Overcoming Anxiety and Fear through the Gospel of Jesus Christ: Jesus Calms Our Storms

Overcoming Anxiety and Fear through the Gospel of Jesus Christ: Jesus Calms Our Storms

Lift up your head and rejoice! We have permission from Jesus Christ to not fear and be happy. It is not necessary to fear and be overly concerned about things. Philippians 4:6-7 says, Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. The footnotes give us further insight into this scripture. The Joseph Smith translation of this scripture replaces the word “careful” with the word “afflicted” – “Be afflicted for nothing.” Another footnote gives further insight by giving us the Greek translation, “Don’t be unduly concerned about anything.” When I first read this it was inspiring to me, and it was a personal answer to my prayers and concerns. It was what I needed because throughout my life I have tended to worry a lot. This scripture helped me to see that there is so much in life... Read the rest of this entry »

The Inevitable Descent of the Early Christian Church

The Inevitable Descent of the Early Christian Church

People who profess to be followers of the Lord Jesus Christ and adhere to the teachings found in His Word are far more blessed today than members of the early Christian Church in that they are able to possess a copy of the scriptures for themselves. They do not have to rely on an ecclesiastical leader to reveal to them the treasures found in the Word of God which can easily be left to the misguided personal interpretations rendered by said leaders. Also, they do not have to wait to attend a church service to have the scriptures read to them, but they are able to read and study the scriptures for themselves. Furthermore, those who wish to study the scriptures, unlike those in the early Christian Church who were only exposed to certain portions of the scriptures, now have a more complete canon. Many homes have more than one copy of the Bible, and in some cases, different versions and/or translations of the Bible can also be found. And with the rapid increase in technological advances, a person... Read the rest of this entry »

Faith under Fire: Long Night Journey before the Dawn

Faith under Fire: Long Night Journey before the Dawn

The Psalmist declared in Psalm 30:5, “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Even in our deepest moments of sorrow and despair, when it may seem that all hope is gone, the Savior Himself promises, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” (John 14:18). Faith under Fire As a practicing, believing Christian, those scriptures should be words of great peace and comfort. However, I must admit that over the course of the past four and a half years, as I have gone to visit the older of my two sisters as she lay in a vegetative state in her room in a nursing home, my faith has been put under fire, and there have been times when God has seemed so far away. It is during those times that doubt and fear seem to overrule my faith. During the time that my sister has been hospitalized, there have been moments when I have felt great stress, heartache, anger, grief, and sorrow. Sometimes those feelings and emotions appear to be rolled into one gigantic ball.... Read the rest of this entry »

Mormonism and Calvinism: Taking the Gospel to the World

Mormonism and Calvinism: Taking the Gospel to the World

In this series of articles, we’ve been exploring similarities between Mormonism and other beliefs. Mormons believe that truth can be found in the beliefs of many different faiths and that truth is truth, regardless of the source. Sometimes the details are different, but often a common belief can be found. This article is written by a Mormon, which is a nickname sometimes used to describe members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Therefore, any statements made about Calvinism should be checked against information from practicing, believing members of that faith. Mormons believe information about a faith is only valid when offered by official sources. I was unable to find an official website for Calvinism, but I did find an organization called Credo House Ministries, which promotes mainstream Calvinism, and studied their site for this article. Mormonism and Calvinism: Missionary Work One belief that caught my attention was that of missionary work. Calvinists believe the... Read the rest of this entry »

Mormonism and Traditional Protestantism: Getting Back to Christ’s Pure Teachings

Mormonism and Traditional Protestantism: Getting Back to Christ’s Pure Teachings

Mormonism and traditional Protestantism have many differences, but they also have many similarities. Although both are Christian faiths, Mormons do not consider themselves Protestants. However, both faiths believe that we are saved through the atonement of Jesus Christ and both use the Bible as a holy text. Mormons also use additional religious texts and Protestants include the Nicene Creed as part of their religious canon. Mormons reject the post-Biblical creeds as having validity. Mormon is a nickname sometimes applied to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Protestantism is not a single faith, but is a larger term used to describe many different denominations, many of which have significant differences in their beliefs and practices. This series of articles focuses on the similarities, not the differences, in the faith, and since it is written by a Mormon, not a Protestant, information on Protestantism should be checked with an actual practicing and believing Protestant,... Read the rest of this entry »

Why Do They Call Mormons the Godmakers?

Why Do They Call Mormons the Godmakers?

The concepts of Heaven and the afterlife are often difficult for humans to wrap their minds around. Our limited visions of heaven are sometimes reduced, in popular culture, to cartoonish images of people playing harps on clouds. Teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes inadvertently called the Mormon Church) have been similarly reduced to cartoonish images of “godmakers” receiving their own planets. The doctrine of Jesus Christ is simple, but it’s not about planets—it’s about families. We are all literal spirit children of God, our Father in Heaven. As His offspring, we have inherited divine potential. Just as our children have the potential to become like us when they grow up, so do we have the potential to become as God is. To me, images of playing harps on a cloud or receiving a planet just seem…lonely. Heaven is having my family around—my husband, children, parents, siblings and even close friends. The Church of Jesus Christ teaches that... Read the rest of this entry »

The Last Days: Signs of the Times

The Last Days: Signs of the Times

The period of time just preceding the millennium is named the “last days”. It is the specified time, period, or age in which the necessary prerequisites to the Second Coming will occur. The last days are the days of the dispensation of the fullness of times, the days when the signs of the Second Coming are shown forth, the days of “restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.” (Acts 3:21.) We are now living in that period of time, and the great restitution (or restoration) is in process. 1.      There will be false prophets deceiving the people.  Satan will have his followers.  Happening now. 2.     There will be priestcrafts:  (2 Nephi 26: 29)  He commandeth that there shall be no apriestcrafts; for, behold, priestcrafts are that men preach and set bthemselves up for a light unto the world, that they may get cgain and dpraise of the world; but they seek not the welfare... Read the rest of this entry »

Overcoming Fear with Faith in Jesus Christ

Overcoming Fear with Faith in Jesus Christ

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I believe that all people will face times of tribulation hardship and trial in their lives. I do, however, believe that God will strengthen those who believe in Jesus Christ with faith to face their trials in a way that they will turn out to be blessings for them and others. In Mark 9:23, our Savior, Jesus Christ, stated: Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. How do we actually overcome fear through our faith in Jesus Christ and have all things become possible unto us? I have found great strength through consistently reading the scriptures and praying about that which I have studied. Additionally, the power of understanding the word of God will come not only by pondering the scriptures, but by actively trying to be obedient to the commandments of God. Then as you feel a perfect brightness of hope within, you will feel the power of God in you to face your conflicts and your... Read the rest of this entry »

Overcome Fear: Have Faith in Jesus Christ

Overcome Fear: Have Faith in Jesus Christ

Some may think that faith is silly, but a great majority of the population holds itself to religious beliefs in things we cannot see. Christians in particular believe in the coming of a Savior who gave his life so that we might find a pathway to repentance and forgiveness, a pathway to a brighter more joyful future. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes called the Mormon Church) are no different, and our faith in Christ gives us purpose and direction. The gospel of Christ is a gospel of love, and love gives us reason to move forward. Without faith, the world would be a dreadful place with much to fear. 1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” We can overcome our fear when we are “made perfect in love”, which is to have faith in Jesus Christ. Faith is more than just the opposite of fear, it is the conquerer of fear. We all have... Read the rest of this entry »

Restoration vs Reformation: Mormon Apostle Addresses Harvard

Restoration vs Reformation: Mormon Apostle Addresses Harvard

Elder Jeffery R. Holland, Apostle for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (frequently misnamed the Mormon Church by the media) spoke to a group of Harvard Law School students on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, during the annual Mormonism 101 series sponsored by the Latter-day Saint Student Association. In Elder Holland’s address, he focused a good deal on the restoration of the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. “What brings me to you today is not a message of reformation but of restoration,” he said, “the restoration of that church Christ established by His hand in the meridian of time and which He has reestablished by His hand in this present time.” Elder Holland also said, “In the western world religion has historically been the basis of civil society as we have known it, and if I am not mistaken, men and women of the law are committed to the best—that is the most just—civil society possible.  So thank you for taking religion seriously.” Elder Holland... Read the rest of this entry »