What do you believe?

As a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I get lots of questions. One of the biggest queries I’ve gotten recently is: do you believe in Jesus Christ? There is a common misconception about the church on this topic. As a representative of Jesus Christ, I want to help clear this up.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is the Savior of the World, who suffered for the sins and heartaches of all mankind. We believe that He died for all of us, and I know these things are true.The beautiful and incredible part about Christ and His Atonement is that He rose from the dead and He lives again.Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can be forgiven of our sins and we will live again. I believe with my whole heart that Jesus Christ is my Savior! As members of the Church we follow Jesus Christ. He is the center of our faith. We study The Bible and The Book of Mormon to help us to learn more about Him and our Heavenly Father. I know the Book of Mormon is true and testifies of His role as our Savior. I know He is my Lord and my Redeemer. It is through Jesus Christ that we can become stronger and happier. He can help us make it through this life. He is the one we can always count on.

2 Nephi 25:26 “And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.”

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Serving as the Savior

“There are so many people in need whom we could be thinking about instead of ourselves. And please don’t ever forget your own family, your own wife. There are so many ways we could be serving. We have no time to become absorbed in ourselves.” ~President Uctdorf

Our lives become fuller through serving others, through giving of ourselves. I know this principle is true. Heavenly Father blesses us when we take the time to help another person. My Dad wrote me a letter once, just filling me in on things happening back home.My parents have a special responsibility to coordinate sunday church service at the Veterans home near us. They get to work with some sweet folks and they get to serve them every week. One sunday after church, they had a little luncheon for the vets and one of them couldn’t make it. So my Dad made him a plate of food and brought it to his room. Reading about that just warmed my heart. My parents have taught me how to help others by their examples, by the way they serve one another and by the way they go out of their way to help my siblings and I.
I know that service is a part of living a Christlike life. I am grateful for my Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. I know He lives and I know that His path is what blesses us with a happy and fulfilling life.
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“Indeed, it is easier to “find” ourselves because there is so much more of us to find.” ~President Kimball

Everyday is a present

One of the things I’ve been working on lately is trying to live in the here and now. There are wonderful memories I have in the past and exciting possibilities in store for my future. But a friend of mine reminded me that today not only is the present, but it is a present or a gift. Every morning I get to wake up and serve my Heavenly Father by serving His children. What a special blessing this is!

President Monson has taught,

“This is our one and only chance at mortal life—here and now. The longer we live, the greater is our realization that it is brief. Opportunities come, and then they are gone. I believe that among the greatest lessons we are to learn in this short sojourn upon the earth are lessons that help us distinguish between what is important and what is not. I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and nonexistent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey—now.”

I have been striving to do just this–to find joy in the journey now, today. Our Savior Jesus Christ taught us, ” For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient is the day unto the evil thereof.” (3 Nephi 13:32-34) God will take care of us and all we need to focus on is today, because everyday is a gift.

The power and authority of the Priesthood

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What sets The Church of Jesus Christ a part from other churches in the world? How is it different? In the fifth article of faith it declares, “We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.” This authority is called the Priesthood, which is the power to act in God’s name here on earth. Jesus Christ gave His Twelve Apostles this power before he was crucified, so they could teach the gospel and perform miracles just as He did. The apostles were eventually rejected and killed for their ministry. Because of this, the authority Christ had given was lost and Christ teachings and ordinances were corrupted. The full light of the gospel had been swept away into a time of spiritual darkness.

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In the early 1800’s, our loving Heavenly Father called another Prophet, named Joseph Smith to restore the Priesthood and the gospel of Jesus Christ back onto the earth. The Priesthood is one of the key elements within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I know that because of this authority my family and I have been blessed. My father has been given this priesthood and was able to baptize me when I was 8 years old.

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One of the most personal blessings has come through priesthood blessings. A priesthood blessing is a special prayer offered specifically to one individual. From these special blessings, you can receive healing, comfort,strength, and counsel. It’s so significant to understand that blessings are given through inspiration from the Holy Ghost. In essence, Heavenly Father is speaking through a worthy priesthood holder. I have received many blessings from my Dad and I know that it has been a source of comfort and peace for me in my life. I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ’ church. I know the power of the priesthood is real and that it blesses my whole family. I testify that we have prophets on the earth again today and they are directed by God to do His work and His will.

How do you find truth?

Some people believe that it’s by grace alone that we are saved. Some people believe that you only have to believe in Jesus Christ then you are saved. But what does it really mean to be saved? There are varied ideas on this as well. How do we know which is true doctrine? How do we know when a teaching is from God?

        In 1820, there was a young man named Joseph Smith, he had concerns just like these questions. He was confused by the various religions. He wrote, “so great were the confusion and strife among the different denominations, that it was impossible for a person young as I was, and so unacquainted with men and things, to come to any certain conclusion who was right and who was wrong.” (Joseph Smith—History1:8) Joseph read in the Bible and was able to receive guidance. James 1:5, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” This scripture had a great influence on him and lead him to pray about his concerns. When he prayed to God a miraculous experience happened.

In his own words he said, ” I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. … When the light rested upon me I saw two personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!”  (Joseph Smith History 1:16-17)

Joseph Smith saw God, the Father and Jesus Christ. I know this to be true. His prayer was answered, he was told not to join any of the churches in his community. Later on, He was given the responsibility to restore Christ complete doctrine and church back to the earth. He was called to be a prophet.

I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God and because he was called of God, he was given that authority or priesthood, to restore lost truth. I firmly believe that this is Christ’ church. He is my Savior and my Redeemer. I have gained a testimony for myself of the restoration of the gospel. If you want to know for yourself if this message I’ve shared is true you can! How, is the important question here? I know that if you ask God if this is true, that God will answer your prayer. I testify that He answers our prayers and that He loves everyone!

Why being a missionary makes me smile

I love being a missionary! But really it’s one of the best responsibilities I’ve ever taken on. Ever since I was a kid I have loved sharing the gospel. I remember when I was in the sixth grade we had an assignment to do a report. We could choose any topic we wanted to do. I chose to make mine about my relgion: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I was able to do a little presentation about my report and teach my class more about my faith. For me missionary work is fun and it’s exciting! I am so happy when I get opportunities to share my beliefs with others. And as a missionary I get to do it everyday! Oh, it is sooo good! One of the best parts of being a missionary is getting to share my testimony. I really do believe that this church is true, and that Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet to restore Christ’ doctrine and church back to the earth. Since then we have been able to recieve more revelation through modern prophets to help us with our personal challenges and concerns. I am so happy because of the knowledge and faith that comes from the gospel. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and my Redeemer. I love my Savior and my Heavenly Father! I know that if we want to be happy we need to live the gospel and come unto Christ.

The Love of our Father in Heaven

Jesus Christ taught us the importance of love by the way he treated other people. He served, healed, and blessed the people around Him during his life here on earth. He taught His disciples,

“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”(Mark 12:30-31)

If we keep this commandment we will be happy. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and my Redeemer. He loved us all so much He sacrificed His life for all of mankind.

Heavenly Father, the father of our spirits,  loves us individually. He knows each and every one of us and He wants us to be happy. I know this to be true.