Monday, February 28, 2011

“Look Not behind Thee"

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Saturday, February 26, 2011


What does it mean to Repent?
I means "to change our thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors that are not in harmony with His will. Repentance includes forming a fresh view of God, ourselves, and the world." (Preach My Gospel pg 62)

When we repent we seek forgiveness from God for the sins we have committed. It is the act of going to Him in prayer and seeking help and guidance to overcome the temptations of Satan. We then turn away from our sins and if we have hurt anyone we also seek restitution, or forgiveness from the person(s) we have hurt.
As we repent we receive many blessings from the Lord. We can have a new view of ourselves and the world around us. We will feel Gods love, We will feel peace knowing we are following God and we can have the blessings of the Spirit in our lives.

How is it possible for us to be forgiven of our sins when they can seem so big and so bad?
For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent; (Doctrine & Covenants 19:16)

Christ suffer all things for us "both body and spirit" for us. No matter the sin He has suffered all things so that we can have claim on the mercy of Christ "...If ye will repent, and harden not your hearts, then will I have mercy upon you, through mine Only Begotten Son;" (Alma 12:33)

What would happen is we don't repent of our sins?
"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—"

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Atonement of Jesus Christ, An Easter Declaration

“Some gifts coming from the Atonement are universal, infinite, and unconditional,” taught Elder Holland. “These include His ransom for Adam’s original transgression [and] the Resurrection from the dead of every man, woman, and child who lives, has ever lived, or ever will live on earth.
Jesus Christ in Gethsemane“Other aspects of Christ’s atoning gift are conditional. They depend on one’s diligence in keeping God’s commandments.”
Read “The Atonement of Jesus Christ” to understand how we can receive all the gifts that come from “the greatest expression of divine love this world has ever been given.”

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Faith In Christ

What does it mean to have faith in Christ? What is faith?
In the scriptures we read that "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1)

Faith is a belief that something is real without being able to see it. Although we can not see God or Jesus Christ we can still feel of There love and that is how we can have faith. I like to think of it as the wind. We cannot see the wind nor can we really touch it. But we can feel it, and we can see the effects of the wind blowing. The grass in a field swaying with the wind on a beautiful summer day. The trees moving and the leaves shaking as the wind rushes through. When we have faith in Christ we believe that He is the Savior of the world and that if we follow his commandments and his teachings we can have eternal life, which is to live forever in the presence of God. Through faith you know that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. And you trust Christ and his words.

What can we do with faith?
"And Christ hath said: If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me." (Moroni 7:33)

If we have faith in Christ we can do anything He as asked us to. I have often had people tell me that it is impossible for them to quit their addictive habits. But through faith you can apply His Atonement and feel of His love. And He can heal us of our troubles, our sorrows, and our heartaches. as we obey His words we are blessed. He gives us the power and strength to meet life's many trials.Through faith in Jesus Christ, He can heal us both spiritually and physically.

Is faith dormant, or something with in us?
"Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works." (James 2:17-18)

If we have faith in Christ we MUST repent! That is the "works." If we do not follow Christ and do what He has commanded, we don't have Faith in Him. And we reject the very sacrifice He has made for our sins. We must believe in Him, and believe Him. Believe that he can heal us and take away the guilt and pain of our sins. Then we have to turn from our sins vowing never to commit them again and then live righteously. And If we do these things and call upon God and ask for forgiveness "and come unto me with a abroken heart and a contrite spirit," great shall be our reward in the Kingdom Of Heaven.

How can we grow our faith?
"And behold, ye do know of yourselves, for ye have witnessed it, that as many of them as are brought to the knowledge of the truth... and are led to believe the holy scriptures, yea, the prophecies of the holy prophets, which are written, which leadeth them to faith on the Lord, and unto repentance, which faith and repentance bringeth a change of heart unto them" (Helamen 15:7)

Our faith grows as we read the words of thoughts who teach and testify of Christ and as we learn from others about Him.

Have Faith And Do What Is Right!!