Christ lives. I know that. Through living prophets, He has restored His church to the earth. Along with that church were restored some of Christ's "plain and precious" doctrines that were lost to the world (1 Nephi 13:40). These were not lost all at once but over time, after God's priesthood authority was lost. One of these deals with obedience. Obedience is key to fulfilling God's purposes. God knows what will make us happy and he gives us commandments to help us. He gives us these commandments through prophets (See Amos 3:7). When we follow the commandments we see the blessings God has promised us and we please our Father in Heaven.
I know obedience is essential to fulfilling God's will for us. I know He loves us and gives us commandments for a reason. I beleive the words of Christ when He said "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15).
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Thursday, January 13, 2011
There is an awesome story in the Bible about Jesus Christ and His apostles. They're all traveling together in a boat. Jesus was asleep in the back of the ship when a storm started. It was such a rough storm that the disciples were scared for their lives. They woke up the Savior and asked "carest thou not that we perish?" (Mark 4:38). The apostles saw no hope of getting through the storm. Unless Christ did something about it, they were going to perish. What Christ did next should be of great comfort to all of us. "He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm"(Mark 4:39).
Thursday, January 6, 2011
In the Book of Mormon there is a touching account of Christ's visit to the American continent. It is shortly after His ressurection and ascension into heaven. The Nephites and Lamanites had just been through terrible hardships. There were many eathquakes, fires, and other natural disasters and a great darkness covered the land the entire time. All the survivors gathered around the temple. While they were there Jesus Christ appeared to them. Shortly after He arrived, Christ invited the entire multitude to "Arise ad come forth unto [Him]" (3 Nephi 11:14). Accepting his invitation, the entire crowd, one by one, approached Christ and felt the prints in His hands and side. I love the reaction of the people, they "did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of a surety and did bear record, that it was he, of whom it was written by the prophets, that should come" (3 Nephi 11:15). These people knew Christ before He came to them. They read the words of the prophets, they knew what He would be like.