Saturday, August 19, 2017

"As if the Savior were there beside us, teaching us..."

John says "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." (John 5:39)

When we search the scriptures, the holy spirit testifies of the truth of the Savior.  We read in Moroni: "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.

And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." (Moroni 10:4-5)

When the spirit testifies of the truth of what we read, it is as if the Savior of the world were right there beside us.  Through the spirit, we come to know him, and to know of his reality. 

I pray that all of us might search the scriptures diligently, as King Benjamin instructed, and come to know the Savior as the spirit testifies to us of his reality and divinity. 

And may that inspiration guide our lives.

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

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Picture is touched by the scriptures by Jon Mcnaughton

Friday, August 18, 2017

Christ's invitation to repent and to come unto him

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is a slideshow about Gethsemane:


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

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Scripture is D&C 19:16-19

Picture is Gethsemane, by Adam Abram Art

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That all may come closer to Christ is my prayer.

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

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday, August 14, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Christ's appearances Biblically, and in our Modern Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, August 11, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May we ever strive to be one with them.  

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

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto them saying:

Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.

And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust their hands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet; and this they did do, going forth one by one until they had all gone forth, and did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of a surety and did bear record, that it was he, of whom it was written by the prophets, that should come.

And when they had all gone forth and had witnessed for themselves, they did cry out with one accord, saying: 

Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God! And they did fall down at the feet of Jesus, and did worship him." (3 Nephi 11:9-17)

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

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

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

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday, August 7, 2017

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

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

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

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

May we ever do that.

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

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, August 4, 2017

Christ's love and my testimony of him and his love

The purpose of this life is to come to know the Savior that we may be filled with his love. "And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God." (Ephesians 3:19 http://bit.ly/1bCcMMI

To have that charity is to gain the fulness of God. "charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him." (Moroni 7:47 http://bit.ly/15nkzXA)

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

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

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

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Picture is Loving Savior by Jon McNaughton

Thursday, August 3, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Picture is Abide with Me by Del Parson

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

"Greater Love Hath No man than this..."

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13)

Christ meekly fulfilled the Father's will, both in the Garden and on the Cross, and because of the love he had for us and the Father, "partook and finished [his] preparations to the children of men" (D&C 19:19)

This same Christ had so much love in his heart that he prayed the soldiers who were taunting and crucifying him, would be forgiven, because they knew not what they did.  

While in Agony, because of the Love he had in his heart, He had compassion on the malefactor and told him he would be with him in paradise.

He showed then, and he continues to show today how much he loves all, and how he longs for them to come unto him and be healed, strengthened, encouraged, have their burdens lifted, and sins forgiven.  

As Psalms 62:8 says, may we pour out our hearts to him, for he is our refuge.  He knows our pains, our trials, and will comfort us.  

He invitation is the greatest invitation known-from God to us "come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).

May we come to him, and in him find rest.  He will ever be there to strengthen us, lift us, and provide help when we need it.  Just turn to him.  

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

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Picture is Greater Love by Del Parson

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Read more about Christ in the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ. Find out for yourself 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 Anointed One" by Joseph Brickey