Wednesday, July 19, 2017

To do His Will

I often think about Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the ability she had to ponder sacred things in her heart. She was humble and teachable, and willing to be all that our Father in Heaven needed her to be. She was living a life already pure and good. She was prepared to do what the angel Gabriel asked her to do and prophesied to her. Her faith did not start with the visit of the angel. She was already filled with faith, and accepted her Father's will not really knowing all that would come from being the mother of the Savior of the world. Truly, I cannot imagine the life she must have lead. 

I hope in your life there is room for faith. I am certain that all of your problems are not solved when you want them to be. I know that there are many unknowns in all of our lives. This can be very trying at times. There is purpose in this. There is a reason for us to take things one step at a time, and keep moving. Jesus will always be the answer in our lives. He will always be the reason for the miracles we experience and the light that fills us with the peace we long for. 

I invite you to watch this video, and ponder on the faith of the mother of Jesus. How can we fill our lives with such faith in the Savior? The Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon hold the answers to these questions and the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Ponder His miracles in the scriptures and in your own life. He loves you. He will never forsake those who "come unto Him."


Posted by Brooke Kamalu- Memeber of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

God is With Us in Our Trials

I spent the last year and a half trying to heal from two broken bones in my back. I was finally cleared to do the things I love again like run and play soccer, when I tore my MCL. And yet, despite these hardships with each new day my trust in, and my love for God grows.  My love for a heavenly father up above who is constantly watching over me, loving me, and pushing me to succeed, intensifies.

Trials come, and with them comes the seemingly impossible decision to keep going, to keep loving, and to keep serving, but with God the seemingly impossible becomes possible. With God, you and I will be able to constantly feel His peace and joy in every circumstance we are in.
Every experience we are blessed with, the good and the bad, are designed perfectly for us to turn us into our most perfect selves, to help us succeed more than we could have ever imagined. God is always there, and it’s all because He loves us. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Posted by Emma Newby- Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Choose the Right

Within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there is a well-known three word phrase. It is this: Choose the Right.

There is a hymn in our designated selection of hymns titled with this same three word phrase. The words to this hymn, by Joseph L. Townsend, are both simple and profound:

Choose the right when a choice is placed before you. In the right the Holy Spirit guides;
And its light is forever shining o'er you, when in the right your heart confides.

Choose the right! Let no spirit of digression overcome you in the evil hour. 
There's the right and wrong to every question; Be safe through inspiration's power. 

Choose the right! There is peace in righteous doing. Choose the right! There's safety for the soul. 
Choose the right in all labors you're pursuing; Let God and Heaven be your goal. 

Choose the right! Choose the right! Let wisdom mark the way before. In it's light, choose the right!
And God will bless you evermore. 

These truth-filled verses have been playing through my mind, and although I have been singing this song since I was a small child, the beauty and peace of the message has taken on more meaning for me in this troubled world we live in. There are problems and troubles on every side, and I guess I could list them all off and talk about why they are so difficult, horrifying, and filled with fear and grief.

 But that is a road with no destination. And this simple song highlights a better way to obtain peace. It is not in the pessimism and criticism that peace is found. It is simply in believing that there is a God and He will answer our prayers. There is a right and a wrong, and we can know the difference as we know night from day. It does matter what we do with our lives and our choices.  Right and wrong are not at the mercy of the world, trends, or personal agendas. They are declared by God and His perfect son Jesus Christ. They are given in wisdom and for eternal purposes.  God our Father works in the light and never in secrecy, darkness, or deception. He works in love.

I can truly testify that there is "peace in righteous doing" as the song teaches. There is hope for a good life in an evil world. I invite you to "let God and Heaven be your goal." We all have the power within us to overcome bad with good and choose light when darkness would persist. There is no peace equal to the peace of righteous living.

In Doctrine and Covenants 59: 23 it states, "But learn that he who doeth the works of righteousness shall receive his reward, even peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come."

Posted by Brooke Kamalu- Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints




Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Power to Act in and with Faith

What is faith? In Hebrews 11: 1 it defines, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." 

This definition of faith is most powerful when we apply it as faith centered in Jesus Christ. Our agency gives us the power to act and use that power to trust our Father in Heaven and our Savior Jesus Christ more than we trust our own understanding. 

We also read in Proverbs 3: 5-6 to "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." 

There have been many times in my life when I needed answers about the future, and I didn't know just what to do next. I felt a strong sense of urgency to make choices, and avoid very undesirable consequences. But I did not know which choice to make or why comfort and understanding was not coming as I thought it should. I would kneel and pray and feel that no answer was coming. I would wonder why Heavenly Father seemed so silent on the matter when I felt that answers were absolutely necessary. 

I remember one especially desperate prayer in which I asked Heavenly Father why I was not receiving the answer I desired and why I was left without relief and comfort in such a desperate trial. I remember getting a distinct feeling that I did not know what was best and I was not to demand anything from my Father in Heaven or the Lord. I was reminded of a scripture in the Book of Mormon in the book of Jacob 4:10 which teaches, ". . .seek not to counsel the Lord, but to take counsel from his hand."

When we have faith in Jesus Christ and what He knows is best for us and our situation, then the real peace we so desire starts to settle in. After I had prayed my desperate prayer of utter frustration and pleading, and considered the messages and reminders that came to my mind and heart from the spirit, I repented and asked my Father in Heaven to forgive me. 

That night before I went to bed, I prayed again. I asked for some of the same blessings and some I did not ask for. But what made the most difference in my attitude and humility was what I knew I should add in this prayer that I had not considered in the first prayer. I ended my prayer with, "but if not, I can wait." It was that simple, but I absolutely meant it, and I knew God knew best. As those words finished coming out of my mouth and heart, I felt a rush of peace and relief and comfort that I was unable to access before because of pride, impatience, and a lack of faith. I know that we will receive exactly what we need when we need it if we have "taken the Holy Spirit for our guide." I can testify of this completely and honestly. 

Developing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is to welcome and accept a greater power in our life than we have ever had before. He will make us into more than we ever thought we could become. 



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Posted by Brooke Kamalu - Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 


Sunday, April 23, 2017

To Study the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ

Christ in red and white robes, knocking on a plain wooden door with a small window showing warm light inside.

In the Book of Mormon there is a verse in the book of Ether chapter 12 verse 41 that directs,

  "And now, I would commend you to seek this Jesus of whom the prophets and apostles have written, that the grace of God the Father, and also the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, which beareth record of them, may be and abide in you forever. Amen."

There are many ways in which we seek the Savior and learn His will, doctrine, and gospel, but of utmost importance is our seeking of Him in the scriptures and in prayer to our Father in Heaven.

In the most recent General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Russel M. Nelson gave a talk titled, Drawing the Power of Jesus Christ into Our Lives. He opens this message by saying, "My dear brothers and sisters, we live in a most difficult dispensation. Challenges, controversies, and complexities swirl around us. these turbulent times were foreseen by the Savior. He warned us that in our day the adversary would stir up anger in the hearts of men and lead them astray. Yet, our Heavenly Father never intended that we would deal with the maze of personal problems and social issues on our own.
God so loved the world that He sent His Only Begotten Son to help us. And His Son, Jesus Christ, gave His life for us. All so that we could have access to godly power- power sufficient to deal with the burdens, obstacles, and temptations of our day."

I have found that the Savior speaks to me through the holy scriptures. His words are powerful and life-changing. There have been sacred times for me when a verse of scripture comes with such clarity and force that I know He is speaking to me through the Spirit and giving me direct and personal revelation. And I am always amazed when I re-read those verses and can still recall the feelings of an earlier prompting or profound message of peace. And what is even more miraculous about the scriptures is the depth of knowledge they truly hold. I can return to verses I have read hundreds of times, and if I come in the right spirit and frame of mind, I learn something new again and again.

I invite you to read President Nelson's talk here. He will teach you the power of studying the Savior's words, and seeking after Him in a way like never before. I also invite you to start to build a relationship with Jesus Christ through scripture study and prayer. He will draw near to you. He knows your name. He is the definition of pure love. He is the great healer. He is the light of the world. Come without delay.

Posted by Brooke Kamalu- Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints






Thursday, April 13, 2017

How Knowing I am a Daughter of God has Blessed my Life

One of the first things that came to mind regarding this topic was a line from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, “Daughters are never of so much consequence to a father.” I must admit that as a female I have many times felt like a second-class citizen (stick with me, I’m going somewhere with this). I think many other women, and men, have felt this way too. In this world, our confidence (or lack thereof) can often be tied to falling income, falling Instagram “likes”, and rising weight on a scale (among so many other things).
Conversely, our over-confidence can be tied to rising incomes, rising “likes”, and a few blessed dips in our weight (among too many other things). I think knowing I am a daughter of God is less a blessing reserved for me as a daughter, and more a blessing about my knowing I am a child of God at all. You are a child of God too. And as such, you and I can call upon our Heavenly Father through prayer in behalf of each other and ourselves.
In John 2:24, we read, “But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men.” This verse explains that even when Jesus was being praised, he did not commit himself (or his worth) to the world. Joseph Smith translates this verse the following way, “But Jesus did not entrust himself unto them, because he knew all things.”
If the very Son of God did not let the praise of the world, or the derision of the world, shake his knowledge of who He was (and is), should we not all try to do the same? For me, doing this is far easier said than done, because unfortunately, I do care what others think of me. But, hopefully not above what God thinks of me.
Oliver Cowdery describes the way we can see ourselves and our relationship with Heavenly Father, and His Son Jesus Christ, beautifully. He says, “Man may deceive his fellow-men, deception may follow deception… till naught but fiction feeds the many, and the fruit of falsehood carries in its current the giddy to the grave; but one touch with the finger of his love, yes, one ray of glory from the upper world, or one word from the mouth of the Savior, from the bosom of eternity, strikes it all into insignificance, and blots it forever from the mind.”
I know God is my Heavenly Father because I’ve felt him guiding my life many times. I know His Son Jesus Christ atoned for our sins so that we could enjoy the blessings of living with Him and His Father, our Father, forever. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Posted by Amy Hunter- Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Friday, March 31, 2017

Latter-day Saint General Conference

General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
A portrait of the First Presidency, with President Monson in a chair, President Eyring standing behind him, and President Uchtdorf seated on a bench.
Everyone is invited to participate in the 187th Annual General Conference of the Church.
The First Presidency, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and other General Authorities and General Officers of the Church will deliver messages of inspiration and guidance in six sessions:
The general women’s session for sisters ages eight and older will be Saturday, March 25, at 6:00 p.m. (Mountain Daylight Time).
To watch the general women's session click here
The general priesthood session for priesthood holders will be Saturday, April 1, at 6:00 p.m. (MDT).
The general sessions for individuals and families will be Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2, at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (MDT).
Prepare for conference
Conference provides an opportunity to receive personal revelation as living prophets give counsel and direction. Asking questions can help you prepare for conference, increasing personal revelation while you watch.
Live viewing options
All sessions will be streamed live on the home page of LDS.org. Sessions are also available via the Church satellite system, Mormon Channel, radio, television, satellite, and other digital channels. For specific times, languages, and rebroadcast information, refer to the Church broadcast schedule
Participate and share via social media
To participate in general conference conversations on Twitter, use #LDSconf or speakers' recommended hashtags, or simply retweet quotes, videos, and images posted at @LDSchurch. The Apostles’ Facebook pages are another way to see and share their messages.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Joseph Smith and the First Vision

We invite you to watch this video, and learn more about Joseph Smith. As a boy, he had a pressing and serious question. He believed that God would answer him. He believed that he could get the knowledge he sought so fervently. He had never prayed vocally, but when he finally did, it changed everything. God hears and answers our prayers. He loves us. He has restored the gospel on the earth again. 


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If you would like to read more about Joseph Smith, Click Here. 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Is the Savior Really There for Me?

It seems our lives are filled with challenging times. Just when you think you’ve got smooth sailing ahead, another challenge makes for stormy seas! But for me, I wouldn’t trade those moments when I’m tossed around and clinging to whatever I can find to keep my head above water. It’s in those desperate moments that peace comes and I feel my Savior’s love for me the very strongest.
A few years ago, such a desperate time came to my family. My husband was diagnosed with cancer, not just any cancer; the very same cancer that a friend and fellow Firefighter had been diagnosed with and unfortunately didn’t recover from. I have vivid memories of the very emotional Fallen Firefighter funeral; hundreds of Firefighters in full dress blues honoring their friend.
It was difficult to not replay that funeral in my mind when my husband was so distraught and afraid his fate could be the same as his friend. I remember collapsing in the bathroom and pouring out my soul to my Savior “Help me! How do I handle this?” I will never forget the overwhelming feeling of, “I’m here, things will be okay. You can be strong for your husband and things will work out.” I felt the strong impression of arms wrapping me up in pure, unwavering love. My Savior knew my fears and wanted to help.
The next morning, I thought of what had happened and what needed to be done. Then I remembered a caring nurse the night before. He had just started his shift when we got the news of cancer. As my husband worried, this kind nurse held his hand and told him that he had survived the same cancer and things were going to be okay. When we were told that surgery was necessary, a highly skilled surgeon agreed to operate on a weekend, preventing the cancer from spreading. It was then that I began to realize the tender mercies given to my husband. I began writing down every tender mercy I saw through this experience.
Now, when trials come, I remember my Savior is there for me. He loves me and knows everything I’m going through. He will never leave me alone. Faith is sometimes a difficult thing when we feel like we are sinking; but I know if we stay strong, believe in Jesus Christ, and ask Him to help us, He is there for us.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” St. John 14:27
Posted by -A Member of the Church of Latter-day Saints

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Eternal Plan of Happiness

The plan of Salvation is referenced so many times in the scriptures as being the plan of happiness. I truly testify that it is a plan of God. He was the architect, and has made this plan specifically for each and every one of us. We often wonder where did everything come from? But our Father wants us to know that we came from Him.

We believe before the creation of this earth, we were created spiritually as children of our Heavenly Parents. We lived with him in the premortal existence, and learned from them. But our Father knew that we couldn’t progress in that state. It was like a child in preschool. That child could only learn so much before that child would stop progressing and stop learning new material and our Father knew that. He created this plan for us to keep progressing and keep learning. But He knew that it would come with a price. He knew that if we had free will, we were going to make mistakes. He knew that we were going to sin and we wouldn’t have a way of being free from this sin.

So, imagine that God had all his family in a meeting and explained this plan but has asked who will be the Savior “Whom shall I send?” I imagine that at that moment we all looked at our elder Brother Jesus Christ. “Here am I, send me.” He said. I testify that our Savior Jesus Christ was preordained or in other words, He was chosen even before this life to be our way back to the Father. And so, the Father knew that we had to keep progressing so he created the Heavens and the Earth. I have sought revelation because I had doubts about the creation. But through study I realized God is the architect of this earth.

This plan is amazing and this creation is phenomenal. When God was finished with the creation He knew that He had to put man on earth and so Adam was placed in the garden of Eden and realizing that man shouldn’t be alone, but should have an eternal companion and family, He placed Eve, our Mother, in the garden too. They were in a state of innocence like little children. They partook of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This opened the way for all of us to choose to get a body and come to earth to become as our Father in Heaven.

Eventually, our Savior was born (see The Living Christ). He lived His life filled with love and charity. He fulfilled the mission He was given to do. He was truly the Son of God. No one else could possibly atone for all our sins unless that person was without sin. That person needed to be perfect. He lived a perfect life without the debt of sin upon his shoulders. He took our sin with love and empathy for each one of us. He truly suffered for all our sins and felt everything we have felt and will feel.

The only thing that he asked in return is to “Follow Him”. I love him for that, and I know with all that I am that He suffered and died for us. Not only did He die for us, but He came back for us. He lived a perfect life and made the pathway for us to follow his footsteps to reach our heavenly home. This life is for us to follow his steps and make covenants with him. In other words, promises that we make to follow Him. If we do these things we will have what we were intended to have: Joy. My life is filled with joy; a kind of joy that makes a twenty-one-year-old have smile wrinkles. I love this gospel and the joy that comes with it.

I’m so grateful for the restoration of the True Gospel and the Living Prophets that receive guidance for us. My favorite knowledge is the truth of what happens after this life. When death occurs, the grave has no victory. When we pass on we go to a place of rest or of teaching for those of who didn't have the opportunity of hearing and accepting the gospel. Imagine those millions upon billions of people that were never able to know the true gospel and how loving our Father in heaven is for letting us have the opportunity to be able to perform by proxy the covenants for them in temples that are scattered throughout the world. I testify of the truth of what occurs in the temple. I have felt the power in those holy places, and I know it’s the Lord's house.

I testify that He is there for us and if we have any questions He’s there for us. I know that He lives and that God lives and I know this is His Plan in the Name of Jesus Christ Amen.

Click Here to learn more about the Lord's plan of Happiness for each of us.

Posted by C.J. Kemp- Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Doctrine of the Word of Wisdom

I have found that God is always waiting to bless us as soon as we are humble enough to trust in Him. The Word of Wisdom, or the Lord’s law of health is a perfect illustration.
On February 27th 1833, the prophet Joseph Smith inquired of the Lord about the use of tobacco and received a revelation that outlines the Lord’s views on health. This is recorded in Doctrine & Covenants section 89. The Lord warns against the use of harmful substances including alcohol and tobacco while encouraging the benefits of fruits and vegetables.
The Lord warned us not to use tobacco 130 years before science had proven its harmful effect. This is one of many evidences that the Lord loves us, and wants us to be happy.
Perhaps an even greater lesson is that the Lord wants us to abstain from habit forming substances to teach us how to govern ourselves. Addiction is slavery. Freedom comes from self-mastery.
I am so thankful the Lord cares for us enough to give us guidance. I have always enjoyed good health, and would be ungrateful not to acknowledge that Lord has been happy to bless me as I have shown a willingness to obey His law of heath. It saddens me to see friends and co-workers deal with the consequences that come when the Lord’s law is violated.
 Luckily, He continues to cheer us on and always extends the blessings if we are willing to live by His law.
From section 89 He promises:
18 And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones;
 19 And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures;
 20 And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.
 21 And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them. Amen.

God loves us and wants us to be happy. I know this because I have put this law to the test and can testify of its truth. What a blessing that everyone willing can also enjoy these blessings.

Posted by Nathan McConkie- Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Article of Faith Thirteen

The last Article of Faith declares,

"We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul- We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and  hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things." 

President Gordon B. Hinckley, a past president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints, was known for his uplifting and optimistic eternal perspective on life. He counseled,

"There is a terrible ailment of pessimism in the land. It's almost endemic. We're constantly fed a steady and sour diet of character assassination, faultfinding, evil speaking of one another. . . .I come . . . with a plea that we stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight. I'm suggesting that we accentuate the positive. I'm asking that we look  a little deeper for the good, that we still our voices of insult and sarcasm, that we more generously compliment virtue and effort. . . .What I am suggesting and asking is that we turn from the negativism that so permeates our society and look for the remarkable good in the land and times in which we live, that we speak of one another's virtues more than we speak of one another's faults, that optimism replace pessimism. Let our faith replace our fears. 
Tragedy is around, yes. Problems everywhere, yes. But you can't, you don't, build out of pessimism or cynicism. You look with optimism, work with faith, and things happen. . . . Walk with faith, rejoicing in the beauties of nature, in the goodness of those you love, in the testimony which you carry in your heart concerning things divine. The Lord's plan is a plan of happiness. The way will be lighter, the worries will be fewer, the confrontations will be less difficult if we cultivate a spirit of happiness."

What are the things you seek? Answering this question honestly has the power to motivate true change in order to obtain the happiness the Savior has made possible for us. Seeking requires effort on our part. We can actively create and uphold virtuous, lovely, good, and praiseworthy things in life. All of this takes discipline and great measure of integrity. It really is who we are when no one is looking. It is what we think about, work for, and give our best efforts to obtain. I have found that when I create and highlight the virtuous and true things in life and from the Savior's teachings, my life has more direction and peace. Living the gospel of Christ is not a pastime or trend. It is not a come and go way of living. It is the only way. Our Heavenly Father is merciful and loving and has provided a way for us to enjoy all of the good and real things that truly make a difference in life now and in all eternity. It is our privilege to share, uphold, cultivate and create all the good, virtue, and truth we can as we faithfully and diligently make our way back to our Father in Heaven.

I invite you to let go of, or stop one negative action or pursuit in your life and replace it with something that would lift you to a place of more peace and righteous living. As a child of God, you will have his divine help as you do this. A happy life is a beautiful choice.

Posted by Brooke Kamalu- Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 







Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Light the World

This December the Church and our Savior has invited us all to LIGHT THE WORLD with love and Christlike service. Jesus Christ spent his mortal life entirely in the service of others and fulfilling the will and design of His Father in Heaven.

This Christmas season, we have a chance to do meaningful acts of service that will light the world with the love of Christ. Please join us each day in drawing near to the Savior and bringing peace, joy, and love to all of Heavenly Father's Children.

To read more, and see the calendar of service events, please visit www.mormon.org.

Christ is the reason for Christmas. His works and life light the way.




First Presidency Christmas Devotional



The First Presidency invites Church members and their friends to participate in the First Presidency’s Christmas devotional broadcast on Sunday, December 4, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time).
The program, originating from the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, will include Christmas messages by General Authorities and General Officers of the Church.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will provide the music.
View live
The following options are available for viewing the live stream of devotional from anywhere in the world:
Various other stations and Internet sites throughout the world will also carry the devotional. Check local program listings for availability in your area.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Why Do We Need Organized Religion? Why Do We Need Christ's True Church?

Have you ever wondered what the purpose of church really is? Why can't we all just be good people with individual religious goals and beliefs? Many feel that there is no need to participate in organized religion at all. 

 Elder D. Todd Christofferson, a member of the quorum of the twelve apostles, teaches,

"I realize that there are those who consider themselves religious or spiritual and yet reject participation in a church or even the need for such an institution. Religious practice is for them purely personal. Yet the Church is the creation of Him in whom our spirituality is centered—Jesus Christ. It is worth pausing to consider why He chooses to use a church, His Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to carry out His and His Father’s work “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” 

In the Book of Mormon, in the sixth chapter of Moroni, verse four it reads,
"And after they had been received unto baptism, and were wrought upon and cleansed by the power of the Holy Ghost, they were numbered among the people of the church of Christ; and their names 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 watchful unto prayer, relying alone upon the merits of Christ, who was the author and the finisher of their faith."

Among the many reasons why Christ organized His church while he was on the earth, and once again in the latter-days, is for the members to lift and strengthen one another in the keeping of the commandments and taking the name of the Savior upon them in the sacred ordinance of baptism. This unity and strength is a strong defense against the adversary and his temptations. 

Elder Neil L. Maxwell declared, "random individual goodness is not enough in the fight against evil." 

We each child of God needs all of the safety, organization, priesthood, ordinances, sacrament, and constant nourishment by the good word of God that is provided in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

I encourage you to read the following talks and resources on why we have the need for, and participation in Christ's true church, and how we can learn of that need by the power of the Holy Ghost. 


Elder Christofferson reminds us that, 
"In this discussion of the Church as the body of Christ, we must always bear in mind two things. One, we do not strive for conversion to the Church but to Christ and His gospel, a conversion that is facilitated by the Church. The Book of Mormon expresses it best when it says that the people “were converted unto the Lord, and were united unto the church of Christ. ” Two, we must remember that in the beginning, the Church was the family, and even today as separate institutions, the family and the Church serve and strengthen one another. Neither supplants the other, and certainly the Church, even at its best, cannot substitute for parents. The point of gospel teaching and priesthood ordinances administered by the Church is that families may qualify for eternal life."

I do know with certainty that I have been blessed beyond anything I could describe in this blog post or in words at all, by my full participation in and attendance to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Church is sacred because it is a place where we come to know our Savior. We learn how to return to Him, and how to follow Him here and now. I have felt His loving spirit as I have partaken of the Holy Sacrament. I invite you to attend if it is possible. I can testify that it will bless your life into the eternities to be united with the children of God. Jesus Christ lives and loves you. There is truth on the earth today and you can know it. 

-Posted by Brooke Kamalu- Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.