Monday, May 21, 2018

"Behold your little ones...saw angels descending"

The story of Christ ministering to the children in the New Testament is only rivalled by his ministering to the children in the Americas.  Indeed the heavens were opened unto these pure minded children and their parents.  The account reads;

"And it came to pass that Jesus spake unto them, and bade them arise.

And they arose from the earth, and he said unto them: Blessed are ye because of your faith. And now behold, my joy is full.

And when he had said these words, he wept, and the multitude bare record of it, and he took their little children, one by one, and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them.

And when he had done this he wept again;

And he spake unto the multitude, and said unto them: Behold your little ones.

And as they looked to behold they cast their eyes towards heaven, and they saw the heavens open, and they saw angels descending out of heaven as it were in the midst of fire; and they came down and encircled those little ones about, and they were encircled about with fire; and the angels did minister unto them.

And the multitude did see and hear and bear record; and they know that their record is true for they all of them did see and hear, every man for himself; and they were in number about two thousand and five hundred souls; and they did consist of men, women, and children." (3 Nephi 17:19-25 either online or on the Gospel Library Mobile App for Apple or Android)

The Savior came to the Americas after his resurrection, and taught his gospel, performed miracles, blessed the children, and the heavens were opened.  More of this account is at the above link in the Book of Mormon. 

We will similarly be blessed if we endure to the end.  We will be able to dwell in the presence of God and the Lamb forever with our families, to dwell in, as Revelations and the Prophet Joseph said, endless burnings of the spirit. 

Looking forward to that day, may we ever follow the Savior, for he lives, and loves us, and will redeem us.  And we will dwell with him again with our families. 

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This comes from the Book of Mormon. Along with the Bible, Christ's 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, May 18, 2018

The Birth, Life, Purpose, and Glory of the continuing Mission of Jesus Christ and his Gospel

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.  He knows OUR sorrows.  We are not alone. 

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.  And while there, he prayed, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." A fitting example for us to follow. 

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, Mary Magdalene, many women, to Peter, then to the apostles and disciples alike.  He 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, his death, his resurrection, and 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 all 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, but can if we open our hearts to him, and do his work.

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.

We come to Christ through exercising faith on his name, Repenting, being baptized, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.  We receive additional covenants that bind us to him and our families together forever.  We are told in scripture that we will be able to live with him forever, and that is possible through the him, and made active in his restored Gospel in our day.

He lives.  He is Real.  He stands at the head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  He came, lived, died, was resurrected, and has now restored his church to the earth, and will come again, to rule and reign.  And at the last day, he will present the kingdom to the Father and will say "the work is done."

May we all be on his right hand at that day is my prayer.  

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Choice Scriptures that bring us closer to Christ

I believe scripture is the best teacher of who Christ is, and how we can come unto him.  The spirit accompanies this, and brings us closer to Christ.  This is a bit of a journey through just a few scriptures about Christ.  We start with a prophecy of his coming by Nephi:

"For according to the words of the prophets, the Messiah cometh in six hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem; and according to the words of the prophets, and also the word of the angel of God, his name shall be Jesus Christ, the Son of God." (2 Nephi 25:19)

King Benjamin declares boldly who Christ is; "And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and his mother shall be called Mary." (Mosiah 3:8)

And in modern revelation we have record of people in our dispensation who saw him:

"Of whom we bear record; and the record which we bear is the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, who is the Son, whom we saw and with whom we conversed in the heavenly vision." (D&C 76:14)

And finally, we read about following Jesus Christ:

"And as many as repent and are baptized in my name, which is Jesus Christ, and endure to the end, the same shall be saved." (D&C 18:22)

Repentance, and Baptism, and enduring to the end will save us.  Though we will feel a fullness of that joy in the next life, we can be filled with the spirit now as shown by the following scripture.

"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." (John 17:3)

I love the scriptures.  I come closer to Christ and the Father as I read their words, both in the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and other books of modern revelation.  I love Christ with all of my heart, and my greatest desire is that all may come unto him, and feel of his love through the spirit. 

May we ever come unto Christ, be baptized by one who has the authority, receive the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ with all its ordinances, and endure to the end, so that we may be saved, and return to his presence, and the presence of the Father.  That is my prayer. 

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Monday, May 14, 2018

I am the Good Shepherd, and I lay down my life for the sheep (with video)

What wonderful promises the Lord makes to us with the analogy of sheep and the Good Shepherd. "And he gathereth his children from the four quarters of the earth; and he numbereth his sheep, and they know him; and there shall be one fold and one shepherd; and he shall feed his sheep, and in him they shall find pasture" (1 Nephi 22:25)

All of us are children of the Lord, and as we come to him, and are baptized, we come into his fold as we continue to keep his commandments and rely on him.

He also speaks to those of us working in the flock, "Feed the flock of God which is among you...And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away" (1 Peter 5:2-4)

As President Monson said, may we ever be found doing the work of the Lord, so that at the last day, we may be crowned with Glory and Immortality in his kingdom.

All of this is made possible by the Atonement of Jesus Christ, who elsewhere declared himself as the Good Shepherd and then said "I lay down my life for the sheep." (John 10:15)

And indeed he did lay down his life for us, and then took it up again, so that all might be saved and resurrected.  May we come to the Good Shepherd, who gave his life for you and me, sealed by his blood.  And with the Good Shepherd, we and our families can find rest and peace that "surpasseth all". 


Here is a Bible Video where the Savior majestically declares that he is the good shepherd
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Saturday, May 12, 2018

When Mothers Day brings Sadness

To all women who have a hard time with Mothers Day, for so many different reasons, I hope you know you are loved. No matter what your imperfections, no matter what, you are loved. So many women experience sadness on a day that is supposed to be a day honoring women. Know that you are not alone.

There are other women who are feeling similar things because of trials they have or are going through, and who bear scars from past trials that seem to open anew, painfully, with each Mothers Day. And sometimes it feels like God is far away.

But know that in addition to the others who have felt as you do, there is a loving, caring, perfect Savior, Jesus Christ, who understands perfectly what you are going through. He is one who can relate to your exact situation. And he loves you, cries with you, is pained for you, and is there for you.

And there is someone else who understands. We don't talk a lot about Mother in Heaven, but since the Church has come out with essays on the subject on their website, I will simply state a couple of things we do know. Mother in Heaven understands loss and sadness because a third of all her children were cast down, never to return, after they rejected our Father's plan. 

So you are not alone in the heavens. Loving, Heavenly Parents, and a loving Savior know what it is like to weep, and to have sorrow that seems greater than you can bear. What it is like to not have children, or to have wayward ones.  I hope you all remember that you are choice daughters of Loving Parents, and that one day all things will be made right. But until then, know that they understand, and you can be comforted by the Holy Spirit as you reach out in prayer.



I wanted to close with a video.  It's by Calee Reed, called Broken and Beautiful.  Because for some reason, many feel broken inside.  You are not alone, and you are still enough.  Here's the video. 


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Friday, May 11, 2018

To the Women and Mothers who struggle-you are enough

This Mothers Day, I got to thinking.  So many women do not know how much good they do.  Often many just see their flaws, or perceived imperfections, or ways they think they do not measure up.  To any who would think this, I would say you are enough.  You are perfect as you are.  God loves you as you are, and you are doing great things.  As you reach out to the Father in prayer, the Lord will let you know that you are doing great things in your lives, even if you can't see it.

For us men and children, may we all revere womanhood, and the sacred, virtuous daughters of God our women and mothers are. James E Faust called Womanhood "The Highest Place of Honor," and President Gordon B Hinckley has spoken of the Sanctity of Womanhood. He says this:

“Of all the creations of the Almighty, there is none more beautiful, none more inspiring than a ...daughter of God who walks in virtue with an understanding of why she should do so, who honors and respects her body as a thing sacred and divine, who cultivates her mind and constantly enlarges the horizon of her understanding, who nurtures her spirit with everlasting truth.” (President Hinckley)

Now some of you who have been through sore trials in life may have a hard time accepting that the last paragraph from President Hinckley applies to you.  It does apply to you.  No matter what has happened in your life, no matter how broken you feel sometimes, that paragraph applies to you. 

You women are the hands of heaven on earth. Your love and caring nature flows from God himself, and in all you do, you bring the light of Christ to all around you. 

May we ever reverence the Women in our lives, and cherish them, and let them know that they mean the world to us, and that they are a part of us. For we would be nothing without them.


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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Not just Mothers, but all Women are the hands of heaven on earth

The Relief Society teaches that the women in our lives are the hands of heaven on earth, and there is no phrase more descriptive I can think of than that to describe the women and mothers in our lives.

May we realize the divine nature they have, and show the love to these daughters of God that the Savior would show to them if he were here. For they are righteously raising his children, both as parents and leaders. They raise either their own or help raise others children.

From President Hinckley "wherever you may live, may the windows of heaven be opened and blessings come down upon you. May you live with love one for another. May you reach down to lift up those whose burdens are heavy. May you bring light and beauty to the world and particularly into your homes and into the lives of your children.
You know as I do that God our Eternal Father lives. He loves you. You know as I do that Jesus is the Christ, His immortal Son, our Redeemer. You know that the gospel is true and that heaven is near if we will cultivate it in our lives. Quote from "To the Women of the Church," by Gordon B Hinckley"

And to those who have no children. You make such wonderful contributions, and the Lord has promised you a fulness of joy, that your righteous desires will be fulfilled, and that no blessing will be witheld from you in the eternities. 



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Monday, May 7, 2018

Do we realize that we are our Father in Heaven's little children?

How many, who have asked a little child to do something, have seen how trusting and innocent they are?  And the questions they ask are sweet and pure.  Though they may grumble a bit, they often are obedient to their parents wishes.

No doubt the Savior loved being around children, for he whose mind was pure, loved those pure minded children who were so easy to recognize who he was, and wanted to obey him. 

Many of us have heard the scripture that we are to become as little children, or we cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven.  These qualities of young children can help us to return to the presence of the Father and our Savior Jesus Christ. 

I wonder if we realize that we are our Father in Heaven's little children.  Do we act that way?

Are we true disciples?  Do we obey the commands of the Lord?  when we learn something in church or reading the scripture, do we obey, or do we find some way to excuse our behavior?

Children get excited and go and do.  They get excited when new things are presented to them, and they naturally have the spirit telling them that they can do anything they set their minds and hearts to.

when we learn something new from the scriptures, do we pray about it, and then set about excitedly to change our lives to become more like our Father in Heaven?  Do we do as little children?  Do we as our Father in Heaven's children do as children do?

Do we let virtue garnish our thoughts unceasingly, so that our confidence may wax strong in the presence of God?  Little children are like that normally. 

There are little ways that we can just change,  and as President Hinckley said, small hinges can turn big doors. 

Remember that none of this is possible without the atonement of Jesus Christ.  And because he has the power to redeem us, He will give us everything we need to become more like little children and more like him if we will humble ourselves. 

Do we pray to become more like the Savior, to become more trusting and obedient?  Is it possible for the Lord to help us on our path?

I promise you he will, and will help each of us, and he won't give us more than we can handle without him to help us through it. 

I testify that as we seek to become more like our Father in Heaven, and seek to become more like little children, he can and will help us, and we will experience a joy beyond compare.

That we may ever trust the Savior, as little children, and return back to his safe embrace, is my prayer. 



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Friday, May 4, 2018

Redemption is only through Jesus Christ, the Holy Messiah

The Promised Messiah is the only way we can return to the presence of God.  Nephi states the following:

"Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth.

Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered.

Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise.

Wherefore, he is the firstfruits unto God, inasmuch as he shall make intercession for all the children of men; and they that believe in him shall be saved" (2 Nephi 2:6-9).

He will intercede for us at the throne of the Father, having taken upon himself our sins, having paid the price for our iniquities.  Because he has done that, his is able to ransom us and to save us so we can repent and return to the presence of the Father and the Son together with our families forever.

He loves us with a love that is perfected through trial and pain.  Mothers know how their love for their children is perfected through their pain in childbirth.  How much greater is the love the Savior has for us, for he suffered "even until death." and freely gave his life for us, for as he said "no man taketh it, but I lay it down of myself."

May we ever be grateful for our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith, and the Savior of all the earth who come unto him and repent.

That we all may come unto him is my prayer.  



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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Elder Massimo Feo's wonderful talk about having the Pure Love of Christ with us

Elder Massimo De Feo's talk this last Conference about pure Christlike love is worth rereading.  Here are a few wonderful clips from it.  he says:

"Being the foundation stone of our daily life, pure love is a requirement for every true disciple of Jesus Christ.

The prophet Mormon taught, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ.”

Love indeed is the true sign of every true disciple of Jesus Christ.

True disciples love to serve. They know that serving is an expression of true love and a covenant they made at baptism. Regardless of their callings in the Church or their role in the community, they feel an increasing desire to love and serve the Lord and one another.

True disciples love to forgive. They know that the Atonement of the Savior covers all sins and mistakes of each one of us. They know that the price He paid is an “all-inclusive price.” Spiritual taxes, fees, commissions, and charges related to sins, mistakes, or wrongdoings are all covered. True disciples are quick to forgive and quick to ask for forgiveness."

To Serve, to Forgive, and to have pure Love is indeed what a Disciple of Christ should have. I love what he has said. After telling a story about his mother and her Christlike actions, he continued by saying the Following about Christ as our exemplar:

"Now, dear brothers and sisters, isn’t this what the Savior did? Of course, in an eternal and much broader perspective. But in the midst of His greatest pain, in the garden that night, He was the one who needed help, suffering in a way that we cannot even imagine or comprehend. But in the end, He forgot about Himself and prayed for us until He paid the full price. How was He able to do it? Because of His pure love for the Father, who sent Him, and for us. He loved the Father and us more than Himself.

He paid for something that He had not done. He paid for sins that He had not committed. Why? Pure love. Having paid the full price, He was in the position to offer us the blessings of what He paid for if we would repent. Why did He offer this? Again, and always, pure love.

Pure love is the true sign of every true disciple of Jesus Christ." (Pure Love, the True Sign of Every True Disciple of Jesus Christ, April 2018 General Conference, available online for PC or on the Gospel Library Mobile App for Apple or Android)

I pray that all of us might have the pure love that Christ did, and that we may be possessed of it at the last Day.  As we do this, we will be healed, strengthened, comforted, lifted, and encouraged in the trials of life that will inevitably come. 

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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