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Faith & Personal Revelations Amid the Storms of Life

Faith & Personal Revelations Amid the Storms of Life

I have always been intrigued by the biblical account of Peter walking on the water. (See Matthew 14.) Jesus Christ had just performed the miracle of the loaves and fishes, where He fed 5,000 people with only 5 loaves of bread and two fishes. The Savior had gone to a mountain to pray and instructed His disciples to meet Him on the other side of the sea. The wind became “contrary,” and they were “tossed with waves.” Then, the disciples saw a figure walking on the water toward them. They were afraid, but the Savior called out: “Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.” Peter replied: “Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.” Jesus bade him come, and Peter walked on the water. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately, Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? (Matthew 14:30-31) I have often wondered... Read the rest of this entry »

Every True Convert to Christ Starts a Legacy

Every True Convert to Christ Starts a Legacy

One of the greatest miracles of life happens when a person receives a testimony of Jesus Christ and experiences the process of conversion.  Merriam-Webster dictionary defines conversion as definitive or decisive adoption of religion or beliefs. Elder David A. Bednar, a modern apostle and general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (more commonly known as the Mormons), gives a profound definition of true conversion in relation to gaining a testimony: True conversion brings a change in one’s beliefs, heart, and life to accept and conform to the will of God, and includes a conscious commitment to become a disciple of Christ. Conversion is an enlarging, a deepening, and a broadening of the undergirding base of testimony. It is the result of revelation from God, accompanied by individual repentance, obedience, and diligence. Conversion is an offering of self, of love, and of loyalty we give to God in gratitude for the gift of testimony. Examples of True Conversion... Read the rest of this entry »

The Great Blessing of Personal Prayer

The Great Blessing of Personal Prayer

Mother Teresa is quoted as once saying, “Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at his disposition, and listening to his voice in the depths of our hearts.” And Mahatma Gandhi is quoted as having said, “Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. . . . It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” What is Prayer? In layman’s terms “prayer” can be defined as, “a solemn request or entreaty for help or an expression of thanks addressed to God in word or in thought.” Prayers that are offered may be in the form of adoration, supplication, or thanksgiving. Not all prayer needs to be audible to be acceptable to God, but all prayers should come from the heart with the pure intent of listening for and accepting the answer that is given by Him. As the Psalmist declared, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O... Read the rest of this entry »

Overcoming Anxiety and Depression: Grace from Jesus Christ

Overcoming Anxiety and Depression: Grace from Jesus Christ

No one quite knows exactly what we are going through, no one except our Savior Jesus Christ. Even if two people are experiencing deep depression, anxiety, or thoughts of suicide, their experiences are different from one another. However, our Lord and Savior does know how succor the needs of every individual in a perfect and matchless way, because He has felt every ounce of pain, sorrow, sickness and sin we have ever felt and will ever feel—He has conquered it all (Book of Mormon, Alma 7:11-12). How can we receive help from Jesus Christ? In a book titled, Experiencing Christ: Your Personal Journey to the Savior, written by Randall J. Brown, and published in 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc., Brown shares a personal example of going through “an emotional hell” and how he was able to grow closer to Jesus Christ during that time: Read the rest of this entry »  Read More →

Jesus Christ: That Ye May Know

Jesus Christ: That Ye May Know

BYU (Brigham Young University) is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the “Mormon Church.” As part of their undergraduate coursework, BYU students take multiple semesters of spiritually uplifting, stimulating religion classes. In this series (see below), students enrolled in scripture study classes have shared their thoughts, insights, and reflections on the Book of Mormon in the form of letters to someone they know. We invite you to take a look at their epiphanies and discoveries as they delve into the scriptures. In publishing these, we fulfill their desire to speak to all of us of the relevance, power and beauty of the Book of Mormon, a second witness of Jesus Christ and complement to the Bible. The Book of Mormon includes the religious history of a group of Israelites who settled in ancient America. (The names they use are those of prophets who taught the Book of Mormon peoples to look forward to the coming of Christ—Nephi, Lehi,... Read the rest of this entry »

These Things Shall Give Thee Experience

These Things Shall Give Thee Experience

Have you ever heard the common expression that life is not fair?  And have you ever had a day where you felt you could be the spokesperson for such a phrase?  I’ve had lots of those days.  Fortunately, when these days come, it gives me the chance to think about my relationship with God.  As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often referred to as the Mormon Church), one of the tenets of my faith is the belief that these types of days have the ability to bring you closer to Jesus Christ. In a book titled, Experiencing Christ: Your Personal Journey to the Savior, written by Randall J. Brown, and published in 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc., Brown discusses how these types of experiences enable us to draw closer to the Savior: The gospel of Jesus Christ is not simply a straight-line path to perfection.  We all stumble frequently along the way and experience hardships and painful wounds.  Spiritual growth is an ebb and flow process and we experience numerous peaks... Read the rest of this entry »

Believing Christ: Choosing the Better Part

Believing Christ: Choosing the Better Part

When I was a senior in high school, I lacked one English credit needed to graduate. I had extra credit for  many extracurricular activities. I liked school and took advantage of every opportunity afforded me. I applied to the school board to skip my senior year and go directly to college, but as the time grew near the school board denied my request. I decided to take whatever classes I thought would be fun and interesting. I reasoned that quite a few of my relatives were college professors and teachers, night classes at the university would be fun and easy.  To my surprise, college was harder than I thought. The main problem was I was young and inexperienced in life and most of my fellow college students had already grown up and were seasoned in life; it seemed easier for them and more difficult for me fresh out of high school. My father announced he was divorcing my mother after 25 years of marriage. My world was rocked. I had always planned on going on a mission, but now it seemed that... Read the rest of this entry »