Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"...The Only True God, and Jesus Christ, Whom Thou Hast Sent"-John 17:3

Throughout the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, there has been speculation around the piercing question: Are Mormons christian?

The Book of Mormon answers this question when Nephi, an ancient prophet, declared "... we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophecy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." (2 Nephi 25:26) Can it be any more clear than that? 

So what do we have to do to recieve this remission of our sins?

"And thus he shall bring salvation to all those who shall believe on his name; this being the intent of this last sacrificem to bring about the bowels of mercy, which overpowereth justice and bringeth about means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance. And thus mercy can satisfy the demands of justice and encircles them in the arms of safety, while he that exercises no faith unto repentance is exposed to the whole law of the demands of justice; therefor only unto him that has faith unto repentance is broght about the great and eternal plan of redemption. Therefore may God grant unto you, my brethren, that ye  may begin to exercise your faith un to repentance, that ye begin to call upon his holy name, that he would have mercy upon you." (Alma 34:15-17)  

Jesus Christ wants to extend his mercy toward us, but there are things we have to do. We must not only have faith in his name, but we must also exercise our faith in him through repentance. When we sin we transgress the laws of God. We break one of any of his commandments, thus separating ourselves spiritual from his prensence. When we repent we bridge the gap that we have created and bring ourselves closer to God. The first principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ are faith and then repentance. When we have faith and exercise that faith through repentance, it inturn leads to recieving the first oridinances (sacred ceremony where covenants or promises are made between us and God)  of the gospel of Jesus Christ which are baptism by immersion by the proper authority, and recieving the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. The gospel fits so well together, one thing leads to another, and the end result, if we are true and faithful, is living in neverending happiness with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

This week, while out trying to share this message with the wonderful people of Montana, we came across a man who didn't think we were christians. Somewhere along the way He was sadly misinformed about our religion. He believed that we worship Joseph Smith which is not true in the slightest. Though Joseph Smith was an important person in the founding of our religion and was a key figure in the restoration of Christ's church again to the earth, he had a completely separate purpose to Heavenly Father's plan than does His Son Jesus Christ. We only worship Jesus Christ because he is the savior of the world and the only means whereby we can recieve forgivness of our sins. I want to make it clear to everyone Jesus Christ is at the head of our church and there is no other means whereby we recieve forgiveness.

I know, without a doubt that Jesus Christ is the savior of the world. He did in reality Atone for our sins and through him and him alone we can return to live with our Heavenly Father. He was in fact born in Bethlehem to a virgin mother, He did in fact live a sinless life, He did, on this earth, raise the dead, cause the blind to see, the deaf to hear, and He does have the authority both in heaven and in earth to forgive the sins of man if we turn our lives over to Him and do the things that he asks us to do. I know that while He lived on this earth He eastablished His church. After his death, the church that He set up became extinct and no longer existed upon the face of the earth, but I know that His same church, the very one that He established while on this earth is back again. Through the prophet Joseph Smith the authoriy to baptize, recieve revelation, and call prophets and apostles was restored again to the earth. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Christ's church again upon the earth. He lives and is at the head of that church. I know that my redeemer lives.  "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." (John 17:3)

1 comment:

  1. Beautifully said. Jesus Christ is the only way we can return. I am so grateful for his love and mercy.