Andy Goddard’s Blog


Soul Purpose
June 29, 2008, 9:05 pm
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My dad has spent decades talking about discovering our “Mission, Calling, and Purpose” or “gifts and fire.” In other words, what we came on earth to do (besides prepare to meet God again). What is the mission that you came on earth to accomplish? What unique gifts did God give you to bless His children? Natalie and I have spent months studying our patriarchal blessings, meditating, and journaling about our Soul Purpose, and feel we have made some significant breakthroughs. Natalie’s soul purpose is around healing, and mine is about teaching. We feel incredibly driven to play in our soul purpose every day!

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Life Coaching
April 29, 2008, 7:53 pm
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I went to a seminar about “Soul Purpose” that sparked my interest. Nat and I came in later and met with the presenter, Garrett White. He invited us to go through an 8-12 month process called the Freedom Fasttrack, where Garrett and others coach us in different areas of our lives. Nat and I signed up and have been transformed by the process. We never perceived the value in coaching before this process, but having an accountability partner is priceless.

Garrett regulary presents at Sould Purpose events and Producer Power Hour – I would recommend attending any event where he’s presenting. Learn more at www.freedomfasttrack.com



Bull’s-eye! Joseph Smith and the Restoration got Three for Three
January 8, 2007, 7:01 am
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by Wally Goddard

Some doctrines matter more than others:

 

 

Common Christian views

 

 

LDS view

References

What is God like? Trinity: Father, Son, & HG of the same substance.

He can be our father by adoption—if we accept Him.

He made us out of nothing. No pre-earth existence.

He is different in kind from us.

He is unknowable, a mystery. To know Him is to diminish Him

Three separate and real Beings (physical)

He is our literal Father.

He begat our spirits. We have always lived— with Him!

We are like Him and can become more like Him.

He is our Father, Friend, Advocate

Our first duty is to know God & His character. To know Him is to be changed by Him.

Acts 7:55-56

Hebrews 1:1-3

Hebrews 12:9

Matthew 5:48

1 John 3:2

John 10:34-36

John 17:20-23

John 17:3

How does He guide us? From leaders or from the community? C: Through the Pope

C&P: Through the debate and politicking of early councils

Esp. P: Through the Bible

P: Through the body of believers

P: Through prayer (but not through feelings!)

Through a living prophet

Through the Bible and additional revelation (unlimited!)

Through message of HG in mind and heart

Thoughts and feelings

Both the leaders and personal revelation

Amos 3:7

The pattern!

Ephesians 2:19-20

Ephesians 4:11-14

John 15:16

1 Kings 19:12

How can we be with Him in eternity? Original sin (C: Fallen; P: Depraved)

Predestination

C: The sacraments give us access to Christ’s merit.

P: Confessing Christ, faith in Lord Jesus Christ

Fate of the ignorant is uncertain. No period for redemption.

Only two options: All or nothing

Few saved: Focus on worshiping God

Innocents in a fallen world

Agency: We choose!

Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ

Repentance

Ordinances just as Lord commanded

Every single soul will choose for self. All may be saved.

Glory exceeding our understanding for ALL but the sons of perdition; continued relationships

Jeremiah 1:5

Joshua 24:15(2N2:27)

Revelation 20:13

James 2:15

Acts 2:37-8

1 Corinthians 15:29

1 Peter 3:18-19,4:6

John 14:2

1 Corinthians 15:40-2

Do the differences make a difference?

Which propositions lead us to God, goodness, hopefulness, & Christian living? Which edify? Test them by their fruits! (Matthew 7:20)

Tests of truth:

By the word of God (all scripture and living prophets)

By good sense (The first casualty in religious debates!) and analogy (This world is patterned after the eternal one.)

The witness of the Holy Ghost in our minds and in our hearts (redundant systems for spiritual safety!)



Great Website
October 16, 2006, 6:08 am
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Our StoryI just discovered OurStory.com – a website that lets you create the timeline of your life – for free! You can upload images of events, and it displays a visual timeline. It’s a great showcase Web 2.0 site. You can view my timeline here!



What my membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints means to me.
September 10, 2006, 8:25 pm
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Last General Conference, Elder Hinckley invited us to write down what our membership means to us. Here’s my stab at it:

My membership in the Church is what allows me to be “born again,” to have a new name (the name of Christ), and to be readmitted into God’s presence. It is the symbol of my Divine Lineage because baptism is the God’s way of adopting children.

My membership in the Church is a privilege. I have grieved to see priesthood holders betray their wives and lose their membership.

My membership in the Church is an honor. For two years, I was honored to wear a nametag that bore the Church’s name and my name side by side. When I served in Sarcelles, I was spit on, had eggs thrown at me, and was called names because I wore the Church’s name. I would gladly die for the Church’s name.

My membership in the Church makes me part of a “peculiar people,” set apart from the rest of the world. It means that I don’t drink with everybody else, I don’t take the Lord’s name in vain, and I try not to do anything that would disgrace the Savior.

My membership in the Church means that I’m a card-carrying member of His kingdom. I help build His kingdom by serving His children. Everything I have (my money, my time, and my life) is a gift from Him, so I gladly consecrate it to His work. My membership allows me to enter His house and learn of and from Him. My membership allows me access to His throne of grace, with weekly cleansing and renewal.



Introduction
July 30, 2006, 6:53 pm
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I’m a husband, dad, and a graphic designer/entrepreneur (not to be confused with entre-manure which means “between crap”). I have 3 charming sons and a lovely wife. What more could I ask for, you may ask? How about a goat? Yes, we also have a 1-month-old Nubian Goat, who follows our boys around wherever they go (except in the house). We also have a lamb and a ewe (should that be “an ewe”?), but they may losing their place in the family, soon. We’ve had some good times with them – we’ve done some mutton-bustin’ and  harnessed them so they could pull the boys in the bike-trailer – but they’re just a lot of work. They’re always knocking over their water trough, getting tangled up in their rope, and pooping everywhere. We’re not big meat-eaters, either, so we’re not sure what a “happy ending” for these sheep are.

Family Portrait



Aspirations
July 30, 2006, 6:11 pm
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Here are some of my dreams:

  • Strengthen Families – there are so many forces breaking apart our families – we can’t be fence-sitters any longer. Education is the only hope. I’m working on FamilyCollege to get good resources in the hands of families.
  • Make a Difference in Africa – debt relief, reduce spread of HIV, give them a chance (especially the children) to rise out of poverty. I’ve designed several pieces for several outreach efforts, including Nourish the Children, LDS Humanitarian Services and Choice Humanitarian.
  • Kill Pornography – I have a close friend who was addicted to pornography, tried to fight it (alone) for years, and has now lost his wife, two kids, and membership in his church. Why are we protecting the rights of vicious predators who want to devour us? Let’s kill pornography before it kills us. I’m redesigning the website for Treating Pornography Addiction.

Ultimately, I want to work with family members (my wife, parents, siblings, & children) full-time on these projects.