Putting It All Together – 4

What is “a voice of warning?” I really thought this topic was a great one and we, as members of the Mormon church, should really take advantage of this blessing. We are warned all the time, through the book of mormon and through our modern day prophets and apostles, of things to come that we should really watch out for and avoid.

These next few scriptures, the Lord reminds everybody of the power he has given his servants to help spread his message.

“And verily I say unto you, that they who go forth, bearing these tidings unto the inhabitants of the earth, to them is power given to seal both on earth and in heaven, the unbelieving and rebellious;

“Yea, verily, to seal them up unto the day when the wrath of God shall be poured out upon the wicked without measure—

“Unto the day when the Lord shall come to recompense unto every man according to his work, and measure to every man according to the measure which he has measured to his fellow man” (D&C 1:8–10).

We, as members of the LDS community, have a responsibility to help teach and warn our neighbors and people all around us. We need to share the gospel so we can help bring people closer to God and give everybody an opportunity to learn and hopefully partake of this wonderful gospel. “That command and warning of danger was given to those called as missionaries at the start of the Restoration. But the duty to warn our neighbor falls on all of us who have accepted the covenant of baptism. We are to talk with nonmember friends and relatives about the gospel” (Henry B. Eyring; General Conference, October 1998). We all have that responsibility. Through us, we can share and teach the everlasting Gospel to people and potentially change their life’s in ways that some of us can’t comprehend. “Behold, I sent you out to testify and warn the people, and it becometh every man who hath been warned to warn his neighbor” (D&C 88:81).

I really have a strong testimony of this Gospel. This Gospel has been the rock in my life to keep me level headed and on track to return to live with our Heavenly Father because that’s really the purpose of this life, to live, learn, experience, and, through Christ, return to live with our Father in Heaven.

Putting It All Together – 3

I’ve found this next topic I’ll be writing about something very special and dear to me. I’ve grown and learned most about this topic throughout my life, but I feel like it was meant for me to learn about this topic the most. The topic I will be talking about is The Gift of the Holy Ghost.

I have a huge testimony of the Holy Ghost. I feel like I would be on a totally different path right now if it wasn’t for the guidance of the Holy Ghost. Not only has the Holy Ghost helped me with my decision making, but the Holy Ghost has also helped me avoid making wrong decisions and choices.

John chapter 14 verse 26 says, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” I love this scripture. The Holy Ghost is our personal compass, our personal instructor, and only wants to help us and guide us back to our Heavenly Father. I also love how we refer to the Holy Ghost as “the Comforter” because he really is our comforter. He is there to make us feel safe and comforted, and to help guide us through our daily lives and struggles.

“Revelations from the Father and the Son are conveyed through the Holy Ghost. He is the messenger for and the witness of the Father and the Son” (David A. Bednar). The Holy Ghost is there to testify, within us, of our Savior, Jesus Christ and of our Heavenly Father. The Holy Ghost is a special gift to us from our Heavenly Father to help us and guide us back to him. “As a member of the Godhead, and being one with the Father and the Son, the Holy Ghost is, as are the Father and the Son, omniscient. He comprehends all truth having a knowledge of [all] things” (Marion G. Romney). The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead and is the messenger between Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and us.

I truly believe that the Holy Ghost is there to help and to guide us back to our Heavenly Father. By doing that, he testifies, and whispers truth to us all the time. It is our Duty to become and stay worthy so we can value and use the gift of the Holy Ghost. I’m truly thankful for the Holy Ghost and all that he’s done for me. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

Putting It All Together – 2

Lately, I’ve been really captured  by the topic of Repentance. During class, we really got into this subject and I’m glad we did. I think this topic is one of the most, if not the most, important subject of the Mormon religion.

In 3 Nephi 11 verse 32 it says, “And this is my doctrine, and it is the doctrine which the father hath given unto me; and I bear record of the Father, and the Father beareth record of me, and the Holy Ghost beareth record of the Father and me; and I bear record that the Father commandeth all men, everywhere, to repent and believe in me.”

This scripture alone, I think, really exclaims the important of repentance and coming unto Christ when doing so. Through Christ, we can be forgiven for anything. I truly believe that our Heavenly Father really is forgiving and that by choosing Christ and by striving to do our best each and every day, we can return to live with our Heavenly Father.

In Moroni 6 verse 7-8, it explains that we are not able to return to live with our Heavenly Father and not able to be in his presence as long as we don’t repent, but if we repent with real intent, no matter how many times we have to repent, we can be forgive. It says, “7) And they were strict to observe that there should be no iniquity among them; and whoso was found to commit iniquity, and three witnesses of the church did condemn them before the elders, and if they repented not, and confessed not, their names were blotted out, and they were not numbered among the people of Christ. 8) But as oft as they repented and sought forgiveness, with real intent, they were forgiven.” I love that scripture. God is truly a merciful God and that scripture really shows that.

“The gift of the Atonement of Jesus Christ provides us at all times and at all places with the blessings of repentance and forgiveness” (Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf). By choosing Christ we all can be forgiven of our sins and transgressions. God wants the best for us all, I truly believe that. I also believe that we can be forgiven for anything! I believe that God has already forgiven us for everything we’ve already done and everything we will do; I don’t think we would all be here, living this life, if that wasn’t the case. But I do believe that we have to want to be forgiven and that we have to truly want change and to better ourself for the mercy of God to take place. If we give our all, Christ and his Atonement will take care of the rest. I truly believe that.

And I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

Putting It All Together – 1

Something that really stuck with me since I started the Book of Mormon class was a lesson we had very recently on The Atonement of Jesus Christ. The Atonement has been such a huge blessing in my life and I know it will only be more beneficial in my life the more I learn about it. It is so complex, yet so simple and such a wonderful gift from our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ.

“There is no sin or transgression, pain or sorrow, which is outside of the healing power of His Atonement” (C. Scott Grow of the Seventy). This quote really filled me with emotions once reading it. My whole life I’ve struggled with my own conscious of feeling guilty and hopeless, but I know that our Heavenly Father would not want us to feel that way. I have loved ones who have walked away from the Gospel due to an overwhelming amount of guilt that filled their lives, but I know that’s not God’s doing. Satan has a way of making us feel unnecessary guilt, but it’s through the Atonement where we can get rid of that guilt and be wiped clean of our sins in the eyes of our Heavenly Father. I’ve also learned, through my own trials and through influential people in my life, that the Atonement is something we should use everyday. The Atonement isn’t just for repenting of our sins, but it’s also something we can lean on when having a tough time or when needing guidance and/or direction.

Alma 7: 13-14 says: 13) “Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me.” 14) “Now I say unto you that ye must repent, and be born again; for the Spirit saith if ye are not born again ye cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye may have faith on the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, who is mighty to save and to cleanse from all unrighteousness.” This scripture really shows how great of a sacrifice our Savior made for us. When feeling overwhelmed with my daily tasks or specific struggles I’m having, I really like to turn to these verses just to remind myself of how amazing our Savior and His Atonement is.

The Atonement, in many ways, has been my rock. The Atonement has been, in many occasions, that little hope in my life that carries me through a rough day or trail. It’s also been something I lean on in good times as well, making sure I stay humble and to always remember what’s important. Our Heavenly Father is so merciful and I’m so thankful. If he didn’t sacrifice his only begotten son to atone for us, we’d have no way to return to live with our Heavenly Father. The Savior and His Atonement is my rock and my foundation to why I live and what I live for. His example and sacrifice keeps me going when the times get rough. I truly have such a huge testimony of The Atonement. I believe that everybody can return to live with our Heavenly Father through The Atonement. I believe that anybody carrying any sin, that has a broken heart and contrite spirit, can be forgive through Christ’s Atonement. I’m truly thankful for the blessing to have obtained the knowledge of The Atonement. I love my Savior with all my heart. And I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.