Monday, October 31, 2016

The Miracle by Peter "Tabitha Arise"

Such a wonderful story and biblical reference behind this painting, I will let the artist speak about it, for she does it best "Much of the inspiration for my paintings has come from the challenges I witnessed our children endure. This painting, entitled Tabitha Arise, is one such painting. Our precious daughter Heather typifies Tabitha. She has had multiple reconstructive surgeries to her back due to having cancer as a child. Many have witnessed her great desire to serve the Lord, and offer truly Christ-like service despite her lifelong challenges. Heather has received many miracles in her life. After a particularly difficult and life threatening event, I received the inspiration for this painting.

Heather’s medical challenges were the catalyst for my desire to communicate my testimony about miracles, redemption, and the overwhelming love the Savior has for each of us. King Benjamin tells us “Salvation was, and is, to come, in and through the atoning blood of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent (Mosiah 3:18). Paul asserts that Christ “hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2nd Timothy 1:10).

 President Thomas S. Monson asked: “Are these sacred and moving accounts recorded only for our uplift and enlightenment? Can we not apply such mighty lessons to our daily lives?” (Oct. 1989). With that in mind, let’s examine the scriptural account of Tabitha.

Tabitha was a disciple who dwelt at Joppa, on the coast of Israel. It is recorded in Acts that “there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, this woman was full of good works and alms deeds which she did” (Acts 9:36) Tabitha demonstrated her faith by her works. “And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.” Hearing that Peter was a short distance away, they sent for him. “When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Tabitha made, while she was with them: Acts 9:37-39 She was mourned by those who knew of her charity. One of her good works was that of sewing clothes for the poor, this was a sea faring community, and many were left fatherless because of tragedies at sea.

“When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping and shewing the coats and garments which Tabitha made, while she was with them” She was mourned by those who knew of her charity.

 Then Peter put them forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha arise. And she opened her eyes; and when she saw Peter, she sat up” Acts 9:40 (A side note; the model for Peter’s arm and hand was my husband, Dave).

Miracles are produced by the great faith of those who receive their benefits. How many times did Jesus say, “Thy faith hath made thee whole” Miracles are also granted through the prayers and faith of others. Faith precedes miracles, and faithfulness also precedes them. Peter “gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive: Acts 9: 41 Peter through the power of the Priesthood gave Tabitha back to those faithful people who loved her, to those she had faithfully served. This was not only a presentation testifying to the power of God, his infinite love, grace, and tender mercies to all those who love the Lord." 

Picture is Tabitha Arise, by Sandy Freckleton Gagon, who also wrote the message.  More available at https://sandyfreckletongagonartblog.wordpress.com/ 

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Voice of Jesus Christ, through him or his Prophets today

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

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

We have been blessed with apostles and prophets on the earth today.  As the scripture says "whether by mine own voice or the voice of my servants, it is the same."  May we listen to the words of God's servants on this earth, and pray about them, and then feel the spirit confirm to our hearts that what they say is true.  

Jesus Christ is real, and he stands at the head of the Church.  Awhile ago I had the chance to meet with and listen to an apostle testify of the divinity of the Savior, and to testify of the divine nature of this work we know as the Gospel of Christ.  I felt the spirit testify of the truth of his words.  The church is true, and it is led by Christ.  

May we ever follow him, and hearken to his words, or the words of his servants.  

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

Picture is Facing Eternity by Del Parson

Saturday, October 29, 2016

"And did feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet"

"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.

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Picture is And they came one by one by Jeremy Winborg

Friday, October 28, 2016

Do we love the Savior as Peter did?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Picture is Lovest thou me, by Del Parson

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Lessons from the Road to Emmaus-by Liz Lemon Swindle

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

Then the stranger said, "Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?" He then opened the scriptures to them, showing how all of the prophets had testified that Christ would be crucified and rise on the third day. As night fell the disciples asked the traveler to join them for a meal. Sitting together the stranger, "...took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew...[it was Jesus]." - Luke 24:17-32 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/luke/24.17-32

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

Picture is The Road to Emmaeus and notes, both by Liz Lemon Swindle

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

How can we invite the Savior into our Homes and our Lives?

The Book of Revelations says; "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."

It further says "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." (Revelations 3:20-21)

Do we invite the Savior into our lives so we can feast upon the blessings he provides?  Do we rely on him so we can overcome all things, so that we may return to him again? 

Do we turn off the tv, turn off the popular music, and spend time in the scriptures or studying gospel principles?  Do we serve others instead of serving ourselves?  These are some of the best ways to invite the Savior into our lives.

As we do this, we will experience the peace the Savior spoke of when he said Peace, I leave with you, my peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  (John 14:27)

And it all begins by letting him in.   

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Picture is Let Him in by Greg Olsen

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Love of the Savior from Eternity to Eternity

In a world seemingly full of turmoil, the Love of the Savior stretches from before the foundations of the Earth into the eternities and beyond. It never ends. 

The power of his love touch the tenderest or hardest of hearts, and prepare us to live in the presence of God. Our salvation is his very reason for existence. He is personal enough to know the pains in the quiet chambers of our hearts, and can help transform those into lives filled with Love. He can work miracles in all of our lives, and truly does, if we but have faith and come unto him. 

He said "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me", and the scriptures say also "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 14:6;John 3:16)

May we ever turn to Christ, feel of his matchless power, and know that he atoned for us so that he could comfort, heal, and strengthen us in our trials, and our cares of life.  He is the source of our salvation.  

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Picture is Light of the World, by Howard Lyon. Used with Permission, Howard Lyon, http://www.howardlyon.com/religious-store/light-of-the-world

Monday, October 24, 2016

Samuel the Lamanite; "Blessed are they who will repent and turn unto me"

Listen to some of the words of Samuel the Lamanite about coming to Christ.  These same words echo to us today;

"nothing can save this people save it be repentance and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ, who surely shall come into the world, and shall suffer many things and shall be slain for his people.

And behold, an angel of the Lord hath declared it unto me, and he did bring glad tidings to my soul. And behold, I was sent unto you to declare it unto you also, that ye might have glad tidings; but behold ye would not receive me...

But if ye will repent and return unto the Lord your God I will turn away mine anger, saith the Lord; yea, thus saith the Lord, blessed are they who will repent and turn unto me, but wo unto him that repenteth not." (more at https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/hel/13.6-7,11)

Where are we on this scale?  Are we valiant in our testimony of the truth, or do we need to repent in areas of our lives to bring our lives more in harmony with what the Lord teaches?  

President Benson said we live in an age similar to the times of Samuel the Lamanite, and 3rd Nephi, and so it is important that we dedicate ourselves to the Savior, and live our lives in his service to prepare for his second coming.

May we ever do that.  For in that service is the true joy of life. 

Samuel prophesied many things about the coming of Christ, and how the people in the Americas would know he had come.  You may find his words at  http://bit.ly/2eprhaB 

This is 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 by Arnold Friberg, courtesy of lds.org at http://bit.ly/1ZU4Yfu

Sunday, October 23, 2016

come to know the Savior that we may be filled with his love

The purpose of this life is to come to know the Savior that we may be filled with his love. "And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God." (Ephesians 3:19 http://bit.ly/1bCcMMI

To have that charity is to gain the fulness of God. "charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him." (Moroni 7:47 http://bit.ly/15nkzXA )

Work each day to serve others, and to Seek out Christ, so that at the last day, we will be like him, possessed of Charity towards all. And along the way, we will enjoy the love of God in our lives. 

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Picture is Loving Savior by Jon McNaughton

Saturday, October 22, 2016

"Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion" speaks to us today

Christ is the Strength of Israel and Zion.  All blessings flow from him, from the temple, and it relates to us in our day.  Isaiah said the following:

"Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean." (Isaiah 52:1)

This has reference to the temple and the priesthood.  Elias Higbee asked the Prophet Joseph about what this means, and the response is in Doctrine and Covenants section 113;

"He had reference to those whom God should call in the last days, who should hold the power of priesthood to bring again Zion, and the redemption of Israel; and to put on her strength is to put on the authority of the priesthood, which she, Zion, has a right to by lineage; also to return to that power which she had lost." (D&C 113:8)

That power to act in the name of Christ was lost, but now is restored, along with the power to bind on earth and in heaven, and with all of the attendant blessings that flow from the temple.

We have all been called to the work of the Master, to lift, to comfort, and when we go to the temple, we come out armed with the power of God to help us, both men and women.  

When we have been endowed, all acts of kindness, all service we do is aided by the power of the priesthood.  We are the fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy, to bring the power of Christ to others in this life.

And it happens as we focus on Christ, who is our strength.  May we ever do that. 

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Picture is Strength of Israel by Brent Borup

Friday, October 21, 2016

Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost

When the Pharisees and scribes murmured against the Savior, saying he ate with sinners, the Savior gave the following parable;

"What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance." (Luke 15:4-7)

Sometimes each of us feels like the lost sheep.  We feel like there is no way back.  Yet the Savior loves us enough to comfort us, lift us, and lead us back to the safety of his love if we turn to him.

May we ever rely on the Savior to lead us back is my prayer.

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Picture is Black Sheep by Brent Borup

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Lord will lead us through the storms of life

May we all trust in the Lord as little children and take his hand, so that he can lead us through the storms of life back to our Heavenly Home.  The Scriptures say, "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest"  (Joshua 1:9 ).  

Though we may be buffeted by the storms of life, though the current threatens to sweep us away, yet if we will reach out and take the Savior's hand, pour our hearts out to him in prayer, he will ever be there to guide us safely home.  

May we ever trust in 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 Be not Afraid by Greg Olsen

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

"And every eye shall see him; and they who pierced him..."

We read where the Angel told the Apostles the following after Christ ascended into heaven:

"Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." (Acts 1:11)

He will come again.  The Joseph Smith Translation of Revelations says about that day:

"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 all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him...

For he saith, I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, the Lord, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty." (JST Revelation 1:7-8)

May we ever prepare for that day, so that when it comes, we will feel as the primary song says:

I wonder, when he comes again,
Will I be ready there
To look upon his loving face
And join with him in prayer?
Each day I'll try to do his will
And let my light so shine
That others seeing me may seek
For greater light divine.
Then, when that blessed day is here,
He'll love me and he'll say,
"You've served me well, my little child;
Come unto my arms to stay." (When he comes again, Primary songbook)

May we ever return to his loving arms, is my prayer.  

See a video about this at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJy4ZOiIFe4

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Picture is Second Coming by Brent Borup

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

"I am the Good Shepherd, and am known of mine"

Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the World is the Good Shepherd.  He has said "I am the Good Shepherd, and am known of mine."  He also invites us to come unto him, and in him find rest.

Do we know the Shepherd?  Do we come unto him and in him find rest?  

In the old world, shepherds lead the sheep, they don't drive them.  The sheep follow the shepherd, and find protection from the wolves through him.  

Do we seek protection from the storms of life, from the temptations of the adversary, and seek comfort from the trials we face?  Do we turn away from television and movies, and instead study the scriptures or modern revelation?

Do we fill our lives with service to others, instead of turning on the digital distractions?  Do we keep the commandments and covenants, and turn to the Lord in all things?

As we do, we will find comfort, rest, and protection.  As the scriptures say, he will gather us, lift us, comfort us, and in the end, save us.  

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Picture is Great Redeemer by Brent Borup

Monday, October 17, 2016

"Touch Me Not, for God shall smite you..."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Picture is by Arnold Friberg

Sunday, October 16, 2016

A Prophet's voice: I lift up my voice in testimony as a special witness..."

“With all my heart and the fervency of my soul, I lift up my voice in testimony as a special witness and declare that God does live. Jesus is His Son, the Only Begotten of the Father in the flesh. He is our Redeemer; He is our Mediator with the Father. He it was who died on the cross to atone for our sins. He became the firstfruits of the Resurrection. Because He died, all shall live again... May the whole world know it and live by that knowledge.” President Thomas S Monson (http://www.lds.org/topics/jesus-christ).

The testimony of the Lord's Prophet of his divinity is always accompanied by the spirit which testifies of the truth of the Reality of the Savior.  May we, through the spirit, come to a knowledge of the reality of the Savior, Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, our Advocate with the Father, the Holy One.  

Do you love the Savior, and want to know him?  Along with the Bible, his words are in the Book of Mormon. Find out for yourself and read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Picture is Son of God, by Jon McNaughton.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Christ appearing in the Kirtland Temple and what it can mean for us

The Savior, Jesus Christ, appears to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in the Kirtland Temple-and what it can mean for us as we attend the temple: "The veil was taken from our minds, and the eyes of our understanding were opened.

We saw the Lord standing upon the breastwork of the pulpit, before us; and under his feet was a paved work of pure gold, in color like amber.

His eyes were as a flame of fire; the hair of his head was white like the pure snow; his countenance shone above the brightness of the sun; and his voice was as the sound of the rushing of great waters, even the voice of Jehovah, saying:

I am the first and the last; I am he who liveth, I am he who was slain; I am your advocate with the Father.

Behold, your sins are forgiven you; you are clean before me; therefore, lift up your heads and rejoice.

Let the hearts of your brethren rejoice, and let the hearts of all my people rejoice, who have, with their might, built this house to my name.

For behold, I have accepted this house, and my name shall be here; and I will manifest myself to my people in mercy in this house.

Yea, I will appear unto my servants, and speak unto them with mine own voice, if my people will keep my commandments, and do not pollute this holy house.

Yea the hearts of thousands and tens of thousands shall greatly rejoice in consequence of the blessings which shall be poured out, and the endowment with which my servants have been endowed in this house.

And the fame of this house shall spread to foreign lands; and this is the beginning of the blessing which shall be poured out upon the heads of my people. Even so. Amen.

(Doctrine and Covenants 110:1-10 online at https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/110.1-10)

We know this description of the Savior is correct, because it is similar to the  description given of the Savior by John the Revelator.  And it was not just Joseph who saw him, it was Oliver Cowdery with him.  

How can that affect us as we attend the temple?  The Savior lives, and has accepted the temples of the Church as his houses.  In them are done the ordinances of Salvation for both the living and the dead.  We may not see the Savior there with our own eyes, but we can feel of his presence and his love for us through the veil if we pray for it while there in his sacred house.  We are promised in the Doctrine and Covenants that his presence shall be there in the temple.  

May we live worthy, and then feel of the Love of Christ-that love which changes us forever.  And with that love, we will know that he Lives.  

 The Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, 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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Friday, October 14, 2016

Apostle Orson F Whitney's Vision of Embracing the Savior and seeing Gethsemane

"One night I dreamed—if dream it may be called—that I was in the Garden of Gethsemane, a witness of the Savior’s agony. I saw Him as plainly as I see this congregation. I stood behind a tree in the foreground, where I could see without being seen. Jesus, with Peter, James, and John, came through a little wicket gate at my right. Leaving the three Apostles there, after telling them to kneel and pray, He passed over to the other side, where He also knelt and prayed. It was the same prayer with which we are all familiar: “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” ([see] Matthew 26:36–44 [Matt. 26:36–44]; Mark 14:32–41; Luke 22:42).

As He prayed the tears streamed down His face, which was toward me. I was so moved at the sight that I wept also, out of pure sympathy with His great sorrow. My whole heart went out to Him. I loved Him with all my soul and longed to be with Him as I longed for nothing else.

Presently He arose and walked to where the Apostles were kneeling—fast asleep! He shook them gently, awoke them, and in a tone of tender reproach, untinctured by the least suggestion of anger or scolding, asked them if they could not watch with Him one hour. There He was, with the weight of the world’s sin upon His shoulders, with the pangs of every man, woman, and child shooting through His sensitive soul—and they could not watch with Him one poor hour!

Returning to His place, He prayed again and then went back and found them again sleeping. Again He awoke them, admonished them, and returned and prayed as before. Three times this happened, until I was perfectly familiar with His appearance—face, form, and movements. He was of noble stature and of majestic mien—not at all the weak, effeminate being that some painters have portrayed—a very God among men, yet as meek and lowly as a little child.

All at once the circumstance seemed to change, the scene remaining just the same. Instead of before, it was after the Crucifixion, and the Savior, with those three Apostles, now stood together in a group at my left. They were about to depart and ascend into heaven. I could endure it no longer. I ran out from behind the tree, fell at His feet, clasped Him around the knees, and begged Him to take me with Him.

I shall never forget the kind and gentle manner in which He stooped and raised me up and embraced me. It was so vivid, so real, that I felt the very warmth of His bosom against which I rested. Then He said: “No, my son; these have finished their work, and they may go with me, but you must stay and finish yours.” Still I clung to Him. Gazing up into His face—for He was taller than I—I besought Him most earnestly: “Well, promise me that I will come to You at the last.” He smiled sweetly and tenderly and replied: “That will depend entirely upon yourself.” I awoke with a sob in my throat, and it was morning." (Elder Orson F Whitney, published in the Improvement Era Jan 1926, 219-27, also available online at
https://www.lds.org/liahona/2003/12/the-divinity-of-jesus-christ

I add my testimony.  Jesus Christ is real.  I know he lives.  He really did what the scriptures said he did.  He actually did appear to the Prophet Joseph and restored his gospel in our day, in fulfillment of prophesies made by Isaiah and other Old Testament, New Testament, and Book of Mormon prophets. 

May we come to have a testimony borne of the spirit that Jesus Christ lives, and loves each of us.  His love is stronger than anything, can pierce any darkness, and comfort any soul.  It lifts and redeems and is the only power whereby we may be saved.  

May we ever remember that.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his Righteousness/Consider the lilies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May we ever remember that.  

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

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

"This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears" and what that means for us today

Christ Declares in Nazareth that He is the Messiah, the fulfillment of the prophecy given by Isaiah, and what does that mean for us?  "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.  Just as he fulfilled prophesies then, he continues fulfilling prophesies today.  

Today we follow the words of his living prophets on the earth, prophets who tell us the words of Christ.  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.  

May we ever follow him, so we can return to him.  

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Picture is Greater Love by Del Parson

Monday, October 10, 2016

Do we let our light so shine before others?

As I took a moment to hold my 6 year old the other day, she said to me "Dad, I love you." It melted my heart. Little children let their lights shine so well, and it caused me to reflect, do we let our lights so shine?

We have been told in Matthew that we are to "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven." 

So, do we let our lights shine? Our prophet and all of the apostles have counselled us to serve others, and lift the "hands that hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees"(Elder Holland quoting Hebrews 12:12). 

We have also been told that as we lift others, the Savior feels as if we had lifted him, and as we have done it unto the least of those, we have done it unto the Savior (Elder Eyring, and Matthew 25:40).

The Savior invites us to learn of him (D&C 19:23), and to Come, Follow him (Many New Testament Scriptures).  

As we do that, we will come to know the Savior, and we will develop a love for our fellow travelers on this mortal sojourn.  We will take joy in lifting others, and serving them, and in serving HIM.  And our light will so shine, even the light of Christ will spread to others when they see us.  

May we ever do that, is my prayer.  

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 ye are the light of the world by Simon Dewey, available at http://www.altusfineart.com/ye-are-the-light-of-the-world-1/

Sunday, October 9, 2016

I am the Light of the World-The Light of Everlasting Life

In about ten places in scripture, the Savior states "I am the light of the world." In other places we are told that the Lord shall be an everlasting Light (Isaiah 60:19), that he is the law and the light (3 Nephi 15:9), and He will be a light unto us forever (2 Nephi 10:14).

The Lord has also been called the light which shineth in darkness (Doctrine and covenants 34,39, more).  This is apt, since he brings us from darkness unto light.

We are told in Alma that light is the light of everlasting life (Alma 19:6), or in other words, eternal life.  Life with our Father in Heaven, Savior Jesus Christ, and our families forever.  

It will then be that we become one in purpose in the salvation of souls with them, as Christ asked for in the Great Intercessory Prayer.  

May we ever seek out that Light in our lives, and seek to become one with them, so that when we return home, we will be clean, and pure, and prepared to continue in the work of the Lord.  

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 Dawning of a Brighter day by Simon Dewey available at http://www.altusfineart.com/the-dawning-of-a-brighter-day/

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Do we let the Savior lead us? His invitation...

The Hymn we love so well says "Lead, kindly Light, amid th'encircling gloom;
Lead thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead thou me on!
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene--one step enough for me." 

The Savior can lead us.  In fact, he repeatedly invites us to follow him, and to partake of the living bread and water that flow from him.  

We can be nourished as we follow the Savior, follow his path, and walk in his footsteps.  

He has repeatedly said "I am the way, the truth and the life" and reminds us that only through him can we be saved.  

I close with my testimony that the Savior is real, that he loves us, and only though him can we return to our heavenly home with our families.

He did what is written in the scriptures that he did, and many other things that cannot be written.  He is the Savior and Redeemer, and praise be to his name forever for redeeming all who will come unto him.

He stands at the head of the Church of Jesus Christ, and he with the father appeared to the prophet Joseph Smith to begin the restoration of his church in our day. 

That we may ever follow wherever the Savior leads is my prayer.

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 Wherever he leads me by Greg Olsen

Friday, October 7, 2016

"I will not leave you comfortless"

"I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.

At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him." (John 14:18-21)

In the above scripture, the Lord says he will not leave us comfortless, and instructs us to keep his commandments.  

As we keep his commandments, and come unto the Lord, through the holy spirit, we can and will be comforted through the comforter, as the holy spirit is called in other scripture.  

When that happens, it is as if the Savior were there, comforting us.  May we ever follow him, and be comforted.  

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 Master's Touch by Greg Olsen

How can I help Refugees and those in Disaster Areas? Ye have done it unto me

We have disasters that are happening all around us, and the recent one in Florida is just one of many.  How can we help?

Mormon Helping hands are always there to help out.  Even though we may be far away from the crisis, we can donate to the Global Humanitarian Fund on our tithing slips, or by going to the following link http://bit.ly/2dyll0F

In doing this, we help refugees, as we have been asked to help with a couple of General Conferences ago.  These funds also help provide disaster relief during times of crisis.  

In doing this, we are helping to fulfill the charge given in the Doctrine and Covenants and echoed by several apostles, including Elder Holland to "Lift the hands that hang down, and to strengthen the feeble knees." 

And at the last day Christ will welcome us into his kingdom, for he was an hungered, and we gave him meat, he was thirsty, and we gave him drink, naked, and clothed him.  For inasmuch as we have done this unto the least of these...we have done it unto him.  As Elder Eyring has said, when we seek to lift others, the Savior feels like we have lifted him.  

So many people need help in the world.  Can we turn a blind eye?  No, we need to help as we are able to.  

Please prayerfully ponder donating.  The church aid they give is done entirely by volunteers, it doesn't go anywhere else but aid those in need.  

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

The scriptures: As if the Savior were right there beside us

John says "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." (John 5:39)

When we search the scriptures, the holy spirit testifies of the truth of the Savior.  We read in Moroni: "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.

And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." (Moroni 10:4-5)

When the spirit testifies of the truth of what we read, it is as if the Savior of the world were right there beside us.  Through the spirit, we come to know him, and to know of his reality.  

I pray that all of us might search the scriptures diligently, as King Benjamin instructed, and come to know the Savior as the spirit testifies to us of his reality and divinity.  

And may that inspiration guide our lives.

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

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Picture is touched by the scriptures by Jon Mcnaughton

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Christ Heals all our maladies, of every kind

"The scriptures contain many accounts of the Savior’s healing the heavy laden. He caused the blind to see; the deaf to hear; the palsied, withered, or maimed to be restored; lepers to be cleansed; and unclean spirits to be cast out. Often we read that the person healed of these physical ailments was “made whole” (see Matthew 14:36; 15:28; Mark 6:56; 10:52; Luke 17:19; John 5:9).

Jesus healed many from physical diseases, but He did not withhold healing from those who sought to be “made whole” from other ailments. Matthew writes that He healed every sickness and every disease among the people (see Matthew 4:23; 9:35). Great multitudes followed Him, and He “healed them all” (Matthew 12:15). Surely these healings included those whose sicknesses were emotional, mental, or spiritual. He healed them all.

In His early sermon in the synagogue, Jesus read aloud from this prophecy of Isaiah: “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” (Luke 4:18). As Jesus declared that He was come to fulfill that prophecy, He expressly affirmed that He would heal those with physical ailments and He would also deliver the captive, liberate the bruised, and heal the brokenhearted." (Dallin H Oaks, He Heals the Heavy Laden, October 2006 General Conference)

Christ not only heals our physical infirmities, but also our mental, emotional, and any other trials we may go through.  When we are at the end of our rope, we can pray for comfort, and it will come.  We can ask for blessings, and that healing of our souls will come.

May we ever reach out to the Lord in our trials and troubles of life.  I give my testimony that he is real, that he is there, and is there to lift and strengthen 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 is He healed many by Kurt Richards, featured in the September 2016 Ensign magazine.