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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... 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... Read the rest of this entry »

The Pure Love of Christ

The Pure Love of Christ

There is a scripture in The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, that talks about God’s love in a way that has come to mean a lot to me.  Mormon, the ancient American prophet from whom The Book of Mormon takes its name, is addressing a small group of committed Christians in a society that has become corrupt, worldly, and even murderous. After describing to them the importance of faith, hope, and charity, he ends with this beautiful promise: Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail— But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true... Read the rest of this entry »

National Day of Prayer: Digging Deeper, Reaching Higher

National Day of Prayer: Digging Deeper, Reaching Higher

As my mid-section droops, my reading glasses increase in strength, and as I get a bit on with the middle of my rigorous, wonderful life in Christ, I ask myself, ‘What am I learning about deepening my communion and so, my relationship, with God and Jesus Christ?” About “prayer”? In response, I’d like to share 6 learnings and leanings—things I’ve learned or am coming to know more fully– about intimately engaging with Father in Heaven. These impressions beaded themselves together in a spiritual necklace, if you will, of personal reflections, as I considered the approach of the National Day of Prayer. 1. The Law of Asking Why does God—the literal Father of our spirits-ask us to pray if all-powerful? There are lots of answers offered but a salient one in my mind is that there is a fundamental law of asking. God operates by many laws–including those of justice and mercy and agency and the law of asking (Bible: 1 John 5:14,... Read the rest of this entry »

Who is Jesus Christ?

Who is Jesus Christ?

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He was chosen before the world began to be the Savior of the world. He is the second member of the Godhead, which consists of God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. Jesus Christ is the Firstborn of God. We lived with God before we were born, and when God presented the great Plan of Salvation to us, He volunteered to come to earth to atone for our sins. It was impossible for us to live a sinless life and impossible, therefore, for us to atone for our own sins. However, the laws of justice and mercy allowed someone else to fulfill that role. Jesus Christ was the only One who could do so. If He had refused, or if He had backed out when it got difficult, we would never have been able to be saved from our sins. For this reason, Christians love and revere Him. Jesus came to earth through a divine miracle. His mother was a mortal woman chosen for her righteousness. His Father was God. Mary was engaged to be married and learned... Read the rest of this entry »

Becoming Christian

Becoming Christian

Becoming Christian can seem like a very large leap into an entirely new lifestyle. However, for many people, particularly those who have practiced other faiths already, the process may not seem too complicated. It’s important to take it a few steps at a time and not to get overwhelmed. Baptism is an important step in the process of becoming Christian. In the Christian Bible, the New Testament tells us that we must be baptized in order to enter Heaven. 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.(Acts 2:38). If you are becoming a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose members are sometimes called Mormons, that baptism will come after a few meetings with missionaries who will help you learn more about Jesus Christ and His gospel. You will learn how to pray and will start to become familiar with the... Read the rest of this entry »

The Miracle at Cana in Galilee

The Miracle at Cana in Galilee

Soon after the arrival of Jesus in Galilee we find Him and His little company of disciples at a marriage party in Cana, a neighboring town to Nazareth. The mother of Jesus was at the feast; and for some reason not explained in John’s narrative, (1 Nephi 3:23) she manifested concern and personal responsibility in the matter of providing for the guests. Evidently her position was different from that of one present by ordinary invitation. Whether this circumstance indicates the marriage to have been that of one of her own immediate family, or some more distant relative, we are not informed. It was customary to provide at wedding feasts a sufficiency of wine, the pure though weak product of the local vineyards, which was the ordinary table beverage of the time. On this occasion the supply of wine was exhausted, and Mary told Jesus of the deficiency. Said He: “Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.” The noun of address,... Read the rest of this entry »

Savior’s Love

Savior’s Love

Everyone has challenges. It doesn’t matter where we’re from, what religion we are, how much money we have or our status in society. Nothing in this world can make a person immune from the difficulties of life. Some of the greatest challenges I have faced in my life came at an early age. At 12 I was diagnosed with a hereditary condition which caused my body to not produce enough of a chemical called Serotonin. The result of not having enough of this chemical produced in your body is depression. I was then diagnosed with severe social anxiety and had to drop out of school. My parents divorced when I was 15 years old and by the age of 17, my mother stopped talking to me. Her last words to me were “I don’t want to have anything to do with you anymore” before she moved away without telling me where she was going. Between the ages of 12 and 18, my life was a mess. Our family physician said that my parent’s divorce would destroy me and the countless... Read the rest of this entry »

What Think Ye of Christ?

What Think Ye of Christ?

By Jan Mayer, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints .  As a “Mormon woman,” Jan is a graduate of BYU and mother of five children. She has written for numerous publications,  including The Denver Post, The Villager and NorthStar. I worked in a small office area with a woman who had great disdain for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (nicknamed “Mormons”). We had been briefly acquainted before she recommended me for a job. Although she knew I was a Mormon, she thought I had been deceived and that she could change my beliefs. When she learned that I was a devout Latter-day Saint (Mormon)—truly converted–she was appalled. When I asked where her information had come from, she told me she had taken classes at her church. Shocked, I told her that I couldn’t understand why one religion would teach against another—that it didn’t seem very Christ-like. She told me that the world... Read the rest of this entry »

Latter-day Saints (Mormons) Share Witness of Resurrection in Social Media

Latter-day Saints (Mormons) Share Witness of Resurrection in Social Media

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are sharing their witness of the Savior, their love for Him, their knowledge of His atonement, crucifixion and resurrection online this Easter weekend in an unprecedented social media wave. Witnesses are posted on mormon.org, a site created to share Mormon beliefs with friends of all faiths. We invite you to take a look and to share and extend the witnesses you see and read with those you love and those in your broadest networks, that the Savior may be honored and glorified and remembered in a special way this season and all seasons. The Internet initiative, sponsored by the Church’s Mormon.org website, will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 6-8 April 2012. Comments from the Church’s Missionary Department explained that this will be a unique chance for Mormons to share their personal testimony of Jesus Christ with people of other faiths. Read the rest of this entry »  Read More →