Saturday, October 31, 2015

Do we have the same Faith as the Woman with the Issue of Blood?

This is a wonderful story of the healing power of the Savior, of his kindness and mercy, and of the remarkable faith of a woman. 

From the new testament:  "And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,
Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.
And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.
And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.
And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace."

How often do we reach out to the Savior in Faith?  How often do we have faith in him enough to heal us of not just physical maladies, but our emotional, mental, and other trials we may go through.  He is ever there for us, and through faith, and through the priesthood, miracles may be wrought. 

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 Thread of Faith by Howard Lyon.  Used with Permission, Howard Lyon, www.fineart.howardlyon.com

Scripture is Luke 8:43-48 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/luke/8.43-48

Friday, October 30, 2015

The Savior Pleads for us to "Come, Follow Me"

“Come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness” (Moroni 10:32)
As you act on the invitation to come unto Christ, you will come to understand your sacred duty to “invite all to come unto Christ” (D&C 20:59) as well.

The Savior beckons all of us to come, follow him.  Elder Talmage calls it "the greatest outpouring of spiritual emotion" because the Savior is pleading with us to follow him because he knows it is the only way to happiness in this life and the world to come.  

He also knows all the pains we would ever go through, because he has experienced it, and longs to lift our burdens through his atoning sacrifice.  

This is a loving, pleading Savior, who longs to bless us, to lift us, to comfort us, and to dwell with us.  

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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Read More: https://www.lds.org/youth/article/come-unto-christ

Quote from Elder Talmage is from Jesus the Christ.  

Artwork and part of the message: "Come,Follow Me" by Brent Borup
http://www.brentborupstudio.com/comefollowme.html

Thursday, October 29, 2015

"whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it"

"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.  And he will ever be at our side, with us.  

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

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

"I must be about my Father's business" - Are we?

When Jesus was young, his family went to Passover at Jerusalem.  The family left, only to find that Jesus wasn't with them.  They returned to Jerusalem, and the scriptures record the following:

"And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.

And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?" (Luke 2:40-49 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/luke/2

Do we know what we are here to do?  Do we know what our mission and purpose is here on this earth.  Prayerfully study the scriptures and patriarchal blessing, and listen to the impressions of the spirit to tell you who you are, and what the Lord would have you do.  

As you do this over a lifetime, you will find a happiness beyond compare. 

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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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

"I knew I was in the presence of the Savior of the World"

From a man who was in the Presence of the Savior in the Temple, "I was unable to see him, but I knew he was coming towards me in the celestial room.  Then I felt of his presence and his love for me.  I have never felt love like that before, and I knew I was in the presence of the Savior of the World." The Blessings of the Temple are available to all the pure in heart, as the Doctrine and Covenants says  "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 that shall come into it shall see God" (D & C 97:15-16 http://bit.ly/14GTNd6 )

The temple is the house of the Lord.  May we all go there often to feel of the spirit, and to feel of the presence of the Lord as we are able to do the work and feel the gratitude of those who have gone before 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 at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Picture is of the Vancouver Temple Celestial Room.  

Monday, October 26, 2015

Alma Baptizing at the Waters of Mormon

This is Alma baptizing at the Waters of Mormon.  This is the covenant we all take upon ourselves at baptism.  "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 )

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, October 24, 2015

The Sacred Ordinances of the Temple, spoken of in the Bible, prepare us for the Presence of God

The Ordinances of the Temple were instituted by the Lord in the New Testament, as they were originally in the days of Adam.  Then again, they were Restored in our day through the Prophet Joseph Smith.  These ordinances prepare us to be in the presence of the Lord, both on earth and in the life to come. 

About the Endowment, Brigham Young has said, “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).

Additionally, baptisms for the Dead were spoken by Paul, who said "Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all?  why are they then baptized for the dead?"  (1 Corinthians 15:29 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/1-cor/15.29).  In this modern era, this ordinance is done as it was done in the New Testament church, so that our ancestors who never heard the gospel, or those who never heard of Christ can return to the presence of the Lord.  For the Savior said all must be baptized in John 3:5, when he said "except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven." (https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/john/3.5 ). 

We are told in modern revelation that these same ordinances were given to Adam, and later to Abraham.  For more on this topic, see the search page https://www.lds.org/search?lang=eng&query=temple+ordinances+adam

Because of the miracle of the Restoration of the Gospel, the sacred temple ordinances the Savior established in New Testament times, and back in the time of Adam, 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 97:15-16 http://bit.ly/14GTNd6 )

The spirit in temples is stronger than in any other place on earth. While there we can perform sacred ordinances for our ancestors that are necessary for them to return to the presence of God. Find out more about temples by going to http://www.lds.org/church/temples

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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Friday, October 23, 2015

Prophets in the Book of Mormon who saw Christ-for us in our Day

Prophets and others in the Book of Mormon saw Christ, and Christ told them what to include in the Book of Mormon for our day. Nephi relates "And now I, Nephi, write more of the words of Isaiah, for my soul delighteth in his words. For I will liken his words unto my people, and I will send them forth unto all my children, for he verily saw my Redeemer, even as I have seen him.

And my brother, Jacob, also has seen him as I have seen him; wherefore, I will send their words forth unto my children to prove unto them that my words are true...Behold, my soul delighteth in proving unto my people the truth of the coming of Christ." (2 Nephi 11:2-4 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/2-ne/11.2-4 )

Not Just Nephi and Jacob (and Isaiah), but also King Lamoni reports "For as sure as thou livest, behold, I have seen my Redeemer." and later testifies of him boldly.  (Alma 19:13 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/alma/19.13

As the Lord spoke with the prophets, he told them what to include in the Book of Mormon for our day.  We have Moroni saying this: "Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing," and then saying that he was commanded to write these things for our benefit in our day. (Mormon 8:35 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/morm/8.35

If we will follow the words of the prophets in the Book of Mormon, those men who saw Christ and taught his gospel, at the end of this life, we will be able to return back to the presence of Christ and the Father, and we will be able to exclaim as Enos:

"And I soon go to the place of my rest, which is with my Redeemer; for I know that in him I shall rest. And I rejoice in the day when my mortal shall put on immortality, and shall stand before him; then shall I see his face with pleasure, and he will say unto me: Come unto me, ye blessed, there is a place prepared for you in the mansions of my Father. Amen." (Enos 1:27 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/enos/1.27 ).

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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Thursday, October 22, 2015

"And my soul hungered"-Do we hunger for Christ?

"And my soul hungered; and I kneeled down before my Maker, and I cried unto him in mighty prayer and supplication for mine own soul; and all the day long did I cry unto him; yea, and when the night came I did still raise my voice high that it reached the heavens. 

And there came a voice unto me, saying: Enos, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed.  And I, Enos, knew that God could not lie; wherefore, my guilt was swept away.

And I said: Lord, how is it done?
And he said unto me: Because of thy faith in Christ, whom thou hast never before heard nor seen. And many years pass away before he shall manifest himself in the flesh; wherefore, go to, thy faith hath made thee whole" (Enos 1: 4-8 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/enos/1

Enos had faith in Christ, even though Christ hadn't come to earth yet.  What powerful faith.  We in our day are fortunate to have the scriptural record of Christ's life.  But do we really believe Christ?  Do we really follow him?  Do we have the faith of Enos?  Do our souls hunger for Christ?  Do we have the witness of the spirit that Enos had?  And have we felt our guilt be swept away?  How merciful God is.  

May we all have the faith of Enos, so that the Lord may work miracles in our own lives.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Scripture from the Bible that started the Restoration

Joseph studying in James.  From this one scripture came the inspiration behind Joseph Smith's First Prayer, and the subsequent Revelations that restored the Gospel in our day.  "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering" (James 1:5-6 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/james/1.5-6 ). 

Joseph describes how he felt when he read that passage: "Never did any passage of scripture come with more power to the heart of man than this did at this time to mine. It seemed to enter with great force into every feeling of my heart. I reflected on it again and again, knowing that if any person needed wisdom from God, I did; for how to act I did not know, and unless I could get more wisdom than I then had, I would never know; for the teachers of religion of the different sects understood the same passages of scripture so differently as to destroy all confidence in settling the question by an appeal to the Bible.

At length I came to the conclusion that I must either remain in darkness and confusion, or else I must do as James directs, that is, ask of God. I at length came to the determination to “ask of God,” concluding that if he gave wisdom to them that lacked wisdom, and would give liberally, and not upbraid, I might venture." (Joseph Smith History https://www.lds.org/scriptures/pgp/js-h/1 )

From that prayer came the beginning of the Restoration of God's church in our dispensation, with all of the blessings of previous dispensations. 

May we all ask our Father in Heaven for the answers to our righteous desires, and have faith, nothing wavering.  And the answers will come.  Maybe not right away, or not in the way we want them to, but they will come. 

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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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Moroni appears to Joseph Smith - Beginning the restoration of the Book of Mormon

"Not only was his robe exceedingly white, but his whole person was glorious beyond description, and his countenance truly like lightning... He called me by name, and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me, and that his name was Moroni; that God had a work for me to do...He said there was a book deposited, written upon gold plates, giving an account of the former inhabitants of this continent, and the source from whence they sprang. He also said that the fulness of the everlasting Gospel was contained in it, as delivered by the Savior to the ancient inhabitants" (Joseph Smith-History 1:32-34 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/pgp/js-h/1.32-34 )

Moroni did appear to the Prophet Joseph Smith, to prepare him for the work he would do in translating the Book of Mormon by the Gift and Power of God.  May we ever be grateful for the gift of the Book of Mormon.  May we read, study, and ponder the words on its pages, and feel the spirit impress its truths on our hearts. 

 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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Monday, October 19, 2015

"I saw a pillar of light..."

"I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me.  It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!"

Joseph Smith saw God the Father and his son, Jesus Christ, and was the instrument through which God restored the same New Testament church to the earth again in its purity.  You can read more about that by clicking the link below to read this history, or read the Book of Mormon online now. 

Scripture is from Joseph Smith-History. Read more at https://www.lds.org/scriptures/pgp/js-h/1.16-17

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Restoration of Christ's Priesthood on the Earth

"The power and authority of the higher, or Melchizedek Priesthood, is to hold the keys of all the spiritual blessings of the church—"

We are told in Hebrews, in the New Testament that Christ was a High Priest after the Order of Melchizedek, and the Presiding High Priest.  He gave that same priesthood to his apostles, with the authority to preside.  After the church fell away, that Authority was lost.  In our modern era, Peter, James, and John, now resurrected, glorified beings, appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, and restored the Melchizedek Priesthood to the earth, and the authority to minister as the Savior did.  The long night of apostasy was over.    

What a blessing it is to have the power and authority of the Savior on this earth, so that we, and all the peoples of the earth, and all who have or ever will live upon it,  may be blessed.  It stretches from before the beginning of time into  the eternities and beyond, and has the power to touch and change the hearts of the children of men, one by one and heart by heart, and endure with them forever.   

May we be grateful for the many blessings, too numerous to count, that have come to this earth since that time.  

Want to 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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Scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 107:18 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/107.18

Friday, October 16, 2015

How must the Savior pray for us, and how should we pray?

What marvelous things the Savior must have asked the Father for on our behalf?  And how must he pray for us when he isn't in the presence of the Father? Scriptures record "And when he had said these words, he himself also knelt upon the earth; and behold he prayed unto the Father, and the things which he prayed cannot be written, and the multitude did bear record who heard him. And after this manner do they bear record: The eye hath never seen, neither hath the ear heard, before, so great and marvelous things as we saw and heard Jesus speak unto the Father; And no tongue can speak, neither can there be written by any man, neither can the hearts of men conceive so great and marvelous things as we both saw and heard Jesus speak; and no one can conceive of the joy which filled our souls at the time we heard him pray for us unto the Father" (3 Nephi 17:15-17 http://bit.ly/180Iu2k ).  

The Savior is our advocate with the Father, and the blessings that await us as we turn to him in prayer are just waiting to be poured out upon us, so that our "cup runneth over," both in this life, and in the life to come.  And may we become one with the Father and the Son by making our prayers more meaningful, reaching out in faith as the Father of us all listens and lovingly responds.  

Call upon the Father, in the name of Christ, and pour out your heart in prayer, and pray about not just yourself, but pray for those around you, for they are God's children as well.  And then act and serve others.  If you will do this, you will find that you are more a part of the Father's plan, and will be following the example of the Savior.  And you will be able to feel a power of the spirit, and be able to feel of the abundant blessings of the Lord upon you, as our Prophet has said.  

The scripture is from the Book of Mormon.  Find out more about Christ 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

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 Picture is I Have Prayed for Thee by Del Parson.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Jesus Christ, the life and light of the World

Jesus Christ is the center of our Faith. In his words "Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I am the life and the light of the world...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. Amen." (D & C 11:28, 30 http://bit.ly/GAbxQD )

May we all become the Sons and daughters of God, through relying on the Atonement of Jesus Christ. He is the center of the plan of salvation, he is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the end. His love was from before the foundations of the world, and will last forever into the eternities. He is Jesus Christ, our all and all, and the Center of our Faith. 

Through the power of the covenants we make with him at baptism, and in the temple, we can be brought back to his presence, and the presence of the Father, together with our families.  May we ever strive for that.  

Want to find out more about Christ? The Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, is the Word of God. 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, October 14, 2015

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem - and us in our day

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

Read more about Christ in the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ. Find out for yourself 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 O Jerusalem by Greg Olsen.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

"The Son of Man hath descended below them all"

"The Son of Man hath descended below them all."  

The Greatest of all will never let us suffer more than we are able, but will lift us and comfort us.  If we pour our hearts out to our Father in Heaven, in the name of Christ, through the power of the Atonement, and through the spirit, he can and will lift us. 

He is the compassionate Savior, he who descended below all things so that he might "draw all men unto him," so that we may be comforted in this life, and gain eternal life in the world to come.  

He lives today, and is there.  Reach out to the Father in the name of Christ, pour your heart to him, and feel of the love of God through the spirit lift you, encourage you, and strengthen you.  He exists just to help you in all aspects of your life, and to help you have joy beyond compare. 

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 Son of Man, by Joseph Brickey. 

Scripture is Doctrine and Covenants 122:7-8 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/122.8

Monday, October 12, 2015

"Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows..."

The Savior is there to comfort us as we reach out to him in Faith, for he understands our trials. "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: ...Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows..." (Isaiah 53:3-4 http://bit.ly/1cObHfQ )

The Savior went through the agony of Gethsemane, and the horrors of the Cross so that he would better be able to comfort and succor us in our trials, afflictions, pains, and suffering in this life. As one who knows where we have been, he can lift us higher. 

He knows each of us intimately, and with a love that we cannot comprehend, but it changes us when we feel of it as we pour out our hearts in prayer, and as we serve others.

May our hearts be drawn out in gratitude for the Loving, Kind Savior who descended below all things so he could lift all things. He is our Savior, Redeemer, and 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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Picture Man of Galilee, by Joseph Brickey

Saturday, October 10, 2015

"As an ordained apostle, and special witness of Christ..."

"As an ordained Apostle and special witness of Christ, I give to you my solemn witness that Jesus Christ is in fact the Son of God. He is the Messiah prophetically anticipated by Old Testament prophets. He is the Hope of Israel, for whose coming the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had prayed during the long centuries of prescribed worship.

Jesus is the Beloved Son who submitted to the will of his Father by being baptized by John in the river Jordan. He was tempted of the devil in the wilderness but did not yield to the temptations. He preached the gospel, which is the power of God unto salvation, and commanded all men everywhere to repent and be baptized. He forgave sins, speaking as one having authority, and he demonstrated his power to do so by healing the lame and the halt and by opening the eyes of the blind and unstopping the ears of the deaf. He changed water to wine, calmed the troubled waters of Galilee, and walked on that same water as if on solid ground. He confounded the wicked rulers who sought his life and brought peace to troubled hearts.

Finally, he suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane and died on the cross, giving his sinless life as a ransom for every soul who enters mortality. He did in very fact rise from the dead on the third day, becoming the firstfruits of the resurrection and overcoming death.

The resurrected Lord has continued his ministry of salvation by appearing, from time to time, to mortal men chosen by God to be his witnesses, and by revealing his will through the Holy Ghost.

It is by the power of the Holy Ghost that I bear my witness. I know of Christ’s reality as if I had seen with my eyes and heard with my ears. I know also that the Holy Spirit will confirm the truthfulness of my witness in the hearts of all those who listen with an ear of faith." -Howard W Hunter, then an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, January 1984.  Entire talk here https://www.lds.org/ensign/1984/01/an-apostles-witness-of-christ

In the New Testament, and in this modern dispensation, apostles and prophets give their witness of the Risen Lord.  He is real, and works for our salvation today.  He leads and guides Prophets and Apostles, yet is so personal as to be able to touch our individual hearts.  

May we ever follow living apostles and prophets, and feel of the spirit that attends them as they speak.

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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Friday, October 9, 2015

"I witness that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the World..."

From an apostle of the Lord, one who has seen the Resurrected Savior, Jesus Christ. "I witness that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. He suffered and died for our sins and rose the third day. He is resurrected. In a future day, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He is the Christ..." —Neil L. Andersen, "What Thinks Christ of Me?", Liahona and Ensign, May 2012. (https://www.lds.org/ensign/2012/05/what-thinks-christ-of-me ). 

Jesus Christ lives! And he loves all of his children with a perfect love.  When you meet the Savior at the last day, will you be like him? How have you shown that Christlike love to others?  Have you turned to him in all things? Have you felt of his love? Have you poured out your heart to God so that through the power of the atonement, your trials and sins may be lifted from you? as the Book of Mormon says, have ye felt to sing the song of redeeming love?  May we all follow Christ so that we may feel of his love in this life, and at the last day, our reunion will be one of everlasting joy.  

Remember, as you pour your hearts out to Christ, that he is real, and as you pray, you can feel his love in your heart, as if he were close to you, comforting you.  May we all feel of that love.  

Do you love the Savior, and want to know him? 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 and pray about its truth. You may also get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Picture by Carl Heinrich Bloch, courtesy of http://www.lds.org/

Thursday, October 8, 2015

President Monson's last talk at Conference-Christ is our strength

Just a bit from the last part of President Monson's talk.  Such a sweet testimony.  He testifies that Christ is our strength.  Christ truly is his strength, even in his weakness.  Read below:

"How reassuring are the Savior’s words: “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” Of Him I testify. He is our Savior and Redeemer, our Advocate with the Father. He is our Exemplar and our strength. He is “the light which shineth in darkness.” That each of us within the sound of my voice may pledge to follow Him, thus becoming a shining light to the world, is my prayer in His holy name, even Jesus Christ the Lord, amen." whole talk at https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2015/10/be-an-example-and-a-light 

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, October 7, 2015

"Not my will, but thine, be done"-do we do the same?

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.  

May we remember that 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

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

"Believe in God; believe that he is..."

"Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend. And again, believe that ye must repent of your sins and forsake them, and humble yourselves before God; and ask in sincerity of heart that he would forgive you; and now, if you believe all these things see that ye do them" (Mosiah 4:9-10 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/mosiah/4.9-10 ). 

The Savior is over all, he is both the creator of the world, and the author of our salvation.  He watches over us, and is not idle, but active in helping us to return to his presence and the presence of the Father with our families.  He is ever there to comfort, strengthen, and lift us, and to help us feel close to him.

May we forever be grateful for the Savior.  May we let him guide our lives as we seek to serve others and to do his work.  There are so many ways to do that.  May we all seek to do that in our own unique way. 

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 Awesome Wonder by Greg Olsen

Monday, October 5, 2015

Christ declares he is the Messiah in Nazareth-and now

Christ Declares in Nazareth that He is the Messiah, the fulfillment of the prophecy given by Isaiah.  "And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.  And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias.

And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.  And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears."  (Luke 4:16-21 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/luke/4.16-21 )

After that, Christ escaped them as they attempted to kill him.  Jesus Christ was and is the Promised Messiah.  He lives today and continues on with this great work of Salvation for the souls of man. 




Today we follow the words of his living prophets on the earth today.  The spirit will testify of the truth of their words, and we become obedient to God by following them.  And we have the words in the Bible, Book of Mormon, and other holy writ. 



Christ loves each of us, individually with a love that is unique to you.  This is why he has given us the scriptures and prophets on earth today.  It is to prepare us for when he will one day stand to judge all.  At that time may our minds and hearts be purified, so that we may be worthy to live in his presence and the presence of the Father.  
 
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Saturday, October 3, 2015

How the Brethren Prepare for Conference - how do you prepare?

To Prepare for Conference, a few days before, the Brethren go to a session in the temple with their wives, and then go to a room apart, and bear testimony of the Savior and his Gospel.  What are you doing to prepare for Conference?

Are we preparing our hearts and minds to hear the will of the Lord, as delivered by his authorized servants on this earth?  Are we praying to the Lord that we will be touched with what he wants us to pay attention to? 

The apostles, prophets, and disciples who speak at General Conference are under the inspiration of the Lord, and will speak the words we need to hear. 

As we listen, may we listen to the spirit as it impresses upon us what message we need to hear. The speakers have sought heaven's help as they prepare, and what we hear will help us to become more like the Savior and turn our hearts more to him.

Watch or listen live on BYUTV through your local cable provider, online at gc.lds.org, or find out how to view at https://www.lds.org/general-conference/viewing-times-and-options

Sessions start Saturday at 10 am and 2 pm, Priesthood at 6 pm, and continue Sunday at 10 am and 2 pm MDT.

 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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Friday, October 2, 2015

A Personal prophetic epistle just to you

Conference is a time for personal revelation.  If we prepare for Conference prayerfully, then watch or listen to sessions, we will find in it a personal epistle just to us, either through the speakers or through the spirit.  It will turn our hearts towards heaven. 

Watch or listen live on BYUTV through your local cable provider, online at gc.lds.org, or find out how to view at https://www.lds.org/general-conference/viewing-times-and-options

Sessions start Saturday at 10 am and 2 pm, Priesthood at 6 pm, and continue Sunday at 10 am and 2 pm MDT.

 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

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

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

General Conference is a gift and blessing from Heaven

This weekend, Apostles and Prophets will testify of Christ and his Gospel. There will be messages uniquely for each of us. As we listen, may we listen to the spirit as it impresses upon us what message we need to hear. The speakers have sought heaven's help as they prepare, and what we hear will help us to become more like the Savior and turn our hearts more to him.  

Watch or listen live on BYUTV through your local cable provider, online at gc.lds.org, or find out how to view at https://www.lds.org/general-conference/viewing-times-and-options
 

Sessions start Saturday at 10 am and 2 pm, Priesthood at 6 pm, and continue Sunday at 10 am and 2 pm MDT. 

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 athttp://bit.ly/11WKJ1G