Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Reality of Christ and the Scope of his Gospel today and forever

From Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ, men who have seen the Resurrected Savior: "Jesus is the Living Christ, the immortal Son of God...He is the light, the life, and the hope of the world. His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come." (The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles )

And from the Prophet Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery "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." (Doctrine and Covenants 76:22-24 )

Jesus Christ is real, that he lives, and that he is the only way to return to our Heavenly Parents.  He was prophesied of by many Old Testament and Book of Mormon prophets, he came in the meridian of time and taught his gospel, taught us by example how to love, worked miracles, raised the dead, organized his church, and finally, in the garden and on the cross, atoned for our sins.  Truly he was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities.

He rose again the third day, and appeared to many. Those apostles and witnesses testified of him until they were killed for that testimony, and the world plunged into the great apostasy.  And those who had seen him in the Americas similarly lost the gospel.  But God guided humankind in other ways, so that the gospel could be restored later.  On a brilliant morning, he and his Father appeared to a 14 year-old prophet, and through this and subsequent revelations and visitations, the Gospel was restored, with all of the blessings of previous dispensations. 

Temples now dot the earth, and all are being gathered from the 4 corners of the earth. All will have the chance to accept Christ's gospel.  The gospel is again on the earth, never to be taken away.  Christ stands at the head of this church, yet is so personal that he can touch the tenderest parts of our hearts.  We know that through the spirit, and in other ways.  

As we pray to know that he lives, and loves us, may we feel of his love for us, and know he lives. For he is real, and we are meant to know of him, for those are the real blessings of the Restoration-that we may come to know Christ, even if we do not see him. 

At some future day, Christ will come again to rule and reign upon the earth.  But may we be able to say at that time, as did Bruce R McConkie at the end of his life, "I will not know any better then than I know now that he is God's almighty Son" At that day when we see him, may we already know him and love him, as we "wet his feet with our tears."

And at the day of judgement, when we stand face to face with him, may we find it to be, as President Eyring said "a time of joy for those who have spent their lives in his service."  May we serve him, and serve others so that we may embrace him, feel of his love for us, and have him take all of our pains away. 

The Savior longs to bless us in our lives.  May we reach out to him in Faith, and serve others, and he will bless us to know that he lives, through the spirit.  

Want to find out more about the Christ of the New Testament? 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 or get a free copy at

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