Saturday, October 30, 2010

Lessons I Learned as a Boy

  The lessons I've learned in life can usually be traced back to mistakes I've made, but there are some that I can look back and see that because of the good choices I made, I learned the most valuable lessons. I trace those good choices back to the gospel of Jesus Christ, because the blessing of the gift of the Holy Ghost I have made choices that helped see the hand of God in my own life, and in the life of others. Its my testimony that as we live the gospel of Jesus Christ, we will make less mistakes, and learn more valuable lessons.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

2nd Article of Faith

The second Article of Faith states; We believe that men will be apunished for their bown sins, and not for Adam’s ctransgression. Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ we dont have to answer to Adam's transgression, but that doesn't remove our personal responsibility for our sins. The awesome thing about the Atonement of Jesus Christ is that we have the opportunity to repent of our sins, we all make mistakes, Im not perfect in any way, but I know that because of Jesus Christ we can be forgiven of our sins. I am so grateful for Jesus Christ, because His Atonement doesn't just cover our sins, anything that we will ever go through, any pains or afflictions, sickness, sadness, anything, Jesus Christ is there for us, to strengthen, to lift, and to love, I know that He has lifted me and strengthend me. And he shall go forth, suffering pains and aafflictions and btemptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will ctake upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. And he will take upon him adeath, that he may bloose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to csuccor his people according to their infirmities. Alma 7:11-12

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The First Article of Faith.

The first Article of Faith states; We abelieve in bGod, the Eternal Father, and in His cSon, Jesus Christ, and in the dHoly Ghost. I believe in and know that God is our Heavenly Father, who loves and cares for us. Heavenly Father has done many great things for me in my life, but one of the most powerful things for me has been prayer. I know that God is there and that he listens to each of us. Jesus Christ, He is the Son of God, He is the Savior of the world, He is my source of truth and light. I know that Christ Atoned for our sins so that we might be able to live once again with God and our Families eternally. Another way that God has blessed us is by giving the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost testifies of both the Father and the Son, this is one my most favorite gifts that God has given us. The Holy Ghost teaches us truths, "and by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may aknow the btruth of all things."  Moroni 10:5. I know that God loves each of us, that Jesus is the Christ, and that you can know that too by the power of the Holy Ghost.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

We Believe...

"Let us review for a moment how the Articles of Faith came to be. The Prophet was often asked to explain the teachings and practices of Mormonism. “John Wentworth, editor of the Chicago Democrat, asked Joseph Smith to provide him with a sketch of ‘the rise, progress, persecution, and faith of the Latter-Day Saints.’ ” Mr. Wentworth, originally from New Hampshire, desired this information to help a friend compile a history of his native state. “Joseph complied with this request and sent Wentworth a multi-page document containing an account of many of the early events in the history of the Restoration, including the First Vision and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. The document also contained thirteen statements outlining Latter-day Saint beliefs, which have come to be known as the Articles of Faith.” The information sent to Wentworth was not published in the Chicago Democrat, but in the Church newspaper, Times and Seasons, published in March of 1842. “In 1851 the Articles of Faith were included in the first edition of the Pearl of Great Price published in the British Mission. After the Pearl of Great Price was revised in 1878 and canonized in 1880, the Articles of Faith became official doctrine of the Church” (see Church History in the Fulness of Times [Church Educational System Manual, 1993], 256–57)." Elder L. Tom Perry

History of the Church, Vol. 4, pp. 535—541
  1 We abelieve in bGod, the Eternal Father, and in His cSon, Jesus Christ, and in the dHoly Ghost.
  2 We believe that men will be apunished for their bown sins, and not for Adam’s ctransgression.
  3 We believe that through the aAtonement of Christ, all bmankind may be csaved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
  4 We believe that the first principles and aordinances of the Gospel are: first, bFaith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, cRepentance; third, dBaptism by eimmersion for the fremission of sins; fourth, Laying on of ghands for the hgift of the Holy Ghost.
  5 We believe that a man must be acalled of God, by bprophecy, and by the laying on of chands by those who are in dauthority, to epreach the Gospel and administer in the fordinances thereof.
  6 We believe in the same aorganization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, bprophets, cpastors, dteachers, eevangelists, and so forth.
  7 We believe in the agift of btongues, cprophecy, drevelation, evisions, fhealing, ginterpretation of tongues, and so forth.
  8 We believe the aBible to be the bword of God as far as it is translated ccorrectly; we also believe the dBook of Mormon to be the word of God.
  9 We believe all that God has arevealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet breveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.
  10 We believe in the literal agathering of Israel and in the restoration of the bTen Tribes; that cZion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will dreign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be erenewed and receive its fparadisiacal gglory.
  11 We claim the aprivilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the bdictates of our own cconscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them dworship how, where, or what they may.
  12 We believe in being asubject to bkings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in cobeying, honoring, and sustaining the dlaw.
  13 aWe believe in being bhonest, true, cchaste, dbenevolent, virtuous, and in doing egood to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we fhope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to gendure all things. If there is anything hvirtuous, ilovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
Joseph Smith