Friday, June 30, 2017

"This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears"

Christ Declares in Nazareth that He is the Messiah, the fulfillment of the prophecy given by Isaiah.  "And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.  And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. 

And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 

And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.  And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears."  (Luke 4:16-21)

After that, Christ escaped them as they attempted to kill him.  Jesus Christ was and is the Promised Messiah.  He lives today and continues on with this great work of Salvation for the souls of man, and through him, prophecies continue to be fulfilled. 

Today we follow the words of his living prophets on the earth today.  The spirit will testify of the truth of their words, and we become obedient to God by following them.  And we have the words in the Bible, Book of Mormon, and other holy writ. 

Christ loves each of us, individually with a love that is unique to you.  This is why he has given us the scriptures and prophets on earth today.  It is to prepare us for his second coming, and then later for the day when he will one day stand to judge all.  At that time may our minds and hearts be purified, so that we may be worthy to live in his presence and the presence of the Father.  

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the World, and his Second Coming

"Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. (D&C 43:34, other scriptures ). Both to Prophets and in his ministry, the Savior declared that he was and is the Savior of the World.  And he is.  He is the Savior and Redeemer of the whole world, and will gather all who will come to him from the 4 corners of the earth in preparation for the millenium and the last day. 

Yes, he will come again. We are "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ"

When that glorious day comes, no matter what side of the veil we may be on, may we be ready to greet him with joy, having done all that we could to build his kingdom by serving others, lifting them, and by "strengthening the feeble knees" (Elder Holland and scripture), and through missionary and temple work, which will continue through the millenium.  

In this way, may we all truly love the Savior, so that he says to us at the last day "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matthew 25:40), and as is said in verse 46, gain eternal life. 

The Savior loves all of his children, and longs to lift each of them, and we are God's hands on earth. We have a "mandate to serve" as President Monson says (and does).

May we serve others, in all places, and in the temple, and feel of the spirit, that closeness to the Savior in this life, and the warm embrace of our Savior and Heavenly Parents in the world to come. 

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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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

"Redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah"

Nephi Testifies of Christ many times, here is one of them;

"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).

May we ever come unto Christ, the Holy Messiah, the firstfruits of the Resurrection, and our Savior and Redeemer, and that we may be redeemed, and brought back into the presence of God, to dwell with him and our families forever, is my prayer.

This comes from the Book of Mormon. Find out more about Christ's love for you. Read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or request a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Picture is The Resurrection and the Life by Brent Borup  

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

How can Christ comfort us? Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows

The Savior is there to comfort us as we reach out to him in Faith, for he understands our trials. Isaiah records,

"He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: ...Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows... 

he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities...and with his stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:3-5 http://bit.ly/1cObHfQ)

Can you feel your pains being lifted, and your soul healed as you turn to the Lord in prayer? The Savior went through the agony of Gethsemane, and the horrors of the Cross so that he would better be able to comfort and succor us in our trials, afflictions, pains, and suffering in this life. As one who knows where we have been, he can lift us higher. 

He knows each of us intimately, with a love that we cannot comprehend, and it changes us when we feel of it through the spirit as we pour out our hearts in prayer, and as we serve others.

May our hearts be drawn out in gratitude for the Loving, Kind Savior who descended below all things so he could lift all things. He is our Savior, Redeemer, and our all. 

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

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Picture Man of Galilee, by Joseph Brickey

Monday, June 26, 2017

What message was so important that Abinadi was protected by God?

The account of Abinadi is impressive.  Protected by divine power, He decries sin, testifies of Christ, and even testifies of the millenial day.  His one and only convert converted hundreds, and later his posterity converted tens and hundreds of thousands to Christ.  

Here, He testified of the sins of the people boldly, and of the sins of King Noah and his Priests so powerfully that they became angry and tried to kill him.  When they attempted that he said the following;

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

But I must fulfil the commandments wherewith God has commanded me; and because I have told you the truth ye are angry with me. And again, because I have spoken the word of God ye have judged me that I am mad.

Now it came to pass after Abinadi had spoken these words that the people of king Noah durst not lay their hands on him, for the Spirit of the Lord was upon him; and his face shone with exceeding luster, even as Moses’ did while in the mount of Sinai, while speaking with the Lord. 

And he spake with power and authority from God" (Mosiah 13:3-6)

He then continues his message.  He relates the ten commandments, tells them they haven't been living them.  He then says the importance of the Law of MOses, but that the law does not bring salvation, and testifies of Christ.

"And moreover, I say unto you, that salvation doth not come by the law alone; and were it not for the atonement, which God himself shall make for the sins and iniquities of his people, that they must unavoidably perish, notwithstanding the law of Moses." (Mosiah 13:28)

He further prophesies of Christ;

"For behold, did not Moses prophesy unto them concerning the coming of the Messiah, and that God should redeem his people? Yea, and even all the prophets who have prophesied ever since the world began—have they not spoken more or less concerning these things?

Have they not said that God himself should come down among the children of men, and take upon him the form of man, and go forth in mighty power upon the face of the earth?

Yea, and have they not said also that he should bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, and that he, himself, should be oppressed and afflicted?" (Mosiah 13:33-35)

Then, because they had the words of Isaiah in the Book of Mormon times, Abinadi quoted those beautiful words from Isaiah 53, a few verses below;

"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 has 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. " (Mosiah 14, Isaiah 53)

Abinadi continues prophesying later;

"And thus the flesh becoming subject to the Spirit...suffereth temptation, and yieldeth not to the temptation, but suffereth himself to be mocked, and scourged, and cast out, and disowned by his people.

And after all this, after working many mighty miracles among the children of men, he shall be led, yea, even as Isaiah said, as a sheep before the shearer is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.

Yea, even so he shall be led, crucified, and slain, the flesh becoming subject even unto death, the will of the Son being swallowed up in the will of the Father.

And thus God breaketh the bands of death, having gained the victory over death; giving the Son power to make intercession for the children of men—

Having ascended into heaven, having the bowels of mercy; being filled with compassion towards the children of men; standing betwixt them and justice; having broken the bands of death, taken upon himself their iniquity and their transgressions, having redeemed them, and satisfied the demands of justice." (Mosiah 15:5-9).

Such was the importance of Christ being preached to King Noah, his priests, and Alma (who converted and later converted thousands, and his posterity converted tens and hundreds of thousands), that Abinadi was protected by the hand of the Lord to finish his message.  

I won't put further quotes, but he prophesied of this great latter day work, of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal life.  He testifies of the purity of children and that they will have eternal life, and he speaks of the joy that we will have in the millenial day.  I urge you to read the whole words of Abinadi, for they are powerful. 

What is more powerful is that Abinadi was later killed for his testimony.  He died a martyr for the cause of Christ.  That we would be willing to give our lives for the cause of Christ is what we must be willing to do.   

That we may learn Christ's words, and live by them, is my prayer.  

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

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Picture is Abinadi in front of King Noah by Arnold Friberg courtesy of lds.org 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Lyman Wight's vision of seeing the Savior on the right hand of God

For the 4th General Conference of the Church, held Friday June 3, 1831, There were many manifestations of the spirit, including an incredible vision seen by Lyman Wight, a member of the quorum of the twelve apostles.  The account is below;

"During the conference the Spirit was with the Prophet in an “unusual manner. The spirit of prophecy also rested upon Lyman Wight: “He said the coming of the Savior should be like the sun rising in the east, and will cover the whole earth.” He predicted that some of the brethren would suffer martyrdom for the sake of their religion and would seal their testimony of Christ with their blood. The Prophet Joseph, Harvey Whitlock, and Lyman Wight saw the heavens open and Jesus Christ sitting on the right hand of the Father. Lyman testified that he saw the Son of God making intercession to the Father for the Saints"
(BYU Archives)

As the song says, "The visions and blessings of old are returning, and angels are coming to visit the earth."  And God has come again to the earth, to help prepare it for the time that he will come again to rule and reign upon the earth.

We can come to know that he is real, can come to feel of his love through the spirit, and can in that way, become one with him and the Father.

That we may ever come to know that he is real, through the spirit, 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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Friday, June 23, 2017

The power of Christ's prayer, and how our prayers can help us become one with him

How must the Savior pray for us, and how should we pray? What marvelous things the Savior must have asked the Father for on our behalf?  And how must he pray for us when he isn't in the presence of the Father? Scriptures record,

"And when he had said these words, he himself also knelt upon the earth; and behold he prayed unto the Father, and the things which he prayed cannot be written, and the multitude did bear record who heard him. And after this manner do they bear record: The eye hath never seen, neither hath the ear heard, before, so great and marvelous things as we saw and heard Jesus speak unto the Father; And no tongue can speak, neither can there be written by any man, neither can the hearts of men conceive so great and marvelous things as we both saw and heard Jesus speak; and no one can conceive of the joy which filled our souls at the time we heard him pray for us unto the Father" (3 Nephi 17:15-17 http://bit.ly/180Iu2k). 

The things he prayed cannot be written, and so powerful were his words that it filled the peoples' souls with joy, that joy which comes when the spirit touches your heart.  That is what we can experience as we come to the Savior.  There are other examples of the Savior praying, such as the wonderful intercessory prayer, when he prays that we may become one with the Father as he [Christ] is one with him. 

The Savior is our advocate with the Father, and the blessings that await us as we turn to him in prayer are just waiting to be poured out upon us, so that our "cup runneth over," both in this life, and in the life to come.  And may we become one with the Father and the Son by making our prayers more meaningful, reaching out in faith as the Father of us all listens and lovingly responds. 

Call upon the Father, in the name of Christ, and pour out your heart in prayer, and pray about not just yourself, but pray for those around you, for they are God's children as well.  And then act and serve others.  If you will do this, you will find that you are more a part of the Father's plan, and will be following the example of the Savior.  And you will be able to feel a power of the spirit, and be able to feel of the abundant blessings of the Lord upon you, as our Prophet has said. 



You will be able to be one with the Father and the Son, as the spirit bears witness to your soul of their Divinity, and your minds and souls will be able to see yourself as a part of this great work of God that is again on the earth.  And you will be able to feel of that unspeakable joy spoken of in holy writ.  That we may ever do that, is my prayer. 



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

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 Picture is I Have Prayed for Thee by Del Parson.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Do we have the Faith of the Brother of Jared?

The Faith of the Brother of Jared was mighty.  Many years before Christ was born, He had been directed to cross the ocean in barges, which were dark inside.  The Lord told him to find a way to get light.  He exercised faith in the creation of stones, and asked the Lord to touch them, so they could shine.  What Faith to believe in miracles! Do we have such faith?  The account is below;

"And it came to pass that when the brother of Jared had said these words, behold, the Lord stretched forth his hand and touched the stones one by one with his finger. And the veil was taken from off the eyes of the brother of Jared, and he saw the finger of the Lord; and it was as the finger of a man, like unto flesh and blood; and the brother of Jared fell down before the Lord, for he was struck with fear.

And the Lord saw that the brother of Jared had fallen to the earth; and the Lord said unto him: Arise, why hast thou fallen?

And he saith unto the Lord: I saw the finger of the Lord, and I feared lest he should smite me; for I knew not that the Lord had flesh and blood.

And the Lord said unto him: Because of thy faith thou hast seen that I shall take upon me flesh and blood; and never has man come before me with such exceeding faith as thou hast; for were it not so ye could not have seen my finger. Sawest thou more than this?

And he answered: Nay; Lord, show thyself unto me.

And the Lord said unto him: Believest thou the words which I shall speak?

And he answered: Yea, Lord, I know that thou speakest the truth, for thou art a God of truth, and canst not lie.

And when he had said these words, behold, the Lord showed himself unto him, and said: Because thou knowest these things ye are redeemed from the fall; therefore ye are brought back into my presence; therefore I show myself unto you.

Behold, I am he who was prepared from the foundation of the world to redeem my people. Behold, I am Jesus Christ. I am the Father and the Son. In me shall all mankind have life, and that eternally, even they who shall believe on my name; and they shall become my sons and my daughters.

And never have I showed myself unto man whom I have created, for never has man believed in me as thou hast. Seest thou that ye are created after mine own image? Yea, even all men were created in the beginning after mine own image.

Behold, this body, which ye now behold, is the body of my spirit; and man have I created after the body of my spirit; and even as I appear unto thee to be in the spirit will I appear unto my people in the flesh. (Ether 3:6-16)."

In this we see the Faith of the Brother of Jared, and we see the mercy of the Lord in dealing with those who have Faith in Him.  Do we have the faith to have miracles be wrought in our lives?  When we have exhausted all our resources, and no solution to our problems can be found, do we turn to the Lord with creative solutions that allow him to exercise his power in our behalf?

The time will come when we will have to rely on the Lord for miracles, just as the early pioneers did, just as Moses did, and just as numerous Old Testament and New Testament Prophets did. 

President Nelson has said we are preparing for the second coming of the Lord, and Elder Ballard has said that the temples we are building are the ones that will be running during the millenium, when the Lord comes to rule and reign upon the earth. 

Do we have the faith so that God can work miracles in our lives?  Just as the Prophet Joseph through the power of Christ was able to heal hundreds in Nauvoo, just as Peter and John healed the impotent man, do we have the faith needed for miracles to happen?

May we ever have that faith, is my prayer. 

This comes from the Book of Mormon. Along with the Bible, God's words are in the Book of Mormon. Prophets in Book of Mormon times were shown what to include in the Book of Mormon for our day, because God showed them what our day would be like. Find out for yourself and read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

"this Messiah...this Redeemer of the world"

Lehi and Nephi Prophesied of the Savior as follows: "Yea, even six hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem, a prophet would the Lord God raise up among the Jews—even a Messiah, or, in other words, a Savior of the world.

And he also spake concerning the prophets, how great a number had testified of these things, concerning this Messiah, of whom he had spoken, or this Redeemer of the world.

Wherefore, all mankind were in a lost and in a fallen state, and ever would be save they should rely on this Redeemer."

As Isaiah said he was bruised for our iniquities, and with his stripes we are healed.  He took upon himself our sins, so that we could be forgiven, and comforted in our trials. 

May we ever rely on the Redeemer of the World, our Savior, even the Lord Jesus Christ, our Lord and our God, even the son of the Eternal Father.

As we come to him and repent, we will find salvation, peace, and eternal life. 

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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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Nephi's vision of Christ, his mission, death, and continuation of his work

Nephi saw many things about the Life of Christ.  600 years before his birth, he saw what Christ would do.  He joins with Isaiah and other Old Testament Prophets in prophesying of the Life, Ministry, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Nephi's account;

"And he spake unto me again, saying: Look! And I looked, and I beheld the Lamb of God going forth among the children of men. And I beheld multitudes of people who were sick, and who were afflicted with all manner of diseases, and with devils and unclean spirits; and the angel spake and showed all these things unto me. And they were healed by the power of the Lamb of God; and the devils and the unclean spirits were cast out.

And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me again, saying: Look! And I looked and beheld the Lamb of God, that he was taken by the people; yea, the Son of the everlasting God was judged of the world; and I saw and bear record.

And I, Nephi, saw that he was lifted up upon the cross and slain for the sins of the world." (1 Nephi 11:31-33).

Nephi also sees the multitudes of the earth gathered together against the twelve apostles of the Lamb, and he saw the fall of all those who would fight against them.  He records,

"Thus shall be the destruction of all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, that shall fight against the twelve apostles of the Lamb." (1 Nephi 11:36). 

May we be grateful for the life, mission, death, and resurrection of the Savior, and for his continuing mission, to bring all unto him. 

May we be grateful for this gospel of Christ, which will never again be taken from the earth, but will continue through the Millenium, when Jesus Christ himself will reign, overseeing the work of Salvation that will culminate in his presenting the kingdom to the Father, and saying to him "The Work is Done."

May we love him, serve him, and serve others, is my prayer.  To read more of Nephi's vision, click here.

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

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Lehi sees Christ, The Apostles, and the Entire Plan of Salvation

The Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ, begins testifying of Christ and his coming at the very start.  Many of us are familiar with the first verse of the Book of Mormon, but do we ponder the import of other parts of the first chapter?  We here read what Lehi experienced;

And it came to pass as he prayed unto the Lord, there came a pillar of fire and dwelt upon a rock before him; and he saw and heard much; and because of the things which he saw and heard he did quake and tremble exceedingly.

And it came to pass that he returned to his own house at Jerusalem; and he cast himself upon his bed, being overcome with the Spirit and the things which he had seen.

And being thus overcome with the Spirit, he was carried away in a vision, even that he saw the heavens open, and he thought he saw God sitting upon his throne, surrounded with numberless concourses of angels in the attitude of singing and praising their God.

And it came to pass that he saw One descending out of the midst of heaven, and he beheld that his luster was above that of the sun at noon-day.

And he also saw twelve others following him, and their brightness did exceed that of the stars in the firmament.

And they came down and went forth upon the face of the earth;" (1 Nephi 1:6-11).  

After this, we see the Apostles came and ministered unto Lehi, showed him the plan of salvation, and seeing that he was filled with joy, so much so that he exclaimed;

"Great and marvelous are thy works, O Lord God Almighty! Thy throne is high in the heavens, and thy power, and goodness, and mercy are over all the inhabitants of the earth; and, because thou art merciful, thou wilt not suffer those who come unto thee that they shall perish!

And after this manner was the language of my father in the praising of his God; for his soul did rejoice, and his whole heart was filled, because of the things which he had seen, yea, which the Lord had shown unto him" (1 Nephi 1:14-15).

From the beginning we see the Lord had given the plan of salvation to earlier prophets like  Lehi, Ezekiel, Isaiah, and many other Old Testament and New Testament prophets.  And we now have that today.  

May we ponder these words that are a part of the fulness of the everlasting gospel, that is now being preached to the 4 corners of the earth.  That stone cut without hands is rolling forth to cover the earth, and the Lord is bringing to pass his great and marvellous work among the children of men. 

Christ himself, the chief cornerstone, is he of whom was prophesied, and stands at the head of this Great work.  

May we ever be grateful for Christ, and for the principles of his Gospel contained in the Book of Mormon and the Bible, and the gospel of Jesus Christ, is my prayer.  

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Picture is Lehi seeing a Pillar of Fire courtesy of lds.org

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Noble expression of Fatherhood with Our Earthy Fathers, and our Heavenly Father

"The perfect, divine expression of fatherhood is our Heavenly Father. His character and attributes include abundant goodness and perfect love. His work and glory are the development, happiness, and eternal life of His children.6 Fathers in this fallen world can claim nothing comparable to the Majesty on High, but at their best, they are striving to emulate Him, and they indeed labor in His work. They are honored with a remarkable and sobering trust." -D Todd Christofferson (Read more at https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2016/04/fathers)

May we Honor the Fathers in our lives, for righteous fathers seek to do the work of our Father in Heaven, and to raise their children in righteousness. 

Even more than we honor the Fathers in our lives, may we honor our Father in Heaven, who provided this great plan of salvation, so that we could return back to his presence again.  And so that along the way, as we turn to him in prayer, we can feel him near. 

Christ lives, and his words are in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I know they are God's words. 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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Friday, June 16, 2017

You've seen the picture, but do you know Samuel's Testimony of Christ?

Samuel's purpose in coming to the Nephites is stated below;

"And also that ye might know of the coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and of earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and that ye might know of the signs of his coming, to the intent that ye might believe on his name.

And if ye believe on his name ye will repent of all your sins, that thereby ye may have a remission of them through his merits." (Helaman 14:12-13)

Samuel Prophesied to the People of the Americas about the Star, about the night of light, and then prophesied about the darkness and groanings of the earth that would come when he was crucified. 

He also gives the purpose of Christ's great sacrifice - to redeem us from sin and from death.  Read below

"For behold, he surely must die that salvation may come; yea, it behooveth him and becometh expedient that he dieth, to bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, that thereby men may be brought into the presence of the Lord.

Yea, behold, this death bringeth to pass the resurrection, and redeemeth all mankind from the first death—that spiritual death; for all mankind, by the fall of Adam being cut off from the presence of the Lord, are considered as dead, both as to things temporal and to things spiritual.

But behold, the resurrection of Christ redeemeth mankind, yea, even all mankind, and bringeth them back into the presence of the Lord" (Helaman 14:15-17)

He then gives a call to action not just to them, but it echoes to us in our day

"Yea, and it bringeth to pass the condition of repentance, that whosoever repenteth the same is not hewn down and cast into the fire; but whosoever repenteth not is hewn down and cast into the fire; and there cometh upon them again a spiritual death, yea, a second death, for they are cut off again as to things pertaining to righteousness.

Therefore repent ye, repent ye, lest by knowing these things and not doing them ye shall suffer yourselves to come under condemnation, and ye are brought down unto this second death" (Helaman 14:18-19).

All of Samuel's words came to pass.  I recommend you read them in the Book of Mormon in Helaman 13-15 .  May we ever follow Samuel's words, come unto Christ, and be saved, is my prayer.  

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

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Picture by Arnold Friberg, courtesy of lds.org 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Nephi, Peter, and the Sealing Power today

Nephi, the prophet who was alive when the Savior visited the Americas was exceedingly righteous, and was given a precious gift, which he used to seal the heavens, and is a power that is in today's church.  Here is the account;

"and it came to pass as he was thus pondering in his heart, behold, a voice came unto him saying:

Blessed art thou, Nephi, for those things which thou hast done; for I have beheld how thou hast with unwearyingness declared the word, which I have given unto thee, unto this people. And thou hast not feared them, and hast not sought thine own life, but hast sought my will, and to keep my commandments.

And now, because thou hast done this with such unwearyingness, behold, I will bless thee forever; and I will make thee mighty in word and in deed, in faith and in works; yea, even that all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word, for thou shalt not ask that which is contrary to my will.

Behold, thou art Nephi, and I am God. Behold, I declare it unto thee in the presence of mine angels, that ye shall have power over this people, and shall smite the earth with famine, and with pestilence, and destruction, according to the wickedness of this people.

Behold, I give unto you power, that whatsoever ye shall seal on earth shall be sealed in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven; and thus shall ye have power among this people."
 (Helaman 4:3-7).  

Here is a quote about this same power from President Henry B. Eyring I found at Book of Mormon Central, but originated in the Ensign.  He stated that the keys of the priesthood “reside in the Church today and will continue to the end of time.” These keys are “the same divine authorization given by the Lord to Peter, as He had promised: ‘And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven’” (Families Under Covenant, Ensign May 2012).

Do we appreciate the power that has been given to us in our day, that power to bind on earth, and to bind in heaven?  That power is used throughout the temple ordinances, and is employed by the Leaders of our church, and by authorized ordinance workers.  

So, we see that Peter was given this power, and now Nephi from 3 Nephi was given this power, and that same power is on the earth today, restored to the Prophet JOseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery.  

May we ever be grateful for that binding power that has the power to exalt us, and to bring us into the presence of the Lord.

That we might be grateful for that, is my prayer.  

For more on this topic, Book of Mormon Central has an excellent article at http://bit.ly/2rGRfjs

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

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

We join hands with Saints across time

"And it came to pass that in this same year there was exceedingly great prosperity in the church, insomuch that there were thousands who did join themselves unto the church and were baptized unto repentance.

And so great was the prosperity of the church, and so many the blessings which were poured out upon the people, that even the high priests and the teachers were themselves astonished beyond measure.

And it came to pass that the work of the Lord did prosper unto the baptizing and uniting to the church of God, many souls, yea, even tens of thousands.

Thus we may see that the Lord is merciful unto all who will, in the sincerity of their hearts, call upon his holy name.

Yea, thus we see that the gate of heaven is open unto all, even to those who will believe on the name of Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God"  (Helaman 3:24-28).

Often we in our day read the Book of Mormon, and forget these were real people, who came to the gospel, just as hundreds of thousands per year come to the gospel today.

We figuratively join hands with saints across time who came unto Christ and in him found salvation.  

May we ever come unto Christ, for those who have gone before look over us, and are hoping we will stand strong in the Faith of Christ, as they did.

And as we read of their faith, may ours be strengthened by the spirit, is my prayer. 

This comes from the Book of Mormon. Find out more about Christ by reading it, Along with the Bible. 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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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The title page of a priceless book of Scripture for our day

What if you had a window into what things would be like in one hundred years?  One thousand years?  If you had a chance to write to those people who would live there, what would you say to them?

Such is the case with the Book of Mormon.  Prophets saw our day, and prophesied of the coming of Christ, and of the restoration of Christ's gospel in our day, nearly 1600-2600 years later. 

As we read the Title page to the Book of Mormon, we become convinced of the Prophetic gift of these prophets who knew that the Book of Mormon would come to light many years after they had gone.  This title page given below was written approximately 400 years after the coming of Christ, by a prophet named Moroni, who stated in his record that Christ had shown him our day, and he knew our doings. Below is the Title Page of the Book of Mormon, and it states the purpose of the Book.

"The Book of Mormon

An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi

Wherefore, it is an abridgment of the record of the people of Nephi, and also of the Lamanites—Written to the Lamanites, who are a remnant of the house of Israel; and also to Jew and Gentile—Written by way of commandment, and also by the spirit of prophecy and of revelation—Written and sealed up, and hid up unto the Lord, that they might not be destroyed—To come forth by the gift and power of God unto the interpretation thereof—Sealed by the hand of Moroni, and hid up unto the Lord, to come forth in due time by way of the Gentile—The interpretation thereof by the gift of God.

An abridgment taken from the Book of Ether also, which is a record of the people of Jared, who were scattered at the time the Lord confounded the language of the people, when they were building a tower to get to heaven—Which is to show unto the remnant of the house of Israel what great things the Lord hath done for their fathers; and that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever—And also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations—And now, if there are faults they are the mistakes of men; wherefore, condemn not the things of God, that ye may be found spotless at the judgment-seat of Christ.

Translated by Joseph Smith, Jun."

So he knew that God would bring this book to light, and it would be brought forth by the Gift and Power of God, as it was.  He had seen our day, and gives the purpose of the book-to the convincing of Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations. Then, prophetically, he states that if there are mistakes they are the mistakes of men, but not to condemn things which are holy because of those. 

Do we not see these things today? Men trying to find fault in the record, despite the spirit of the Lord that accompanies the true seeker after truth when reading it? Did not Moroni see in vision our day? 

May we ever read the Book of Mormon, this priceless record preserved for our day, and have our testimonies of Christ strengthened, is my prayer. 

This comes from the Book of Mormon. Find out more about Christ by reading it, Along with the Bible. Read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Alma teaches about how to attain Eternal Life

Alma said the following about how to attain eternal life;

"Yea, I say unto you come and fear not, and lay aside every sin, which easily doth beset you, which doth bind you down to destruction, yea, come and go forth, and show unto your God that ye are willing to repent of your sins and enter into a covenant with him to keep his commandments, and witness it unto him this day by going into the waters of baptism.

And whosoever doeth this, and keepeth the commandments of God from thenceforth, the same will remember that I say unto him, yea, he will remember that I have said unto him, he shall have eternal life, according to the testimony of the Holy Spirit, which testifieth in me." (Alma 7:15-16)

Are we willing to lay aside our sins, and be baptized, and follow Christ?  If we do, we will inherit eternal life as we follow him and the principles of his gospel.

that we may do so, 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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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Alma's testimony of Christ to the city of Gideon

Many years before Christ's birth at Bethlehem, Alma, in the Americas, testified the following; 

"behold, there is one thing which is of more importance than they all—for behold, the time is not far distant that the Redeemer liveth and cometh among his people...

And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God.

And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.

Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me.

Now I say unto you that ye must repent, and be born again; for the Spirit saith if ye are not born again ye cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye may be washed from your sins, that ye may have faith on the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, who is mighty to save and to cleanse from all unrighteousness." (Alma 7:7, 10-14)

The Lord is the Lord over all the earth, and he teaches them as they have faith in him.  Many prophets in the Book of Mormon testified of Christ, that he would come, or that he had come, depending upon the time period.  

May we ever come to know Christ.  May we ever follow him.  He will ever be at our side, as our Prophet has said.  That 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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Friday, June 9, 2017

Do we reflect upon the Blessings of the Sacrament during the week?

Do we take the time during the week to reflect upon the promises we make at baptism and renew each week with the Sacrament?  I wanted to post the Sacramental prayers, said by the priests and elders each Sunday.

Here is the Prayer on the Bread;

"O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen."

And the water:

"O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this [water] to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen." (Moroni 4,5).

Do we always remember him, so that we may have his spirit to be with us?  Do we keep his commandments and serve others? Do we study the scriptures and words of the prophets so we can remember him? Do we stay away from things that could prevent us from the spirit?  Are we able to feel of Christ's sanctifying power in our lives? 

That we may ever do so is my prayer. 

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

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Picture is Sacrament

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The example of Nephi in 3 Nephi-and how it pertains to us in our day

We live in a world where wickedness abounds, yet those who love the gospel are strong in it.  What do we do in this kind of world?  We see an example of Nephi in 3 Nephi, who was a man of God.  Here was what happened to him as he was valiant in a wicked world. 

"And he did minister many things unto them; and all of them cannot be written, and a part of them would not suffice, therefore they are not written in this book. And Nephi did minister with power and with great authority.

And it came to pass that they were angry with him, even because he had greater power than they, for it were not possible that they could disbelieve his words, for so great was his faith on the Lord Jesus Christ that angels did minister unto him daily.

And in the name of Jesus did he cast out devils and unclean spirits; and even his brother did he raise from the dead, after he had been stoned and suffered death by the people.

And the people saw it, and did witness of it, and were angry with him because of his power; and he did also do many more miracles, in the sight of the people, in the name of Jesus." (3 Nephi 7:17-20)

Do we have the faith of Nephi?  Do we have the faith to believe in miracles? I think we sometimes do not know what the Lord can accomplish though us if we but have faith. May we ever have faith in him, is my prayer. 

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

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Picture is Nephi teaching in the temple by Dan Burr, courtesy of Book of Mormon Central.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The last of God's words Moroni penned "Did I not declare my words unto you?"

Moroni, in the last chapter of his writings, speaks prophetically to all the earth about the importance of the words of Christ he penned, extends an invitation to come unto Christ, and then concludes his record, and says he will meet us again before the Judgement bar of God. 

"And now I speak unto all the ends of the earth...

And I exhort you to remember these things; for the time speedily cometh that ye shall know that I lie not, for ye shall see me at the bar of God; and the Lord God will say unto you: Did I not declare my words unto you, which were written by this man, like as one crying from the dead, yea, even as one speaking out of the dust?" (Moroni 10:24, 27)

"Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.

And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot.
 
And now I bid unto all, farewell. I soon go to rest in the paradise of God, until my spirit and body shall again reunite, and I am brought forth triumphant through the air, to meet you before the pleasing bar of the great Jehovah, the Eternal Judge of both quick and dead. Amen." (Moroni 10:32-34).

I add my witness that the Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, will bring us to Christ.  Jesus Christ is real, and through his power, the Book of Mormon was brought about, as well as the restoration of Christ's Gospel, in fulfillment of Biblical Prophesies that in the Last Days, an angel would fly in the midst of heaven with the fulness of the Everlasting Gospel, and would send it forth to the nations of the earth. 

If we will read and follow the words in the Book of Mormon and the Bible, and follow the Lord's prophets on the earth today, we will be saved in the kingdom of heaven, with our families forever.

That we may all be there, is my prayer. 

This comes from the Book of Mormon. Find out more about Christ by reading it, Along with the Bible. 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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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Mormon's Invitation to come unto Christ, and be baptized

We have Moroni's Challenge, but there is also a challenge given by Mormon, originally for the descendants of the Lamanites, but equally applicable to us. Read below;

"Therefore repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus, and lay hold upon the gospel of Christ, which shall be set before you, not only in this record but also in the record which shall come unto the Gentiles from the Jews, which record shall come from the Gentiles unto you." (Mormon 7:8).

Such a sweet, succinct invitation, given 400 years after the coming of Christ, to read the Bible and the Book of Mormon, to be baptized, and to come unto the gospel of Christ.  He later gives the promise below;

"if it so be that ye believe in Christ, and are baptized, first with water, then with fire and with the Holy Ghost, following the example of our Savior, according to that which he hath commanded us, it shall be well with you in the day of judgment. Amen" (Mormon 7:10)

Such is the importance of being baptized by proper authority that Mormon mentions it twice here, and then says that all would be well with us at the last judgement day.  What a wonderful promise.

May we ever follow Christ, is my prayer.  He majestically pleads with us to come unto him.  For he has already paid the price, and we can enter without money and without price, as the Bible says.

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

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Picture is the Bible and the Book of Mormon

Monday, June 5, 2017

"O Jesus, thou Son of God, have Mercy on Me..."

Conversion comes in many different ways for different people.  Here is part of an account of Alma the younger, who came unto Christ and was able to find rest.  Read below;

"And it came to pass that as I was thus racked with torment, while I was harrowed up by the memory of my many sins, behold, I remembered also to have heard my father prophesy unto the people concerning the coming of one Jesus Christ, a Son of God, to atone for the sins of the world.

Now, as my mind caught hold upon this thought, I cried within my heart: O Jesus, thou Son of God, have mercy on me, who am in the gall of bitterness, and am encircled about by the everlasting chains of death.

And now, behold, when I thought this, I could remember my pains no more; yea, I was harrowed up by the memory of my sins no more.

And oh, what joy, and what marvelous light I did behold; yea, my soul was filled with joy as exceeding as was my pain!

Yea, I say unto you, my son, that there could be nothing so exquisite and so bitter as were my pains. Yea, and again I say unto you, my son, that on the other hand, there can be nothing so exquisite and sweet as was my joy.

Yea, methought I saw, even as our father Lehi saw, God sitting upon his throne, surrounded with numberless concourses of angels, in the attitude of singing and praising their God; yea, and my soul did long to be there.

But behold, my limbs did receive their strength again, and I stood upon my feet, and did manifest unto the people that I had been born of God.

Yea, and from that time even until now, I have labored without ceasing, that I might bring souls unto repentance; that I might bring them to taste of the exceeding joy of which I did taste; that they might also be born of God, and be filled with the Holy Ghost (Alma 36:17-24). 

What wonders the Lord does for people! He redeems fully no matter what we have done.  And those who come unto him are able to feel of the joy and peace of the spirit, which joy is unspeakable. 

That we may ever come unto Christ, find forgiveness, and find life and light in him, is my prayer.

This is from the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Find out for yourself and read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

A Testimony of the Sacred Mission of Jesus Christ

Many years before his coming, on the American Continent, prophets there knew that Christ would come, and taught that he would take upon him the sins of the world.  Amulek Testifies below;

"Behold, I say unto you, that I do know that Christ shall come among the children of men, to take upon him the transgressions of his people, and that he shall atone for the sins of the world; for the Lord God hath spoken it." - Alma 34:8

And he did.  In the garden of Gethsemane, he prayed, not my will but thine be done.  He sweat great drops of blood as he took upon himself our burdens, a weight which would recur on the cross. 

Christ is the God over the whole earth, and he will come to those who call on his name, and he will guide you in a path back to him. 

That we may ever have faith in him is my prayer. 

This is from the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Find out for yourself and read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Picture is not my will but thine by Scott Sumner

Friday, June 2, 2017

Powerful Testimonies of Christ from Just before King Benjamin became king

There were a string of record keepers in the Book of Omni.  One of those was Amaleki, and he is the one who passed the records to King Benjamin.  His words were brief, but carried a powerful testimony of Christ, his gospel, gifts of the spirit, and a plea to come unto him.  Read below Omni 1:25-26

"And it came to pass that I began to be old; and, having no seed, and knowing king Benjamin to be a just man before the Lord, wherefore, I shall deliver up these plates unto him, exhorting all men to come unto God, the Holy One of Israel, and believe in prophesying, and in revelations, and in the ministering of angels, and in the gift of speaking with tongues, and in the gift of interpreting languages, and in all things which are good; for there is nothing which is good save it comes from the Lord: and that which is evil cometh from the devil.

And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved."

These are powerful because they are the words Christ would say if he were here.  If we were to be in the presence of Christ, we would feel of his love for us, we would feel of his majesty and grace, and would know that he longs for all to come unto him.  For he has already paid the price for their sins. He majestically pleads for us to come unto him and to gain salvation without money and without price.  He gives to all freely. But, as the picture suggests, he waits at the door.  We have to be the one to let him in.  

May we ever come unto Christ, as Christ invites us through Amaleki, is my prayer.  

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Powerful Writings of Jacob, who saw Christ, as did Nephi and Isaiah

Jacob's testimony of Christ is important because he saw Jesus Christ, as did Nephi and Isaiah.  Nephi mentions that below when he was speaking about Christ;

"And now I, Nephi, write more of the words of Isaiah, for my soul delighteth in his words. For I will liken his words unto my people, and I will send them forth unto all my children, for he verily saw my Redeemer, even as I have seen him.

And my brother, Jacob, also has seen him as I have seen him" (2 Nephi 11:2-3).

Jacob's teachings take several chapters-I will list just a couple of highlights here. 

"Nevertheless, the Lord has shown unto me...that the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, should manifest himself unto [the Jews] in the flesh; and after he should manifest himself they should scourge him and crucify him, according to the words of the angel who spake it unto me..."(2 Nephi 10:3).  In another place, Jacob says the Following;

"For, for this intent have we written these things, that they may know that we knew of Christ, and we had a hope of his glory many hundred years before his coming; and not only we ourselves had a hope of his glory, but also all the holy prophets which were before us.

Behold, they believed in Christ and worshiped the Father in his name, and also we worship the Father in his name. And for this intent we keep the law of Moses, it pointing our souls to him; and for this cause it is sanctified unto us for righteousness, even as it was accounted unto Abraham in the wilderness to be obedient unto the commands of God in offering up his son Isaac, which is a similitude of God and his Only Begotten Son.

Wherefore, we search the prophets, and we have many revelations and the spirit of prophecy; and having all these witnesses we obtain a hope, and our faith becometh unshaken, insomuch that we truly can command in the name of Jesus and the very trees obey us, or the mountains, or the waves of the sea"(Jacob 4:4-6).

What a powerful witness of the reality and power of Christ is conveyed here in these passages. Christ is the God over all the earth, and has not forgotten any of his children.  This is just a taste of the testimonies of Christ that are in the Book of Mormon. 

May we read it, along with the Bible, and through the spirit, come to know of the truth of these words. For they will draw us closer to Christ.  And as we have faith in him, he will redeem us.  

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Picture is Jacob