Monday, February 27, 2017

Who Jesus Christ is, and What he offers us

First, we must know who Christ is: 

"Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I am the same that came unto mine own, and mine own received me not. I am the light which shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not." (D&C 6:21)

Then, we must know what will happen and has happened because of him:

"And it shall come to pass that the time cometh, when the fulness of my gospel shall be preached unto them;

And they shall believe in me, that I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and shall pray unto the Father in my name" (3 Nephi 20:30-31).

And then what we must do to have the Love of God with us: "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love." (John 15:10) 

And we find out what we must do to be saved: "but whosoever shall do and teach these commandments of the law until it be fulfilled, the same shall be called great, and shall be saved in the kingdom of heaven." (JST Matthew 5:21).  

And finally, we can have joy in this life, and in the life to come in Christ.  

John 15:11 says "These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full."

And in other scripture, the Lord states that he knows that we will have trials in this life, and it will be hard, but gives a promise

"Wherefore, fear not even unto death; for in this world your joy is not full, but in me your joy is full" (D&C 101:36).

Scripture is full of other promises made by Christ and his prophets about the peace that can be ours as we come unto him, and in him find rest.  I urge you to seek these promises out in the scriptures, for in them are the words of life. 

And may we ever come unto Christ, our Savior, Redeemer, and our Advocate with the Father.  

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

"And being in agony he prayed more earnestly..." so he could save us

In the Garden of Gethsemane, the Savior took upon him our sins, trials, pain, and suffering.  We read the following biblical account;

"And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,

Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.

And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow (Luke 22:41-45).

We also have Modern Revelation, where the Savior himself spoke of Gethsemane and how it applies to us as follows: 

"For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;...

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—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—

Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men" (D&C 19:16, 18-19).

Apostles and prophets have testified of the truth of this, and I add my testimony to theirs, that Christ suffered for our sins, so that we would not have to suffer.  We would not be able to bear it.  Christ used the Godhood in him to go beyond what mortal man is able to bear, and he did it just to suffer more, as he continued to do in the garden and on the cross.  

If he only had to do it for one person's sins, and that person was you, he would have done it.  And because he went through it, he can now lift our burdens, comfort us in our trials, and succor us as we come unto him and find rest, as his invitation in scripture is.

May we ever come to Christ is my prayer.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

The Grand Council "among all these there were many of the noble and great ones"

The account of Abraham, who saw the pre-existent council in heaven, is wonderful enough to post first, with commentary below the scripture.  

"Now the Lord had shown unto me, Abraham, the intelligences that were organized before the world was; and among all these there were many of the noble and great ones;

And God saw these souls that they were good, and he stood in the midst of them, and he said: These I will make my rulers; for he stood among those that were spirits, and he saw that they were good; and he said unto me: Abraham, thou art one of them; thou wast chosen before thou wast born.

And there stood one among them that was like unto God, and he said unto those who were with him: We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell;

And we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them;

And they who keep their first estate shall be added upon; and they who keep not their first estate shall not have glory in the same kingdom with those who keep their first estate; and they who keep their second estate shall have glory added upon their heads for ever and ever.

And the Lord said: Whom shall I send? And one answered like unto the Son of Man: Here am I, send me. And another answered and said: Here am I, send me. And the Lord said: I will send the first.

And the second was angry, and kept not his first estate; and, at that day, many followed after him" (Abraham 3:22-28).

Our leaders have said that we are the noble and great ones spoken of in this scripture.  Not all of us were sent to be rulers on earth.  Some were sent because they were strong, and could endure trials, and some for other reasons.  Just know that we are the valiant ones who have been sent into the world at this time because God knew we would be strong in his gospel.  

May we ever remember that.  

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

"...do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven"

"Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 18:10) 

This is where we as children came from before we come to earth.  From the presence of God.  Many of us and them are and were the noble and great ones spoken of in the book of Abraham.

May we ever know that we are our Father in Heaven's children.  And may we treat our children as if they had come straight from God.  For they have.  

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

"Be of good cheer; it is I; Be not afraid"

There is a lesson to be learned from the Savior walking on Water.  The account begins "But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.

And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid." (Matthew 14:24-27)

We later see Peter coming out to him, first in faith, then faltering, and the Savior reaches out to save him.  

When the waves and the storm are raging all around us, when the trials of life threaten to engulf us, do we focus on the Savior, and as other scripture says, in him find rest?

So often we focus on our fears, our trials, and our troubles.  It drains us and leaves us empty.  When we place our hearts in the hand of the Lord, he gives us rest, and it gives a peace that "surpasseth all."  

May we ever have that peace.  For he is the Master of Earth, sky, and the heavens, and has power over all.  

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Intercessory Prayer: Becoming One with Christ and the Father

There are several examples of the Savior praying, from the Sermon on the mount to the cross, but I wanted to focus on one specific example of him praying for us.  

In the intercessory prayer, he said "Neither pray I for these [the apostles] alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 

That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me." (John 17:20-21)

I recommend you take the time to read the entire intercessory prayer.  Such a powerful prayer.  Many more prayers Christ prayed for us, but I wanted to focus on this part.  He prayed for all who would believe on the words of the Apostles.  Us.  

And he prayed that we might be one with him and the Father.  Have we asked the Lord in our prayers that we might become one with him and the Father?  That we might feel that connectedness to them through the spirit?

Some of the sweetest moments of prayer have come when I have prayed to be one with Christ and the Father, and the experiences I have had after those prayers, and in the temple, are too sacred to relate openly.  

My only hope is that others might experience that same strength of the spirit, and that they might feel the love of the Father for them.  For they are real, and through the spirit, can answer our prayers, and can lift, comfort, strengthen, and help us.  

May we ever strive to be one with them.  

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Monday, February 20, 2017

"thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace."

In this picture, we see the woman with the issue of blood touching the Master's garment.  Matthew, Mark, and Luke record the miracle and there is a lesson for each of us in this.  Luke's account follows; 

"And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,

Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.

And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.

And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.

And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace." (Luke 8:43-48).

The lesson is do we have the faith that this woman had?  She had exhausted all of what the current doctors could do, and could not be healed.  She then went to the Master and through faith was healed.

Do we have the same faith that she did?  I pray that we may ever have that same faith.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

"Are we the salt of the earth the Savior spoke of?"

The Savior said "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men." 

He said this on the Sermon on the Mount, just after the Beatitudes.  He was speaking to all of us here.  All of us in the body of Christ's church are the Salt of the earth.  

Luke also relates that the Savior said "but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?"

How will those of the earth be blessed if we do not do our part and live the gospel?  It seems the blessings that come to the earth come from us living the gospel and spreading that.  

Are we making our world better?  Are we that salt, or as has been stated in other scripture, are we that light on a hill that cannot be hid?  

I pray that we may become that salt and that light.  

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Friday, February 17, 2017

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden..."

The phrase Come unto me appears many times in scripture.  Probably the most well knows of the Savior using this phrase is in Matthew 11:28 where he says "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."  

To better understand the depth of these words, Elder Talmage in Jesus The Christ calls this invitation the "greatest outpouring of spiritual emotion."  Here the Savior is entreating us with all he has in him to come unto him and find rest.  

He who spent his whole life comforting, healing, and teaching the sick, afflicted, poor, and downtrodden is aware of us and our trials and sins.  He took them upon him in the Garden and on the cross.  He has already paid the price for our sins, our trials, and all that we may go through.  

And just as he did for others when he was on earth, he still beckons us to come unto him and find rest, as he does in this picture.  

May we ever do that, and feel of his love and comfort.  

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

How to have the Joy of Christ in our lives

The word joy appears in over 300 verses in scripture, so it would appear that the Lord wants us to have Joy, and in those verses, shows us how to have joy.

John 15:9-11 tells us how we can have that joy; "As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full."

So when we keep the commandments, the joy of God will remain in us.  It stands to reason that as the perfectly obedient son, Jesus Christ, is the embodiment of having a fulness of Joy.  

We also know that Ammon, in the Book of Mormon, several times was so overcome with joy that it exhausted his strength.  The question is asked of us as follows:

"Now the joy of Ammon was so great even that he was full; yea, he was swallowed up in the joy of his God...Now was not this exceeding joy? Behold, this is joy which none receiveth save it be the truly penitent and humble seeker of happiness." (Alma 27:17-18)

Ammon did the will of the Lord in all things after his conversion, and sought the joy of the Lord.  Are we obedient, and do we follow the will of the Lord and serve others so that we may have the Joy of the Savior to be with us?

That we may ever do so, I pray.  

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