Sunday, January 18, 2009

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Beautiful Sabbath Day! Gladys Knight-A Mormon?

Today at church I was reminded of a lot of simple truths. First of all, in priesthood meeting we discussed the spirit of Elijah...

From the Old Testament we learn:
Malachi 4:5-6
5 ¶ Behold, I will asend you bElijah the prophet cbefore the coming of the dgreat and dreadful eday of the Lord: 6 And he shall aturn the bheart of the cfathers to the dchildren, and the heart of the echildren to their fathers, lest I come and fsmite the gearth with a hcurse.

I am very grateful for Family History and genealogy work. This helps us unite and link our families together through sacred temple ordinances forever. I am so grateful for the truths found in Latter-day revelation.

In the Doctrine and Covenants, a book of revelations to the prophet Joseph Smith the following was recorded:
  1. 13 After this vision had closed, another great and glorious avision burst upon us; for bElijah the prophet, who was taken to heaven without tasting death, stood before us, and said:
    14 Behold, the time has fully come, which was spoken of by the mouth of Malachi—testifying that he [Elijah] should be sent, before the great and dreadful day of the Lord come—

Then in Sunday school we learned about the Atonement.
I was reminded of the importance of applying Christ's atonement in our daily lives. We CAN be forgiven of all our sins, mistakes, weaknesses, and short-comings.

  1. 16 And after they have been ascattered, and the Lord God hath scourged them by other nations for the space of many generations, yea, even down from generation to generation until they shall be persuaded to bbelieve in Christ, the Son of God, and the atonement, which is infinite for all mankind—and when that day shall come that they shall believe in Christ, and worship the Father in his name, with pure hearts and cclean hands, and look not forward any more for danother Messiah, then, at that time, the day will come that it must needs be expedient that they should believe these things.

In our last meeting, Sacrament service, we listened to an older couple speak on the topic of conversion and being converted to Christ and His gospel.

"Conversion means 'to turn with.' Conversion is a turning from the ways of the world to, and staying with, the ways of the Lord. Conversion brings a mighty change of heart. Thus, a true convert is 'born again,' walking with a newness of life."
-Elder Russell M. Nelson, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Ensign Nov. 2005.

Tonight, to top off the day of spiritual feasting and uplifting of the soul my sister-in-law and I went to a missionary fireside where we learned of our true purpose and identity here on earth. That is to be a disciple of Christ and invite others unto Christ continually!
What a great day it has been!

I found this beautiful arrangement for one of my favorite hymns sung by Gladys Knight and her choir Saints Unified Voices. She and her family have been Latter-day Saints for ten plus years now. She is a great example of faith to all and especially the African communities who love her tunes. Please enjoy this song: "I Am a Child of God." Here is her website for more gospel tunes:

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