Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Wilford Woodruff sees the Savior

At the dedication of the Salt Lake Temple in April of 1893, Wilford Woodruff stated, "Our Savior had appeard unto [me] in the East Room in the Holy of Holies, & told [me] that He had accepted of the Temple & of the dedication services, & that the Lord forgave us His Saints who had assisted in any manner towards the erection and completion of the Temple."[1] 

The Savior, Jesus Christ is real.  The heavens have been rent, and the power of God is again upon the earth.  May we ever know that Christ is real.  As we go to the temple, even if we do not see him, we can feel of his presence through the veil, and feel of his love for us as we seek him out.  

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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Account from Stuy, Brian H., "Come, Let Us Go Up to the Mountain of the Lord": The Salt Lake Temple Dedication", Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, 31 (Fall 1998), no. 3, 111.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Elder Haight's Vision of the Savior's ministry on earth

"I was shown a panoramic view of His earthly ministry: His baptism, His teaching, His healing the sick and lame, the mock trial, His crucifixion, His resurrection and ascension. There followed scenes of His earthly ministry to my mind in impressive detail, confirming scriptural eyewitness accounts. . . . I was given, by the gift and power of the Holy Ghost, a more perfect knowledge of His mission. . . . I cannot begin to convey to you the deep impact that these scenes have confirmed upon my soul." (The Sacrament and the Sacrifice, October 1989 General Conference More at https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1989/10/the-sacrament-and-the-sacrifice)

The Savior, Jesus Christ is real.  The heavens have been rent, and the power of God is again upon the earth.  May we ever know that Christ is real.  As we go to the temple, even if we do not see him, we can feel of his presence through the veil, and feel of his love for us as we seek him out.  

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, January 28, 2017

President George Q Cannon's account of seeing the Savior and speaking with him

President George Q Cannon recorded the following experience of Seeing the Savior.

This experience occurred during the almost month-long dedication of the House of the Lord in 1893. President Cannon said, "My mind has been rapt in vision and have saw [sic] the bea[u]ties and Glory of God. I have saw [sic] and conversed with the Savior face to face."(Stuy, Brian H., "Come, Let Us Go Up to the Mountain of the Lord": The Salt Lake Temple Dedication", Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, 31 (Fall 1998), no. 3, 119).

The Savior, Jesus Christ is real.  The heavens have been rent, and the power of God is again upon the earth.  May we ever know that Christ is real.  As we go to the temple, even if we do not see him, we can feel of his presence through the veil, and feel of his love for us as we seek him out.  

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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Friday, January 27, 2017

"I pledge my life, my strength...and invoke his blessings upon you"

"With all my heart and the fervency of my soul, I lift my voice in testimony today as a special witness and declare that God does live. Jesus is His Son, the Only Begotten of the Father in the flesh. He is our Redeemer; He is our Mediator with the Father. He loves us with a love we cannot fully comprehend, and because He loves us, He gave His life for us. My gratitude to Him is beyond expression.

I invoke His blessings upon you, my beloved brothers and sisters, in your homes, in your work, in your service to one another and to the Lord Himself. Together we shall move forward doing His work.

I pledge my life, my strength—all that I have to offer—in serving Him and in directing the affairs of His Church in accordance with His will and by His inspiration, and I do so in His holy name—even the Lord Jesus Christ—amen." (From Looking Back and Moving Forward, Thomas S Monson, April 2008 General Conference)

As President Monson has gotten weak at the pulpit, but has continued to lead, he is fulfilling his pledge he first made in this talk as Prophet to give his life, his strength, and all he has to offer to the Lord and his work. 

In the same talk he invokes the blessings of heaven upon the saints, righteously exercising his keys as Prophet.

And he gives his sure testimony of the Reality and Divinity of the Savior Jesus Christ. 

May we ever emulate our prophet's example.  May we ever serve the Lord.  We have the power of testimony, and have the Lord's blessings poured out upon us as we serve others, lift them with a kind word or kind deed, as we help those inside and outside of our family, and do missionary work and temple work.  We have the promise that if we always remember the Savior, we will have his spirit to be with us.  We have the blessings of the priesthood and the temple, and as we exercise those righteously, we will have the blessings of the Lord to help not just us, but those around us.

We live in the dispensation of the fulness of times, where there is a Prophet again on the earth, and the blessings that can come as we follow them are something worthy of careful study in the scriptures and on lds.org.   

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, January 26, 2017

with Christ, there were many of you, the noble and great ones

"Now the Lord had shown unto me, Abraham, the intelligences that were organized before the world was; and among all these there were many of the noble and great ones;

And God saw these souls that they were good, and he stood in the midst of them, and he said: These I will make my rulers; for he stood among those that were spirits, and he saw that they were good; and he said unto me: Abraham, thou art one of them; thou wast chosen before thou wast born." (Abraham 3:22-23)

If you ever wonder if you matter, or if you mean something to the Lord, just know that in the pre existence, you were in the presence God the Father and God the Son, Jesus Christ.  You were valiant in your testimony of the truth, and you are one of the noble and great ones.  You stood in the presence of Christ and stood strong for him. 

I pray that all may be able to know how loved of God you are, how far he has gone to save you, and of the light you are to others.  

Many times we do not know the good that we do.  Often times we are hard on ourselves, and forget the divine nature that we have.  

May we ever remember that as we pour out our hearts in prayer.  

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

What the Resurrection really means to us and to Christ

What joy must have filled the Savior's heart when he was resurrected.  The victory over sin and death was completed!  At that time, Christ knew the prophecies had been fulfilled in him.  As God, he would be able to see with a perfect view all the people who would be saved because of what he had done, and to know how that triumph would lift each person individually.  What joy must have filled his heart at that time.  

This picture depicts him looking up, rejoicing, no doubt connecting with the Father who was waiting to welcome him home.  Soon after this, The Apostles and Mary were at the tomb, and he appeared to Mary, and said as she was reaching for him-

"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."

I hope we take the time to ponder and reflect upon the import of what happened that sacred day, and pour our hearts out in prayer to the Father for the blessings of the Savior's sacrifice in the Garden, on the Cross, and with the empty tomb.  

And may we ever follow and serve him, and others.  

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

"Why stand ye gazing up into heaven?" Are we ready?

"And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." (Acts 1:10-11)

The Savior still lives today, and works for our salvation.  As our prophet says, he is in the details of our lives, and he will come again, in power and great glory, to rule and reign upon the earth, as he and his servants complete the work begun from the foundations of the world.  

This church will never again be taken from the earth, and with Christ at its head, will be the means of bringing billions to a knowledge of Christ, of helping people to remember that they are children of a loving Father in Heaven.

As these angels said, Christ will come again, in like manner, and will finish his work upon the earth.  And we will be able to help in that work, no matter what side of the veil we will be on, because he is the Savior of both the living and the dead.  

May we ever seek to serve others, to help with missionary work, and go to the temple often to do the work of the Lord.  May we be a shining example to all of what a man or woman of Christ is.  

As we do that, we will be prepared for the time when, as the two angels said, the Savior comes again in like manner as those New Testament saints saw him ascend into heaven.  Whether we are on earth, or are with the thousands of saints who descend from heaven, may we ever prepare for that glorious day, and for the millenial reign of the Savior on this earth.  

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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Monday, January 23, 2017

Who will be saved in the Kingdom of Heaven? The Sweetest answer

Who will be saved in the Kingdom of Heaven in the resurrection?  Many have attempted to say, and the sweet answer is like water to parched earth.  Many places in scripture tell us who will be saved, and what we need to obtain eternal life, the resurrection of the just, and these answers in holy writ culminate with the following revelation given the prophet Joseph, now contained in Doctrine and Covenants Section 76 (vs 50-70).  It is the most glorious of revelations.  I have included almost all of it here (I suggest you also read this on your own).  

"And again we bear record—for we saw and heard, and this is the testimony of the gospel of Christ concerning them who shall come forth in the resurrection of the just—

They are they who received the testimony of Jesus, and believed on his name and were baptized after the manner of his burial, being buried in the water in his name, and this according to the commandment which he has given—

That by keeping the commandments they might be washed and cleansed from all their sins, and receive the Holy Spirit by the laying on of the hands of him who is ordained and sealed unto this power;

And who overcome by faith, and are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, which the Father sheds forth upon all those who are just and true.

They are they who are the church of the Firstborn....

These shall dwell in the presence of God and his Christ forever and ever.

These are they whom he shall bring with him, when he shall come in the clouds of heaven to reign on the earth over his people.

These are they who shall have part in the first resurrection.

These are they who shall come forth in the resurrection of the just.

These are they who are come unto Mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly place, the holiest of all.

These are they who have come to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of Enoch, and of the Firstborn.

These are they whose names are written in heaven, where God and Christ are the judge of all.

These are they who are just men made perfect through Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, who wrought out this perfect atonement through the shedding of his own blood.

These are they whose bodies are celestial, whose glory is that of the sun, even the glory of God, the highest of all, whose glory the sun of the firmament is written of as being typical."

It mentions the basics in these verses, baptism, gift of the holy ghost, by those who have authority, and who endure to the end in Christ.  And there we will dwell in the presence of God and Christ forever.  It also mentions that proper authority has to be there by the one who administers these ordinances, and it mentions the sealing power.  The Sealing power is the power by which all of the ordinances of the temple are administrated, so this also makes reference to the temple ordinances (to remind yourself of this, go to the temple, start with initiatories, and go from there to get a glimpse of that sealing power being used in all the ordinances there).  

What is most important here is that we will dwell forever with the ones who love us the most.  That love changes us and makes us more than we thought we could be.  So many of us are burdened by worry, the trials of life, or by sin, and the love of Christ wipes all of that away.  We can have a portion of that love here on earth if we just follow Christ, follow what he has commanded, for in that we will find true joy, and will be able to feel of his love for us most fully.  It is also how we show our love for him, for the scriptures say if we love him, to keep his commandments.   

May we ever do that, and prepare to dwell in the presence of God and Christ at the last day.  And we will also find that peace that surpasseth understanding in this life as well.   

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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Scripture is online at https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/76.50-54,62-70 

Picture is "The Arrival" by Jon McNaughton

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Repentance and the Atonement bring us the peace of Christ

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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Friday, January 20, 2017

"I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer..."

Gethsemane 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:


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Scripture is at https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/19.16-19?lang=eng

Picture is Gethsemane, by Adam Abram Art available at http://www.adamabram.com/gethsemane 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Beginning and the End, the Redeemer of the World

The Savior has overcome all, and there are glorious promises available with that.  He declares this in the following scripture: "I am Alpha and Omega, Christ the Lord; yea, even I am he, the beginning and the end, the Redeemer of the world.

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

Retaining all power, even to the destroying of Satan and his works at the end of the world..."

This brings to mind the Savior's declaration at the Last Supper, that he has overcome the World.  Because of that, if we are faithful, we will be able to return and live with our Heavenly parents, and Savior Jesus Christ again with our families.

What a wonderful promise.  May we ever rely on the Savior, Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of Israel and of the whole world, and through whom we are brought into the presence of the Father.  

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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Wednesday, January 18, 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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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

How we can feel of the presence of the Anointed One

"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 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/2-ne/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, most especially in the temple, his holy house.  The Sacred, Holy, Annointed One who is there to comfort us, strengthen us, lift us and to save us.  

That presence fills the soul with a feeling of love that calms all fears, comforts all pains, and leaves behind a knowledge that the Savior is real, that he is there to comfort us.  Each time you feel the spirit, it is a reminder of the reality of Jesus Christ, for that is how it is like to feel of his presence through the veil.  May we all seek after that and be filled with that love that is beyond compare.  

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Monday, January 16, 2017

"I am a witness of the Resurrection of the Lord..."

"I am a witness of the Resurrection of the Lord as surely as if I had been there in the evening with the two disciples in the house on Emmaus road. I know that He lives as surely as did Joseph Smith when he saw the Father and the Son in the light of a brilliant morning in a grove of trees in Palmyra.

This is the true Church of Jesus Christ. Only in the priesthood keys held by President Thomas S. Monson is the power for us to be sealed in families to live forever with our Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We will on the Day of Judgment stand before the Savior, face to face. It will be a time of joy for those who have drawn close to Him in His service in this life. It will be a joy to hear the words: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” I so testify as a witness of the risen Savior and our Redeemer in the name of Jesus Christ, amen."

Entire talk at https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2013/04/come-unto-me

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

You are doing well enough to hear "Enter thou into the Joy of thy Lord"

Can we imagine at the end of our lives, being welcomed back to our heavenly home, into the arms of our Savior, Jesus Christ, to dwell with him and our Father in Heaven together with our families forever? To feel of our Savior's love as he embraces us. May he say unto us, as in the parable of the talents;

"Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord." (Matthew 25:23 http://bit.ly/15yZetf)

And in the Book of Mormon "Yea, verily I say unto you, if ye will come unto me ye shall have eternal life. Behold, mine arm of mercy is extended towards you, and whosoever will come, him will I receive; and blessed are those who come unto me " (3 Nephi 9:14 http://bit.ly/17A6NCE)

The Savior Pleads for us to come unto him.  He knows if we do, we will return to him and our heavenly parents, together with our families, ancestors, and posterity.  What a joyous reunion that will be.  And we will forever be engaged in lifting and strengthening others.  May we ever come unto the Savior, and find the living water.  

Now there are some people who struggle with trials, who may think they can't make it.  You are being too hard on yourself.  The Lord knows you, and you will make it.  Your trials are enough.  Enduring is good enough, as Elder Holland said in a recent conference talk, that trying is good enough.  You will still be with the Savior in heaven.  For he that knows your trials will make it so.  What peace will fill your hearts when at the last day he embraces you.     

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Friday, January 13, 2017

"I am the Resurrection and the Life"

Before the Savior raised Lazarus from the dead he said "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:" (John 11:25 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/john/11.25)

He here states his power over death and hell, is declaring his impending victory over sin and death, and a fitting declaration before he raises Lazarus.  

We will all live again, and will have the chance to return to the presence of our Father in Heaven, if we will but turn to the Savior, he who is our Redeemer, our Advocate with the Father, and in whom is power over all things through love. May we ever come and follow him.

Jesus Christ loves each of us with a love we cannot comprehend, but can feel.  The same power that moves the heavens and the earth is the same power that has the ability to touch our hearts and help us be comforted through the spirit.  It lifts and enlivens and strengthens us as we believe in him, and live, both in the spirit, and physically again.  

God is with us, more than we know, and he will help us in every way to return back to him with our families, and live forever.  In the gift of his son he placed all power to accomplish that if we turn to him. 

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This picture is by Brent Borup, and is called The Resurrection and the Life. It is available at http://www.brentborupstudio.com/resurrectionandl.html

Thursday, January 12, 2017

"accounts of the Savior's healing the heavy laden" -Elder Oaks

"The scriptures contain many accounts of the Savior’s healing the heavy laden. He caused the blind to see; the deaf to hear; the palsied, withered, or maimed to be restored; lepers to be cleansed; and unclean spirits to be cast out. Often we read that the person healed of these physical ailments was “made whole” (see Matthew 14:36; 15:28; Mark 6:56; 10:52; Luke 17:19; John 5:9).

Jesus healed many from physical diseases, but He did not withhold healing from those who sought to be “made whole” from other ailments. Matthew writes that He healed every sickness and every disease among the people (see Matthew 4:23; 9:35). Great multitudes followed Him, and He “healed them all” (Matthew 12:15). Surely these healings included those whose sicknesses were emotional, mental, or spiritual. He healed them all.

In His early sermon in the synagogue, Jesus read aloud from this prophecy of Isaiah: “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” (Luke 4:18). As Jesus declared that He was come to fulfill that prophecy, He expressly affirmed that He would heal those with physical ailments and He would also deliver the captive, liberate the bruised, and heal the brokenhearted." (Dallin H Oaks, He Heals the Heavy Laden, October 2006 General Conference)

Christ not only heals our physical infirmities, but also our mental, emotional, and any other trials we may go through.  When we are at the end of our rope, we can pray for comfort, and it will come.  We can ask for blessings, and that healing of our souls will come.

May we ever reach out to the Lord in our trials and troubles of life.  I give my testimony that he is real, that he is there, and is there to lift and strengthen us.  

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Picture is He healed many by Kurt Richards, featured in the September 2016 Ensign magazine.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Light of The World, The Light of everlasting life

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

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

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

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

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

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 Dawning of a Brighter day by Simon Dewey available at http://www.altusfineart.com/the-dawning-of-a-brighter-day/

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

"The Savior lifts us, and beckons us to follow him by doing..."

"And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him." (Matthew 4:18-20)

The Savior similarly beckons us to follow him, to be an example for him, and to serve others-as the Lord said to Peter, to "feed my lambs." To serve others, to lift those who are downtrodden, to help those who cannot help themselves.  That is our charge, as President Monson has stated-"There are hearts to gladden, [good] deeds to be done-even precious souls to save" (The Blessings of Ministering, Oct 2009 Ensign).

May we remember the Savior's words "inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me" (Matt 25:40). 

The burdens the Savior bears now is to know that there are his children who need to be lifted, and strengthened.  When we lift and strengthen others, it is the same as if we were to help the Savior.  

President Eyring echoed that in a previous conference when he said when we reach out to succor another, the Savior feels as if we had reached out to succor him.

May we do that and have the spirit of the Lord to be with us as we lift and serve others. For in that is life.  

I leave my testimony that Jesus Christ lives.  I love him with all of my heart.  The greatest joys I have experienced in this life come from serving others.  

President Monson has been an example of that his entire life, as he has followed the Savior and done what Christ would do if he were here.  As we will follow Christ, and serve others as Christ did, and as our Prophet has his whole life, we will experience a closeness with the Savior that will fill us with a joy we cannot get anywhere else on this earth.

There are many ways to lift others, a kind word here and there, serving others in our families and homes, and reaching out to others beyond us.  

And if we do that for a lifetime, at the end day, we will embrace the Savior with joy, and will feel his love bless us, because we will have become like him.  That joy is better than anything on earth, and is worth every sacrifice we could make to obtain that. 
  
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Picture is Fisher of Men by Del Parson.

Monday, January 9, 2017

How can we let the Savior into our lives?

Are we letting the Savior in to our homes and into our lives? “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20).

We let the Savior in when we put aside the digital distractions, stop focusing on the things of the world.  Instead, we study his words in the scriptures or from prophets, we serve others.  We help to lift and encourage others, and we listen to music and watch movies that invite his spirit in.  

Then we are letting the Savior into our lives. And the peace that comes into our lives at that time is more welcome than water to a sun-dried earth.  More peaceful than a placid lake.  And it will fill our hearts with joy.  

May we ever let him in.  

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 Let Him In by Greg Olsen

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Apostle Orson F Whitney's vision of seeing and embracing the Savior

"One night I dreamed—if dream it may be called—that I was in the Garden of Gethsemane, a witness of the Savior’s agony. I saw Him as plainly as I see this congregation. I stood behind a tree in the foreground, where I could see without being seen. Jesus, with Peter, James, and John, came through a little wicket gate at my right. Leaving the three Apostles there, after telling them to kneel and pray, He passed over to the other side, where He also knelt and prayed. It was the same prayer with which we are all familiar: “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” ([see] Matthew 26:36–44 [Matt. 26:36–44]; Mark 14:32–41; Luke 22:42).

As He prayed the tears streamed down His face, which was toward me. I was so moved at the sight that I wept also, out of pure sympathy with His great sorrow. My whole heart went out to Him. I loved Him with all my soul and longed to be with Him as I longed for nothing else.

Presently He arose and walked to where the Apostles were kneeling—fast asleep! He shook them gently, awoke them, and in a tone of tender reproach, untinctured by the least suggestion of anger or scolding, asked them if they could not watch with Him one hour. There He was, with the weight of the world’s sin upon His shoulders, with the pangs of every man, woman, and child shooting through His sensitive soul—and they could not watch with Him one poor hour!

Returning to His place, He prayed again and then went back and found them again sleeping. Again He awoke them, admonished them, and returned and prayed as before. Three times this happened, until I was perfectly familiar with His appearance—face, form, and movements. He was of noble stature and of majestic mien—not at all the weak, effeminate being that some painters have portrayed—a very God among men, yet as meek and lowly as a little child.

All at once the circumstance seemed to change, the scene remaining just the same. Instead of before, it was after the Crucifixion, and the Savior, with those three Apostles, now stood together in a group at my left. They were about to depart and ascend into heaven. I could endure it no longer. I ran out from behind the tree, fell at His feet, clasped Him around the knees, and begged Him to take me with Him.

I shall never forget the kind and gentle manner in which He stooped and raised me up and embraced me. It was so vivid, so real, that I felt the very warmth of His bosom against which I rested. Then He said: “No, my son; these have finished their work, and they may go with me, but you must stay and finish yours.” Still I clung to Him. Gazing up into His face—for He was taller than I—I besought Him most earnestly: “Well, promise me that I will come to You at the last.” He smiled sweetly and tenderly and replied: “That will depend entirely upon yourself.” I awoke with a sob in my throat, and it was morning." (Elder Orson F Whitney, published in the Improvement Era Jan 1926, 219-27, also available online at
https://www.lds.org/liahona/2003/12/the-divinity-of-jesus-christ

I add my testimony.  Jesus Christ is real.  I know he lives.  He really did what the scriptures said he did.  He actually did appear to the Prophet Joseph and restored his gospel in our day, in fulfillment of prophesies made by Isaiah and other Old Testament, New Testament, and Book of Mormon prophets.  

May we come to have a testimony borne of the spirit that Jesus Christ lives, and loves each of us.  His love is stronger than anything, can pierce any darkness, and comfort any soul.  It lifts and redeems and is the only power whereby we may be saved.  

May we ever remember that.

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Elder Faust relates when he came to know Christ

Here is a story from someone who heard Elder Faust speak at a stake conference of his experience with the Savior.  

"After relating this parable to us, he grew silent. I have never seen a General Authority not immediatly regain himself after being choked up. But there was a long silence as he reached for a tissue. He then said "It has been about 25 years when I first became acquanted with the Savior. It is a very sacred experience that I don't relate to people. It is to sacred to me. I was totally purged of every worldly desire when this happened. It was through this experience that I can say that I know that Jesus is the Christ and that God lives. It is through this experience that I can say I am one of the special witnesses of Christ". He was VERY emotional while he was relating this to us. He then proceeded to give an apostolic blessing to those present.
I have known many great spiritual people in my life, but none that hold a candle to this man. I have never felt such a power in the presence of another as I did today. There was power spoken, not words. I have never felt that kind of love before, nor seen such a reflection of what our Savior is like." –Tyler Livingston

The apostles and prophets are special witnesses of Christ, and many have seen him, and know of his reality and divinity.  May we ever remember that.  

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, January 5, 2017

"believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth"

The Savior is our Hope over all "Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend. And again, believe that ye must repent of your sins and forsake them, and humble yourselves before God; and ask in sincerity of heart that he would forgive you; and now, if you believe all these things see that ye do them" (Mosiah 4:9-10 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/mosiah/4.9-10)

God is over all. He is always there. In him is the perfection of Faith and the Hope of our Salvation. Repent, and come unto him, and you will feel the sweet peace of his love for you. Turn to him when you need comfort, and he will be there for you.

When you pray, let the Father know that you love him, and that you love Christ, and take a moment to feel of their love for you. For it is real and brings life and meaning to life. It wipes all other cares away for a bit. For we are his little children.

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Picture is Hope on the Horizon by Greg Olsen

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

"The Living Christ, the Immortal Son of God..."

"Jesus is the Living Christ, the immortal Son of God...He is the light, the life, and the hope of the world. His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come." (More about Christ at http://bit.ly/1bAqOhI - From The Living Christ, The Testimony of the Apostles).

Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the World is real. As the prophet has said, he is involved in the details of our lives and is there for us if we reach out to him. We can know for ourselves that he is real, and that he loves us if we will ask our Father in Heaven in Christ's name. The Love of the Savior is only a prayer away, as we pour out our hearts in prayer.

Christ's church has been restored to the earth, with all of the blessings from previous Biblical times. The Gospel, once lost in the darkness of the apostasy, has been restored in a flood of light by the Power of God for our times.

May we ever be grateful for that, and for our Savior. 

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 by Joseph Brickey

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

"The Church of Jesus Christ as He established it anciently has been restored"

"With great love and admiration for the many disciples of Jesus Christ who are not members of this Church, we humbly declare that angels have returned to the earth in our day. The Church of Jesus Christ as He established it anciently has been restored, with the power, ordinances, and blessings of heaven. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ." —Neil L. Andersen, ""What Thinks Christ of Me?"" http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2012/04/what-thinks-christ-of-me

The Gospel of Jesus Christ, once lost in the darkness of apostasy, has been restored to the Earth in what has been termed by Elder Neal A Maxwell as a wonderful flood of light.  All of the blessings available in Christ's original church are again on the Earth for the blessing of all.  

At the center of that is Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the World, who is able to touch the innermost parts of each individual soul through the spirit.  He will ever sustain us, and as the Prophet has stated, is in the details of our lives.  

Follow him, love him, and be grateful for the blessings he has given you.  He will ever sustain you in all things as you turn to him.   For the heavens are again opened, and God's blessings are again on the earth for each of us individually.  

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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Monday, January 2, 2017

The Temple; "The veil is very thin. We are living in eternity"

May we attend the temple often to feel of the presence of the Lord, and to do the work for those who came before us.  

President Hinckley has said that the work we do for the dead in the Temple is the closest we can come to the Sacrifice the Savior made for us, because we are doing things for others that they cannot do for themselves. We become Saviors on Mount Zion. 

President Benson has similarly said "Ours is the privilege of opening the doors of salvation to those souls who may be imprisoned in darkness in the world of spirits, that they may receive the light of the gospel and be judged the same as we."

Additionally, we can go to the temple to feel of his presence. "And inasmuch as my people build a house unto me in the name of the Lord...my glory shall rest upon it; Yea, and my presence shall be there, for I will come into it, and all the pure in heart that shall come into it shall see God" (D & C 97:15-16 http://bit.ly/14GTNd6 )

President Benson also said the following about the temple:  "The temple ceremony was given by a wise Heavenly Father to help us become more Christlike.

We will not be able to dwell in the company of celestial beings unless we are pure and holy. The laws and ordinances which cause men and women to come out of the world and become sanctified are administered only in these holy places. They were given by revelation and are comprehended by revelation." 

He has also said "The veil is very thin. We are living in eternity. All is as with one day with God. I imagine that to the Lord there is no veil. It is all one great program. I am sure there is rejoicing in heaven as we meet [in the temple]. Our progenitors are rejoicing, and my hope and prayer is that we will take advantage of the opportunities now afforded us to come regularly to the temple."

May we ever attend the temple, the House of the Lord, and be filled with the spirit as we do.  

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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Quotes by President Benson available at https://www.lds.org/manual/teachings-of-presidents-of-the-church-ezra-taft-benson/chapter-13-priceless-blessings-of-the-house-of-the-lord 

Picture is of the Gilbert Arizona Temple, courtesy of https://www.lds.org

Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Mount of Transfiguration-the preparation for the Atonement

The Mount of Transfiguration was a sacred event where the Savior gained instruction about the sacrifice he would soon make, and where he was transfigured in front of Peter James and John. More below: 

 "And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.

And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.

And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.

And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid.

And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves.

And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead." (Mark 9:2-9 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/mark/9 )

In other accounts of this event, it is reported that Moses and Elias spoke to the Savior about the atonement that he would "accomplish" at Jerusalem at the end of his life.  He did just that and gained the victory over sin and death.  This atonement was planned before the creation of the world, and it was known he would be our Savior and redeemer.  

He is ever there for us.  

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Picture is Transfiguration of Jesus by Carl Heinrich Bloch