Monday, October 3, 2011

General Conference ReCap Oct 2011-Sun aft

The last session of this most wonderful conference!! We don’t want it to end because we ‘Feel Our Savior’s Love’!















Elder Russell M Nelson, Quorum of the Twelve

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Sacred Covenants

We should thank God for sacred Temple Covenants. God fixes the terms. We choose to accept His terms, and if we do, we receive the promises affixed to the Covenant.

God promises to send a Savior to His Children and made a Covenant with His Children.  In the Book of Mormon, the Resurrected Lord identified the people as the Children of the Covenant.

The Covenant God made with Abraham and later reaffirmed with Isaac and Jacob includes several promises:

Jesus the Christ will be born through Abraham’s lineage;

Abraham’s posterity would be numerous, entitled to an eternal increase and also entitled to bear the Priesthood;

Abraham would be a father of many nations and certain Lands would be inherited by his posterity;
All nations of the earth would be blessed by His seed.

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Some of these promises have fulfilled; others are pending and will be fulfilled in these Latter-days.  Prophets knew that some would be fulfilled ONLY in the Latter-days. 

Abraham’s promises and covenant have been renewed with the restored Gospel through Joseph Smith.  We receive our Patriarchal blessing to give us our lineage back to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  Men who worthily receive the Priesthood, receive the Lord Jesus Christ; those who receive the Lord receive God the Father; and those who receive the Father receive ALL that He has!

Ours if the responsibility to help fulfill the Abrahamic covenant to bless all the people of the world. This is why we have missionary work. This is the time of the promised gathering of Israel. The Lord is counting on us!

The Book of Mormon teaches us that the Lord has not forgotten His covenant with the House of Israel. He has blessed us with The Book of Mormon. It invites us to remember Him and to know Him. It is another testament of Jesus Christ.

Children of the Covenant have a right to receive His doctrine and to know the plan of salvation. We claim it by making covenants.  We keep the commandment by obedience to His commandment. We renew our Baptismal Covenant with the taking of the Sacrament. Ultimately in the Holy Temple, we may become joint heirs to the blessings of an eternal family. Celestial marriage is the covenant of exaltation

As Children of the Covenant, God’s Law is written in our hearts.  We must be known as Covenant Keepers.





Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Quorum of the Twelve

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What Think Ye of Christ?

We should all consider what He Himself taught about who He was and what He was sent to earth to do.
Jesus taught that He was The Only Begotten Son that the world through Him might be saved.  God confirmed this, “ this is My Beloved Son….”

Jesus taught that His appearance was the same as the Father’s.  He said that He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father.

Jesus, the Word, was in the beginning with God.  Jesus Christ was the Creator of All things.

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Jesus taught that He was Jehovah, the Lord God of Israel. Later, the Resurrected Lord declared to those on the American Continents that He is Jesus Christ, The God of Israel, The God of the whole earth. 

Jesus taught that He has come that we might have life. He said that He is the Life and the Light of the world.  Jesus said that He gives unto us eternal life.  Jesus declared that He is the Way, the Truth and the Light. 

Always, Jesus honored the Father and followed Him. 

Jesus taught that no man cometh unto the Father but by Him.  Jesus taught that only those who do the will of His Father in Heaven would be saved in eternal life.
Jesus gave the Sealing Keys and the Priesthood to His Apostles.

Jesus sent us the Holy Ghost to guide us.

Jesus gave us His doctrine.

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In the Sermon of the Bread of Life, Jesus taught us to focus on Him, the Living Bread, the source of eternal nourishment.


We are to seek first the things of God and follow Christ.

Through the Resurrection and Atonement, we learn that the Son of Man came to minister and to give His Life as a ransom for us. He was slain for the sins of the world; He is our Savior, the God of Israel to the whole earth. He was lifted up on the cross to draw all men to Him.  The Atonement gives us the opportunity to overcome the death from sin, and eternal life if we keep our sacred covenants.
We are followers of Jesus Christ. Our citizenship is in His Church and in His Gospel and we should not use a visa to visit Babylon.  We should honor His Name.

This is the most important knowledge of earth: to know that Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of God; He is our Creator; He is the Light of the World; He is our Savior.





Brother Matthew O. Richardson, Second Counselor of the General Sunday School Presidency

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Real Teaching

Real life requires real learning which depends upon real teaching.  We are ALL teacher and must realize that the Holy Ghost is the REAL teacher. We must teach BY the Spirit so that the Spirit can teach unrestrained.

We may need to change our way and our manner to align our teaching with the workings of the Holy Ghost.   The Spirit will strengthen us. 



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1.  The Holy Ghost teaches us in a very personal way about what we must know and do. The Spirit teaches truth line upon line and precept upon precept. We should focus on those things that people need to know and do. We can pause to listen.

2. The Holy Ghost teaches by inviting, prompting, encouraging, leading and motivating us to act.. The Holy Ghost invites us to learn and to feel for ourselves. We help others to use their agency to learn and act for themselves.

Teachers help learners understand and live Gospel doctrines. We desperately need real learning and teaching! This will happen only when we Align our teaching after the manner of the Holy Ghost.





Elder Kazuhiko Yamashita , First  Quorum of the Seventy 
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A Missionary’s Love

We can inherit a love for people from our ancestors (parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts, brothers and sisters, and cousins) who have served missions. Sometime, we want to clothe ourselves with their coat so that we can experience the great love and testimony that they shared with those they loved.

Those who were helped to convert have not forgotten those who brought them the Gospel.  They have special feelings for their missionaries with a deep abiding love. They gain assurance from the Holy Spirit that God loves them. They come to know that missionary love is like God’s love.   Mothers teaching _vessels b
Missionaries impart the Love of God. 

It is necessary to bring these three things on your mission:

1. Desire to preach the Gospel. The Lord wants you to seek out His sheep.  There are those who need to be rescued.

2. Develop your testimony. You represent the Lord.

3.  Love others.  You are a disciple of Christ.

Elder Randall K. Bennett, Second Quorum of the Seventy

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Deceptive Currents

We are beloved spirit sons and daughters of a Loving Heavenly Father. We knew that to come to earth we would experience sorrow and suffering. 


And we knew that we could choose to use our agency to experience the blessings of the atoning sacrifice of our Savior to repent and find forgiveness.

We cannot avoid consequences. In reality, we have only two choices:

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1.  Choose to follow the Savior of the World  and receive eternal life with our Heavenly Father. There is only safety in living His Gospel. We can choose to live Gospel-centered lives and find joy. It is never too hard or too late to make correct choices. 

2.  Choose to follow the World and find that we will have squandered our eternal happiness.

We can choose to follow the counsel of the living prophet and choose to listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost daily. Each of us can be perfected and live with Jesus Christ and receive a fullness of joy.



















Elder J. Devn Cornish, Second Quorum of the Seventy

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Prayer is the Provider of Spiritual Strength

Be grateful for the miracle of prayers. The God of Mercy hears our prayers. The things that are important to us become important to Him because He loves. We must ask for His help.

Jesus gave us the example of Prayer.

We pray to Our Father in Heaven and avoid repetition. We freely acknowledge our desire to do His will. Prayer is not change the will of God but to secure for us His blessings.

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We must commit to do our part.  It is contrary to the economy of Heaven for the Lord to do for us what we can do for ourselves.
We may put on the protective process of the armor of God by asking to be delivered from evil.
Doing things the Lord’s way will make us happier than trying to do it our own way.

We must say AND live our prayers. Like medicine: Prayer only works when used as directed.

It takes faith to remember that the Lord will bless us in His time and in His way. 
Prayer is the provider of Spiritual Strength. Miracles are wrought through prayer.





Elder Quentin L. Cook, Quorum of the Twelve

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Eternal Perspectives

We Have a Bright Future Planned for us by Our Loving Heavenly Father. 

We can gain an eternal perspective to help us through our trials and troubles:

1. We have Our Father in Heaven who knows us and understands us perfectly;

2. We have the atoning sacrifice of His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ;

3. We have Our Father’s Plan of Happiness for our eternal life with a glorious reunion with those we love.

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An essential element of prospering is having the Spirit in our life.


Adverse results in this life are not evidence of a lack of faith. Trials refine us and give us experience for our good. Our days are known. 


However, many trials could be avoided by obedience to God’s laws.
The Savior’s atonement provides lifeboats for everyone!

Avoid dwelling on the lost opportunities in this life. The Savior can hear the songs we cannot sing.





President Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church

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Inspiring Conference

We are all hear because we love the Lord and want to serve Him. 

The Lord is mindful of the challenges we face today. He loves us.

The restored Gospel of Jesus Christ provides answers and gives us purpose and meaning in our lives. 

May we ever be found doing the work of the Lord. May we nourish our testimonies that they might be a protection for us against the adversary.

Remember us, (the General Authorities), in your prayers. 

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The Savior Lives! 


God Our Eternal Father Lives and Loves Us!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

General Conference ReCap Oct 2011-Sun am

This morning’s session began with a stirring and heart-felt rendition of “Consider the Lillie’s of the Field” as a personal message to each of us as Heavenly Father’s children that He is mindful of us and is watching over us. Such a beautiful message from heaven that we all needed this morning!!!







              

President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency EYRING_Henry B Eyring
Sacred Charge with Encouragement
In the Book of Mormon, Alma teaches us that we are to be willing to mourn, to comfort and to stand as a witness of God in all things.
1. We are to become charitable: Service projects are a hard and a happy work! Learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are in the service of your God. CHARITY will become part of our very nature and will be well with us.
2. We covenant to be witnesses of God: We are to be bold witnesJesus Drink and never Thirst liz_lemon_swindleses of Jesus Christ even in the face of peril. The effect of the Book of Mormon on our character to be a witness is certain. The doctrines will enlighten and enbolden you as you feast upon the words. A mature understanding and testimony will come from the reading, studying, and pondering of the Book of Mormon.
3. We must endure: Fully converted Latter-day Saints continue to press on after they have served and given their all.  They become fixed disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ and follow the Savior to the end.
Moroni stands as an example of living a life of Charity, of being a witness of the Savior, and being fully converted to God.
Drink deeply from the pages of the Book of Mormon. It is the only way safely to the home of God.



           

Elder Robert D. Hales, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles HALES_Elder Robert D Hales
Thy Will Be Done
The Savior prepared for His Atoning Sacrifice in the pre-mortal world in using His agency choosing the Plan of Father. He continues to exercise His agency in accepting and forgiving us. He exercised His agency in forgiving all of those contributing to His suffering.
We wait upon the Lord. Tests and Trials are given to all of us to see if we will exercise our agency to follow His Son. No matter how difficult, all ofJesus in-Gethsemane these things are given for our good. We still cry out in sorrow with weeping for the night, but joy comes in the dawn as we choose to say, “Thy Will Be Done”
We wait upon the Lord.
Wait:  Hope and Trust in the Lord with faith, meekness, and humility. Planting the seed of faith with diligence. Following the promptings of the Spirit. Learning to continue in keeping the commandments, being immovable. Bearing powerful testimony of the Savior as did Job. Understanding often comes line upon line, precept upon precept, because that is all that we can bear. Let us not give-up on the Lord. His promises are eternal.
Many, like Mary and Martha, and the Good Samaritan, wait upon the Lord, in giving daily service. “In as much as ye have done it unto the least of these, ye have done in unto Me.”
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Everyone of us if more beloved to the Lord than we can possibly understand or wonder. In the submission of the Savior to the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane, the Savior chose to suffer our temptations and suffering of every kind.  He waited upon His Father and said, “Thy Will Be Done”. 
His angels are here and ‘round about us.  May we press forward and wait upon Him.



            

Elder Ted R, Callister, Presidency of the Seventy  CALLISTER_Elder tad-r-callister-70
No Middle Ground With The Book of Mormon
There is NO middle ground in the Book of Mormon. It claims to be the word of God: every word, every sentence, every page.  It is either of God or of the devil. No other option.
Scriptures from the Book of Mormon teach us to worship and love the Savior. The devil could not have written it. It MUST be from God.
One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism. The Bible is one witness of  Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is Another witness of the Lord, Jesus Christ. ONLY ONE LINE can be drawn between the Bible and the Book of Mormon, therefore, there is indeed, One Lord, One Faith and One Baptism.
The Book of Mormon teaches the CORRECT mode of Baptism.
The Book of Mormon teaches the CORRECT doctrines and  of continual revelation.
The Book of Mormon teaches of the Atonement of the Savior.  The Book of Mormon will teach and testify to you that you should have Hope through the atoning sacrifice of the Savior.



             

Sister Elaine S. Dalton, President of the General Young Women Presidency DALTON_elaine-s-dalton-YW Pres
To Father’s: Raising a Happy Daughter
The most important thing you can do is to love your wife, her mother! You will demonstrate tenderness, loyalty, respect and compassion through love and honoring your wife.  This will teach your daughter to prepare for the Temple, as you take her with you for Baptisms.
Today’s world minimizes the role of fatherhood. Fathers are the guardians of the home and of their families. A priesthood holder is virtuous. You must practice virtue and holiness unceasingly in order to wax strong in confidence before the Lord. Be a guardian of virtue.  Jesus raises dau l75
Be an active part in your daughter’s life. She will inwardly know that you care enough to be her guardian. Give her priesthood blessings. Be your daughter’s hero. Testimony has a strong influence upon daughters.
Abish, in the Book of Mormon, shared her testimony because she had been taught by her father. Those who were touched by her testimony later became the people who raised-up 2000 stripling warriors!
Rise up, all men of God, and the devil will never have hold over the hearts of your children.


               


Elder M. Russell Ballard, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles BALLARD_Elder m-russell-ballard
Importance of a Name
The Lord Jesus Christ, himself, named the Church. King Benjamin taught us to take upon us the name of Christ and remember that it should never blotted out, except through transgression.
We take upon us the name of Christ in the waters of Baptism. We are so BLESSED to take upon us the name of God’s Only Beloved. It is the ONLY name under heaven through which we can be saved.  Church Logo
Uphold and teach the world that the Church is known as the 9 word: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The: declares the unique position of the Church to the world
Church of Jesus Christ:    declares that it IS HIS Church!
Latter-day: states that the same Church that He established has been restored now, in the Latter-days.
Saints: refers to those who have covenanted to be holy in following the Lord Jesus Christ
Mormon is acceptable in referring to the members, but not for the institution. We should use the full and correct name of the Church. It is increasingly important in our responsibility to the world to use the full and correct name.
There is only one Church that bears the name of Jesus Christ, the Lord.
          



      
President Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church MONSON_PRES thomas-s-monson
Pertinent Words
Today’s technology is more than just amazing. Behaviors that are immoral are now becoming accepted and viewed everywhere. We’ve been spending our moral capital like we’ve been spending our financial capital with the message that morality is passe.
This unfortunately describes much of the world around us. Indeed, we have in our lives the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and that morality is NOT passe, and the laws of God have not changes.  The Ten Commandments are not suggestions; they are commandments, just as binding and valid as when the Lord gave them.
Our Code of Conduct is definitive. It is not negotiable.  We can rely on the Code of Conduct; it is an anchor to hold safe in unchartered waters.  The Spirit of Comfort can come to us when keep the commandments. Is essential that we reject anything that does not conform to our standards. We can feel Peace if we have the Gospel at our core and the love of the Savior in our hearts.
It is necessary that we communicate with our Heavenly Jesus Garden of GethsemaneFather in prayer. We can gain a testimony of prayer. Work towards a goal of having a prayerful relationship with our Father in Heaven to receive His inspiration and guidance.
Learn to recognize His inspiration and follow it!  Communication to Him is necessary for us to weather the storms of life.
As we do so, we feel His Spirit in our lives, and be able to stand in Holy Places and be not moved. To those who trust in Him, the Lord promises to stand by us, strengthen us and to uphold us with the right hand of his righteousness.


         
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Saturday, October 1, 2011

General Conference ReCap Oct 2011-Sat aft

This morning’s Conference was sooooo spiritual that I’m feeling physically exhausted at the moment. Even so, I never want to be like the 70 elders with Moses who told the Lord, “It is enough!”  With that, I’m prayerful to get my second wind and continue with my personal notes on the words that write themselves to my heart:

President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency
WE SUSTAIN OUR LIVING PROPHETS!  1st Pres _Monson
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Elder David A. Bednar, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles BEDNAR_Elder david-a-bednar
Spiritual Priorities – Inspiring Sequences
Joseph Smith saw the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. provided a correct understanding of the Godhead.They spoke to him. Later, the Angel Moroni, appeared to Joseph, to instruct Joseph about the Book of Mormon and the words of Malachi, a prophecy about the ushering in of the Gospel.
The prophet Elijah held the Sealing powers until the coming of the Lord, Jesus Christ. This sacred Sealing power is essential for Ordinances to valid. Elijah conferred those same keys upon Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, and retold Joseph the words of the prophecy of Malachi that Moroni had taught Joseph.
It was necessary for Elijah to come in 1836 to prepare the woElijah appearing in Kirtland Temple to Joseph and Oliver_Dan Lewis 2007rld and usher in the second coming of the Savior. The Keys are to be delivered. The Spirit of Elijah is to come. And the Saints will become Saviors on Mount Zion, by building up their temples and performing their Ordinances to make a chain, welding the posterity of Adam.
We have the covenant responsibility to seek out our ancestors and perform their Ordinances for them. We are the Lord’s agents in the work or Exaltation and Salvation. This is our Duty and our great Blessing.
Family History work is not to be performed only by older people! We are sons and daughters of God. Children of the Covenant. We need to assist in the work to save the children of God.
The skills of texting and tweeting have been given to prepare us to use technology to seek out our ancestors and turn our hearts to the fathers. Our loving gratitude for our ancestors will increase and we will be protected against the adversary as we participate in this Holy Work and experience the Spirit of Elijah.
We can act and receive additional knowledge from the Holy Ghost and become highly skilled in doing Family History Work. As we devote more time to Family History and Temple Work, our lives will be blessed and we will better understand the atoning sacrifice of our Savior.
Family History is NOT simply an interesting program of the Church but a VITAL part of the Lord’s Work. We have a key role to play in this great endeavor!
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Elder Neil L. Andersen, Quorum of the Twelve ApostlesANDERSEN_Elder neil-l-andersen
The FAMILY
Crowning priviledge of husband and wife is to provide a body for Heavenly Father’s children. The Family is ordained of God. The Family is central in the organization of heaven.
We express deep gratitude for our wives in their willingness to have children. The decisions of when and how many should be made with great prayer and great faith. The bearing of children is a righteous subject and can be painful for women who are unable to have children. It can also be heart-breaking even when our greatest desire is to do as the Lord has commanded. All promised blessings will be given in the eternities as we keep our covenants with God.  We should not be judgmental with one another.
Many voices today marginalize and limit the number of children that we should have. However, motherhood is not a hobby and we honor mothers with children.
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It is a sacred responsibility to multiply and replenish the earth. WHERE IS OUR FAITH!
Across the world is economic instability. There is no shame in scrimping, saving, and sacrificing. WHERE IS OUR FAITH!
Adam and Eve acted in Faith. Lehi and Sariah acted in Faith – even in the wilderness of their afflictions.  Baby Moses was saved from Pharoah as parents acted in Faith. Mary and Joseph acted in Faith.





Elder  Ian S. ArdernFirst Quorum of the Seventy ARDERN_Elder ian-s-ardern-70

Becoming the Master Manager of Our Time

Following the example of Pres. Monsom, we have sufficient time to serve others and give of our time. Time is never for sale. Wisely use, time’s value is immeasurable. “Time flies on wings of lightening and we cannot call it back!” 

We will be required to give a strict account of our choices and the use of our time.
We are well taught about priorities by the Master Teacher: Seek ye first to build up the Kingdom of God.  Alma has taught us that this is a probationary state, a time to prepare to meet our God.
In family relationships, LOVE is spelled T I M E. 
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The poor use of time is a cousin to idleness. We must be sure that to be busy is to be productive. There is much that is good with our access to communication, but we cannot allow the phone and computer to drown out sincere prayer to our loving Father in Heaven.
We are ‘fellow citizens with the Saint’ and are happy when we are tuned into the Lord instead of mindless twits. To have the Peace that the Savior speaks of, we must devote our time to the things of God, which matter most: read and ponder the scriptures, prayer, and seeking to serve where prompted.
Saints who respond to the Savior’s message will not be lead astray be destructing pursuits and distractions. We need to identify the uses of our time that keep us focussed on the Lord, Family, Work, Family and wholesome recreational activities – all of which are virtuous and lovely and of good report.




Elder Carl B. Cook, First Quorum of the Seventy COOK_Elder carl-b-cook-70

It’s Better to Look Up!

Believe in God. Believe that He is. Believe that He has all wisdom and power in heaven and earth. 
The prophet redirect our focus and lead us to God. Pres. Monson is a Prophet, Seer and Revelator. He is filled with great Faith and Optimism. He is filled with Can Do and Will DO.
We will be strengthened and feelJesus blesses the children Angels attend Peace as we have the Faith to LOOK Up and follow the Promptings to act on your challenge.  The Israelites did not look to the serpent because they did not believe it would heal them.
As we look up, we receive strength from Our Savior’s Atonement to be able to endure all things. Whatever burden, trial, or hold-up we are carrying should be released so that we can spiritually look up. It is not a one time experience. We learn through the Sacrament prayer that it is to ALWAYS have His Spirit to be with us.
The Lord leads us today through Prophets, Apostles and Priesthood Leaders, through conference messages, and the Holy Ghost. We must look up and step up and we do, we will cheer up! The lord will heal our would, dry our tears and lead us. The Lord is My Light. By day and by night, He leads me along.




Elder LeGrand R. Curtis, First Quorum of the Seventy CURTIS_Elder legrand-r-curtis-70

Savior, Redeemer of My Soul

SAVIOR: to save and rescue

REDEEMER: to redeem and buy back; to deliver the Children of Israel. The theme of Jehovah redeems the children of men from the Fall. In Christ, we have redemption through His blood from His Atoning Sacrifice. The debt is paid and all power is given into the Son of God with His victory over spiritual and physical death.
We all desperately need Loving Redemption to satisfy the laws of Justice and Mercy. Jesus Divine Redeemer
There is a Redeemer, a Mediator to appease the demands of Justice and offer Mercy.
Many of us have lives that are a story of Redemption. We can carry the call to rescue the less-active. We can never repay the Savior of what He paid on our behalf.
Savior, Redeemer of my soul,
Whose mighty hand hath made me whole,
Whose wondrous pow’r hath raised me up
And filled with sweet my bitter cup!
What tongue my gratitude can tell,
O gracious God of Israel.

Never can I repay thee, Lord,
But I can love thee. Thy pure word,
Hath it not been my one delight,
My joy by day, my dream by night?
Then let my lips proclaim it still,
And all my life reflect thy will.



Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles CHRISTOFFERSON_Elder D Todd Christofferson
The Divine Gift of Repentance

When Prophets come crying REPENTANCE, some want to throw cold water on the party. But, only through REPENTANCE can we receive grace through the Atoning Sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
REPENTANCE is the necessary condition and His grace is the source of His Peace and Power.
Sanctification through the grace of our Lord and Savior is just and true.
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1. Invitation to repent is a message of Love to enjoy the words of eternal life. If we do not demand repentance of ourselves or invite other to change, then we are not concerned with our welfare or the welfare of others.
2. Repentance means striving to change. It would mock the Savior to thing that He would change us into angelic beings. We should try to change and seek His mercy. Real change may require repeated attempts. Divine forgiveness flows fully to such a soul.
3. Repentance means to abandon sin and commit to obedience. Turn to the Lord with all our might, mind and strength with a covenant of obedience to Him – as with our Baptismal Covenant. The Savior humbled Himself in obedience before the Father – to follow and do His will.
4. Repentance requires a seriousness of purpose and a willingness to confess. It is a deep, sometimes agonizing regret and sorrow. It is this deep distress that leads us to cry out to Jesus, the Son of God. With Faith in the merciful Redeemer, and a resolve to repair turns into a covenant with God which will lead to forgiveness. The Savior revealed that He suffered that we might not, if we would repent.
5. Whatever the cost of Repentance, it is swallowed up in the joy of Forgiveness. And the Lord remembers our sins no more.


Elder L. Tom Perry, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles 
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 BE BOLD and
DECLARE OUR FAITH in the
Lord Jesus Christ
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Excitement of a new Temple provides for an Open House. Nearly everyone who visits marvels at its beauty and feel something unique and special. But, what impresses visitor most is the example and lives of the members that the visitors meet at the Open House.
At all times of the day, the Church and it’s teachings are being discussed on line across the Internet. Changes in the way we communicate has made The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints more visible. The problem of misinformation has been a problem since the time of Joseph Smith. There will always be those who distort, but the MAJORITY are fair-minded and curious and WANT correct information.
We can SHARE who we are to advance the understanding of the Church and our friends and neighbors will come to understand us and the Church better.
1. We must be BOLD in our declaration of Jesus Christ! The Old Testament sets the stage for His Mortal Ministry. The New Testament is the stage of His Mortal Ministry. The Book of Mormon witnesses of His Mortal Ministry. We declare the Savior to be the Center of our Faith!
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2. Be Righteous examples to others. Our lives should be examples of good works and virtue in following the Savior. The Light of Christ will shine in our lives and actions.
3. Speak up about the Church. Focus the conversation in answering their questions. Remember, it is better to ask than to tell. Simply remember the words of John: There is no fear in LOVE. We are promised that we will overcome our fears. www.mormon.org has on-line profiles and testimonies of love of the Lord. We should be honest and open in what we say and avoid being defensive. Be Holy in all matter of conversation. Use the Internet to share our religious beliefs! When directed by the Spirit, do NOT hesitate to add you voice to those conversations. It is a PEARL of Great Price.

We need to communicate the message honestly of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Open Houses before a Temple Dedication help others to know about the Lord’s Plan of Happiness.
The Spirit of Love and Courage will be our constant companion if we share the Gospel and our beliefs with others.