this same PROMISE that they too would enjoy these incredible blessings... that they are now NOT having in their lives, due to Bernd's (or those around him) selfish pride.
The beautiful thing about the truths the LDS faith teach, is that they are NOT the philosophies of man, mingled with scriptures. They are eternal truths that are not taught anywhere else in the world.
Truths that bring a man, and his family, safety, success and eternal and lasting happiness. Only those who want to live wicked lifestyles will reject this message.
These are the blessings Austin, Jordan, Jacob, Andrew, and Alexander were promised by God when placed on this earth through an LDS woman's linage and womb. These blessings belongs to them!
Those who have kept these boys, or continue to keep them from these blessings, will be sorely held accountable by God, Angels and His witnesses. This I testify of and bear witness to this.
Thank you, to all of you who have been praying these much needed Prayers so far! Keep them up ♥