Friday, July 20, 2018

The Little Known but Powerful Testimony from one keeper of the Nephite Records

There was a string of record keepers in the Book of Omni.  One of those was Amaleki, and he is the one who passed the records to King Benjamin.  His words were brief, but carried a powerful testimony of Christ, his gospel, gifts of the spirit, and a plea to come unto him.  Here are some of his words:

"And it came to pass that I began to be old; and, having no seed, and knowing king Benjamin to be a just man before the Lord, wherefore, I shall deliver up these plates unto him, exhorting all men to come unto God, the Holy One of Israel, and believe in prophesying, and in revelations, and in the ministering of angels, and in the gift of speaking with tongues, and in the gift of interpreting languages, and in all things which are good; for there is nothing which is good save it comes from the Lord: and that which is evil cometh from the devil.

And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved" (Omni 1:25-26).

These are powerful because they are the words Christ would say if he were here.  If we were to be in the presence of Christ, we would feel of his love for us, we would feel of his majesty and grace, and would know that he longs for all to come unto him.  For he has already paid the price for our sins. He majestically pleads for us to come unto him and to gain salvation without money and without price.  He gives to all freely. But, as the picture suggests, he waits at the door.  We have to be the one to let him in.   

May we ever come unto Christ, as Christ invites us through Amaleki, is my prayer.   

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Picture is Unto Him that Knocketh by Scott Sumner

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

What Christ's Messianic Declaration in Nazareth means to us today

Christ Declared in Nazareth that He is the Messiah, the fulfillment of the prophecy given by Isaiah.  This has meaning for us in our day, as explained below. 

But first, scripture records "And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.  And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias.

And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because 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, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.  And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears."  (Luke 4:16-21)

After that, Christ escaped them as they attempted to kill him.  Jesus Christ was and is the Promised Messiah.  He lives today and continues on with this great work of Salvation for the souls of man, and through him, prophecies continue to be fulfilled.

Today we are in a different time.  Christ has appeared to prophets and apostles in our day today, as he did in his ministry, and through those apostles and prophets, and through holy writ, he again declares himself as the Messiah, the Redeemer of the World. 

Do we follow the words of his living prophets on the earth today?  The spirit will testify of the truth of their words, that as we follow their counsel, we will come closer to God.  And what they say confirms what we have in Bible, Book of Mormon, and other scripture.

May we not be as the Jews of Christ's day in Nazareth, who rejected him.  May we, through the exercise of our faith, accept him and his restored gospel which is again on the earth.  As we will do that, we will find peace in Christ, and eternal life in the world to come. 

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Do we reflect upon the Blessings of the Sacrament during the week?

Do we take the time during the week to reflect upon the promises we make at baptism and renew each week with the Sacrament?  I wanted to post the Sacramental prayers, said by the priests and elders each Sunday.

Here is the Prayer on the Bread;

"O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen."

And the water:

"O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this [water] to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen." (Moroni 4,5).

Do we always remember him, so that we may have his spirit to be with us?  Do we keep his commandments and serve others? Do we study the scriptures and words of the prophets so we can remember him? Do we stay away from things that could prevent us from the spirit?  Are we able to feel of Christ's sanctifying power in our lives?

That we may ever do so is my prayer.

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Picture is Sacrament

Friday, July 13, 2018

The last of God's words Moroni penned "Did I not declare my words unto you?"

Moroni, in the last chapter of his writings, speaks prophetically to all the earth about the importance of the words of Christ he penned, extends an invitation to come unto Christ, and then concludes his record, and says he will meet us again before the Judgement bar of God.  He records the following:

"And now I speak unto all the ends of the earth...

And I exhort you to remember these things; for the time speedily cometh that ye shall know that I lie not, for ye shall see me at the bar of God; and the Lord God will say unto you: Did I not declare my words unto you, which were written by this man, like as one crying from the dead, yea, even as one speaking out of the dust?" (Moroni 10:24, 27)

"Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.

And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot.

And now I bid unto all, farewell. I soon go to rest in the paradise of God, until my spirit and body shall again reunite, and I am brought forth triumphant through the air, to meet you before the pleasing bar of the great Jehovah, the Eternal Judge of both quick and dead. Amen." (Moroni 10:32-34).

I add my witness that the Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, will bring us to Christ.  Jesus Christ is real, and through his power, the Book of Mormon was brought about, as well as the restoration of Christ's Gospel, in fulfillment of Biblical Prophesies that in the Last Days, an angel would fly in the midst of heaven with the fulness of the Everlasting Gospel, and would send it forth to the nations of the earth.

If we will read and follow the words in the Book of Mormon and the Bible, and follow the Lord's prophets on the earth today, we will be saved in the kingdom of heaven, with our families forever.

That we may all be there, is my prayer.

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This comes from the Book of Mormon. Find out more about Christ by reading it, Along with the Bible. 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, July 11, 2018

The example of Nephi in 3 Nephi-and how it pertains to us in our day

We live in a world where wickedness abounds, yet those who love the gospel are strong in it.  What do we do in this kind of world?  We see an example of Nephi in 3 Nephi, who was a man of God.  Here was what happened to him as he was valiant in a wicked world.

"And he did minister many things unto them; and all of them cannot be written, and a part of them would not suffice, therefore they are not written in this book. And Nephi did minister with power and with great authority.

And it came to pass that they were angry with him, even because he had greater power than they, for it were not possible that they could disbelieve his words, for so great was his faith on the Lord Jesus Christ that angels did minister unto him daily.

And in the name of Jesus did he cast out devils and unclean spirits; and even his brother did he raise from the dead, after he had been stoned and suffered death by the people.

And the people saw it, and did witness of it, and were angry with him because of his power; and he did also do many more miracles, in the sight of the people, in the name of Jesus." (3 Nephi 7:17-20)

Do we have the faith of Nephi?  Do we have the faith to believe in miracles? Sometimes the miracles that happen are not as Nephi showed to the people, but maybe they are the Lord working upon our hearts to change us, and to turn us towards him.  Sometimes the miracles are not as noticeable, but they are there if we but turn to him.


With that in mind, do we seek him out, and approach him in faith?  I think we sometimes do not know what the Lord can accomplish though us if we but have faith, but consistently seeking the Lord out can unlock the windows of heaven so we may be lifted and strengthened and comforted in this world that is in commotion. May we ever have faith in Christ, is my prayer.

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Picture is Nephi teaching in the temple by Dan Burr, courtesy of Book of Mormon Central.

Monday, July 9, 2018

The Title Page to a priceless Book of Scripture for our day (with Video)

What if you had a window and could see what things would be like in one hundred years?  One thousand years?  If you had a chance to write to those people who would live there, what would you say to them?

Such is the case with the Book of Mormon.  Prophets saw our day, and prophesied of the coming of Christ, and of the restoration of Christ's gospel in our day, nearly 1600-2600 years later.

As we read the Title page to the Book of Mormon, we become convinced of the Prophetic gift of these prophets who knew that the Book of Mormon would come to light many years after they had gone.  This title page given below was written approximately 400 years after the coming of Christ, by a prophet named Moroni, who stated in his record that Christ had shown him our day, and he knew our doings. Below is the Title Page of the Book of Mormon, and it states the purpose of the Book.

"The Book of Mormon

An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi

Wherefore, it is an abridgment of the record of the people of Nephi, and also of the Lamanites—Written to the Lamanites, who are a remnant of the house of Israel; and also to Jew and Gentile—Written by way of commandment, and also by the spirit of prophecy and of revelation—Written and sealed up, and hid up unto the Lord, that they might not be destroyed—To come forth by the gift and power of God unto the interpretation thereof—Sealed by the hand of Moroni, and hid up unto the Lord, to come forth in due time by way of the Gentile—The interpretation thereof by the gift of God.

An abridgment taken from the Book of Ether also, which is a record of the people of Jared, who were scattered at the time the Lord confounded the language of the people, when they were building a tower to get to heaven—Which is to show unto the remnant of the house of Israel what great things the Lord hath done for their fathers; and that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever—And also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations—And now, if there are faults they are the mistakes of men; wherefore, condemn not the things of God, that ye may be found spotless at the judgment-seat of Christ.

Translated by Joseph Smith, Jun."

So he knew that God would bring this book to light, and it would be brought forth by the Gift and Power of God, as it was.  He had seen our day, and gives the purpose of the book-to the convincing of Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations. Then, prophetically, he states that if there are mistakes they are the mistakes of men, but not to condemn things which are holy because of those.

Do we not see these things today? Men trying to find fault in the record, despite the spirit of the Lord that accompanies the true seeker after truth when reading it? Did not Moroni see in vision our day?

May we ever read the Book of Mormon, this priceless record preserved for our day, and have our testimonies of Christ strengthened, is my prayer. 



Here is a video about the Book of Mormon.  Stay tuned, because in September, the first of a new series of Book of Mormon videos will be released.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Alma's comforting, lifting testimony of Christ to the city of Gideon

Many years before Christ's birth at Bethlehem, Alma, in the Americas, testified the following words which bring comfort the the weary soul;

"behold, there is one thing which is of more importance than they all—for behold, the time is not far distant that the Redeemer liveth and cometh among his people...

And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God.

And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.

Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me.

Now I say unto you that ye must repent, and be born again; for the Spirit saith if ye are not born again ye cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye may be washed from your sins, that ye may have faith on the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, who is mighty to save and to cleanse from all unrighteousness." (Alma 7:7, 10-14)

Some of the most wonderful news of these passages, in our day after his mortal ministry, is that Christ has come, that he was born, and that he lives.  The passages that say he suffered pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind tell us that he understands the trials we go through in this life. 

It also says he will take upon him the pains and sicknesses of his people.  As we come unto him, he can and will comfort us in our trials, and when things get too difficult for us, he can take our burdens. 

Alma also gives the key to this happening.  If we will repent, and be born again (baptized), we can be washed from our sins, and inherit the Kingdom of Heaven, and our burdens can be lifted. 

So in short, he can comfort us in our trials in this life, and can redeem us in the world to come. 

My hope and prayer is that all of us will come unto Christ and his restored gospel, and be lifted and strengthened in our trials in this life, and gain eternal life in the world to come. 

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Beginnings of Liberty and Freedom in this Land and for the World

Our Forefathers were inspired of the Lord to create this land, a land of liberty, a place where God could begin to restore his gospel to the earth.  They have often stated that God, or Divine Providence was what inspired them to create this land with the freedoms it has.  But the blessings of Freedom started long before the birth of the United States of America. 

May each of us be like Captain Moroni in the defense of liberty, especially religious Liberty, for if all of us were like him, the very powers of hell would be shaken forever.  We may not go to war, but armed with the power of our testimonies, and a determination to speak out for Religious Liberty, we do as Moroni did, in his day.  Here is the account:

"And it came to pass that he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it—In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children—and he fastened it upon the end of a pole.

And he fastened on his head-plate, and his breastplate, and his shields, and girded on his armor about his loins; and he took the pole, which had on the end thereof his rent coat, (and he called it the title of liberty) and he bowed himself to the earth, and he prayed mightily unto his God for the blessings of liberty to rest upon his brethren, so long as there should a band of Christians remain to possess the land—" (Alma 46:13)

A bit more about Moroni:

"Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men." (Alma 48:17)

May we do all we can to stand strong for our beliefs.  For our families, our God, our Religion, and our Freedom.  As our Forefathers and Moroni and those who followed him did. 

This land has been the starting point for the gospel, which has spread to nearly every nation on this earth, and will eventually bless the whole of humanity.  The prophets in the Book of Mormon saw our day, and they and the forefathers of this great country look down upon us and hope and pray we will remember what they fought for, and will cherish the freedoms they championed.

The Fathers of this nation back in the 1700's have now had their temple work done in the St George Temple, and have gone on to their reward, having followed the inspiration of heaven in setting up this nation.

Each of us has a mission and purpose in this life, so that when we leave this life, we may join with these forefathers, and our own families and ancestors in the Kingdom of God.  May we ever follow the Lord, and seek to do his work, is my prayer.  And may we ever be grateful for the author of those Freedoms we enjoy, even God himself.

Here's a video that is appropriate for this time


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Picture is For the Blessings of Liberty by Scott Snow

Monday, July 2, 2018

You've seen the picture, but do you know Samuel's Testimony of Christ?

Samuel's purpose in coming to the Nephites is his powerful testimony of Christ's coming and mission, stated below;

"And also that ye might know of the coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and of earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and that ye might know of the signs of his coming, to the intent that ye might believe on his name.

And if ye believe on his name ye will repent of all your sins, that thereby ye may have a remission of them through his merits." (Helaman 14:12-13)

Samuel Prophesied to the People of the Americas about the Star, about the night of light, and then prophesied about the darkness and groanings of the earth that would come when he was crucified.

He also gives the purpose of Christ's great sacrifice - to redeem us from sin and from death.  Read below

"For behold, he surely must die that salvation may come; yea, it behooveth him and becometh expedient that he dieth, to bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, that thereby men may be brought into the presence of the Lord.

Yea, behold, this death bringeth to pass the resurrection, and redeemeth all mankind from the first death—that spiritual death; for all mankind, by the fall of Adam being cut off from the presence of the Lord, are considered as dead, both as to things temporal and to things spiritual.

But behold, the resurrection of Christ redeemeth mankind, yea, even all mankind, and bringeth them back into the presence of the Lord" (Helaman 14:15-17)

He then gives a call to action not just to them, but it echoes to us in our day

"Yea, and it bringeth to pass the condition of repentance, that whosoever repenteth the same is not hewn down and cast into the fire; but whosoever repenteth not is hewn down and cast into the fire; and there cometh upon them again a spiritual death, yea, a second death, for they are cut off again as to things pertaining to righteousness.

Therefore repent ye, repent ye, lest by knowing these things and not doing them ye shall suffer yourselves to come under condemnation, and ye are brought down unto this second death" (Helaman 14:18-19).

All of Samuel's words came to pass.  I recommend you read them in the Book of Mormon in Helaman 13-15 online or on the Gospel library Mobile App.  May we ever follow Samuel's words, Repent, come unto Christ, and endure to the end and be saved in the kingdom of heaven, is my prayer. 

Find out more about the Christ of the Bible. 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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Friday, June 29, 2018

We join hands with the Saints across time

"And it came to pass that in this same year there was exceedingly great prosperity in the church, insomuch that there were thousands who did join themselves unto the church and were baptized unto repentance.

And so great was the prosperity of the church, and so many the blessings which were poured out upon the people, that even the high priests and the teachers were themselves astonished beyond measure.

And it came to pass that the work of the Lord did prosper unto the baptizing and uniting to the church of God, many souls, yea, even tens of thousands.

Thus we may see that the Lord is merciful unto all who will, in the sincerity of their hearts, call upon his holy name.

Yea, thus we see that the gate of heaven is open unto all, even to those who will believe on the name of Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God"  (Helaman 3:24-28).

Often we in our day read the Book of Mormon, and forget these were real people, who came to the gospel, just as hundreds of thousands per year come to the gospel today.

We figuratively join hands with saints across time who came unto Christ and in him found salvation.  This includes the Saints and Prophets of the Old and New Testaments, the Christian Martyrs, and the righteous men and women who helped bring about the Restoration of the Gospel in our Day.

May we ever come unto Christ, for those who have gone before look over us, and are hoping we will stand strong in the Faith of Christ, as they did.

And as we read of their faith, may ours be strengthened by the spirit, is my prayer.

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This comes from the Book of Mormon. Find out more about Christ by reading it, Along with the Bible. 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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