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I’ve always been so very proud to be a police officer. To be one who stood the line between good and evil. One of the warriors in the Lord's army, sent from the other side of the veil to protect others on this side of the veil. I honestly feel that way about it. I feel that those who feel a driving need in their hearts to pick up the sword and protect others were set apart in the pre-existence to be the protectors here on earth. I believe some become cops, some become soldiers, fireman, detention officers, security personnel and so on, but they all came from the other side of the veil with a covenant to protect others. In the small, blue, soft covered Book of Mormon, there is a copy of a painting by Arnold Friberg. In the painting, Alma is baptizing the Christians in a small lake known as the Waters of Mormon. On the right, there is a guy you probably don’t notice. Unless however, you are a cop or a soldier. He is the guy that is leaning on his spear, looking away from the main event. He’s there, keeping guard and watching over the others. I like that painting and I think about that guy often.
That feeling of pride in what I do and the love for police work felt in my bosom, is superseded by the love I have for freedom, my country and the pride I feel to be an American.
But as important as the calling of police officer is, as proud as I am to be an American, as much as those things make my heart swell, they are dwarfed in size, in importance, in service, in pride and in honor; to my being a Melchizedek Priesthood holder. Being able to be one who actually holds the authority to act in the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Those who actually have the same power the ancients had ...if... we live worthily.
Of all God's children who live on the earth today, only about 1 out of every 8,000 are Melchizedek Priesthood holders. About 1 out of every 20,000 are Melchizedek Priesthood holders with a temple recommend. That's all. That's all who have the Lord's authority to act in His name and who meet His minimum standards to be welcomed inside His temples.
The Melchizedek Priesthood, if we just believed and understood it, is the power by which all miracles were and are performed. It is the power by which God Himself acts. It is the power by which the earth and the heavens were created. The power by which the deaf are made to hear, the blind made to see. The power by which the mouths of lions are shut and the power by which armies are turned away. But it only works in righteousness and worthiness. Once the authority is given, those two factors have to be supplied by you or the power is not yours to use.
If you are a Melchizedek Priesthood holder, raise the bar.
In 25 years of law enforcement I've seen several police officers fall to temptation and become disgraced by their own deeds. I've seen them stripped of their authority, their uniform. I've even seen them imprisoned. In that same length of time, I've seen Melchizedek Priesthood holders fall to temptation and become disgraced by their own deeds. I've seen them stripped of their authority, their uniform, even imprisoned. The question is why? Why do those who already have high standards and so much going for them, fall? The answer for both is painfully simple.
As an officer, I was also a certified NRA Police Firearms Instructor. Do you want to know how a well trained marksman misses his mark? It comes down to this: He breaks his focus. You'll often see him blame it on his firearm, his sights or something else. But every other well trained marksman on the line knows; ...he broke his focus. And so it is with officers and Melchizedek Priesthood holders who have fallen. They broke their focus. Like the Marksman who misses his mark, instead of maintaining proper focus on what they wanted to have happen, they started looking and thinking about things they shouldn't have looked at or thought about. Mitigating circumstances can occasionally be argued on the range, but when an officer or Melchizedek Priesthood holder falls from honor, it's because they broke their focus.
I'm not trying to sound
cold, judgmental or mean
When a police officer falls from honor, he can be put on probation. If it is serious, often there is no way back for him. He is stripped of his authority and there is an amen to his police powers. Sometimes he can never be an officer again. No way back for him. When a Melchizedek Priesthood holder falls from honor, he too can be placed on probation. If it is serious, he too can be stripped of his authority. But only rarely is there an amen to his Priesthood powers. Fortunately for the Melchizedek Priesthood holder, there is a way back to full honor.
If you have broken your focus, stop where you are. Don't make it worse than it already is. Remember that even if you have not been found out, those on the other side of the veil already know and there has already been a stop put on your Priesthood powers and your blessings. Nothing is concealable to those on the other side. Not even what you think about. Your Priesthood powers and blessings will not return until you start the repentance process. Go talk with your bishop, your stake president if needed and begin the return to full honor.
If you are breaking focus, snap to. Don't let yourself continue until your little problem becomes a nightmare. The poem, "I Only Let Go For a Moment" was written after meeting with a young elders quorum president who unfortunately let his little problem become his nightmare.
If you have maintained proper focus, good. But now increase your commitment level and become even more solid in your convictions. Raise the bar a little higher.
As a Melchizedek Priesthood holder, you need always remember who you are and why you are here. As time continues on and the line between good and evil gets more and more blurred and evil gains more and more power and good seems to faileth, it will be the worthy Melchizedek Priesthood holders who will be the ultimate protectors. The ones who stem the tide.
my Melchizedek Priesthood brother and friend,
So always remember who you are and why you are here.
Warriors and Honor...
There is a mighty group of warriors that you all know.
Part of their duty is to live standards far above the rest.
There is another group of warriors, similar in many ways.
Part of their duty is to live standards far above the rest.
Officer Samuel Jeppsen #3751 (Ret) R# 140 October 2001-dwww.LDSCOPS.com
Blessed Are They
who stand with the Lord,
Melchizedek Priesthood Holders.
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