Saturday, December 31, 2016

A New Day-A New Start-by President Uchtdorf

“With every new day, a new dawn comes—not only for the earth but also for us. And with a new day comes a new start—a chance to begin again.” –President Dieter F. Uchtdorf http://bit.ly/1dUvEE2 

Here's a video about second chances, and new starts:



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 of Brigham City Temple at Sunrise by Jarvie Digital Photography at http://www.jarviedigital.com/Temples/Organized-by-Temple/Brigham-City-LDS-Temple/i-L852MXz

Friday, December 30, 2016

Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God...The Prince of Peace

Our Savior and Redeemer is over all, and has redeemed us forever. 

"And the Government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace."  Isaiah 9:6 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/ot/isa/9.6)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What a glorious promise. 

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

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Picture is Prince of Peace by Akaine Kremarik, available at https://www.akiane.com/store/

Thursday, December 29, 2016

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

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.” -Simon Dewey

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 men. And he is real, and involved in the details of our lives, and if we trust in him, he will lead us back to our heavenly home.

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

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

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

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

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

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

We are all Children of God

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, December 26, 2016

The Lord is our Good Shepherd-surely goodness and mercy will follow us forever

What wonderful promises are given with the analogy of the Lord as the Good Shepherd, and are worth reading. "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever." (Psalms 23 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/ot/ps/23).

Very seldom are we able to hear such peaceful words.  The peace described here mirror the peace we can feel as we reach out in prayer, and the peace we will find in the life to come if we are faithful.  

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

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Picture is The Lord is my shepherd by Simon Dewey, available at Altus Fine art at http://www.altusfineart.com/home/afa/smartlist_124/the_lord_is_my_shepherd.html

Sunday, December 25, 2016

The Life and Doctrine of Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the World

Over 2 millenia ago, a tiny baby was born into the most humble of circumstances.  This royal son, the only begotten of the Father, was not clothed in silken robes, but was wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger.  He was prophecied of by many ancient prophets.  He was the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  

Truly unto us a child was born, and the Government of Heaven and earth was upon his shoulders.  His name truly is Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. 

Of his kingdom there is no end, for his coming into the world had been planned from before the foundations of the world, and the effects of his life will give life to all of humankind and will stretch into the eternities and beyond. 

But his life was not to be easy.  He taught with power, performed miracles, and showed the love of God to all he met.  Yet the Pharisees and Saduccees, instead of accepting him as the promised Messiah, said his miracles were done by the power of the Devil. 

But this was foretold as well.  As Isaiah says, he was despised, rejected, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief…surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows…and with his stripes we are healed.

Betrayed by his own, abandoned by all, he faced the indescribable agony of the atonement, where his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling to the ground.  Then he faced the abuse of the Jewish leaders, the flogging of the Roman troops, and yet meekly he still succumbed to the horrors of crucifixion. 

He was laid to rest in a borrowed tomb.  During that time he went to his father, and to the world of the Spirits of the just.  He organized his work there, that others might know of the good news of his triumph over sin and death. 

After 3 days, the prison doors were rent, and he became the firstfruits of them that slept.  Angels rolled back the door of the tomb, and reported he is not here, he is risen, and beckoned all who came to the tomb to come and see the place where the Lord lay.

He appeared to many, apostles and disciples alike, and then went to visit the other sheep in his fold, the people of the Americas and other places.  Prophets in those places had testified of his coming and death, had seen in vision what the Savior, the fulfillment of prophecy, would do.

He taught them his gospel, and organized his church there, with all of the saving ordinances that he brought to the old world, and then ascended into heaven. 

This once tiny baby still lives today as the Savior and Redeemer of the World.  And he has restored his gospel, once lost for millennia, to the earth today.  The lord whom ye seek has suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant. 

Prophecies are again being fulfilled at his hand, inspiring the minds and hearts of men and women all over the world.  His greatest desire is to draw men to him so that they might feel of the love of God that emanates from him.  That each person on the face of the earth might feel of his love through the spirit.  The fullness of his New Testament Gospel is again on the Earth, to bless the lives of all who come unto him.  And it touches each individual heart with the tenderness of a God who is aware of each of us, and involved in our lives more than we know, but can if we open our hearts to him, and do his work.

He said to Peter that if he loved him to feed his sheep.  There are many out there who need the bread and water of life.  As the prophet says, we are God’s hands on earth, with a mandate to serve.  As we serve others, they are able to feel of the love of God as well.  It softens them. 

This is one of the keys that Christ knew, and was willing to give his life for.  He tirelessly served others, and as we serve others too, we will come to know this great key to happiness in this life and in the next.  And we will become like Christ as we do. 

When we meet him face to face, how wonderful a time that will be for us as we see that we have become like him.  To embrace him and to join with him in rejoicing as we realize that we have been dependent upon him our whole lives, and his power has lifted us, and will for eternity. 

And how wonderful it will be to know that those whose lives we have touched will also be able to dwell with the Savior and us again.  That is the secret of life.  To become connected to those around us, bound together by the Love of the Savior.

We come to Christ through exercising faith on his name, Repenting, being baptized, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.  We receive additional covenants that bind us to him and our families together forever.  We are told in scripture that we will be able to live with him forever, and that is possible through the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.

He lives.  He is Real.  He stands at the head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  He came, has now restored his church to the earth, and will come again, to rule and reign upon the earth.  And at the last day, he will present the kingdom to the Father and will say "the work is done."

May we all be on his right hand at that day.  

That is just a few parts of what the birth of the Savior means to us.  His gospel is on the earth again, and to find out more, go to http://www.mormon.org

You can 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 Light of the World, by Brent Borup, available at http://www.brentborupstudio.com/lightoftheworld.html

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Silent Night - that Sacred Night so long ago..

"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger" (Luke 2:7). Over 2000 years ago, the Savior was born in a lowly stable, watched over by the angels of heaven.

This great church is a continuation of his life and mission, to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. May we all take the opportunity to be grateful this time of year for the Blessings we have because of the Life of the Savior, commemorated at Christmastime.

His love did not just begin at his birth. It reaches from before the foundations of the World and into the eternities and beyond. Please take the time to thank our Father in Heaven for the Life, atonement, death, resurrection, and work of the Savior, for "[He is] the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/john/14.6)

Picture is Silent Night by Liz Lemon Swindle.  To Watch Silent Night performed by David Archuleta and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNep23JerIk

When Christ was born, the people in the American continent saw the star, and had another sign of his birth, a night of light, even though the sun had set. This was prophesied by prophets in the Americas. Read more by clicking here http://bit.ly/J8J59P

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Friday, December 23, 2016

That tiny baby was the King of kings and Lord of lords, the promised Messiah

"With the birth of the babe in Bethlehem, there emerged a great endowment—a power stronger than weapons, a wealth more lasting than the coins of Caesar. This child was to become the King of kings and Lord of lords, the promised Messiah—Jesus Christ, the Son of God." — Thomas S. Monson, President and Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 

That tiny babe was the Savior and Redeemer of the World, the Only Begotten of the Father, and his name, as Isaiah says, is Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

May we all come to know Christ, and to embrace the gift of his birth, life, atonement, death, and resurrection. May we pour out our heart in prayers of gratitude for him.

Find out more this Christmas about Christ at http://bit.ly/1jE0F7S

When Christ was born, the people in the American continent saw the star, and had another sign of his birth, a night of light, even though the sun had set. This was prophesied by prophets in the Americas. Read more by clicking here http://bit.ly/J8J59P

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Picture is "Hope" by Joseph Brickey

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Day 9 of the 12 Days of Christmas-"The Wise Men"

Soo, last night for the 12 days of Christmas, we got another wise man for our nativity.  I already posted symbolism of the wise men in another post, so instead of putting the same thing I put before, I will just post the link to that day


Find out more about Christ this Christmas at http://bit.ly/1jE0F7S

When Christ was born, the people in the American continent saw the star, and had another sign of his birth, a night of light, even though the sun had set. This was prophesied by prophets in the Americas. Read more by clicking here http://bit.ly/J8J59P

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Behold the Lamb of God...even the Son of the Eternal Father!

"the angel spake unto me, saying: Look! And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her arms. And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father! (1 Nephi 11:19-21 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/1-ne/11)

The son of God, he who had been foreordained from before the foundations of the earth, was shown to numerous prophets who testified that he would come.  

In the Old world and in the new, Prophets of God were shown in vision the birth and life, and resurrection of the Savior. When the time came for his birth, Heavens and Earth and all of creation rejoiced with the birth of their Lord, the Savior of the World.  May we ever rejoice, may we ever thank our Father in Heaven for the gift of his Beloved Son to us.  

For it is through him that we are able to return back to their presence again with our families.  

When Christ was born, the people in the American continent saw the star, and had another sign of his birth, a night of light, even though the sun had set. This was prophesied by prophets in the Americas. Read more by clicking here http://bit.ly/J8J59P

Find out more this Christmas about Christ at http://bit.ly/1jE0F7S

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Picture is Be it unto me by Liz Lemon Swindle

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Day 8 of the 12 Days of Christmas, "and the Shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God"

For day 8 of the 12 days of Christmas we got another piece for our nativity, the shepherd.

The first thought that comes to mind was it was shepherds who were visited by angels to announce the birth of the Savior, as recorded in Luke 2.  It was they, who, after the angels left, went and saw the child, and later announced it to others. 

I will paste the story from Luke 2 below about that, but first, I wanted to say how fitting that it was shepherds who first announced to all that the Good Shepherd had come into the world. 

Christ later, as the true Good Shepherd, and as he himself said he would, gave his life for the sheep, even us. 

What a fitting beginning for our Good Shepherd.  Here is the account of the Shepherds once the angels had left.

"And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds...

...And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them." (Luke 2 15-18,20).

May we ever come to the Good Shepherd, and in him find peace.


Find out more this Christmas about Christ and how to serve others as he would if he were here at http://bit.ly/1jE0F7S 

When Christ was born, the people in the American continent saw the star, and had another sign of his birth, a night of light, even though the sun had set. This was prophesied by prophets in the Americas. Read more by clicking here http://bit.ly/J8J59P
Find out more this Christmas about Christ at http://bit.ly/1jE0F7S
 

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"And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger"

"And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger." (Luke 2)

That babe in the manger is our Lord, our Redeemer, and Savior. Undoubtedly he was watched over by the Father and by countless angels who joined all of heavens and earth rejoicing at the birth of their King, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

May we ever remember that at this time of year.  

When Christ was born, the people in the American continent saw the star, and had another sign of his birth, a night of light, even though the sun had set. This was prophesied by prophets in the Americas. Read more by clicking here http://bit.ly/J8J59P

Find out more this Christmas about Christ at http://bit.ly/1jE0F7S

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

"And Mary kept these things and pondered them in her heart."

With all that happened with the Birth of Christ, scripture concludes with the phrase "And Mary kept these things and pondered them in her heart." So important and sacred were the events of that night that Mary kept them inside, in awe of what had happened to her and this tiny baby.

May we similarly be in awe of the import of what happened that night. May we realize the import of the Son of God coming into the world.  May it affect us so much that we become kinder, serve others with more love, and become the hands of heaven on earth.  For in lifting and serving others, we serve the Savior.  

It is the best way to commemorate Christmas, that the Son of the Living God had come to earth, and would eventually offer salvation to all through his atonement.  To do for others what the Savior would do if he were here.  

If you do, you will feel a closeness to the Savior that is worth more than anything else in the world.  

You can find out more about Mary with the church's bible video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig0W3HaNmjg

When Christ was born, the people in the American continent saw the star, and had another sign of his birth, a night of light, even though the sun had set. This was prophesied by prophets in the Americas. Read more by clicking here http://bit.ly/J8J59P

Find out more this Christmas about Christ at http://bit.ly/1jE0F7S

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Picture is Mary Kept all these things, by Howard Lyon. Used with Permission, Howard Lyon, http://www.howardlyon.com/religious-store/mary-kept-all-these-things

Day 7 of 12 Days of Christmas "They rejoiced with exceeding great joy"

For the 7th Day of the 12 days of Christmas last night, the piece to the nativity set we got was one of the wise men. 

We are all familiar with the story of the wise men, but it sometimes gets left out of the traditional Luke 2 story, simply because it is in Matthew 2.  I am including all 12 verses here-it's worth reading.  These men followed the spirit and didn't return to Herod to tell him where the Christ child was.  It saved his life, and soon after, Joseph got the dream that told him to flee into Egypt.

"Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judæa in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judæa: for thus it is written by the prophet,

And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

¶And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way."

these wise men read the prophesies, and followed the Lord.  May we similarly look to the Savior in all things, and heed the promptings we receive from him.  

Find out more about Christ this Christmas at http://bit.ly/1jE0F7S

When Christ was born, the people in the American continent saw the star, and had another sign of his birth, a night of light, even though the sun had set. This was prophesied by prophets in the Americas. Read more by clicking here http://bit.ly/J8J59P

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Monday, December 19, 2016

As the Savior was held by Mary, we are held by him

As the Savior was once a tiny child in the arms of the blessed Mary, so we are all now in the hands of the Savior, and are as little children. May we look to him, trustingly, obediently, and with a desire to serve him, and we will find eternal life. For the Savior has said "Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 18:3).

Watch a little child as they look up at you, or trustingly ask you a question, and are willing to do what you say.  Are you willing to be that trusting of the Savior, of our Father in Heaven?  If you are, you will find you will start to become more like them, and will feel of their love more often. 

At this Christmas season, may we all become more like little children, and let him into our lives.   

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When Christ was born, the people in the American continent saw the star, and had another sign of his birth, a night of light, even though the sun had set. This was prophesied by prophets in the Americas. Read more by clicking here http://bit.ly/J8J59P  

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Day 5 and 6 of the 12 days of Christmas: "Glory to God in the Highest"

Day 5 and 6 of the 12 days of Christmas happened over the weekend, and I'm reporting the symbolisms of them both together today.  

Day 5 we got Joseph as a piece for the nativity.  For that I'm posting this video by the Church about Joseph.  He stood by Mary and by the Savior his whole life, protecting them by heeding the Lord when he told them to go to Egypt.  We know the Savior knew the scriptures well.  He would have learned those under Joseph's tutelage, and then had them confirmed by the spirit, or his Father in Heaven's further instruction.  Joseph was the ideal parent to the literal Son of God.  


Day 6 we got an angel for the nativity.  How familiar we are with the words of Luke 2;

"And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. " (Luke 2:9-14)

Angels have always attended the Savior, and have been present many times to testify of him.  Part of the message we have for the world is that Christ has again appeared to his people, and angels have come again to the earth so that all the people of the earth can have the blessings promised and announced on the day of Christ's birth.  

May we ever remember that.  

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

"For unto us a Child is Born, unto us a Son is given..."

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

Over 2000 years ago, the Savior of the World was born in a humble stable, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. His coming had been prophesied of by Isaiah and many other prophets.

The Savior came, as Isaiah also said, "to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound," (Isaiah 61:1) and he did that for both the living and the dead.

This great latter-day work goes on still, with that once tiny baby now glorified at the head.  This work is for the living and the dead through missionary work, strengthening the members, and through the work of the dead in temples. This work will go on until, as the Standard of truth says, "The Great Jehovah shall say the work is done."

At that time, the work begun from before the foundations of the world will be complete, and the Sons and Daughters of God will dwell with him forever.

Become engaged in serving others, and in the work of the Lord. At this Christmas season and always, may we ever seek out the Babe in Bethlehem, our Savior, Our Redeemer, our all.

And it all started with a little baby.   

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Day 4 of the 12 Days of Christmas-"The Cattle are lowing" and the Millenial Reign

For the 12 days of Christmas, day 4 last night, we got another piece to put in our nativity, and there are some scriptural symbolisms to it.  But apparently I mistook Day 2 for a sheep, when it actually was a cow.  So today we got the sheep.  But since I already spoke about the symbolism of a lamb in day 2, I'm going to relate the symbolism of a cow today.

Though many Christian scholars say cows might not have been there, Gustaf Dahlman, a biblical scholar, suggests that cows would have been included in the stable that night, which supports the hymn whose lyrics about the cattle (including the rest of the hymn) are below:

"the cattle are lowing, the poor baby wakes, but little lord Jesus no crying he makes
I love thee lord JesusLook down from the skyand stay by my cradletill morning is nigh
Be near me Lord JesusI ask thee to stayClose by me foreverand love me, I pray
Bless all the dear childrenin thy tender careand take us to heaven, to live with thee there"

What wonderful symbolism and traditions we have pertaining to cattle and cows.  

This was the most sacred of nights, and it is not just about cows, but as we look at the symbols, we can find things there that lead us closer to the Savior. 

But there are more symbolisms with the cow.

Isaiah 11 and repeated in 2 Nephi 21 has reference to a cow.  I'm going to include the verse before as well, because it is another reference to a lamb, discussed on day 2.  

"The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them."

 "And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox."

I'm going to put in the next 2 verses for context here.  "And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.

They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." (Isaiah 11:6-9)

this is describing the Millenial reign, as Isiah saw it.  What a wonderful symbolism of the cow here basking in the peace of millenial rest, as we all will when the Savior comes again. 

So the symbolism of the cow goes from the manger to the millenium.  My hope is that these may lead you closer to the Savior this Christmas.  

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Friday, December 16, 2016

"He gave us the gift of a Savior, His perfect Son"

"He gave us the gift of a Savior, His perfect Son, the Lamb without blemish. By personal appearance of the Father Himself and of the Son, and through angels, He has restored the Church of Jesus Christ in the latter days. He has called prophets and apostles to guide us to safety in this life and eternal life in the world to come. Jesus Christ was crucified and resurrected that we may live again, that we may be purified and cleansed from sin, prepared for the glory of eternal life.

Those are gifts to us that we can offer to others for Him. We do that by remembering Him and trying with all our hearts to do what He would do and love as He loves.

...you can give a great and wonderful Christmas if you remember the gifts God has given you and, as best you can, offer them to others as He would. That is the spirit of Christmas and of true happiness every day.

I testify that Jesus is the living Christ, in His sacred name, amen."-President Henry B Eyring "The Gifts of Christmas." Christmas Devotional, December 2011

May we all be grateful for the Savior, sent here by a loving Father to help us be happy and to help us return back to him again. May we be grateful for the blessings the restored gospel of Jesus Christ brings us.

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Day 3 of 12 Days of Christmas-a Donkey and Zechariah's Prophecy

Last night, Day 3 of the 12 days of Christmas we heard a knock at the door, and went there to see no one, just a small gift at the door.  We got a book (The Mansion by Van Dyke), and got a donkey to add to our nativity set (see more about this at http://ldsprinciples.blogspot.com/2016/12/12-days-of-christmas-day-1-behold-lamb.html).  It prompted me to study some things...

We don't have anywhere in the Bible where it says that Mary rode a donkey, but an apocryphal source (Protovangelism of James) says that is what Mary rode to Bethlehem, so a donkey would have been present.   But there is more symbolism to this. 

Fast forward to when Christ is riding into Jerusalem a mere week before his death, to shouts of acclaim and riding a donkey.  This was in fulfillment of Zechariah's prophecy (and Recorded in the gospels) that he would be riding on a "colt the foal of an ass."  Strong symbols of the divinity of Christ.  

It also reminded me that donkeys are beasts of burden, as mentioned in a previous post, fitting that one would be present at the birth of he who would bear all our burdens.  

I pray that all of us might come closer to Christ this Christmas.

I can't wait to see what comes tonight. 

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

"What gifts would the Lord have me give to Him or to others..."-From Pres Monson

"When we have the spirit of Christmas, we remember Him whose birth we commemorate at this season of the year: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11)...What gifts would the Lord have me give to Him or to others at this precious season of the year?...In this marvelous dispensation of the fulness of times, our opportunities to love and give of ourselves are indeed limitless, but they are also perishable. Today there are hearts to gladden, kind words to say, deeds to be done, and souls to be saved." President Thomas S Monson https://www.lds.org/liahona/2012/12/rediscovering-the-christmas-spirit

As our Prophet has said, may we ever have the spirit of Christmas by serving others.  That is what Christ would have us do.  He knows and is saddened by those of his children who have needs, and when we reach out to help others, it is the same as helping him. 

May we ever remember that.  

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12 Days of Christmas-Day 1&2, "Behold the Lamb of God"

There is someone who is doing the 12 days of Christmas to us.  They have been bringing little presents, and they have been giving us a nativity, one piece at a time.  These pieces have given me the opportunity to reflect, with some symbolism, on what it means.

The first day, they brought the Stable piece, upon which all of the other pieces are put.  It caused me to reflect upon the symbolism of that.  Stables were where beasts of burden were housed.  How fitting that he who would bear all of our burdens had his beginning in such a place.  

Day 2, we got a gift, and the piece of the nativity was a lamb.  I immediately thought of the scripture, now immortalized in Handel's Messiah, "Behold the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world." Can we behold that little child who eventually took our sins upon him?  I was also reminded of the symbolism of a lamb without blemish.  Christ was truly that.  He suffered for our sins, yet deserved none of it, the only perfect, sinless lamb without blemish.

These are some of the thoughts these pieces brought to mind, and I wanted to share them with you. 

May we all come to Christ this Christmas season, and serve others as we have been asked to do.  More at http://bit.ly/1jE0F7S

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

"And she brought forth her firstborn son..."

"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn." (Luke 2:7)

In the quiet of that sacred night, Heavens and earth rejoiced at the birth of their king, he who would break the bands of sin and death, and deliver the captives from their prison, to dwell in the presence of God and the Lamb forevermore.

May we read of his life, pour our hearts out in gratitude in prayer, and do the Savior's work as we serve others this season and always, that we may be filled with his love.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

"Unto you is born this day...a Savior"

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger" (Luke 2:11-12 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/luke/2)

In the quiet of that sacred night, Heavens and earth rejoiced at the birth of their king, he who would break the bands of sin and death, and deliver the captives from their prison, to dwell in the presence of God and the Lamb forevermore.

May we read of his life, pour our hearts out in gratitude in prayer, and do the Savior's work as we serve others this season and always, that we may be filled with his love.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

"And Shalt Call His Name Jesus"

"And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest" Luke 1:30-32 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/luke/1.30-32)

He is the Only Begotten of the Father, sent as a baby to grow, and ultimately to save us from our sins, to redeem us, and to help us return back to our Father's presence again. What started in Bethlehem was planned from before the foundations of the world, and would change the world forever. And it still changes lives.

May we all be grateful for how he has changed our own lives, and seek to change others for the better through service and kindness, simple acts of caring, and pure christlike love.

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

"And wrapped him in swaddling clothes..."

"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger" (Luke 2:7)

Oh that the world could know of the import of that day, of what happened eternally because of the birth of that child, the Savior of all. May we spread the gospel with all we know so that others might know of the peace of Christ.

I sometimes wish like Alma, "O that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people!"

But that is not the way it is done.  Please take the time to share your testimony of the Savior this Christmas, and the message that he still lives, and watches over the children of men, working for the salvation of our souls.

You may be the instrument in God's hands to bring others to Christ, though you may never know it. 

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Friday, December 9, 2016

May Christmas point us to the Savior of All, the Redeemer of the World

At this time of year, may we all be grateful for the Savior, whose work began long before his birth, and will extend into the eternities and beyond. 

Never lose sight of the reason for the season.  With all of the beauty that comes with the lights and tinsel and trees, may they all point us to the Savior of Mankind, the Redeemer of the World, to the King of King and Lord of Lords, who has ransomed us, and beckons all to "come unto him" and to "partake of eternal life," to live forever in the presence of God with our families.  May we ever remember that, this season and always.  

Christ is real.  He lives.  He is as real as the sun rising in the morning, and has the power to reach into the eternities, and yet comfort the tenderest soul.  He is indeed, as President Monson has said, involved in the details of our lives.  As President Eyring has said, one day we will stand before him, and it will be a time of joy for those who have lived their lives in his service.  May we ever serve others, and serve the Savior.

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