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Jesus Christ as Advocate

Jesus Christ as Advocate

Prophets Help Lead Us to Jesus Christ Daniel, a student at Brigham Young University and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes called “Mormon Church” by friends of other faiths), shares his insight to his scripture study of Moses 7:1-40. The book of Moses is found in The Pearl of Great Price, a book of scripture revered as sacred by Latter-day Saints. The book of Moses is an extract from the translation of the Bible as revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith. Moses 7:1-40 provides a narrative of Enoch’s interaction with God the Father as he is shown a vision of future events and a glimpse into the heart of our Father. From this narrative, I learned multiple things, asked several questions, considered the flow of the account, and came to understand better the role of Jesus Christ as Justifier and Advocate. The scriptures are filled with numerous accounts of prophets in various dispensations being shown in vision events... Read the rest of this entry »

Is God Real?

Is God Real?

Many people have asked “Is God real?” and simply put the answer is “Yes!” I used to help as online chat support for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints inadvertently called the “Mormon Church” by the media) and answered many chats that were pranksters trolling. Many of them came online to waste time but 90% of the time it boiled down to the fact that they didn’t believe in God or didn’t truly know Him. This post is directed towards those that may have wondered “Is God real?” and will outline why it matters to know that God exists and how anyone can know it. Is God Real: Why Does it Matter? We all have parents and our relationships may vary with them but most people tend to regularly keep in touch with their parents whether asking for an allowance, guidance, or love. I’m a daddy’s girl myself and love spending time with my father. Even though he knows me well, I will call him on the phone and tell him of my hopes, successes,... Read the rest of this entry »

God the Father: Helps Us Reach Our Potential

God the Father: Helps Us Reach Our Potential

By Dallin Q., member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and student at Brigham Young University (BYU). As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently called by friends of other faiths, the “Mormon Church”) I’m grateful for the knowledge I have of my personal relationship about God the Father. I’ve learned more about this relationship through my study of the Book of Moses, a book of ancient scripture translated through modern revelation, in the Pearl of Great Price. The first chapter in the Book of Moses has always been important to me ever since my mom taught me from it when I was in middle school. She taught me once again the priceless principle that we are all children of God, and we shouldn’t listen to voices that tell us otherwise. Today as I read Moses chapter one, I again felt the spirit testify to me that I am a child of God. That testimony raises my vision and level of motivation... Read the rest of this entry »

Knowing God: Scriptures Strengthen Our Relationship With Him

Knowing God: Scriptures Strengthen Our Relationship With Him

Hillary W., member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and student at Brigham Young University (BYU).  In the first chapter of the Book of Moses, a book of ancient scripture translated by the power of God into a volume called the Pearl of Great Price, we learn of an encounter that Moses had where he came to know God face to face. In this encounter we learn of God’s relationship to Moses. There are many ways that the relationship between God and Moses helps me to feel closer to our Heavenly Father. Moses is explicitly told that he is a son of God. The importance of the gospel is also emphasized through their relationship. Moses trusts God and God trusts Moses. Moses also realizes the necessity of having our Heavenly Father in our lives. Having an example of a mortal man that was here on earth helps me to realize that I can have this same close relationship with our Father in Heaven. When God comes to visit Moses on the mountain,... Read the rest of this entry »

Knowing God: Reflections On Divine Nature

Knowing God: Reflections On Divine Nature

Rachel D., member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and student at Brigham Young University (BYU). Knowing God: Reflections On Divine Nature In chapter one of the Book of Moses, a book of ancient scripture contained in The Pearl of Great Price, Moses is able to talk with God, and learn about his divine nature. Moses learns that he is “the son of God, in the similitude of his Only Begotten” (Moses 1:13). This simple knowledge that Moses learns about his relationship with God increases the understanding I have with my relationship with God as well. I have always loved Moses because, to me, he seemed to start out just as a normal man who does not know God and recognize his divine potential, like most of us. In the Bible, Exodus 3:11, Moses says, “Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?” Moses seems to believe that he was just a man—a weak, natural... Read the rest of this entry »

Joseph Smith: Instrument of Jesus Christ

Joseph Smith: Instrument of Jesus Christ

by Eric Kotter, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (“Mormon“), Eric is a student at BYU-Idaho studying communications. Have you ever had just a strong desire to know something? You may be confused with how to do a certain math problem, or it might be something bigger such as understanding how to find more meaning in your life. This is the same way a young 14 year old boy felt. As a young teenager, a boy by the name of Joseph Smith wondered about religion and salvation. He wanted to know and understand the things that God wanted him to do in order to return back to Him. In around 1820, Joseph Smith started to get involved with some of the religious excitement that was going on at the time where he was living in Palmyra, New York. Using his own words from Joseph Smith History it says, During this time of great excitement my mind was called up to serious reflection and great uneasiness; but though my feelings were deep and often... Read the rest of this entry »

Reflections on Past Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ

Reflections on Past Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ

Voices of Leaders in Past Conferences of The Church of Jesus Christ by Troy Parker, Troy is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and resides in Molalla, OR The first day of the 181st Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (nicknamed “Mormons”) is in the books. I’m not sure if the speakers and music keep getting better or if I’m just getting older. But it seems that the messages delivered at conference are more timely, more relevant and more specifically directed at me. Still, there are voices that I miss greatly. As devoted members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we listen to a lot of talks. Think of how many times you’ve listened to church President and living prophet, Thomas S. Monson. A few conferences ago, my wife and I were impressed with our 16-year-old because he could identify the voices of the First Presidency and most of the... Read the rest of this entry »

Mormon Prophets

Mormon Prophets

Mormon beliefs include a strong belief in prophecy. They teach that just as God spoke to his prophets in the Old Testament, to help them learn and teach truth, and to help His people respond to what was happening in their world, God once again speaks to His children. The Old Testament prophets prepared the world for the first coming of the Savior; the modern day prophets prepare it for the second coming. Prophets speak for God. God provided prophets to the world from the very beginning, when He spoke to Adam. Every now and then, the prophets would be withdrawn due to the wickedness of the people and their unwillingness to listen to the counsel of the prophets. However, in due time, God always restored a prophet to the earth. After the death of Jesus Christ, and the death of His apostles, there were no further prophets. This led to the Great Apostasy, in which many conflicts over doctrine arose and the people floundered as they tried to find truth. God... Read the rest of this entry »