Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Christ's baptism and that authority Restored to the earth

"And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (Matthew 3:16-17 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/matt/3.16-17)

The Savior followed the will of the Father "to fulfill all righteousness," and continued doing that his entire life. He was baptized by one who had authority to do so. That authority to baptize was lost for a bit, but has now been restored to the earth again through a young boy prophet as John the Baptist, as a resurrected, exalted being, laid his hands on Joseph's head and gave him the power to baptize as he had.

May we all follow the example of the Savior in all things, for he was obedient to the Father so that we could return and live with them again. He beckons us to come, follow him, to join his church, and to live worthy of the spirit and eternal life in the world to come. 

Want to find out more about Christ? The Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, is the Word of God. I know it to be true. God Showed prophets what to include in the Book of Mormon for our day. Read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Picture is Baptism by Greg Olsen

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

"Arise, and come forth unto me...that ye may feel the prints of the nails"

"And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto them saying:

Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.

And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust their hands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet; and this they did do, going forth one by one until they had all gone forth, and did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of a surety and did bear record, that it was he, of whom it was written by the prophets, that should come.

And when they had all gone forth and had witnessed for themselves, they did cry out with one accord, saying:

Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God! And they did fall down at the feet of Jesus, and did worship him. (3 Nephi 11:13-17 -Rest of the account at https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/3-ne/11)

Christ did come to the Americas, and established his gospel, and his authority there, as he did in the old world.  And today we have another testament of his teachings in the Book of Mormon, to confirm and clarify his gospel.  

May we ever be grateful for that.  More about Christ in the Americas will be tomorrow.

This comes from The Book of Mormon.  Along with the Bible, it testifies of Christ. 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 They went forth one by one by jeremy winborg, available at http://jeremywinborg.blogspot.com/2012/08/lds-artwork-by-jeremy-winborg.html 

Monday, August 29, 2016

"Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world..."

"Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. (D&C 43:34, other scriptures ). Both to Prophets and in his ministry, the Savior declared that he was and is the Savior of the World.

And he will come again. We are "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ"

When that glorious day comes, no matter what side of the veil we may be on, may we be ready to greet him with joy, having done all that we could to build his kingdom by serving others, lifting them, and by "strengthening the feeble knees" (Elder Holland)

In this way, may we all truly love the Savior, so that he says to us at the last day "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matthew 25:40), and as is said in verse 46, gain eternal life. 

The Savior loves all of his children, and longs to lift each of them, and we are God's hands on earth. We have a "mandate to serve" as President Monson says (and does).

May we do that and feel of the spirit in this life, and the warm embrace of our Savior in the world to come. 

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Picture is Resurrected Christ by Walter Rane, courtesy of https://www.lds.org/

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Christ's gospel has been restored to the earth

"With great love and admiration for the many disciples of Jesus Christ who are not members of this Church, we humbly declare that angels have returned to the earth in our day. The Church of Jesus Christ as He established it anciently has been restored, with the power, ordinances, and blessings of heaven. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ." —Neil L. Andersen, ""What Thinks Christ of Me?"" http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2012/04/what-thinks-christ-of-me

The Gospel of Jesus Christ, once lost in the darkness of apostasy, has been restored to the Earth in what has been termed by Elder Neal A Maxwell as a wonderful flood of light.  All of the blessings available in Christ's original church are again on the Earth for the blessing of all.  

At the center of that is Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the World, who is able to touch the innermost parts of each individual soul through the spirit.  He will ever sustain us, and as the Prophet has stated, is in the details of our lives.  

Follow him, love him, and be grateful for the blessings he has given you.  He will ever sustain you in all things as you turn to him.   

Do you love the Savior, his words in the Bible, and want to know more about him?  Read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online, and pray about its truth at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

"Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father..."

So wonderful were the words spoken by the Savior that Easter Morning...

"And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her." (John 20:14-18)

Ever since that time, many of the Saints, Prophets, and apostles have proclaimed that the Savior lives, that he rose from the dead, and that all will again be risen.  And that we have the chance to return to live with God again.  May we ever make that our goal.

He will come again, coming in the clouds of heaven, with the righteous with him, and will rule and reign on earth.  Then, when the work is done, he will declare that it is finished, and will present the kingdom to the Father.  

May we ever rely on the Savior, come unto him, and in his gospel find peace, salvation, and exaltation with our families, our ancestors, our posterity, and all of the family of man who will come to him.  

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Scripture at https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/john/20.14-18

Picture is why weepest thou, by Simon Dewey, copyright Altus Fine Art

Friday, August 26, 2016

What Christ said and did on the Cross and the lesson there

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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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Condemned to Die "Crucify Him, Crucify Him"

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.  

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

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Picture, awaiting the command, by Jon McNaughton

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Gethsemane-The Atonement of Jesus Christ

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

Tuesday, August 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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Monday, August 22, 2016

The Last Supper

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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Sunday, August 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.  More about the last week tomorrow...

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Picture is Triumphal Entry by Liz Lemon Swindle

Saturday, August 20, 2016

"I am the Life and the light of the world..."

Jesus Christ is the center of our Faith. In his words "Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I am the life and the light of the world...verily, verily, I say unto you, that as many as receive me, to them will I give power to become the sons [and daughters] of God, even to them that believe on my name. Amen." (D & C 11:28, 30 http://bit.ly/GAbxQD)

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

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

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Friday, August 19, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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Picture is Awesome Wonder by Greg Olsen

Thursday, August 18, 2016

"This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

"I bear testimony that Jesus is the Living Christ"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Mighty God...The Prince of Peace

Our Savior and Redeemer is over all, and has redeemed us forever.    
"And the Government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace."  Isaiah 9:6 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/ot/isa/9.6)

This glorious Savior is real, and touches the hearts of all.  Indeed, if we serve him and serve others, we experience, as the two men on emmaus road "Did not our hearts burn within us...?"  May we seek him out, so that we may be filled with the spirit.  For he suffered so that may happen.  

Christ accomplished the atonement, and bled from every pore, and suffered on the cross, and "partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men." He rose from the dead, appeared unto many, and ascended back to the Father, and has restored his gospel in the Latter-Days to prepare for his second coming.  

And he will come again.  As the Joseph Smith Translation of Revelation 1:7 says: "For behold, he cometh in the clouds with ten thousands of his saints in the kingdom, clothed with the glory of his Father. And every eye shall see him; and they who pierced him..." 

And his salvation will be forever, as Doctrine and Covenants 76:108 says, "Then shall he be crowned with the crown of his glory, to sit on the throne of his power to reign forever and ever."

And we will dwell with him and our families in the Celestial Kingdom as we live worthily, as is said in D & C 76: 94-95: "They who dwell in his presence are the church of the Firstborn; and they see as they are seen, and know as they are known, having received of his fulness and of his grace;

And he makes them equal in power, and in might, and in dominion."

May we ever live worthy to live in Glory with our Savior and Redeemer, our Heavenly Parents, and our Families, ancestors, and posterity forever.

What a glorious promise. 

Want to find out more about Christ? The Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, is the Word of God. I know it to be true. God Showed prophets what to include in the Book of Mormon for our day. Read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Monday, August 15, 2016

One of the Lessons with the Raising of Lazarus

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

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

Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And he that was dead came forth..."

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

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

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

To watch a portrayal of this event, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfvzTm1mOCQ 

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

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

Sunday, August 14, 2016

"I am the life and the light of the world..."

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

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

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

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

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, August 13, 2016

We are all God's children-To come unto him

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

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

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

May we ever remember that.  

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

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Picture is In His Light by Greg Olsen.

Friday, August 12, 2016

mourn with those, comfort those, stand as a witness of God

This is Alma baptizing at the Waters of Mormon.  This is the covenant we all take upon ourselves at baptism.  "Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light; 

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

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

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

Want to find out more about Christ? The Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, is the Word of God. I know it to be true. God Showed prophets what to include in the Book of Mormon for our day. Read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Picture courtesy of https://www.lds.org

Thursday, August 11, 2016

We are all "A Child of God"

"The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God." (Romans 8: 16)

Among the greatest treasures of knowledge that we have been given is this: we are all the children of God.  This truth carries with it great blessings.  It should guide us in how we treat those around us and in how we view ourselves.  Each of God’s children are of great worth with immeasurable potential.

In this painting we see children from many different cultures and backgrounds.  They stand with Christ, bearing witness with him that they are children of God.  All of the kids look directly at the viewer confident in the joy they feel in the presence of their Savior.

When we strive to see others as God would see us, our hearts are softened, our minds are opened and the Spirit comes to dwell with us, bringing peace and joy.

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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Message is from the artist of this picture, Howard Lyon, picture used by permission, available at http://www.howardlyon.com/religious-store/i-am-a-child-of-god

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

"...which is, which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."

"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, saith the Lord, which is, which was, and which is to come, the Almighty." -Revelations 1:8

It can feel like the world is spinning out of control at times.  War and conflict sweep over nearly the entire earth.  It would be easy to fall into despair over the state of mankind if not for the knowledge that Christ stands at the center, ready to give hope and promise to those who seek Him.

I find comfort in knowing that Christ comprehends all things and His will ultimately triumphs over sorrow.  He is the Master of the earth, the oceans and the skies.  He is the Beginning and the End, Alpha and Omega and everything in between (represented by the 3 stars in the upper sky).-Howard Lyon

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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Message is from the artist of this picture, Howard Lyon, picture used by permission, available at http://www.howardlyon.com/religious-store/alpha-and-omega 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Come Follow me-into light and hope

The Savior invites us to follow Him, to come in out of the darkness and into the light.  He brings order to chaos, hope to sorrow and light to darkness.  No petition is rejected and all are invited in as we repent and come unto him.

"Come, follow me," a simple phrase,
Yet truth's sublime, effulgent rays
Are in these simple words combined
To urge, inspire the human mind."
From “Come Follow Me”, words by John Nicholson

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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Message is from the artist of this picture, Howard Lyon, picture used by permission, available at http://www.howardlyon.com/religious-store/come-follow-me

Monday, August 8, 2016

He is Risen-That He Lives!

How wonderful are the words "He is not here: for he is risen" -He is Risen!  He lives and still works for our salvation!  

The Prophet Joseph Smith said,  “And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!  “For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God” (D&C 76:22–24 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/76.22-24).

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

May we draw near to them now.  May we serve others, and may we pour out our hearts to our Father in Heaven, in the name of Christ, that we might be able to be comforted, strengthened, helped, lifted, and encouraged in all that we do.  For that comfort, and the ability to return to our heavenly home is all made possible through the sacrifice of our Living Savior, Jesus Christ.  

Want to find out more about Christ? The Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, is the Word of God. I know it to be true. God Showed prophets what to include in the Book of Mormon for our day. Read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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

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

Sunday, August 7, 2016

"to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore"

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

The Doctrine and Covenants tells us of what he suffered.  "For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent; But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I; Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink— Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men."

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

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

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

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

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Picture is That They Might Not Suffer by Liz Lemon Swindle.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

"Jesus once was a little child..."

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do you love the Savior, his words in the Bible, and want to know more about him? Read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online, and pray about its truth at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Friday, August 5, 2016

The Declaration at the Well

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, is the Word of God. I know it to be true. God Showed prophets what to include in the Book of Mormon for our day.  Find out for yourself whether it is true by reading the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G , and then pray about its truth. 

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Picture is Woman at the Well by Simon Dewey

Thursday, August 4, 2016

"Behold my Beloved Son...hear ye him"

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

"He is despised and rejected of men"

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

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

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

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

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Picture, awaiting the command, by Jon McNaughton