Sunday, July 31, 2016

"To live with gratitude...is to touch heaven"

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

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

Here is what our leaders say about gratitude:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

The light and the life of the world

"Hearken and listen to the voice of him who is from all eternity to all eternity, the Great I Am, even Jesus Christ—The light and the life of the world; a light which shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehendeth it not."  

As the Savior followed the Father in all things, even to Gethsemane and Golgotha, may we similarly follow the Savior in all things we may be called to go through, and to have the spirit to be with us for time, and to live in the presence of God and the Lamb for all eternity.  

That way, as the Savior does, we will be facing eternity.

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 is Doctrine and Covenants 39:1-2 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/39.1-2

Picture is Facing Eternity by Del Parson

Friday, July 29, 2016

"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. On that day, our concern will not be, 'Do others consider me Christian?' At that time, our eyes will be fixed on Him, and our souls will be riveted on the question, 'What thinks Christ of me?'"  —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). 

When you meet the Savior at that day, what will he think of you?  Have you turned to him in all things?  Have you served others?  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?  Have you diligently searched the scriptures and felt off the attendant spirit?  Have you lived your religion?  Finally, do you know Christ through the spirit?  May we all be prepared at that last day.  

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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Thursday, July 28, 2016

"The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." -Isaiah 9:6

What wonderful words from the Prophet.  Each name applied to the Savior helps to better describe our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.  This child born to us, this son given, is the Savior of the World.  

He is real, and is a resurrected, perfect, compassionate, and caring God.  His love is infinite and is from before the beginnings of the world, and extends into the eternities and beyond.  

May we learn of him, as the scripture says, and follow him, and do his work by serving others, as another scripture says, and we will find a happiness unlike any we have ever had in our lives.  

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 Prince of Peace" by Brent Borup, available at http://www.brentborupstudio.com/princeofpeace.html

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Elder Melvin J Ballard's vision of meeting the Savior

Elder Melvin J. Ballard, an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, relates the following vision he had of the Savior: “I had sought the Lord . . . and that night I received a wonderful manifestation and impression which has never left me. I was carried to this place—into this room. I saw myself here with you. I was told there was another privilege that was to be mine; and I was led into a room where I was informed I was to meet someone. 

As I entered the room I saw, seated on a raised platform, the most glorious being I have ever conceived of, and was taken forward to be introduced to Him. As I approached He smiled, called my name, and stretched out His hands towards me. If I live to be a million years old I shall never forget that smile. He put His arms around me and kissed me, as He took me into His bosom, and He blessed me until my whole being was thrilled. 

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

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

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness

As you see this picture, remember that the Savior taught the following parable about this: "And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." (Matthew, Luke, 3 Nephi, D&C)

How much faith do we have? Do we sometimes obsess about the future so much that we don't have time for the more meaningful things in life?  This is one of many lessons that can be taken from this.  Spend just enough time on what we need, and spend the rest doing things more meaningful, like scripture study, reading a gospel book, serving others, maybe even someone in our own family.  

Though the Lord expects us to plan ahead, he doesn't want us to spend all of our time doing that.  We need to be about laying up treasures in heaven while we are here on earth.  

May we ever remember that.  

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Picture is new, called Consider the Lilies by Greg Olsen.

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Faith of Nephi

May we all have the faith of Nephi. "And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did make out of wood a bow, and out of a straight stick, an arrow; wherefore, I did arm myself with a bow and an arrow, with a sling and with stones. And I said unto my father: Whither shall I go to obtain food?

And it came to pass that he did inquire of the Lord, for they had humbled themselves because of my words; for I did say many things unto them in the energy of my soul.

And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord said unto him: Look upon the ball, and behold the things which are written.

And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the pointers which were in the ball, that they did work according to the faith and diligence and heed which we did give unto them.

And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did go forth up into the top of the mountain, according to the directions which were given upon the ball.

And it came to pass that I did slay wild beasts, insomuch that I did obtain food for our families.

And it came to pass that I did return to our tents, bearing the beasts which I had slain; and now when they beheld that I had obtained food, how great was their joy! And it came to pass that they did humble themselves before the Lord, and did give thanks unto him. (1 Nephi 16:23-24, 26, 28, 30-32 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/1-ne/16.23-24,26,28,30-32)

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Nephi's Broken Bow

Sunday, July 24, 2016

"...and that your joy might be full"

"These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full."  (John 15:11 http://bit.ly/HVS9OX).  May we all find the Joy the Savior offers, that his joy may remain in us.  

Have we experienced that joy that is beyond compare, that joy which transforms us and lifts us?  Have we sought out the 
Savior, and sought out his word in the scriptures, so that through the spirit, we are made better through his grace? 

He will ever be with us, and as our Prophet has said, He is in the details of our lives.  May we seek out the Savior and experience that joy inexpressible which fills our empty cup to overflowing.  

And as we continue to follow him, that love will abide with us forever.  

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 by Greg Olsen, of the Savior with John the Baptist.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Ordinances of the Temple from Christ, the New Testament, and time of Adam

The Ordinances of the Temple were instituted by the Lord in the New Testament, as they were originally in the days of Adam.  

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, the 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

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Friday, July 22, 2016

How well do we connect with the Lord?

"There was very little written of the boyhood of Jesus. I love the passage from Luke: “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.” (Luke 2:52) And from the book of Acts, there is a short phrase concerning the Savior which has a world of meaning: “[He] went about doing good.” (Acts 10:38) -(President Thomas S Monson, He is Risen, Conference Address April 2010 General Conference)

We know the Savior knew the scriptures, because he quoted them often.  No doubt he spent time in them, studying them, and hearkening when the spirit whispered to him that he was the promised Messiah spoken of.  

May we all do the same, study the scriptures, and pray earnestly to know their meaning, and more importantly, pray to know our relationship to our Father in Heaven, and Savior Jesus Christ.  Study in the scriptures and pray to know who we are, and who we can become with the help of the Lord.  

As we do, and as we keep God's commandments, we will feel the sweet peace of the spirit fill our hearts, and we will come to know that we are children of a loving Father in Heaven.  And that we have a loving Savior, Jesus Christ, who though sinless, gave his life for us.  May we remember that.  And Feel if it in our hearts and souls.  

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

"and with me ye shall find rest"

Please share.  After we have finished our mission in this life, can we imagine being embraced by the Savior when it is time to return home?  What joy will fill our hearts at that time if we have endured to the end and followed him.  Can we imagine him saying to us:

"Come unto me in my kingdom; and with me ye shall find rest” (3 Ne. 28:3) 

Further, can we imagine after a lifetime of service to the Lord being welcomed back by him saying "Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord." (Matthew 25:21)

What sublime peace will fill our hearts at that time.  Until it is our time to return home, may we live worthy of the companionship of the spirit, for it is sent by our Father in Heaven in the Savior's name for us, to comfort, strengthen, and help us.  When we have the spirit we feel just as if the Savior were there, beside us.  I pray that all may feel of that joy, for it is free unto all who come unto the Savior.  

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, July 20, 2016

What the Embrace of the Savior will feel like

May we all follow the Savior, and seek out our Father in Heaven by pouring out our hearts to him in prayer, and be "eternally encircled in the arms of [our Savior's] love." As the Nephi says,  "I have beheld his glory, and I am encircled about eternally in the arms of his love" (2 Nephi 1:15 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/2-ne/1.15)

The more we seek after the Lord, the more we do his work, the more we can be encircled in the arms of his love here through the spirit.  Then, at the last day, we can be encircled in the arms of his love again as he embraces us.  President Eyring says it so well:

"We will on the Day of Judgment stand before the Savior, face to face. It will be a time of joy for those who have drawn close to Him in His service in this life. It will be a joy to hear the words: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” I so testify as a witness of the risen Savior and our Redeemer in the name of Jesus Christ, amen." Entire talk at https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2013/04/come-unto-me

Additionally, Elder Melvin J Ballard had an experience where he embraced the Savior, and these are his words about that: "He put His arms around me and kissed me, as He took me into His bosom, and He blessed me until my whole being was thrilled...Oh! If I could live worthy, though it would require four-score years, so that in the end when I have finished I could go into His presence and receive the feeling that I then had in His presence, I would give everything that I am or ever hope to be!” - see more at http://ldsprinciples.blogspot.com/2015/04/elder-ballard-sees-savior-and-feels-of.html 

May we give everything in our whole souls for the Savior, and his work, and be able to feel of his warm embrace at the last day.  

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Lovest thou me? Do we?

Do we all liken the words of the Savior to Peter unto ourselves, and follow the savior's counsel to feed his sheep, by serving, loving, and helping those around us.  Do we do that in our families, at home, at church,  in our communities, and in all places that we are in?  Remember what the Savior said to Peter:

"when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.  

He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep."  (John 21:15-17 http://bit.ly/154kTu6 )

The people around us are his sheep, some waiting to be brought back to the fold of him who would love them, care for them, and lift them so they can return to the presence of the Father.  May we ever do that, and we will rejoice with them in the Father's Kingdom.  There is no greater joy than to dwell with them there. 

That is what we are here on earth to do.  Reach out to others in love, as the Savior would if he were here.  He longs for them.  Feed them, and do what he would do.  Commit now, and how great will be our joy then.  

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Picture is Lovest thou me, by Del Parson

Monday, July 18, 2016

I am the resurrection and the life, the light and life of the world

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)

In other scripture, the Lord is the Life and Light of the World, and as Elder Neal A Maxwell said, is our Succoring Savior.  

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.

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 Christ's Love by Del Parson

Sunday, July 17, 2016

"Not one of them is forgotten before God"

"This painting is a visual reminder of one of His most comforting messages regarding the worth of each individual soul. “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:6-7)

As I look at the intricate design of these little sparrows, experience tells me that where there is a design, there is a designer! It is a comforting thought to consider that somewhere there is a Creator who is aware of and has love for even the least of His creations. There is incredible intimacy in the vastness of this thought."
-Greg Olsen - 1998

The Savior is there, and he watches over us.  Even if it feels like sometimes we are alone, he is still there, watching us, trusting us, and his love for us never ends.  May we ever trust in him, and be willing to go through whatever he would ask us to go through.  For our worth to him is beyond price, and more than any sparrows.  

As you pray to him, you will be able to feel of his love for you through the spirit.  May we ever do that.  

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Picture is In his constant care by Greg Olsen

Scripture is Luke 12:6-7 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/luke/12.6

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Why stand ye gazing up into heaven?

"And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." (Acts 1:10-11 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/acts/1.10-11)

The Savior still lives today, and works for our salvation.  As our prophet says, he is in the details of our lives, and he will come again, in power and great glory, to rule and reign upon the earth, as he and his servants complete the work begun in Temples in these Latter-Days.  

This church will never again be taken from the earth, and with Christ at its head, will be the means of bringing billions to a knowledge of Christ, of helping people to remember that they are children of a loving Father in Heaven.

As these angels said.  Christ will come again, in like manner, and will finish his work upon the earth.  And we will be able to help in that work, no matter what side of the veil we will be on, because he is the Savior of both the living and the dead.  

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, July 15, 2016

"I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head..."

"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-History 1:16-17 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/pgp/js-h/1.16-17)

Joseph Smith Saw God the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. He bore that testimony his entire life. In Joseph's words "I had actually seen a light, and in the midst of that light I saw two Personages, and they did in reality speak to me; and though I was hated and persecuted for saying that I had seen a vision, yet it was true...I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it."

Through subsequent visions and heavenly visitations, Christ's true gospel was restored to the earth, to bless us in this life, and to be exalted in the next, to dwell with our Father in Heaven and Savior Jesus Christ forever.

I hope you take a moment in your prayers to thank our Father in Heaven for the blessings of the Restoration, to let him know you love him, and wait for the response as you do. You will be able to feel of the love of God for you. This restoration is so individual and personal as to be able to lift you in all your cares of life. 

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 The First Vision by Brent Borup

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Savior's plea to come unto him and drink of the living water

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

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

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

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

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

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Picture is O Jerusalem by Greg Olsen.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

President Monson's testimony when his strength was faltering

Just a bit from the last part of President Monson's talk last Conference when his strength was faltering.  Such a sweet testimony.  He testifies that Christ is our strength.  Christ truly is his strength.  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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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Christ and the Children in the Americas

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

Monday, July 11, 2016

"A Man of Sorrows, and acquainted with Grief..."

The Savior has experienced everything we can ever, and is so loving as to be able to reach into the depths of our souls and heal the pain we do not show, the sorrow that is only able to be healed by him, the fear only calmed by him.  This is the Power of the atonement, to change people's hearts.  He knows.  

As the Prophet says "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...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 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/ot/isa/53.3)

May we ever turn to the Savior in all things, and be comforted through the spirit, be lifted, strengthened, and truly loved by a Savior who is real, and is there for each of us. 

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Picture is Christ walking on the shoreline, by Greg Olsen.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

"Behold, I Am Jesus Christ..."

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

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

We can feel a bit of that love every day of our lives as we serve others and do the work of the Lord. As we serve him, his love can touch our hearts, and we can feel of his presence near.  Such joy and love comes from that.  He is real, and he truly is the light of the world, and as you come to him in his holy house, the temple, he will come to you. 

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

Find out more about Christ. Along with the Bible, his words are in the Book of Mormon. Prophets in Book of Mormon times were shown what to include in the Book of Mormon for our day, because God showed them what our day would be like. Find out for yourself and read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Picture is I Am by Simon Dewey. Available at Altus Fine Art http://www.altusfineart.com/home/afa/page_1626_260/i_am.html

Saturday, July 9, 2016

"Touch me not, for God shall smite you..."

May we all have the Faith of Abinadi, whose one and only Convert, Alma, brought many others to the Gospel of Christ.  Read part of Abinadi's 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)

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

"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

Friday, July 8, 2016

To come to the Good Shepherd

What wonderful promises the Lord makes to us with the analogy of sheep and the Good Shepherd. "And he gathereth his children from the four quarters of the earth; and he numbereth his sheep, and they know him; and there shall be one fold and one shepherd; and he shall feed his sheep, and in him they shall find pasture" (1 Nephi 22:25 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/1-ne/22.25

All of us are children of the Lord, and as we come to him, and are baptized, we come into his fold as we continue to keep his commandments and rely on him.  

He also speaks to those of us working in the flock, "Feed the flock of God which is among you...And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away" ( 1 Peter 5:2-4 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/1-pet/5.2-4)

As our Prophet Says, may we ever be found doing the work of the Lord, so that at the last day, we may be crowned with Glory and Immortality in his kingdom. 

All of this made possible by the Atonement of Jesus Christ, who elsewhere has said "I lay down my life for the sheep." (John 10:15 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/john/10.15) May we come to the Good Shepherd, who gave his life for you and me, sealed by his blood.  And with the Good Shepherd, we and our families can find rest and peace that "surpasseth all".  

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

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Life of the Savior in this Restored Day

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 http://bit.ly/1bAqOhI)

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 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/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 the elect are being gathered from the 4 corners of the earth. 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 http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

"A Prophet has stood at the head of God's church in all dispensations..."

"My dear brothers and sisters, if the Restoration did anything, it shattered the age-old myth that God had stopped talking to His children. Nothing could be further from the truth. A prophet has stood at the head of God’s Church in all dispensations, from Adam to the present day. Prophets testify of Jesus Christ—of His divinity and of His earthly mission and ministry. We honor the Prophet Joseph Smith as the prophet of this last dispensation. And we honor each man who has succeeded him as President of the Church.

The living Lord leads His living Church! The Lord reveals His will for the Church to His prophet. Yesterday, after we were invited to sustain Thomas S. Monson as President of the Church, we also had the privilege to sustain him, the counselors in the First Presidency, and members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as prophets, seers, and revelators. Think of that! We sustain 15 men as prophets of God! They hold all the priesthood keys that have ever been conferred upon man in this dispensation."  

Prophets are again in the land, as the President of the Quorum of the Twelve has testified.  May we ever be grateful for the numerous blessings we have because of the Restoration, and because of prophets in the land again.   

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Quote is from https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/10/sustaining-the-prophets

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The plea to "come follow me"

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

We don't have to bear the cross, or Gethsemane, but we all have our trials.  May we all follow the Savior, and lose ourselves in his work so that they may be lessened.  How many of us are willing to take time from watching tv, movies, games, or doing other things to help out in the work of the Lord or in serving others, even if just in our own families?   

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

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

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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

Monday, July 4, 2016

The Beginnings of Freedom in this Country (surprising)

Our Forefathers were inspired of the Lord to create this land, a land of liberty, a place where God could begin to restore his gospel to the earth.  But the blessings of Freedom started long before the birth of the United States of America.  

May each of us be like Captain Moroni in the defense of liberty, especially religious Liberty, for if all of us were like him, the very powers of hell would be shaken forever.  We may not go to war, but armed with the power of our testimonies, and a determination to speak out for Religious Liberty, we do as Moroni did, in his day. 

"And it came to pass that he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it—In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children—and he fastened it upon the end of a pole.

And he fastened on his head-plate, and his breastplate, and his shields, and girded on his armor about his loins; and he took the pole, which had on the end thereof his rent coat, (and he called it the title of liberty) and he bowed himself to the earth, and he prayed mightily unto his God for the blessings of liberty to rest upon his brethren, so long as there should a band of Christians remain to possess the land—" (Alma 46:13 http://bit.ly/12oIdBb)

A bit more about Moroni:

"Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men." (Alma 48:17 http://bit.ly/1dnRJOJ)

May we do all we can to stand strong for our beliefs.  For our families, our God, our Religion, and our Freedom.  As our Forefathers and Moroni and those who followed him did.  

This comes from the Book of Mormon, which is 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 For the Blessings of Liberty by Scott Snow

Sunday, July 3, 2016

As if the Savior were administering the Sacrament

Remember that it is as if the Savior himself were giving the Sacrament to us when we take of it. For those who administer those sacred emblems do so in his place. The Savior himself instituted the sacrament in remembrance of his sacrifice for us. 

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

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

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

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

And in the Book of Mormon:

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

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

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

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