Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Testimonies of the Apostles Series: Elder Ulisses Soares Testifies of Christ and his Restored Gospel

For his first talk as an Apostle, Elder Ulisses Soares spoke of how he would rely on the Lord, to make up for his weaknesses.  What an example to us.  Do we rely on the Lord to strengthen and lift us in our weaknesses?  when we do, the Lord makes up the difference. 

Then he went on to bear powerful testimony of Christ, of prophets, and of this restored Gospel.  He said

"Brothers and sisters, I want to testify to you that President Russell M. Nelson is the prophet of God on earth. I have never seen anyone more kind and loving than he is. Though I felt so inadequate for this sacred call, his words and the tender look in his eyes as he extended this responsibility made me feel embraced by the Savior’s love. Thank you, President Nelson. I sustain you and I love you."

He later goes on and says the following:

"Brothers and sisters, from the bottom of my heart, I testify that the prophets speak by the power of the Holy Spirit. They testify of Christ and His divine mission on earth. They represent the mind and heart of the Lord and are called to represent Him and teach us what we must do to return to live in the presence of God and His Son, Jesus Christ. We are blessed as we exercise our faith and follow their teachings. By following them, our lives are happier and less complicated, our difficulties and problems are easier to bear, and we create a spiritual armor around us that will protect us from the attacks of the enemy in our day.

On this Easter day I solemnly testify that Jesus Christ is risen, He lives, and He directs His Church on earth through His prophets, seers, and revelators. I testify that He is the Savior and Redeemer of the world and that through Him we can be saved and exalted in the presence of our dear God. I love Him; I adore Him. I want to follow Him and do His will and become more like Him. I humbly say these things in the sacred name of our Lord Jesus Christ, amen." (Prophets speak by the power of the Holy Spirit, April 2018 General Conference online or on the Gospel Library Mobile App).


My heart soars when I read this pure testimony of Christ and his ordained servants who hold keys through which our lives are blessed.  I know that Christ lives, and that he leads his church through Prophets and Apostles today, and that one of those is Elder Ulisses Soares. 

That we may ever follow Christ and his servants, is my prayer. 

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Testimonies of the Apostles Series: Elder Gerrit W Gong's Powerful Testimony of Christ and his Gospel

For his first talk as an Apostle, Elder Gerrit W Gong spoke of the Atonement of Christ and the covenants we make that bind us to him.  And he pledges his life and gives a powerful testimony of Christ and his restored gospel.  He says:

"This Easter Sabbath, I joyfully sing, “Alleluia.” The song of our risen Savior’s redeeming love celebrates the harmony of covenants (that connect us to God and to each other) and the Atonement of Jesus Christ (that helps us put off the natural man and woman and yield to the enticings of the Holy Spirit).

Together, our covenants and our Savior’s Atonement enable and ennoble. Together, they help us hold on and let go. Together, they sweeten, preserve, sanctify, redeem.

Said the Prophet Joseph Smith: “It may seem to some to be a very bold doctrine that we talk of—a power which records or binds on earth and binds in heaven. Nevertheless, in all ages of the world, whenever the Lord has given a dispensation of the priesthood to any man by actual revelation, or any set of men, this power has always been given.”

Elder Gong concludes later by pledging his life and giving his testimony of the Savior and this great saving work.  He says:

"This day I humbly pledge all the energies and faculties of my soul, whatever they be or may become, to my Savior, to my dear Susan and our family, to my Brethren, and to each of you, my beloved brothers and sisters.

Everything worthy and eternal is centered in the living reality of God, our loving Eternal Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ, and His Atonement, witnessed by the Holy Ghost. This is Easter Sunday. I reverently witness and solemnly testify of the living Christ—He who “died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven.” He is Alpha and Omega—with us in the beginning, He is with us to the end.

I testify of latter-day prophets, from the Prophet Joseph Smith to our dear President Russell M. Nelson, whom we joyfully sustain. As our Primary children sing, “Follow the prophet; he knows the way.” I witness that, as prophesied in the holy scriptures, including in the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, “the Lord’s kingdom [is] once again established on the earth, preparatory to the Second Coming of the Messiah.” In the holy and sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen." (Christ the Lord is Risen Today, April 2018 General Conference, available online for PC's or mobile through the Gospel Library Mobile App)

I testify that Elder Gong is an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, and that his words were inspired of the Lord.  I'm grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ that is again on the earth, with Prophets and Apostles to lead and guide us. 

That we may ever follow them, as they speak the words of Christ, is my prayer.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Testimonies of the Apostles Series: President Nelson's testimony of Revelation from Christ

President Nelson's main address in General Conference opened the windows of heaven for blessings and revelation to pour out upon the Saints.  He first spoke of what happens when the church leadership receives revelation, and then encourages us to receive revelation for our own families.  He says;

"When we convene as a Council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve, our meeting rooms become rooms of revelation. The Spirit is palpably present. As we wrestle with complex matters, a thrilling process unfolds as each Apostle freely expresses his thoughts and point of view. Though we may differ in our initial perspectives, the love we feel for each other is constant. Our unity helps us to discern the Lord’s will for His Church.

In our meetings, the majority never rules! We listen prayerfully to one another and talk with each other until we are united. Then when we have reached complete accord, the unifying influence of the Holy Ghost is spine-tingling! We experience what the Prophet Joseph Smith knew when he taught, “By union of feeling we obtain power with God.” No member of the First Presidency or Quorum of the Twelve would ever leave decisions for the Lord’s Church to his own best judgment!

Brothers and sisters, how can we become the men and women—the Christlike servants—the Lord needs us to be? How can we find answers to questions that perplex us? If Joseph Smith’s transcendent experience in the Sacred Grove teaches us anything, it is that the heavens are open and that God speaks to His children...

He goes on further "In like manner, what will your seeking open for you? What wisdom do you lack? What do you feel an urgent need to know or understand? Follow the example of the Prophet Joseph. Find a quiet place where you can regularly go. Humble yourself before God. Pour out your heart to your Heavenly Father. Turn to Him for answers and for comfort.

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.”

Does God really want to speak to you? Yes! “As well might man stretch forth his puny arm to stop the Missouri river in its decreed course … as to hinder the Almighty from pouring down knowledge from heaven upon the heads of the Latter-day Saints.”

he goes on further below and gives us this challenge;

"I urge you to stretch beyond your current spiritual ability to receive personal revelation, for the Lord has promised that “if thou shalt [seek], thou shalt receive revelation upon revelation, knowledge upon knowledge, that thou mayest know the mysteries and peaceable things—that which bringeth joy, that which bringeth life eternal.”"

and he later says the following

"Our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, will perform some of His mightiest works between now and when He comes again. We will see miraculous indications that God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, preside over this Church in majesty and glory. But in coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost..."

He concludes by saying the following

"We are followers of Jesus Christ. The most important truth the Holy Ghost will ever witness to you is that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. He lives! He is our Advocate with the Father, our Exemplar, and our Redeemer. On this Easter Sunday, we commemorate His atoning sacrifice, His literal Resurrection, and His divinity.

This is His Church, restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I so testify, with my expression of love for each of you, in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen." (Revelation for the Church, Revelation for our Lives, April 2018 General Conference, available online for PC's or on the Gospel Library Mobile App).

My heart thrilled when I hear President Nelson's talk.  Here is a prophet opening the windows of heaven for us as we seek out revelation in our own lives, revelation that is essential for these Latter-Days. 

I know that Jesus is the Christ, and that President Nelson is his Prophet.  I know that we can receive revelation for us and our families if we will but prepare ourselves to receive revelation from God.  Our prophet, under the instruction of Jesus Christ, has opened that window for us. 

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Testimonies of the Apostles Series: President Eyring on Christlike Ministering from last Conference

In this recent General Conference, President Eyring told a couple of stories about Ministering.  Keep in mind, this was before the announcement of the next day of Home Teaching and Visiting Teaching being changed to ministering. Of course it goes without saying that it just helps the Priesthood men of the church do what the sisters have been doing all along.  

One of the examples he gave was of an Aaronic priesthood holder who loved going to peoples houses with his dad, because it helped him to fulfill the responsibilities as a Teacher, to watch over the church and exhort them.  This young man said "I know we will become better if we choose to follow Jesus Christ."

What an example of Christlike Ministering from one of the youngest called to the work, although the next example is more of what ministering may be like for us in the future. 

The second story was of a man who couldn't ever get in the door for Home Teaching, so he would write a letter instead, and would text her. 

He got a response back saying she was incredibly busy with 3 jobs, and didn't have time for Home Teachers to come visit.  A side note, we may find out this is the case in our future ministering. 

He kept keeping in contact via letter, until one day, the woman had a crisis, and needed someone who could take in one of her sons for a month, and contacted the man who had been ministering to her. 

He arranged everything and the necessary preparations were made.  This man's continued ministering helped this woman to know where to turn when she needed help.  He was able to do what Christ would do if he were there.

President Eyring then closed by saying the following

"It seems to me that we receive the Holy Spirit best when we are focused on serving others. That is why we have the priesthood responsibility to serve for the Savior. When we are engaged in service to others, we think less about ourselves, and the Holy Ghost can more readily come to us and help us in our lifelong quest to have the gift of charity bestowed upon us.

I bear you my witness that the Lord has already begun a great step forward in His plan for us to become even more inspired and charitable in our priesthood ministering service. I am grateful for His love, which He so generously gives us. I so testify in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen." (Inspired Ministering, April 2018 General Priesthood Meeting of Conference, view online or on the Gospel Library Mobile App)

I add my testimony that as we begin this new era of ministering, as we follow the spirit and keep contact with those over whom we minister, we will be able to follow the scripture that has been preached to us by numerous Apostles and prophets, and that is to "lift up the hands that hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees."  We will be able to serve as Christ would serve if he were here.  

That we may all do so, is my prayer. 

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Testimonies of the Apostles Series: Elder Rasbands powerful testimony of the Priesthood Changes

Elder Rasband bore powerful testimony of the priesthood power that can come through the changes to the Quorums made in this last Conference.  In reality, it will help the Priesthood do what the sisters have been doing all along.  Elder Rasband says;

"I testify that as we move forward with this inspired quorum restructuring in our wards and stakes, we will see a multitude of blessings. Let me cite just a few examples.

Under the direction of the bishop, more priesthood resources may assist with the work of salvation. This would include the gathering of Israel through temple and family history work, working with families and individuals in need, and helping the missionaries to bring souls to Jesus Christ.

As previous presiding leaders return to share their experience with the quorum of elders, a stronger quorum membership will result.

There will be a greater diversity of gifts and capacities within the quorum.

There will be more flexibility and availability to meet current and urgent needs within the ward and quorum and in fulfilling our various ministering assignments.

There will be an increase in mentoring and unity as a new elder and an experienced high priest share experiences, side by side, in quorum meetings and assignments.

Bishops and branch presidents will hopefully be liberated to magnify their callings to shepherd their flocks and to minister to those in need."

These are huge.  The benefits of this sort of restructuring will help us to fulfill our priesthood responsibilities.  He closes with this powerful testimony of the Savior and of his hand in these changes.

"Today we all stand as witnesses of the Lord revealing His will through His prophet, President Russell M. Nelson. I testify that he is God’s prophet here on earth. I bear my witness of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is our great Redeemer and Savior. This is His work, and this is His will, to which I bear solemn testimony in the name of Jesus Christ, amen." (Behold a Royal Army, April 2018 General Conference, view online or on the Gospel Library Mobile App)

I add my testimony that this will help us to better fulfill our roles as Priesthood holders in moving this work Forward.  I also testify that this will help us to become more equally yoked with the sisters, who are already moving this work forward in incredible ways, and in many ways, are leading. 

That we may all participate in the moving forward of this great Latter-Day work, is my prayer.


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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Testimonies of the Apostles Series: Elder Christofferson's Testimony of the Recent Priesthood Changes

As many of us sat with varying reactions, we listened during Priesthood Meeting of this last General Conference as the High Priest groups and Elders Quorums were combined into one Elders Quorum.  This is just one change that happened, but more on the additional changes will come in a later post.  I wanted to focus on Elder Christofferson's testimony of these changes made, and of his testimony that these are changes that Christ wants to be made.  He states at the end of his talk;

"Yes, thanks be to God for the men of the priesthood and for the service they will yet render in lifting individuals and families and in establishing Zion.

The First Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and the Presidency of the Seventy have considered these adjustments over an extended period of time. With much prayer, careful study of the scriptural foundations of priesthood quorums, and confirmation that this is the Lord’s will, we are moving forward with unanimity in what is in reality one more step in the unfolding of the Restoration. The Lord’s direction is manifest, and I rejoice in it, as I bear witness of Him, His priesthood, and your ordinations in that priesthood, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen." (The Elders Quorum, April 2018 General Conference online or on the Gospel Library Mobile App


I add my witness that these changes are of God, and they are a part of the continuing unfolding of the Restoration of the gospel in our time.  I hope and pray that all of you might have that spiritual witness as you read this. 

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Testimonies of the Apostles Series: Elder Renlund's testimony of Family History and Temple Work

Everything we do in the temple points us to Christ.  All of the symbolism point to our Savior, Jesus Christ, and helps us and our ancestors come unto him.  Elder Renlund spoke of this at our last General Conference.  Here are some clips from his talk (link below).

"as we participate in family history and temple work today, we also lay claim to “healing” blessings promised by prophets and apostles. These blessings are also breathtakingly amazing because of their scope, specificity, and consequence in mortality. This long list includes these blessings:

    Increased understanding of the Savior and His atoning sacrifice;

    Increased influence of the Holy Ghost to feel strength and direction for our own lives;

    Increased faith, so that conversion to the Savior becomes deep and abiding;

    Increased ability and motivation to learn and repent because of an understanding of who we are, where we come from, and a clearer vision of where we are going;

    Increased refining, sanctifying, and moderating influences in our hearts;

    Increased joy through an increased ability to feel the love of the Lord;

    Increased family blessings, no matter our current, past, or future family situation or how imperfect our family tree may be;

    Increased love and appreciation for ancestors and living relatives, so we no longer feel alone;

    Increased power to discern that which needs healing and thus, with the Lord’s help, serve others;

    Increased protection from temptations and the intensifying influence of the adversary; and

    Increased assistance to mend troubled, broken, or anxious hearts and make the wounded whole.

If you have prayed for any of these blessings, participate in family history and temple work. As you do so, your prayers will be answered. When ordinances are performed on behalf of the deceased, God’s children on earth are healed. No wonder President Russell M. Nelson, in his first message as President of the Church, declared, “Your worship in the temple and your service there for your ancestors will bless you with increased personal revelation and peace and will fortify your commitment to stay on the covenant path.”

Elder Renlund also gives the following promise later:

"God will strengthen, help, and uphold us; and He will sanctify to us our deepest distress. When we gather our family histories and go to the temple on behalf of our ancestors, God fulfills many of these promised blessings simultaneously on both sides of the veil. Similarly, we are blessed when we help others in our wards and stakes do the same. Members who do not live close to a temple also receive these blessings by participating in family history work, collecting the names of their ancestors for temple ordinances to be performed." (Family History and Temple work: Sealing and Healing, April 2018 General Conference online
or on the Gospel Library Mobile App)

I pray that we all may make Temple and Family History more a part of our lives, and be healed and draw closer to Christ as we bring our ancestors closer to him as well. 

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Apostles Testimonies of Christ series: Elder Bednar on meekness and becoming like Christ

At the close of his talk in this last General Conference, Elder David A Bednar stated the following about how meekness helps us become more like the Savior, and he gives his testimony of the Savior at the close.  He says;

"Mormon identifies meekness as the foundation from which all spiritual capacities and gifts arise.

“Wherefore, if a man have faith he must needs have hope; for without faith there cannot be any hope.

“And again, behold I say unto you that he cannot have faith and hope, save he shall be meek, and lowly of heart.

“If so, his faith and hope is vain, for none is acceptable before God, save the meek and lowly in heart; and if a man be meek and lowly in heart, and confesses by the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, he must needs have charity; for if he have not charity he is nothing; wherefore he must needs have charity.” (Moroni 7:42-44)

The Savior declared, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”(Matthew 5:5) Meekness is an essential aspect of the divine nature and can be received and developed in our lives because of and through the Savior’s Atonement.

I testify that Jesus Christ is our resurrected and living Redeemer. And I promise that He will guide, protect, and strengthen us as we walk in the meekness of His Spirit. I declare my sure witness of these truths and promises in the sacred name of the Lord Jesus Christ, amen." (Meek and Lowly of Heart, April 2018 General Conference)

Elder Bednar is speaking about how if we will have meekness, we can become more like the Savior.  He also gives his sure witness of the Savior, Jesus Christ.  As an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, he is able to have that sure witness. 

He is an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, and a special witness of him.  I know that if we will follow the words of apostles and prophets, we will find peace in Christ.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Testimonies of the Apostles Series: Elder Neal L Anderson's talk about Prophets and Christ

Elder Neal L Anderson gave his testimony of prophets, and most importantly, that Christ leads and guides these prophets so that they may testify of him. He said;

"The Lord Jesus Christ, who directs His work, has today through President Eyring presented His prophet, His anointed leader, to us, His covenant people, allowing us publicly to manifest our willingness to sustain him and follow his counsel...

He later states in the same talk "Anchoring our souls to the Lord Jesus Christ requires listening to those He sends. Following the prophet in a world of commotion is like being wrapped in a soothing, warm blanket on a freezing cold day."

After some more discussion, Elder Anderson says the following;

The Savior said, “All the prophets … have testified of me.”(3 Nephi 20:24)

A prophet does not stand between you and the Savior. Rather, he stands beside you and points the way to the Savior. A prophet’s greatest responsibility and most precious gift to us is his sure witness, his certain knowledge, that Jesus is the Christ. Like Peter of old, our prophet declares, “[He is] the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:16)

In a future day, looking back on our mortality, we will rejoice that we walked the earth at the time of a living prophet. At that day, I pray that we will be able to say:

We listened to him.

We believed him.

We studied his words with patience and faith.

We prayed for him.

We stood by him.

We were humble enough to follow him.

We loved him.

I give you my solemn witness that Jesus is the Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, and that President Russell M. Nelson is His anointed prophet upon the earth. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen." (Watch, Read, or download his whole talk, The Prophet of God, April 2018 General Conference)

I wish to add some thoughts to Elder Anderson's testimony.  We do not worship the Prophet.  We receive a testimony from the spirit of the Lord that our Prophet is the Lord's mouthpiece on this earth.  He is a man, but one divinely inspired.  When I hear the prophet speak, the spirit whispers to me that these are the words of Christ, and by following them, it will bring me closer to him.  Coming closer to Christ is what it is all about.

I love the Lord.  I am grateful for living prophets and apostles on this earth to help guide and direct us.  As I have followed their counsel, the spirit has impressed upon me that I am doing what Christ would have me do, and it brings me closer to him. 

That we all may come closer to Christ by following his modern-day prophet on the earth, is my humble prayer. 

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Testimonies of the Apostles Series: Elder Ballard's Testimony from last Conference

Today's post is the first in a series of posts with the testimonies given by our Modern-Day Apostles and Prophets.  Elder Ballard in this most recent General Conference gave a powerful testimony of Christ and his gospel, and our part in it.  Below are bits from his talk (link to the talk below)

He begins "After Jesus’s Resurrection, an event we celebrate this glorious Easter weekend, He appeared to His disciples and said, “Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”(John 20:21) Notice a twofold action—God sends His Son. The Son sends His servants—mortal men and women—to accomplish Their work..."

A bit later in his talk, he states the following

"Peter may have given the best description of the Savior’s mortal ministry in five words when he referred to Jesus, “who went about doing good.”(Acts 10:38)

The Lord Jesus Christ is our most precious of all gifts from God. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”(John 14:6)

Nephi captured the importance of our Savior when he declared, “We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.”(2 Nephi 25:26) We must keep Christ as the center of our lives at all times and in all places.

We should remember that it is His name that appears on our places of worship; we are baptized in His name; and we are confirmed, ordained, endowed, and sealed in marriage in His name. We partake of the sacrament and promise to take upon ourselves His name—and become true Christians. Finally, we are asked in the sacrament prayer to “always remember him.”(D&C 20:77,79)

As we prepare for Easter Sunday tomorrow, let us remember that Christ is supreme. He is the righteous Judge, our faithful Advocate, our blessed Redeemer, the Good Shepherd, the promised Messiah, a true Friend, and much, much more. He is indeed a very precious gift to us from our Father."

After this stirring testimony of Christ, Elder Ballard closes with his final testimony;

"I testify that Jesus Christ is our Savior. What we will be taught at this general conference comes to us by inspiration from apostles and prophets, from General Authorities, and sister leaders who are General Officers of the Church. May the joy and peace of the Lord abide with each one is my humble prayer in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, amen."

In the other parts of his talk, Elder Ballard speaks of us lifting and strengthening others as Pure Religion, and it being the gospel in action.  He encourages us to treasure our membership in the restored church, and to be filled with Love for all of our Father in Heaven's children.  You may read, listen, watch, or download the talk at the General Conference website, or on the Gospel Library Mobile App

As I read this, I am inspired again by the words of our prophets. The spirit touches my heart to testify of that these are the words the Lord would have me hear.  I hope and pray these touch your heart as well. 

Jesus is the Christ, he lives, and this is his restored church on the earth.  May we all come to know that, and follow Christ is my prayer. 

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