Monday, April 20, 2015

Why was a restoration of Christ's church needed?

During Christ's ministry upon the Earth he brought light back to a world where many had stopped living the commandments of God.  He proclaimed the gospel and called upon twelve men to be his apostles, including Peter, James, and John.  After Christ's death, his apostles carried the gospel throughout the land, baptizing and starting congregations.  Eventually though, the original Church of Christ began to fade away.  All but one of the apostles were martyred.  The apostolistic priesthood authority to bestow priesthood keys was lost from the Earth, as well as many of the teachings of Christ forgotten.  This period of time is called "the Great Apostocy" and brought to earth what we refer to as the Dark Ages.  Without Gods divine direction, Christianity had to rely upon human thought to interpret scripture and many truths were lost, confused, and fought over. Many false ideas were taught as the Gospel truth, when in reality they were ideas of man.  Centuries later, inspired people, such as Martin Luther and John Calvin recognized that practices and doctrines had been changed or lost and tried to reform the churches to which they belonged.  But without the authority of the apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ, His gospel and church could not be returned to their original form.  There needed to be a restoration of apostlistic authority, priesthood keys, and revelation from God.  This is why the Lord restored the church in our day through Joseph Smith.  

Friday, April 17, 2015

What is the Law of the Fast?

The scriptures are replete with admonishments from the Lord to give of our substance to those who have less than what is needed to get by. We can do this in many ways. Often, it will be a direct response to a perceived and present need. Other times, we will discern opportunities to give in complete anonymity. The Lord has provided a way to do so each month in the form of fast offerings. On generally the first Sunday of every month, we fast from food and water for 24 hours. The term fast offerings refers to the money we would have spent on the two meals we chose to sacrifice during our fast. We give a minimum of that amount to the church as fast offerings, which administers it to the poor. This differs from the tithing we pay, in that tithing stays with the church to pay for things like the building of chapels, whereas fast offerings are used only to help the needy

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

How Do I Stay Focused On the Right Message?

James 1:8 reads: "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways." The ASL sign for “distracted” involves your head turning from side to side, as if you are trying to catch everything flying past you. This scripture makes me think of that – your head will be turned by every wind of doctrine (Ephesians 4:14). Because you are trying to see everything, you will lose the empowerment to focus on or do anything.

Similarly in the world, we are bombarded by conflicting messages. Because of this, many in the world choose to throw out the idea of an absolute truth. They think to themselves, "Whose to say what's right and what's wrong?" and never really develop a strong moral compass.

Fortunately, this is not the case: there is right and wrong. It is empowering. Because Heavenly Father gave us the gift to know good from evil and to choose, we can really make a difference in the world. We can live our lives with confidence. We can stand up for what we believe because we really can know that our lives are right.

Don't be obsessed with every new thing, but hold fast to the light and truth you already know. God gave you that knowledge and it is more precious than anything the world can teach you. Try to follow the virtue of openness as taught in the scriptures: that of having an open, humble, broken, teachable heart.

Submitted by Karen F.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Easter Week

The last week of Jesus Christ's life changed the world forever.  See how each day can help us better understand His miraculous mission--then and now.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Because He Lives

Jesus Christ lived. He walked the Holy Land, working miracles and teaching truth. Then He was crucified. But His death was not the end. Because of His Resurrection, we will live again. Because of His sacrifice, we can rise above sin to experience true joy. Because He lives, we can find His help and healing every day of our lives.

I love this video because it shows how jesus is not just here to heal us from sin but from pain.  He is here for us, then, now, always.  He is here for you.  Call on him.

No matter where you are , Jesus Christ's love is universal.  Show us where you see His influence in your life.  Share your experiences on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #BecauseHeLives.

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