All these teachings helps us understand the central truth of the Gospel - Jesus is the Christ by whom we are saved. Salvation comes when we place our initial faith and trust in Him. It comes when we humble ourselves and enter into the waters of baptism for the remission of our sins. This is accomplished when we come to the awareness of our natural state and disposition. Through repentance, we receive the first principle ordinances of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The message and hope is found in the Book of Lamentations written by the Prophet Jeremiah. There is not going to be a complete or understandable explanation for what we are most likely going to endure in the next few months. Maybe within the next few years. We already are seeing the silencing of certain voices, censorship on an unparalleled scale. We will be standing as witnesses to greater human suffering and sorrow that past generations may not have ever seen. Many Christians are appearing to be blindly led toward false hopes and securities with the claims that Christ's coming is on the threshold of human history.
My profession of faith was more of an outwardly expression of how I wanted to be seen and thought of. It was not until realizing that the inside of me was still full of filth and grime. What needs to happen is that the cup needs to go through the process of cleansing before it is able to be filled and used. This takes faith and patience because of Christ's infinite atonement. We may be redeemed and justified before God. However, our work begins by cleansing ourselves of ungodliness. We endure. As our faith increases, so does our ability to become resilient. Spiritual maturation does not happen overnight. It takes work. It takes obedience.
The greatest desire is for us to attain a high level of masculinity that is influential, impacting, and inspiring. By becoming a man of influence we are cultivating a true attribute of Christ-like integrity. This significant attribute provides a means by which we are able to influence our family, workplace, and community at large.
True repentance, living the Gospel of Christ, experiencing the presence of the Holy Spirit, and being transformed into Christ's image and likeness is a process we all experience in this life. In order for this to occur, we are asked to do three powerful things.
Because grief may be powerful and overwhelming, many of us have attempted to avoid experiencing it. This may come when we experience a sense that our faith is lacking in God. However, our Savior understands the depths of our own sorrows. It is the cost of our love toward other people. And it is sadly unfortunate that our society today teaches that we need to get over the loss and move on. One simply does not get over or move on after a significant loss of someone they love.
According to Komo News 4 and the Seattle PI, several Republican Lawmakers are introducing a measure to exclude business owners from Anti-Discriminatory lawsuits where their religious beliefs would be protected in denying services or goods to those who identify as homosexuals. This measure is Senate Bill 5927. It is being sponsored by 12 of the … Continue reading Do businesses have a right to deny services to homosexuals based on religious conviction?
Today's devotion is from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. It is reflective of how we maintain our relationship with Heavenly Father and with those whom we associate with day in and day out. The question we must ask ourselves is this: do we take the time to intercede on behalf of other … Continue reading Helpful or Heartless Toward Others?
The eldest son of Billy Graham published a letter (dated December 27, 2012) via the Billy Graham Evangelical Association website. This letter calls an awareness and a warning to America regarding the spiritual and moral cliff that we are facing. Dear Friend, As we come into the new year, America is facing many challenges. For … Continue reading BGEA: Fiscal Cliff? What About Our Spiritual Cliff?
". . . my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death" —Philippians 1:20 My Utmost for His Highest. “. . . my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing … Continue reading My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued the following statement via Mormon Newsroom: Salt Lake City — The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement today: "We are profoundly saddened by the events this morning at a school in Connecticut. … Continue reading Condolences in Wake of Connecticut Shooting
A Logical Proof that Mormonism is True What Makes God Just, Merciful, and Powerful The gospel of the Jesus Christ found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not complicated. It is straightforward, concise, and available to everyone. The gospel stems from a Heavenly Father who is just, merciful, and powerful. These … Continue reading A Logical Proof that Mormonism is True
Declaration of Belief And he said, Lord, I believe. – John 9:38 Be not afraid, only believe – Mark 5:36 I commend these wonderful words to all who are called upon to stand up for what they believe, and to do so with confidence – Gordon B. Hinckley, Stand a Little Taller, p. 310 We … Continue reading Thought for today – October 23, 2012
This is definitely something that is very interesting. Here is a quote from the article: When asked about Graham's beliefs about Mormonism, Graham spokesman A. Larry Ross said in a statement that "Through an inclusive evangelistic ministry spanning more than 60 years, Mr. Graham was called to preach the transformative message of the Gospel to … Continue reading Mormonism in the News: Billy Graham Evangelical Association and Mormonism