Saturday, August 19, 2017

"As if the Savior were there beside us, teaching 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

Friday, August 18, 2017

Christ's invitation to repent and to come unto him

We are able to return to God through the atonement of Christ and Repentance.  Through repentance we find the rest and peace of God, made possible through his suffering.  As is said in scripture:

"For, behold, the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him.

And he hath risen again from the dead, that he might bring all men unto him, on conditions of repentance.

And how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth!" D&C 18:11-13

And again the Lord says in other scripture:
"Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more." (D&C 58:42)

May we ever make repentance a part of our lives, so that we may become more like the Savior, become more perfected.  The Savior invites us here and in other scripture to  "come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest," (Matthew 11:28), and above we read he rejoices when we repent and come unto him.  Who would not want to live forever with such a Savior?

And because he has risen from the dead, we all will again as well, and he will draw all people to him, both spiritually and physically.  What a marvellous blessing.  

May we all repent, and find rest in the Savior of the World, Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of the World, and the Author of our Salvation. He who will save 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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Thursday, August 17, 2017

"I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent"

Gethsemane (and later the cross) was so severe that we are told in scripture that the Savior fell on his face, and later had to be strengthened by an angel, and that he sweat drops of blood.  The Savior himself said this about what he suffered, and that because of it we do not have to suffer as he did. 

"For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;

But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I;

Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—

Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men." (D&C 19:16-19)

Glory be to the Father, for the gift of his Only Begotten Son, who ransomed us as scripture says, by his blood.

Those who are saved in the Celestial Kingdom are those whose garments are washed white in the blood of the Lamb.

And because of the atonement, we can be comforted and lifted in our trials, and forgiven of our sins.  What a marvellous gift.  That because he suffered, we don't have to. 

Here is a slideshow about Gethsemane:


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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Scripture is D&C 19:16-19

Picture is Gethsemane, by Adam Abram Art

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Challenge from a Modern-Day Apostle to study the Doctrine of Christ

There is so much about the Doctrine of Christ in Holy Writ.  This post has some wonderful examples of prophets testifying of Christ in the Old Testament, and it is also a challenge from a modern day Apostle for us to study the Doctrine of Christ.

Exodus 15:2 tells us "The Lord is...my Salvation,"  and 2 Samuel 22:2 tells us that he is "my fortress and my deliverer."  Psalms tells us that "The Lord is my light and my salvation," "my help and my deliverer," and "deliverer and shield." (Psalms 27:1; 40:17; 144:2)

Isaiah tells us he is the Savior who shall be sent, and God tells us through Isaiah that "I am...the Holy One of Israel, thy Savior, " And "Beside me there is no Savior" (Isaiah 19:20; 43:3; 43:11).

The Lord told Joel that "whosoever shall call on the...Lord shall be delivered."

What wondeful words just in these few scriptures. I hope you were able to feel the spirit just in these few verses.  This is not an exhaustive list, in fact, these are just a few of the scriptures from the Old Testament.  All total, there are approximately 2,200 verses in the Standard Works (Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants) that deal with Christ.

President Nelson, president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, has asked us last conference to open the topical guide and read all of the scriptures that have to do with the Doctrine of Jesus Christ, in all of the subsections. 

President Nelson said after reading these, he felt a sense of renewed devotion to Christ, and felt closer to the source of all of our blessings, Jesus Christ. 

I have taken his charge to study, and have felt the spirit close, continuing to testify to me of the reality and divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ. I have felt him close, and know he is real.  I know he lives, and I know he is active in our lives if we will but invite him into it through study, through prayer, and through service to others.

May you take this challenge as well, and study the Doctrine of Christ as shown in the scriptures.  Here is a link to Jesus Christ in the Topical Guide.  If you scroll down to where it says Jesus Christ, you can find the many subheadings that speak of Jesus Christ, and can open each of them, and study them carefully.  As you do, you will come closer to Christ, and can feel of his love.  You will discover him in a whole new way. 

That all may come closer to Christ is my prayer.

The Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, is another Testament of Christ.   Find out for yourself and read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Picture is Jesus Christ, the son of Man by Brian Jekel Fine Art

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Prophet's Testimony; "He was born to be the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind..."

"He came with a foreknowledge that He would bear the burden of the sins of us all.

He knew that He would be lifted up on the cross.

He was born to be the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind.

He was able to accomplish His mission because He was the Son of God and He possessed the power of God.

He was willing to accomplish His mission because He loves us.

No mortal being had the power or capability to redeem all other mortals from their lost and fallen condition, nor could any other voluntarily forfeit his life and thereby bring to pass a universal resurrection for all other mortals.

Only Jesus Christ was able and willing to accomplish such a redeeming act of love.

We may never understand nor comprehend in mortality how He accomplished what He did, but we must not fail to understand why He did what He did.

Everything He did was prompted by His unselfish, infinite love for us. Hear His own words:

“For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent; …

“Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink.” (D&C 19:16, 18.)

As was so characteristic of His entire mortal experience, the Savior submitted to our Father’s will and took the bitter cup and drank.

He suffered the pains of all men in Gethsemane so they would not have to suffer if they would repent.

He submitted Himself to humiliation and insults from His enemies without complaint or retaliation.

And, finally, He endured the flogging and brutal shame of the cross. Only then did He voluntarily submit to death. In His words:

“No man taketh it [my life] from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father” (John 10:18.)

He is the Resurrection and the Life. (See John 11:25.)

This power to revive His own life was possible because Jesus Christ was God—even the Son of God. Because He had the power to overcome death, all mankind will be resurrected. “Because I live, ye shall live also.” (John 14:19.) (Ezra Taft Benson, Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer, October 1983 General Conference)

I urge each of you to read the entire talk, for in it, a prophet of God testifies of Christ the entire talk.  

 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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Monday, August 14, 2017

A Modern-Day Prophet's testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ

"Like the polar star in the heavens, regardless of what the future holds, there stands the Redeemer of the world, the Son of God, certain and sure as the anchor of our immortal lives. He is the rock of our salvation, our strength, our comfort, the very focus of our faith.

In sunshine and in shadow we look to Him, and He is there to assure and smile upon us.

He is the central focus of our worship. He is the Son of the living God, the Firstborn of the Father, the Only Begotten in the flesh, who left the royal courts on high to be born as a mortal in the most humble of circumstances. Of the loneliness of His living He said, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head” (Matt. 8:20). He “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38).

He was a man of miracles. He reached out to those in distress. He healed the sick and raised the dead. Yet for all of the love He brought into the world, He was “despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: … he was despised,” and was esteemed not (Isa. 53:3).

We look upon His matchless life and say with the prophet Isaiah:

“He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows. …

“… He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isa. 53:4–5)...

Our faith, our knowledge comes of the witness of a prophet in this dispensation who saw before him the great God of the universe and His Beloved Son, the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. They spoke to him. He spoke with Them. He testified openly, unequivocally, and unabashedly of that great vision. It was a vision of the Almighty and of the Redeemer of the world, glorious beyond our understanding but certain and unequivocating in the knowledge which it brought. It is out of that knowledge, rooted deep in the soil of modern revelation, that we, in the words of Nephi, “talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that [we and] our children may know to what source [we] may look for a remission of [our] sins” (2 Ne. 25:26).

And so, my brothers and sisters, as we bid you good-bye for a season, we repeat our firm and enduring testimony. We do it as individuals with a sure and certain knowledge. As I have said many times before, and as I now say again, I know that God our Eternal Father lives. He is the great God of the universe. He is the Father of our spirits with whom we may speak in prayer.

I know that Jesus Christ is His Only Begotten Son, the Redeemer of the world, who gave His life that we might have eternal life and who rules and reigns with His Father. I know that They are individual beings, separate and distinct one from another and yet alike in form and substance and purpose. I know that it is the work of the Almighty “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39). I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet, the great Prophet of this dispensation through whom these truths have come. I know that this Church is the work of God, presided over and directed by Jesus Christ, whose holy name it bears.

Of these things I testify in solemnity as I leave with you, my beloved associates, my love and blessing, in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen. God be with you ’til we meet again." (President Gordon B Hinckley, We look to Christ, April 2002 General Conference)

 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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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Christ's appearances Biblically, and in our Modern Day

In the Bible, Old and New Testaments we see many examples of men seeing Christ face to face.  We know Adam did in the Garden, but there were more later.  

The Lord appeared to Abraham (Genesis 12:7, 17:1, 18:1, Abraham 2:6-11), to Jacob, or Israel face to face (Genesis 32:30), Moses face to face (Exodus 33:11), as well as many other appearances in the Old Testament (See links and comprehensive list in the topical guide).  In addition to all of the people seeing the Resurrected Christ during his postmortal ministry among the Jews, there is another example of the veil being rent in the new Testament.  Stephen was also able to see Christ standing on the right hand of God before he (Stephen) was stoned for his testimony of Christ (More examples of the postmortal appearances of Christ here)

So here we see Biblical support, both Old and New Testament for people seeing the Face of God and living.  So how does the scripture in Exodus 33:20 which says that No man can see God and live fit in?  It is a good question.  

Joseph Smith, through the gift and power of God, gives the inspired words that were supposed to be in Exodus 33:20 (below)

"And he said unto Moses, Thou canst not see my face at this time, lest mine anger be kindled against thee also, and I destroy thee, and thy people; for there shall no man among them see me at this time, and live, for they are exceeding sinful. And no sinful man hath at any time, neither shall there be any sinful man at any time, that shall see my face and live."

So we see this inspired translation brings harmony to the many biblical accounts of people seeing Christ and living.  We see that no one who is in sin can see God and live. 

Is it so far-fetched that a young, pure minded boy in his fifteenth year would have God appear to us in our day and age?  He sought forgiveness of his sins, one of the prerequisites to seeing God, and wanted to know what church was right.  He followed what James says, to ask of God to gain wisdom, and to ask in Faith, nothing wavering.  

And because of that, he saw God, the Eternal Father, and his Glorified, Resurrected Son, Jesus Christ.  They told the young prophet that through him the fulness of the Gospel taught in New Testament times would be restored to the earth.  

And Joseph Smith wasn't the only one to see God.  He and Oliver Cowdery saw Christ, and there were others who did as well, and there are many modern-day apostles and prophets have seen him.  More information on that can be found on other posts on this blog.

God in his heavens had waited patiently to restore  all of the blessings of previous dispensations so this earth would be prepared for his second coming, so that the earth would not be smitten with a curse. What a wonderful flood of Christ-centered light! 

I know that Jesus Christ lives, that he is the Savior and Redeemer of the World, and only through him may we be purified, and return to the presence of the Father.  He is real, and as President Monson has said, he is in the details of our lives. 

As we come to Christ, and discover his gospel, we will be lifted, strengthened, comforted, saved, and exalted as we follow him as he invites us to.  

I love Christ with all of my heart, and am profoundly grateful for the blessings that have come to me with the restoration of his gospel again to the earth.  I hope and pray that we all may come unto him, and in him find rest.  

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

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Friday, August 11, 2017

The Intercessory Prayer's instruction: Becoming One with Christ and the Father

There are several examples of the Savior praying, from the Sermon on the mount to the cross, and in the Americas, but I wanted to focus on one specific example of him praying for us.  

In the intercessory prayer, he said "Neither pray I for these [the apostles] alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 

That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me." (John 17:20-21)

I recommend you take the time after this post to read the entire intercessory prayer.  Such a powerful prayer.  Many more prayers Christ prayed for us, but I wanted to focus on this part.  He prayed for all who would believe on the words of the Apostles.  Us.  

And he prayed that we might be one with him and the Father.  Have we asked the Lord in our prayers that we might become one with him and the Father?  That we might feel that connectedness to them through the spirit?

Some of the sweetest moments of prayer have come when I have prayed to be one with Christ and the Father, and the experiences I have had after those prayers, and in the temple, are too sacred to relate openly.  

My only hope is that others might experience that same strength of the spirit, and that they might feel the love of the Father for them.  For they are real, and through the spirit, can answer our prayers, and can lift, comfort, strengthen, and help us.  

May we ever strive to be one with them.  

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

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

What Christ said to the People of the Americas after his Resurrection

After Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the world descended from heaven in a cloud of light to the people of the Americas after his resurrection, he said the following;

"And it came to pass that he stretched forth his hand and spake unto the people, saying:

Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.

And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning.

And it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words the whole multitude fell to the earth; for they remembered that it had been prophesied among them that Christ should show himself unto them after his ascension into heaven.

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 11:9-17)

Jesus Christ loves all of the earth, and that is the message of the Book of Mormon.  He didn't just teach people in the Old World, he taught others too.  These people testified of Christ and looked forward to his coming into the world.  And he has not forgotten them.  They are his children, just as we are all his children.  

May we ever be grateful for the priceless truths in the Book of Mormon, which come from Christ.  

This comes from the Book of Mormon.  Read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online, and pray about its truth at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Savior's Heartfelt Plea to "Come unto Me"

The phrase Come unto me appears many times in scripture.  It is said so many times that we would do well to listen to them.  Probably the most well known of the Savior using this phrase is in Matthew 11:28 where he says "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

To better understand the depth of these words, Elder Talmage in Jesus The Christ calls this invitation the "greatest outpouring of spiritual emotion."  Here the Savior is entreating us with all he has in him to come unto him and find rest.

He who spent his whole life comforting, healing, and teaching the sick, afflicted, poor, and downtrodden is aware of us and our trials and sins.  He took them upon him in the Garden and on the cross.  He has already paid the price for our sins, our trials, and all that we may go through.

And just as he did for others when he was on earth, he still beckons us to come unto him and find rest.  As we do, we will feel of the joy that flows from him, and we will feel of his love.

May we ever Come unto Him, and feel of his love and comfort, is my prayer.

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

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Oh, how Christ prayed - Oh, how we should pray...

In this picture we see the Savior, as if in prayer, looking and communing with the Father.  Prayer was essential to his fulfilling his mission on this earth, as we can see through examples of that. And it is essential to us as well.

First though, the whole time he was here, he did the work of the Father as mentioned many times in holy writ.  He constantly looked to the Father in all things, as we should as well.

He went about his Father's business, and he told others if they knew him they knew the Father.

He gave us the example of the Lord's prayer, where he mentions how sacred the Father's name is, and obediently says the Father's will be done on earth and in heaven.

He prayed before he raised Lazarus, thanking the Father that he had heard him pray. And through the power given him, the tomb gave up its claim on Lazarus.

He offered the Great Intercessory Prayer, asking the Father that we might be able to become one with Christ and the Father, to be able to inherit all that he has.

And it was here he told the Father that he had glorified the Father in all things, and that he had finished the work given him to do. Do we glorify the Father, and do we set about to do the work we are given to do?

And after the Intercessory Prayer, he went to the Garden of Gethsemane, where he was sorrowful even unto death, and where he sweat great drops of blood.  Yet still he succumbed, and even though he wished the bitter cup would be taken from him, and before experiencing pain worse than the mortal man could bear, his response to the Father was not my will, but thine be done. And he did it so that all who come unto him would not suffer as he did.

And on the cross, there are recorded several prayers.  In his extremity, he prayed "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani," which is interpreted My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? He who was never apart from the Father knew what it was like to be alone in suffering.  He knew what we would feel like in our trials.  He will ever be there to comfort us.  There were other things he spoke on the cross, but at the end, his final words were a prayer.  "Into thy hands I commend my spirit," and "It is finished." His trial was now over. 

Later, after he was resurrected, he prayed to the Father when he visited the other sheep in the Americas, and we are told that eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor was it possible for man to utter the things that Christ prayed to the Father for them and for us at that time.  But we know that angels came down out of heaven during that time.

This is not a comprehensive list of all the prayers he gave, but enough to encourage us to pray to the Father, in the name of Christ, as James says In Faith, nothing Wavering.

The Lord says that he will send the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, and he elsewhere says that if we come unto him when we labor and are heavy laden, he will give us rest.  He died for us.  And he lives to comfort us.

What wonderful promises we are given if we pray as he did, and as people of faith continue to do today.  It will lead us back to our heavenly home. 

May we ever avail ourselves of the power of prayer in our lives, as the Savior showed us.

The Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, is another Testament 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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Monday, August 7, 2017

As we Trust in the Lord as little children, we feel of the Savior's love and return to him

Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?  Christ said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.  (Matthew 18:3-5)

We are all our Father in Heaven's children.  Do we know how precious we are in his sight?  Do we turn to him trustingly, obediently, and in all things?

As life gets hard, it can be hard to trust, but that is what we need to do more of is trust the Lord, as little children do.  As we do that, we will return back to his presence, and be able to live forever and enjoy eternal life. 

May we ever do that.

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

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

In my Father's house are many mansions...I go to prepare a place for you

"In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." (John 14:2)

As we live on this earth, may we follow the Savior, and have a view forward to that time when we will be able to return with our families to his holy mansions on high, to become "Joint heirs" with him, to inherit all the Father has.  For he has told us that he goes to prepare a place for us, and invites us to come, follow him and to come unto him.

The Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, is another Testament of Christ.   Find out for yourself and read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Picture is Welcome Home by John Zamudio, available at http://www.zamudiospaintings.com/inspirational.html

Friday, August 4, 2017

Christ's love and my testimony of him and 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)

Seek out Christ, and when you feel that love which passeth knowledge, seek to help others to feel that, through kind words, and through selfless service.  If we will do that, we will have Christ attend to us, and we will feel of his love.  Then, at the last day, we will be like him, possessed of Charity towards all. 

The greatest joy in my own life has come from Christ as I have sought to do his will.  He has lifted me, healed me, sustained me, and comforted me.  He is my everything, my all and all, and yet no words could even convey the depth of my gratitude and love for him.  I earnestly hope with all my heart that you might be able to feel that closeness to Christ through the spirit.  

With all that is in my heart, I encourage you to follow him, as he invited, to seek him out, and do his will, so you might feel of his love, both now and forever. 

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Picture is Loving Savior by Jon McNaughton

Thursday, August 3, 2017

"Abide with me...as I communed with thee"

How often do we live our lives so that the Savior would be welcome?  How often do we invite him to Abide with us?  I think of the second verse of the sacred hymn "Abide with me;"

Abide with me; 'tis eventide.
Thy walk today with me
Has made my heart within me burn,
As I communed with thee.
Thy earnest words have filled my soul
And kept me near thy side.

O Savior, stay this night with me;
Behold, 'tis eventide.
O Savior, stay this night with me;
Behold, 'tis eventide.

Not just before bedtime, but always, may we invite the Savior to abide with us, to watch over us, to comfort us, to lift us, and to help us to become better.  As we serve others, and as we seek to know the Savior, through the spirit, we will come to know him better, and will feel a joy beyond compare.

And then, at the last day, he will be there to welcome us back to the presence of the Father where we will abide with our heavenly parents, our Savior, our families, our ancestors, and our posterity forever. 

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Picture is Abide with Me by Del Parson

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

"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.  

Want to 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 Greater Love by Del Parson

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Testimony of the Reality of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior

"Anointed One" comes from Hebrew and means "Messiah." "Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth." (2 Nephi 2:6).

"And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning;" (Mosiah 3:8 http://bit.ly/1gIo164)

I know the Savior, Jesus Christ lives. He is real, and works today for our salvation.  Prophets and Apostles have seen the Risen Lord in this dispensation, and he can be close to each one us, the children he loves, through the spirit.  And there are times when, even though we cannot see him, we can feel of his presence through the veil.  The Anointed One who is there to comfort us.

It fills the soul with a feeling of love that leaves behind a sacred knowledge that the Savior is real, that he is there to comfort us.  And each time you feel the spirit, it is a reminder of the reality of Jesus Christ.  May we all seek after that and be filled with that love that is beyond compare.

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Picture is "The Anointed One" by Joseph Brickey

Monday, July 31, 2017

The importance of being prepared for Christ

I am going to relate something personal before the call to action on this.  My wife and I have had some very detailed impressions, dreams, and manifestations about the need to get Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness supplies.  We have even had visitations from the other side of the veil showing us what we needed to do, and returning to ask for updates periodically. We live in Utah.   

Then I spoke to my aunt, who is the Preparedness expert in her ward in Salt Lake, and she said there are people coming to her also reporting that they have had visions and impressions about the need to get prepared with food storage and emergency supplies, water, shelter,etc, and are convinced we have hard times ahead.  

It's as if the Lord is trying to prepare his people for the coming hard times.  I encourage each of you to pray, individually, as couples, and as families, about whether you should get your Food Storage and emergency preparedness supplies in order.  

It is important for each family to pray individually about this and ask the Lord if he would have you Prepare and get food and water and emergency supplies.   And then study the scriptures more as well, because the Savior would have us prepare spiritually as well. 

Then, start studying about how to accumulate Food Storage.  The best is to store what you eat, and recycle it.  Note that if you were without power and heat, you would want to have canned goods on hand or a heat source to cook with.  What would you do for heat for short term?  Would you have tents and bedding/sleeping bags or shelter in case your home was unlivable?  would you have enough water on hand?  Water is one of the most essential items to have.  

These and many more questions will come to mind as you begin a serious study of what you need to do.  But where to turn?  Each Ward has an Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Specialist, as does every Stake.  They are often excellent resources.  You need to make a plan, and often they will have Food Storage plans they can give you to get started.  

The church also has the Provident Living site, at https://providentliving.lds.org.  You can find information on Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage, Finances, and more

Pages within that site include a form to order food storage from the church at https://providentliving.lds.org/self-reliance/food-storage/home-storage-center-order-form.  

Also, a page with a list of home storage centers that you can go to so that you can get food storage at https://providentliving.lds.org/self-reliance/home-storage-centers

Another is this article, https://www.lds.org/topics/food-storage

And Finally, you can use Google.  There are now so many resources online that you can use to help add to your Food Storage, and add to your knowledge of what to do.  

Please pray about this, and then develop a plan.  We as a people need to be ready for the coming hard times.  We are preparing for the Second Coming of the Savior, but we know that there will be hard times before that happens.  I pray that each of us will be seriously engaged in finding out if we need to prepare, and then following those promptings with action. 

And finally, prepare spiritually.  We are preparing to become a Zion people, one with the Lord.  May we ever do that.  Study and Pray, and follow Christ's example, and the words of the Prophets, and we will be prepared spiritually.  

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

As Christ did, do we look to the Father in all things?

May we follow the example of the Savior in looking to our Father in Heaven in faith in all things, in the name of Christ, and be able to feel of his love for us. As the Savior taught:

"...how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?" (Matthew 7:11)

How well do we look to God in our trials, sufferings, triumphs, hopes, dreams, loves, losses, and in all things?  Do we trust our Father in Heaven that he can comfort us, joy with us, strengthen us, encourage us, and be there for us?

He lives, and by the power of the Atonement, all of these things can happen if we simply live worthily, and obey God's Commandments.  And as a result our prayers will be answered, and more, all that the Father has will be ours.

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Picture by Joseph Brickey

Friday, July 28, 2017

"The works of thine hands"

May we all be grateful that the Savior is over all, and that even with all that goes wrong in the world, that the world is in our Savior's loving hands. He is more loving, glorious, righteous, and powerful than any man or organization that ever existed in the earth, and is yet so personal that he can gently touch the deepest chambers of the most pained heart.

Everything in the world that is good is good because of his power, and everything around us in the world exists because of Him. "And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands" (Hebrews 1:10).

May we all have faith that Christ is over all. May we seek him out, follow his invitation to come, follow him, and in him find rest, and have confidence that through him, we will be saved at the last day. 

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 Peace on Earth by Greg Olsen

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Lesson in the Widow's mite for us today

"And he [Christ] looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury.

And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.

And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:

For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had." (Luke 21:1-4, print and audio)

What can we take away from what the Master says here?  We have much we can give to the Lord, and not just money, but time, service to others (Love thy neighbor as thyself, inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me), and obeying his commandments (If ye love me, keep my commandments).

Do we give all we have to the Savior and to others?  Have we come out of the world, and immersed ourselves in service to others and to the Lord?  Do we put aside the worldly sitcoms and shows and movies, and instead do something that will bring us closer to Christ?

Do we sacrifice things that are just okay for things that are better or best? 

In his intercessory prayer, The Savior prayed for those whom the Father had given him out of the world.  He says that he prays not for those who are of the world, but for those who are out of the world.

What blessings await us if we give ourselves to the Lord, and give all we have to him and his service? 

May we ever come unto the Lord, give all to him, and in him find rest, is my prayer.

Below is a depiction of the Widow's mite, courtesy of LDS Bible Videos

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

He is not Here; For He is Risen!

“He is not here: for he is risen” (Matthew 28:6)

May we all be grateful for these words, spoken by a heavenly messenger 2 millenia ago. With those words, he announced the plan for our salvation and resurrection, prepared from before the foundation of the world, had been fulfilled by Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. 

The center of the entire plan of our salvation was forever in place.  And in addition to our Salvation and Resurrection, there is more ways we can be helped because of this.  Each time we are comforted by the spirit when in trials, each time we are strengthened by the Lord, each time we reach out in service, anytime we do anything good, all of that was made possible and was announced by the words "He is Risen."

Christ's gospel is again on the earth today.  The Lord whom we seek has suddenly come to his temple, and has restored the covenants to the earth long lost.  He is preparing the world for his second coming, and the hearts of the children are turning to the Fathers in preparation for that day.  May we ever engage in that sacred and holy work of bringing souls unto Christ 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 He is not here, by Walter Rane, courtesy of LDS Church

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

"God So Loved the World..."

"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."  (http://bit.ly/12NHwk2) Of this truth the Savior said to Peter "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (http://bit.ly/16y1Yey)

Imagine that! The most powerful, gentle being in the universe came down and suffered for our sins, and did it so that we could be forgiven of our sins, comforted in our trials, and in the end, Redeemed and Resurrected. 

The Savior loves us with a love we cannot comprehend.  He descended below all things so that we may return back to him and our Father in Heaven again with our families.  He will ever be there for us to strengthen us, lift us, and comfort us, and to bind us together in love. 

May we all take the time to pour our hearts out in gratitude to our Father in Heaven for the gift of his only begotten son, and take a moment afterwards to wait for the Lord's response through the spirit.  Take a moment for him to impress upon you just how much he loves you.  He is real and is the source of that love. 

Then, may we love others as the Savior would have us do.

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

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Picture is Well Done by Del Parson

Monday, July 24, 2017

"But if our lives are spared again, to see the Saints their rest obtain..."

Today is the day we commemorate the early saints coming west after the horrible persecution they faced in New York, Missouri, Ohio, and Illinois for just wanting to live the principles of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many of them lived and were willing to die for the Savior they loved so much. May we all be modern-day pioneers and follow their example, and take joy in the words of the Hymn Come, Come ye Saints. 

At the last day, after a life spent in the service of the Savior and others, may we be able to declare with Joy "All is Well"

Come, come, ye saints, no toil nor labor fear;
But with joy wend your way.
Though hard to you this journey may appear,
Grace shall be as your day.
Tis better far for us to strive
Our useless cares from us to drive;
Do this, and joy your hearts will swell -
All is well! All is well!

Why should we mourn or think our lot is hard?
'Tis not so; all is right.
Why should we think to earn a great reward
If we now shun the fight?
Gird up your loins; fresh courage take.
Our God will never us forsake;
And soon we'll have this tale to tell-
All is well! All is well!

We'll find the place which God for us prepared,
Far away, in the West,
Where none shall come to hurt or make afraid;
There the saints, will be blessed.
We'll make the air, with music ring,
Shout praises to our God and King;
Above the rest these words we'll tell -
All is well! All is well!

And should we die before our journey's through,
Happy day! All is well!
We then are free from toil and sorrow, too;
With the just we shall dwell!
But if our lives are spared again
To see the Saints their rest obtain,
Oh, how we'll make this chorus swell-
All is well! All is well!

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 Ever Onward by Joseph Brickey

Saturday, July 22, 2017

"Our Father, Which Art in Heaven..."

The Lord's Prayer, his prayer in the Americas, and our prayers.  No matter how many times I hear it, I am moved by the Lord's Prayer, as it gives an example for us.  He says "Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen." (3 Nephi 13:9-13, also in Matthew 6:9-13).

Additionally, the prayers the Savior prayed in the new world, when he appeared to the peoples of the Americas could not be uttered.  Here is the account:

"And no tongue can speak, neither can there be written by any man, neither can the hearts of men conceive so great and marvelous things as we both saw and heard Jesus speak; and no one can conceive of the joy which filled our souls at the time we heard him pray for us unto the Father." (3 Nephi 17:17)

I often wonder what those pleadings of the heart were, coming from the heart that is the purest of all.  These prayers and more, including the intercessory prayer (Blogpost on it here) stir our souls, and can show us how our prayers can be more meaningful. 

How often are we nourished and fed through our prayers?  We can often feel of the spirit of the Lord as we pour out our hearts and let the Lord know of our pains, our deepest righteous desires, and he will send the spirit to comfort, strengthen, and lift us in our trials.

Some of the most sacred moments I have experienced in life have come through prayer.  I believe that when we pray, if we will pray in Faith, we experience a little bit of "becoming one" with God, as he asked for in the intercessory prayer.  We feel him near, and feel the power of his love, and the love of the Father.   

May we all pray to our Father in Heaven, in the name of Christ, and be able to feel of their love for 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 The Lord's Prayer by Liz Lemon Swindle

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Sacred Life and mission of the Living Savior

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 prophesied 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.

That is just a few parts of what the birth of the Savior means to us. 
To read what a prophet says about Jesus Christ, go to https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2010/04/he-is-risen

His gospel is on the earth again, and to find out more, click here


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

Read the book Jesus The Christ online at https://www.lds.org/manual/jesus-the-christ or get the audio mp3 for free at https://www.lds.org/media-library/audio-interim/jesus-the-christ

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