Monday, September 30, 2019

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Nephi Is Led by the Spirit to Obtain the Plates of Brass | 1 Nephi 3–5 | Book of Mormon

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has begun filming and producing The Book of Mormon video series to bring to life the stories found in The Book of Mormon.  Above is the week 2 video when Nephi and his brothers are commanded to return unto Laban to obtain the brass plates.

And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I awill go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no bcommandments unto the children of men, save he shall cprepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.

Nephi is a great example of faith by taking action and doing the things that he was commanded of the Lord.  In my own life I have found this same principle to be true.  When I exercise faith and take action in righteous endeavors the Lord blesses me and prepares a way for His purposes to be accomplished.  He loves each of us and wants us to be happy.  I am very grateful for this new video series which brings The Book of Mormon Stories to life!

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Monday, September 23, 2019

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The Book of Mormon: How Baptist Can You Get!

Another Testament of Jesus Christ

A BAPTIST PREACHER Shares his witness and testimony of 
The Book of Mormon

Dr. Lynn Ridenhour, Southern Baptist minister, guest speaker at Book of Mormon Conference hosted by Pastor Dale Warren, Fairfield Community of Christ, Fairfield, Illinois. Excerpt from Dr. Ridenhour’s sermon, “The Book of Mormon: How Baptist Can You Get!

One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism

I am so excited for this new video series that will walk us through the chapters of The Book of Mormon. 

The Lord Commands Lehi's Family to Leave Jerusalem | 1 Nephi 1–2 | Book of Mormon

I have read The Book of Mormon more than a dozen times and love the peace and clarity it brings me. It teaches my family and I to build our home and lives upon the Rock of our salvation, even the Lord, Jesus Christ.  It shares several examples of faith and enduring despite challenges.  It teaches us about the Atonement and Resurrection.  It teaches us about hope and charity.  It teaches us about humility and obedience...and so much more!  Come Unto Christ and Get a FREE COPY 

Names of Christ in 

The Book of Mormon

Even statistically, he’s the dominant figure of the Book of Mormon.

The Book of Mormon was preserved to come forth in these latter days to convince “the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God.” Its purpose is to verify the divine Sonship of the Nazarene to those who “ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ.” (Moro. 10:4.)
The divinity of Christ is proclaimed by prophets in the Book of Mormon. They had a conviction of his divinity because the Holy Ghost had revealed it unto them.
Through the instrumentality of the Holy Ghost, these prophets also knew that their writings were to bear testimony that Jesus is the Christ. This they solemnly did, more than I had ever realized. In a word-by-word study, I have found some form of the Lord’s name mentioned an average of every 1.7 verses in the Book of Mormon. (See Table 1.)
I have found that the Savior is referred to by one hundred different names—from the first reference to him as “Lord” in 1 Nephi 1:1 [1 Ne. 1:1] to the final reference to him as “the Eternal Judge” in Moroni 10:34. [Moro. 10:34] (See Table 2.) Each of the one hundred names signifies a different attribute or characteristic of the Lord and was used appropriately to convey the prophets’ recognition of who he is and what his mission represents. For example, “Savior” means that Christ came to save his people from their sins. “Holy One” signifies that he is holy and without sin, being perfect in all things. “God of the Whole Earth” reflects his universal interest in all men and their redemption. “Lord of Hosts” indicates that Christ is a God of battles. And “Lord Omnipotent” means that Christ is the Lord of all, possessing all power. The names given to our Lord take on new significance when they are approached through a thoughtful and sensitive study of their meanings. His profound character, his singular mission, and his divine relationship to man are thereby more clearly revealed.
Further understanding of man’s relationship to Christ, the central figure of the Book of Mormon, occurs through a study of the periods of apostasy, contention, and war. Fewer references to Christ are made during these periods of darkness, probably because his influence is lessened due to the unrighteous actions of man. (See Alma 50–59, for example.) During periods of peace, joy, and prosperity, which come through man’s keeping the commandments, the names of Christ are used profusely, indicating the abundant presence of his Spirit. (See 4 Ne. 1, for example.) Thus, the righteous actions of the people brought the influence and blessings of Christ among them.
Being aware of the number of references to Christ, having an understanding of the meanings for each name, and knowing when his influence can be greatest upon the earth can inspire reverential awe for our Savior. The witness of his divinity, however, must come personally to each of us—we cannot rely exclusively on the testimonies of others. The conviction that Jesus is the Christ occurs only when God, the Eternal Father, manifests the truth of it “by the power of the Holy Ghost.” (Moro. 10:4.) To the prayerful and the sincere, the Book of Mormon bears a powerful testimony that “Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God.”

~ C.J. Poulsen, Faith To Act

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

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Rome Italy Temple Dedicated March 10, 2019

Rome Italy Temple Is Dedicated 

The cornerstone ceremony is held
The Rome Italy Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is now dedicated. 
On a cool and overcast Sunday, March day, Church President Russell M. Nelson conducted 
the symbolic cornerstone ceremony, which signifies the temple’s completion and readiness 
to be dedicated for sacred use. The ceremony is also symbolic of Christ as the chief 
cornerstone of the Church.
- The Church Newsroom

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Friday, March 8, 2019

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Latter-day Saint apostles take viewers on 'unprecedented' virtual tour of Rome temple

The ROME, ITALY temple will be dedicated this Sunday, March 10, 2019.  It is the first time in history that all 12 apostles along with the First Presidency will be at a temple dedication outside of the U.S.A. all together.

SALT LAKE CITY — For many outside The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the church’s temples may seem a mystery.
Only faithful members of the church are invited to participate in what Latter-day Saints believe to be sacred rituals and ceremonies inside the temple — though the public is welcome to tour the buildings before they are dedicated for sacred use.
In an “unprecedented” new video released Thursday, however, two Latter-day Saint apostles walk viewers through a virtual tour of the newly-constructed Rome, Italy, temple and explain the symbolism, rooms and rituals inside.
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Saturday, December 1, 2018

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#LightTheWorld - December 1-31, 2018

For the month of December our family has joined millions of other Christians around the world to take part in a worldwide effort to #LightTheWorld.  The goal is to share goodness and light by serving others as Christ did while He was upon the earth.  This initiative helps us to reflect upon the Savior's life and ministry and honor and serve Him. As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ and remember His good works we are encouraged to #LightTheWorld and #ShareGoodness!  We are inspired to #GiveAsHeGave

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

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Baptism by Immersion

Today was a very special day for our family and this young man.  I had the privilege and opportunity to baptize my son and to confirm him a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  This was a day I highly anticipated from the moment he was born into our family until today, 8 years later to be a part of his special day.  He is our first born of three children and was very excited to be baptized.  As his parents we have made a diligent effort in raising and teaching our children in a Christ centered home.  We strive to teach them the importance of following Jesus Christ and becoming a disciple for Him.  Our son has been very active and involved in primary at church as well since he was small and able to walk and has learned of His Savior's love for him.

As His father I am very pleased with his decision to follow our Savior, Jesus Christ into the waters of baptism.  As a new member of the church, he promised and covenanted to take upon him the name of Jesus Christ, to follow Him and keep His commandments.  He has chosen to be obedient to Christ's command to Come Follow Him and be baptized in His name.

In return our Heavenly Father has blessed and promised my son to have the Gift of the Holy Ghost.  This Gift is the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost, a member of the Godhead, to lead and guide him in the paths of safety.  He is a teacher of all truth and a comforter for all who are received unto baptism by authority.

26 But the Comforterwhich is the Holy Ghostwhom the Father will send in my namehe shall   teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever have said unto you.

Baptism April 7, 2018 
Riverside California Stake

This was a very special and sacred day.  The spirit was very strong to be at our Stake baptism and see my son along with six other eight year olds being baptized.  We each took our turn as a ward to be in the baptismal room with our family and ward members.  I found a sister in our neighboring stake who makes baptismal towels with the name and date of baptism and a shield saying CTR - "Choose The Right."   I presented this to Max right before his baptism.  He was excited and now has a clean, white towel to remind him of his baptismal day.

The spirit was very strong and I got emotional confirming and blessing my son with the Gift of the Holy Ghost.  His blessing was beautiful and Heavenly Father blessed him with many promises and traits.  It was a very neat experience and one I look forward to having again with my other children.

Maxwell was excited to get a new suit and dress more like dad and the missionaries.  He got a new tie with his initials as well and looked very sharp for his special day.

Acts 2:38

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 HolyGhost.

Articles of Faith 1:4

We believe that the first principles and aordinances of the Gospel are: first, bFaith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, cRepentance; third, dBaptism by eimmersion for the fremission of sins; fourth, Laying on of ghands for the hgift of the Holy Ghost.

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

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7 New LDS Temples Announced, Solemn Assembly, and Newly called Prophet and Apostles

This past week and weekend has been full of much joy and happiness as we celebrated my first born son's 8 year birthday, we had Spring break vacation, we got to participate in a Solemn Assembly, along with millions of Latter-day Saints across the world, to sustain our newly called Prophet and two newly called apostles, we were inspired and fed spiritually for two full days by listening to the 188th General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and we celebrated Easter as a family.

General Conference is always a highlight weekend for our family twice a year when we get to tune in via the internet and watch the prophet and apostles speak to the entire world concerning the affairs of The Church of Jesus Christ.  We are counseled regarding dangers in society and from the adversary of truth and righteousness, we are exhorted (challenged) to rise above the sin and corrosion of the world and become better disciples and followers of Jesus Christ.  We are admonished to love God with all of our heart, mind, and strength and to love one another as Jesus loves us.  We are inspired and uplifted to choose the right and to strive to be better in all areas of life.  We are motivated to have greater faith, hope, and charity.  And above all, we are encouraged to become true saints, putting off the natural man and becoming disciples of Jesus Christ, that we may shine as lights in a darkening world and become one with our Savior.

 New First Presidency
 Left - Dallin H. Oaks, Middle - Russell M. Nelson, Right - Henry B. Eyring

I am so grateful for a living prophet to guide us in these Latter Days...He is called of God to lead and guide His Church and be His mouthpiece for His children here upon the earth.  Today we got to sustain our newly called prophet, President Russell M. Nelson.  After the passing of Thomas S. Monson, January 2, 2018, President Nelson was the next senior Apostle to ascend to the office of President and be our modern prophet, seer, and revelator.
 Elder Gerrit W. Gong
 Elder Ulisses Soares

I am super excited for these two new apostles called to the full-time ministry of proclaiming the Restored gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth.  They are called and ordained to be apostles until they die or ascend to the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ.  I am a witness and know that these men are called of God to fulfill a special ministry in our day.  I am humbled by the love of our Heavenly Father to provide leadership such as this in these latter days.  We are truly blessed.  Everyone is invited to come and partake of the good news as we are taught and instructed by Christ's modern day apostles.  Whatever your faith in Jesus Christ is at this point in your life we invite you to come and partake of the blessings of following living prophets and apostles.

President Russell M. Nelson
7 New LDS Temples Announced

  • Salta, Argentina 
  • Bengaluru, India
  • Managua, Nicaragua
  • Cagayan de Oro, Phillippines
  • Layton, Utah
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • A major city yet to be determined in Russia
One of my favorite anticipations between General Conference every six months is whether or not new temples will be announced.  It is always so exciting to hear where the new temples are going to be built to bless more of Heavenly Father's children with the saving ordinances of the gospel.  It is awe-inspiring to see biblical prophecies being fulfilled before our very eyes.  I want to go forth and sound the message of the good news to all as with a sound of a trump...

 Angel Moroni

There are a few highlights from this weekend!  It has been so inspiring and uplifting and I have a renewed sense of faith, hope, and charity.  We are blessed indeed!  If you would like to hear a prophet's voice and learn from living apostles I would encourage you to go, watch, and LISTEN.  I promise you will be blessed for your efforts!

~C.J. Poulsen
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