Thursday, January 18, 2018

Our Savior suffered both body and spirit so we could be comforted and forgiven

Gethsemane was so severe that we are told in scripture that the Savior fell on his face, and later had to be strengthened by an angel, and that he sweat drops of blood.   

The Savior himself said the following about what he suffered:

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

But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I;

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 19:16-19)

That they might not suffer if they would repent! And then he describes the suffering causing him, God, to suffer both body and spirit, and to tremble because of pain.  

I weep for the pain he must have suffered for me, and then he says Glory be to the Father, and declares that he partook of the bitter cup, and completed the atonement for us, the children of men.  

We do not have to suffer that if we would repent, and as he says, come unto him.  Repentance is the sweetest peace we can experience.  Becoming new again, and again becoming worthy to be in the presence of the Lord.  We are comforted because he suffered for us.  My heart swells with gratitude for that priceless gift, not just for me, but for everyone who will come unto him.  

Now his suffering doesn't just forgive sins.  We are told in Modern Revelation and is scripture that he can take our infirmities, and can be comforted.  

That's another way he can lift us.  We can be comforted in our own trials.  Because he knew that there would be some trials we couldn't handle alone.  To be sure, we will be tested, and tried, and pushed to our limits sometimes, but the Lord has power to lift our burdens when they become too heavy.  Because he suffered, we don't have to suffer more than we can bear.  

Glory be to the Father, for the gift of his Only Begotten Son, who ransomed us as scripture says, by his blood.

May we all repent and come unto him, for those who are saved in the Celestial Kingdom are those whose garments are washed white in the blood of the Lamb.  We are saved through him forever.  Forever.  Think on that a bit.

I love Jesus Christ with all of my heart, and I thank the Lord every day for the gift of the Savior, and for the atonement he wrought out for me, and for all who come unto him.  

My earnest prayer is that all of us might repent, and come unto him, and in him find rest.  For he suffered so we wouldn't have to.  

Here is a slideshow about Gethsemane:

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Picture is Gethsemane, by Adam Abram Art

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Christ's Joy when we repent, and his invitation to Come unto Him

One of the sublime truths of the Gospel of Christ is that we are able to return to the presence of the Lord through the atonement of Christ as we repent.  Through repentance we find the rest and peace of God, made possible through the suffering of Christ.  As is said in scripture:

"For, behold, the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him.

And he hath risen again from the dead, that he might bring all men unto him, on conditions of repentance.

And how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth!" (D&C 18:11-13).

Here we have the doctrines of Salvation from Sin and Death summed up.  Salvation from sin as we repent, rising from the dead, and one more key point.  How great the Lord rejoices when we repent!  The one who made it possible to return to our Heavenly home rejoices with each soul when they do.  

Repentance is the key to enjoying this Joy the Savior offers.  The Lord says in other scripture:

"Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more." (D&C 58:42)

Remember them no more!  We become a new creature, more purified, more like the Lord! It gives new meaning to the phrase being born again.  

May we ever make repentance a part of our lives, so that we may become more like the Savior, become more perfected.  We know from the above scripture the Savior rejoices when we come to him, and elsewhere in scripture The Savior invites us to  "come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest," (Matthew 11:28).  Who would not want to live forever with such a Savior, one that joys in our repentance, and who lifts our burdens?

And because he has risen from the dead, we all will again as well.  Through repentance, Christ will draw all people to him, both spiritually and physically.  What a marvellous blessing.  

May we all repent, and find rest in the Savior of the World, Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of the World, and the Author of our Salvation. He who will save us.  I love him with all of my heart, and my hope is that others might find the peace that comes from Christ, both in this life and the life to come.  

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Picture is Abide with me by Del Parson

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Joy that comes because of Christ, and a short testimony of him

What joy must have filled the Savior's heart when he was resurrected.  The victory over sin and death was completed!  At that time, Christ knew the prophecies had been fulfilled in him.  As God, he would be able to see with a perfect view all the people who would be saved because of what he had done, and to know how that triumph would lift each person individually.  What joy must have filled his heart at that time.  

This picture depicts him looking up, rejoicing, no doubt connecting with the Father who was waiting to welcome him home.  Soon after this, The Apostles and Mary were at the tomb.  Then, Christ appeared to Mary, and said as she was reaching for him-

"Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God." (John 20:17)

It may have been he was getting ready to report to the Father that the price had been paid, that he had gained power over death, so that all of us would be able to return back to the presence of the Father and the Son, together with our families. 

I hope we take the time to ponder and reflect upon the import of what happened that sacred day, and pour our hearts out in prayer to the Father for the blessings of the Savior's sacrifice in the Garden, on the Cross, and with the empty tomb.  

I love him with all of my heart.  I know he lives, and because of that we all will live forever, and if we are faithful, return back to them again.  My earnest prayer is that all might know of his love, of his grace, and his power to lift, forgive, and conquer all.  And I also pray that all might devote themselves to the Lord, for in that is true joy in this life, and the life to come.  

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Picture is He Lives by Simon Dewey, available at Altus Fine Art

Monday, January 15, 2018

With Christ, there were many of you, the noble and great ones

"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." (Abraham 3:22-23)

If you ever wonder if you matter, or if you mean something to the Lord, just know that in the pre existence, you were in the presence of God the Father and God the Son, Jesus Christ.  You were valiant in your testimony of the truth, and you are one of the noble and great ones.  You stood in the presence of Christ and stood strong for him. 

Sometimes, when we sin or make mistakes, we can forget that, however through the atonement of Christ, we can remember who we are, through the spirit. 

And it is not just members of the church that were valiant.  Many of the noble and great ones can be found in other religions, or without religion.  And the Lord has prepared a way for each of them to be touched by the spirit, to remember that divine nature within each of them, and indeed, within each of us.  

And if we were the noble and great ones, we should follow the example of the greatest of all, even Jesus Christ, who comforted the troubled, lifted the souls of those who are downtrodden.  

I pray that all may be able to know how loved of God each of us are,  of how far Christ has gone to save you, and of the light you are to others.  And most importantly, that it motivates you to be as the Savior is.  

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Who will be saved in the Kingdom of Heaven? The Sweetest answer

Who will be saved in the Kingdom of Heaven in the resurrection?  Many have attempted to say, and the sweet answer is like water to parched earth.  

Many places in scripture tell us who will be saved, and what we need to obtain eternal life, the resurrection of the just, and these answers in holy writ culminate with the following revelation given the prophet Joseph, now contained in Doctrine and Covenants Section 76:50-70.  It is the most glorious of revelations.  I have included almost all of it here (I suggest you also read this on your own).  

"And again we bear record—for we saw and heard, and this is the testimony of the gospel of Christ concerning them who shall come forth in the resurrection of the just—

They are they who received the testimony of Jesus, and believed on his name and were baptized after the manner of his burial, being buried in the water in his name, and this according to the commandment which he has given—

That by keeping the commandments they might be washed and cleansed from all their sins, and receive the Holy Spirit by the laying on of the hands of him who is ordained and sealed unto this power;

And who overcome by faith, and are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, which the Father sheds forth upon all those who are just and true.

They are they who are the church of the Firstborn....

These shall dwell in the presence of God and his Christ forever and ever.

These are they whom he shall bring with him, when he shall come in the clouds of heaven to reign on the earth over his people.

These are they who shall have part in the first resurrection.

These are they who shall come forth in the resurrection of the just.

These are they who are come unto Mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly place, the holiest of all.

These are they who have come to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of Enoch, and of the Firstborn.

These are they whose names are written in heaven, where God and Christ are the judge of all.

These are they who are just men made perfect through Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, who wrought out this perfect atonement through the shedding of his own blood.

These are they whose bodies are celestial, whose glory is that of the sun, even the glory of God, the highest of all, whose glory the sun of the firmament is written of as being typical."

It mentions the basics in these verses, baptism, gift of the holy ghost, by those who have authority, and who endure to the end in Christ.  And there we will dwell in the presence of God and Christ forever.  It also mentions that proper authority has to be there by the one who administers these ordinances, and it mentions the sealing power.  The Sealing power is the power by which all of the ordinances of the temple are administrated, so this also makes reference to the temple ordinances (to remind yourself of this, go to the temple, start with initiatories, and go from there to get a glimpse of that sealing power being used in all the ordinances there).  

What is most important here is that we will dwell forever with the ones who love us the most.  That love changes us and makes us more than we thought we could be.  So many of us are burdened by worry, the trials of life, or by sin, and the love of Christ wipes all of that away.  We can have a portion of that love here on earth if we just follow Christ, follow what he has commanded, for in that we will find true joy, and will be able to feel of his love for us most fully.  It is also how we show our love for him, for the scriptures say if we love him, to keep his commandments.   

May we ever do that, and prepare to dwell in the presence of God and Christ at the last day.  And we will also find that peace that surpasseth understanding in this life as well.   

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Picture is "The Arrival" by Jon McNaughton

Friday, January 12, 2018

Christ's plea with us to Look to the Father in all things-trials, sorrows, joys...

Do we follow the example of the Savior in looking to our Father in Heaven in faith in all things?  Many are the examples in scripture of Christ praying to the Father, and afterwards, wonderful things happened.   

So when the Savior majestically pleads with us to ask the Father, ask him for help, and to look to him in all we do, he does it having perfect faith in how we will be helped if we do.  He sees many people on the earth who go about their lives not seeking him out or asking for his help.  He longs to give it.  Christ said,

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? (Matthew 7:7-11)

That phrase "how much more shall your father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?" sticks out to me.  This is a promise.  Now God won't do things for us that we can do for ourselves, but how often do we seek out the Lord for help?

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 we reach out to him in prayer, we will feel a closeness to him that will change our lives. 

As I look at my life, the greatest blessings I have ever received have come from looking to the Lord, and it makes me want to look to him more.

My earnest hope and prayer is that everyone might please look to the Lord and find that peace he offers, and look to him in all things.   

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Picture is Christ praying with the Nephites by Ted Henninger, courtesy of lds.org

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Christ is the Resurrection and the Life, and through him we live

Before the Savior raised Lazarus from the dead he said "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:" (John 11:25)

He here states his power over death and hell, is declaring his impending victory over sin and death, and a fitting declaration before he raises Lazarus.  Yet it is not the miracles that convert, it is the spirit which quickens us.  I pray you might be able to feel of the spirit of these truths.  

We will all live again, and will have the chance to return to the presence of our Father in Heaven, if we will but turn to the Savior, he who is our Redeemer, our Advocate with the Father, and in whom is power over all things through his love. And it is not just physical but is spiritual and encompasses all points which lead to true joy forever. 

Jesus Christ loves each of us with a love we cannot comprehend, but can feel.  The same power that moves the heavens and the earth, and raises the dead to life is the same power that has the ability to touch our hearts and help us be comforted through the spirit.  It lifts and enlivens and strengthens us as we believe in him, and live, both in the spirit, and physically again.  

God is with us, more than we know, and he will help us in every way to return back to him with our families, and live forever.  In the gift of his son he placed all power to accomplish that if we turn to him. 

That we may follow him, love him, and serve him is my heartfelt prayer.  I know he lives, and majestically pleads with all to come unto him.  For he is the Resurrection and the Life, and through him we live.  

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This picture is by Brent Borup, and is called The Resurrection and the Life. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Seek out the Light of the World, the Light of Everlasting Life

In about ten places in scripture, the Savior states "I am the light of the world." In other places we are told that the Lord shall be an everlasting Light (Isaiah 60:19), that he is the law and the light (3 Nephi 15:9), and He will be a light unto us forever (2 Nephi 10:14).

The Lord has also been called the light which shineth in darkness (Doctrine and covenants 34,39, more).  This is apt, since he brings us from darkness unto light.

We are told in Alma that light from Christ is the light of everlasting life (Alma 19:6), or in other words, eternal life.  Life with our Father in Heaven, Savior Jesus Christ, and our families forever.  

I testify that Christ is the Light and Life of the World.  He lives, and is real, and he watches over us. As we reach out to the Father in the name of Christ, we will have that light in our lives through the spirit.  And as we endure to the end, we will have the peace of Christ for eternity.  

It will then be that we become one with Christ and the Father, as Christ asked for in the Great Intercessory Prayer.  

May we ever seek out that Light in our lives, and seek to become one with them, so that when we return home, we will be clean, and pure, and will be able to feel of that joy beyond compare, as is said in scripture, that our joy might be full.  I testify if we will seek him out, that will happen. 

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Lord Beckons us to come unto him, and pleads with us to serve those in need

We have a powerful example of the Savior beckoning those to follow him in Matthew:

"And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him." (Matthew 4:18-20)

He doesn't just beckon apostles, the Savior similarly beckons us to follow him, to be an example for him, and to serve others-as the Lord said to Peter, to "feed my lambs."

To serve others, to lift those who are downtrodden, to help those who cannot help themselves.  That is our charge, as President Monson stated-"There are hearts to gladden, [good] deeds to be done-even precious souls to save" (The Blessings of Ministering, Oct 2009 Ensign).

May we remember the Savior's words "inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me" (Matt 25:40). 

The burdens the Savior bears now is to know that there are his children who need to be lifted, and strengthened.  When we lift and strengthen others, it is the same as if we were to help the Savior.  

President Eyring echoed that in a previous conference when he said when we reach out to succor another, the Savior feels as if we had reached out to succor him.

May we do that and have the spirit of the Lord to be with us as we lift and serve others. For in that is life.  

I leave my testimony that Jesus Christ lives.  I love him with all of my heart.  The greatest joys I have experienced in this life come from serving others.  

President Monson has been an example of that his entire life, as he has followed the Savior and done what Christ would do if he were here.  As we will follow Christ, and serve others as Christ did, and as our Prophet has his whole life, we will experience a closeness with the Savior that will fill us with a joy we cannot get anywhere else on this earth.

There are many ways to lift others, a kind word here and there, serving others in our families and homes, and reaching out to others beyond us.  

And if we do that for a lifetime, at the end day, we will embrace the Savior with joy, and will feel his love bless us, because we will have become like him.  That joy is better than anything on earth, and is worth every sacrifice we could make to obtain that. 

That we may ever follow Christ, and lift and strengthen others of his children, is my prayer.  
  
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Picture is Fisher of Men by Del Parson.

Monday, January 8, 2018

How can we let the Savior into our lives? So that our joy might be full?

Are we letting the Savior in to our homes and into our lives? He says “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20).

The Savior is always there, through the spirit.  We let him in when we study his words in the scriptures or from living prophets.  We let him in when we serve others, as he did.  We invite him in when we listen to sacred music and watch movies that invite his spirit in.  And as John says, we invite him in when we keep his commandments.

And the peace that comes into our lives at that time is more welcome than water to a sun-dried earth.  More peaceful than a placid lake.  And it will fill our hearts with joy, or as the Savior says in John 15:11, "These things have I spoken unto you that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full." 

May we ever let him in, and feel his joy is my prayer. 

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Picture is Let Him In by Greg Olsen