Tuesday, February 28, 2017

"encircled about eternally in the arms of his love."

Lehi said "But behold, the Lord hath redeemed my soul from hell; I have beheld his glory, and I am encircled about eternally in the arms of his love." (2 Nephi 1:15)

How can we be encircled about in the arms of Christ's love?  Lehi tells us in this same chapter what the Lord's response is

"Inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land; but inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments ye shall be cut off from my presence." (2 Nephi 1:20).

We must keep his commandments.  The Lord has said that if we love him, we must keep his commandments.  Do we really show our love to the Savior by doing his will?  That love will come to us now, and our joy will be full at the last day.  

What joy will fill our hearts then, when we embrace the Savior, and return to dwell in his presence.  If we have given ourselves to service in this life, and have repented and obeyed his commandments, as Revelations says, we will experience such joy at that time, and forever.  

May we ever strive for that.  That we may be "encircled about eternally in the arms of his love." 

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Who Jesus Christ is, and What he offers us

First, we must know who Christ is: 

"Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I am the same that came unto mine own, and mine own received me not. I am the light which shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not." (D&C 6:21)

Then, we must know what will happen and has happened because of him:

"And it shall come to pass that the time cometh, when the fulness of my gospel shall be preached unto them;

And they shall believe in me, that I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and shall pray unto the Father in my name" (3 Nephi 20:30-31).

And then what we must do to have the Love of God with us: "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love." (John 15:10) 

And we find out what we must do to be saved: "but whosoever shall do and teach these commandments of the law until it be fulfilled, the same shall be called great, and shall be saved in the kingdom of heaven." (JST Matthew 5:21).  

And finally, we can have joy in this life, and in the life to come in Christ.  

John 15:11 says "These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full."

And in other scripture, the Lord states that he knows that we will have trials in this life, and it will be hard, but gives a promise

"Wherefore, fear not even unto death; for in this world your joy is not full, but in me your joy is full" (D&C 101:36).

Scripture is full of other promises made by Christ and his prophets about the peace that can be ours as we come unto him, and in him find rest.  I urge you to seek these promises out in the scriptures, for in them are the words of life. 

And may we ever come unto Christ, our Savior, Redeemer, and our Advocate with the Father.  

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

"And being in agony he prayed more earnestly..." so he could save us

In the Garden of Gethsemane, the Savior took upon him our sins, trials, pain, and suffering.  We read the following biblical account;

"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 for sorrow (Luke 22:41-45).

We also have Modern Revelation, where the Savior himself spoke of Gethsemane and how it applies to us as follows: 

"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—

Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men" (D&C 19:16, 18-19).

Apostles and prophets have testified of the truth of this, and I add my testimony to theirs, that Christ suffered for our sins, so that we would not have to suffer.  We would not be able to bear it.  Christ used the Godhood in him to go beyond what mortal man is able to bear, and he did it just to suffer more, as he continued to do in the garden and on the cross.  

If he only had to do it for one person's sins, and that person was you, he would have done it.  And because he went through it, he can now lift our burdens, comfort us in our trials, and succor us as we come unto him and find rest, as his invitation in scripture is.

May we ever come to Christ is my prayer.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

The Grand Council "among all these there were many of the noble and great ones"

The account of Abraham, who saw the pre-existent council in heaven, is wonderful enough to post first, with commentary below the scripture.  

"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.

And there stood one among them that was like unto God, and he said unto those who were with him: We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell;

And we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them;

And they who keep their first estate shall be added upon; and they who keep not their first estate shall not have glory in the same kingdom with those who keep their first estate; and they who keep their second estate shall have glory added upon their heads for ever and ever.

And the Lord said: Whom shall I send? And one answered like unto the Son of Man: Here am I, send me. And another answered and said: Here am I, send me. And the Lord said: I will send the first.

And the second was angry, and kept not his first estate; and, at that day, many followed after him" (Abraham 3:22-28).

Our leaders have said that we are the noble and great ones spoken of in this scripture.  Not all of us were sent to be rulers on earth.  Some were sent because they were strong, and could endure trials, and some for other reasons.  Just know that we are the valiant ones who have been sent into the world at this time because God knew we would be strong in his gospel.  

May we ever remember that.  

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

"...do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven"

"Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 18:10) 

This is where we as children came from before we come to earth.  From the presence of God.  Many of us and them are and were the noble and great ones spoken of in the book of Abraham.

May we ever know that we are our Father in Heaven's children.  And may we treat our children as if they had come straight from God.  For they have.  

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

"Be of good cheer; it is I; Be not afraid"

There is a lesson to be learned from the Savior walking on Water.  The account begins "But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.

And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid." (Matthew 14:24-27)

We later see Peter coming out to him, first in faith, then faltering, and the Savior reaches out to save him.  

When the waves and the storm are raging all around us, when the trials of life threaten to engulf us, do we focus on the Savior, and as other scripture says, in him find rest?

So often we focus on our fears, our trials, and our troubles.  It drains us and leaves us empty.  When we place our hearts in the hand of the Lord, he gives us rest, and it gives a peace that "surpasseth all."  

May we ever have that peace.  For he is the Master of Earth, sky, and the heavens, and has power over all.  

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Intercessory Prayer: Becoming One with Christ and the Father

There are several examples of the Savior praying, from the Sermon on the mount to the cross, 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 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.  

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Monday, February 20, 2017

"thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace."

In this picture, we see the woman with the issue of blood touching the Master's garment.  Matthew, Mark, and Luke record the miracle and there is a lesson for each of us in this.  Luke's account follows; 

"And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,

Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.

And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.

And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.

And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace." (Luke 8:43-48).

The lesson is do we have the faith that this woman had?  She had exhausted all of what the current doctors could do, and could not be healed.  She then went to the Master and through faith was healed.

Do we have the same faith that she did?  I pray that we may ever have that same faith.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

"Are we the salt of the earth the Savior spoke of?"

The Savior said "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men." 

He said this on the Sermon on the Mount, just after the Beatitudes.  He was speaking to all of us here.  All of us in the body of Christ's church are the Salt of the earth.  

Luke also relates that the Savior said "but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?"

How will those of the earth be blessed if we do not do our part and live the gospel?  It seems the blessings that come to the earth come from us living the gospel and spreading that.  

Are we making our world better?  Are we that salt, or as has been stated in other scripture, are we that light on a hill that cannot be hid?  

I pray that we may become that salt and that light.  

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Friday, February 17, 2017

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden..."

The phrase Come unto me appears many times in scripture.  Probably the most well knows 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 he does in this picture.  

May we ever do that, and feel of his love and comfort.  

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

How to have the Joy of Christ in our lives

The word joy appears in over 300 verses in scripture, so it would appear that the Lord wants us to have Joy, and in those verses, shows us how to have joy.

John 15:9-11 tells us how we can have that joy; "As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full."

So when we keep the commandments, the joy of God will remain in us.  It stands to reason that as the perfectly obedient son, Jesus Christ, is the embodiment of having a fulness of Joy.  

We also know that Ammon, in the Book of Mormon, several times was so overcome with joy that it exhausted his strength.  The question is asked of us as follows:

"Now the joy of Ammon was so great even that he was full; yea, he was swallowed up in the joy of his God...Now was not this exceeding joy? Behold, this is joy which none receiveth save it be the truly penitent and humble seeker of happiness." (Alma 27:17-18)

Ammon did the will of the Lord in all things after his conversion, and sought the joy of the Lord.  Are we obedient, and do we follow the will of the Lord and serve others so that we may have the Joy of the Savior to be with us?

That we may ever do so, I pray.  

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

"feel of the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet"

In the old world, the Savior, when appearing to the apostles, beckoned them to feel of the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet, saying "Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have." (Luke 24:39)

Then, in the Book of Mormon he appeared and said to them "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." (3 Nephi 11:14)

And in our modern day, Christ appeared to Joseph Smith multiple times, even as he was with other preople.  

Additionally, we have accounts by Apostles and Prophets, such as Elder Melvin J Ballard, accounts where they felt the prints in the Savior's hands and feet as well.

The Same Jesus Christ who appeared to his apostles in the old world appeared to people in the new world, and have again appeared to prophets in our day.

As this great latter-day work unfolds, we can look forward to the day when he will appear again, for as Revelations 1:7 says:

"Behold, he cometh with clouds;(JST with all the angels of heaven) and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him"

May we ever know that Christ is real, follow him, and look forward to that time when he comes again.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Blind Man of Bethsaida and the lesson for Priesthood blessings today

There is a lesson in the healing of the Blind Man from Bethsaida "And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him.

And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.

And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.

After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.

And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town." 

We see here that the healing didn't happen right away.  Sometimes when we get Priesthood blessings, done by the same authority that Christ had when he was here, the effect is instantaneous.  In other cases, some time goes by as the healing process is accelerated.

That is because we are healed by our Faith combined with God's power.  That is essential to our being healed of our afflictions.  All of us are on different levels of spirituality, and so healings can take more time for others, but make no mistake, it is still done by the same power Christ had when he was upon the earth.

There is another reason.  All of the healings we have recorded by Christ were maladies for which current medicine had no cure. Leprosy, the woman with the issue of blood (who had seen doctors to no avail), and blindness, all were things their medicine had no cure for.

As the woman with the issue of blood, the Lord expects us to exercise faith, and if there is a cure on earth, to seek after it.  Then, if we have done all that we can, we can call upon him to help us in ways we cannot help ourselves.  

May we ever remember that as we seek after the blessings of the Priesthood.  

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Do we choose the good part? The lesson in Mary and Martha

"Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.

And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.

But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.

And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her." (Luke 10:38-42)

Do we sometimes get so busy with our days that we miss the opportunities to become close to the Savior?  Do we miss opportunities to read in the scriptures, to ponder the words therein, and pray about their meaning?  

May we all put aside the TV and movies, and take some time to focus on "the good part."  

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

"I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description"

"I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me.

It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!

My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right (for at this time it had never entered into my heart that all were wrong)—and which I should join.

I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: “they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.”

He again forbade me to join with any of them; and many other things did he say unto me, which I cannot write at this time. When I came to myself again, I found myself lying on my back, looking up into heaven." (Joseph Smith History 1:16-20).

Can you imagine the import of that experience?  The heavens were rent, and God became known to men again.  After this experience, through successive heavenly experiences, Christ's gospel, once lost, was restored to the earth, with all of the attendant blessings that were to be had in the New Testament Church Christ setup, and from all previous gospel dispensations.  

What wonderful blessings.  

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Following the example of Christ in lifting and strengthening others

We are told in scripture that Christ went about doing good, and healed the sick, the lame, the infirm, cast out devils, and many other miracles that showed the love that was in him.  

We also read at these same times the Pharisees and Saducees saying he did these things by the power of the Devil, and saying he broke the sabbath by healing on the Sabbath day, and many other things that today seem ridiculous.

He is our Savior and Redeemer, and he loves all of us.  And he has restored the same power by which he healed others to the earth for the benefit of all who have faith in him.  

We all have the charge to lift others, to strengthen others, and as our prophet has said:

"today there are hearts to gladden, there are deeds to be done—even precious souls to save. The sick, the weary, the hungry, the cold, the injured, the lonely, the aged, the wanderer—all cry out for our help." (Your Jericho Road, April 1977 General Conference)

As we do the work of the Lord, we can know that, as President Eyring has said, when we reach out to succor others, the Savior feels as if we reached out to succor him.  And we have the Savior's words; "inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me (Matthew 25:40)."  

May we ever do as the Savior did, here on earth, and lift and strengthen others.  

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Christ's visit to the Americas after his Resurrection-"Behold, I am Jesus Christ..."

In the Americas, after the destruction that took place for 3 days after the crucifixion of Christ, finally, the darkness dissipated, and we read:

"And they were also conversing about this Jesus Christ, of whom the sign had been given concerning his death.

And it came to pass that while they were thus conversing one with another, they heard a voice as if it came out of heaven; and they cast their eyes round about, for they understood not the voice which they heard; and it was not a harsh voice, neither was it a loud voice; nevertheless, and notwithstanding it being a small voice it did pierce them that did hear to the center, insomuch that there was no part of their frame that it did not cause to quake; yea, it did pierce them to the very soul, and did cause their hearts to burn.

And it came to pass that again they heard the voice, and they understood it not.

And again the third time they did hear the voice, and did open their ears to hear it; and their eyes were towards the sound thereof; and they did look steadfastly towards heaven, from whence the sound came.

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 the eyes of the whole multitude were turned upon him, and they durst not open their mouths, even one to another, and wist not what it meant, for they thought it was an angel that had appeared unto 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.

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."

Many things took place when Christ visited the people of the Americas.  He instituted the sacrament, setup his church, angels ministered to their little ones, and he blessed and healed their sick and afflicted, just like he did in the old world.  You can read that by going to https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/3-ne/11 and reading through chapter 26.  

These are some of the "other sheep" which are not of this fold that the Savior must bring, and who will hear his voice.  For there will be one fold and one shepherd.  

And the record of what happened will be "to the convincing of Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself to all nations." (Title Page of the Book of Mormon)

May we ever be grateful to live in this, the dispensation of the fulness of times. 

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

"I have repented of my sins, and have been redeemed of the Lord..."

The story of the conversion of Alma is compelling.  We read in Mosiah 27;

"And as I said unto you, as they were going about rebelling against God, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto them; and he descended as it were in a cloud; and he spake as it were with a voice of thunder, which caused the earth to shake upon which they stood;

And so great was their astonishment, that they fell to the earth, and understood not the words which he spake unto them.

Nevertheless he cried again, saying: Alma, arise and stand forth, for why persecutest thou the church of God? For the Lord hath said: This is my church, and I will establish it; and nothing shall overthrow it, save it is the transgression of my people.

And again, the angel said: Behold, the Lord hath heard the prayers of his people, and also the prayers of his servant, Alma, who is thy father; for he has prayed with much faith concerning thee that thou mightest be brought to the knowledge of the truth; therefore, for this purpose have I come to convince thee of the power and authority of God, that the prayers of his servants might be answered according to their faith.

And now behold, can ye dispute the power of God? For behold, doth not my voice shake the earth? And can ye not also behold me before you? And I am sent from God.

Now I say unto thee: Go, and remember the captivity of thy fathers in the land of Helam, and in the land of Nephi; and remember how great things he has done for them; for they were in bondage, and he has delivered them. And now I say unto thee, Alma, go thy way, and seek to destroy the church no more, that their prayers may be answered, and this even if thou wilt of thyself be cast off.

And now it came to pass that these were the last words which the angel spake unto Alma, and he departed." (Mosiah 27:11-17)

We read later that Alma was unable to move, and was taken to his Father, and the entire church fasted and prayed for him for 2 days and nights, and that after that Alma awoke "the limbs of Alma received their strength, and he stood up and began to speak unto them, bidding them to be of good comfort:

For, said he, I have repented of my sins, and have been redeemed of the Lord; behold I am born of the Spirit...

My soul hath been redeemed from the gall of bitterness and bonds of iniquity. I was in the darkest abyss; but now I behold the marvelous light of God. My soul was racked with eternal torment; but I am snatched, and my soul is pained no more.

I rejected my Redeemer, and denied that which had been spoken of by our fathers; but now that they may foresee that he will come, and that he remembereth every creature of his creating, he will make himself manifest unto all.

Yea, every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess before him. Yea, even at the last day, when all men shall stand to be judged of him, then shall they confess that he is God; then shall they confess, who live without God in the world, that the judgment of an everlasting punishment is just upon them; and they shall quake, and tremble, and shrink beneath the glance of his all-searching eye." (Mosiah 27:29-31)

Most conversions aren't as dramatic as Alma's was, but they are no less important.  We become redeemed from the gall of bitterness, and we confess that Jesus is the Christ.  When we become converted, we become convinced of the truth of Christ and his gospel, and of the principles that will lead us back to him, both in this life and the next.  

May we ever remember that.  

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

"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, available at https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1983/10/jesus-christ-our-savior-and-redeemer.p40-41)

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

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Monday, February 6, 2017

"Believe in God; believe that he is..."

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

Saturday, February 4, 2017

A Prophet's testimony of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer

"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 available at https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2002/04/we-look-to-christ)

 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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Friday, February 3, 2017

"Except ye be converted, and become as little children..."

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.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Savior prayed for you and for me-as we all should

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.  There were other things he spoke, 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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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

"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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