Knowing this can also help us as we share the gospel with our friends and family. Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said: “We are at war with Satan for the souls of men. The battle lines were drawn in our pre-earth life. Satan and a third of our Father in Heaven’s children turned away from His promises of exaltation. Since that time, the adversary’s minions have been fighting the faithful who choose the Father’s plan.”
Yes, we want to give a defense of our faith and the hope the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ brings to each one of us - we also want to share that message of God's divine purpose: to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of all through the infinite atonement of Jesus Christ. To give an informed answer and response to the many questions, criticisms, and misinformation about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints one is required to answer from the power and authority of scripture, personal revelation, and established teachings where we derive truth and light.
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 world offers us all the desires and appetites that leave our bellies full and our flesh satisfied. Unfortunately, it is only temporary and we continue to remain hungry and thirsty for more of those things of the world. When we are tempted, it may come in guise of satisfying some desire. We develop an appetite for it. Eventually, it leads us to experience death of our sense of self through Jesus Christ.
Genuine faith stems from genuine humility. Our humility and faith is shaped from those trials we face in our lives. We are richly blessed beyond measure. The challenge is to keep ourselves humble regardless of how blessed we are. I also want to add that humility is the means in which we shore up treasures in heaven and not here on earth (see Matthew 6:19-20). It is not one of many Christian Virtues. It is the root of all Christian virtues. Humility is the root of genuine faith in God.
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.
Since it is the constant request of Evangelical Christians to ask Mormons to research the truth - we will do just that. Research to see if Shafovaloff's presentation is one of sound reason and logic. If it is not, then we must disregard his understanding as another failed attempt to reason with the Mormons.
The question arises is this: Are Evangelical Christians properly quoting 2 Nephi 25:23? Or, are they misquoting and missing the point entirely of what was contained in the context of 2 Nephi 25?
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.
We stand a little taller against the growing wave of immorality. We stand a little taller in the spirit of truth and light that is Jesus Christ. We stand with bold and resilient faith and courage to be the light by which those truly seeking refuge and sanctuary are able to come into the fold of God's kingdom. Each one of us, through our faith and commitment to the Gospel Principles established, are able to speak wisdom into those with broken hearts. We are called to serve and minister to those in need. Just as Christ served and ministered to the lowly and broken.
True spiritual disciplines of a mindful Christian life focuses on the purpose of Godliness within our hearts, minds, soul, and body. It is the true foundation of an authentic Christian faith. One that is exemplified within the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. It is these spiritual disciplines that one seeks to attain salvation and exaltation. They are the rock upon which we build our faith on.
Prayer is our connection to our Heavenly Father where we can receive divine guidance for our life He that followeth me, walketh not in darkness ~ 1 John 8:12, KJV ~ Read: Genesis 1-2:25; Psalm 1:1-6; Proverbs 1:1-7; and Matthew 1:1-25 These are the words of Christ, by which we are admonished , how we … Continue reading Trust in Christ for a Useful Spiritual Life
Photo by Oladimeji Ajegbile on Pexels.com ~ Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things ~ 2 Timothy 2:7, KJV Whether it is listening to a favorite broadcast, sermon, or a daily devotion - immersion into the word of God is not merely a chore to be accomplished. It requires … Continue reading Consider the Teachings
As we see, the nature of sexual integrity and teaching of the law of chastity - especially among young people - is quite paramount to the foundation of Christian faith. It is not so much a teaching of oppressing someone. It is not a damaging mindset as the writer of ex-mormon blog insinuates. Neither is this based on fairy tales related to realizing a sense of authentic happiness. Sexual integrity and the teachings of the law of chastity has significant foundation in developing a resilient and healthy lifestyle. One that avoids giving into sexual temptation.
I am unapologetically raising my daughters with a strong conviction and bold faith that is based on love and righteousness in Jesus Christ. They ought not to walk in fear of God. Hope they do not come to a place where they believe that God is awaiting to punish them for every wrong behavior or act they commit. Instead, my hope that if they do walk in error that they are courageous enough to seek out their Loving Heavenly Father and walk in forgiveness and repentance.
It is the idea of being acutely aware of how we are feeling, the physical response we have, the emotional responses that begins within our thoughts, the particular feelings associated with those emotional thoughts, attached feelings and the engagement of behaviors that stem from those thoughts and feelings.
Living an authentic life is where a Christian lives true to his or her core values and beliefs. For the Christian, to live contrary to their core values and beliefs, is to live an inauthentic Christian lifestyle. Yes, it is a struggle when we take a look at the way social culture is going. However, we do not have to appear fake and pretend in order to be considered well-mannered.
We see great benefits when we read and meditate on the word of God. The Bible teaches us, corrects us when we are in error, trains us for righteousness in order for us to be complete, and equipped to engage in ministry through Christ.
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, an interesting conversation ensued between a fellow classmate and I. As we talked about the class and the quiz, our conversation veered toward what area of study and career we are concentrating to work in. For myself, I am already working in the field as a Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee. Our conversation progressed; he … Continue reading Gay Marriage | A fresh and eternal perspective
There has been a bit of buzz (mostly amongst ex- and anti-Mormons) recently over some remarks of Elder Marlin K. Jensen, an emeritus member of the 1st Quorum of the Seventy and former Church Historian and Recorder, who is alleged to have said that, thanks to Google, the omniscient fount of all knowledge, members of … Continue reading Reports of the Death of the Church are Greatly Exaggerated | FAIR Blog
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?
Members of the Marysville Washington Stake are highly encouraged to adopt a family mission plan, read through and study the Preach My Gospel manual, and to prayerfully find ways to share the message of the Restoration to family, friends, neighbors and even strangers. It is quite the challenge because many of us (from young and … Continue reading Effective strategies for member missionary work
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will engage in new curriculum for Sunday School and Priesthood/Relief Society. For the Sunday school curriculum (14 to Adults), our study will focus on Doctrine and Covenants and Church History. Members should receive - or already possess - the following copies: Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Class … Continue reading New curriculum for 2013
We are faced with great challenges today. Advancement of technology is the driving force. Instantly, we have access to news and the speed in which information is processed is phenomenal. Along with the rise of technological advancements, our society is becoming more and more callous toward any thought of religious belief, devotion and form of … Continue reading Stand ye in holy places and not be moved
Dr. Thomas J. Boud, MD published a recent article in the most recent issue - LDS Living - Why Am I Always Tired?. Dr. Boud writes: Many people feel exhaustion creeping up on them during the holiday season, but it is possible to overcome the tide and find energy again. Fatigue can tax just about every … Continue reading LDS Living – Why Am I Always Tired?
There is an old railway bridge outside of Shelton, Washington called the Vance Creek Viaduct. It is the highest railway bridge structure in North America. Built in 1929, it served as part of the rail system for the Simpson Timber Company. The bridge is about 450 feet in height and approximately 800 feet in length. … Continue reading Crossing the bridge into immortality and eternal life