Posts Tagged 'Disciples of Jesus Christ'

Let’s Talk About It – As a Little Child and Names

As I was waiting for my daughter at school, another child came and asked my younger daughter what her name was. When she said it, this little first grader beamed and said she had a girl in her class with that same name. As I watched her reaction, I thought about just how often my children discuss names. They love to make connections with other names they know, especially when they meet someone with the same name as their own, or of someone they already know. They can hardly contain their excitement over this realization. And what about those little girls who write their names a hundred times in their journals? And when they try out their name as a future Mrs. somebody.

“And again I say unto you, ye must repent, and become as a little child, and be baptized in my name, or ye can in nowise receive these things.” (3 Nephi 11:37) What is it about names and little children? I know this scripture isn’t specifically relating to becoming like a child in how they feel about things, but perhaps there is a correlation. I wonder about how this relates to how I feel at this point in my life. Do I ever react this way when I hear a name? Should I feel this way about any names in particular? Names are so important in our life. They are so personal. Some times they become even sacred in nature to us. One in particular, is when we choose to take upon ourselves the name of Christ and become his disciples.

I wonder what your thoughts might be. How does a name in the heart and mind of a child, relate to taking upon us the name of Christ? What does this mean for how we should feel when we find others who have chosen to become disciples of Christ? Any thoughts?

Ponderizing – Week 7 Thoughts

The verse I have chosen to ponderize this week, is
John 13:20 (see also D&C 39:5, D&C 84:37).

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

These are the words of the Lord, Jesus Christ, to his disciples during what we call the last supper. Men would be chosen by the Lord to represent Him throughout the world. In the church that he had established in his earthly ministry, and just after his resurrection, the Lord chose apostles whom he sent throughout the land. Among them were Peter, John, and later Paul. These men bore strong witness of the Lord, to men of their day. Their missions and writings were recorded by inspiration, and we have some of them today in the Bible. If the Lord were only speaking of those who would be chosen in that time, which I don’t believe he was, we have the opportunity to follow his admonition as well. If we choose to receive them, by receiving their words, we receive Christ and His Father, who sent Him.

Likewise, I believe that the resurrected Lord appeared to men in the Americas, and he called disciples to preach among them. Their stories are found in the Book of Mormon, and when we choose to receive those words, we receive the Lord also.

The Lord’s mission did not begin with his mortal birth, but rather in the heavens before earth began. Since that time, He has chosen many men, to do His work, to lead His people, and to testify of Him. We can find some of their stories and teachings throughout the rest of our holy scriptures. We can choose to receive their words as well, and when we do so, we receive God.

Furthermore, I believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth, just as was promised in ancient revelations. I believe that the Lord has chosen modern prophets and apostles, along with many others who have been called to bear witness of the Savior in our day. I believe the promise remains the same. If we receive them, their writings and their words of revelation and testimony, we receive the Lord.

How do we receive them? We start by reading and listening to the words of the scriptures and messages given today. Then, we believe in them, believe that they are indeed chosen and called of God, and we hearken to their council. To receive them, we need to experiment upon their words, test them at the things they promise, and watch for the blessings to follow. We receive them, by gaining and strengthening our personal testimonies through their examples and teachings. As we do these things, our hearts will be softened and opened to accepting the Lord and His atonement into our lives. This has been His purpose from before the creation, because when we accept the Lord, we choose to align our lives with God’s plan for us. Ultimately, we are choosing to take the path, which will lead us back to our Father in Heaven. When we receive those whom the Lord has chosen and sent to guide us, we choose to receive our Father in Heaven. This is what God wants for all of His children, even eternal life for all.

I know that this is an idea that is becoming less popular in the world today. Following the words of ancient and modern prophets, is seen as archaic and traditions of the past. However, I have a testimony that their words are true and that they were and are truly prophets and apostles of the Lord. Their mission has been and will continue to be, to bring souls to Christ. I am so grateful for their teachings and the amazing blessings that have come to my own life through listening to their words. My prayer, is that more people will choose to receive them and accept the gifts and blessings they offer to us.

Deuteronomy Chapter 24

Moses, under the direction of the Lord, was at this point, repeating and renewing the laws of the Lord for the Israelites. He had already covered many things that they needed to know in order to be worthy to live with the Lord among them, as well as many that would keep them a happy and prosperous people. One of the things of importance, was how their relationships should be treated, especially in marriage and family. His sermon continues with the following:

1 When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.
2 And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife.
3 And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife;
4 Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the Lord: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.

The law of divorcement is given here. If a man found his new wife to be unclean, or unchaste, he could divorce her and send her on her way, free from any tie to that man. If she remarried, and then was divorced again or became a widow, the first husband was not to take her as his wife again.

5 When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any business: but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up his wife which he hath taken.

A newly married man, was not to go to war or business that would take him away from his wife, for the first year of their marriage. There is great importance in a happy and loving marriage, and there is something to be said of a marriage that starts off as a priority for that man and his wife.

6 No man shall take the nether or the upper millstone to pledge: for he taketh a man’s life to pledge.

I am not sure if I understand this completely, but I think that when the people made pledges or promises to one another, they would give something as a token of that pledge. The Israelites were not to take the parts of a millstone as a pledge token, either the upper or lower stone, because these were necessary parts of a tool for grinding grain. An individual needed this tool to be able to sustain himself and his family. I think that it meant that they were not to take something that was used as a life-sustaining tool, because it was as if they took the man’s life as the token of the pledge.

7 If a man be found stealing any of his brethren of the children of Israel, and maketh merchandise of him, or selleth him; then that thief shall die; and thou shalt put evil away from among you.

The Israelites were not to make slaves of each other for profit. They may have had slaves of other nations, though I am not sure on that, and they had Israelites who became their servants, but they were not to make their fellow Israelites into property to be sold. The act of selling their brothers as slaves, was a sin worthy of death. I can’t help but think of Joseph of the twelve tribes and how his brothers sold him into slavery to be rid of him, which was a big part of Israelite history, and would have been strictly forbidden by the Mosaic law, which came over 400 years later.

8 Take heed in the plague of leprosy, that thou observe diligently, and do according to all that the priests the Levites shall teach you: as I commanded them, so ye shall observe to do.
9 Remember what the Lord thy God did unto Miriam by the way, after that ye were come forth out of Egypt.

They had been given strict laws and customs with regard to those who had leprosy. In order for their nation to continue to thrive, they needed to be diligent in following those things. They were reminded here, that the Lord could give and take away, when it came to leprosy, just as had been done to Miriam, the sister of Moses, during their journey in the wilderness.

10 When thou dost lend thy brother any thing, thou shalt not go into his house to fetch his pledge.
11 Thou shalt stand abroad, and the man to whom thou dost lend shall bring out the pledge abroad unto thee.
12 And if the man be poor, thou shalt not sleep with his pledge:
13 In any case thou shalt deliver him the pledge again when the sun goeth down, that he may sleep in his own raiment, and bless thee: and it shall be righteousness unto thee before the Lord thy God.

When others borrowed from them, they were to let them give their own pledge, or token, and were not to go into their homes searching for them. Those that had little, were not to have their pledges kept from them overnight. Probably because they would have needed that thing in order to get by, especially if the pledge was part of his raiment, or his clothing.

14 Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy, whether he be of thy brethren, or of thy strangers that are in thy land within thy gates:
15 At his day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it; for he is poor, and setteth his heart upon it: lest he cry against thee unto the Lord, and it be sin unto thee.
16 The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

There was to be no oppression of their servants. When he was due pay, they were to give it, or be held accountable for the prayers to God from that servant. I think that servants were usually paid on a daily basis, depending on the work they did, so at the end of a days work, they were to be given the payment they had worked for. Also, men were to be held accountable for their own sin. If a man sinned worthy of death or another punishment, his children would not be held accountable, or vice versa. This idea of holding anything against the family, was reserved for the curses of the Lord, who sometimes would promise a curse upon the generations of the wicked if they did not repent. I think this would only be acceptable of the Lord, because God alone can know and judge the posterity or the family of men.

17 Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger, nor of the fatherless; nor take a widow’s raiment to pledge:
18 But thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt, and the Lord thy God redeemed thee thence: therefore I command thee to do this thing.

They were not to take advantage of strangers, and especially those in need. They were instead, to remember, that they had once been slaves in need of deliverance, and the Lord had provided for them. They were commanded to do likewise and deal justly with all people.

19 When thou cuttest down thine harvest in thy field, and hast forgot a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go again to fetch it: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow: that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hands.
20 When thou beatest thine olive tree, thou shalt not go over the boughs again: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.
21 When thou gatherest the grapes of thy vineyard, thou shalt not glean it afterward: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.
22 And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt: therefore I command thee to do this thing.

Any parts of their fields, that were missed during harvest, were to be left for gleaning. Those who were poor and in need, had allowance from the Lord, to glean crops from the fields. The owners of the fields, were told to remember their situation in Egypt, when they were strangers in the land, but given the things that they needed.

A lot of this chapter seems to have been about the importance of treating others with kindness. Treating others with a decent amount of respect makes a nation stronger. It is so important for us to give to others what they are due, to help those in need, and to be sure we don’t take advantage of others. I think that everyone experiences times of need, physical or spiritual. We should remember those times and recognize the Lord has provided for us, often through the helping hand of others. If we desire to be active and true disciples of Jesus Christ, we need to extend our kindness to our neighbors and strangers. It is a commandment, that we love others as we do ourselves (see Matthew 22:36-40). We would not want to be treated unkindly, to be taken advantage of, or left without any help in our own moments of need. Others do not want these things for themselves, either. A happier and more prosperous people would be found, if we would remember how the Savior wants us treat one another.

Deuteronomy Chapter 14

Moses continues his final sermons to the Israelites, with a repeat of the law established when they were around Mount Sinai. There were many customs and rituals in their lives then, and a lot of things were not according to the design of the Lord for His people. This chapter begins with a review of the forbidden customs of mourning.

1 Ye are the children of the Lord your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.
2 For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.

The Israelites, as the chosen people and children of God, had the promises of salvation for the righteous, promises which are eternal and do not end with mortal death. People of God should not make a show of mourning when loved ones die, by hurting themselves or removing part of their hair. I think that there should be hope found in death, along with the normal feelings of loss we experience. Death has never been a good reason for a person to purposely hurt the God-given gift of their body. Death is just a part of our eternal lives and should be seen as the opportunity to progress further. Those who are left behind by a loved one who dies, should allow themselves to naturally go through the mourning process without drawing this kind of unnecessary attention to their own personal suffering or sorrow.

3 Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing.
4 These are the beasts which ye shall eat: the ox, the sheep, and the goat,
5 The hart, and the roebuck, and the fallow deer, and the wild goat, and the pygarg, and the wild ox, and the chamois.
6 And every beast that parteth the hoof, and cleaveth the cleft into two claws, and cheweth the cud among the beasts, that ye shall eat.
7 Nevertheless these ye shall not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the cloven hoof; as the camel, and the hare, and the coney: for they chew the cud, but divide not the hoof; therefore they are unclean unto you.
8 And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcase.

The Israelites were still to refrain from eating those meats which the Lord considered to be unclean or abominable, which had also been established before their wanderings in the wilderness. This commandment was the ancient version of word of wisdom, which is found in modern revelation today (see Doctrine and Covenants section 89). It was a law of health, I believe meant to keep their bodies healthy and their minds clear and able to be influenced by the spirit. It continues:

9 These ye shall eat of all that are in the waters: all that have fins and scales shall ye eat:
10 And whatsoever hath not fins and scales ye may not eat; it is unclean unto you.

They were not to eat anything that was not a fish with fins and scales.

11 Of all clean birds ye shall eat.
12 But these are they of which ye shall not eat: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray,
13 And the glede, and the kite, and the vulture after his kind,
14 And every raven after his kind,
15 And the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckow, and the hawk after his kind,
16 The little owl, and the great owl, and the swan,
17 And the pelican, and the gier eagle, and the cormorant,
18 And the stork, and the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat.
19 And every creeping thing that flieth is unclean unto you: they shall not be eaten.
20 But of all clean fowls ye may eat.

Specific birds and other animals that could fly, like insects, were listed as unclean and not to be eaten.

21 Ye shall not eat of any thing that dieth of itself: thou shalt give it unto the stranger that is in thy gates, that he may eat it; or thou mayest sell it unto an alien: for thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.
22 Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.
23 And thou shalt eat before the Lord thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the Lord thy God always.
24 And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the Lord thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the Lord thy God hath blessed thee:
25 Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the Lord thy God shall choose:
26 And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the Lord thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household,
27 And the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee.

Those things that were already dead, even among their own herds, was not to be eaten by those who had made covenants with the Lord. Verse 21 reads that they were told that they could give or sell them to others, but according to the Joseph Smith translation of this verse, it should read that they were not to give it to the stranger and not to sell it to the alien. This would seem to make more sense to me, because they have already been told that they were to treat the stranger (“clean” or “unclean”, part of the covenant people or not – see Deuteronomy 12:15) as part of their people, when abiding in their home. To offer something to another, which they considered abominable in the eyes of the Lord, seems wrong to me.

In addition to the laws of what they could and could not eat, they were given the laws of tithing. They were to give tithing on all the increase of their crops or seed. All their tithing was to be taken to the holy place of the Lord, the tabernacle or eventually the temple. When they did this, it was to help them remember all that the Lord provided for them. If they could take it as the food, wine, oil or animals, they were to do so, but if they could not take it that far, they were to take the money from those things to the holy place, and buy what they could to make the offerings to the Lord. In all these things they were reminded again that they were not to forget the Levites, who lived off of the tithes that the people brought to the temple.

28 At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates:
29 And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.

Every third year, their tithing was to be given to the levites and the poor among them. If they remembered these things, the Lord promised to bless them with the work they did in the future.

Tithes and offerings are still a part of our discipleship. We follow the Lord, when we give a willing heart in service, and also when we give of our own substance to the poor and needy. We are to learn how to put others needs before our appetites and desires, just as the Lord has done for us. I know that we are blessed greatly when we give of the things that the Lord has given us. If nothing else were to come from the act of paying tithes and offerings, I am still blessed to be reminded that all that I have is a gift from God and I should be willing to share it.

Conference Questions – Our T-shirt Statement

I think I am going through withdrawals from my Relief Society Declaration question series, because I just had to add a new little series to my posts. This past weekend, I watched the 182nd Semi Annual General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is a televised conference where all people can watch or listen to the counsel of our modern prophets, apostles and other church leaders. General Conference happens twice a year and I look forward to it with great anticipation every time. I am always filled with the spirit and a desire to be a better person and draw closer to the Savior, when I watch conference. I love to take notes. When I first started being a note taker for learning in church settings, I would write everything I possibly could down. Including what the speakers said, as well as the little lessons the spirit would teach me during the talks. Once that became a habit, I learned that I should really be focused on writing down the things that I am personally taught by the spirit. So, with that as my focus for note taking this weekend, I found myself writing down questions that I should be able to answer. The thought then came to me that these are questions that I could attempt to study on this blog.

So, to kick off this Conference Questions series, I wrote a question down while listening to Sister Ann M. Gibb, the Second Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency of the church. She spoke of seeing a young girl wearing a bold t-shirt that said “I Am a Mormon”. It had caused her to think about what she would want to wear on her own t-shirt. In response I wanted to focus on this question today. What is the (gospel) statement we should proudly wear on our own shirt for others to see? My thought as she spoke was that my own declaration would read: I’m a mormon and a disciple of Jesus Christ. I love Him and I love His gospel. I am happy. There is so much more to be said though and that is why I wanted to look a little further.

This question brings to mind the scripture mastery found in Romans 1:16, where Paul writes, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Before I can even approach the question, I have to wonder if I am the kind of person willing to make such a bold statement for the world to see. As disciples of Jesus Christ, are we making such a statement of ourselves, or are we ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ? Do we go to church on Sunday, and then turn around into our daily lives and worry about what others might say about our beliefs and standards? Do we openly share our testimony, or keep it to ourselves? If you wonder about these things, I would suggest you put this theory to the test in some way. I tested this theory in my own life once, when I was going to college right out of high school. I wanted to be like Paul. I wanted to be able to say that I was not ashamed. So, I began to take my scriptures to school with me. Anytime, I had a moment before a class began, I would pull out my scriptures and read them. I would read in the hallways, in the classroom, as I ate lunch and so on. I found that I was happy to show others that I loved the scriptures and as an added blessing, others began to ask me about what it was that I was reading. I was not ashamed of the gospel.

In today’s worldliness, we cannot afford to hide away our beliefs. We need to stand as a light to the world. Another scripture story that this thought reminds me of, is the story of Lehi’s vision of the tree of life. In his vision, found in 1 Nephi 8, Lehi he saw a glorious tree with desirable fruit. He ate the fruit of the tree and was filled with joy. In his desire to have his loved ones also enjoy this fruit, he saw a great number of people making their way towards the tree. Some worked really hard to get to the tree and eat the fruit. Then in verse 25 we read, “And after they had partaken of the fruit of the tree they did cast their eyes about as if they were ashamed.” These people had the truth of the gospel and experienced its joy, but then looked to see what others might think of their acceptance of it. When they looked around, they became ashamed of the gospel and it led to them leaving the tree for the ways of the world. They gave up the reward because of shame. In Mark 8 we read the following words of Jesus Christ:

35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

We give up the glory and honor that the Lord has promised to us, when we choose to turn to the world because we are ashamed of the gospel. So, how do we avoid becoming ashamed of the gospel, so that we can proudly declare it to the world? We trust the Lord, as it says in Psalms 31:1, “In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.” Developing a love and trust in the words of the Savior, will help us to not be ashamed. In 2 Nephi 6:13 we read, “Wherefore, they that fight against Zion and the covenant people of the Lord shall lick up the dust of their feet; and the people of the Lord shall not be ashamed. For the people of the Lord are they who wait for him; for they still wait for the coming of the Messiah.” We will not be ashamed if we make covenants and look to the Savior. Our hope in Jesus Christ will keep us strong. In Romans 5:5 it says, “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Hope in Christ, gives us greater love for Him and for all mankind. Additionally, we will not be ashamed if we can become humble and teachable. In Doctrine and Covenants 90:17 we read, “Be not ashamed, neither confounded; but be admonished in all your high-mindedness and pride, for it bringeth a snare upon your souls.” We need to recognize our imperfections, allow the Lord to show us our weaknesses and then teach us the ways in which we can be made stronger and eventually perfect through the atonement.

When we find that we are not ashamed to make some bold declaration of who we are and what we believe, we should think about what that statement should say. I thought I would study some of the things the prophets have taught us to declare found in the scriptures. Paul writes of some of the things we may declare in the following verses to the saints, found in 1 Thessalonians 5:

14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
16 Rejoice evermore.
17 Pray without ceasing.
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
19 Quench not the Spirit.
20 Despise not prophesyings.
21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

This declaration could read: I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I see the good in all things. I find joy in life and in the gospel. I love to pray. I am grateful to God for all that I have. I follow the modern prophets. I believe in revelation.

In 1 Chronicles we read the following:

8 Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.
9 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.
10 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.
11 Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.
12 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

15 Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations;

23 Sing unto the Lord, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation.
24 Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.

I think that this declaration could say: I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I thank Him for all that I have and all that I am. I pray in His name. He is my Savior and Redeemer. I seek for the Lord. He is my strength. I make and keep my covenants.

The resurrected Savior declared his doctrine to the Nephites on the American continent when he said the following found in 3 Nephi 11:

31 Behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, I will declare unto you my doctrine.
32 And this is my doctrine, and it is the doctrine which the Father hath given unto me; and I bear record of the Father, and the Father beareth record of me, and the Holy Ghost beareth record of the Father and me; and I bear record that the Father commandeth all men, everywhere, to repent and believe in me.
33 And whoso believeth in me, and is baptized, the same shall be saved; and they are they who shall inherit the kingdom of God.

35 Verily, verily, I say unto you, that this is my doctrine, and I bear record of it from the Father; and whoso believeth in me believeth in the Father also; and unto him will the Father bear record of me, for he will visit him with fire and with the Holy Ghost.

38 And again I say unto you, ye must repent, and be baptized in my name, and become as a little child, or ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God.
39 Verily, verily, I say unto you, that this is my doctrine, and whoso buildeth upon this buildeth upon my rock, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against them.
40 And whoso shall declare more or less than this, and establish it for my doctrine, the same cometh of evil, and is not built upon my rock; but he buildeth upon a sandy foundation, and the gates of hell stand open to receive such when the floods come and the winds beat upon them.
41 Therefore, go forth unto this people, and declare the words which I have spoken, unto the ends of the earth.

This declaration could read: I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I love His gospel. I believe in Christ. I have been baptized in Christ. I believe in the Holy Ghost and revelation. I am saved by Christ through humility and repentance.

The declaration we make, sounds a lot like a testimony and we have a lot of really great examples of testimonies in the scriptures. The prophet Job said, in Job 19:25, “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth”. His declaration reads, I know my Redeemer lives and will come again. Alma, the Book of Mormon prophet, said, in Alma 7:13, “Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me.” This declaration says, I know Jesus Christ was the Son of God. He suffered and died for mankind. He saves and delivers us all. In Matthew 16:16, Peter, the apostle to the Lord said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” His would have read, I know that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ. He is God’s Son. John, a disciple of Jesus Christ testified, in 1 John 4:14, “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.” His declaration could have said, The Son of God was sent to be our Savior. Joseph Smith (and Sidney Rigdon) bore a testimony in Doctrine and Covenants 76:22, saying, “And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!” Joseph’s declaration here says, Jesus the Christ lives. The Savior, Himself, testified in John 17:3 when he said, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” His declaration was, I am Jesus Christ. I have been sent by God. Come unto Me and come unto Him. Through us you can have eternal life.

Besides the blessings that come to us for making them, why else should we want to wear such declarations? In Doctrine and Covenants 11:21 we read, “Seek not to declare my word, but first seek to obtain my word, and then shall your tongue be loosed; then, if you desire, you shall have my Spirit and my word, yea, the power of God unto the convincing of men.” We want to seek after the gospel and then share it to convince others of the truth of the gospel and the blessings that come from following it. It is the duty of every disciple of Jesus Christ, who has made covenants of baptism with the Lord, to share the gospel with others. In Doctrine and Covenants 19:29 we read, “And thou shalt declare glad tidings, yea, publish it upon the mountains, and upon every high place, and among every people that thou shalt be permitted to see.” Finding our way and partaking of the fruit of the gospel of Jesus Christ, is only a part of the purpose that we have in this life. Sharing the gospel with those around us, will bring us great joy in this life and in the life to come.

I want to seek all that is good, so that I can be one to make bold declarations for my Savior, Jesus Christ. I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, because I believe in Him and the salvation He has promised to those who follow Him. I delight in the fruit of the gospel and I want to share it with others. I want to check the figurative shirt I wear each day and make absolutely sure that I am portraying those things that Jesus would have me show to others. I hope that others can look to the declarations that I make and see the light of Christ. What would you declare?

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Understanding Relief Society

I am reading Ensign articles as a goal in Celestial University, and yesterday I read “What I Hope My Granddaughters (and Grandsons) Will Understand about Relief Society” by Julie B. Beck. She gave this talk during the Relief Society General Meeting last month. I remember feeling really strong about her words, especially since I had just finished studying the book, “Daughters in My Kingdom“, which she references. I love Relief Society and I am so proud to be a part of such an amazing group of women who live to serve and love others.

The first idea that I get from this talk is that as a member of the Relief Society, I have a place of safety, refuge, and protection that I can always turn to. When I am in times of need, I know that I can turn to the Relief Society and its members to find the help I am wanting. Right along with that, is my part, which is that I need to be willing to help make that place for others. I have the duty and should have a desire to be there for others. I have been blessed with talents, time, and the ability to love others. I can use these blessings to help those around me. In serving others, I will most likely find peace in my own life as well.

The second idea, is the importance of doing my visiting teaching the way God intends for me to do it. Visiting teaching is a program designed to make sure there is love, fellowship, teaching and ministering among women. Often times this program becomes more about the numbers than about truly ministering to others. It is more important to be a friend and teacher of gospel principles, than to give a monthly message and leave it at that. It is more important to recognize the needs of others and their families, than to mark off their name on a list each month. I have seen some great examples of women who have made visiting teaching an way to become friends and truly serve others and I hope to become more like them. This type of discipleship will draw us so much closer to God, because it is the way that Christ were to minister if He were here right now. I want to become a better disciple of the Savior, Jesus Christ, and visiting teaching gives me a perfect opportunity to learn how.

D&C Section 41

Historical Background

The saints had moved to Ohio and were trying to live righteously. There were some problems with what the Prophet, Joseph Smith, said were “strange notions and false spirits”. They had been practicing something called “common stock” where they had common property. It had led to misunderstandings and disappointments among the members of the church. The Lord responded with this revelation to the Church, given through the Prophet.

Why Were Some of the Saints in Kirtland to Be Cursed?

“HEARKEN and hear, O ye my people, saith the Lord and your God, ye whom I delight to bless with the greatest of all blessings, ye that hear me; and ye that hear me not will I curse, that have professed my name, with the heaviest of all cursings (v. 1).” Those in Kirtland who had turned away from the covenants they made with God, were cursed for not obeying. This curse still applies today, for anyone who knows the truth and accepts God, makes covenants to obey the will of God, and then rebells against the word of God. There are many today who fall away from the church after they make covenants with the Lord. This is one of the worst things a person can do in this life. The judgement will be worse for these individuals, than if they had lived a life of sin without knowing that they did wrong according to the gospel.

What Law Were the Saints to Receive?

“Hearken, O ye elders of my church whom I have called, behold I give unto you a commandment, that ye shall assemble yourselves together to agree upon my word (v. 2); And by the prayer of your faith ye shall receive my law, that ye may know how to govern my church and have all things right before me (v. 3). And I will be your ruler when I come; and behold, I come quickly, and ye shall see that my law is kept (v. 4).”

All things in the church are not to be done without a sustaining vote. The Law the saints were given, was to gather and sustain the word of the Lord. This is consistent throughout the church. When the Lord gives a commandment or revelation, it is the responsibility of the church, to pray about it and with the confirmation of the Holy Ghost, sustain and accept these things. We have to put active faith and trust in those things the Lord commands for us.

What Is a Disciple?

“He that receiveth my law and doeth it, the same is my disciple; and he that saith he receiveth it and doeth it not, the same is not my disciple, and shall be cast out from among you (v. 5);”. Those who receive the commandments and then obey them, are considered the Disciples of Christ. Anyone who says they do, but do not obey the commandments, is a hypocrite. I think that we all become hypocrites at one time or another. We need to recognize the times when we are not following the things that we have covenanted and say that we will obey. When we recognize these times, we need to repent and do our best to live as a disciple. This is a daily trial and it is part of the life-long lesson of obedience to the will of the Lord.

How Should Members of the Church Esteem the Sacred Commandments and Covenants Revealed to Them?

“For it is not meet that the things which belong to the children of the kingdom should be given to them that are not worthy, or to dogs, or the pearls to be cast before swine (v. 6).” There are many sacred things found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. These things are not to be wasted away or given to those who are not worthy to receive them for themselves. All of these sacred things should be held close to our hearts and treasured more than any earthly thing. These are the things that will go with us into the eternities and bless us forever.

What Is the Meaning of the Word Meet in These Verses?

(See v. 6 above) “And again, it is meet that my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., should have a house built, in which to live and translate (v. 7). And again, it is meet that my servant Sidney Rigdon should live as seemeth him good, inasmuch as he keepeth my commandments (v. 8 ).” The old definition of “meet” is being acceptable, right or desirable. In that case, the Lord said it is not acceptable for sacred things to be given to the unworthy. He also said that it is right that the prophet should have a house built for him and that it was desirable that Sidney Rigdon lived how he chose as long as he kept the commandments.

The Calling of Edward Partridge As the First Bishop of the Church

“And again, I have called my servant Edward Partridge; and I give a commandment, that he should be appointed by the voice of the church, and ordained a bishop unto the church, to leave his merchandise and to spend all his time in the labors of the church (v. 9); To see to all things as it shall be appointed unto him in my laws in the day that I shall give them (v. 10). And this because his heart is pure before me, for he is like unto Nathanael of old, in whom there is no guile (v. 11). These words are given unto you, and they are pure before me; wherefore, beware how you hold them, for they are to be answered upon your souls in the day of judgment. Even so. Amen (v. 12).”

Edward Partridge was called to be the first bishop. He was responsible for the welfare under the law of consecration, which was established not long after he was called. He was given this calling because he had a pure heart without guile. The Lord knows each of our hearts as well and He will call us to do His work the best way that we are able.

3 Nephi, Chapter 28

What were the desires of Christ’s twelve disciples?

“And it came to pass when Jesus had said these words, he spake unto his disciples, one by one, saying unto them: What is it that ye desire of me, after that I am gone to the Father (v. 1)?”  It is important that we have one-on-one interviews with those who have stewardship over us.  This gives us a chance to let them know how we are doing and to look at ourselves and see what is needed and what can change.  As church members, we should meet occasionally with our Bishop, quorum leaders, or the Relief Society president.  As a member of our family, we should meet with our father, if possible.  The twelve were given the opportunity to each meet one by one with the Savior before He left them.  The Savior asked them what each wanted Him to do for them after He had left.  This is like asking someone if they could have one wish, what would it be?

“And they all spake, save it were three, saying: We desire that after we have lived unto the age of man, that our ministry, wherein thou hast called us, may have an end, that we may speedily come unto thee in thy kingdom (v. 2).  And he said unto them: Blessed are ye because ye desired this thing of me; therefore, after that ye are seventy and two years old ye shall come unto me in my kingdom; and with me ye shall find rest (v. 3).”  The nine disciples wanted to go quickly to be with the Lord, once they were done ministering to the people.  The Savior said they were blessed for their desires and promised that when they were 72 they would be taken to be with the Lord.  What an amazing promise to be given.

“And when he had spoken unto them, he turned himself unto the three, and said unto them: What will ye that I should do unto you, when I am gone unto the Father (v. 4)?  And they sorrowed in their hearts, for they durst not speak unto him the thing which they desired (v. 5).  And he said unto them: Behold, I know your thoughts, and ye have desired the thing which John, my beloved, who was with me in my ministry, before that I was lifted up by the Jews, desired of me (v. 6).  Therefore, more blessed are ye, for ye shall never taste of death; but ye shall live to behold all the doings of the Father unto the children of men, even until all things shall be fulfilled according to the will of the Father, when I shall come in my glory with the powers of heaven (v. 7).”  The three disciples wanted to stay on the earth and never die.  The Savior knew this, even though they would not tell Him.  He knew it because he knew their thoughts.  The Savior knows the thoughts of all mankind.  When I am reminded of this, it helps to put me back on track and focus my life where it should be.  Jesus said that they were more blessed because of their desire.  They would be more blessed to be able to witness all things would be fulfilled, even until the Second Coming.  They would never die and they would live through all the ages, until He came again.

The desires of the disciples were holy and good.  Most people today, would not ask for things that were so righteous, because most people today are not living righteously.  The disciples understood that greater blessings would come if they continued to serve the Lord.  This is something that can only be realized through our faith in the Lord and His promises.  The disciples knew the Savior and therefore, they knew that they would receive the promised blessings of eternal life.  We may not know the Savior as well, but by our faith, we can hope for these blessings as well.  We will be blessed if we do our best to serve others.

What are translated beings?

Translated beings are those who are taken up to heaven without having to experience death.  The entire city of Enoch is an example that I know of translated beings.  Others that can be found in the topical guide are Elijah, Moses, and Alma.  The Nephite disciples would also become translated beings.

“And ye shall never endure the pains of death; but when I shall come in my glory ye shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye from mortality to immortality; and then shall ye be blessed in the kingdom of my Father (v. 8 ).”  Translated beings do not experience death, but are changed immediately from mortal to immortal beings.  “And again, ye shall not have pain while ye shall dwell in the flesh, neither sorrow save it be for the sins of the world; and all this will I do because of the thing which ye have desired of me, for ye have desired that ye might bring the souls of men unto me, while the world shall stand (v. 9).”  As mortals, the three disciples would already be translated and would not experience pains or sorrows like everyone else.  “And for this cause ye shall have fulness of joy; and ye shall sit down in the kingdom of my Father; yea, your joy shall be full, even as the Father hath given me fulness of joy; and ye shall be even as I am, and I am even as the Father; and the Father and I are one (v. 10);”  Translated beings are blessed with the fulness of joy that comes from eternal life with God.

“And behold, the heavens were opened, and they were caught up into heaven, and saw and heard unspeakable things (v. 13).  And it was forbidden them that they should utter; neither was it given unto them power that they could utter the things which they saw and heard (v. 14); And whether they were in the body or out of the body, they could not tell; for it did seem unto them like a transfiguration of them, that they were changed from this body of flesh into an immortal state, that they could behold the things of God (v. 15).  But it came to pass that they did again minister upon the face of the earth; nevertheless they did not minister of the things which they had heard and seen, because of the commandment which was given them in heaven (v. 16).”  Translated beings, even when mortal, can be taken to heaven and come back.  They can also see and hear things that no other person would be able to witness.  They do not feel a difference between their regular state and their translated state.

“But this much I know, according to the record which hath been given—they did go forth upon the face of the land, and did minister unto all the people, uniting as many to the church as would believe in their preaching; baptizing them, and as many as were baptized did receive the Holy Ghost (v. 18 ).  And they were cast into prison by them who did not belong to the church. And the prisons could not hold them, for they were rent in twain (v. 19).  And they were cast down into the earth; but they did smite the earth with the word of God, insomuch that by his power they were delivered out of the depths of the earth; and therefore they could not dig pits sufficient to hold them (v. 20).  And thrice they were cast into a furnace and received no harm (v. 21).  And twice were they cast into a den of wild beasts; and behold they did play with the beasts as a child with a suckling lamb, and received no harm (v. 22).”  Translated beings can minister, baptize and give the Holy Ghost to others on earth.  They cannot be held by man-made bonds or pits, nor can they be hurt by men, elements, or any animals.

“Behold, I was about to write the names of those who were never to taste of death, but the Lord forbade; therefore I write them not, for they are hid from the world (v. 25).  But behold, I have seen them, and they have ministered unto me (v. 26).  And behold they will be among the Gentiles, and the Gentiles shall know them not (v. 27).  They will also be among the Jews, and the Jews shall know them not (v. 28 ).  And it shall come to pass, when the Lord seeth fit in his wisdom that they shall minister unto all the scattered tribes of Israel, and unto all nations, kindreds, tongues and people, and shall bring out of them unto Jesus many souls, that their desire may be fulfilled, and also because of the convincing power of God which is in them (v. 29).  And they are as the angels of God, and if they shall pray unto the Father in the name of Jesus they can show themselves unto whatsoever man it seemeth them good (v. 30).  Therefore, great and marvelous works shall be wrought by them, before the great and coming day when all people must surely stand before the judgment-seat of Christ (v. 31); Yea even among the Gentiles shall there be a great and marvelous work wrought by them, before that judgment day (v. 32).”  Translated beings can be hidden from the world and show themselves when they want, to who they want.  They have the “convincing power of God” with them.  They are like angels and can do great and marvelous works.

“And now behold, as I spake concerning those whom the Lord hath chosen, yea, even three who were caught up into the heavens, that I knew not whether they were cleansed from mortality to immortality (v. 36)—But behold, since I wrote, I have inquired of the Lord, and he hath made it manifest unto me that there must needs be a change wrought upon their bodies, or else it needs be that they must taste of death (v. 37); Therefore, that they might not taste of death there was a change wrought upon their bodies, that they might not suffer pain nor sorrow save it were for the sins of the world (v. 38 ).  Now this change was not equal to that which shall take place at the last day; but there was a change wrought upon them, insomuch that Satan could have no power over them, that he could not tempt them; and they were sanctified in the flesh, that they were holy, and that the powers of the earth could not hold them (v. 39).  And in this state they were to remain until the judgment day of Christ; and at that day they were to receive a greater change, and to be received into the kingdom of the Father to go no more out, but to dwell with God eternally in the heavens (v. 40).”  Translated beings are changed in a way that makes them unable to suffer the temptations of Satan.  They become holy and unable to be stopped by anything of the earth.

The three Nephites choose this state of remaining on earth as translated beings.  Their choice was either to go to heaven and do the work asked of them there, or to remain on this earth and do the work here.  Either way, they would have been serving the Lord, but they chose to serve and witness the amazing things that would occur on the earth until the day of judgement.  What an amazing blessing it would be to have all these qualities of a translated being and to continually serve the Lord.

How do we offend God?

“And if ye had all the scriptures which give an account of all the marvelous works of Christ, ye would, according to the words of Christ, know that these things must surely come (v. 33).  And wo be unto him that will not hearken unto the words of Jesus, and also to them whom he hath chosen and sent among them; for whoso receiveth not the words of Jesus and the words of those whom he hath sent receiveth not him; and therefore he will not receive them at the last day (v. 34); And it would be better for them if they had not been born. For do ye suppose that ye can get rid of the justice of an offended God, who hath been trampled under feet of men, that thereby salvation might come (v. 35)?”  An offended God is one who has been trampled under the feet of men.  We trample God by not hearkening to the words of the Savior and those God has sent to declare the word of the Lord, the prophets.  Those who refuse to receive the word and refuse to receive the Lord will not be saved at the last day.  Instead, they would have been better off not having been born.  These words of Mormon are so strong and true.  The greatest offense to God is to deny Him, when we have learned the truth.  It is an offense, because we have been given every opportunity to do what we came here to do, come unto Christ to return to live with God again.  It is an offense to the plan that we choose to follow and it must be treated with the justice of God.  Those who deny Him, choose their reward and the mercy of the Lord cannot change that.  Repentance and a change of heart is the only way that we can truly accept the words of the Lord and come unto Him.

We should inquire of the Lord

When we make a mistake on a sheet of paper, we erase it and try again.  When we make a mistake on a computer, we delete it and try again.  When we cannot understand a principal of the gospel, we look for answers in the scriptures, lesson materials, other good resources like church magazines, and mostly through prayer.  As the prophets wrote on the plates, they did not have these ways of correcting mistakes.  Mormon had written about translated beings before.  He went to the Lord in prayer to ask if there was more to know about them.  Since he could not go back and correct or add to what he had written before, he added it here.  We learn the gospel line upon line and there will always be times when we learn something we may not have understood before.  We can always go to the Lord to understand something better, even if we have felt we understood it for a long time already.  Sometimes it may take all our lives to understand a principle of the gospel.  We need to be striving to learn more and with the Lord’s help, through prayer and study, we can do it.

I am so grateful for the understanding that can be gained through study and prayer.  I am also grateful for the greater understanding that comes from attending the temple.  I love to learn and I know that the greatest thing we can learn about is the gospel of Christ.  I am so blessed to have it in my life.

3 Nephi, Chapter 26

All things are made known to the people

What would it be like to be able to see the past and know all things that had happened, and the future and all that will happen to us?  “And now it came to pass that when Jesus had told these things he expounded them unto the multitude; and he did expound all things unto them, both great and small (v. 1).  And he saith: These scriptures, which ye had not with you, the Father commanded that I should give unto you; for it was wisdom in him that they should be given unto future generations (v. 2).  And he did expound all things, even from the beginning until the time that he should come in his glory—yea, even all things which should come upon the face of the earth, even until the elements should melt with fervent heat, and the earth should be wrapt together as a scroll, and the heavens and the earth should pass away (v. 3); And even unto the great and last day, when all people, and all kindreds, and all nations and tongues shall stand before God, to be judged of their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil (v. 4)—If they be good, to the resurrection of everlasting life; and if they be evil, to the resurrection of damnation; being on a parallel, the one on the one hand and the other on the other hand, according to the mercy, and the justice, and the holiness which is in Christ, who was before the world began (v. 5).”  The Savior taught the people all about the scriptures and all things that had happened and would happen until the day of judgment.

I am sure that those who heard all that would want to live righteously without any mistakes so that they could receive the greatest reward.  They would have had a knowledge of these things because they were hearing it first-hand from the Savior.  We have these things written in the scriptures so that we can gain a testimony and then live by faith on these words.  I have a testimony that the words in the scriptures are true and that we can be greatly blessed for living righteously.

How much of the revealed scriptures do we have?

“And now there cannot be written in this book even a hundredth part of the things which Jesus did truly teach unto the people (v. 6);”  Only a small part of what the Lord taught  is found in our Book of Mormon.

“But behold the plates of Nephi do contain the more part of the things which he taught the people (v. 7).  And these things have I written, which are a lesser part of the things which he taught the people; and I have written them to the intent that they may be brought again unto this people, from the Gentiles, according to the words which Jesus hath spoken (v. 8 ).”  Mormon wanted the things that he wrote to be to the descendants of his people, through the Gentiles.

“And when they shall have received this, which is expedient that they should have first, to try their faith, and if it shall so be that they shall believe these things then shall the greater things be made manifest unto them (v. 9).”  We will receive “greater things” or a greater knowledge when we have faith and believe in the words that are found in the Book of Mormon.

“And if it so be that they will not believe these things, then shall the greater things be withheld from them, unto their condemnation (v. 10).  Behold, I was about to write them, all which were engraven upon the plates of Nephi, but the Lord forbade it, saying: I will try the faith of my people (v. 11).  Therefore I, Mormon, do write the things which have been commanded me of the Lord. And now I, Mormon, make an end of my sayings, and proceed to write the things which have been commanded me (v. 12).”  The Lord told Mormon not to write any more than is found in the Book of Mormon, because we needed to have a trial of our faith first.  If we are obedient and righteous, then more of the words of God will be revealed to us.

What Mormon wants us to remember

Our journals should be a place where we write all the spiritually uplifting things that happen in our lives.  They should be a place for all our inspirations to be written and for the feelings we have when we make covenants and do what is good and righteous.  “Therefore, I would that ye should behold that the Lord truly did teach the people, for the space of three days; and after that he did show himself unto them oft, and did break bread oft, and bless it, and give it unto them (v. 13).  And it came to pass that he did teach and minister unto the children of the multitude of whom hath been spoken, and he did loose their tongues, and they did speak unto their fathers great and marvelous things, even greater than he had revealed unto the people; and he loosed their tongues that they could utter (v. 14). And it came to pass that after he had ascended into heaven—the second time that he showed himself unto them, and had gone unto the Father, after having healed all their sick, and their lame, and opened the eyes of their blind and unstopped the ears of the deaf, and even had done all manner of cures among them, and raised a man from the dead, and had shown forth his power unto them, and had ascended unto the Father (v. 15)—Behold, it came to pass on the morrow that the multitude gathered themselves together, and they both saw and heard these children; yea, even babes did open their mouths and utter marvelous things; and the things which they did utter were forbidden that there should not any man write them (v. 16).”

We learn from Mormon that the Lord taught them for 3 days, they had the sacrament several times with the Lord, He ministered to them, and made many miracles happen for them while he was there and then after he returned to His Father in Heaven.  These things were important things for Mormon to include because they are faith building things for those of us who were not there to witness them.  It helps to know that the miracles happened before the Savior came, while the Savior lived, and once He was resurrected, because we can have faith that miracles will continue today and through the day when the Savior comes again.  It is also important to read what the Savior did, because it shows His love for the people that choose to follow His commandments.

What are disciples of Jesus supposed to do?

“And it came to pass that the disciples whom Jesus had chosen began from that time forth to baptize and to teach as many as did come unto them; and as many as were baptized in the name of Jesus were filled with the Holy Ghost (v. 17).  And many of them saw and heard unspeakable things, which are not lawful to be written (v. 18 ).”  The people who chose to be baptized received the gift of the Holy Ghost and saw and heard marvelous things.

“And they taught, and did minister one to another; and they had all things common among them, every man dealing justly, one with another (v. 19).”  The teachings of the Savior brought peace to the people.

“And it came to pass that they did do all things even as Jesus had commanded them (v. 20).  And they who were baptized in the name of Jesus were called the church of Christ (v. 21).”  I am sure it would have been great to live in a time and place when the people followed the commandments, taught each other, and were kind and just.  I think the best thing would be having the gospel in common with one another. These people were called the church of Christ.  In Moses 7:18 we read, “And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them.”

The more we strive to live Christ-like lives and be kind and just with one another, the closer we can come to live in Zion.  This way of living begins in the home.  We need to try our hardest to be a loving family with those we live with and to be one in heart and mind with one another.  This is how true followers and disciples of Jesus Christ live.

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