Thursday, July 24, 2014

We can become like Christ through sacred saving ordinances

As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we perform ordinances. An ordinance is a sacred act performed by the authority of the priesthood. Some of the ordinances are essential to our exaltation, they are called saving ordinances. They include baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and temple marriage. When we receive these special ordinances we enter into solemn covenants with the Lord. A covenant is a sacred agreement between God and an individual or group of people. God sets specific conditions, and He promises to bless us as we obey those conditions. All saving ordinances are accompanied by covenants. When we remember to honor the covenants we have made with the Lord, we will be inspired by the Holy Ghost, and becoming like Christ will be part of our nature. 


                                  

7 comments:

  1. I believe each of the 13 Articles of Faith with all my heart. Articles 3, 4 and 5 are directly related to this article.

    3 We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.

    4 We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.

    5 We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.

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  2. I love this video it shows in such a beautiful way the steps that we take throughout life by making those sacred ordinances to become more like our brother Jesus Christ.

    We also need to remember that these ordinances are not only done for the living, but also so those that have passed on. It is important to remember our ancestors and provide those that did not have that opportunity in life do have it now and do their work as well. They need them as much as we do. This is why family history is so important to complete and have the names submitted to be taken to the temples and get that process started for them, so they too may progress and become more Christlike.

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  3. I like the idea of making an agreement with God. God always keeps His promises.

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    1. I agree. It's so comforting to know that if I try my best in keeping God's commandments, I can know that He will keep His promises and bless me according to the covenants that were made.

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  4. I think it would be much harder to keep the commandments if I hadn't first made a covenant to do so. When I promise the Lord that I will do something, the likelihood that I really will do it is tenfold greater than if I just decide in my mind to do the thing. I believe that this is because I know the Lord will do a much better job at holding me to it than I will.

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  5. This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes by George Q. Cannon that says: "When we went forth into the waters of baptism and covenanted with our Father in heaven to serve him and keep His commandments, He bound himself also by covenant to us that He would never desert us, never leave us to ourselves, never forget us, that in the midst of trials and hardships, when everything was arrayed against us, He would be near unto us and would sustain us."

    Being able to make covenants with God is an incredible blessing. Knowing that not only are we making a commitment to God but that He is making commitments to us as well as we strive to keep our covenants is enormously comforting. When we are going through rough times we can take great solace in knowing that our Father in heaven has covenanted with us that he will will always be with us.

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  6. God promises so much when he asks us to do so little. When I focus on doing what God asks me to do throughout my day, I notice all the great blessings he gives me.

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