Sunday, June 26, 2016

Articles of Faith Six, Seven, and Nine

The sixth, seventh, and ninth articles of faith outline the organizations, callings, importance of revelation, and some of the gifts or talents that exist to build the kingdom of God on earth and bring all to Christ. These three articles are related in nature, and expound on already established truths of the previous articles of faith. The eighth article of faith will be highlighted at a later time.

The sixth article of faith states, 

We believe in the same organization that existed in the primitive Church, namely apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth. 

The seventh article of faith states, 

We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth. 

The ninth article of faith states, 

We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.  

Elder L. Tom Perry clarified these articles of faith in this way,Building on the foundation established in the first five articles of faith, the sixth article tells us that an organization is necessary, and the same organization that existed in the primitive Church has been restored. The restored Church exists on the earth today, with the sacred power received through the restoration of the holy priesthood.
The seventh and ninth articles profess that the heavens are not closed, that God continues to reveal His will to mankind; as He has in the past, He does now in the present, and He will in the future. Spiritual gifts are received by mankind today, just as they were in days past."
These three articles are filled with beautiful blessings that are in full force on the earth today , and will always have the purpose of bringing Heavenly Father's children to Christ. God is so very generous with His children. They never need wonder if He has a plan laid out and in place wherein they can come unto Him and are provided with the organization, gifts, and revelations necessary to obtain and qualify for the gift of eternal life. 
Posted by Brooke Kamalu- Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Power of Fatherhood

There are many things I admire about my father. I could start to list them and I love to go on and on about the man he has chosen to be and how that has changed my life forever. But what I love the very most among these abundant admiral qualities, is his love of Jesus Christ and his devotion to my mother and our family.

In a recent talk, Elder D. Todd Christofferson, a member of the quorum of the twelve apostles in the church, declared, "As a Church, we believe in fathers. We believe in “the ideal of the man who puts his family first.” We believe that “by divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families.” We believe that in their complementary family duties, 'fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners.'We believe that far from being superfluous, fathers are unique and irreplaceable."

There is not a suitable substitute for the divine role and calling of fatherhood. God himself has made it known that, " This is my work and my glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." (Moses 1:39) This is the exact work that the Savior Jesus Christ, and our Father in Heaven have called fathers to do while here in mortality. Fathers are leaders. Fathers are providers and protectors. Their daily sacrifice to work in support and care of their families is love in action.

Elder Christofferson goes on to say," For men, fatherhood exposes us to our own weaknesses and our need to improve. Fatherhood requires sacrifice, but it is a source of incomparable satisfaction, even joy. Again, the ultimate model is our Heavenly Father, who so loved us, His spirit children, that He gave us His Only Begotten Son for our salvation and exaltation. Jesus said, 'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.' Fathers manifest that love as they lay down their lives day by day, laboring in the service and support of their families." 

A loving father knows that seeking for happiness outside of family life, is a wasted effort. True joy is found at home and the father can, and should be, the facilitator in leading his family to those places and principles of lasting happiness. Children need fathers. Wives need husbands. 

Elder Christofferson puts it this way,Perhaps the most essential of a father’s work is to turn the hearts of his children to their Heavenly Father. If by his example as well as his words a father can demonstrate what fidelity to God looks like in day-to-day living, that father will have given his children the key to peace in this life and eternal life in the world to come. A father who reads scripture to and with his children acquaints them with the voice of the Lord."

To all the fathers, I say, we need you. The problems in the world would all come to nothing 

if there was love at home given as only a father can give. Stay strong in this most important 

of roles and callings. God is pleased with your efforts to be there for your families and do

what only you can do.  

In every good thing the fathers of the world are emulating the very work of God. Yours is the work of eternity. 

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

Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Power to Choose

Within the Church of Jesus Christ we have a living prophet. The man called at this time is Thomas S. Monson. He leads and guides the church as directed by the Savior Jesus Christ.

In his most recent talk, at General Conference, President Monson talked about the power and essential nature and consequence of our choices. I wanted to share with you the last part of this talk.

President Monson teaches,

 "May we choose to build up within ourselves a great and powerful faith which will be our most effective defense against the designs of the adversary- a real faith, the kind of faith which will sustain us and will bolster our desire to choose the right. Without such faith, we go nowhere. With it, we can accomplish our goals.

Although it is imperative that we choose wisely, there are times when we will make foolish choices. The gift of repentance, provided by our Savior, enables us to correct our course settings, that we might return to the path which will lead us to that celestial glory we seek.

May we maintain the courage to defy the consensus. May we ever choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong. As we contemplate the decisions we make in our lives each day-whether to make this choice or that choice- if we choose Christ, we will have made the correct choice."

I have been thinking a lot lately about that "harder right" and have a personal desire to care more about what my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ think of me, rather than what the world and popular trend would persuade me to believe. As a child of God, I know that there is something far better in store for me, and for you, than what conformity to man's whim could ever provide. There is an eternal inheritance waiting if we are faithful in all things given to us at the hand of the Savior.

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

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