Friday, August 17, 2018

The Lesson in the Widow's mite for us today (with video)

Have we internalized the Savior's teachings of the Widow's mite? I find it helpful to review from time to time, because it helps me to find more ways I can serve and give.  The scriptural account states:

"And he [Christ] looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury.

And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.

And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:

For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had." (Luke 21:1-4)

What can we take away from what the Master says here?  We have much we can give to the Lord, and not just money, but time, service to others, and obeying his commandments. 

Do we give all we have to the Savior and to others?  It's not just money, he has stated that when we are in his service we will find joy.  Have we come out of the world, and immersed ourselves in service to others and to the Lord?  Do we put aside the worldly sitcoms and shows and movies, and instead do something that will bring us closer to Christ?

Do we sacrifice things that are just okay for things that are better or best?

In his intercessory prayer, The Savior prayed for those whom the Father had given him out of the world.  He says that he prays not for those who are of the world, but for those who are out of the world. Do we give all and come out of the world and into the glorious blessings that await as we do so?

What blessings await us if we give ourselves to the Lord?  The scriptures are replete with those blessings, too many to discourse about here, but a crown in heaven, peace in this life, and the love of the Lord with you are a few promised in holy writ.  There are many more we can find as we study the words of Christ in scripture and through modern-day prophets.

That we may ever realize those blessings by giving ourselves to the Lord and his service is my prayer.

Below is a depiction of the Widow's mite, courtesy of The Bible Videos of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints


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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

"...enter thou into the joy of thy lord"

May we all look forward to that day, after a life of service, when we enter the Kingdom of God.  The scriptures say of those who have served the Lord and rely on his grace,  “Well done, thou good and faithful servant...enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matthew 25:21).

The scriptures further teach that he will wipe away all our pain, not just in the millenial day, but afterwards “For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” (Revelations 7:17).

May we seek out the Savior, and follow him, so that we may have peace in this life, and at the end, be welcomed by his warm embrace into the Celestial Kingdom.  We will then be able to dwell with our families, our ancestors, our posterity, and our Heavenly Parents forever.  What a wonderful promise. 
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Monday, August 13, 2018

The Beatitudes: Peaceful words for Saints in a Troubled World

In the trials of life, we are able to take such comfort in such scriptures as the Beatitudes from the Sermon on the mount:

"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you (Matthew 5:3-12)

Such peaceful words for those saints in a troubled world.  What peace can we find in these words?  to obtain mercy, to be called the children of God, and many more words of peace. 
These are more than words.  The spirit will confirm the truth to us as we read and pray.  The spirit will whisper that we are of worth, that there is a purpose to our lives, even with all the trials.  We will feel the calming peace of the spirit as we come to have more love for ourselves, and of the Lord. 

May we prayerfully study these and other words in holy writ and from the prophets, feel the spirit confirm those words, and in them find peace.
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Friday, August 10, 2018

The Sacred Life and Everlasting mission of the Living Savior

Over 2 millenia ago, a tiny baby was born into the most humble of circumstances. This royal son, the only begotten of the Father, was not clothed in silken robes, but was wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger. He was prophesied of by many ancient prophets. He was the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Truly unto us a child was born, and the Government of Heaven and earth was upon his shoulders. His name truly is Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.

Of his kingdom there is no end, for his coming into the world had been planned from before the foundations of the world, and the effects of his life will give life to all of humankind and will stretch into the eternities and beyond.

But his life was not to be easy. He taught with power, performed miracles, and showed the love of God to all he met. Yet the Pharisees and Saduccees, instead of accepting him as the promised Messiah, said his miracles were done by the power of the Devil.

But this was foretold as well. As Isaiah says, he was despised, rejected, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief…surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows…and with his stripes we are healed.

Betrayed by his own, abandoned by all, he faced the indescribable agony of the atonement, where his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling to the ground. Then he faced the abuse of the Jewish leaders, the flogging of the Roman troops, and yet meekly he still succumbed to the horrors of crucifixion.

He was laid to rest in a borrowed tomb. During that time he went to his father, and to the world of the Spirits of the just. He organized his work there, that others might know of the good news of his triumph over sin and death.

After 3 days, the prison doors were rent, and he became the firstfruits of them that slept. Angels rolled back the door of the tomb, and reported he is not here, he is risen, and beckoned all who came to the tomb to come and see the place where the Lord lay.

He appeared to many, apostles and disciples alike, and then went to visit the other sheep in his fold, the people of the Americas and other places. Prophets in those places had testified of his coming and death, had seen in vision what the Savior, the fulfillment of prophecy, would do.

He taught them his gospel, and organized his church there, with all of the saving ordinances that he brought to the old world, and then ascended into heaven.

This once tiny baby still lives today as the Savior and Redeemer of the World. And he has restored his gospel, once lost for millennia, to the earth today. The lord whom ye seek has suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant.

Prophecies are again being fulfilled at his hand, inspiring the minds and hearts of men and women all over the world. His greatest desire is to draw men to him so that they might feel of the love of God that emanates from him. That each person on the face of the earth might feel of his love through the spirit. The fullness of his New Testament Gospel is again on the Earth, to bless the lives of all who come unto him. And it touches each individual heart with the tenderness of a God who is aware of each of us, and involved in our lives more than we know, and can reach us if we open our hearts to him, and do his work.

He is Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, which is and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.  He is the King Emmanuel, the Great I Am, and the author and finisher of our faith, the source of our salvation.  And he beckons us to accept his restored Gospel.  

And once on the path, we need to remember his teachings.  He said to Peter that if he loved him to feed his sheep. There are many out there who need the bread and water of life. As the prophet says, we are God’s hands on earth, with a mandate to serve. As we serve others, they are able to feel of the love of God as well. It softens them.

This is one of the keys that Christ knew, and was willing to give his life for. He tirelessly served others, and as we serve others too, we will come to know this great key to happiness in this life and in the next. And we will become like Christ as we do.

When we meet him face to face, how wonderful a time that will be for us as we see that we have become like him. To embrace him and to join with him in rejoicing as we realize that we have been dependent upon him our whole lives, and his power has lifted us, and will for eternity.

And how wonderful it will be to know that those whose lives we have touched will also be able to dwell with the Savior and us again. That is the secret of life. To become connected to those around us, bound together by the Love of the Savior.

These are just a few words about what the birth, life, and mission of the Savior, Jesus Christ means to me and to all who come unto him.  Watch and read more about Christ on the Free Gospel Library Mobile App from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at http://bit.ly/2DMtAl9

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

God so loved the world-and how we can feel of that love

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."  (John 3:16) Of this truth the Savior said to Peter "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (John 11:25)

Imagine that! The most powerful, gentle being in the universe came down and suffered for our sins, and did it so that we could be forgiven of our sins, comforted in our trials, and in the end, Redeemed and Resurrected.  

The Savior loves us with a love we cannot comprehend.  He descended below all things so that we may return back to him and our Father in Heaven again with our families.  He will ever be there for us to strengthen us, lift us, and comfort us, and to bind us together in love.  

May we all take the time to pour our hearts out in gratitude to our Father in Heaven for the gift of his only begotten son, and though it may we take some time for the answer, and wait for the sweet peace of the spirit.  It will impress upon you just how much he loves you.  He is real and is the source of that love.  

Then, may we love others as the Savior would have us do.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

With all the Turmoil in the World, we can turn to Christ for peace

How many times do we seek peace from the trials and turmoil that is in the world?  We live in a time where dishonesty, greed, and other behaviors are seemingly rewarded, and often we may feel that we get lost in a sea of confusion.

With all of this, may we all be grateful that the Savior is over all, and that even with all that goes wrong in the world, that the world is in our Savior's loving hands. He is more loving, glorious, righteous, and powerful than any man or organization that ever existed in the earth, and is yet so personal that he can gently touch the deepest chambers of the most pained heart.

Everything in the world that is good is good because of his power, and everything around us in the world exists because of Him. "And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands" (Hebrews 1:10).

May we all have faith that Christ is over all. May we seek him out, follow his invitation to come, follow him, and in him find rest, and have confidence that through him, we will be saved at the last day.
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Friday, August 3, 2018

How we draw closer to Christ when the cares of the world weigh us down

My thoughts recently have been on what are the most meaningful things in life.  The Savior taught what is most important when he was speaking about not concerning ourselves with the things of the World.  He said

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things [your needs] shall be added unto you. (Matthew, Luke, 3 Nephi, D&C)

In the account in Luke, he adds the following about the nature of the Father and his feelings towards us. 

"Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." (Luke 12:32)

The Father is pleased when we seek after him, through Christ, and longs to give us his kingdom.  Another part of that is that through Christ we can be blessed here on earth as well.  The Savior states that when he says "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28) 

Do we sometimes get so caught up in the stresses of the world that we neglect the things of heaven?  It's easy to do so.  We live in a world of distractions, and it's easy to get caught up in the thick of thin things. 

When we turn our minds to the things of God first, and follow the counsel of the scriptures, and of the prophets, we will find a peace beyond compare.  We will enjoy the comfort of the spirit. 

At times I have been weighed down with the cares of the world, and have gone to the temple, or have opened the scriptures, or have tried to serve others, and in doing so have found the peace spoken of as I was seeking to do the will of the Father.  And even though I am imperfect, and have much to work on, I am comforted to know that I am taking one step along the path to the Kingdom of God. And I am at peace.  

It's not just me, though.  I am reminded of countless stories I have heard of close friends and family being troubled with life, and as they turned to the Lord, they found a peace that "surpasseth all," as they sought out the Lord. 

We also find examples in the scriptures, and through modern revelation.  I think that is one reason it's so important to read the scriptures and read what our Modern-Day Prophets have been inspired to share with us. 

I encourage all of us to make the committment to take 10 or 20 minutes more each day, and devote it to the Lord, in serving others, Reading in the scriptures, studying the words of the prophets, spending more time in prayer, doing family history work, and/or maybe attending the temple more often.

We have so many burdens.  Why not spend some time seeking out the one who took upon him our burdens.  May we ever do so, and be comforted in this life, and be welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven, is my prayer.  
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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Christ's prayers, our Prophet's prayers, and our prayers

No matter how many times I hear it, I am moved by the Lord's Prayer, as it gives an example for us.  He says "Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen." (3 Nephi 13:9-13, also in Matthew 6:9-13).

Additionally, the prayers the Savior prayed in the new world, when he appeared to the peoples of the Americas could not be uttered.  Here is the account:

"And no tongue can speak, neither can there be written by any man, neither can the hearts of men conceive so great and marvelous things as we both saw and heard Jesus speak; and no one can conceive of the joy which filled our souls at the time we heard him pray for us unto the Father." (3 Nephi 17:17)

I often wonder what those pleadings of the heart were, coming from the heart that is the purest of all.  These prayers and more, including the intercessory prayer (Blogpost on it here) stir our souls, and can show us how our prayers can be more meaningful.  

How often are we nourished and fed through our prayers?  We can often feel of the spirit of the Lord as we pour out our hearts and let the Lord know of our pains, our deepest righteous desires, and he will send the spirit to comfort, strengthen, and lift us in our trials. 

Some of the most sacred moments I have experienced in life have come through prayer.  I believe that when we pray, if we will pray in Faith, we experience a little bit of "becoming one" with God, through the spirit, as Christ asked for in the intercessory prayer.  We feel the Lord near, and feel the power of his love, and the love of the Father.   

As we look to prayer in our modern-day, we are reminded by President Russell M Nelson at the most recent General Conference of the importance of praying to receive revelation.  He states:  

"One of the things the Spirit has repeatedly impressed upon my mind since my new calling as President of the Church is how willing the Lord is to reveal His mind and will. The privilege of receiving revelation is one of the greatest gifts of God to His children.

Through the manifestations of the Holy Ghost, the Lord will assist us in all our righteous pursuits..." 

He further states, "Pray in the name of Jesus Christ about your concerns, your fears, your weaknesses—yes, the very longings of your heart. And then listen! Write the thoughts that come to your mind. Record your feelings and follow through with actions that you are prompted to take. As you repeat this process day after day, month after month, year after year, you will “grow into the principle of revelation.”  (Revelation for the church, revelation for our lives, either online or on the Gospel Library Mobile App)

We see here our prophet telling us the Lord has impressed him to tell us more about prayer, and our ability to receive revelation.  It may take time and work, but that revelation will come if we will study it out in our minds (D&C 9:8), and then when we have exhausted all our resources, petition the Lord patiently for the Revelation and blessings we need. 

May we all pray to our Father in Heaven, in the name of Christ.  As we do, we will feel of their love for us, and will see their guiding hands in our lives.  That we may ever do so, I pray.   

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Monday, July 30, 2018

As Christ did, do we look to the Father in all things?

May we follow the example of the Savior in looking to our Father in Heaven in faith in all things, in the name of Christ, and be able to feel of his love for us. As the Savior taught:

"...how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?" (Matthew 7:11)

How well do we look to God in our trials, sufferings, triumphs, hopes, dreams, loves, losses, and in all things?  Do we trust our Father in Heaven that he can comfort us, joy with us, strengthen us, encourage us, and be there for us?

He lives, and by the power of the Atonement, all of these things can happen if we simply live worthily, and obey God's Commandments.  And as a result our prayers will be answered, and more, all that the Father has will be ours.


Here's one Bible Video of many where our Savior turns to the Father, as we should as well, in Christ's name

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Friday, July 27, 2018

The Inspired Writings of Jacob, who saw Christ, as did Nephi and Isaiah

Jacob's testimony of Christ is important because he saw Jesus Christ, and was instructed of him, as was Nephi and Isaiah.  Nephi mentions that below when he was speaking about Christ;

"And now I, Nephi, write more of the words of Isaiah, for my soul delighteth in his words. For I will liken his words unto my people, and I will send them forth unto all my children, for he verily saw my Redeemer, even as I have seen him.
And my brother, Jacob, also has seen him as I have seen him" (2 Nephi 11:2-3).
Jacob's teachings of Christ are at the core of the Gospel.  They take several chapters-I will list just a couple of highlights here.  His words are the embodiment of words spoken by the spirit of prophecy.
"Nevertheless, the Lord has shown unto me...that the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, should manifest himself unto [the Jews] in the flesh; and after he should manifest himself they should scourge him and crucify him, according to the words of the angel who spake it unto me..."(2 Nephi 10:3).  
In another place, Jacob says the Following;

"For, for this intent have we written these things, that they may know that we knew of Christ, and we had a hope of his glory many hundred years before his coming; and not only we ourselves had a hope of his glory, but also all the holy prophets which were before us.
Behold, they believed in Christ and worshiped the Father in his name, and also we worship the Father in his name. And for this intent we keep the law of Moses, it pointing our souls to him; and for this cause it is sanctified unto us for righteousness, even as it was accounted unto Abraham in the wilderness to be obedient unto the commands of God in offering up his son Isaac, which is a similitude of God and his Only Begotten Son. 

Wherefore, we search the prophets, and we have many revelations and the spirit of prophecy; and having all these witnesses we obtain a hope, and our faith becometh unshaken, insomuch that we truly can command in the name of Jesus and the very trees obey us, or the mountains, or the waves of the sea"(Jacob 4:4-6).
What a powerful witness of the reality and power of Christ is conveyed here in these passages. Christ is the God over all the earth, and has not forgotten any of his children.  As we read these words, the spirit testifies to us of their truth, and we are able to feel close to our Savior.  Our Faith becomes unshaken, as Jacob said, and our testimony becomes strengthened in Christ.  

I add my own testimony that Jesus Christ lives, and his gospel has been restored to the earth.  The authority to minister in the name of the Lord, once lost for hundreds of years, has again been restored.  We are preparing for the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, and he has begun his work of gathering the elect from the four corners of the earth.  I give my testimony that Christ is at the head of this work, that he leads it through apostles and prophets, just as he did in Biblical and Book of Mormon times.  

But find out for yourself.  This is just a taste of the testimonies of Christ that are in the Book of Mormon.  May we read it, along with the Bible, and through the spirit we will come to know of the truth of these words. For they will draw us closer to Christ.  And as we have faith in him, he will redeem us.  

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