Monday, June 18, 2018

Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the World and our love for him

"Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. (D&C 43:34, other scriptures). Both to Prophets and in his ministry, the Savior declared that he was and is the Savior of the World.  And he is.  He is the Savior and Redeemer of the whole world, and will gather all who will come to him from the 4 corners of the earth in preparation for the millenium and the last day.

Yes, he will come again. We are "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:13)

When that glorious day comes, no matter what side of the veil we may be on, may we be ready to greet him with joy, having done all that we could to build his kingdom by serving others, lifting them, and by "strengthening the feeble knees" (Elder Holland and scripture), and through missionary and temple work, which will continue through the millenium. 

In this way, may we all truly love the Savior, so that he says to us at the last day "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matthew 25:40), and as is said in verse 46, gain eternal life.

The Savior loves all of his children, and longs to lift each of them, and we are God's hands on earth. We have a "mandate to serve" as President Monson said (and did).

May we serve others, in all places, and in the temple.  As we do, we will feel of the spirit, that closeness to the Savior in this life, and the warm embrace of our Savior and Heavenly Parents in the world to come.  That we may ever do so is my prayer. 

May we ever come to Christ, is my prayer.  Watch and read more about Christ on the LDS Gospel Library Mobile app at http://bit.ly/2DMtAl9

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Friday, June 15, 2018

From a child-"You need to pray to Jesus to help you"

How often do we trust our Father in Heaven as little children trust him?  One time when I was having a hard time, my then 5 year-old daughter came up to me and trustingly said "You need to pray to Jesus to help you," as she put her little hand on my arm.  What a powerful lesson that as we trust our Savior, and become as little children, we will be able to feel of God's love more fully in our lives.

I've had a long time to ponder that, and I am reminded of the scripture that says that we need to become as little children to enter the kingdom of heaven.

Are we as loving, obedient, and trusting as little children?  As we are, we will feel a closeness to the Savior that is beyond compare.  We will feel of his love, and will be comforted in our trials.   

Doing that is what we are instructed in scripture.  The Lord says "learn of me, and be meek and lowly of heart." (D&C 32:1)

May we all be as little children, and learn of the Savior, trusting him and placing our faith solely in him.  And as we do that, we will gain eternal life, and find peace in this life. 



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Picture is "No Shoes" by Del Parson.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Lyman Wight's vision of seeing the Savior on the right hand of God

For the 4th General Conference of the Church, held Friday June 3, 1831, There were many manifestations of the spirit, including an incredible vision seen by Lyman Wight, a member of the quorum of the twelve apostles.  The account is below;

"During the conference the Spirit was with the Prophet in an “unusual manner. The spirit of prophecy also rested upon Lyman Wight: “He said the coming of the Savior should be like the sun rising in the east, and will cover the whole earth.” He predicted that some of the brethren would suffer martyrdom for the sake of their religion and would seal their testimony of Christ with their blood. The Prophet Joseph, Harvey Whitlock, and Lyman Wight saw the heavens open and Jesus Christ sitting on the right hand of the Father. Lyman testified that he saw the Son of God making intercession to the Father for the Saints"
(BYU Archives)



This is similar to what Stephen saw in the New Testament, just before he was martyred for the Gospel.  What is added here is that the Savior is pleading our cause with the Father.  He pleads for all of us at the throne of God.  Because of him we can return to the presence of the Father.  If you ever wonder about it, know that he is pleading for you as well.

As the song says, "The visions and blessings of old are returning, and angels are coming to visit the earth."  And God has come again to the earth, to help prepare it for the time that he will come again to rule and reign.

We can come to know that he is real, can come to feel of his love through the spirit, and can in that way, become one with him and the Father.

That we may ever come to know that he is real, through the spirit, is my prayer.


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Monday, June 11, 2018

The Most Detailed Prophecy about the Coming of Christ

Read one of the most detailed prophesies about the coming of Christ into the world, given over 100 years before his coming;

"For behold, the time cometh, and is not far distant, that with power, the Lord Omnipotent who reigneth, who was, and is from all eternity to all eternity, shall come down from heaven among the children of men, and shall dwell in a tabernacle of clay, and shall go forth amongst men, working mighty miracles, such as healing the sick, raising the dead, causing the lame to walk, the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear, and curing all manner of diseases.

And he shall cast out devils, or the evil spirits which dwell in the hearts of the children of men.

And lo, he shall suffer temptations, and pain of body, hunger, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer, except it be unto death; for behold, blood cometh from every pore, so great shall be his anguish for the wickedness and the abominations of his people.

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.

And lo, he cometh unto his own, that salvation might come unto the children of men even through faith on his name; and even after all this they shall consider him a man, and say that he hath a devil, and shall scourge him, and shall crucify him.

And he shall rise the third day from the dead; and behold, he standeth to judge the world; and behold, all these things are done that a righteous judgment might come upon the children of men (Mosiah 3:5-10).

How incredible that hundreds of years before the Savior's birth, people in the Americas knew he would come.  What a testimony that Christ is Lord over the whole earth, and he remembers all his children, wherever they are. 
May we ever come unto him, and read his words in the Bible, Book of Mormon, and other standard works.  And prayerfully ponder those words.  For they will bring us to Christ. 

May we ever come to Christ, is my prayer.  Watch and read more about Christ on the LDS Gospel Library Mobile app at http://bit.ly/2DMtAl9

This comes from the Book of Mormon.  Read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online, and pray about its truth at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Picture is Son of God by Jon Mcnaughton

Friday, June 8, 2018

What Prophets say about The Promised Messiah, the Redeemer of the World

Job's heart overflowed when he penned this Biblical scripture, now immortalized in "The Messiah;"

"For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth." (Job 19:25)

Indeed, prophets testified that Jesus Christ is the Redeemer of the world.  Nephi states the following;

"And he also spake concerning the prophets, how great a number had testified of these things, concerning this Messiah, of whom he had spoken, or this Redeemer of the world.

Wherefore, all mankind were in a lost and in a fallen state, and ever would be save they should rely on this Redeemer" (1 Nephi 10:5-6).

These prophets didn't just believe, they knew for a surety that Christ would come, for they had seen him.  Nephi continues later;

"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).

Jesus Christ is real, and he is the Savior and Redeemer of the World.  His love predates the earth, and extends into the eternities and beyond, and was made manifest by his eternal sacrifice, his atonement, death, and resurrection.  Scripture says in his own words "Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit" (Doctrine and Covenants 19:18) 

As President Uchtdorf says, He is the Savior and Redeemer of the World, he is the Promised Messiah."

Our Prophet, Thomas S Monson has said that he is in the details of our lives and will ever be at our side.

May we come unto Christ, and may we feel of his love personally, as we pray to the Father in Christ's name. 

He didn't just offer a sacrifice once and is now absent.  He is there for us to comfort, lift, strengthen, forgive, and redeem us. 

We cannot count the number of blessings he has given us, and as we turn to him, those blessings will increase as we have faith in him. 

That we may ever rely on our Redeemer, is my prayer. 

Do you love the Savior, his words in the Bible, and want to know more about him?  Read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online, and pray about its truth at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Fulness of the Everlasting Gospel of Christ is again on the Earth Forever

A Prophet in the Americas recorded the following scripture;

"Yea, even six hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem, a prophet would the Lord God raise up among the Jews—even a Messiah, or, in other words, a Savior of the world" (1 Nephi 10).

Several years after Nephi said this, King Benjamin, another prophet, said the following about Christ;

"And moreover, I say unto you, that the time shall come when the knowledge of a Savior shall spread throughout every nation, kindred, tongue, and people" (Mosiah 3:20)

We are seeing that in our day today.  Millions have that knowledge of the Savior.  But that is not the end of the Story.  Revelations tells us the following;

And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people" (Revelations 14:6).

Today that prophecy has been fulfilled.  We are living in the dispensation of the fulness of times, with all of the blessings of previous gospel dispensations.  The angel has flown in the midst of heaven, many, in fact, including God the Father, and his son, Jesus Christ, who appeared to Joseph Smith in response to his humble prayer.

The angel Moroni gave him the plates, which he translated by the gift and power of God to bring forth the Book of Mormon.  Joseph was given many revelations and experiences from God which restored the fulness of the Gospel.

The Doctrine and Covenants records the following about Joseph Smith:

"has sent the fulness of the everlasting gospel, which it contained, to the four quarters of the earth" (D & C 135:3).

We are engaged in a great work, the gathering of Israel in preparation for the Second Coming of the Lord.  Revelations says the following about that;

"Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him:" (Revelations 1:7).

Christ will continue as the head of the church when he comes to rule and reign for a thousand years upon the earth, and he will draw all men unto him, and the sacred work done in temples will be completed in that time, and after the final battles, Christ will present the kingdom to the Father, and will say "The Work is Done."

May we ever be grateful that the fulness of the Gospel is again on the earth, with all of the blessings of the Church during Christ's time.

May we ever follow Christ, and gain a sure testimony of his gospel and his work, is my prayer.  And may we ever be a part of this great work, and feel of the peace of Christ that comes when we are.   

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Picture is the Arrival by Jon McNaughton

Monday, June 4, 2018

How we can return back to the Presence of Christ and the Father, and feel their embrace on that day

3 Nephi 9:15 records the following words spoken by Christ to the multitude in the Americas before he descended to them.  This was just after he was resurrected;

"Behold, I am Jesus Christ the Son of God. I created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are. I was with the Father from the beginning. I am in the Father, and the Father in me; and in me hath the Father glorified his name."

Later, the people heard God the Father's voice as he announced his son's appearing by saying "Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name—hear ye him."

Here Christ declares who he is, his relationship to the Father, and the Father confirms what he said.  He is the creator of the heavens and the earth, the Savior and Redeemer of the World, and the only one who can redeem us and be our advocate with the Father.

I love these phrases, because they show the Love and unity of Father and Son, and it causes me to wonder how I can have that unity. 
We can have it.  If we obey the commandments, and come unto Christ and the Father, and do their will, and serve others, we will experience miracles in our lives.  YOu may not see the miracles at first, but as time goes by, you will be able to recognize their influence. 

As you study the scriptures, ponder and pray, serve others, and seek to do God's will, one day, when you are face to face with the Savior and the Father, he will say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant...enter into the rest of thy Lord" (Matthew 25).

Or, if you have served others, he may say as he also says in Matthew 25 "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

And our creator will take you in his arms and welcome you home, to dwell with him and the father and our families forever. 

Can we see ourselves being with them, feeling of their great love?  Elder Melvin J Ballard embraced the Savior, and said that even if it took threescore years, if he could just experience again what it was like to embrace the Savior, he would give everything that he ever was or would ever hope to be.

May we ever be willing to give everything for the Lord, for in that, we will be healed, comforted, strengthened, and saved. 

May we ever do that, is my prayer.  

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Some of these scriptures come from the Book of Mormon, where Christ also appeared.  Read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online, and pray about its truth at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Picture is Sacred Space by Greg Olsen

Friday, June 1, 2018

The Keeper of the Gate is the Holy One of Israel; I am the door

Only through Christ can we be saved.  2 Nephi 9:41 says the following;

"O then, my beloved brethren, come unto the Lord, the Holy One. Remember that his paths are righteous. Behold, the way for man is narrow, but it lieth in a straight course before him, and the keeper of the gate is the Holy One of Israel; and he employeth no servant there; and there is none other way save it be by the gate; for he cannot be deceived, for the Lord God is his name."

We learn that only through the Lord's way, and only through Christ can we be saved.  christ himself said it this way; "I am the door" (John 10:7).

Only in and through Christ, through his atonement, can we return to the presence of the Father with our families.  He is the door through which we go for salvation.  He is the only way. 

May we ever seek him out, follow his commandments, and follow the spirit as we seek to do his will. 

As we do, he will ever be at our side, and we will be able to have the spirit strengthen, lift, and sustain us in all we do. 

That we may have that happen, is my prayer.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Mount of Transfiguration, and what that means to us

Mark and Luke record the transfiguration of Christ, and the following is Luke's account

"And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.

And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.

And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias:

Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.

But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him...

While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.

And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen." (Luke 9:28-36)

This is similar to what happened in the Americas, when Christ appeared to them as well.  

What Glorious words! That the Lord conversed with Moses and Elias about his coming atonement that he would "accomplish." 

This confirms that the atonement was prefigured before the world began, and was a part of God's original plan to redeem his children.  Everything has happened according to God's plan.  

Here is another example of the voice of the Father being heard, testifying of his Beloved Son.  The voice of the Father is only heard at sacred times, like the account of the first vision, or when Christ appeared in the Americas, as well as when Christ was baptized.   

Because of Christ, we all may be partakers of that Glory experienced by Peter, James, and John.  We may return to the realms of Glory above where we may dwell with our Heavenly Parents, and Savior Jesus Christ forever.  What a marvellous promise for all who come unto Christ.  

May we ever be grateful for that, and come unto Christ, is my prayer. 

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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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Picture is Transfiguration of Christ by Carl Heinrich Bloch

Monday, May 28, 2018

What Modern-Day Apostles say about the Reality of The Living Christ

Here is a tiny part of what Modern-Day Apostles say about Christ;

"we offer our testimony of the reality of His matchless life and the infinite virtue of His great atoning sacrifice. None other has had so profound an influence upon all who have lived and will yet live upon the earth.

He was the Great Jehovah of the Old Testament, the Messiah of the New. Under the direction of His Father, He was the creator of the earth. “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3). Though sinless, He was baptized to fulfill all righteousness. He “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38), yet was despised for it. His gospel was a message of peace and goodwill. He entreated all to follow His example. He walked the roads of Palestine, healing the sick, causing the blind to see, and raising the dead. He taught the truths of eternity, the reality of our premortal existence, the purpose of our life on earth, and the potential for the sons and daughters of God in the life to come.

He instituted the sacrament as a reminder of His great atoning sacrifice. He was arrested and condemned on spurious charges, convicted to satisfy a mob, and sentenced to die on Calvary’s cross. He gave His life to atone for the sins of all mankind. His was a great vicarious gift in behalf of all who would ever live upon the earth.

We solemnly testify that His life, which is central to all human history, neither began in Bethlehem nor concluded on Calvary. He was the Firstborn of the Father, the Only Begotten Son in the flesh, the Redeemer of the world..."

What greater testimony can there be than one that carries the spirit to the hearts of those that read or hear it?  Such is the case with the testimony of these Modern-Day Apostles.  The spirit stirs the hearts of those who love Christ, and prompts them to give their hearts to the master healer. 

There is more that these Apostles say about Christ at http://bit.ly/2qqBpdb

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The Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, is another Testament of Christ.   Find out for yourself and read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Picture is Jesus Healing the Blind by Carl Heinrich Bloch