Friday, February 27, 2015

Blessings of the Temple Spoken of by Christ in the New Testament

Many are the blessings of the temple. Take a moment to read a bit about some of what happens in temples. Temples are dedicated by those who have authority as God's House, and we receive ordinances there necessary for salvation.  

First from Brigham Young “Your endowment is, to receive all those ordinances in the house of the Lord, which are necessary for you, after you have departed this life, to enable you to walk back to the presence of the Father, … and gain your eternal exaltation.” Brigham Young in Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe (1941), 416.

The Endowment is spoken of in the New Testament, where the Savior, after he was resurrected and before sending the apostles out to teach, said to "tarry ye at Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high." (Luke 24:49 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/luke/24.49 )

And there are the sealing ordinances there, too. After Peter declared that Jesus was the Christ, The Savior said to him "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." (Matthew 16:19 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/matt/16.19 )

That is what happens in Temples. This power to bind on earth and in heaven was restored to the prophet Joseph Smith and recorded in the Doctrine and covenants multiple times (D&C 127:7, D&C 124:93, D&C 132:46, D&C 128).

Because of the miracle of the Restoration of the Gospel, the sacred temple ordinances the Savior established in New Testament times have been restored to this earth to bless our Father in Heaven's children. With the miracle of temple work, all of Father in Heaven's children who have ever lived on the earth, and who would have accepted it if they were alive, will be able to have the opportunity to accept or reject those blessings, and inherit all that our Father in Heaven has. And these blessings were spoken of in the Bible.

And for us, when we go to the temple to do the work of our dead, we are able to feel of God's presence. The Doctrine and Covenants states "my glory shall rest upon it; Yea, and my presence shall be there, for I will come into it., and all the pure in heart shall see God" (D & C 97:15-16http://bit.ly/14GTNd6 )


What supernal blessings these are! To be able to be in the presence of Christ in the temple in this life, to feel of his love for us is something traditional Christianity has lost.  God is not absent, but is in the details of our lives, and most especially we can feel of that presence in his house, the Temple.  

And to be able to return to their presence in the life heareafter, to dwell with them and to help in their work of saving souls.  As little children helping their parents-even if it takes longer for the parents to teach them, so it is with us and our Father and Heaven, and Savior Jesus Christ.  They are teaching us here through the temple to become like them, and more about their divine plan for us.

Find out more about temples by going tohttp://www.lds.org/church/temples

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

What happens to us as Children of our Father in Heaven

The message and scripture comes from the artist of this picture, Liz Lemon Swindle, who continues to paint pictures of the Savior even though she has rheumatoid arthritis, and every brush stroke is painful.

"When the people brought their little children to the Savior His disciples rebuked them, but Jesus replied, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:13-14).

The Savior must have loved being surrounded by those perfect little souls who loved Him so dearly. I can imagine Him smiling as He watched them play and laughing as they told Him stories, the kind of simple and innocent stories all little children tell. I know they felt His love and longed to stay by His side.


This picture reminds me that no matter how old we get, we are still little children of a loving Father in Heaven."-Liz Lemon Swindle

With the before message in mind, can we imagine returning to the presence of the Father and the Savior again, being pure before them, and having them spend time with us as we rejoice that we have become as little children, and have served others, lifted others, and have done the Lord's will in all things.  And that we have been cleansed of our sins by the power of the atonement. What joy will fill our souls at that time when we feel their warm embrace.

Picture is "Friends" by Liz Lemon Swindle.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

As I Have Loved you..."

May we all remember that we are our Father in Heaven's Children, and he loves us and longs to share that love with us as we become more like little children, his children. For he will comfort us, heal us, and help us to return back again to him.  And always remember-as the song goes... "As I have loved you, love one another..."
May we also show reverence for the pure minded children in our lives. The Savior said "Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God" (Mark 10:14http://bit.ly/161bOrT )
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Picture is As I have loved you by Simon Dewey, available at Altus Fine Art at http://www.altusfineart.com/…/smar…/as_i_have_loved_you.html

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The power at Christ's Baptism Restored to the Earth

"And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (Matthew 3:16-17 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/matt/3.16-17?lang=eng#15 )

The Savior followed the will of the Father "to fulfill all righteousness," and continued doing that his entire life. He was baptized by one who had authority to do so. That authority to baptize was lost for a bit, but has now been restored to the earth again through a young boy prophet as John the Baptist, as a resurrected, exalted being, laid his hands on his head and gave him the power to baptize as he had.

May we all follow the example of the Savior in all things, for he was obedient to the Father so that we could return and live with them again. He beckons us to come, follow him, to join his church, and to live worthy of the spirit and eternal life in the world to come.

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Picture is Baptism by Greg Olsen

Monday, February 23, 2015

I will make you Fishers of Men

"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 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/matt/4.18-20 )

The Savior similarly beckons us to follow him. To serve others, to lift those who are downtrodden, to help those who cannot help themselves. That is our charge. 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." May we do that and have the spirit of the Lord to be with us as we are examples for others.

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Picture is Fisher of Men by Del Parson.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Gospel of Jesus Christ to shape our lives


"While painting The Savior, I wanted to emphasize characteristics such as kindness, purity, and love. The result is an image of a loving Christ that appears to be looking at us in admiration. His subtle smile expresses a wonderful feeling of acceptance. We must remember to see each other as Christ would see us, as friends and children of God with great potential." - Del Parson

And from an apostle who has seen the Resurrected Lord; "We have the gospel of Jesus Christ to shape and guide our lives if we choose it. And with prophets revealing to us our place in the plan of salvation, we can live with perfect hope and a feeling of peace...In all conditions, we can choose the right with the guidance of the Spirit. " Quote by Henry B. Eyring, "Mountains to Climb", Ensign and Liahona, May 2012

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Friday, February 20, 2015

"that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God."

The purpose of this life is to come to know the Savior that we may be filled with his love. "And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God." (Ephesians 3:19http://bit.ly/1bCcMMI ) 

To have that charity is to gain the fulness of God. "charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him." (Moroni 7:47http://bit.ly/15nkzXA )

Work each day to serve others, and to Seek out Christ, so that at the last day, we will be like him, possessed of Charity towards all. And along the way, we will enjoy the love of God in our lives.

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Picture is Loving Savior by Jon McNaughton

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Ye shall find rest unto your souls

"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:29-30 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/matt/11.29-30?lang=eng#28 ). 

May we all come to know the love of the Savior of our souls, have him take our burdens, and in him find rest. He descended below all things in the Garden and on the cross so that he would have the gentleness and compassion to comfort and lift us in our trials. He is the gentle Christ.

As you pray to our Father in Heaven, I hope you take the time to thank him for the gift of his only begotten son, our loving Savior, and let the Father know how much you love him and the Savior. Then take a moment to feel of the Love he has for you, the love which changes all.

You will never be the same again.

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Picture is The Gentle Christ by Del Parson

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Moses seeing Christ and seeing in vision...

May each of us be sons and daughters of God as was Moses. “And calling upon the name of God, he beheld his glory again, … and he heard a voice, saying: Blessed art thou, Moses, for I, the Almighty, have chosen thee, and thou shalt be made stronger than many waters; for they shall obey thy command as if thou wert God. “And lo, I am with thee, even unto the end of thy days; for thou shalt deliver my people from bondage, even Israel my chosen."

“And it came to pass, … Moses cast his eyes and beheld the earth, yea, even all of it; and there was not a particle of it which he did not behold, discerning it by the spirit of God. … “And he beheld also the inhabitants thereof, and there was not a soul which he beheld not; … “And it came to pass that Moses called upon God, saying: Tell me, I pray thee, why these things are so, and by what thou madest them? “And behold, the glory of the Lord was upon Moses, … and [the Lord] talked with him face to face” (Moses 1:25–28, 30–31https://www.lds.org/scriptures/pgp/moses/1.25-28,30-31 ).

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Picture is Moses seeing Jehovah by Joseph Brickey. Used with permission.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Christ the Lord

"I am Alpha and Omega, Christ the Lord; yea, even I am he, the beginning and the end, the Redeemer of the world.

I, having accomplished and finished the will of him whose I am, even the Father, concerning me—having done this that I might subdue all things unto myself—" (D&C 19:1-2 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/19.1-2 )

The Savior has overcome all things so that we can return home again, and so that here we may be comforted, strengthened, helped, encouraged, and may feel of God's love in all ways and in all righteous things.

All the tender feelings of the spirit, all of the miracles that happen, all of the love we feel and the good we do are made possible by the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

And because of that, we may inherit all the Father has.

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Picture is "Jesus" by Liz Lemon Swindle

Monday, February 16, 2015

Redemption in and Through the Holy Messiah

"Anointed One" comes from Hebrew and means "Messiah." "Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth." (2 Nephi 2:6 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/2-ne/2.6 ). 

"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;" (Mosiah 3:8 http://bit.ly/1gIo164 )

I know the Savior, Jesus Christ lives. He is real, and works today for our salvation. Come to know him yourself through the scriptures, listening to apostles and prophets, and through prayer.

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Picture is "The Anointed One" by Joseph Brickey

The Faith Nephi had in Christ

May we all have the faith of Nephi. When everyone else was murmuring, he turned to the Lord; "And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did make out of wood a bow, and out of a straight stick, an arrow; wherefore, I did arm myself with a bow and an arrow, with a sling and with stones. And I said unto my father: Whither shall I go to obtain food?
And it came to pass that he did inquire of the Lord, for they had humbled themselves because of my words; for I did say many things unto them in the energy of my soul.
And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord said unto him: Look upon the ball, and behold the things which are written.
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the pointers which were in the ball, that they did work according to the faith and diligence and heed which we did give unto them.
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did go forth up into the top of the mountain, according to the directions which were given upon the ball.
And it came to pass that I did slay wild beasts, insomuch that I did obtain food for our families.
And it came to pass that I did return to our tents, bearing the beasts which I had slain; and now when they beheld that I had obtained food, how great was their joy! And it came to pass that they did humble themselves before the Lord, and did give thanks unto him. (1 Nephi 16:23-24, 26, 28, 30-32http://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/1-ne/16.23-24,26,28,30-32 )
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Nephi's Broken Bow

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Story and Life of the Living Christ

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 prophecied 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.

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.

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, apostles and disciples alike, and 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 and death, 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 men 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.

That is just a few parts of what the birth of the Savior means to us. His gospel is on the earth again, and to find out more, go to http://www.mormon.org/



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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Picture is Light of the World, by Brent Borup, available at http://www.brentborupstudio.com/lightoftheworld.html

Friday, February 13, 2015

"Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God" who still lives today

Read what Isaiah saw about the Savior: "unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6).

Over 2000 years ago, the Savior of the World was born in a humble stable, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. His coming had been prophesied of by Isaiah and many other prophets.

The Savior came, as Isaiah also said, "to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound," (Isaiah 61:1) and he did that for both the living and the dead.

This great latter-day work goes on still, for the living and the dead through missionary work, strengthening the members, and through the work of the dead in temples. This work will go on until, as the Standard of truth says, "The Great Jehovah shall say the work is done."

At that time, the work begun from before the foundations of the world will be complete, and the Sons and Daughters of God will dwell with him forever. 


As Isaiah did long ago, Prophets and Apostles today still testify of the Reality and Divinity of the Savior Jesus Christ, for they have seen him.  Their words testify, and the spirit bears witness, that Jesus Christ is real, that he lives, and still works for our Salvation, and he is at the head of this great latter-day work.  God be praised for the gift of his son, so that we may have the peace of the spirit in this life, and eternal life in the world to come. 

Become engaged in serving others, and in the work of the Lord. Always, may we ever seek out the Babe in Bethlehem, our Savior, Our Redeemer, our all.

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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Thursday, February 12, 2015

God shall wipe away all tears from your eyes...

"God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes" Message by Simon Dewey, the artist of this picture "Each of us experience times of sorrowful tears, disappointment, and heartache. As with this little child, Jesus reaches out to us and asks – as he did Mary Magdalane at the tomb – “why weepest thou?” 

Regardless of the reason for our suffering, He is able to comfort us. The well and the water bucket in the painting symbolize His ability to provide us with Living Water and the early morning light reminds us of the hope that shines after even the darkest of nights. If we will follow the example of this young child, meek and humble, the Savior will encircle us with His love and dry the tears of our sorrow." ~ Simon Dewey


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Scripture is Revelation 7:17 at https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/rev/7.17?lang=eng#16 .

Picture is I will dry your tears by Simon Dewey available at http://deseretbook.com/Will-Dry-Your-Tears-11x14-Matted-Print-Simon-Dewey/i/5076578

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Did not our heart burn within us?

"And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?"

May we our hearts burn within us as we follow the Savior's words in our own lives, and as the scriptures are opened to us by reading or by the Lord's servants.

For not only will our hearts burn here, but we will go unto life eternal in the world to come as we come to the Savior.

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Picture is Christ in Emmaus by Carl Heinrich Bloch
Scripture is Luke 24:32 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/luke/24.32?lang=eng#31

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

"We do not doubt our Mothers knew it..."

In the words of the Stripling Warriors "behold our God is with us, and he will not suffer that we should fall; then let us go forth...Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them. And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it." (Alma 56:46-48http://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/alma/56.46-48 )

May we all have the same unshakable Faith the stripling warriors had, and know that the promises God has made to the House of Israel will all be fulfilled.

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Picture is They did not doubt by Joseph Brickey

Monday, February 9, 2015

I am the Resurrection and the Life...

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 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/john/11.25 )

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 love. May we ever come and follow him.

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 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.

Want to find out more about Christ? The Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, is the Word of God. I know it to be true. God Showed prophets what to include in the Book of Mormon for our day. 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

Questions? Click here to chat online http://bit.ly/14NQosW or, to meet with representatives from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, go to http://bit.ly/10t9mW7

This picture is new, by Brent Borup, and is called I Am the Resurrection and the Life. It is available at http://www.brentborupstudio.com/resurrectionandl.html

Sunday, February 8, 2015

"the Lord's words, the Lord's power and the Lord's promises"

The work is going forward. Here is a story from my niece who is on a mission in California, and her story of the conversion of a man she was teaching (she is a new missionary).

In her words; "We also have another baptism coming up this weekend. He's an older gentleman and met the missionaries at the Oakland temple visitors center..., and then started learning everything down here. The other sisters had only taught a lesson or two, but he was very hesitant to be baptized. I think it was my third lesson with him that we finally committed him. Okay fine, I did it. First baptismal commitment of the mish. It was actually one of the most powereful ones I've felt since being out here.

We were in the middle of a lesson when my scriptures blew open to a passage about baptism I had marked. I felt impressed to have him read it, so I did. Sis Poz had no idea what I was doing, here is this little greenie ruining a perfectly good lesson, but afterwards I was able to promise him specific things that I never could have thought of on my own. My words were not my own. They were the Lord's words, the Lord's power and the Lord's promises. It was so neat. Everyone was tearing up. And he said he'd be baptized! So yeah." -Sister Katie Monson

How great will be your joy if you bring just one soul to the Father.

As the prophet Joseph said “The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done” (History of the Church, 4:540).

May we all be ready to be an example and to share the gospel with others. How great will be your joy. You will never regret having said something and providing that opportunity to hear more. You are doing the work of the Lord.

It is never just one that comes to the gospel. When one is converted to the gospel, it also brings thousands of their posterity to the gospel, and makes it possible for temple work to be done for generations of their ancestors as they do their work for them.

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

Or, Click here to chat online http://bit.ly/14NQosW or, to meet with representatives from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, go to http://bit.ly/10t9mW7

photo courtesy of www.lds.org

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Learn of me...

Today's message and picture come from Liz Lemon Swindle, the artist, who continues to paint even though every brushstroke is painful. "Early in His ministry, Jesus sat on the shores of Galilee and said to the multitudes, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden... take my yoke upon you, and learn of me... and you shall find rest unto your souls."
(Matthew 11:28-29)

We each feel "heavy laden" at times and pray the Lord will take away our burdens. But rather than remove our sufferings the Lord instead asks us to walk alongside Him yoked together. It is only as we walk with Him we come to learn who He is and how much He loves us. While our burdens are still upon our shoulders, when we walk together with the Lord and let Him carry them our burdens feel lighter and we find the rest He gives so freely."

Picture is Learn of Me by Liz Lemon Swindle

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

Or, Click here to chat online http://bit.ly/14NQosW or, to meet with representatives from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, go to http://bit.ly/10t9mW7

Friday, February 6, 2015

"I lay down my life for the sheep"

" I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." -St. John 10:14-16

The Savior truly is the Good Shepherd, and he gave his life so that we could live again with him, the Father, and our families. May we ever be grateful for a loving, kind, succoring Savior who has redeemed us.

Want to find out more about Christ? The Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, is the Word of God. I know it to be true. God Showed prophets what to include in the Book of Mormon for our day. Read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now athttp://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy athttp://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

Questions? Click here to chat onlinehttp://bit.ly/14NQosW or, to meet with representatives from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, go to http://bit.ly/10t9mW7

Picture is Vigilant Shepherd by Brent Borup, available at http://www.brentborupstudio.com/vigilantshepherd.html

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Miracle of the Book of Mormon

The Translation of the Book of Mormon was a miracle. From the scribe, Oliver Cowdery; “These were days never to be forgotten—to sit under the sound of a voice dictated by the inspiration of heaven, awakened the utmost gratitude of this bosom! Day after day I continued, uninterrupted, to write from his mouth, as he translated with the Urim and Thummim, or, as the Nephites would have said, ‘Interpreters,’ the history or record called ‘The Book of Mormon.’ (JSH 1:75 available at https://www.lds.org/scriptures/pgp/js-h/1.75)


The Book of Mormon isn't merely an interesting read, or an intellectual marvel, though it does fit those descriptions.  It is the word of God, given to prophets and translated by the Gift and Power of God.  It contains parts of Christ's Gospel that were lost from Biblical times.  It is the fulfillment of prophecies about the Latter Days.  


President Ezra Taft Benson said the Book of Mormon is for us, in our day.  May we read it, ponder its words, and with the Bible, be enriched by the Word of God.  It's translation was a miracle, its being with us a marvel, and its words the words of life. 

Read the promise of the Book of Mormon Online here and pray about it http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or request a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Picture by Jon McNaughton

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Peace and Beauty of the Beatitudes

So powerful is the Sermon on the Mount, and so peaceful are the Beatitudes. Take a moment to read these words that are like water to a parched soul.
"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."
More from the sermon on the mount is athttps://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/matt/5 and successive chapters.
May we take some time to read the powerful messages in the Sermon on the Mount, and reflect on the Love our Savior has for us, as shown in those words. He will ever be there for us as we turn to him.
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 athttp://bit.ly/11WKJ1G
Questions? Click here to chat online http://bit.ly/14NQosW or, to meet with representatives from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, go to http://bit.ly/10t9mW7
Picture is Sermon on the Mount courtesy of http://www.lds.org/