Saturday, April 29, 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.  

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Are we as little children, so we can return to the presence of God?

How many who have asked a little child to do something have seen how trusting and innocent they are?  And the questions they ask are sweet and pure.  Though they may grumble a bit, they often are obedient to their parents wishes.

No doubt the Savior loved being around children, for he whose mind was pure, loved those pure minded children who were so easy to recognize who he was, and wanted to obey him.  

Many of us have heard the scripture that we are to become as little children, or we cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven.  These qualities of young children can help us to return to the presence of the Father and our Savior Jesus Christ.  

Are we true disciples?  Do we obey the commands of the Lord?  when we learn something in church or reading the scripture, do we obey, or do we find some way to excuse our behavior? 

Children get excited and go and do.  They get excited when new things are presented to them, and they naturally have the spirit telling them that they can do anything they set their minds and hearts to. 

when we learn something new from the scriptures, do we pray about it, and then set about excitedly to change our lives to become more like our Father in Heaven?  Do we do as little children?

Do we let virtue garnish our thoughts unceasingly, so that our confidence may wax strong in the presence of God?  Little children are like that normally.  

There are little ways that we can just change,  and as President Hinckley said, small hinges can turn big doors.  

Remember that none of this is possible without the atonement of Jesus Christ.  And because he has the power to redeem us, He will give us everything we need to become more like little children and more like him if we will humble ourselves.  

Do we pray to become more like the Savior, to become more trusting and obedient?  Is it possible for the Lord to help us on our path?

I promise you he will, and will help each of us, and he won't give us more than we can handle without him to help us through it.  

I testify that as we seek to become more like our Father in Heaven, and seek to become more like little children, he can and will help us, and we will experience a joy beyond compare. 

That we may ever trust the Savior, as little children, and return back to his safe embrace, is my prayer. 

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

"I am the Good Shepherd...I lay down my 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 they 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.  

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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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Christ understands our deepest pains, and can comfort us

When we go through trials, do we realize that Christ knows everything we could ever go through?  Pictures are not perfect, but this one reminds me of the fact that Christ understands us perfectly.  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)

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.  

Finally, he went through the pain of gethsemane, which modern scripture tells us 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 badly that an angel had to strengthen him.  

Afterwards, betrayed by one of his own, he we 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.  

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."

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.  

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

"Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace"

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

Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this." (Isaiah 9:6-7)

the Government of Mercy is here.  The Lord is merciful unto ALL that come unto him in faith.  He will strengthen us, lift us, and in the end, redeem us as we are able to enter into his kingdom, to dwell with him and the Father forever with our families.  That is his government that has no end, and it can be ours as well.  

May we ever follow him, seek him out, this mighty God, this Prince of Peace.  May we devote our lives to him, so that we may have this supernal blessing is my prayer.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Redemption is only through Jesus Christ, the Holy Messiah

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.

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).

He will intercede for us at the throne of the Father, having taken upon himself our sins, having paid the price for our iniquities, and in so doing, being able to ransom us and to save us so we repent and return to the presence of the Father and the Son 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, for he suffered "even until death." and freely gave his life for us, for as he said "no man taketh it, but I lay it down of myself." 

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 is my prayer.  

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

"his mercy endureth for ever"

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.  It's good to look up those references. 

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.  

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. 

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Are we, like Peter, willing to cast down our "nets?"

This was the event that started the Calling of the Apostles.  Simon Peter had come in from fishing, and the Savior went in his ship and taught the people on the shore from the ship.  Then the following:

"Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.

And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.

And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.

And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.

When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.

For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:

And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.

And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him" (Luke 5:3-11).

Something must have touched Peter as the Savior taught the people before he asked Peter to go back out.  

Do we have that kind of faith?  His reality was he toiled all night, was undoubtedly tired, but at the Savior's request, went out "into the deep" and made a huge catch.

How well do we trust the Lord when he gives us commandments?  Even when trials get sore, do we still trust in the Lord? That it will work for our good?

If we do, our eternal catch will be greater than we can imagine, and we will have the blessings of the Lord here.  

May we ever do that, is my prayer.  

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

How Isaiah 53 can draw you closer to Christ

"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.

But 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...

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. "(Isaiah chapter 53, a few verses omitted)

My hope is that as you read, that you gained a greater love for the Savior.  He knows what we go through, the pains we feel, and longs to lift them.  

He knew that we would have pain, trials, and sadness in this life, but because of his sufferings, we can be delivered from it as we turn to him and follow him.  

May we ever do that.  

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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

Do we know who the Savior is?  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. 

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Light of the world, of everlasting life

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the World, has merciful power over all

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

I, having accomplished and finished the will of him whose I am, even the Father, concerning me—having done this that I might subdue all things unto myself—

Retaining all power, even to the destroying of Satan and his works at the end of the world, and the last great day of judgment, which I shall pass upon the inhabitants thereof, judging every man according to his works and the deeds which he hath done" (D&C 19:1-3).

Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the World, has won the victory over sin and death.  He who is most merciful will be our Judge and advocate with the Father if we will repent and come unto him.

All things upon the face of the earth are subject unto him, and through him, we may have power over this earth, and like him, will have the salvation reserved for those who have overcome the world through Christ.

May we be able to say at the last day be able to say we have accomplished the will of the Father for us in all things, is my prayer.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

He Is Risen and lives today! A message for the world

How wonderful are the words "He is not here: for he is risen" The Prophet Joseph Smith said, “And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives! “For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God” (D&C 76:22–24).

Oh those words that He is Risen!  Those words are the declaration of our Savior's triumph over sin and death.  And how wonderful is it that he has appeared to men again in this dispensation, to Joseph Smith and others, and to countless apostles and prophets in our day, who lead and guide his church.  

Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, the Savior and Redeemer of all of us, and has broken the bonds of sin and death.  He has made it possible to return back to the presence of our Father in Heaven, to live with him and our families forever. When there, we will help the Father and Savior with their work, bringing to pass the immortality and eternal life of all.  

The meaning of the word Hallelujah, loosely, is "Praise to Jehovah." and I can think of no better phrase than that.  As the Prophet has said, may we live with gratitude ever in our hearts for the Savior of the World, he who has ransomed us. 

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(Scriptures Matthew 28:6 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/matt/28.6, and John 20:14-17 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/john/20.17)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

What Christ said and did on the Cross and the lesson for us

After his condemnation, the Savior of the World was forced to carry his own cross, until he could carry it no more, and another was forced to carry it for him. When at Golgotha, he was cruelly nailed to a cross, and placed between 2 malefactors.

As he suffered on the cross, the Jewish Leaders came and taunted him, as did others saying If he be the Christ, come down off the cross.  And as he himself was being reviled, and in pain, paying the price for our sins, he prayed "Father, Forgive them, for they know not what they do."  What an example for us of forgiveness.  

As the Father withdrew his presence so Christ could bear this alone, the cry was heard from him "Eloi, Eloi lama sabachthani," or translated, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"  Our Savior knows what it is like to feel alone, to be apart from God, and knows our sorrows and pains.  He did nothing to deserve it, yet willingly suffered it.  

Then, having finished suffering for us, and weary, he bowed his head and prayed unto the Father "It is Finished" and "Into thy hands I commend my spirit."

Our Savior had secured our Salvation by paying a price that we couldn't pay ourselves. With this knowledge, he slipped from mortality, and prepared for what would come next...

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Final Week: "Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows"

After the Garden of Gethsemane, the Savior went before the Jewish Leaders, who condemned him, mocked and spat upon him.  Then he went before Pilate and Herod, and after being whipped with a flog that had pieces of bone woven in it, he went back to Pilate.  When he found no fault with him, the Jews cried for him to instead release Barabbas.  Pilate gave in to the cries of the Jews as they said "Crucify him, Crucify him." In this picture, the Savior of the World is awaiting the command of his death. But the Savior knew this would happen, and did so willingly.  As he had said in his ministry, "no man taketh my life, I lay it down of myself." 

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. But 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." (Isaiah 53:3-5)

It's hard to imagine this happening to our Savior, who is so loving.  But because of what he went through in Gethsemane through the cross, he understands every pain, every trial, every trouble we could ever have, and his purpose in life is to lift our burdens when we have them.  He will ever comfort us, strengthen us, and help us, and at the last day, because of his sacrifice, he will help us return to our Heavenly Home again.  

May we ever be grateful for that.  More about the final week tomorrow...

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Picture is Awaiting the Command by Jon McNaughton

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Price paid in Gethsemane "great drops of blood falling down to the ground"

I am humbled at the price that was paid for our sins by our Savior, Jesus Christ, both in Gethsemane and on the cross.  About the Garden we read: "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..." (Luke 22:41-44 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/luke/22.41-44).

If the Savior only had to atone for you, he would have done it willingly, all so that you could feel of his love and the Love of the Father.

The Savior was there for all of us then, and he is always there for us, even at times where we feel like he is far away. Pour out your hearts to him, study him, and become like him as you do his work. Lose yourself in his service and you will find a love and peace that is better than anything in this world.

And because of Gethsemane and the cross, we will be able to return back to the presence of the Father, having our sins washed white in the blood of the Lamb, as the 3rd Chapter of Revelations says.  And all who come to Christ may do that-our families, our ancestors, and our posterity to come. 

May we ever be grateful for that.  There is a Bible Video about Gethsemane below,  More about the final week tomorrow...


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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Final Week: The Great Intercessory Prayer

Before the trial of Gethsemane, Christ offered the Great Intercessory prayer.  There has not been a greater prayer offered on our behalf, except possibly to those in the Americas.  The intercessory prayer is not given here completely, but you may read all of it by going to the link below.

He began by saying "Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee"  He stated that life eternal was to know the Father, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom he had sent.

Our Savior spoke of what he had done in his earthly ministry, and of what he would do in the future by saying "I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do."  He further asked that the Father glorify him with the Glory he had before the world was.

Then he prayed on our behalf, and that of the apostles.  He asked "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.

And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:"

Our Savior knew what he would have to do, for he was told on the Mount of Transfiguration, and at this time right before his greatest trials, he prayed and asked for strength, and turned his prayer towards us, and petitioned the Father in our behalf.

In our trials, our sufferings, and in our own Gethsemanes, may we all turn to the Father, to Christ, and think of others as we do.

So that we may become one with Christ and the Father.   More about the last week of Christ tomorrow...

Read the whole intercessory prayer here https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/john/17 or watch a video about it below: 


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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Last Supper: That Sacred Meeting (with video)

The Twelve and the Savior met in an upper room for the Passover, a sacred time.  At that time, the Savior dismissed Judas, he who would betray him, saying "What thou doest, do quickly."

He washed the apostles feet, an ordinance still done by the apostles today, thus giving another example of service, stating to Peter that if he didn't allow him to wash his feet, he had no part of him, Christ.  So for us, we must accept the service done by Christ to be saved. 

He instituted the Sacrament, taking bread, braking it, and gave it to them, reminding them that it was his body, given for them.  Then he gave them to drink, saying that the cup was his blood, which was shed for them.  We take the sacrament each week.  How well do we remember the Savior, and what he did for all of us?

He said to Love one another, as he had loved them.  How well do each of us do that?

He said "Peace, I leave with you, my peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth, give I unto you. 

He told the twelve what would happen soon, that he wouldn't be with them for very long.  He said that in him they would be able to have peace. 

He declared that the twelve would have tribulations, but that he had overcome the world.  The twelve still didn't understand that he would be delivered to death, or that he would be resurrected, though the Savior had taught that to them.

More about the last week of the Savior tomorrow...

Watch a video about this below


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Monday, April 10, 2017

Palm Sunday: The account of Christ's Triumphal Entry

On the week before his his death, the Savior entered into Jerusalem on a donkey, fulfilling the prophecy in the Old Testament which said "Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt."

He was thronged by people who had palm leaves, who greeted him by saying "Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord."

So much would change during this week. This was the last time he would be so accepted, as later the Jews called for his death.  More about the last week of the Savior's life Tomorrow...




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Saturday, April 8, 2017

All, from all nations, are Children of God

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

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

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

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

I echo what the artist says, that we are all children of a Loving God.  I know it.  This church fulfills the Master's injunction to "go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen" (Matthew 28:19-20)

The Savior gives this promise that he can be with us always, and gives it to all people who come unto him, of all nations and cultures, for all are his children.  May we ever remember that.

  

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Friday, April 7, 2017

What scripture says about who Christ is, and how we can return to his presence

Scripture records who Jesus Christ is, and how we can follow him and be saved.  We read a prophecy of his coming by Nephi:

For according to the words of the prophets, the Messiah cometh in six hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem; and according to the words of the prophets, and also the word of the angel of God, his name shall be Jesus Christ, the Son of God." (2 Nephi 25:19)

And who he is "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; and his mother shall be called Mary. (Mosiah 3:8)

And in modern revelation:
"Of whom we bear record; and the record which we bear is the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, who is the Son, whom we saw and with whom we conversed in the heavenly vision." (D&C 76:14)

And finally, we read about following Jesus Christ:

"And as many as repent and are baptized in my name, which is Jesus Christ, and endure to the end, the same shall be saved." (D&C 18:22)

And finally we find out about being saved;
"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." (John 17:3)

May we ever come unto Christ, be baptized by one who has the authority, receive the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ with all its ordinaces, and endure to the end, so that we may be saved, come to know Christ, and return to his presence, and the presence of the Father, is my prayer.

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Picture is Jesus the Christ by Scott Sumner

Thursday, April 6, 2017

April 6, 1830: The Restoration of God's Church again on the Earth

On this day in 1830, The Church officially began again to function for the first time since New Testament times.  God himself chose the date for the organization of the church.  Read more about the account below:

"Early in April 1830 the young prophet received the revelation that has become section 20 of the book called the Doctrine and Covenants. It is often referred to as a “revelation on Church organization and government.” Of this, the Prophet Joseph wrote: “We obtained of him [Jesus Christ] the following, by the spirit of prophecy and revelation; which not only gave us much information, but also pointed out to us the precise day upon which, according to his will and commandment, we should proceed to organize his Church once more here upon the earth.”

The first verse of the revelation reads: “The rise of the Church of Christ in these last days, being one thousand eight hundred and thirty years since the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the flesh, it being regularly organized and established agreeable to the laws of our country, by the will and commandments of God, in the fourth month, and on the sixth day of the month which is called April.” [D&C 20:1]

One cannot study this revelation without being tremendously impressed with the knowledge and understanding the Lord of heaven poured out upon his servant concerning the matters vital to the salvation of man and the reestablishing of the kingdom of God upon the earth." (April 6, 1830: The Day the Church was Organized, link below)

Additionally, here is a quote from the article that says one part of what happened that day-

 “the Holy Ghost was poured out upon us to a very great degree—some prophesied, whilst we all praised the Lord, and rejoiced exceedingly.”



People were baptized, confirmed, Elders and Officers called, sustained, and ordained, and with that and subsequent revelations, the Church in its fulness was restored in this latter day, just as it was in the New Testament Church.

This is God's true church on this earth today, organized by his command and with him as its head.

It began with only 6 members, and it now numbers almost 16 million today.  In scripture we are promised it will never again be taken from the earth, and is that Great Stone cut without hands that will roll forth throughout the Earth.

As Elder Packer said, The mind of man cannot conceive [the scope and magnitude] of this Latter Day work.  What began that day in 1830 will continue until Christ the Lord presents the kingdom complete to his Father, and says, "The Work is Done."

We are the recipients of these great blessings. Eternal life and exaltation for us, our ancestors, our posterity, our families, and all of the family of man who come unto Christ will be the recipients of the blessings of heaven.

May we ever be grateful for that.

I urge you to follow the links to read the powerful accounts and articles about the restoration of the Church in our day.

More discussing what happened that sacred day can be found at  https://www.lds.org/ensign/1971/01/april-6-1830-the-day-the-church-was-organized

The section upon which the organization of the church was predicated can be found at https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/20

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

King Benjamin's Vision of the Life and Mission of Christ

King Benjamin said the following about the coming of the Savior into the world, and of his mission and purpose;

"And the things which I shall tell you are made known unto me by an angel from God. And he said unto me: Awake; and I awoke, and behold he stood before me.

And he said unto me: Awake, and hear the words which I shall tell thee; for behold, I am come to declare unto you the glad tidings of great joy.

For the Lord hath heard thy prayers, and hath judged of thy righteousness, and hath sent me to declare unto thee that thou mayest rejoice; and that thou mayest declare unto thy people, that they may also be filled with joy.

For behold, the time cometh, and is not far distant, that with power, the Lord Omnipotent who reigneth, who was, and is from all eternity to all eternity, shall come down from heaven among the children of men, and shall dwell in a tabernacle of clay, and shall go forth amongst men, working mighty miracles, such as healing the sick, raising the dead, causing the lame to walk, the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear, and curing all manner of diseases.

And he shall cast out devils, or the evil spirits which dwell in the hearts of the children of men.

And lo, he shall suffer temptations, and pain of body, hunger, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer, except it be unto death; for behold, blood cometh from every pore, so great shall be his anguish for the wickedness and the abominations of his people.

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; and his mother shall be called Mary.

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.

For behold, and also his blood atoneth for the sins of those who have fallen by the transgression of Adam..." (Mosiah 3:2-11). 

What beautiful words about the coming of the Savior into the world.  What peace comes to the heart when we realize the Savior has come and has redeemed us.  When King Benjamin said this, Christ hadn't come yet, it was still yet to happen.  

But a perfect God, with perfect faith, decreed it would happen.  And it did, and as our prophet has said, God be praised for the Gift of his Son.  Truly, as President Hinckley said, there never was nor ever will be anyone who is his equal.  

May we ever be grateful for Him, is my prayer.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

What Christ said to the People of the Americas when he visited there

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. 

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Who is this Man of Miracles, this Savior of the World?

We are told in the scriptures the following:

"And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them:

Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel." (Matthew 15:30-31).

The Savior similarly sent to John the Baptist to tell him the following:

"Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the apoor the gospel is preached."

Truly what manner of man is this, as the disciples queried when he calmed the storm?

But not only did he have power to heal, and to calm the waves, he had power over sin.  With the man who was lame, he said to him his sins were forgiven, and said the same to the woman who loved much, and anointed him with oil, and washed his feet with her hair.  

For the lame man, the pharisees thought to themselves "who can forgive sins but God alone?" The Savior responded "That ye may see that the son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house." (Matt 9, Mark 2, Luke 5).

the record about the woman follows; "Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much," and addressing her directly, said "Thy sins are forgiven...thy faith hath saved thee, go in peace." (Luke 7)

Do we sometimes forget who we worship?  This same Savior who commands the elements, heals, and forgives sins is the creator of the heavens and the earth, and most importantly to us, gained power over sin and death.  This man of miracles is our Savior and Redeemer.  

Because of his perfect atonement, we can return again to live with this perfectly loving, perfectly obedient savior if we will just live our lives for him.  

No one has lived who can compare to him, and there will never be another one like him, as President Hinckley said.  

May we ever seek after him, our whole lives, and as we do, we can experience a closeness to  him through the spirit that will prepare us for the day we stand face to face with him.  

President Eyring says it will be a time of joy for those who have lived their lives in his service.

President Nelson has said that we will weep with gratitude for what he has done for us, for how he has lifted us, how he has strengthened us, and the price he paid for us.

May we ever remember who Christ is, and continually seek him out, 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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Saturday, April 1, 2017

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

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.

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.
 
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