Professor Lowry Nelson LDS Letters

The glass is half full

Change your thoughts change your life.

Someone close to me asked me to read the letters from Doctor Lowry Nelson from 1947 to a mission president and he copied the LDS Prophets. He was being asked for his opinion on whether the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints should send missionaries into Cuba. The subject of race came up and letters were exchanged. Doctor Lowry was not only educated but he had world experience with many cultures, he loved many different people and races.

This individual may feel that God should reveal more to the prophets and apostles or that they should have more knowledge and truth than normal men and I can´t say that I disagree with that person and I do believe that the Apostles are very special men being called as special witnesses of Christ in these latter days. I read the conflicts of the apostles in the Bible and hear of conflicts even now and it does not make me feel like they don´t merit being apostles, on the contrary it makes me feel like there is hope for me to attain the celestial kingdom.

My mother worked with President Monson when he was in his twenties and she has stories of working with him. A few years ago my brother Dave was waiting for a haircut in a small Bountiful shop and President Thomas Monson walked in and they were able to spend over thirty minutes talking. My brother told president Monson, over fifty years ago you worked with my Mother Marilyn Love in the old Deseret Book Bindery and President Monson without even any hesitation said, before she married your Dad her name was Marilyn Gordon. He is truly an incredible man.

I have had the chance to shake some of the Apostles hands and on one occasion I got to play at a concert in the old Hotel Utah where the Joseph Smith building now stands. My close friend has shared several personal experiences with the prophets when he worked in Church security and it only confirms that they are special witnesses of Christ in these latter days.

I won´t try to justify the attitude of the church leaders at that time in 1947 and even quite a few years later although I will try to look at the situation from all sides. I respect the offices of the priesthood and marvel at how the Lord does his work through imperfect men here on earth. The Prophets are men, they are wonderful, service oriented men that dedicate their entire lives in the service of the Lord. The Lord does not make us change, it is a process.

The pervasive attitudes were just beginning to change and as I grew up in the 60s I still remember the derogatory things my father said about African American people. Interestingly enough we had some wonderful neighbors that helped me understand that race did not matter but feelings and people matter. You will find good people in any culture group in the world and you will also find people that are not so good in any group of people in the world.

In about 1969 Connie Kelly and I were in a small wading pool with our legs up on the side and I said ¨mom, why does Connie have a better tan than I do. When I was five years old I had not learned what race was yet although as I grew I learned more about life and people´s attitudes.

At a recent Bishop´s training last week an African American Bishop, well, actually a Black Bishop from the Caribbean gave the training and I have admired this man for quite some time. To hear his advice and testimony is an amazing thing compared to how things were just a few years ago. This wonderful man is now a Priesthood leader to many white people in this area and he loves everyone in his ward and serves with pleasure and diligence.

I was in the Canyon with my mother, sister and Jana Triniman in 1978 when the announcement came over the radio conference address letting us know that every worthy male member of the church would now be able to hold the priesthood. We were all so happy and excited. I remember that day very well. When we got home my Dad said he heard about the Church announcement and he said the only thing he liked about the Church was that it did not give the Priesthood to the blacks. My Dad was a good man although he still held on to old ideas and old ways of thinking. Many men and women actually believed that black people were inferior and this way of thought was throughout the US. It was not just Mormons that had these thoughts and beliefs although Mormons did try to find doctrinal reasons as to why they believed this was the case.

It is true the Joseph Smith ordained the first black Elder in the LDS Church. His name was Elijah Able. After Brigham Young took over the practice of ordaining Black men was stopped. Many reasons were given although none of them were recognized as actual doctrine. If you have not seen ¨No one knows my story¨ which includes stories of several black members of the Church I would recommend that you look it up and watch it.

I imagine how it must have been years ago being a leader in the Church, I try to understand how giving a black man the authority back then must have been frustrating for them to magnify their callings when peoples attitudes were what they were. Recently a man in my Stake said, my wife and I want to move out of the area because the Mexicans are ruining it here. After he said that I thought to myself, I hope you do move because the area might become a bit better when people like you are gone. This man is basically a good man with ingrained attitudes that have stayed with him throughout the years.

I am not saying that some of these types of attitudes don´t have some valid points behind them when it comes to crime statistics and such but the majority of Mexican families that I interact with are wonderful people, hardworking people and loving people. This month I will marry couple number 14 and my heart is becoming hispanic and the old saying that says you are what you eat means I am becoming Hispanic from the inside out.

I have read though so much anti Mormon doctrine and I used to write about it and I ceased doing so because I felt that I needed to channel my energy into uplifting things that would make me better and help others. Very few people want to actually read the 40 page essays that BYU professors have written on Polygamy or Blacks in the Priesthood much less my personal blogs about doctrine. For years I attended the FAIR conferences and paid for two day training sessions that went over many anti mormon questions and answers including things like DNA and the Book of Mormon people etc…

Doctor Lowry seemed to be a very loving and understanding man and when you read the letters the perception of the Church leaders being very closed is what people see. The Church leaders have grown and changed over the years and adapted to many changes including interracial marriage. When I was in high school I read a book that really helped open my eyes ¨Five Smooth Stones¨ by Anne Fairbairn. I may have spelled her name wrong but the book was a love story between a black man and a white girl. Many times we live our lives in what seems like a bubble. When we reach outside of the bubble and we begin to learn more about the world we grow and open our world view.

In 1979 I had the opportunity to go to Europe for a month in a Band and I was able to meet many new people and visit 8 countries and even Chicago and New York which were like new countries to me. When I went though basic training 2 years later in Alabama I was exposed to many more people with good and bad influences and I was able to open my mind even more.

I used to feel like I needed to defend the LDS Church, on my mission I learned how to look up scriptures and I was quite good at debating although I quickly learned that arguing did not help matters and most of the time the spirit would depart and I would be left alone so I stopped arguing and spent time explaining to people that really wanted to listen. Some Elders would used the canned response that all they needed to do was to pray about the Book of Mormon and if it was true then everything else was true. I look at that answer as a cop out so I did encourage them to pray although I would also spend time researching answers for people.

You see when someone reads something against the Church and they want to believe it, you are not going to convince them with facts and scripture quotes. Logic is not always the best tool. Many times we need to rely on the spirit. I have had so many profound spiritual experiences I could never deny the hand the Lord in this gospel. I have two family members that are ordained ministers of other faiths.

One spends much of his time and energy preaching against the Mormon Church while the other spend most of his time preaching about Jesus. The difference in their lives is very distinct. The one that spends his time on the negative is always complaining and has had a very difficult time in his family while the other is much more happy and teaches of Christ and gives testimony of Jesus at all times.

More than half of my family is Catholic and I have attended many meetings in many different Churches and I appreciate all of them and respect them.

I look at the doctrines of the Church, the experiences I have had with leadership and the leaders of the church, the spiritual experiences I have had in my life, the changes that have been happening and the issues of Gay Marriage, Blacks in the Priesthood, Science and the gospel and I still have a strong testimony. I still wish to remain a member, I still have a desire to continue paying tithing and supporting the work of the Lord. I currently serve as a Branch President and I love the people and I see the positive changes that can come to individuals and families when they join the Church for the right reasons.

Someone recently said to me….. how can you have read so much and learned so much about the church, be such an intelligent individual and still believe that the Church is true.

This individual believes that Mormons have all been fooled into thinking that the church is true and they are ignoring many blatant problems in the Church. He feels that people are wasting their lives with false doctrines.

It is very difficult to argue with faith since faith is such a personal thing. It would simplify my life if I were to quit the church, my old boss said I would get Sundays off and receive a ten percent raise. We laughed about this although when I analyze what the Church and what the gospel has done in my life I see the very positive power it has had in my life.

So I will be doing a few blogs about the Church which I will call One Question At A Time. With our youth, we need to keep it short and simple when we want them to spend time learning something or we loose them. Most people won´t take the time to read a blog this long so is it wasted time writing is the question. I love to write, I love to think thing through so for me it is not a waste.

I believe God does live, I can tell you that he loves each one of us. Jesus Christ is the Son of God and he did live on earth over 2000 years ago but he was killed and came back to life. He suffered for our sins that we might be forgiven when we accept him and strive to do what he has taught us. Jesus actually visited people in the americans after his resurrection and this is recorded in the Book of Mormon. When I regularly read the Book of Mormon my life seems to work out better, I gain answers, I am more patient and loving and it really has had a positive influence on my life.

I have friends that have left the Church because they no longer believe, they have left a life where service was paramount and now they do a have void. I suppose some people leave the church and do very positive things in their lives although I have seen many people that leave and turn bitter spending endless hours trying to convince others of the errors of the Church which ends up bringing much negativity into their lives.

I don´t believe the Catholic Church is the only true church although I don´t waste my time trying to convince my catholic family members and friends that they are wrong. I knew the Catholic Bishop of Utah before they transferred Bishop Wester and I admired him. I have 15 journals that are a mixture of doctrine, notes, spanish notes, goals and ramblings that I really should put on these blogs because I fear they will eventually get thrown into the trash. Things are becoming less and less important to me in my life now. I suppose it may have something to do with my age and experience.

I love my family and I hope and wish the very best for them and i love my fellowmen and also wish the best for them as well. I have been so very lucky to be involved in wonderful organizations and currently I serve as the Deputy Director of Utah LULAC and appreciate the opportunities that has bought into my life.

One question at a time.

Sincerely,

Larry G. Love

Rosaries Rosarios and much more

Lizeth growing up in Guatemala

Llizeth sitting on a rock that later was washed away in a storm if you can believe it.

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We make homemade rosaries.

Hacemos rosarios en casa.

The success we are having on our web site selling homemade rosaries is unbelievable and we just want to thank everyone that has been buying the rosaries and gemstone necklaces and telling others about it since the web traffic has increased. We have been trying to teach our children the proper way to make money in an honest way and this is a great example of such a way.

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Our site is both in English and in Spanish

Sales have more than doubled in the last little bit

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Why I deleted comments on all my posts

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Why I deleted comments on my blog

Comments were deleted because they were not actual comments

I deleted all the comments off my blog, threads and posts because they were not related to any of the topics. Comments were made on immigration were about weight loss, male enhancement and such. Comments on my music blog had nothing to do with music, answering the post or anything remotely close to it.

Comments that are general in nature like “I really like what you wrote” will be deleted since they don’t apply to any specific topic but were used just to get pings and trackbacks posted.

If you want to post a comment and have it approved then it should have something to do with the blog, thread, post or the site and it should make sense and I will not approve any post that promotes anything sexual unless it is a post to help stop circumcision of women or some valid movement. I will not approve any comments that are only trying to promote that persons website unless it relates so the topic. I will however approve comments that relate to the topic and are deemed relevant to me but if it appears to be spam it will be marked as such and deleted.

I delete over 15,000 comments and if your comment got deleted and was a valid comment then I apologize and ask that you resubmit again with appropriate comments that are on topic. Comments that just praise my writing style or knock my abilities will also be deleted since they do not apply to the topic.

Father’s day report

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Family Picture

The Love Family

Tory Sheyn and Dazholi are in Cancun today, Kaneasha, Josh and Grandson Parker Hess are moving to Idaho tomorrow, Josue (Josh) Mejicanos lives in Orem in his own apartment and has two jobs but has other plans in the works for school and starting up a new business, Michelle is now working more hours and has plans to move out in two years and go to Long Beach to go to College and study physical therapy, Junior (Osmar) is in Guatemala till Aug 20th with Grandma playing soccer and being immersed in Spanish and we miss him quite a bit. (Michelle even misses him) Osmar has plans to be a lawyer when he gets older. Lizeth has been sick and gone to see the doctor twice in the last 2 months and now she is getting better. We even went to have acupuncture done to see if that would help.

I have been helping the City teach CERT courses two nights a week along with my full time job and part time job as a medical interpreter for Linguistica International. I am also a County delegate this year. I have been in 3 Choirs and lead two which has been really fun. We are still making gemstone necklaces and rosaries at home and we have them listed on our site above. I got the chance to help my brother in law Augie with a Safety training class with his new business and that was an eye opener. My mom has been in the Hospital and now is in a rehabilitation center to get her strength back after having a pacemaker put in and various complications.

I have kept up with the Saturday Karate classes although I am almost ready to end this session and start a new one up. When you don’t charge many times I feel the student take the lessons for granted by coming late and not practicing. This year I would like to clean up my house, work and life by getting rid of things I don’t use and spending more time with my family. I have also spent some time writing here and there about different topics. Some of those items are here on my blog and others are not. I am very proud of all my kids and the best part of father’s day was getting a hug and kiss from my wife and then having Michelle come up and hug me from behind while I was making breakfast.

Rosaries a family buisness

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Family rosaries

Handmade rosaries

Rosaries have been a part of our lives for over 20 years now and I have been married to Lizeth for almost 6 years and most of the time we have over 50 rosaries in the house at a time. Many times they are hanging here or there and we are sitting together beading and creating these sacred rosaries. We go to the gem shows together to pick out the best materials for the rosaries and many times it takes more time to design them than to make them because we want them to be just right.

You can read more about my rosaries or better said our rosaries on our web site link. Many people have a lack of understanding when it comes to the rosary. When done properly you pray the rosary by meditating on the birth,life,ministry,death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and this not only brings one closer to God but brings God closer to us when you pray the sacred rosaries. Many people by not understanding this have the wrong idea about rosaries and hence a misunderstanding about Catholics as well.

Handmade Rosaries in Salt Lake City Utah are elegant and beautiful.

Gemstone Rosaries

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Rosaries

Gemstone Rosaries

Gemstone rosaries made here in the USA. These rosaries are a work of art rather than what most people are used to such as the run of the mill plastic rosaries. These rosaries will be passed down for generations and they make great gifts. Gemstone rosaries.

We make these gemstone rosaries by hand at home as a family.

Rosarios para regalos

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Rosarios para regalos

Rosarios para regalos

Rosarios para regalos, tememos muchos años haciendo rosarios para familia y amigos y ahorra clientes. Venga ver los rosarios para regalos que tenemos en nuestro sitio.

Nuestros Rosarios son hechos de piedras y metal y tomamos mucho tiempo para los deseños. Rosarios para regalos.

Rosaries necklaces and immigration help

Gemstone Necklace that is a work of art

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Or www.helpwithpapers.com or in Spanish (Español) www.ayudaconpapeles.com

This site is a family business where we have immigration advice since we have been through much of what it takes to get a visa. We have had experiences with several lawyers, ICE, USCIS and such. We offer MP3 files and advice in written form. Our prices are fair and well worth the money considering it will assist you in your immigration issues in order to work more effectively with your lawyer and prepare what needs to be done in a long process.

We have been making rosaries and gemstone necklaces for over 20 years and we often take more time designing the pieces than it takes to put them together. You will find our Rosaries and Necklaces to be very high end and unique so you won’t be finding copies of these rosaries in a store that sells in bulk since we attend the GEM SHOWS and pick the stones out ourselves and then make them by hand at home.

Gemstone Rosaries, necklaces and immigration help on our web site.

Gracias por rezar Momi Yoli

Porfavor visita mi sitio abajo para ver los rosarios

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Pues, como mañana es Dia de Madres en EU y ayer era dia de madres en Guatemala tengo que agradecer mi suegra mami Yoli por ser tan buena conmigo.

En realidad ella es la rason porque estoy con mi esposa hoy porque ella rezaba tanto. Yo vivia en un lugar como 10 millas de la ciudad y me gustaba vivir alli, yo no queira regresar a la ciudad pero por tantas oraciones condicions fueron exactamente como tenian que ser para juntar mi esposa conmigo.

Cuando fui a conocerla en 2008 yo tenia un poco de nervios pero despues de estar alli y gastar 15 dias con ella puedo ver porque mi esposa es una grand mujer y esposa.

Gracias Mami Yoli por todo y feliz dia de las madres.

Handmade Rosaries made in the USA

click on the link below to see over 70 of our handmade rosaries that are works of art

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Different rosaries than the norm

This rosary can be passed down for generations


Thank you for your interest in L&L Fine Art Rosaries, scroll down to the bottom for pictures of many custom rosaries and crosses.

The unique gift that feels right in your hands.

Please consider this one of a kind rosary since we are not making them in bulk. We make each one individually and we don’t do special orders. Many times it takes me more time to chose the materials and design the rosaries than it takes to assemble them because we carefully chose materials that feel good together. Sometimes we will make a rosary and then take it apart because it does not feel right. You can buy a less expensive rosary. We are not just selling rosaries, but a tool that will be used in scared prayer.

Moses set up stone to record the promises that the children of Israel made to the Lord so stones have had a special purpose for thousands of years. Many people believe that stones or rocks have the ability to record and retain vibrations or a memory.

We strongly believe that a family that prays together stays together. Therefore, we believe that special blessings are given when one holds a scared rosary that has been prayed upon within one’s family, reflecting the beautiful gift of prayer learned from generations before. Our rosaries are built to last. Rosaries are not made to be worn and like anything else with use they can wear out but when treated respectfully they will last for many years.

We use many types of gemstones and non-gemstone material in our rosaries accented with unique beads. We hand pick all of the materials especially for the purpose of prayer. We try to imagine holding the beads and praying as we pick the materials. We call these Fire Art pieces since they are individually made as art as well as a sacramental tool. The crosses can be changed.

This rosary can last for generations when treated with respect!

Larry started making rosaries about 1990 out of higher quality materials than plastic or wood. Now we combine many different materials to come up with a final art product that is truly beautiful. We have been making Rosaries for over 20 years now. We hold a deep respect for the rosary.

Pictures of the Rosaries may be a bit distorted because they asked for certain sized pictures for the web site so you may get a rosary that does not look exactly like the picture but I can assure you that the rosaries are handmade and very good quality and for the low price that we offer them we do not take returns or exchanges because we have decided to sell them at these blowout prices and it would not be cost effective to spend time on returns and exchanges unless we priced them at double the cost.

We have made rosaries for many religious communities, and we were honored to deliver several of our Rosaries to Guatemala last year and see the joy that it brought when people received the type of rosaries that cannot be bought in that area.

These rosaries can be passed down through the generations as scared gifts.

God bless you in your righteous efforts and a prayer from the heart can change the world, your life and the lives of those around you. Handmade rosaries made in the USA. Rosaries made in Utah.