Monday, August 21, 2017

"There is nothing in this world that will be able to compare to..."

Job, in his extremity, declared "I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the Latter-Day upon the earth.

And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God." (Job 19:25)

What powerful words.  Job, who lost everything, including his health, is testifying that he has seen that the Redeemer lived then, and will live forever, and that he will be resurrected.  

We all will be resurrected and one day we will stand before the Savior.  President Eyring has said it will be a time of Joy for those who have spent their lives in his service.  

How are you preparing for that time when you will stand before the Savior?  Do you serve others, as our Prophets and Apostles and scriptures have instructed us to do?

Have we studied Christ's doctrine, and then acted upon it?  

He invites all to come unto him, and in him find rest, and peace that "surpasseth all," and not just at the last day, but now through the spirit.  

Have we overcome the world through his grace and our choices to live a godly life, as Paul encouraged us to?

Do we put aside the things of the world, and make time in our lives for the things of God?  Do we turn to the Lord in our lives?  Coming back to Job, he turned to the Lord in his extremity.

Many of us have trials in this life.  Do we turn to the Lord in them so we may be comforted, strengthened, and lifted, and do we strengthen and lift others?  

Because if we do, as President Eyring said, standing before the Savior will be a time of Joy for us, and for him.  We will be able to feel of his love, and will be able to be lifted as he blesses us.  

There is nothing in this world that will be able to compare to what that will be like.  May we ever seek the Savior out, so that through the spirit, we may know him, both in times of peace, and times of trial.  For he knows and understands and comprehends all of it.  

He is a succoring Savior and Redeemer of the World, and knows each one of us intimately, and as President MOnson said, is in the details of our lives.  May we ever invite him in.

Find out more about Christ. Along with the Bible, his words are in the Book of Mormon. Find out for yourself and read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Picture is Journey's End by Derek Hegsted available at http://www.hegsted.com/journeysend.html

Saturday, August 19, 2017

"As if the Savior were there beside us, teaching us..."

John says "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." (John 5:39)

When we search the scriptures, the holy spirit testifies of the truth of the Savior.  We read in Moroni: "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.

And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." (Moroni 10:4-5)

When the spirit testifies of the truth of what we read, it is as if the Savior of the world were right there beside us.  Through the spirit, we come to know him, and to know of his reality. 

I pray that all of us might search the scriptures diligently, as King Benjamin instructed, and come to know the Savior as the spirit testifies to us of his reality and divinity. 

And may that inspiration guide our lives.

Find out more about Christ. Along with the Bible, his words are in the Book of Mormon. Find out for yourself and read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Picture is touched by the scriptures by Jon Mcnaughton

Friday, August 18, 2017

Christ's invitation to repent and to come unto him

We are able to return to God through the atonement of Christ and Repentance.  Through repentance we find the rest and peace of God, made possible through his suffering.  As is said in scripture:

"For, behold, the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him.

And he hath risen again from the dead, that he might bring all men unto him, on conditions of repentance.

And how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth!" D&C 18:11-13

And again the Lord says in other scripture:
"Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more." (D&C 58:42)

May we ever make repentance a part of our lives, so that we may become more like the Savior, become more perfected.  The Savior invites us here and in other scripture to  "come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest," (Matthew 11:28), and above we read he rejoices when we repent and come unto him.  Who would not want to live forever with such a Savior?

And because he has risen from the dead, we all will again as well, and he will draw all people to him, both spiritually and physically.  What a marvellous blessing.  

May we all repent, and find rest in the Savior of the World, Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of the World, and the Author of our Salvation. He who will save us.   

Find out more about Christ. Along with the Bible, his words are in the Book of Mormon. Find out for yourself and read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

"I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent"

Gethsemane (and later the cross) was so severe that we are told in scripture that the Savior fell on his face, and later had to be strengthened by an angel, and that he sweat drops of blood.  The Savior himself said this about what he suffered, and that because of it we do not have to suffer as he did. 

"For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;

But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I;

Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—

Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men." (D&C 19:16-19)

Glory be to the Father, for the gift of his Only Begotten Son, who ransomed us as scripture says, by his blood.

Those who are saved in the Celestial Kingdom are those whose garments are washed white in the blood of the Lamb.

And because of the atonement, we can be comforted and lifted in our trials, and forgiven of our sins.  What a marvellous gift.  That because he suffered, we don't have to. 

Here is a slideshow about Gethsemane:


Want to find out more about Christ? The Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, is the Word of God. I know it to be true. God Showed prophets what to include in the Book of Mormon for our day. Read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Scripture is D&C 19:16-19

Picture is Gethsemane, by Adam Abram Art

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Challenge from a Modern-Day Apostle to study the Doctrine of Christ

There is so much about the Doctrine of Christ in Holy Writ.  This post has some wonderful examples of prophets testifying of Christ in the Old Testament, and it is also a challenge from a modern day Apostle for us to study the Doctrine of Christ.

Exodus 15:2 tells us "The Lord is...my Salvation,"  and 2 Samuel 22:2 tells us that he is "my fortress and my deliverer."  Psalms tells us that "The Lord is my light and my salvation," "my help and my deliverer," and "deliverer and shield." (Psalms 27:1; 40:17; 144:2)

Isaiah tells us he is the Savior who shall be sent, and God tells us through Isaiah that "I am...the Holy One of Israel, thy Savior, " And "Beside me there is no Savior" (Isaiah 19:20; 43:3; 43:11).

The Lord told Joel that "whosoever shall call on the...Lord shall be delivered."

What wondeful words just in these few scriptures. I hope you were able to feel the spirit just in these few verses.  This is not an exhaustive list, in fact, these are just a few of the scriptures from the Old Testament.  All total, there are approximately 2,200 verses in the Standard Works (Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants) that deal with Christ.

President Nelson, president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, has asked us last conference to open the topical guide and read all of the scriptures that have to do with the Doctrine of Jesus Christ, in all of the subsections. 

President Nelson said after reading these, he felt a sense of renewed devotion to Christ, and felt closer to the source of all of our blessings, Jesus Christ. 

I have taken his charge to study, and have felt the spirit close, continuing to testify to me of the reality and divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ. I have felt him close, and know he is real.  I know he lives, and I know he is active in our lives if we will but invite him into it through study, through prayer, and through service to others.

May you take this challenge as well, and study the Doctrine of Christ as shown in the scriptures.  Here is a link to Jesus Christ in the Topical Guide.  If you scroll down to where it says Jesus Christ, you can find the many subheadings that speak of Jesus Christ, and can open each of them, and study them carefully.  As you do, you will come closer to Christ, and can feel of his love.  You will discover him in a whole new way. 

That all may come closer to Christ is my prayer.

The Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, is another Testament of Christ.   Find out for yourself and read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Picture is Jesus Christ, the son of Man by Brian Jekel Fine Art

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Prophet's Testimony; "He was born to be the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind..."

"He came with a foreknowledge that He would bear the burden of the sins of us all.

He knew that He would be lifted up on the cross.

He was born to be the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind.

He was able to accomplish His mission because He was the Son of God and He possessed the power of God.

He was willing to accomplish His mission because He loves us.

No mortal being had the power or capability to redeem all other mortals from their lost and fallen condition, nor could any other voluntarily forfeit his life and thereby bring to pass a universal resurrection for all other mortals.

Only Jesus Christ was able and willing to accomplish such a redeeming act of love.

We may never understand nor comprehend in mortality how He accomplished what He did, but we must not fail to understand why He did what He did.

Everything He did was prompted by His unselfish, infinite love for us. Hear His own words:

“For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent; …

“Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink.” (D&C 19:16, 18.)

As was so characteristic of His entire mortal experience, the Savior submitted to our Father’s will and took the bitter cup and drank.

He suffered the pains of all men in Gethsemane so they would not have to suffer if they would repent.

He submitted Himself to humiliation and insults from His enemies without complaint or retaliation.

And, finally, He endured the flogging and brutal shame of the cross. Only then did He voluntarily submit to death. In His words:

“No man taketh it [my life] from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father” (John 10:18.)

He is the Resurrection and the Life. (See John 11:25.)

This power to revive His own life was possible because Jesus Christ was God—even the Son of God. Because He had the power to overcome death, all mankind will be resurrected. “Because I live, ye shall live also.” (John 14:19.) (Ezra Taft Benson, Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer, October 1983 General Conference)

I urge each of you to read the entire talk, for in it, a prophet of God testifies of Christ the entire talk.  

 The Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, testifies of Christ. Find out for yourself and read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Monday, August 14, 2017

A Modern-Day Prophet's testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ

"Like the polar star in the heavens, regardless of what the future holds, there stands the Redeemer of the world, the Son of God, certain and sure as the anchor of our immortal lives. He is the rock of our salvation, our strength, our comfort, the very focus of our faith.

In sunshine and in shadow we look to Him, and He is there to assure and smile upon us.

He is the central focus of our worship. He is the Son of the living God, the Firstborn of the Father, the Only Begotten in the flesh, who left the royal courts on high to be born as a mortal in the most humble of circumstances. Of the loneliness of His living He said, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head” (Matt. 8:20). He “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38).

He was a man of miracles. He reached out to those in distress. He healed the sick and raised the dead. Yet for all of the love He brought into the world, He was “despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: … he was despised,” and was esteemed not (Isa. 53:3).

We look upon His matchless life and say with the prophet Isaiah:

“He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows. …

“… He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isa. 53:4–5)...

Our faith, our knowledge comes of the witness of a prophet in this dispensation who saw before him the great God of the universe and His Beloved Son, the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. They spoke to him. He spoke with Them. He testified openly, unequivocally, and unabashedly of that great vision. It was a vision of the Almighty and of the Redeemer of the world, glorious beyond our understanding but certain and unequivocating in the knowledge which it brought. It is out of that knowledge, rooted deep in the soil of modern revelation, that we, in the words of Nephi, “talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that [we and] our children may know to what source [we] may look for a remission of [our] sins” (2 Ne. 25:26).

And so, my brothers and sisters, as we bid you good-bye for a season, we repeat our firm and enduring testimony. We do it as individuals with a sure and certain knowledge. As I have said many times before, and as I now say again, I know that God our Eternal Father lives. He is the great God of the universe. He is the Father of our spirits with whom we may speak in prayer.

I know that Jesus Christ is His Only Begotten Son, the Redeemer of the world, who gave His life that we might have eternal life and who rules and reigns with His Father. I know that They are individual beings, separate and distinct one from another and yet alike in form and substance and purpose. I know that it is the work of the Almighty “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39). I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet, the great Prophet of this dispensation through whom these truths have come. I know that this Church is the work of God, presided over and directed by Jesus Christ, whose holy name it bears.

Of these things I testify in solemnity as I leave with you, my beloved associates, my love and blessing, in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen. God be with you ’til we meet again." (President Gordon B Hinckley, We look to Christ, April 2002 General Conference)

 The Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, testifies of Christ. Find out for yourself and read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Christ's appearances Biblically, and in our Modern Day

In the Bible, Old and New Testaments we see many examples of men seeing Christ face to face.  We know Adam did in the Garden, but there were more later.  

The Lord appeared to Abraham (Genesis 12:7, 17:1, 18:1, Abraham 2:6-11), to Jacob, or Israel face to face (Genesis 32:30), Moses face to face (Exodus 33:11), as well as many other appearances in the Old Testament (See links and comprehensive list in the topical guide).  In addition to all of the people seeing the Resurrected Christ during his postmortal ministry among the Jews, there is another example of the veil being rent in the new Testament.  Stephen was also able to see Christ standing on the right hand of God before he (Stephen) was stoned for his testimony of Christ (More examples of the postmortal appearances of Christ here)

So here we see Biblical support, both Old and New Testament for people seeing the Face of God and living.  So how does the scripture in Exodus 33:20 which says that No man can see God and live fit in?  It is a good question.  

Joseph Smith, through the gift and power of God, gives the inspired words that were supposed to be in Exodus 33:20 (below)

"And he said unto Moses, Thou canst not see my face at this time, lest mine anger be kindled against thee also, and I destroy thee, and thy people; for there shall no man among them see me at this time, and live, for they are exceeding sinful. And no sinful man hath at any time, neither shall there be any sinful man at any time, that shall see my face and live."

So we see this inspired translation brings harmony to the many biblical accounts of people seeing Christ and living.  We see that no one who is in sin can see God and live. 

Is it so far-fetched that a young, pure minded boy in his fifteenth year would have God appear to us in our day and age?  He sought forgiveness of his sins, one of the prerequisites to seeing God, and wanted to know what church was right.  He followed what James says, to ask of God to gain wisdom, and to ask in Faith, nothing wavering.  

And because of that, he saw God, the Eternal Father, and his Glorified, Resurrected Son, Jesus Christ.  They told the young prophet that through him the fulness of the Gospel taught in New Testament times would be restored to the earth.  

And Joseph Smith wasn't the only one to see God.  He and Oliver Cowdery saw Christ, and there were others who did as well, and there are many modern-day apostles and prophets have seen him.  More information on that can be found on other posts on this blog.

God in his heavens had waited patiently to restore  all of the blessings of previous dispensations so this earth would be prepared for his second coming, so that the earth would not be smitten with a curse. What a wonderful flood of Christ-centered light! 

I know that Jesus Christ lives, that he is the Savior and Redeemer of the World, and only through him may we be purified, and return to the presence of the Father.  He is real, and as President Monson has said, he is in the details of our lives. 

As we come to Christ, and discover his gospel, we will be lifted, strengthened, comforted, saved, and exalted as we follow him as he invites us to.  

I love Christ with all of my heart, and am profoundly grateful for the blessings that have come to me with the restoration of his gospel again to the earth.  I hope and pray that we all may come unto him, and in him find rest.  

Do you love the Savior, his words in the Bible, and want to know more about him?  Read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online, and pray about its truth at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Friday, August 11, 2017

The Intercessory Prayer's instruction: Becoming One with Christ and the Father

There are several examples of the Savior praying, from the Sermon on the mount to the cross, and in the Americas, but I wanted to focus on one specific example of him praying for us.  

In the intercessory prayer, he said "Neither pray I for these [the apostles] alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 

That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me." (John 17:20-21)

I recommend you take the time after this post to read the entire intercessory prayer.  Such a powerful prayer.  Many more prayers Christ prayed for us, but I wanted to focus on this part.  He prayed for all who would believe on the words of the Apostles.  Us.  

And he prayed that we might be one with him and the Father.  Have we asked the Lord in our prayers that we might become one with him and the Father?  That we might feel that connectedness to them through the spirit?

Some of the sweetest moments of prayer have come when I have prayed to be one with Christ and the Father, and the experiences I have had after those prayers, and in the temple, are too sacred to relate openly.  

My only hope is that others might experience that same strength of the spirit, and that they might feel the love of the Father for them.  For they are real, and through the spirit, can answer our prayers, and can lift, comfort, strengthen, and help us.  

May we ever strive to be one with them.  

Do you love the Savior, his words in the Bible, and want to know more about him?  Read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online, and pray about its truth at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

What Christ said to the People of the Americas after his Resurrection

After Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the world descended from heaven in a cloud of light to the people of the Americas after his resurrection, he said the following;

"And it came to pass that he stretched forth his hand and spake unto the people, saying:

Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.

And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning.

And it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words the whole multitude fell to the earth; for they remembered that it had been prophesied among them that Christ should show himself unto them after his ascension into heaven.

And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto them saying:

Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.

And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust their hands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet; and this they did do, going forth one by one until they had all gone forth, and did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of a surety and did bear record, that it was he, of whom it was written by the prophets, that should come.

And when they had all gone forth and had witnessed for themselves, they did cry out with one accord, saying: 

Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God! And they did fall down at the feet of Jesus, and did worship him." (3 Nephi 11:9-17)

Jesus Christ loves all of the earth, and that is the message of the Book of Mormon.  He didn't just teach people in the Old World, he taught others too.  These people testified of Christ and looked forward to his coming into the world.  And he has not forgotten them.  They are his children, just as we are all his children.  

May we ever be grateful for the priceless truths in the Book of Mormon, which come from Christ.  

This comes from the Book of Mormon.  Read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online, and pray about its truth at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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