Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Salt of the Earth

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

As followers of Christ we are the salt of the earth. We must do all we can to keep our savour so that we will continue to be of worth in the work of God. The adversary will do all he can to drag us away from Christ and from the influence of the Holy Ghost. If we give into temptation and leave the companionship of God's Spirit we will begin to lose our savour. Luckily for us as soon as we turn to the Lord and begin to come back to Him we regain our worth as instruments in His hands. May we not ever reach the point at which we become of no worth. May we follow our Savior and continue to be the Salt of the Earth is my prayer in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

All the Little things

"And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive. And see that ye have faith, hope, and charity, and then ye will always abound in good works."

This scripture highlights for me the importance of doing all the little things. It doesn't just say be temperate if you are having a good day, but it tells us to be temperate in "all things". It doesn't say to keep God's commandments when you feel like it but instead tells us to be obedient to Him "at all times". God always knows what we need, but He wants us to talk to Him. This is why He commands us to ask Him for the things we need, whether they be spiritual things or things of the world. Next it talks of gratitude, not only when we get what we want, but for whatever God decides to give us, whether it is what we wanted or not He knows best and we acknowledge that by accepting His will with gratitude. Our faith, hope, and charity (or love) will then be our motivating source to do good unto all of God's children. I know that Christ as we strive to be obedient, as He was, we can be blessed to receive the gift of His light in our lives. I know that He lives. In His name, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Finding Answers from God.

"Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him."

Missionaries, like me, are called to teach Christ's doctrine, not our own. The same promise that Christ gave to those He taught is true today. If anyone will take what he has taught, and act on it, they will find out for themselves if it is from God. The key to tell if a minister is of God or not is where he points you to find answers. Does he point you to look heavenward for the answers to the questions of your heart and soul, or does he point you to himself as the source of all the answers? If he points you to God and gives Him the glory you can know that he is a good minister. I pray that all men will accept my invitation to act and read from The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ and see for themselves from God that it is true. I promise that any who read with a sincere desire to know will be able to learn from on High that it is indeed the word and work of God in our latter days! This is not my doctrine, nor the doctrine of man, but it is the doctrine of Christ and this is his work. Ask Him, you will come to know as you act in faith. 

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Freedom from Sin

"But if ye will turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart, and put your trust in him, and serve him with all diligence of mind, if ye do this, he will, according to his own will and pleasure, deliver you out of bondage."

This verse to me shows how forgiving the Lord is in every case. The verses before talk about all the sins that this people had committed and how they are now in bondage to another people, but the promise is extended that "if [we] will turn unto the Lord" and do all we can to serve Him. When the time is right, He will bring us out of the prisons of our lives and put us in the light of His perfect love and set us free from all the world and the sins thereof. Will you leave behind your sins and follow the Savior? I promise that He will deliver you from what you struggle with if you will only give yourself over to Him and accept His will in your life.