Friday, February 23, 2018

"I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description" (with video)

A young man went into a grove of trees to pray around the year 1820.  His purpose?  To find out which church was God's true church on this earth.  He had studied endlessly in the Bible and was following it's instruction in James 1:5 to Ask of God if you needed answers from him.  He ended up seeing God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ.  He relates this account as he was praying:

"I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me.

It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!

My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right (for at this time it had never entered into my heart that all were wrong)—and which I should join.

I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: “they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.”

He again forbade me to join with any of them; and many other things did he say unto me, which I cannot write at this time. When I came to myself again, I found myself lying on my back, looking up into heaven." (Entire account in Joseph Smith History 1:16-20).

Can you imagine the import of that experience?  The heavens were rent, and God became known to men again.  It was the beginning of this, the dispensation of the Fulness of Times.  Soon after, an angel would fly in the midst of heaven with the fulness of the everlasting Gospel to bring Christ's gospel to the world, as John the Revelator prophesied in the Bible (Revelation 14:6).  


After this experience, through successive heavenly experiences, Christ's gospel, once lost, was restored to the earth, with all of the attendant blessings that were in the New Testament Church Christ setup, and all of the blessings from all previous gospel dispensations. 

I testify that Joseph Smith saw God the Father, and his son Jesus Christ, and they did give him the answer to his prayer, that he would be the prophet who would restore Christ's Biblical church to this earth.  Through Joseph and others, the Book of Mormon was translated, Priesthood and Temple blessings restored, and the power of God again would cover the earth.  Jesus Christ lives, and stands at the head of this church named for him. 

I invite all to come unto Christ, and learn of his restored gospel again upon the earth.  It will bring you closer to Christ.  Follow the links below to learn more, and I promise you that the Holy Spirit will testify of these truths to your heart.  That we may ever come unto Christ is my prayer. 


Click here or watch below to see Ask of God, Joseph Smith's First Vision, a video combining all accounts of the first Vision.  Picture is courtesy this video.  

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 First Vision by Jon McNaughton

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Do we choose the good part? The lesson in Mary and Martha

How well do we choose "the good part?" The story of Mary and Martha teaches us something we can apply to our lives. 

"Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.

And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.

But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.

And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her." (Luke 10:38-42)

Now Martha was doing good, so do not suppose that Christ was saying that she wasn't.  This Martha was the same valiant one who later declared to Christ that she knew he was the Christ and could raise Lazarus from the Dead. So she was a strong and faithful woman of Christ.  

That said, there is a lesson here for us.  Do we sometimes get so busy with our days that we miss the opportunities to become close to the Savior?  Do we miss opportunities to read in the scriptures, to ponder the words therein, and pray about their meaning? 

Some of the sweetest, most spiritual experiences in my life have come when I put aside the things of the world, and focused on the things of God, or decided to serve others for a bit. 

May we all put aside the TV and movies, and the distractions of the day, and take some time to focus on "the good part."  We will be lifted, strengthened, and will feel closer to our Heavenly Parents and Savior Jesus Christ if we do.  And we will be able to feel of their love through the spirit.



That we may ever do so, is my prayer. 

Watch and read more about Christ on the LDS Gospel Library Mobile app at http://bit.ly/2DMtAl9 

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Picture is The Better Part by Simon Dewey, available at Altus Fine Art

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

What the Savior teaches about How to have his joy in our lives

The word joy appears in over 300 verses in scripture, so it would appear that the Lord wants us to have Joy, and in those verses, he tells us how to have joy.

In John 15:9-11 the Savior gives the following instruction: "As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full."

So when we keep the commandments, the Joy of God will remain in us.  It stands to reason that as the perfectly obedient son, Jesus Christ, is the embodiment of having a fullness of Joy.

We also know that Ammon, in the Book of Mormon, several times was so overcome with joy that it exhausted his strength.  The question is asked of us as follows:

"Now the joy of Ammon was so great even that he was full; yea, he was swallowed up in the joy of his God...Now was not this exceeding joy? Behold, this is joy which none receiveth save it be the truly penitent and humble seeker of happiness." (Alma 27:17-18)


Ammon was obedient, repented, and did the will of the Lord in all things after his conversion, and sought the joy of the Lord.  Are we obedient, and do we follow the will of the Lord and serve others so that we may have the Joy of the Savior to be with us?

As we do, we will experience that joy beyond compare, the true joy of the Lord.  There is nothing so sweet as that is.

That we may ever be obedient to the Lord, do his will, and have his joy to be with us, I pray.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

"feel of the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet"

In the old world, the Savior, when appearing to the apostles, beckoned them to feel of the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet, saying "Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have." (Luke 24:39)

Then, in the Book of Mormon he appeared and said to them "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." (3 Nephi 11:14)

And in our modern day, Christ appeared to Joseph Smith multiple times, even as he was with other people.  

Additionally, we have accounts by Apostles and Prophets, such as Elder Melvin J Ballard, accounts where they felt the prints in the Savior's hands and feet as well.

The Same Jesus Christ who appeared to his apostles in the old world appeared to people in the new world, and have again appeared to prophets in our day.

As this great latter-day work unfolds, we can look forward to the day when he will appear again, for as Revelation 1:7 says:

"Behold, he cometh with clouds;(JST with all the angels of heaven) and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him"

We do not need to feel of the prints in his hands and in his feet to know that Christ lives, and is real.  We may know, through the spirit, that he lives, and that he died for us, and because of that, we will live again, and can return to his presence.  

And when we do return, we will feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet, and we will feel such love being in his presence, and gratitude for what he did will fill our hearts.  We will have a fulness of joy.

That we may live our lives worthy to experience that is my prayer.  

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Monday, February 19, 2018

One lesson from the Woman who was healed - Do we have the Faith she did?

In this picture, we see the woman with the issue of blood touching the Master's garment.  Matthew, Mark, and Luke record the miracle and there is a lesson for each of us in this.  Luke's account follows;

"And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,

Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.

And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.

And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.

And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace." (Luke 8:43-48).

Do we have the faith that this woman had?  She had exhausted all of what the current doctors could do, and could not be healed by them.  She then went to the Master and through faith was healed.

We are told by President Oaks that the Lord has the power to heal our hearts, as well as our bodies.  Do we reach out to him in our trials and struggles of life?  And do we have the same faith as this woman did? 

If we will approach the Lord in Faith, he can and will comfort and strengthen us in the trials of life.  He will lift us by his power, and we will be able to feel of his love.  Our Father in Heaven longs to bless us.  We just need to have the faith that this woman did. 

That we may ever do so is my prayer.  



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Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Intercessory Prayer: How do we become one with Christ and the Father and feel of their love?

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?

We don't become physically one with them, but spiritually, we become connected with them, and we catch glimpses of the mind and will of God for us.  And most importantly, we feel of their love for us.  It is a love that supasseth all, as the scripture says, and it is a love which words cannot describe.  It is more powerful on earth, and what motivated the Savior to suffer and give his life for us. 

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.

  

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Picture is Abba by Yongsung Kim.

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Lesson in "Be of good cheer; it is I; Be not afraid"

There is a lesson to be learned from the Savior walking on Water, and Peter's attempt, and it is not just that we need to have more faith, but has to do with turning to the Savior in all things. 

The account begins "But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.

And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid." (Matthew 14:24-27)

We later see Peter coming out to him, first in faith, then faltering, and the Savior reaches out to save him. 

When the waves and the storm are raging all around us, when the trials of life threaten to engulf us, do we focus on the Savior, and as other scripture says, in him find rest?

So often we focus on our fears, our trials, and our troubles.  It drains us and leaves us empty.  When we focus on and trust in the hand of the Lord, he gives us rest, and it gives a peace that "surpasseth all." 

May we ever have that peace.  For he is the Master of Earth, sky, and the heavens, and has power over all. 

I testify that he lives, and is real, and as we will focus on him, he can and will comfort and strengthen us in the trials of life.  That we may ever come unto him, and in him find rest is my prayer.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

President Nelson Testifies of The Book of Mormon's power to bring people to Christ

At this last General Conference, President Nelson testified boldly of the truth contained in the Book of Mormon, and its power to bring us to Christ.  He stated:

"I testify that Joseph Smith was and is the prophet of this last dispensation. It was he who, through the gift and power of God, translated this holy book. This is the book that will help to prepare the world for the Second Coming of the Lord.

I testify that Jesus Christ is the literal and living Son of our living God. He is our Savior, our Redeemer, our great Exemplar, and our Advocate with the Father. He was the promised Messiah, the mortal Messiah, and will be the millennial Messiah. I testify with my whole soul that in a most miraculous and singular way, the Book of Mormon teaches us of Jesus Christ and His gospel...I so testify in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen" (The Book of Mormon: What would your life be like without it, October 2017 General Conference).

I add my testimony to that of our Prophet, that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, together with the Bible.  It is as Joseph Smith said, the most correct of any book on earth, and that it will bring us closer to Jesus Christ, of whom it testifies.

That we may all read the Book of Mormon every day, as President Nelson has encouraged us to, so that we may come closer to Christ, is my prayer.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Book of Mormon- God's Compelling Witness

In our last General Conference, Elder Tad R Callister spoke of the evidences of the Book of Mormon, and then underscored the need to have a testimony born of the spirit.  His words were filled with the spirit, and testify boldly of the divinity of that book.  He says:

"If one will take the time to humbly read and ponder the Book of Mormon, as did my friend, and give ear to the sweet fruits of the Spirit, then he or she will eventually receive the desired witness.

The Book of Mormon is one of God’s priceless gifts to us. It is both sword and shield—it sends the word of God into battle to fight for the hearts of the just and serves as an arch defender of the truth. As Saints, we have not only the privilege to defend the Book of Mormon but also the opportunity to take the offense—to preach with power its divine doctrine and bear testimony of its crowning witness of Jesus Christ.

I bear my solemn testimony that the Book of Mormon was translated by the gift and power of God. It is God’s compelling witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ, the prophetic calling of Joseph Smith, and the absolute truth of this Church. May it become the keystone of our testimonies, so it may be said of us, as it was of the converted Lamanites, they “never did fall away” (Alma 23:6). In the name of Jesus Christ, amen" (God's Compelling Witness, October 2017 General Conference)


I add my testimony that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, written for us in our day.  God told prophets what to write in the book for us today.  As Moroni says "Behold Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing" (Mormon 8:35).

We may come closer to Christ as we read and pray in the Book of Mormon, as many prophets have testified, for it testifies of him.  That we may ever study its pages is my prayer. 

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Elder Oaks: Christ heals the sick, and heals the brokenhearted

We begin today with a bit from President Oaks  about the Savior's power to lift: "The scriptures contain many accounts of the Savior’s healing the heavy laden. He caused the blind to see; the deaf to hear; the palsied, withered, or maimed to be restored; lepers to be cleansed; and unclean spirits to be cast out. Often we read that the person healed of these physical ailments was “made whole” (see Matthew 14:36; 15:28; Mark 6:56; 10:52; Luke 17:19; John 5:9).

Jesus healed many from physical diseases, but He did not withhold healing from those who sought to be “made whole” from other ailments. Matthew writes that He healed every sickness and every disease among the people (see Matthew 4:23; 9:35). Great multitudes followed Him, and He “healed them all” (Matthew 12:15). Surely these healings included those whose sicknesses were emotional, mental, or spiritual. He healed them all.

In His early sermon in the synagogue, Jesus read aloud from this prophecy of Isaiah: “He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised” (Luke 4:18). As Jesus declared that He was come to fulfill that prophecy, He expressly affirmed that He would heal those with physical ailments and He would also deliver the captive, liberate the bruised, and heal the brokenhearted." (He Heals the Heavy Laden, October 2006 General Conference)

I want to testify of the truth of President Oak's words.  Christ not only heals our physical infirmities, but also our mental, emotional, and any other trials we may go through.  When we are at the end of our rope, we can pray for comfort, and it will come.  We can ask for blessings, and that healing of our souls will come.

So many times I have been at the end of my rope, and felt so burdened that I felt like I couldn't go on.  At those times, I reached out in prayer, and felt the spirit lift, strengthen, and comfort me.  I was filled with gratitude to the Lord for helping me when I needed it most. 

That power is available to all who reach out in faith.  May we ever reach out to the Lord in our trials and troubles of life.  I give my testimony that he is real, that he is there, and is there to lift and strengthen us.  And for each of us who reaches out in prayer. 

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