Sunday, November 20, 2022

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Baptism - The Gate to the Strait and Narrow Path that Leads to Eternal Life

Baptism - The Gateway to Eternal Life

This weekend was an awesome experience to see a new friend be baptized as a member of  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Recently he and his wife (already a member) moved into our neighborhood and they began meeting with a brother in our ward to discuss the scriptures and Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  The full-time missionaries were then invited to come into their home to teach a full series of lessons surrounding The Plan of Salvation and Restoration of Jesus Christ's gospel to the earth.

They invited this good brother to Come Unto Christ and enter on the covenant path of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins.  Because of his choice to do so, He was the recipient of the Gift of the Holy Ghost today in Sacrament Meeting.  The GIFT of the Holy Ghost is given to each individual that enters into the baptismal covenant and can be a constant companion to comfort, guide, protect, and teach the truth of all things.  This gift is given by the laying on of hands accompanied with a priesthood blessing by worthy, Melchezidek Priesthood holders. 

And after they had been received unto baptism, and were wrought upon and acleansed by the power of the Holy Ghost, they were numbered among the people of the bchurch of Christ; and their cnames were taken, that they might be remembered and nourished by the good word of God, to keep them in the right way, to keep them continually dwatchful unto prayer, erelying alone upon the merits of Christ, who was the author and the finisher of their faith.


Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really is awesome. There are so many blessings and joyful things that come from our membership. When we’re baptized, we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. That gift provides us guidance and direction, helps us repent and be clean, and changes our lives. These blessings are a result of living on the covenant path—or living faithfully according to the covenants we’ve made and will make, and doing the things that help us stay faithful.

The Covenant Path and You

So, what are those covenants? They include being baptized, being confirmed and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, (for young men) being ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood and then (once they’re at least 18) to the Melchizedek Priesthood, receiving the temple endowment, and being sealed in the temple. “Covenants with God help us to know who we really are.”1 With each covenant, we promise Heavenly Father to strive to live as He has asked us to. As we do, He promises we can have His Spirit to be with and guide us.

As we faithfully follow the covenant path, we’ll end up doing a lot of things that can help us grow, enjoy life, and be happy. And a big part of that includes the service we provide, such as young men who bless and pass the sacrament, which blesses everyone in the ward, or young women who reach out to fellowship those around them. Plus, as you follow the covenant path, you’ll be blessed by temple trips, priesthood blessings of comfort and counsel, a patriarchal blessing, counsel from prophets and apostles, and the power of personal prayer.

And, of course, there’s the hope that the doctrines give, such as eternal families, healing through faith and blessings, and the Resurrection.

Yes, when we live up to our covenants and strive to live as the Savior, Jesus Christ, has taught us to and when we heed the counsel of living prophets, life is just so much better.

Your Responsibility

But being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ isn’t just about the blessings you receive personally. It’s also about helping other people “come unto Christ, and be perfected in him” (Moroni 10:32). In fact, for each of us, as we live the gospel, a desire will grow within us for others to be blessed by the gospel, especially members of our family.

President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, explained that “the Lord knew you would have those feelings when He allowed you to receive the covenants which are blessing your life. … Even more, He knew how that desire would increase when you came to know the joy of the promises He makes to us in sacred temples. … He promises us, if we are faithful, that we may live with Him in glory in families forever in the world to come.”2

That desire to share is also our responsibility. President Eyring also taught, “The duty to warn our neighbor falls on all of us who have accepted the covenant of baptism. We are to talk with nonmember friends and relatives about the gospel. Our purpose is to invite them to be taught by the full-time missionaries who are called and set apart to teach.”3

Part of our covenant relationship with our Heavenly Father, because of our baptism, is to share the gospel. Through the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jesus Christ declared, “It becometh every man who hath been warned to warn his neighbor” (D&C 88:81).

The Covenant Path for Your Family and Friends

As you think about your family members and friends who may not be members of the Church or who may not be active in it, it’s natural to want them to enjoy the same blessings, opportunities, and help that you have as a result of making and keeping covenants. You’ll want them to receive power and inspiration through the Holy Ghost, to enjoy the blessings of temple covenants, and to receive guidance through patriarchal blessings.

Of course, you’ll also want them to enjoy some of the great blessings that come through Church membership, such as attending Mutual activities and feeling the peace of the temple and the joy of repentance.

It might just be that they are waiting for someone like you to open the door by being a good friend and example and by a simple invitation to follow the covenant path.

So, what are you waiting for?

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

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My Own Sacred Grove Cover by Karlie Gayle | Faith To Act

It’s been a while sense I’ve posted a song! This week is very special. My sister and I decided to do a song together and had the most beautiful experience singing in the sacred grove. The song we chose to sing is “My own Sacred Grove” by @Angie Killian Music Hope you all enjoy! 😊 Instagram: Karliem01 YouTube: Karlie Gayle ⛪ - Find a local Latter-day Saint Church to attend ➜ 📘 - Request a FREE Book of Mormon ➜ 📖 - Request a FREE Holy Bible ➜ ⭐ - Learn the beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ➜ https://news-nz.churchofjesuschrist.o... 👪 - Find out about your family history and get to know your relatives ➜ #Christian #FaithToAct #ICanOnlyImagine

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

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A Sacred House of the Lord | Washington D C Temple | Faith To Act

Church Releases First Virtual 
Tour of Historic Washington 
D.C. Temple

Open house welcomes 100,000 visitors so far

Today marks the public launch of a special virtual tour of the historic Washington D.C. Temple

 of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The tour, now available online, takes 

visitors on a guided journey of the interior of the temple led by Elder Gary E. Stevenson of 

the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and his wife, Lesa, along with Elder Dale G. Renlund, 

also of the Quorum of theTwelve Apostles, and his wife, Ruth.

“A temple is the most sacred place of worship in our Church, and we are delighted that you 

would join us for a tour,” said Elder Renlund. The tour comes as the committee overseeing 

the ongoing public open house of the temple announces an important milestone: 100,000 

visitors have visited the temple since it opened its doors to the public on April 18, 2022. 

Since that time, groups including national media outlets, invited guests from government 

and embassies in Washington, friends and neighbors and local members of the Church 

have been able to tour the interior of this landmark located just outside the nation’s capital.

“Jesus Christ is the central focus of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and our 

temples,” says Sister Stevenson in the video. “We regard the temple as ‘the house of the 

Lord.’ As you enter the temple, you will notice the beautiful paintings and other artwork 

that turn our hearts and thoughts towards Christ and His gospel.”

This is the first opportunity in 48 years that this temple has been open to the public. The 

temple was originally dedicated by Church President Spencer W. Kimball in 1974.

For those unable to attend in person due to scheduling or traveling constraints, this video 

allows the two senior Church leaders to virtually take visitors through the temple.

This nearly 12-minute virtual tour is the first time the Church has made a tool of this kind

 available to the public since the Rome Italy Temple opened its doors in 2019.

The Church has 282 temples in operation, under construction or announced around the 

world. Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are the most sacred 

places of worship. Prior to the dedication of a temple, the public is invited to attend an 

open house to see the beauty of the temple and learn about the commitments Church 

members make with Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

The Washington D.C. Temple in-person open house will continue through June 11, 2022.

 Open house ticket information is available at

See the video below.

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Monday, November 8, 2021

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President Ballard Dedicates Pocatello Idaho Temple

 Idaho’s newest temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been dedicated. President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presided at the dedication of the Pocatello Idaho Temple in three sessions on Sunday, November 7, 2021.

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“A temple in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a place where sacred covenants and ordinances can be performed,” President Ballard said. “We’re building temples at a faster rate than ever before in the history of the Church.”

On a chilly Sunday morning, President Ballard conducted the cornerstone ceremony, which symbolizes the completion of the temple. He was joined by Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Kathy; Elder S. Gifford Nielsen, president of the North America Central Area; and Elder Gary B. Sabin, assistant executive director of the Temple Department, and his wife, Valerie.

More than 250,000 people of many faiths attended the public open house for the temple in September and October. 

Elder Andersen has ties to the Pocatello area. He spent much of his youth in the nearby town of Tyhee and attended schools in Pocatello.

“I had a beautiful childhood here from the time I was just about 4 or 5 until the time I left on my mission and came back, so it has great memories for me,” said Elder Andersen, who brought family members with him to see some of the places where he grew up. “I’m so happy to see it is a magnificent temple on the hill. It’s no small temple. And you can see it from almost everywhere in the valley.”

He continued, “The light of the gospel will shine on everyone and increase the love of God in this wonderful community.”

The 71,000-square-foot temple sits on the eastern foothills of Pocatello.

“It’s this large because we feel it needs to support that many people who want to come,” Elder Sabin said. “The first unit of the Church was established in 1888, so that’s a long wait.”

Youth Devotional

On Saturday evening, November 6, about 6,000 young men and young women and local Church leaders attended a devotional at a meetinghouse in Pocatello. It was also broadcast to four other chapels in the Pocatello Idaho Temple District.

“This part of the Church — Pocatello, Idaho — this is a center of raising up faithful missionaries that carry the gospel to the nations of the earth,” said President Ballard, who encouraged the youth to consider serving a mission.

“I bear witness and testimony to you that if you have an opportunity to serve a full-time mission for the Lord Jesus Christ, when the time comes and you’re old enough to qualify, you prayerfully consider that and step up,” emphasized the senior Church leader.

President Ballard expressed his confidence in the youth who attended the devotional. “I have such a great sense of confidence and peace as I look at your faces and know that the Church will be in good hands.”

“This temple is built for everyone here in Pocatello. But my focus really is the thoughts of how this temple is going to bless the rising generation,” said Elder Nielsen, who conducted the youth devotional.

“There is urgency in this work of gathering Israel, dear friends. And it’s up to us to invite those people who are lucky enough to cross our paths today,” he told the youth.

Elder Nielsen recalled when the temple property was covered with sagebrush. “My thoughts go directly to the young people who, in about 45 minutes, cleared the 11-acre parcel of ground to prepare for the building of this temple.”

The youth also helped plant 25,000 flowers to prepare the grounds for the temple open house.

Chayce Low, 17, of Bancroft, attended the youth devotional with his local congregation. Low said President Ballard’s call to future missionaries resonated with him.

“Actually, this is a big point of my life. A couple of weeks ago, I finally decided that I was going to go [on a mission], and it’s really cemented my decision,” he said. Young men go on missions when they turn 18 and women can serve at age 19.

Mckenna Young, 17, of Inkom, enjoyed being in the presence of the Church leaders. “What I take away is how much confidence the Lord has in me and in the youth and just how much they love us.”

The Pocatello Idaho Temple is the sixth temple in Idaho and the 170th operating temple in the Church. The Gem State’s other temples are in Boise, Idaho Falls, Meridian, Rexburg and Twin Falls. Two other temples have been announced in Burley and Rexburg North. More than 460,000 Latter-day Saints reside in Idaho.

The groundbreaking for the Pocatello Idaho Temple was held in the spring of 2019. The temple was announced in April 2017 by Church President Thomas S. Monson.

Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints differ from meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Each temple is considered a “house of the Lord,” where Jesus Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity.


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