Thursday, March 31, 2016

How are you preparing for General Conference?

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, at your stake center, or through other media outlets.  

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.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

"A declaration to all the world that Jesus is the Christ"

From Elder Holland- "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 prepare to hear the word of the Lord prayerfully, and listen to find the answers to our prayers either by speakers or whispered by the spirit.  

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.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

King Benjamin's words at a Conference like the one coming up...

King Benjamin said to his people in a gathering very much like conference coming up: "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)

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Lessons from the Road to Emmaus

"Three days after the Savior´s death, two of His disciples walked the dusty road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. As they spoke, they were joined by a traveler who asked about their conversation. The disciples replied, "Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem...they have crucified [Jesus]. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel."

Then the stranger said, "Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?" He then opened the scriptures to them, showing how all of the prophets had testified that Christ would be crucified and rise on the third day. As night fell the disciples asked the traveler to join them for a meal. Sitting together the stranger, "...took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew...[it was Jesus]." - Luke 24:17-32.  

We are often like the disciples. We let the worries of the day keep us from recognizing that the Savior is walking alongside us. We are quick to treat our trials as curses, instead of trusting that with God´s perspective our "curses" may actually be blessings. May we be more willing to wait upon the Lord, and may we see things as they really are as we walk our own roads to Emmaus."

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Picture is The Road to Emmaeus and notes, both by Liz Lemon Swindle.  Liz has Rheumatoid arthritis, which makes it painful for her to paint, but she has so many touching works.  More of her sacred artwork at  http://www.reparteegallery.com/m-159-liz-lemon-swindle.aspx

Sunday, March 27, 2016

He Is Risen! An Easter Message for the World

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.  

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 )

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Remember, tonight is the General Women's Session of Conference

The General Women's Session of General Conference is tonight at 6 PM MDT for all sisters above the age of 8. Brethren, we need to support the women in our lives so they can watch this sacred session on BYUTV, at your local Stake Center, or online at gc.lds.org.  Speakers have been chosen by apostles and prophets, and are under the inspiration of heaven. Sisters, as you prayerfully listen or watch, your hearts will be touched. 

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"It is Finished...Into thy hands I commend my spirit"

After his condemnation, the Savior of the World was forced to carry his own cross, until he could carry it no more, and another was forced to carry it for him. When at Golgotha, he was cruelly nailed to a cross, and placed between 2 malefactors.

As he suffered on the cross, the Jewish Leaders came and taunted him, as did others saying If he be the Christ, come down off the cross.  And as he himself was being reviled, and in pain, paying the price for our sins, he prayed "Father, Forgive them, for they know not what they do."  What an example for us of forgiveness.  

As the Father withdrew his presence so Christ could bear this alone, the cry was heard from him "Eloi, Eloi lama sabachthani," or translated, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"  Our Savior knows what it is like to feel alone, to be apart from God, and knows our sorrows and pains.  He did nothing to deserve it, yet willingly suffered it.  

Then, having finished suffering for us, and weary, he bowed his head and prayed unto the Father "It is Finished" and "Into thy hands I commend my spirit."

Our Savior had secured our Salvation by paying a price that we couldn't pay ourselves. With this knowledge, he slipped from mortality, and prepared for what would come next...

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Friday, March 25, 2016

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

After the Garden of Gethsemane, the Savior went before the Jewish Leaders, who condemned him, mocked and spat upon him.  Then he went before Pilate and Herod, and after being whipped with a flog that had pieces of bone woven in it, he went back to Pilate.  When he found no fault with him, the Jews cried for him to instead release Barabbas.  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.  As he had said in his ministry, "no man taketh my life, I lay it down of myself."  

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 )

It's hard to imagine this happening to our Savior, who is so loving.  But because of what he went through in Gethsemane through the cross, he understands every pain, every trial, every trouble we could ever have, and his purpose in life is to lift our burdens when we have them.  He will ever comfort us, strengthen us, and help us, and at the last day, because of his sacrifice, he will help us return to our Heavenly Home again.  

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Picture, awaiting the command, by Jon McNaughton

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Gethsemane "great drops of blood falling down to the ground"

I am humbled at the price that was paid for our sins by our Savior, Jesus Christ.  About the Garden we read: "And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping..." (Luke 22:41-44 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/luke/22.41-44 ).

If the Savior only had to atone for you, he would have done it willingly, all so that you could feel of his love and the Love of the Father.

The Savior was there for all of us then, and he is always there for us, even at times where we feel like he is far away. Pour out your hearts to him, study him, and become like him as you do his work. Lose yourself in his service and you will find a love and peace that is better than anything in this world.

And because of Gethsemane, we will be able to return back to the presence of the Father, having our sins washed white in the blood of the Lamb, as the 3rd Chapter of Revelations says.  And all who come to Christ may do that-our families, our ancestors, and our posterity to come.  

May we ever be grateful for that.  But there is more to come...

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Picture is No Greater Love by Greg Olsen

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Great Intercessory Prayer

Before the trial of Gethsemane, Christ offered the Great Intercessory prayer.  There has not been a greater prayer offered on our behalf, except possibly to those in the Americas.  The intercessory prayer is not given here completely, but you may read all of it by going to the link below.

He began by saying "Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee"  He stated that life eternal was to know the Father, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom he had sent.

Our Savior spoke of what he had done in his earthly ministry, and of what he would do in the future by saying "I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do."  He further asked that the Father glorify him with the Glory he had before the world was.

Then he prayed on our behalf, and that of the apostles.  He asked "That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:"

Our Savior knew what he would have to do, for he was told on the Mount of Transfiguration, and at this time right before his greatest trials, he prayed and asked for strength, and turned his prayer towards us, and petitioned the Father in our behalf.

In our trials, our sufferings, and in our own Gethsemanes, may we all turn to the Father, to Christ, and think of others as we do. 

So that we may become one with Christ and the Father.   But the story isn't done here...

Read the whole intercessory prayer here https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/john/17 or watch a video about it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yL5jobrN3ck

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Last Supper - That Sacred Meeting

The Twelve and the Savior met in an upper room for the Passover, a sacred time.  At that time, the Savior dismissed Judas, he who would betray him, saying "What thou doest, do quickly." 

He washed the apostles feet, an ordinance still done by the apostles today, thus giving another example of service, stating to Peter that if he didn't allow him to wash his feet, he had no part of him, Christ.  So for us, we must accept the service done by Christ to be saved.  

He instituted the Sacrament, taking bread, braking it, and gave it to them, reminding them that it was his body, given for them.  Then he gave them to drink, saying that the cup was his blood, which was shed for them.  We take the sacrament each week.  How well do we remember the Savior, and what he did for all of us?

He said to Love one another, as he had loved them.  How well do each of us do that?

He said "Peace, I leave with you, my peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  

He told the twelve what would happen soon, that he wouldn't be with them for very long.  He said that in him they would be able to have peace.  

He declared that the twelve would have tribulations, but that he had overcome the world.  The twelve still didn't understand that he would be delivered to death, or that he would be resurrected, though the Savior had taught that to them. 

But the full import of what he would do would not come until later...

Watch a video about this at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=997ni1xcmKw

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Christ's Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

On the week before his his death, the Savior entered into Jerusalem on a donkey, fulfilling the prophecy in the Old Testament which said "Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt."

He was thronged by people who had palm leaves, who greeted him by saying "Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord."

So much would change during this week. This was the last time he would be so accepted, as later the Jews called for his death.

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

We are preparing for the Last Days

I am going to relate something personal before the call to action on this.  My wife and I have had some very detailed impressions, dreams, and manifestations about the need to get Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness supplies.  We have even had visitations from the other side of the veil showing us what we needed to do, and returning to ask for updates periodically. We live in Utah.   

Then I spoke to my aunt, who is the Preparedness expert in her ward in Salt Lake, and she said there are people coming to her also reporting that they have had visions and impressions about the need to get prepared with food storage and emergency supplies, water, shelter,etc, and are convinced we have hard times ahead.  

It's as if the Lord is trying to prepare his people for the coming hard times.  I encourage each of you to pray, individually, as couples, and as families, about whether you should get your Food Storage and emergency preparedness supplies in order.  

It is important for each family to pray individually about this and ask the Lord if he would have you Prepare and get food and water and emergency supplies.   

Then, start studying about how to accumulate Food Storage.  The best is to store what you eat, and recycle it.  Note that if you were without power and heat, you would want to have canned goods on hand.  What would you do for heat for short term?  Would you have tents and bedding/sleeping bags or shelter in case your home was unlivable?  would you have enough water on hand?  Water is one of the most essential items to have.  

These and many more questions will come to mind as you begin a serious study of what you need to do.  But where to turn?  Each Ward has an Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Specialist, as does every Stake.  They are often excellent resources.  You need to make a plan, and often they will have Food Storage plans they can give you to get started.  

The church also has the Provident Living site, at https://providentliving.lds.org .  You can find information on Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage, Finances, and more

Pages within that site include a form to order food storage from the church at  https://providentliving.lds.org/self-reliance/food-storage/home-storage-center-order-form

Also, a page with a list of home storage centers that you can go to so that you can get food storage at https://providentliving.lds.org/self-reliance/home-storage-centers

Another is this article, https://www.lds.org/topics/food-storage

And Finally, you can use Google.  There are now so many resources online that you can use to help add to your Food Storage, and add to your knowlege of what to do.  

Please pray about this, and then develop a plan.  We as a people need to be ready for the coming hard times.  We are preparing for the Second Coming of the Savior, but we know that there will be hard times before that happens.  I pray that each of us will be seriously engaged in finding out if we need to prepare, and then following those promptings with action. 

And finally, prepare spiritually.  We are preparing to become a Zion people, one with the Lord.  May we ever do that.  Study and Pray, and follow Christ's example, and the words of the Prophets, and we will be prepared spiritually.  

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Come and See-Behold your little ones

I love this picture because it is a reminder that this actually happened. Christ blessed the children in the Americas in Third Nephi.  The account:

"And when he had said these words, he wept, and the multitude bare record of it, and he took their little children, one by one, and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them.

And when he had done this he wept again;

And he spake unto the multitude, and said unto them: Behold your little ones.

And as they looked to behold they cast their eyes towards heaven, and they saw the heavens open, and they saw angels descending out of heaven as it were in the midst of fire; and they came down and encircled those little ones about, and they were encircled about with fire; and the angels did minister unto them.

And the multitude did see and hear and bear record; and they know that their record is true for they all of them did see and hear, every man for himself; and they were in number about two thousand and five hundred souls; and they did consist of men, women, and children." 3 Nephi 17:21-25 (https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/3-ne/17.21-25)

A future chapter records that these children later: "they both saw and heard these children; yea, even babes did open their mouths and utter marvelous things; and the things which they did utter were forbidden that there should not any man write them." (3 Nephi 26:16)

The scriptures tell us in Matthew 18:1-3, and echoed in this month's First Presidency Message that we must be converted and become as little children in order for us to be saved in the Kingdom of Heaven.  May we ever do that, and experience the love of the Savior and our Heavenly Parents Forever.    

May we ever do that.

This comes from the Book of Mormon. Along with the Bible, Christ's 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 Come and See by Del Parson

Friday, March 18, 2016

"...enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”

May we all look forward to that day, after a life of service, when we enter the Kingdom of God. “Well done, thou good and faithful servant...enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matthew 25:21 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/matt/25.21 ). 

The scriptures further teach “For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” (Revelations 7:17 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/rev/7.17 ). 

May we seek out the Savior, and follow him, so that we may have peace in this life, and at the end, be welcomed by his warm embrace into the kingdom of the Father. 

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Picture is Abide with Me by Greg Olsen

Thursday, March 17, 2016

"He is the light, the life, and the hope of the world..."

"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." Read more at http://bit.ly/1bAqOhI (The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles).

Who would not want to follow someone who took upon himself our burdens, so that we would not have to pay them. Yet so many people don't. And still, he beckons all to come unto him. He truly is the light, the life and the hope of the World. He is there to comfort us in this life, and will be there to embrace us at the last day. He will ever comfort us as we turn to him. 

Let your hearts be poured out in gratitude and love to him, and you will feel his love for you in return.  And then serve others and help them feel of that love, too.  

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Picture is Joy of the Lord by Greg Olsen

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden..."

May we all come unto Christ, for he pleads to us to "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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 11:28-30) Elder Talmadge calls this "the greatest spiritual outpouring."

The Savior is pleading with us to come unto him, to learn of him, and have our burden become light. With all of the love in his heart, he beckons us to partake of the light and love he has to offer us, and to help change us forever.

May we do that, come unto him, and in him find rest.

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 Portrait of Christ by Joseph Brickey
Scripture is Matthew 11:28-30 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/matt/11.28-30

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

"For God so loved the world..."

"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." (http://bit.ly/12NHwk2) Of this truth the Savior said to Peter "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (http://bit.ly/16y1Yey)

The Savior loves us with a love we cannot comprehend. He descended below all things so that we may return back to him and our Father in Heaven again with our families. He will ever be there for us to strengthen us, lift us, and comfort us, and to bind us together in love.

May we all take the time to pour our hearts out in gratitude to our Father in Heaven for the gift of his only begotten son, and take a moment afterwards to wait for the Lord's response through the spirit. Then, may we love others as the Savior would have us do.

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 Well Done by Del Parson

Monday, March 14, 2016

"ye shall find rest unto your souls"

The Savior beckons all to come unto him and be comforted, strengthened, lifted, and ultimately, be exalted with our families. All of these things happen because of him, because of his atonement. Yet he doesn't want us to suffer as he did, and so beckons all to come unto him.

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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."

May we all come unto him, follow him, obey him, and find our peace and joy through him.  And we will eventually return to him again, rejoicing with him, the Father, and our Families. For heaven wouldn't be heaven without God's children. 

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 Come unto Me, by Liz Lemon Swindle

Scripture is Matthew 11:28-30 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/matt/11.28,29,30

Sunday, March 13, 2016

"I am the bread of life"

The Savior truly is the living bread and water of life. "And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst" (John 6:35 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/john/6.35 )

The words of Christ are more important than the very food we eat. We are wholly dependent upon the Savior for all we are and have. He is there for us every moment of every day. His power is what sustains us. May we be grateful for the spiritual and physical "bread of life" that he provides us to sustain us.

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Picture is The Bread of Life, by Greg Olsen

Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Savior, Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the World

"He was the Great Jehovah of the Old Testament, the Messiah of the New. Under the direction of His Father, He was the creator of the earth. “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3). 

Though sinless, He was baptized to fulfill all righteousness. He “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38), yet was despised for it. His gospel was a message of peace and goodwill. He entreated all to follow His example. He walked the roads of Palestine, healing the sick, causing the blind to see, and raising the dead. 

He taught the truths of eternity, the reality of our premortal existence, the purpose of our life on earth, and the potential for the sons and daughters of God in the life to come." (The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles. Learn more about Christ at http://bit.ly/1bAqOhI )

As stated by his special witnesses, The Savior, Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the World, who taught the truths of eternity, and continues to do so through apostles and prophets. He is there for us as we turn to him. May we ever be grateful for him. 

Find out more about Christ. Along with the Bible, his words are in the Book of Mormon. Find out for yourself and read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Picture is The Savior by Greg Olsen

Friday, March 11, 2016

"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 him in prayer and find out for yourself. 

Want to learn 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 Son of Man, by Joseph Brickey. Used with permission.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Light, the life, and the hope of the world

"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." (More about Christ at http://bit.ly/1bAqOhI - From The Living Christ, The Testimony of the Apostles ).

Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the World is real. As the prophet has said, he is involved in the details of our lives and is there for us if we reach out to him. We can know for ourselves that he is real, and that he loves us if we will ask our Father in Heaven in Christ's name. The Love of the Savior is only a prayer away, as we pour out our hearts in prayer.

Christ's church has been restored to the earth, with all of the blessings from previous Biblical times. The Gospel, once lost in the darkness of the apostasy, has been restored in a flood of light by the Power of God for our times.

May we ever be grateful for that, and for our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of the World.  

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 by Joseph Brickey

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

As if the Savior were sitting there, instructing us

Because of the Holy Ghost, When we and our children read in the scriptures it is as if the Savior himself were sitting there with us, instructing us. May we read, ponder, and pray about the scriptures. 

The Savior has said, "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." (John 14:26 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/john/14.26

Remember that through the spirit, God teaches us what we need to learn as we study and ponder the scriptures, both the Bible and the Standard Works. They will lead us unfailingly in a course to our heavenly home.

May we ever follow the truths contained therein, as their truths are confirmed to us through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Want to learn 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 Bible Stories by Greg Olsen

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

For International Womens Day - The Hands of Heaven on Earth

Today is International Women's Day.  The largest Women's Organization in the World, the Relief Society, teaches that the women in our lives are the hands of heaven on earth, and there is no phrase more descriptive I can think of than that to describe the women and mothers in our lives.

May we realize the divine nature they have, and show the love to these daughters of God that the Savior would show to them if he were here. For they are righteously raising his children, both as parents and leaders. They raise either their own or help raise others children.

From President Hinckley "wherever you may live, may the windows of heaven be opened and blessings come down upon you. May you live with love one for another. May you reach down to lift up those whose burdens are heavy. May you bring light and beauty to the world and particularly into your homes and into the lives of your children.
You know as I do that God our Eternal Father lives. He loves you. You know as I do that Jesus is the Christ, His immortal Son, our Redeemer. You know that the gospel is true and that heaven is near if we will cultivate it in our lives.”
Quote from "To the Women of the Church," by Gordon B Hinckley" https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2003/10/to-the-women-of-the-church

And to those who have no children. You make such wonderful contributions, and the Lord has promised you a fulness of joy, that your righteous desires will be fulfilled, and that no blessing will be witheld from you in the eternities.

Find out more about Christ. Along with the Bible, his words are in the Book of Mormon, which is where this story comes from. 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 Heavenly Hands by Greg Olsen

Monday, March 7, 2016

The Healing, Comforting Power of Prayer

Prayer is such a powerful way to connect with our Father in Heaven, and feel his love and the Love of the Savior through the spirit.  

We are counselled to pray always (Colossians, Ephesians, 3 Nephi, D & C), and to have our hearts drawn out constantly in prayer (Alma 34:27 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/alma/34.27 ).

May we do that, pour our hearts out in prayer to our Father in Heaven, and Savior, Jesus Christ, feel of the spirit, and be comforted, strengthened, and lifted in our daily labors and cares of life.  Remember the words of the hymn:

Ere you left your room this morning
Did you think to pray
In the name of Christ our Saviour
Did you sue for loving favour
As a shield today?

Oh how praying rests the weary
Prayer will change the night to day
So when life seems dark and dreary
Don't forget to pray.

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Picture is Don't Forget to Pray by Greg Olsen

Sunday, March 6, 2016

"Greater Love hath no man than this..."

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13)

Christ meekly fulfilled the Father's will, both in the Garden and on the Cross, and because of the love he had for us and the Father, "partook and finished [his] preparations to the children of men" (D&C 19:19)

This same Christ had so much love in his heart that he prayed the soldiers who were taunting and crucifying him, would be forgiven, because they knew not what they did.  

While in Agony, because of the Love he had in his heart, He had compassion on the malefactor and told him he would be with him in paradise.

He showed then, and he continues to show today how much he loves all, and how he longs for them to come unto him and be healed, strengthened, encouraged, have their burdens lifted, and sins forgiven.  

As Psalms 62:8 says, may we pour out our hearts to him, for he is our refuge.  He knows our pains, our trials, and will comfort us.  

He invitation is the greatest invitation known-from God to us "come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).

May we come to him, and in him find rest.  He will ever be there to strengthen us, lift us, and provide help when we need it.  Just turn to him.  

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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Picture is Greater Love by Del Parson

Saturday, March 5, 2016

"Abide with me...as I communed with thee"

How often do we live our lives so that the Savior would be welcome?  How often do we invite him to Abide with us?  I think of the second verse of the sacred hymn "Abide with me;"

Abide with me; 'tis eventide.
Thy walk today with me
Has made my heart within me burn,
As I communed with thee.
Thy earnest words have filled my soul
And kept me near thy side.

O Savior, stay this night with me;
Behold, 'tis eventide.
O Savior, stay this night with me;
Behold, 'tis eventide.

Not just before bedtime, but always, may we invite the Savior to abide with us, to watch over us, to comfort us, to lift us, and to help us to become better.  As we serve others, and as we seek to know the Savior, through the spirit, we will come to know him better, and will feel a joy beyond compare.

And then, at the last day, he will be there to welcome us back to the presence of the Father where we will abide with our heavenly parents, our Savior, our families, our ancestors, and our posterity forever. 

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Friday, March 4, 2016

The Converting Power of Abinadi's Powerful Testimony of Christ

May we all have the Faith of Abinadi, whose one and only Convert, Alma, brought many others and his posterity and many more converts to the Gospel of Christ. Read part of his testimony below:

When Abinadi testified of the truth, "they stood forth and attempted to lay their hands on him; but he withstood them, and said unto them:

Touch me not, for God shall smite you if ye lay your hands upon me, for I have not delivered the message which the Lord sent me to deliver; neither have I told you that which ye requested that I should tell; therefore, God will not suffer that I shall be destroyed at this time." (Mosiah 13:2-3)

Later the account reads "Now it came to pass after Abinadi had spoken these words that the people of king Noah durst not lay their hands on him, for the Spirit of the Lord was upon him; and his face shone with exceeding luster, even as Moses’ did while in the mount of Sinai, while speaking with the Lord." (vs 5)

Abinadi later testified of Christ many many times, including the following:

"Have they not said that God himself should come down among the children of men, and take upon him the form of man, and go forth in mighty power upon the face of the earth?

Yea, and have they not said also that he should bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, and that he, himself, should be oppressed and afflicted?" 

He also stated-

"He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death."

Later Abinadi gave his life for this gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Abinadi Prophecied many things too numerous to put here, but follow the link and take a minute in Mosiah 12-16 and Read his powerful words by clicking the link http://bit.ly/1fnh4qr

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

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Nephi's Powerful Faith in the Lord-Do we have his Faith?

Be as a rock with your testimony of the Gospel, as was Nephi.  When Nephi's brothers tried to kill Nephi for trying to build a ship, he said to them "In the name of the Almighty God, I command you that ye touch me not, for I am filled with the power of God, even unto the consuming of my flesh; and whoso shall lay his hands upon me shall wither even as a dried reed; and he shall be as naught before the power of God, for God shall smite him..." Later he says-

"And it came to pass that the Lord said unto me: Stretch forth thine hand again unto thy brethren, and they shall not wither before thee, but I will shock them, saith the Lord, and this will I do, that they may know that I am the Lord their God.

And it came to pass that I stretched forth my hand unto my brethren, and they did not wither before me; but the Lord did shake them, even according to the word which he had spoken.

And now, they said: We know of a surety that the Lord is with thee, for we know that it is the power of the Lord that has shaken us. And they fell down before me, and were about to worship me, but I would not suffer them, saying: I am thy brother, yea, even thy younger brother; wherefore, worship the Lord thy God, and honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long in the land which the Lord thy God shall give thee." (1 Nephi 17:48,53-55 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/1-ne/17.48,53-55 )

We may not experience the things Nephi did, but as we are strong in our testimony of the Gospel, we can have the help of the Lord in all things.  As we devote ourselves to the Savior, he will uphold us, in good times and in trials.  And miracles do follow those who believe.  May we ever remember that.  

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/

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood in this dispensation

The Restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood and the authority of God on this Earth. "The power and authority of the higher, or Melchizedek Priesthood, is to hold the keys of all the spiritual blessings of the church—" (Doctrine and Covenants)

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.

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

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