Friday, September 30, 2016

General Conferences are...

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

May we all prayerfully prepare for Conference, so that we will be ready to follow the words and impressions of the spirit that come to us.

You can watch on BYUTV, at your local stake center, or online at http://bit.ly/1ZU4Yfu 

If you are tweeting on twitter, use the hashtag #ldsconf to join church members on twitter tweeting highlights of the conference.  You may also follow the church's new snapchat account at ldschurch.  

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, September 29, 2016

What Church Leaders do to prepare for Conference and how do we prepare

On the Wednesday before General Conference, all of the church leaders and their spouses go through a session at the Salt Lake Temple.  After that, the spouses go home, and our leaders go to a room apart in the temple, and there bear testimony of the Savior, of his gospel, and his work.  From one who has been there at those sessions, the testimonies often go up to a half hour each.  they are not brief.  This is one way our leaders prepare for General Conference. 

That doesn't include the time spent on prayerfully preparing talks, seeking the Lord's help over sometimes months so that they will have something for us that comes from the Lord.  

How are we preparing for General Conference?  Do we prayerfully consider questions we are bringing to the conference?  Do we rely on the spirit as we are watching or listening to the speakers?  

Elder Holland has said "If we teach by the spirit and you listen by the spirit, some one of us will touch on your circumstance, sending a personal prophetic epistle just to you" (An Ensign to the Nations, April 2011 General Conference).

May we all prayerfully prepare for Conference, so that we will be ready to follow the words and impressions of the spirit that come to us.

You can watch on BYUTV, at your local stake center, or online at http://bit.ly/1ZU4Yfu 

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

Questions? Click here to chat online http://bit.ly/14NQosW or, to meet with representatives from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, go to http://bit.ly/10t9mW7 

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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

From Elder Holland "a general conference of the Church is a declaration to all the world that Jesus is the Christ, that He and His Father, the God and Father of us all, appeared to the boy prophet Joseph Smith in fulfillment of that ancient promise that the resurrected Jesus of Nazareth would again restore His Church on earth and again “come in like manner as [those Judean Saints had] seen him [ascend] into heaven.” 

"This conference and every other conference like it is a declaration that He condescended to come to earth in poverty and humility, to face sorrow and rejection, disappointment and death in order that we might be saved from those very fates as our eternity unfolds, that “with his stripes we are healed.” This conference proclaims to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people the loving Messianic promise that “his mercy endureth for ever.” (Prophets in the Land again, October 2006 General Conference). 

May we all be nourished spiritually as we take the time to watch General Conference this weekend.   May we all tune in to listen to the Lord's authorized servants testify of Christ and his Gospel, and of our part in it. 

Watch it on BYUTV, at your local stake Center, or stream it at http://bit.ly/1ZU4Yfu 

If you are tweeting on twitter, use the hashtag #ldsconf to join church members on twitter tweeting highlights of the conference.  You may also follow the church's new snapchat account at ldschurch.  

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

Questions? Click here to chat online http://bit.ly/14NQosW or, to meet with representatives from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, go to http://bit.ly/10t9mW7 

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Are we as little children, and do we come unto the Lord?

"And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them.

But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein."

We all are our Father in Heaven's little children, and to return to his presence, we need to accept him as a little child would.

We must also become similarly pure in heart.  The things that we put into our minds and hearts must be innocent and pure things, the things of God.  

We also must be trusting of God, as a little child is with their parents.  Obedient to the commandments, and trusting in our Father in Heaven's care.  

May we ever do that.

Here's a video about this:




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 Forever and Ever by Greg Olsen

Monday, September 26, 2016

"My joy is full...behold your little ones"

"And it came to pass that Jesus spake unto them, and bade them arise.

And they arose from the earth, and he said unto them: Blessed are ye because of your faith. And now behold, my joy is full.

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 17:19-25 more at https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/3-ne/17)

The Savior came to the Americas after his resurrection, and taught his gospel, performed miracles, blessed the children, and the heavens were opened.  More of this account is at the above link in the Book of Mormon.  

We will similarly be blessed if we endure to the end.  We will be able to dwell in the presence of God and the Lamb forever with our families, to dwell in, as Revelations and the Prophet Joseph said, endless burnings of the spirit.  

Looking forward to that day, may we ever follow the Savior, for he lives, and loves us, and will redeem us.  

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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Sunday, September 25, 2016

"Look forward with an eye of faith"

"We are counseled to “look forward with an eye of faith” to the day we will stand before the Lord Jesus Christ (Alma 5:15). Through the ages, artists and authors have left us a heritage of faith, directing our gaze beyond the mortal horizon. The famous “Christus” sculpture by Bertel Thorvaldsen has inspired millions of Christians across the world to see the risen Christ with the eye of faith. The red robe in this painting symbolizes the Atonement for our sins, for when Christ comes again He shall be “clothed in a vesture dipped in blood” (Revelations 19:13). This painting is meant to be emblematic of the glory and intensity we would feel coming before of the Living Christ."  -Joseph Brickey

May we all look forward with an eye of faith, and do as President Uchtdorf couselled in this month's First Presidency Message, and show our love for the Lord by following him, and lifting the downtrodden.  This way, when he comes, we will be like him, no matter what side of the veil we are on when it happens. 

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 Living Christ by Joseph Brickey

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Inspiration at Tonight's General Women's Session of Conference

The General Women's Session of General Conference is tonight at 6 PM MDT for all sisters above the age of 8. Sisters, as you prayerfully listen or watch, your hearts will be touched and your souls inspired as you listen to messages about the Savior and his gospel, and your part in it. 

You can watch on BYUTV, at your local Stake Center, or online at https://www.lds.org.  Speakers have been chosen by apostles and prophets, and are under the inspiration of heaven. 

Brethren, we need to support the women in our lives so they can watch this session.

You can tweet highlights of the Meeting using the hashtag #ldsconf, or you can follow the church's new snapchat account as well.

A day or two after the meeting, archives will be posted to gc.lds.org for download.  

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

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Friday, September 23, 2016

"Even a Messiah...a Savior of the world"

Lehi and Nephi Prophesied of the Savior as follows: "Yea, even six hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem, a prophet would the Lord God raise up among the Jews—even a Messiah, or, in other words, a Savior of the world.

And he also spake concerning the prophets, how great a number had testified of these things, concerning this Messiah, of whom he had spoken, or this Redeemer of the world.

Wherefore, all mankind were in a lost and in a fallen state, and ever would be save they should rely on this Redeemer."

May we ever rely on the Redeemer of the World, our Savior, even the Lord Jesus Christ, our Lord and our God, even the son of the Eternal Father.  

As we come to him and repent, we will find salvation.  

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 Gentle Healer by Greg Olsen

Thursday, September 22, 2016

"and I will heal them, for I have compassion upon you"

As the Savior healed those in the holy land during his ministry, he also healed those in the Americas when he appeared to them after his resurrection.  The account is below;

"And it came to pass that when Jesus had thus spoken, he cast his eyes round about again on the multitude, and beheld they were in tears, and did look steadfastly upon him as if they would ask him to tarry a little longer with them.

And he said unto them: Behold, my bowels are filled with compassion towards you.

Have ye any that are sick among you? Bring them hither. Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or halt, or maimed, or leprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf, or that are afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will heal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy.

For I perceive that ye desire that I should show unto you what I have done unto your brethren at Jerusalem, for I see that your faith is sufficient that I should heal you.

And it came to pass that when he had thus spoken, all the multitude, with one accord, did go forth with their sick and their afflicted, and their lame, and with their blind, and with their dumb, and with all them that were afflicted in any manner; and he did heal them every one as they were brought forth unto him.

And they did all, both they who had been healed and they who were whole, bow down at his feet, and did worship him; and as many as could come for the multitude did kiss his feet, insomuch that they did bathe his feet with their tears." (3 Nephi 17:5-10)

It was after this that the Savior called the children to him, and the heavens opened, and angels descended, as if in the midst of fire.  

You can find more of this account in 3 Nephi 11-26, and this part of it at the following link https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/3-ne/17

The Lord is Savior and Redeemer of the whole earth, and he remembers all of his children.  The whole earth truly is "of one fold and one shepherd." 

May we ever be grateful that the love of the Savior extends to all.  

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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Piicture is For He Healed Them by Jeremy Winborg

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

We are the Children of the World and of one fold and one shepherd

As the Good Shepherd, Christ proclaimed, “…other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd” (John 10:16). As the Savior of the world Christ will gather all nations, and He will dwell in the midst of them. At the dawn of a new millennium, we look forward to that wonderful day.

The invitation to come unto Him is still extended to all the world. The scriptural admonitions to become as a little child and to “walk as children of light” is meant to help us to prepare for that joyful time.

Christ himself came into this world as an innocent child, and children are especially beloved by our Lord. In ‘Children of the World’ we see the purity, innocence, and love that will prevail in a new era of peace and happiness, when The Good Shepherd returns to gather us together and dwell in our midst.

Greg Olsen – 2000

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 Children of the World by Greg Olsen- See more at: https://www.gregolsen.com/gallery/children-of-the-world

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

When Christ comes out of the Wilderness, and our trials

Jesus resolutely emerges from the wilderness following His forty day fast. Having overcome the appetites of the flesh and the temptations of the adversary, He now sets His sights on the mission before Him – a mission that will culminate on the cross. We know little or nothing of what transpired during most of those forty days but we can assume that it served as a spiritual refiner’s fire. Perhaps during this very personal time Jesus came to know Himself more deeply. The vision of the role he would play on this earth may have become increasingly clear. It seems He knew more than ever before, who He was and why He was here. 

Our own “wilderness” experiences have the potential to do the same for each of us. 

-Greg Olsen

When we enter our own wilderness, may we rely on the Lord, who understands and knows what we go through, and can help us as our trials refine us and bring us closer to him.  

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

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Picture is Out of the Wilderness by Greg Olsen- See more at: https://www.gregolsen.com/gallery/out-of-the-wilderness

Monday, September 19, 2016

Leading us home

Like a child in the woods I lost my way,
Alone and afraid I stopped to pray.

“Father in Heaven,” I cried in my need,
“Please guide me home, I’ll go where you lead.”

Like a light in the forest he sent down His Son,
My heart became warm, a new hope had begun.

“Take my hand and I’ll lead you,” I heard Him say,
“Stay by my side for I know the way.”

Now a child in the woods all filled with delight,
The journey is joyous as I walk in His light.

No longer alone in a shadow filled land,
He leads me home as we walk hand in hand.

Greg Olsen – 2007

As we take the Savior's hand, he will comfort us, strengthen us through the spirit, and will lead us home.  

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 Hand in Hand by Greg Olsen- See more at: https://www.gregolsen.com/gallery/hand-in-hand

Sunday, September 18, 2016

"Lovest thou me...Feed my sheep"

"But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.

Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.

And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes."

Then, when Peter saw it was the Lord, he cast himself into the sea, and swam to him, with the other apostles trailing in the boat.

On the shore, after eating of the fish, the Savior said the following to 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 21:4-6,15-17)

The Savior often teaches by repetition, and as he asked Peter, he similarly asks us to "Feed his sheep." That is how we show our love for the Savior.  

We can do this in our families, and by reaching out to others who are downtrodden, and need lifting and comforting.  By doing our home and visiting teaching in such a way that when our families need help, we are the first ones they call.  

May we ever feed the Lord's sheep.  

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 Cast your nets, by Greg Olsen

Saturday, September 17, 2016

"If any man serve me, let him follow me"

Choosing to follow the Lord has never been the easiest path that one can take, in this or in any age. It means forgiving when we are tempted to be unkind, helping when it would be easier to turn away, and sometimes going it alone rather than going along with the crowd.

Jesus realized this, and when a scribe said to Him, “Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest,” Jesus forewarned him. “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head” (Matthew 8:19-20).

History is filled with examples of those brave souls who sacrificed much for their beliefs. While the true believer might not always find favor with his fellow man, he will find it in heaven, for the Lord also promised, “If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour. (John 12:26).

Greg Olsen -2001

May we ever follow our Savior, Redeemer, and friend, Jesus Christ.  It is because of Christ that when we pour our hearts out in prayer, that we are able to be comforted, lifted, and helped in all that we do.  May we love him with all of our hearts.  

Find out more about Christ by reading the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Picture is wherever he leads me, by Greg Olsen- See more at: https://www.gregolsen.com/gallery/wherever-he-leads-me

Friday, September 16, 2016

"In Remembrance of Me"

Nearly two millennia earlier, the Savior sat in an upper room. The world was on the brink of another kind of war, a great struggle between good and evil, a very real battle for the souls of all men and women. Though surrounded by His beloved apostles, the weight of the world’s sorrows – past, present and future – rested on Him alone. No one else could comprehend what lay ahead in the dark shadows of Gethsemane or upon the rugged cross at Calvary.

This Last Supper marks the beginning of the end. Judas has silently departed and is on his way to complete his treacherous bargain. The time has come for Christ to “suffer all things.” Though understandably apprehensive, and wishing, even praying, that this cup might pass from Him, He nevertheless submitted His will to that of His Father. He went on to drink the bitter cup and drain the very dregs – because He loves us! In return He asks only that we remember Him, and in doing so, we are inspired to be more like Him.

Greg Olsen – 1999

Today we commemorate that as we partake of the sacrament each sabbath day.  We do it in remembrance of Christ.  May we ever be grateful for the sacrifice the Savior made for each of us.

The scripture is from the Book of Mormon. Find out more about Christ by reading the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Picture is In Rembrance of Me by Greg Olsen- See more at: https://www.gregolsen.com/gallery/in-remembrance-of-me

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow

The prophet Isaiah gave hope and comfort to all who have stumbled and made mistakes when he revealed these words from the Lord: “…Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)

With a broken heart and a contrite spirit, we can receive forgiveness and learn from our mistakes. Part of what we may learn in the process is that happiness comes not only from receiving forgiveness, but also from extending it!

Greg Olsen – 2004

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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- See more at: https://www.gregolsen.com/gallery/forgiven

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

"That he Lives! For we saw him"

“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 , taken from The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles online at http://bit.ly/1YVEBED).

Jesus Christ is our Divine 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.  

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, but can be felt as we come unto him.

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

Questions? Click here to chat online http://bit.ly/14NQosW or, to meet with representatives from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, go to http://bit.ly/10t9mW7

Picture is Divine Redeemer, by Simon Dewey, Available Altus Fine Art at http://www.altusfineart.com/home/afa/smartlist_93/divine_redeemer.html

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

“We beheld his glory, the glory as of the Only Begotten of the Father"

Part of today's profound message comes from Simon Dewey, the artist of this painging, Grace and Truth:

"I love the Gospel of John. The opening verses of chapter one are at once poetic and sublime, simple yet profound: 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God....In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” To each of us on this journey home, John’s powerful witness of the Savior remains a guide as we come to realize the reality of it for ourselves. “We beheld his glory, the glory as of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”(John 1:14) -Simon Dewey

He who gave his life for you beckons you to come dwell with him forever.   May we all live worthy so that when we see the Savior, we will be able to behold his glory, and live in his presence again.  He is the Life and the Light of all.  He is real, and involved in the details of our lives, as our prophet says, and if we trust in Christ, he will lead us back to our heavenly home, to live with him and our heavenly parents forever.   

Read more about Christ in the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ. Find out for yourself the promise of The Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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YOu can find this print at Altus Fine Art at http://www.altusfineart.com/home/afa/smartlist_467/grace_and_truth.html

Monday, September 12, 2016

"so great and marvelous things as we saw and heard Jesus speak"

How must the Savior pray for us, and how should we pray? What marvelous things the Savior must have asked the Father for on our behalf?  And how must he pray for us when he isn't in the presence of the Father? Scriptures record, 

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

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

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

The scripture is from the Book of Mormon.  Find out more about Christ by reading the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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 Picture is I Have Prayed for Thee by Del Parson.

Sunday, September 11, 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 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.  

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, September 10, 2016

"The beginning and the end, the Redeemer of the World"

"I am Alpha and Omega, Christ the Lord; yea, even I am he, the beginning and the end, the Redeemer of the world.

I, having accomplished and finished the will of him whose I am, even the Father, concerning me—having done this that I might subdue all things unto myself—" (D&C 19:1-2 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/19.1-2)

The Savior has overcome all things so that we can return home again, and so that here we may be comforted, strengthened, helped, encouraged, and may feel of God's love in all ways and in all righteous things.  

All the tender feelings of the spirit, all of the miracles that happen, all of the love we feel and the good we do are made possible by the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  

And because of that, we may inherit all the Father has.  

Read more about Christ in the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ. Find out for yourself the promise of The Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Picture is "Jesus" by Liz Lemon Swindle

Friday, September 9, 2016

The lesson in the parable of the Good Samaritan

There is much to be learned in the Parable of the Good Samaritan.  Take a moment to read this, for the lesson the Savior would have us learn is at the end.  

But he...said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise" (Luke 10:29-37 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/luke/10.30-37).

May we all serve others in whatever way we can. May we lift those who are downtrodden, comfort those in need of comfort, and assist those who most need the Love of the Savior.  For the Savior has said that inasmuch as we do it to others, we have done it to him.  President Eyring commented on this when he remarked that when we give succor to others, it is as if we are reaching out and succoring the savior.  

May we ever do that.  For if we do, there is a peace of the spirit that surpasses all understanding.  It lifts everyone to whom service is rendered, and can and does lead us back to our heavenly home as we ourselves give service.  

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Picture is The Good Samaritan by Joseph Brickey

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Greatest of all, who lifts and comforts us

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

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

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

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

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

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Picture is Son of Man, by Joseph Brickey.  Used with permission.  

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

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Despised and Rejected, He carries our sorrows

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

Can you feel your pains being lifted, and your soul healed as you turn to the Lord in prayer? The Savior went through the agony of Gethsemane, and the horrors of the Cross so that he would better be able to comfort and succor us in our trials, afflictions, pains, and suffering in this life. As one who knows where we have been, he can lift us higher. 

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

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

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

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Picture Man of Galilee, by Joseph Brickey

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A Prophet's testimony: "He is the Messiah"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Picture is Light of the World by Brent Borup

Monday, September 5, 2016

"Till these hands become like those from Galilee"

Please take a moment and read the lyrics of the song His Hands, by Kenneth Cope. May we all make our hands like those from Galilee.  Below that learn how you can find out more about Christ.  

his hands
tools of creation
stronger than nations
power without end
and yet through them we find our truest friend
his hands
sermons of kindness
healing men's blindness
halting years of pain
children waiting to be held again

his hands would serve his whole life through
showing man what hands might do
giving, ever giving, endlessly
each day was filled with selflessness
and i'll not rest until i make of my hands what they could be
'til these hands become like those from galilee

his hands
lifting a leper
warming a beggar
calling back the dead
breaking bread, five thousand fed
his hands
hushing contention
pointing to heaven
ever free of sin
then bidding man to follow him

his hands would serve his whole life through
showing man what hands might do
giving, ever giving, endlessly
each day was filled with selflessness
and i'll not rest until i make of my hands what they could be
'til these hands become like those from galilee

his hands
clasped in agony
as he he lay pleading, bleeding in the garden
while just moments away
other hands betray him
out of greed, shameful greed
and then his hands
are trembling
straining to carry the beam that they've been nailed to
as he stumbles through the streets
heading for the hill on which he'd die
he would die
they take his hands, his mighty hands, those gentle hands
and then they pierce them, they pierce them
he lets them, because of love
from birth to death was selflessness
and clearly now i see him with his hands
calling to me
and though i'm not yet as i would be
he has shown me how i could be
i'll make my hands like those from galilee

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 I feel my Savior's Love by Greg Olsen

Lyrics at http://www.allthelyrics.com/lyrics/kenneth_cope/his_hands-lyrics-1240274.html

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Your Pains and Burdens lifted because of Gethsemane and the Cross

Please take a moment to read what the scriptures say about Gethsemane, and the price paid by the Savior: "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." (Luke 22:41-44 http://bit.ly/176nSVT) Then came the horrors of the cross. 

Can you feel your pains, trials, and/or sins being lifted from your soul as you pray?  It is lifted because of the burden bore by the only perfect person who ever lived, our Savior, Jesus Christ.  

If the Savior only had to pay the price for one, and that one person were you, he would still atone. May we ever be grateful that our loving, kind, sensitive Savior paid an infinite price for the sins of each of us. 

My heart is pained yet full of gratitude to know that my Brother, my Savior, my Redeemer paid the price for my sins and the sins of all who will come unto him. Having overcome all, he still lives and loves each of us and beckons us to come unto him, and in him find rest. 

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Picture is Gethsemane by James Christiansen, available at http://www.jameschristensen.com/posters.html

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Christ Invites you to come to him, and feel of his love

"I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/john/14.6)

Can you see him inviting you by saying "I am the way, the truth, and the life...?" Can your heart contain the joy when you realize he is inviting you?  What greater joy could there be?

Only through the Savior, Jesus Christ, may we return to our heavenly home. He is real, is aware of each of us, and as President Monson has said, he is in the details of our lives. 

May we all return to our Father in Heaven again by relying on the Atonement of the Savior, Jesus Christ, and here on earth may we feel of their love as we pour our hearts out in prayer and study the scriptures. 

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 I am the Way by Simon Dewey. Available at Altus Fine Art http://www.altusfineart.com/home/afa/page_1971_362/i_am_the_way.html

Friday, September 2, 2016

Accounts of the Prophets in the Book of Mormon seeing Christ

Nephi relates "And now I, Nephi, write more of the words of Isaiah, for my soul delighteth in his words. For I will liken his words unto my people, and I will send them forth unto all my children, for he verily saw my Redeemer, even as I have seen him.

And my brother, Jacob, also has seen him as I have seen him; wherefore, I will send their words forth unto my children to prove unto them that my words are true. Wherefore, by the words of three, God hath said, I will establish my word. Nevertheless, God sendeth more witnesses, and he proveth all his words.

Behold, my soul delighteth in proving unto my people the truth of the coming of Christ." (2 Nephi 11:2-4 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/2-ne/11.2-4)

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

We have thousands who saw Christ when he appeared in the Americas.  I believe this is one of the greatest outpourings of the spirit in any period of time.  

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

Moroni also said the following: "And now I, Moroni, bid farewell unto the Gentiles, yea, and also unto my brethren whom I love, until we shall meet before the judgment-seat of Christ, where all men shall know that my garments are not spotted with your blood.

And then shall ye know that I have seen Jesus, and that he hath talked with me face to face, and that he told me in plain humility, even as a man telleth another in mine own language, concerning these things;

And only a few have I written, because of my weakness in writing.

And now, I would commend you to seek this Jesus of whom the prophets and apostles have written, that the grace of God the Father, and also the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, which beareth record of them, may be and abide in you forever. Amen" (Ether 12:38-41 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/ether/12.38-41). 

If we will follow the words of the prophets in the Book of Mormon, those men who saw Christ and taught his gospel, and seek out the Savior and follow him, we will be able to return back to the presence of Christ and the Father, and we will be able to exclaim as Enos; 

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

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