Monday, July 31, 2017

The importance of being prepared for Christ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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Picture by Joseph Brickey

Friday, July 28, 2017

"The works of thine hands"

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

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

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

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

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Picture is Peace on Earth by Greg Olsen

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Lesson in the Widow's mite for us today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

He is not Here; For He is Risen!

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

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

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

Christ's gospel is again on the earth today.  The Lord whom we seek has suddenly come to his temple, and has restored the covenants to the earth long lost.  He is preparing the world for his second coming, and the hearts of the children are turning to the Fathers in preparation for that day.  May we ever engage in that sacred and holy work of bringing souls unto Christ is my prayer. 

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

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Picture is He is not here, by Walter Rane, courtesy of LDS Church

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

"God So Loved the World..."

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."  (http://bit.ly/12NHwk2) Of this truth the Savior said to Peter "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (http://bit.ly/16y1Yey)

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

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

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

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

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Picture is Well Done by Del Parson

Monday, July 24, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Picture is Ever Onward by Joseph Brickey

Saturday, July 22, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May we all pray to our Father in Heaven, in the name of Christ, and be able to feel of their love for us.  

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Picture is The Lord's Prayer by Liz Lemon Swindle

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Sacred Life and mission of the Living Savior

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Beatitudes: Peaceful words for Saints in a Troubled World

As we become more like the Savior, we are able to take such comfort in such scriptures as the Beatitudes from the Sermon on the mount: 

"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you (Matthew 5:3-12)

Such peaceful words for those saints in a troubled world.  What peace can we find in these words?  to obtain mercy, to be called the children of God, and many more words of peace.  May we prayerfully study those, and remember them, and in them find peace. 

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 Keeper of the Gate, by Greg Olsen

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"...enter thou into the joy of thy lord"

May we all look forward to that day, after a life of service, when we enter the Kingdom of God.  The scriptures say of those who have served the Lord and rely on his grace,  “Well done, thou good and faithful servant...enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matthew 25:21). 

The scriptures further teach that he will wipe away all our pain, not just in the millenial day, but afterwards “For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” (Revelations 7:17). 

May we seek out the Savior, and follow him, so that we may have peace in this life, and at the end, be welcomed by his warm embrace into the Celestial Kingdom.  We will then be able to dwell with our families, our ancestors, our posterity, and our Heavenly Parents forever.  What a wonderful promise.  

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Picture is Abide with Me by Greg Olsen

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

"A Man of Sorrows, and acquainted with Grief" so he can comfort us in our trials

The Savior has experienced everything we can ever, and is so loving as to be able to reach into the depths of our souls and heal the pain we do not show, the sorrow that is only able to be healed by him, the fear only calmed by him.  This is the Power of the atonement, to change people's hearts.  He knows. 

As the Prophet says "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...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)

May we ever turn to the Savior in all things, and be comforted through the spirit, be lifted, strengthened, and truly loved by a Savior who is real, and is there for each of us.

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

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Picture is Christ walking on the shoreline, by Greg Olsen.

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Savior's plea to come unto him and drink of the living water

The Savior said of those at Jerusalem how oft he would have gathered them as a hen gathereth her chickens, and they would not.  (Matthew 23:37, Luke 13:34).  How saddened he was that people had not come to him. 

Similarly, he longs for us to come unto him, and to feel of his love for us.  As we do, he lovingly heals our pains, comforts our hearts, and soothes our souls.  Come unto him and drink of the "living water" that he offers us, that we may never thirst again.  (John 4:11, John 7:38, more)

He is the Wonderful Counsellor spoken of by Isaiah, he who was bruised for our iniquities, and who with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53, Mosiah 14, Isaiah 9:6).  He pleads with each of us to come unto him and find rest (Matthew 11:29). 

May we ever do that, and find respite from our trials, and find rest from our troubles and the problems of the world.  May we always come to him to have him help us in all things, to be able to feel of the spirit near, and so that finally, we may return to live with him again. 

"I testify that Jesus Christ, born in Bethlehem, was and is the Only Begotten of the Father, the Lamb of God. He chose from before the foundations of the earth to be your Savior, my Savior, and the Savior of all we will ever know or meet."—Henry B. Eyring, "Always", Ensign, Liahona, October 1999

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Picture is O Jerusalem by Greg Olsen.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Christ and the Children in the Americas

I love this picture because it is a reminder that this actually happened. Christ blessed the children in the Americas in Third Nephi.  The account:

"And when he had said these words, he wept, and the multitude bare record of it, and he took their little children, one by one, and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them.

And when he had done this he wept again;

And he spake unto the multitude, and said unto them: Behold your little ones.

And as they looked to behold they cast their eyes towards heaven, and they saw the heavens open, and they saw angels descending out of heaven as it were in the midst of fire; and they came down and encircled those little ones about, and they were encircled about with fire; and the angels did minister unto them.

And the multitude did see and hear and bear record; and they know that their record is true for they all of them did see and hear, every man for himself; and they were in number about two thousand and five hundred souls; and they did consist of men, women, and children." (3 Nephi 17:21-25)

A future chapter records that these children later: "they both saw and heard these children; yea, even babes did open their mouths and utter marvelous things; and the things which they did utter were forbidden that there should not any man write them." (3 Nephi 26:16)

The scriptures tell us in Matthew 18:1-3, and echoed in this month's First Presidency Message that we must be converted and become as little children in order for us to be saved in the Kingdom of Heaven.  May we ever do that, and experience the love of the Savior and our Heavenly Parents Forever.   

May we ever do that.

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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Picture is Come and See by Del Parson

Friday, July 14, 2017

Do we accept the Savior's invitation to "Abide with Me?"

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

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

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

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

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

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Picture is Abide with Me by Del Parson

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of the World (message by Howard Lyon)

Read the powerful message about this picture by the artist, Howard Lyon. 

For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee. - Proverbs 23:11

As I was drawing this piece, I imagined an encounter with Christ.  I pictured the Savior’s face and what it would be like to look into His eyes.  I thought of His humble birth and the crucifixion.  I tried to visualize Him at Gethsemane and resurrected at the garden tomb.  His life was one of contrasts, a King of Kings born in a manger.  He had the power to command the elements, but he condescended to redeem us all.

This drawing was done with charcoal and white chalk.  Charcoal has been used by artists for thousands of years.  It is the humblest of drawing tools.  Wood is consumed by fire and then compressed into sticks.  It makes a rich black pigment.  The white chalk is also an ancient drawing tool and is a perfect and pure white.  It provides a contrast with the charcoal that adds depth to the drawing.

It reminded me of the symbolism of the burnt offering, wherein the pure and perfect sacrifice was placed on the altar and completely consumed by the flames.  Christ, the Son of God, lived humbly and placed his perfection upon the altar of Gethsemane in our behalf, doing what we could not.  Through His offering, that which is stained and burnt becomes pure and white.-Howard Lyon

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Picture is Redeemer by Howard Lyon, used with permission, and available at his website

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Amidst the Trials, Jesus Christ is our Light and Life

In a world seemingly full of turmoil, the Love of the Savior stretches from before the foundations of the Earth into the eternities and beyond. The power of his love touch the tenderest or hardest of hearts, and prepare us to live in the presence of God. Our salvation is his very reason for existence. He is personal enough to know the pains in the quiet chambers of our hearts, and can help transform those into lives filled with Love. He can work miracles in all of our lives, and truly does, if we but have faith and come unto him.

He said to the Nephites "I am the light and the life of the world. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end."  Because of the power of the atonement, his light is in all of creation.  He is what sustains us. (3 Nephi 9:18)

May we ever come unto Christ, and be comforted in this life.  He will ever be there for us as a comforting, succoring Savior, and the meaning in our lives. 

And, in the end, he will help us overcome the world, and return to live with him again.  May we ever remember that. 

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Picture is Light of the World, by Howard Lyon. Used with Permission.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

"I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God"

So wonderful were the words spoken by the Savior that Easter Morning...

"And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her." (John 20:14-18)

Ever since that time, many of the Saints, Prophets, and apostles have proclaimed that the Savior lives, that he rose from the dead, and that all will again be risen.  And that we have the chance to return to live with God again.  May we ever make that our goal.

He will come again, coming in the clouds of heaven, with the righteous with him, and will rule and reign on earth.  Then, when the work is done, he will declare that it is finished, and will present the kingdom to the Father.  

May we ever rely on the Savior, come unto him, and in his gospel find peace, salvation, and exaltation with our families, our ancestors, our posterity, and all of the family of man who will come to him.  

Here is a video portraying that morning


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Scripture is John 20:14-18

Picture is why weepest thou, by Simon Dewey, copyright Altus Fine Art

Monday, July 10, 2017

What Christ said and did on the Cross and the lesson there

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...

Here is a video about that below


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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Condemned to Die "Crucify Him, Crucify Him"

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.  

Watch a video about this below


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Picture, awaiting the command, by Jon McNaughton

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Price paid in the Garden of Gethsemane-and later on the cross

I am humbled at the price that was paid for our sins by our Savior, Jesus Christ.  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).

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, 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.  But there is more to come later...

You may watch a video of the Savior suffering in Gethsemane below


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Picture is No Greater Love by Greg Olsen

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Great Intercessory Prayer and what it means to us

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:"  

Do we become one with the Father and the Son?  Do we pray for the influence of the spirit in our lives?  Do we give ourselves wholly to the Lord?  

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.   But the story isn't done here...

Read the whole intercessory prayer by clicking here, or watch a video about it below


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Thursday, July 6, 2017

What happened at the Last Supper and the lesson for us today (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. 

But the full import of what he would do would not come until later...

Watch a video about this below:

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem a fulfillment of prophecy

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 tomorrow...

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Picture is Triumphal Entry by Liz Lemon Swindle

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Beginnings of Liberty and Freedom in this Land

Our Forefathers were inspired of the Lord to create this land, a land of liberty, a place where God could begin to restore his gospel to the earth.  They have often stated that God, or Divine Providence was what inspired them to create this land with the freedoms it has.  But the blessings of Freedom started long before the birth of the United States of America.  

May each of us be like Captain Moroni in the defense of liberty, especially religious Liberty, for if all of us were like him, the very powers of hell would be shaken forever.  We may not go to war, but armed with the power of our testimonies, and a determination to speak out for Religious Liberty, we do as Moroni did, in his day.  Here is the account: 

"And it came to pass that he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it—In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children—and he fastened it upon the end of a pole.

And he fastened on his head-plate, and his breastplate, and his shields, and girded on his armor about his loins; and he took the pole, which had on the end thereof his rent coat, (and he called it the title of liberty) and he bowed himself to the earth, and he prayed mightily unto his God for the blessings of liberty to rest upon his brethren, so long as there should a band of Christians remain to possess the land—" (Alma 46:13 http://bit.ly/12oIdBb)

A bit more about Moroni:

"Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men." (Alma 48:17 http://bit.ly/1dnRJOJ)

May we do all we can to stand strong for our beliefs.  For our families, our God, our Religion, and our Freedom.  As our Forefathers and Moroni and those who followed him did.  

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Picture is For the Blessings of Liberty by Scott Snow

Monday, July 3, 2017

In the Americas-"Behold my Beloved Son...hear ye him"

After he was resurrected, Jesus Christ came to the peoples of the Americas.  The scriptures say "And behold, the third time they did understand the voice which they heard; and it said unto them: Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name—hear ye him. 

And it came to pass, as they understood they cast their eyes up again towards heaven; and behold, they saw a Man descending out of heaven; and he was clothed in a white robe; and he came down and stood in the midst of them.  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.  (3 Nephi 11:6-10 http://bit.ly/15HrSzh)

The Savior is the Savior and Redeemer of the whole world.  He loves all of his children, and as the prophet Joseph has said, has made provisions for all of the children of men (History of the Church).  

May we read these sacred passages, and come unto the Savior, for its words come from the "most correct of any book on earth," as the prophet Joseph said.  It will bring us to Christ.  

This comes from the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ.  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

Picture is One Shepherd, by Howard Lyon.  Used with Permission, Howard Lyon, http://www.howardlyon.com/religious-store/

Saturday, July 1, 2017

"...which is, which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."

"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, saith the Lord, which is, which was, and which is to come, the Almighty." -Revelations 1:8

It can feel like the world is spinning out of control at times.  War and conflict sweep over nearly the entire earth.  It would be easy to fall into despair over the state of mankind if not for the knowledge that Christ stands at the center, ready to give hope and promise to those who seek Him.

I find comfort in knowing that Christ comprehends all things and His will ultimately triumphs over sorrow.  He is the Master of the earth, the oceans and the skies.  He is the Beginning and the End, Alpha and Omega and everything in between (represented by the 3 stars in the upper sky).-Howard Lyon

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Message is from the artist of this picture, Howard Lyon, picture used by permission, available at http://www.howardlyon.com/religious-store/alpha-and-omega