Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Holy Spirit

Galatians 5
 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
 23 Meeknesstemperance: against such there is no law.
  This is how the Spirit fells but when do we feel it?
Moroni 10 
4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.

  When we keep an eye out for the Spirit we will notice that he is in our lives a lot more then we currently realize.  What is the spirit trying to tell us?  By the power of the Holy Ghost we may know the TRUTH of all things.  That is when we feel the Spirit, when God is telling us something is True. 

Friday, June 17, 2011

Salvation through Christ

Mosiah 3
 17 And moreover, I say unto you, that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent.

Matthew 7
 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

 Helaman 5
 9 O remember, remember, my sons, the words which king Benjamin spake unto his people; yea, remember that there is no other way nor means whereby man can be saved, only through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, who shall come; yea, remember that he cometh to redeem the world.

Revelation 20
 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

    As we read these scriptures we can tell very clearly that we are only saved through Christ.  Our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ expect us to do what they have asked while we are here on the earth, but our salvation is through our savior Jesus Christ.  We need to do what they have asked to enjoy the blessings of eternal life.  We will all fall and sin every day, but through Christ we can be clean again once we ask for forgiveness. Through him change our lives.  Lets all hope that we have good things to read with our Heavenly Father when He opens our Books on Judgement day. (Revelation 20:12-13)

What is Most Important in Life?

 This is a little life lesson that I've been learning over the past two or three years that I wanted to share with everyone!  I hope you enjoy!

 Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
 26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
 27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
 28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

 Helaman 5:8 And now my sons, behold I have somewhat more to desire of you, which desire is, that ye may not do these things that ye may boast, but that ye may do these things to lay up for yourselves a treasure in heaven, yea, which is eternal, and which fadeth not away; yea, that ye may have that precious gift of eternal life, which we have reason to suppose hath been given to our fathers.

Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

If we forget about our own "things" in this world and just think about helping others through their lives, we will find so much more enjoyment in this life and the life to come!  I have only caught a glimpse of this over my last two years but its okay! I have a life full of service left in me!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Joseph Smith and The Book of Mormon

Matthew 7 "...wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."

 13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
   As we read here in St Matthew Chapter 7:13-14 Christ teaches very clear that the road that leadeth unto life (eternal life) is a strait, narrow road.  He also teaches that there will be few that find the road and the gate. 

 15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

   Christ teaches very clearly that there will be false prophets that look great on the outside (sheep's clothing) but rather they are misleading and very dangerous (ravening wolves.) 

 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

   As we study these words we realize that we can know if there are true prophets on the earth.  This passage of scripture teaches us how to tell peoples' intent by there actions.  We need to look at the "fruits" then we need to pray about them and see if they are good or bad.  The scriptures are true, "wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Works in Salvation?

   I was reading in Philippians 2 and I was reading about that saying "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling."
   As I read that a thought came to mind. I thought back on my life when I was doing one thing bad that was worse then the rest and God helped me realize that problem. Then together I worked with my Heavenly Father on fixing that problem and through Christ I was forgiven. Then a few weeks down the road God helped by showing me another problem I have in my life and again we worked on it together and Christ worked with me to be forgiven.  In my head that helps me understand that scripture about working out our salvation.  Alone we can do nothing for our self but with him we can do all things. Our Heavenly Father is the guide and His Son Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer.  That is how we can change and "work out our own salvation" like Paul directs in Philippians Chapter 2.
  Another incite that was shown to be by a dear friend was the words "fear and trembling." These are the words he used to explain what was being taught in this scripture.
"...I think the "fear and trembling" is not out of being afraid of God but rather it is our recognition of how truly awesome He is. Because I believe that all scripture is inspired we need to study it all out so that where there seems to be a discrepancy we can look for a clear preponderance of evidence. Hence, if we look through the entire Bible, I believe it is clear that salvation is a free gift from God through Jesus Christ."

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Sabbath Day

  I have often wondered why there is a Sabbath day, I have always wanted to spend each and ever day of my life working and doing what I want to do.  I ask myself, why does our Heavenly Father need us to spend a day off and think of him, go to church, and read the scriptures? As I read the scriptures and learn from the great messages I come to remind myself of these small but important principles.
      St. Mark 2:27 "And he said unto them, the sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath."
  I was able to remind myself today that the Sabbath day was for us to have a day to grow closer to God so that we can keep him in our lives and have a happy life.  We need the Sabbath and that is why out Heavenly Father gave us the day to think about him and our Savior Jesus Christ.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Foot Prints in the Sand

I've always loved this poem and I would ask everyone today to stop and look back on their lives and picture the days or even years that you had "Him" carrying you.