Wednesday, September 30, 2015

General Conference is a declaration that Jesus is the Christ - from Elder Holland

Read this powerful quote from Elder Holland about what Conference is "a general conference of the Church is a declaration to all the world that Jesus is the Christ, that He and His Father, the God and Father of us all, appeared to the boy prophet Joseph Smith in fulfillment of that ancient promise that the resurrected Jesus of Nazareth would again restore His Church on earth and again “come in like manner as [those Judean Saints had] seen him [ascend] into heaven.”

"This conference and every other conference like it is a declaration that He condescended to come to earth in poverty and humility, to face sorrow and rejection, disappointment and death in order that we might be saved from those very fates as our eternity unfolds, that “with his stripes we are healed.” This conference proclaims to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people the loving Messianic promise that “his mercy endureth for ever.” (Prophets in the Land again, October 2006 General Conference).

May we all be nourished spiritually as we take the time to watch General Conference this weekend.

May we all tune in to listen to the Lord's authorized servants testify of Christ and his Gospel. Watch or listen live on BYUTV (https://www.byutv.org/) online or through your local cable provider, http://www.mormonchannel.org/, the church's mobile app (video on iOS only), Roku channel (http://www.roku.com/channels/#!details/6448/mormon-channel), or at the LDS Website at http://www.gc.lds.org/

If you are tweeting on twitter, use the hashtag #ldsconf to join church members on twitter tweeting highlights of the conference.

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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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Conference Proclaims that Christ is Risen

How wonderful are the words "He is not here: for he is risen" The Prophet Joseph Smith said, “And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives! “For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God” (D&C 76:22–24 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/76.22-24).

Oh those words that He is Risen! Those words are the declaration of our Savior's triumph over sin and death. And how wonderful is it that he has appeared to men again in this dispensation, to Joseph Smith and others, and to countless apostles and prophets in our day, who lead and guide his church.

Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, the Savior and Redeemer of all of us, and has broken the bonds of sin and death. He has made it possible to return back to the presence of our Father in Heaven, to live with him and our families forever. When there, we will help the Father and Savior with their work, bringing to pass the immortality and eternal life of all.

The meaning of the word Hallelujah, loosely, is "Praise to Jehovah." and I can think of no better phrase than that. As the Prophet has said, may we live with gratitude ever in our hearts for the Savior of the World, he who has ransomed us.

And now, Conference.  Elder Holland has declared that Conference Proclaims that Jesus is the Christ.  For almost 2 centuries, conferences have proclaimed this, and will continue to do so.  This Weekend, listen to apostles and prophets testify of Christ and his restored Gospel.  You can watch on BYUTV, gc.lds.org, or see other ways to view it at https://www.lds.org/general-conference/viewing-times-and-options

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

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Picture is He is Risen by Del Parson, courtesy of http://www.lds.org/
(Scriptures Matthew 28:6 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/matt/28.6 and John 20:14-17 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/john/20.17 )

Monday, September 28, 2015

Serving others is like Serving the Savior

King Benjamin said to his people in a gathering very much like a general conference: "And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God."

The Savior has also said that "inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."  Elder Eyring has given added meaning to that by saying that when we give succor to others, it is the same as giving succor to the Savior himself.

The Savior knows all of the pains that his children feel.  They are the only burdens that he feels now are the pains of his children.  When we lift another, we lift that burden from the Savior, and it really is as if we were doing it to him. 

May we ever do that in all that we do.

Scripture is Mosiah 2:17 (https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/mosiah/2.17 and Matthew 25:40- https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/matt/25.40  )

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

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

The General Womens Session of General Conference Tonight

The General Women's Session of General Conference is tonight at 6 PM MDT for all sisters above the age of 8.  Please take the time to watch this sacred session.  Speakers have been chosen by apostles and prophets, and are under the inspiration of heaven.  As you listen or watch, your hearts will be touched. 

Brethren, may we all support the women in our lives by helping out at home so they can either attend or watch on TV or streamed. 

Either attend in person, at your meetinghouse, or watch it on BYUTV or stream it online at http://www.lds.org

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Friday, September 25, 2015

"I bear Testimony that Jesus is the living Christ..."

“I bear testimony that Jesus is the living Christ, whose Atonement makes it possible for us to be purified and so be worthy of the companionship of the Holy Ghost.

“I testify that with our faith and diligence, we can one day hear the words that will bring us joy: ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant.’”  —President Henry B. Eyring (https://www.lds.org/prophets-and-apostles/unto-all-the-world/president-eyring-testifies-of-jesus-christ )

Jesus Christ is our Redeemer, who stands at the right hand of the Father. He continues to work today for our salvation, and is at the head of the Church, and today apostles and prophets testify of his reality and divinity. 

As we pour out our hearts to Our Father in Heaven in Prayer, may we express our gratitude and love for our Savior, Jesus Christ, for it is because of him that we can approach him in prayer, and receive answers to the deepest stirrings of our hearts.

He is there, and his love for us is beyond comprehension, and can be felt as we come unto him, and more importantly, serve others.  May we ever serve others, so that, as President Eyring quoted from the Bible, we may hear the words, 'well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.' (Matthew 25:21, 23 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/matt/25.21

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 The Lord Jesus Christ, by Del Parson, courtesy of http://www.lds.org

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Alma baptizing at the waters of Mormon - and our covenants

This is Alma baptizing at the Waters of Mormon.  This is the covenant we all take upon ourselves at baptism, done by authority and in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.  The promises to us are echoed in the sacrament prayers.  Here is the account from the Book of Mormon:

"Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;

Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—

Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?" (Mosiah 18:8-10 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/mosiah/18.8-10 )

May we ever remember the promises we make at baptism, and have them renewed when we take the Sacrament, where we are willing to take upon ourselves the name of Christ, and always Remember him, that we may always have his spirit to be with us (Moroni 4-5 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/moro/4 ).

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

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Womens Session of General Conference and how to view

The General Women's Session of General Conference is Saturday at 6 PM Mountain for all sisters above the age of 8.  Sisters, this is a wonderful start to General Conference at the session just for you.  Please take the time to watch this sacred session to listen to our leaders give inspired counsel. Leaders have been asked by apostles and prophets to speak, and do so with the inspiration of heaven. 


Brethren, may we all support the women in our lives by helping out at home so they can either attend or watch this, their opening session of conference. 

Either attend in person, at your meetinghouse, watch it on BYUTV or stream it online at http://www.lds.org .  You may also see other viewing options at https://www.lds.org/general-conference/viewing-times-and-options

Picture is the combined women’s choir as they sing “Let Zion in Her Beauty Rise” just prior to President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s closing address at the general women’s meeting September 27, 2014. #WomensMeeting
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Suffer the children to come unto me...we are his children

We are our Father in Heaven's little children.  "Little children seem to have an inborn goodness; a simple faith and natural desire to be taught and to walk in His light...It is a light that warms their hearts and lets them know that they are loved and always in His sight."  Quote by Greg Olsen.

The Savior has said "Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God." (Mark 10:14 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/mark/10.14 ). 

We are all children of a loving Father in Heaven, and as we turn to our Savior, and trust in him, he will ever comfort and strengthen us in our trials in life.  Obediently, trustingly, as little children, love him.  He will lift our souls, and soothe our troubled hearts.  For we are his children. 

May we ever remember that. 

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 In His Light by Greg Olsen.

Monday, September 21, 2015

The Powerful Testimonies of Faith at the Raising of Lazarus

Such stories of faith from the Beloved Martha are interwoven into the Raising of Lazarus- "Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.

Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.

Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world."

The Savior then went to Mary, and after speaking with her, wept with the sisters.  Then, he went to the place where Lazarus was laid, and the scriptural account continues:

"Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me...

And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

And he that was dead came forth..."

And after such a wondrous miracle as this, demonstrating that he was truly the Messiah, the scriptural account states this of the Pharisees. 

"Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death."

May we ever believe in the Savior and Redeemer of the World, and not be as the Pharisees and Saducees, for signs do follow those that believe.  Christ has power over sin and death, and we all will live again, because of him, never to die again. 

To read the entire account of this, go to John Chapter 11, online at https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/john/11

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Picture is "Raising Lazarus" by Carl Heinrich Bloch, courtesy of http://www.lds.org

Saturday, September 19, 2015

An example of Faith in Christ from the Book of Mormon

May we be grateful for the examples of following the Lord given to us in the Book of Mormon, as with Nephi.  "behold, I took the compass, and it did work whither I desired it. And it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord...And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did guide the ship, that we sailed again towards the promised land.  And it came to pass that after we had sailed for the space of many days we did arrive at the promised land; and we went forth upon the land, and did pitch our tents; and we did call it the promised land." (1 Nephi 18:21-23 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/1-ne/18.21-23 )

From these and other examples of faith, the "most correct of any book on earth" was brought to pass, and the lessons contained in its pages will increase our faith, clarify the principles of Christ's gospel, and will lead us closer to him. 

We have the ability to develop the faith of these early prophets, to become as they were, and to have their strength in the Lord.  That is what the Book of Mormon can teach us. 

And if we rely on the Lord, he will guide us to our heavenly home, to dwell with our families and Savior forever.   

This comes from the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or request a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Picture is by Arnold Friberg, courtesy of http://www.lds.org

Friday, September 18, 2015

"Behold, I am Jesus Christ..."

"Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I am the life and the light of the world. I am the same who came unto mine own and mine own received me not; But verily, verily, I say unto you, that as many as receive me, to them will I give power to become the sons [and daughters] of God, even to them that believe on my name." (D & C 11:28-30 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/11.28-30 )

As we have more Faith in Christ our hearts will be changed, our desires will become more like his, and at the last day we will embrace our Savior having become like him, and what joy will fill our hearts at that time. To really feel his loving arms around us, to feel joy that we have lived our lives so that we become like him, and to gain our exaltation as we continue serving the Lord and helping others to feel of that love we have felt.

We can feel a bit of that love every day of our lives as we serve others and do the work of the Lord. And we will be able to share that love with others who don't have that in their lives. Glory be to God for this marvellous plan of salvation that we have.

Pour your hearts out to the Father in gratitude and faith, do his work, and feel of the Love of the Savior in return. For because of him, we have light in our own lives.

Find out more about Christ. Along with the Bible, his words are in the Book of Mormon. Prophets in Book of Mormon times were shown what to include in the Book of Mormon for our day, because God showed them what our day would be like. 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 I Am by Simon Dewey. Available at Altus Fine Art http://www.altusfineart.com/home/afa/page_1626_260/i_am.html

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Scriptural Account of Christ Baptizing others

Please take a moment to read the powerful story of this painting from the artist.  "There are many interesting stories from the New Testament and artists have painted them for hundreds of years and yet, there is one story that has never been painted.

“After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.” (John 3:22)

I was commissioned by Jerel D. Lindley to paint the story of Christ baptizing his disciples. It makes sense to me that as the greatest example, not only was He baptized, but He performed baptism for those who accepted His gospel. He showed His disciples the way.

“And they came unto John (the Baptist), and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.” (John 3:26)...

When “Jesus Himself Baptized” it was his great witness and testimony that he was the Promised Messiah sent to restore all things and establish a new gospel dispensation.

As the artist, my task was to capture the moment and emotion, as Jesus immerses one of his closest disciples.  A tear falls across her cheek. The Apostles, with other disciples, watch intently from the bank of the Jordan River. Jesus is the Great Exemplar, whose example they would follow in performing more baptisms than would Jesus.

Who is Jesus baptizing in the painting?  Though the Bible is silent, it was probably someone very close to His heart." - Jon McNaughton

You can find this painting at http://www.jonmcnaughton.com/jesus-himself-baptized/

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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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

"That they might not suffer if they would repent..."

Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, our tender-hearted Savior, we can repent and return back to the presence of our Father in Heaven again. 

The Doctrine and Covenants tells us of 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."

My heart fills with gratitude for what the Savior did for me, and at the same time I am pained when I think of the pains he suffered for me and for all of us.  May we ever remember that, and have Gratitude for him. 

Pour your heart out to the Father, in Christ's name, in gratitude for what he did.  Let him know how much you love him, and you will be able to feel of God's love in return. 

Scripture is Doctrine and Covenants 19:16-19 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/19.16-19

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 That They Might Not Suffer by Liz Lemon Swindle.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Living Water that comes from the Messiah

Said the Savior to the woman at the well; "Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:  But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."

The Savior and the woman speak some more, and later..."The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.  Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he."

Such a wonderful passage.  The Savior declared that he was the promised Messiah, and then fulfilled all of the Biblical prophecies.  He lived a sinless life, taught his gospel, atoned for our sins, and rose from the dead so all may.  The Savior still lives, and is real.  He is the promised Messiah, and still works today for our Salvation.  He will ever comfort us, and as President Monson has said, he is in the details of our lives.

May we, as the woman at the well, have the Savior declare himself to us, through the spirit.  That way we can know that he lives, and loves us.  And you will never be the same again. 

Serve others, for it is the same as serving the Savior, and seek out the Lord in all things.  And he will comfort and strengthen you, and at the last day, you will live with him forever. 

You may watch the Bible video of this story by going here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF7ma1yoLNk

Or, you may read it in John by going here https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/john/4.7-26

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.  Find out for yourself whether it is true by reading the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G , and then pray about its truth.

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Picture is Woman at the Well

Monday, September 14, 2015

How Can Christ lift you?

"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 ).  

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.

Find out more about Christ. 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 The Gentle Christ by Del Parson.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

How to feel of the Love of the Good Shepherd

Please read this powerful message.  The Savior said " 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.  

We can best show our love to our Savior by serving and lifting others.  The Savior has said that as we serve others, we are serving him, and President Eyring has stated that as we lift others, it is as if we were lifting the Savior.  

May we ever be in the work of serving and lifting others.  For if we do, we will feel the love of the Good Shepherd, the love of the one shepherd of the whole earth, encompass us, and fill our souls with joy. 

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

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

Friday, September 11, 2015

Willingly Awaiting the Command-Our Savior's love for us

May we ever be grateful for the Sacrifice the Savior made for us. After the Garden of Gethsemane, he went before the Jewish Leaders, then before Pilate and Herod, and finally when they found no fault with him, Pilate gave in to the cries of the Jews as they said "Crucify him, Crucify him."  In this picture, the Savior of the World is awaiting the command of his death.  But the Savior knew this would happen, and did so willingly.  

Isaiah says "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:3-5 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/ot/isa/53.3-5

Our Savior willingly suffered more than mortal man could suffer, and this because of his love for us.  May we turn to him, and in him find rest, for he suffered so we wouldn't have to suffer as he did.  For he is real, and still is there to comfort us.  

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, awaiting the command, by Jon McNaughton

Thursday, September 10, 2015

"Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified..."

After he was resurrected, Jesus Christ came to the peoples of the Americas.  The scriptures say "And behold, the third time they did understand the voice which they heard; and it said unto them: Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name—hear ye him. 

And it came to pass, as they understood they cast their eyes up again towards heaven; and behold, they saw a Man descending out of heaven; and he was clothed in a white robe; and he came down and stood in the midst of them.  And it came to pass that he stretched forth his hand and spake unto the people, saying:  Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.  (3 Nephi 11:6-10 http://bit.ly/15HrSzh )

The Savior is the Savior and Redeemer of the whole world.  He loves all of his children, and as the prophet Joseph has said, has made provisions for all of the children of men (History of the Church).  

May we read these sacred passages, and come unto the Savior, for its words come from the "most correct of any book on earth," as the prophet Joseph said.  It will bring us to Christ.  

This comes from the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ.  Read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or request a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

Picture is One Shepherd, by Howard Lyon.  Used with Permission, Howard Lyon, http://www.howardlyon.com/religious-store/

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Come Follow me...and lift others

The Savior knows what it is like to be alone.  To us, he is there to comfort us as we come unto him and be with him in his service.  The scriptures say "Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it." 

May we all follow the Savior, and lose ourselves in his work.  How many of us are willing to take time from watching tv, movies, games, or doing other things to help out in the work of the Lord or in serving others, even if just in our own families.   

As we will serve others as the Savior would have us do, we will be blessed with the spirit, will find who we really are, and will feel more of a closeness to our Father in Heaven and Savior Jesus Christ.  As King Benjamin said "When ye are in the service of your fellow men, ye are only in the service of your God."

May we join the Savior in his work by lifting others, whether by kind words, a smile, or by helping to serve them in other ways, too numerous to name here.  We will join with him, and experience an abundance of the spirit if we do, and eternal life in the world to come.  

Find out more about Christ. 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 Come, Follow Me by Liz Lemon Swindle

Scripture is Matthew 16:24-25 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/matt/16.24

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Jesus once was a little child

The Picture is called Jesus once was a little child.  The message today comes from the artist, Liz Lemon Swindle.  The read is just as wonderful as the picture is.

"The Bible contains a single verse describing the Savior´s childhood, "And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him." - Luke 2:40

I could imagine Mary looking on while her Son played with his brothers and sisters (Matt. 13:55-56). I could see Joseph smiling while Jesus laughed and played with friends and family. I wanted to capture that magical innocence of childhood, which blesses our lives for such a short moment and then leaves us longing for the sound of little feet and the laughter of little children.

I am reminded of a song I learned as little girl:

Jesus once was a little child,
A little child like me;
And he was pure and meek and mild,
As a little child should be.

So, little children,
Let’s you and I
Try to be like him,
Try, try, try."

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Monday, September 7, 2015

"how often would I have gathered thy children together"

The Savior said of those at Jerusalem how oft he would have gathered them as a hen gathereth her chickens, and they would not.  (Matthew 23:37, Luke 13:34).  How saddened he was that people had not come to him.  

Similarly, he longs for us to come unto him, and to feel of his love for us.  As we do, he lovingly heals our pains, comforts our hearts, and soothes our souls.  Come unto him and drink of the "living water" that he offers us, that we may never thirst again.  (John 4:11, John 7:38, more)

He is the Wonderful Counsellor spoken of by Isaiah, he who was bruised for our iniquities, and who with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53, Mosiah 14, Isaiah 9:6).  He pleads with each of us to come unto him and find rest (Matthew 11:29).  

May we ever do that, and find respite from our trials, and find rest from our troubles and the problems of the world.  May we always come to him to have him help us in all things, to be able to feel of the spirit near, and so that finally, we may return to live with him again.  

"I testify that Jesus Christ, born in Bethlehem, was and is the Only Begotten of the Father, the Lamb of God. He chose from before the foundations of the earth to be your Savior, my Savior, and the Savior of all we will ever know or meet."—Henry B. Eyring, "Always", Ensign, Liahona, October 1999 https://www.lds.org/ensign/1999/10/always

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Picture is O Jerusalem by Greg Olsen.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy and the Sacrament

Remember to keep the Sabbath day holy, in all ways during all of that sacred day set apart by the Lord.  One way we do that is by partaking of the Sacrament.  It is as if the Savior himself were giving the Sacrament to us when we take of it.  For those who administer those sacred emblems do so in his place.  The Savior himself instituted the sacrament in remembrance of his sacrifice for us. 

May we remember that if we are willing to take upon us his name, to comfort those in need of comfort, to lift others, his spirit will be with us.  Below are both accounts of him instituting it, in the New Testament and in the Book of Mormon.

"And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;

For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins."  (Matthew 26:26-28 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/matt/26.26-28

And in the Book of Mormon:

"And when the disciples had come with bread and wine, he took of the bread and brake and blessed it; and he gave unto the disciples and commanded that they should eat.

And when they had eaten and were filled, he commanded that they should give unto the multitude.

And when the multitude had eaten and were filled, he said unto the disciples: Behold there shall one be ordained among you, and to him will I give power that he shall break bread and bless it and give it unto the people of my church, unto all those who shall believe and be baptized in my name."  More at 3 Nephi 18:3-11 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/3-ne/18.3-11 )

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Picture is The Last Supper by Simon Dewey, available at  Altus Fine Art

Friday, September 4, 2015

He is Not Here, for He is Risen!

How wonderful are the words "He is not here: for he is risen" -He is Risen!  He lives and still works for our salvation!  The Prophet Joseph Smith said,  “And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!  “For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God” (D&C 76:22–24 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/76.22-24).

Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, and has broken the bonds of sin and death, and has made it possible to return back to the presence of our Father in Heaven, to live with him and our families forever.  When there, we will help the Father and Savior with their work, bringing to pass the immortality and eternal life of man [and women]

May we pour out our hearts to our Father in Heaven, in the name of Christ, that we might be able to be comforted, strengthened, helped, lifted, and encouraged in all that we do.  For it is all made possible through the sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  

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

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(Scriptures Matthew 28:6 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/matt/28.6 , and John 20:14-17 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/john/20.17 ).

Picture is He is Risen by Del Parson, courtesy of http://www.lds.org 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

"Not my will, but thine be done"

The Savior prayed to the Father "nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done." His purpose for coming here, the atonement, was upon him, and he drank that bitter cup so that we might live with him again.  His agony was so great that he went beyond what mortal man is able to endure.  

Love was the reason for this. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" 

The Savior was obedient in all things that were asked of him, and because of that, we can return and live with him and our Father in Heaven again.  The Lord doesn't ask us to go through what the Savior went through, just wants us to be obedient to his commandments, and turn to him in our trials.  May we remember the sacrifice of the Savior, and as we pray to our Father in Heaven in gratitude for the Savior's sacrifice, may we feel of his love for us. 

And when we have trials that we must endure, may we not revile, but turn to God, as the Savior did, and humbly say "not my will, but thine be done."  If we do, we will be exalted on high.   

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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(Scriptures Luke 22:42 http://bit.ly/1bDQTsL ; John 3:16 http://bit.ly/12NHwk2 ). 

Picture is Thy Will Be Done by Del Parson

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Elder Melvin J Ballard embraces Christ and feels the prints of the nails...

Here is one account of a special witness embracing the Savior.  Elder Melvin J. Ballard, an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, relates the following experience: “I had sought the Lord . . . and that night I received a wonderful manifestation and impression which has never left me. I was carried to this place—into this room. I saw myself here with you. 

I was told there was another privilege that was to be mine; and I was led into a room where I was informed I was to meet someone. As I entered the room I saw, seated on a raised platform, the most glorious being I have ever conceived of, and was taken forward to be introduced to Him. As I approached He smiled, called my name, and stretched out His hands towards me. If I live to be a million years old I shall never forget that smile. 

He put His arms around me and kissed me, as He took me into His bosom, and He blessed me until my whole being was thrilled. As He finished I fell at His feet, and there saw the marks of the nails; and as I kissed them, with deep joy swelling through my whole being, I felt that I was in heaven indeed. The feeling that came to my heart then was: Oh! If I could live worthy, though it would require four-score years, so that in the end when I have finished I could go into His presence and receive the feeling that I then had in His presence, I would give everything that I am or ever hope to be!” (Melvin J. Ballard—Crusader for Righteousness, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1966, p. 65-66.)

The Savior Lives! He is Real, and from the Prophet Joseph Smith on down, people have been able to see him, or to feel of his presence through the veil.  He is there.  It is worth every sacrifice to be able to feel what it is like to be in his presence.  May we all be worthy of that.

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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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Gratitude for our Savior, Jesus Christ, and in all things

May we remember President Monson's words, "to live with gratitude ever in our hearts is to touch heaven."  May we live by that as we have, most importantly, gratitude for our Savior, Jesus Christ.  

Gratitude is the most important thing we can have in our hearts.  It gives us life and connects us with our Father in Heaven, and Savior Jesus Christ.  

Here is what our leaders say about gratitude:

“He who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious” (D&C 78:19). Gratitude is an uplifting, exalting attitude. People are generally happier when they have gratitude in their hearts. We cannot be bitter, resentful, or mean-spirited when we are grateful.

We should be thankful for the wonderful blessings that are ours and for the tremendous opportunities we have. We can be thankful to our parents, family, friends, and teachers. We should express appreciation to everyone who has assisted us in any way.

We should thank our Heavenly Father for His goodness to us by acknowledging His hand in all things, thanking Him for all that He gives us, keeping His commandments, and serving others. We should especially thank Him for His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, for the Savior's great example, for His teachings, for His outreaching hand to lift and help, for His infinite Atonement." 

May we always remember to have gratitude in all things, and especially for our Savior, Jesus Christ.  

(Sources are The Divine Gift of Gratitude at https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2010/10/the-divine-gift-of-gratitude ,  and gratitude at https://www.lds.org/topics/gratitude )

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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