Thursday, March 23, 2017

"I will encircle thee in the arms of my love"

In a Revelation given to Oliver Cowdery, the Lord said the following:

"treasure up these words in thy heart. Be faithful and diligent in keeping the commandments of God, and I will encircle thee in the arms of my love." (D&C 6:20)

Elsewhere, in the New Testament, the Lord says that if we love him, we will keep his commandments.  The promise given to Oliver Cowdery is included in our canon because it is for all of us-do we love the Lord, and keep his commandments so we will be encircled in the arms of his love?  

That happens here on earth when the spirit comforts and lifts us in our trials, and lifts us in all other things we may be doing.  We can feel in this life as if the Lord were right there, comforting and lifting us.  

And in the next life, if we have been Faithful, we will inherit the Kingdom of heaven, as Revelations says.  And we will be able to be encircled about in the arms of the Lord's love.  

May we ever keep the commandments, and be able to have the love of the Lord with us forever, is my prayer.  

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 in the arms of The Lord by yongsung kim

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and head."

How well do we invite the Lord to make us clean? Here is the following account from the Last Supper:

"He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.

After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?

Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.

Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.

Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.

Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean" (John 13:4-10).

Do we sometimes act like Peter? Not allowing the Atonement of Jesus Christ to operate in our lives?  

When we know the true power of the Atonement, and the cleansing power of the spirit, it is often figuratively our spirit says, as Peter later declares, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and head." 

How wonderful that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can be cleansed every whit from our sins and iniquities, and comforted in our trials and afflictions. 

May we ever avail ourselves of that, and reach out in prayer always, is my prayer.  

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 The Servant by Yongsung Kim

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Jesus anointed that Prophet and Seer

Joseph Smith was the prophet of the Restoration.  While we revere him as a prophet, we do not worship him.  God the Father and his Son Appeared to him, ushering in the dispensation of the fulness of times, with all of the blessings of previous gospel dispensations, never again to be taken from the earth.  The long night of apostasy was over.  God be praised for what he did with this unlearned but faithful boy who became a man.  And so, fittingly, we sing the following:

    1. Praise to the man who communed with Jehovah!
    Jesus anointed that Prophet and Seer.
    Blessed to open the last dispensation,
    Kings shall extol him, and nations revere.
   
(Chorus]
    Hail to the Prophet, ascended to heaven!
    Traitors and tyrants now fight him in vain.
    Mingling with Gods, he can plan for his brethren;
    Death cannot conquer the hero again.

    2. Praise to his mem'ry, he died as a martyr;
    Honored and blest be his ever great name!
    Long shall his blood, which was shed by assassins,
    Plead unto heav'n while the earth lauds his fame.

    3. Great is his glory and endless his priesthood.
    Ever and ever the keys he will hold.
    Faithful and true, he will enter his kingdom,
    Crowned in the midst of the prophets of old.

    4. Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven;
    Earth must atone for the blood of that man.
    Wake up the world for the conflict of justice.
    Millions shall know "Brother Joseph" again.
    Text: William W. Phelps, 1792-1872
    Music: Scottish folk song

May we ever be grateful for what the Lord accomplished through the Prophet Joseph Smith.  For Christ has suddenly come to his temple again, and we, and all the inhabitants of the earth, are the recipients of his priceless eternal gift of salvation and exaltation.

May we ever be grateful for that, is my prayer.  






You may read more of Joseph Smith's history by clicking here.
 

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Picture was drawn using the Prophet Joseph Smith's death mask as a pattern, and drawing from paintings then extant.  Picture by Chad Winks

Monday, March 20, 2017

How we help Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the World

"Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. (D&C 43:34, other scriptures ). Both to Prophets and in his ministry, the Savior declared that he was and is the Savior of the World.

And he will come again. We are "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ"

When that glorious day comes, no matter what side of the veil we may be on, may we be ready to greet him with joy, having done all that we could to build his kingdom by serving others, lifting them, and by "strengthening the feeble knees" (Elder Holland)

In this way, may we all truly love the Savior, so that he says to us at the last day "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matthew 25:40), and as is said in verse 46, gain eternal life. 

The Savior loves all of his children, and longs to lift each of them, and we are God's hands on earth. We have a "mandate to serve" as President Monson says (and does).

May we do that and feel of the spirit in this life, and the warm embrace of our Savior in the world to come. 

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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Picture is Resurrected Christ by Walter Rane, courtesy of https://www.lds.org/

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Our Good Shepherd, who restoreth our souls

Our Shepherd is our Savior, our Redeemer, our all. He is the author of our salvation, and intimately connected to each of our lives. He has felt exactly your pains, sorrows, sins, and beckons for you to come unto him and have your burdens lifted. 

He loves you with a love you cannot comprehend until you have felt it. And then comes a remembrance of his love, that love that extends from before the foundations of the world into the eternities. 

He is the good Shepherd. What wonderful words of peace and blessings come from him. May we ever follow him so that goodness and mercy may follow us, and we may dwell in the house of the Lord forever, as the psalm says:

"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever." (Psalms 23 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/ot/ps/23 ).

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Picture is Beside Still Waters by Simon Dewey available at Altus Fine Art by clicking here

Friday, March 17, 2017

"Behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing"

The Savior, Jesus Christ, showed the prophets of the Book of Mormon our day, because he knew what we would need to know. Listen to Moroni: "Behold, the Lord hath shown unto me great and marvelous things concerning that which must shortly come, at that day when these things shall come forth among you. Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing" (Mormon 8:34-35)

Moroni also gave us the promise of the Book of Mormon, "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).

The Book of Mormon was kept and preserved, and hidden away by Moroni and revealed by God for us in our day. The Book of Mormon is not just another Book of Scripture. The word of God, as given from the Savior to his prophets, has been given to us so that it might speak the truth to generations seeking after the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Christ our Savior, the Firstfruits of them that Slept

"But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept." (1 Corinthians 15:20 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/1-cor/15.20)

How glorious are the words spoken by the angel, "He is not here: for he is risen!" (Matthew 28:6 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/matt/28.6)

The Savior had triumphantly claimed the victory over sin and death, so that all would be resurrected, and if we repent, to gain eternal life and exaltation.

What wondrous words proclaimed this ultimate, eternal, infinite triumph.  

May we ever follow Christ, follow his commandments, and stand strong for our beliefs.  He will ever be at our side as we do.  For he lives, and seeks to help us return to him and the presence of the Father.  The victory has already been won.  

May we ever remember that.  

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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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A story about how our Father in Heaven and Christ are there to lift us

When we have trials, do we realize that we have a Heavenly Father, and Savior Jesus Christ who can help us through our trials, and rescue us when we feel like we are drowning?  Here is a story about a woman who came to realize that.  

"When I was eight, my parents divorced. My dad and I had always been close. At the time, I didn’t realize how hard it would be to not have my father involved in my everyday life. And it was difficult to come to terms with the fact that my dad would not be there to baptize me or participate in many other important events.

Seven years later, there were still times when I would sit to write something about him in my journal, but the feelings of love and sorrow were so strong I couldn’t. It was awful being that completely miserable.

During the 1999 April general conference, Elder Jeffrey Holland’s talk about the importance of a father really struck me. As I listened intently to Elder Holland, my eyes filled with tears. I felt the Spirit surround and comfort me. I realized I did have a father who is always here for me, my Heavenly Father. I was embarrassed that my stubborn thoughts about living a fatherless life were blinding me to the fact that Heavenly Father was waiting to be my support and friend.

Often when we are faced with one of life’s many trials, we focus on the negative effects it has on our life, I was using my parents’ divorce as a reason to be unhappy.

I realized I was drowning in a sea of self-pity, hoping for some miraculous change to come. But I eventually realized that the only way things would change was if I changed. Hardships are what you make them become: a never-ending problem or a chance to learn and grow. As I prayed and grew closer to my Father in Heaven, I realized that I was learning and growing. What a comforting feeling it is to know that when I kneel down to say my prayers, there is always someone who is willing to listen to me and help me. Both my mortal father and my Heavenly Father live far away, but One can hear my silent pleas for guidance." (Carrie Schaffer, Always My Father, New Era, May 2005)

May we ever have faith that our Father in Heaven and Savior Jesus Christ are there for us, to strengthen and lift us and to lift us when we feel like the weight of the world is upon us.  

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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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Mortal Advent of the Redeemer of the World

Not just at Christmas, but all year long is the time to reflect upon the Birth of the Savior into the world, and take some time to ponder the blessings that were about to come to all the inhabitants of the earth.  Luke 2 records;

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Jud├Ža, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart." (Luke 2:4-19)

This was the mortal advent of the Savior of the world, he who would bear our burdens, and redeem our souls.  He who would reconcile us to God.  HIs church has been restored to the earth in this latter day, with all of the blessings and ordinances from the ministry of the Savior.  

May we ever be grateful for him is my prayer.  

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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Monday, March 13, 2017

How we can be blessed through prayer

Do we avail ourselves of the power of prayer?  It is our way of communing with our maker, who hears the silent pleadings of our heart, and will answer our prayers.  Scripture says the following of prayer:

"let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever.

Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day" (Alma 37:36-37).

What peaceful promises.  May we ever pour out our hearts to the Lord, and he can and will answer our prayers in his own due time, and may we pray often, and our hearts be drawn out in prayer all the day long, that we may be blessed from on high.

May we ever do that, is my prayer.

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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