Saturday, October 21, 2017

How we can feel of the presence of the Anointed One, even Jesus Christ

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

Other scripture says the following of him.  "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).  Jesus Christ is real, and we can feel him near, through the spirit. 

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, most especially in the temple, his holy house.  The Sacred, Holy, Anointed One who is there to comfort us, strengthen us, lift us and to save us.

That presence fills the soul with a feeling of love that calms all fears, comforts all pains, and leaves behind a knowledge that the Savior is real, that he is there to comfort us. And it is available to each of us. 

Each time you feel the spirit, it is a reminder of the reality of Jesus Christ, for that is how it is like to feel of his presence through the veil.  May we all seek after that and be filled with that love that is beyond compare, is my prayer. 

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Friday, October 20, 2017

A Personal testimony of the reality of Jesus Christ, My and Our Personal Savior

I wanted to relate some personal thoughts here, and I pray for the spirit as I do.  And I hope you take the time to read this to the end.  I have had many times to reflect upon the Savior, of his love, and of the scope of his great work upon the earth. 

I believe it is impossible to comprehend with the mortal mind the scope of this great saving work which is going on throughout the world.  But what we can understand is the ability of the Atonement of Christ, through the spirit, to lift, strengthen, and eventually save us. 

As I have taken time to study and reflect upon the Life, Ministry, Atonement, Death, and Resurrection of the Savior, the spirit has impressed upon me more about the level of the love he has for us. I don't have words to describe the incredibly sacred experiences I have had as I have learned through the spirit about Christ.  But this knowledge also comes in other ways. 

As I have gone through sore trials, I have also felt the power of Christ, through the spirit, lift me, help me, and provide comfort to me, as cool water to parched and dried up earth.  The love of God has turned my desolate places into an oasis of life. 

I have never seen Christ in this life, but I can reflect upon sacred times, where I have felt his presence near, and have heard peaceful words of comfort whispered to me through the veil. 

I know Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the World.  I know he is the author of our Salvation.  He inspired Adam, Noah, Moses, Elijah, Isaiah, and countless other Old Testament prophets before his mortal ministry. 

He came to earth, and fulfilled the prophecies he gave to those prophets.  He did the will of the Father in all things, and succored the poor, the downtrodden, healed the sick, and in every way, gave us an example that we might follow.

After the agony of Gethsemane, where he suffered beyond what mortal man is able to bear, he suffered beatings, scourging, the cruelty of the cross, and during this, experienced the cruelty of those mocking him, saying that if he were the Christ to come off the cross.  And his response was "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." He knows what it is like to suffer, to be mocked, and through Gethsemane as well, he understands all of the misery we could ever go through. And he showed us what to do.

He knows what it is like to be alone in misery.  On the cross, as the Father withdrew his spirit, he called out "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani," which is interpreted, "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?"

We are not alone in our trials.  We have a perfect Savior who understands us completely, because he felt it, too. 

The sorrow of the crucifixion did not last though.  3 days later, as reckoned by the Jewish day, he arose from the tomb.  Angels heralded his resurrection, Mary of Magdala saw him, and many other women saw him.  Later, he appeared to the apostles, then to Thomas, and to others who believed on him, including saints in the Americas.

But not many years later, his gospel was lost in apostasy.  Then, in a flood of light, a new dispensation was born, with all of the blessings of previous dispensations.  The prophecies of Old Testament, New Testament, and Book of Mormon Prophets were being fulfilled again, and a knowledge of Christ began filling the earth again in preparation for his second coming. And yet the salvation he offers is intensely personal, unique to each of us. 

The more I study about the Savior, through scripture and through the words of living prophets, and the more I serve others, the more I am convinced, through the spirit, that he is real, that he still works for our salvation. 

I've blogged before that Christ's invitation to come unto him is a plea.  He has felt all of our trials, sins, and everything we could ever face.  He knows that without him, we will have to suffer.  He pleads with us to come unto him, because his greatest desire is to lift our burdens.

I believe that when he was in the garden of Gethsemane, and was suffering "nigh unto death," that one thing that kept him going through all that misery, was thinking that this suffering would one day enable him to understand us, and to lift us again.  So that we wouldn't have to suffer as he did.  He suffered because he loves us. 

Some of the sweetest experiences I have had in my life include at the end of trials, when I was at the end of my rope, and ready to sink into despair, I called out in prayer, and felt the sweet peace of the spirit lift me, comfort me, and heal me of the spiritual pains and suffering I was feeling.

We go through such difficult trials sometimes that we are left empty. But as we turn to the Lord, he will fill our cups full to overflowing, and as the scripture says, pressed down in full measure. He went through all things so he would know how to comfort us in trials. And I am grateful for God, who in my trials, fills my empty and bitter cup with his love.

My greatest hope and prayer is that all people might come unto Christ, and in him find the rest he has promised.  I know that if you will devote your lives to him, and to following him, you will experience that peace that surpasses all, and most of all, you will know that he lives, and that he is real. 

That we may all do that, is my prayer. 

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

We help him when we help others. We help Him

We are told in scripture that Christ went about doing good, and healed the sick, the lame, the infirm, cast out devils, and many other miracles that showed the love that was in him. He healed them all.  

We also read at these same times the Pharisees and Sadducees saying he did these things by the power of the Devil (Matthew 12:24), and saying he broke the sabbath by healing on the Sabbath day (Luke 14:3), and many other things that today seem ridiculous.  They were so focused on the law they couldn't see that he was lifting and strengthening others.

Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, and he loves all of us. He gave the perfect example, and he now knows which of his children need help.  So he he calls us to lift and strengthen others, both in scripture, and through Modern Revelation.  Our prophet has said:

"today there are hearts to gladden, there are deeds to be done—even precious souls to save. The sick, the weary, the hungry, the cold, the injured, the lonely, the aged, the wanderer—all cry out for our help." (Your Jericho Road, Ensign Feb 1989)

We need to be about the work of lifting and strengthening others.  Each of us has a unique gift, given us by the Lord, that we can use to lift and strengthen others.  For that is what the Lord would have us do.  It is what he would do if he were here, and what he still does. 

President Monson has also echoed this when he said "we are the Lord's hands on earth, with a mandate to serve and lift his children" (What have I done today, October 2009 General Conference)

The sweetest part of this is that we feel the Lord near when we do serve others, through the spirit.  The Savior already bore our burdens, and the only burden he has now is knowing which of his children need help. As we lift others burdens, he is aware of that, and blesses us.  He is grateful to us for helping one of his children, and blesses both with the spirit.  In a sense, we team with him to lift others. 

President Eyring echoed this when he said, "when we reach out to succor others, the Savior feels as if we reached out to succor him."  (April 2015 General Conference) We also have the Savior's own words; "inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me" (Matthew 25:40). 

We help him when we help others.  We help Him. 


May we ever do as the Savior did, here on earth, and lift and strengthen others. As we do we will feel the sweet peace of the spirit, that peace that surpasses all.  That we may ever do that is my prayer. 

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

"feel of the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet" Ancient and Modern-Day

In the old world, the Savior, when appearing to the apostles, beckoned them to feel of the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet, saying "Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have." (Luke 24:39)

Then, in the Book of Mormon he appeared and said to them "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." (3 Nephi 11:14)

And in our modern day, Christ appeared to Joseph Smith multiple times, even as he was with other preople. 

Additionally, we have accounts by Apostles and Prophets, such as Elder Melvin J Ballard, accounts where they felt the prints in the Savior's hands and feet as well.

The Same Jesus Christ who appeared to his apostles in the old world appeared to people in the new world, and have again appeared to prophets in our day.

As this great latter-day work unfolds, we can look forward to the day when he will appear again, for as Revelation 1:7 says:

"Behold, he cometh with clouds;(JST with all the angels of heaven) and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him"

May we ever know that Christ is real, follow him, and look forward to that time when he comes again.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

How to have the Joy of Christ in our lives

The word joy appears in over 300 verses in scripture, so it would appear that the Lord wants us to have Joy, and in those verses, shows us how to have joy.

John 15:9-11 tells us how we can have that joy; "As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full."

So when we keep the commandments, the joy of God will remain in us.  It stands to reason that as the perfectly obedient son, Jesus Christ, is the embodiment of having a fulness of Joy. 

We also know that Ammon, in the Book of Mormon, several times was so overcome with joy that it exhausted his strength.  The question is asked of us as follows:

"Now the joy of Ammon was so great even that he was full; yea, he was swallowed up in the joy of his God...Now was not this exceeding joy? Behold, this is joy which none receiveth save it be the truly penitent and humble seeker of happiness." (Alma 27:17-18)

Ammon did the will of the Lord in all things after his conversion, and sought the joy of the Lord.  Are we obedient, and do we follow the will of the Lord and serve others so that we may have the Joy of the Savior to be with us?

As we do, we will experience that joy beyond compare, the true joy of the Lord.  There is nothing so sweet as that is. 

That we may ever do so, I pray. 

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Monday, October 16, 2017

"And being in agony he prayed more earnestly..." so he could redeem and comfort us

In the Garden of Gethsemane (and later on the cross), the Savior took upon him our sins, trials, pain, and suffering so that we could turn to him in our trials and sins, and be comforted and forgiven.  It also allows the Savior to redeem us in the end.  I hope you take the time to read all of this.  First, we read the following biblical account;

"And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,

Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.

And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow" (Luke 22:41-45). 


We also have Modern Revelation, where the Savior himself spoke of Gethsemane and how it applies to us as follows:

"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—

Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men" (D&C 19:16, 18-19).

Apostles and prophets have testified of the truth of this, and I add my testimony to theirs, that Christ suffered for our sins, and our infirmities, so that we would not have to suffer.  We would not be able to bear it. 

Medical Journals have recorded cases where people who bled from their pores died.  Which means that Christ used the Godhood in him to go beyond what mortal man is able to bear, and he did it just to suffer more, as he continued to do in the garden and on the cross. If he were human, he would have died, but he used his power as the Great High Priest to sustain his life, only to suffer more. 

If he only had to do it for one person's sins, and that person was you, he would have done it.  And because he went through it, not only can he forgive sins, but he can now lift our burdens, comfort us in our trials, and succor us as we come unto him and find rest, as his invitation in scripture is (Matthew 11:28, others).

There is more scripture that says he could comfort us in our infirmities, as Isaiah, Matthew, and Alma record, that he took upon him our infirmities, that he might be filled with mercy, and would be able to succor us in our infirmities. 

So not just our sins, but he has power to strengthen us in our trials, to comfort stricken hearts, and lift us when it seems we have no strength to go on. 

And in the end, he will redeem us, and will take us to a place where, as Elder Wirthlin and countless prophets have commented on, life in our prime, no disease, no sadness, no pain or sorrow, and he will wipe all tears from our eyes, as the Revelator said in Revelations 21:4.

This will be the ultimate comfort he gives us. I marvel at the Love Christ has for each of us.  We do not have the ability to comprehend that love, but we can feel it as we turn to God in prayer, in the name of Christ, and as we study of him in the scriptures, and selflessly serve others.  I love Christ with all of my heart, and hope and pray that each of us might come unto Christ, and get to know him on in a deeply personal way, and feel of his love.  For he is our only hope and salvation.  Then, may we share that love with others.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

"as ye have done it unto the least of these...ye have done it unto me"

In this picture, we see the Savior seeking to lift and comfort a little child. Little children love the Savior completely, and the Savior seeks to help and lift them. 

How do we help lift others, and Love God?  In Mark 12:30 the Savior says the following of the most important laws of the Gospel:

"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment."

He follows with the second great commandment "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these."

How well do we live these commandments?  Do we give our whole souls to the Lord, holding nothing back? 

Psalms echoes this promise "Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart."

Also, do we seek to serve others through a kind word or deed, do we seek to lift others in whatever way we can?

There is no sweeter blessing in life than giving our lives for the work of the Lord.  Putting aside the movies and Television, and instead, using our creativity and prayers to find more ways to serve the Lord, and to serve others. 

If we determine to do that, ways to serve the Lord and serve others will come to us as we pray and ponder the scriptures, and seek him out in prayer.  We may decide to join an online support group to help support others going through hard times.  We may decide to share the gospel with others.  We may decide to spend more time at the temple.  There are a million other things we can do, but as we leave behind the things of this world, the spirit will impress upon us ways that we can help.

Remember the scripture that says "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matthew 25:40). 

President Eyring has echoed this when he said "When we reach out to succor anyone, the Savior feels as if we had reached out to succor him."

I promise you if you will give your lives to the Savior, and seek to do his will, you will see miracles happen in your life.  You will see his hand working for you and for others.

But most important, you will feel of his love for you as you team with him to help others.  And you will come to know Christ.  You will come to know of his reality. And will be able to feel of his love. 

The only greater joy will be when, at the last day, you embrace him, and enter his kingdom, having done his will.  What joy will enter our hearts at that time. 

May we ever Love God and serve others is my prayer.  Then we, like the child in the picture, may feel of the presence of the Savior again. 

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Do you have trials? "I testify to you in the name of the one who conquered death..."

What happens when trials threaten to overcome us?  How can we continue when times get so hard we sometimes feel like giving up?

Elder Wirthlin, someone who knew about trials,  gave a comforting talk some time ago about the Friday of the Crucifixion giving way to the glorious light of the Sunday of the Resurrection, and how it relates to us and our own trials.  That we aren't alone, and can be comforted.  Here is just a bit of what he said:

"I think of how dark that Friday was when Christ was lifted up on the cross.

On that terrible Friday the earth shook and grew dark. Frightful storms lashed at the earth....

On that Friday the Savior of mankind was humiliated and bruised, abused and reviled.

It was a Friday filled with devastating, consuming sorrow that gnawed at the souls of those who loved and honored the Son of God.

I think that of all the days since the beginning of this world’s history, that Friday was the darkest.

But the doom of that day did not endure.

The despair did not linger because on Sunday, the resurrected Lord burst the bonds of death. He ascended from the grave and appeared gloriously triumphant as the Savior of all mankind.

And in an instant the eyes that had been filled with ever-flowing tears dried. The lips that had whispered prayers of distress and grief now filled the air with wondrous praise, for Jesus the Christ, the Son of the living God, stood before them as the firstfruits of the Resurrection, the proof that death is merely the beginning of a new and wondrous existence.

Each of us will have our own Fridays—those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces. We all will experience those broken times when it seems we can never be put together again. We will all have our Fridays.

But I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death—Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow, Sunday will come.

No matter our desperation, no matter our grief, Sunday will come. In this life or the next, Sunday will come." (Sunday will come, October 2006 General Conference)

I add my testimony to Elder Wirthlins that the Savior can lift and comfort us through the spirit as we turn to him, and even during those times it feels like he is far away, he isn't. 

He can relate to all of the pains you could ever feel, because he felt them, too.  You are not alone in your trials and hardships.  He is there.  At a future day, you will be able to embrace him and you will know then that he has lifted you and has strengthened you, and your heart will be full of gratitude at that time as your heart is healed.

That we may ever have Faith in the Savior is my prayer.

You can watch a short Mormon Message with clips from the talk below


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

The power of prayer to lift our souls to heaven

Do we avail ourselves of the power of prayer?  It is our way of communing with our maker, who hears the silent pleadings of our heart, and will answer our prayers.  I want to relate some experience I have had with prayer, but first, scripture says the following of prayer:

"let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever.

Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day" (Alma 37:36-37). 


What peaceful promises. Do we regularly pour out our hearts to the Lord, and during the day, are out hearts full, and "drawn out in prayer unto him continually?" (Alma 34:27).  Indeed much of Alma 34 is devoted to how important prayer to our Father in Heaven is, in the name of Christ. 

Some of the best moments I have had, have come when I received the sweet peace of the spirit as an answer to a prayer.  Whether in trials, or in good times, it has been a calm peace as a drink of cool water to a parched soul, this Living Water (John 4:15).  It's peace fills us with joy, peace, and quiet answers to the silent pleadings of the heart. It fills us with the love of God, and helps us become one with the Father, as the Savior prayed for in the intercessory prayer (John 17:20-23).

May we ever pour out our hearts to the Lord, and he can and will answer our prayers in his own due time.  And may we pray often, and our hearts be drawn out in prayer all the day long, that we may be blessed from on high.

May we ever pour our hearts out to the Father, in the name of Christ, and find rest, is my prayer.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

"Come unto me..." Christ's Plea to find rest in him

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." 

Haven't we all at times in our lives been burdened or in the middle of trials, and longed for rest?  Have we earnestly sought the Savior out to find his rest and comfort?  He pleads with us to. 

To better understand the depth of these words, Come unto me, Elder Talmage in Jesus The Christ calls this invitation Christ's  "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 afflictions, and longs to lift them. For he took them upon him in the Garden and on the cross.  Matthew records that Christ "took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses" (Matthew 8:17).


And so, having overcome all, 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.

Some of the most comforting moments in my life have been when I was overwhelmed with trials, and I poured out my heart in prayer to the Father, in the name of Christ.  The sweet peace that came into my life comforted me, strengthened me, and lifted me.

If that is what heaven feels like, I would give anything just to live worthy to be there, and to be able to have that comfort in this life as well.  When you feel that, it changes you, and you gladly follow the Savior's invitation to come unto him. 

May we ever Come unto Him, and feel of his love and comfort, is my prayer.  And may we do it every day of our lives, so that we may return to his presence and the presence of the Father again with our families. 

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Christ is the head of the church-Can we not go to him to find out the truth of all things?

I saw a message board the other day, and there was a discussion about whether or not the Prophet can lead us astray, and I wanted to share my response here. Many have these questions, and many years ago, I struggled with these same questions. There is a way to resolve them that brings you closer to Christ, which is the goal of the Church.   

I do not mean to say that people can't have questions with this first "solution," so please do not take it that way.  It is good to have questions, and this is one way to resolve those questions.  I hope you take the time to read this to the end. 

The first response I have is Devote your lives to Christ, as the apostles and Prophets have, for many many years. Put aside your tv and movies, and popular music, and focus entirely on trying to engage somewhere in the mission of the church, through missionary work, temple work and family history, or strengthening and lifting others, and other members.  I really mean we should do this to find answers.

I believe a person has to have devoted their lives to Christ and the mission of the gospel as the General Authorities have, have attended the temple as long as they have, have devoted themselves to a study of the scriptures as long as they have, and done everything they could to devote themselves to Christ for as long as they have before we will fully understand them. And in doing so, we will come closer to Christ, who can answer our questions.

The more I find out about Christ, the more convinced I am that the Brethren are inspired, and if they have made mistakes, it doesn't matter, because they are still chosen by God to be his mouthpiece.  My questions have been swallowed up by the overwhelming witness of the spirit given to me that Christ is at the head of the church.

This is the next part.  Christ is the head of the Church.  First some scriptures, then the conclusion.  Colossians 1:18 says the following;

"And he [Christ] is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence."

We also see this same doctrine taught in the Book of Mormon, where Moroni teaches about baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and speaks of enduring to the end, "relying alone upon the merits of Christ, who was the author and the finisher of their faith," and then goes on to speak of the physical church, putting this in context. (Moroni 6:4)

Then we have this echoed in modern revelation, where the Lord says, speaking about the church says "And verily, verily, I say unto you, that this church have I established and called forth out of the wilderness." (Doctrine & Covenants 33:5)

Christ is the head of the church.  Can we not ask the Father in his name to find out the truth of things, as Joseph Smith did?

Have we taken the well known passage in James literally, and asked of God?  And have we diligently studied in the scriptures or the Topical Guide, or lds.org or the Gospel Library Mobile App to find either the answers to our questions, or the calm assurance of the spirit that God is still at the head of the church?  

Have we followed the Advice of President Nelson who said the Lord loves to teach us in his temple?  Have we taken our questions to the temple? Have we gone to the temple to ask the Lord to let us know that he is still at the head of this work? We are told the Lord's presence will be there in the temple.  Do we ask of God in perfect faith?

In the process, do we study deeply the scriptures, and strengthen our testimony of and relationship with Christ even when we don't have all the answers?

This process of finding out takes a lot longer, and requires more patience, but the answers will come, and they will come in a way that strengthens your faith, and will help you have that rock hard testimony that is a strength to others. 

And it will lead you in a path directly back to Christ, the "Author and Finisher of our Faith."

And that is the purpose of this Church.  To lead you back to Christ.  I testify that as we will follow these steps, we will have the calm assurance that the Church is true, that even though our leaders are fallible, that Christ is still at the head of the Church. 

More importantly, we will share a relationship with Christ that will give us the understanding we need.  That we might come to know Christ, and have that testimony of the divinity of this work, and that this is his church, is my prayer. 

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

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Picture is Touched by the Scriptures by Jon McNaughton

Monday, October 9, 2017

The depth of Christ's compassion and mercy for you

Elder Holland has quoted Psalms 136:1 relative to Christ where it says "his mercy endureth for ever."

Psalms also says that the Lord is "ready to forgive and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon [him]." (Psalms 86:5).

Indeed scripture, and especially the Psalms is replete with references to the Lord being merciful.  There is more...

Mercy and compassion are almost the same.  The prophet Micah has said "he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea." (Micah 7:19)

Lamentations further says that "his compassions fail not." (Lamentations 3:22). 

What wonderful words, that he takes our sins upon him because of his compassion, and that compassion lasts forever, so long as we call upon him, and repent and come unto him. 

As we look at the Savior's life, we see compassion being perfected in him.  In all things he had compassion on others, healing the sick, comforting the downtrodden, and finally, atoning for our sins, sacrificing himself so he could show mercy to us. 

This is the ultimate act of mercy. 

He is alive today, and through the spirit, continues to show mercy to all who will come unto him.  He lifts, strengthens, heals, comforts, and in all ways, still shows compassion and mercy.

And in the end, if we come unto him, he will save us, and exalt us, to dwell with him in his presence and the presence of the Father together with our families. 

What a wonderful promise from our Merciful Savior.  Please, with all my heart, come unto him.  Devote yourselves to him.  Let him heal and comfort you and even though you still may have trials, he will comfort you in them, for he is merciful and has compassion and understands all who come unto him. 

May we ever do that, is my prayer.

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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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Christ understands our deepest pains personally, and can comfort and lift us

When we go through trials, do we realize that Christ knows everything we could ever go through?  That he can comfort, lift, and save us?  This is because he knows our pain personally.  Isaiah says

"He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted." (Isaiah 53:3-4)

We look at his life and ministry.  Many people followed him, but many people also mocked him, tried to kill him, and he kept having to confound the chief priests and rabbis, who wanted him gone. 
Then, after the Last Supper, he went through the pain of Gethsemane, which modern scripture describes in Christ's own words

"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—" (Doctrine & Covenants 19:18)

He faced everything alone, his apostles sleeping while he was in agony.  So severe it was that as he bled great drops of blood, an angel had to strengthen him. 

Afterwards, betrayed by one of his own, he was led to mocking, spitting, hitting from the Chief Priests, mocking and flogging from the Roman Soldiers, and crucifixion to satisfy the demands of the mob. 

Christ was dying for the sins of those who would crucify him. 

On the cross, he cried out "My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me"  He knew what it was like to feel alone, forsaken, lost, and brokenhearted.

Who has not felt alone, full of sorrow, at the end of our rope, desperate in our misery?  We are not alone.  He is there, even if sometimes it feels like he is far away.  He isn't far away.  We are not alone.  

He is someone who understands our deepest sorrows, the things we do not talk about.  He understands perfectly because, as scripture says, "The Son of Man hath descended below them all" (Doctrine and Covenants 121:8)

And he did it so he could comfort us, strengthen us, forgive us, and redeem us.  He is a God who knows the depths we sink to and can lift and strengthen us in all we do.

That we may come unto him is my prayer.  And may we know that we are not alone in our trials. 

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

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Picture is I will give you rest, by Yongsung Kim Available at Repartee Gallery

Friday, October 6, 2017

Do we come unto Christ, and his gospel, the only way back home?

The Promised Messiah is the only way we can return to the presence of God.  Nephi states the following:

"Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth.

Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered."

Nephi goes on further:

"Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise.

Wherefore, he is the firstfruits unto God, inasmuch as he shall make intercession for all the children of men; and they that believe in him shall be saved" (2 Nephi 2:6-9).


This message has to get to everyone.  Christ will intercede for all of us who come unto him, at the throne of the Father, having taken upon himself our sins, having paid the price for our iniquities.  By so doing, he is able to ransom us and to save us so we may repent and return to the presence of God together with our families forever.

He loves us with a love that is perfected through trial and pain.  Mothers know how their love for their children is perfected through their pain in childbirth.  How much greater is the love the Savior has for us?  He suffered even until death, and freely gave his life for us, for as he said in the Good Shepherd discourse, "no man taketh it, but I lay it down of myself" (John 10:18)

May we ever be grateful for our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith, and the Savior of all the earth who come unto him and repent.

That we all may come unto him and his restored gospel, and everything it has to offer is my prayer. 

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 Come Follow Me by Yongsung Kim

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Elder Hales's last testimony-he who was returning to the Presence of God was teaching us how

This is Elder Robert D Hales last testimony.  He would have given it himself, but instead it was read by Elder Neal L Anderson, a fellow member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. If you get the chance, his whole talk was memorable;

“When we choose to have faith, we are prepared to stand in the presence of God. After the Savior’s crucifixion, He appeared only to those who had been faithful in the testimony of Him while they lived in mortality. Those who rejected the testimonies of the prophets could not behold the Savior’s presence nor look upon his face. Our faith prepares us to be in the presence of God.” 


What fitting last words.  He who endured to the end, who was about to return back to the presence of God, was teaching us how we could be there, too, if we but endure to the end.  May we ever follow them, believe in Christ, and in the end, behold his presence. 

-Elder Robert D Hales (1932-2017) funeral will be streamed live on lds.org Friday October 6th at 11 am MDT.   For more on Elder Hales, you can see the announcement on Mormon Newsroom.  Picture courtesy of them. 

"This Good Shepherd, who lays down his life for the sheep"

The Savior is called the good shepherd.  It's interesting to note that there are differences between shepherds here in America, and Shepherds in the Old World. 

Here, sheep are driven by the shepherds.  In the Old World, and in the time of Christ, the sheep followed the Shepherd, and often the shepherd knew each sheep by name.  Where he would lead, the sheep would follow.  The shepherd would be responsible for driving away predators and protecting the sheep.  

This gives added meaning to the following words spoken by the Savior "I am the good shepherd and know my sheep and am known of mine...and I lay down my life for the sheep" (John 10).  We are his sheep, and we do need protecting from the enemy of our souls.  

What a perfect analogy for the Savior of the world.  Not one of us goes unnoticed, and we are redeemed through the sacrifice of the Shepherd.  As our prophet has said, God is in the details of our lives, and so he is.  He is the Good Shepherd.

But there was more to it than that.  In psalms 23 and also psalm 80, and in Isaiah as well, it speaks of Christ as the Shepherd.  

So the Jews knew he was saying he was Christ when he said that he was the Good Shepherd.  And when the Jews heard Christ speak these words, the following was their response

"And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?"

So Christ knows what it means to be rejected, mocked, and ridiculed.  

This analogy of the Shepherd comes up later, as Christ is about to accomplish his atonement, death and resurrection.  The Savior quotes Zechariah, 13:7 and says that The Shepherd will be Smitten, and the sheep scattered.  

As indeed he was, even though in the words of John 10 he states that no one takes his life away from him, he lays it down of himself. But with the words he is risen, we learn he took it up again.   

He knows our pains, trials, and afflictions, and knows what we face.  The Good Shepherd is true to the end and his sacrifice redeems us for the eternities.  

He watches over us to help to comfort us in our trials. He lifts, strengthens us, and comforts us in all that we go through. 

That we would come unto the Good Shepherd, no matter what we may face in this world, is my prayer.  I love him with all of my heart, for he is my shepherd, the one who watches over me and protects me, as he does with all, in some way or another. 

Here is a video portraying Christ declaring himself as the Good Shepherd

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

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Picture is The Lord is my Shepherd by Simon Dewey available at Altus Fine Art.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Who the Savior, Jesus Christ is, in his own words

Do we know who the Savior is?  There are many places in the scriptures where he answers that, and here is just one place of many.  Read his words just before he appeared to the people of the Americas after his Resurrection:

"Behold, I am Jesus Christ the Son of God. I created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are. I was with the Father from the beginning. I am in the Father, and the Father in me; and in me hath the Father glorified his name.

I came unto my own, and my own received me not. And the scriptures concerning my coming are fulfilled.

And as many as have received me, to them have I given to become the sons of God; and even so will I to as many as shall believe on my name, for behold, by me redemption cometh, and in me is the law of Moses fulfilled.

I am the light and the life of the world. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. (3 Nephi 9:15-18)

May we ever know that God is above all, and can comfort us in out time of need, is my prayer. 

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 The Ascension by Brian Jekel

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Christ is the Light of The World, and gives that Light to us

The Lord is the light of the world.  In this picture, we see a light coming from the sun, there as the Son of God is sitting with children, looking over Galilee, and indeed over creation. 

The Savior referred to himself as the Light of the World many times, including the following;

"I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." (John 8:12).

The light illuminates all it touches, and it emanates from the Savior.  He also said "I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness." (John 12:46)

Do we understand the import of those statements?  He is the source of all light in the world, and as we follow him, we will have that light in our lives.

If we have the light of the world, the light that comes from Christ, we are told in Modern Revelation that a body filled with light comprehendeth all things (Doctrine and Covenants 88:67). 

As the source of light, the Savior comprehendeth all things, from before the beginning of time into the eternities and beyond. 

And if we believe and follow him, as the scriptures say, we can comprehend all things, even as Christ does.  And we can be filled with the light that comes from him, and from the presence of the Father.

What a glorious promise.  That we may come unto Christ, and follow him, and that we may be filled with his light, is my prayer. 

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

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Picture is Men of Galilee by Simon Dewey available at Altus Fine Art

Monday, October 2, 2017

King Benjamin's Testimony of the Mission and Divinity of Jesus Christ

King Benjamin said the following words about the coming of Christ: 
"And lo, he cometh unto his own, that salvation might come unto the children of men even through faith on his name; and even after all this they shall consider him a man, and say that he hath a devil, and shall scourge him, and shall crucify him.

And he shall rise the third day from the dead; and behold, he standeth to judge the world; and behold, all these things are done that a righteous judgment might come upon the children of men" (Mosiah 3:9-10).
This prophet on the American Continent was told of Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the World more than 100 years before his birth.  And that only through him comes salvation.  He further continues;
"But wo, wo unto him who knoweth that he rebelleth against God! For salvation cometh to none such except it be through repentance and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ" (Mosiah 3:12). 
He reiterates it later on;
"And moreover, I say unto you, that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent. (Mosiah 3:17)
King Benjamin then says that he had spoken the words which the Lord commanded him to speak unto the people.  God, in his infinite foreknowledge, knew that these words would come to the world, to support the words of the Bible as another testament that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of all.

We know this because King Benjamin also testified that he saw this day, and knew his words would come forth:

"And moreover, I say unto you, that the time shall come when the knowledge of a Savior shall spread throughout every nation, kindred, tongue, and people.

And behold, when that time cometh, none shall be found blameless before God, except it be little children, only through repentance and faith on the name of the Lord God Omnipotent." (Mosiah 3:20-21). 
King Benjamin is one of the many prophets, ancient and Modern, who gave his voice in testimony of Jesus Christ, and of his gospel of Repentance.  He saw in vision our day, and the coming forth of the Book in which he testified, the Book of Mormon.  We are the priceless recipients of this incredible book which testifies of Christ, together with the Bible and other standard works. 

I pray that we may study and ponder the words of Christ in the scriptures, and come unto him with faith and repentance, and follow his example in all things.  And do this so we may return to him and our heavenly parents, together with our families, ancestors, and posterity to come.

I add my testimony that only through Christ can we be saved.  He has the power to redeem, to forgive sins, and invites us to come follow him, and to follow his example.  There is no greater joy in life than following him, and giving our lives to him.  If we do that, we will be able to feel of his love in our lives. 

That we may ever come unto Christ, is my prayer.  This post is not all of what King Benjamin said.  I had another blog post about his teachings, or you can read his address in its entirety in Chapter 2-5 of the book of Mosiah.  

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

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

President Monson and Elder Holland @ #LDSConf "Sending a personal prophetic epistle just to you"

I testify that servants of the Lord Jesus Christ during conference will testify to us of him, of his plan, and of our part in it.  We will be able to feel the spirit speak to our hearts as we listen to the words of these men and women.  

Conference is a time for personal revelation. If we prepare for Conference prayerfully, then watch or listen to sessions, we will find in it a personal epistle just to us, either through the speakers or through the spirit. It will turn our hearts towards heaven. 

Brethren, the Priesthood Session of Conference is tonight at 6 PM MDT.  Please make the committment, if you can, to attend and listen to the inspired guidance of our priesthood leaders as they encourage us to do our duty as Sons of God.  

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

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

If you are tweeting on twitter, use the hashtag #ldsconf to join church members on twitter tweeting highlights of the conference.  

To get you ready for conference, watch this 4 minute talk from President Monson from a previous conference.

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

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

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Friday, September 29, 2017

How we are able to hear the Prophet's voice when he isn't attending Conference

The Church has stated that at this Conference, President Monson will not attend due to limitations related to age.  I like many others, are saddened by this. 

He will be sorely missed by all of the membership of the Church.  I remember so many times when he has spoken where the spirit has borne witness of the truth of his words, and of his divine commission as a Prophet of God. 

However, some of us may remember times when the Prophet has been unable to attend Conference.  For example there was a time when President Benson was unable to be at many conferences in a row, due to conditions related to age. 

When this happens, the Prophet has the ability to assign things to other leaders, so that they may give the revelation that the prophet would normally give.  This is done by divine assignment.  So do not worry, The Lord is directing his work, and through this process, he will make his words known to the membership of the Church. 

So attend or watch Conference.  Prepare and Pray for revelation, for it still will come.  The Lord is at the head of this great work, and even though we will miss the Prophet, the Lord still can touch our lives. 

Now there is one more thing to do in between sessions to get inspiration from President Monson.  We can study his previous General Conference talks as prophet.  President Monson has spoken about pretty much every topic in the church, and as we will read and reread the General Conference addresses he has given, we will be able to feel the spirit confirm again to our hearts the truth of words he has spoken in the past. 

Perhaps he doesn't need to speak at this Conference because he already has.  We just need to Study his Conference Talks. 

You may click here to find a collection of his General Conference addresses, and as you click into each one, there is both text and video available, as well as pdf and mp3 download.  You can also find them using the Gospel Library Mobile App.  I recommend them, as you will be inspired again by his words. 


Now if you don't have a whole lot of time, my friend Ben Arkell at Mormon Light just posted something with 15 Short Messages from President Monson.

I hope and pray that this Conference, we do not miss out on the messages that will be given, and I hope we do not miss out on the rich messages that already have been given by President Monson.  My hope and prayer this Conference time is that we may be enriched by both.  


Conference may be viewed on BYUTV, through your local Cable Provider, or online at lds.org

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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Prepare for #LDSConf -Elder Holland: "heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever"

This weekend, Apostles and Prophets will testify of Christ and his Gospel at Conference.  It will bring us closer to Christ, and will help us better understand our part in God's plan for us.  For he loves us and longs to bless us.  

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

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

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

If you are tweeting on twitter, use the hashtag #ldsconf to join church members on twitter tweeting highlights of the conference.

Now Enjoy this talk by Elder Holland from a previous conference

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

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

How do Church Leaders prepare for #LDSConf and how should we? (with video)

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

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

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

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

May we all prayerfully prepare for Conference, so that we will be ready to follow the words and impressions of the spirit that come to us.  For if we prayerfully watch or listen, we will be lifted, strengthened, and will have our questions answered. 

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

To help prepare for Conference, watch this 4 minute video of President Monson's talk from a previous conference

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

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

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

If you are tweeting on twitter, use the hashtag #ldsconf to join church members on twitter tweeting highlights of the conference.

Here is a minute long video-an invitation to Conference. Dates are wrong, but the message is an invitation to all to come learn of Christ.

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

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

Picture courtesy of http://www.mormonnewsroom.org