Saturday, August 18, 2018

To Be Baptized

Being baptized is an essential part of God's plan for us. Among other sacred and necessary ordinances God has revealed, baptism is the first step on the path back home to our Father in Heaven. Thankfully, Jesus Christ gave us the perfect example in all things, and baptism is no exception. Although a perfect man, with no need to cleanse any sins, Christ was perfectly obedient in all things, and entered the waters of baptism with humility and love.

Matthew 3:13–17, John the Baptist speaks with Jesus

The scriptures teach and reveal the sacred doctrine concerning this vital ordinance. In Matthew chapter three we read,

"Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordon unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."  vs. 13-17

God has also revealed that there is an age of accountability when each son and daughter is capable of discerning for themselves the difference between right and wrong. The age is eight years. With the translation of the Book of Mormon, we learned that infant baptism is a sin before God. Little children are clean in the sight of God and are not capable of committing sin. In the Book of Mormon it is revealed that,

  ". . . wherefore, little children are whole, for they are not capable of committing sin; wherefore, the curse of Adam is taken from them in me, that it hath no power over them. . . And their little children need no repentance, neither baptism. Behold, baptism is unto repentance to the fulfilling the commandments unto the remission of sins. . . But little children are alive in Christ, even from the foundation of the world." (Moroni Chapter 8)

I invite you to study and consider this doctrine. It has so much peace attached. God has not left this up to the disputations of men. Little children who die without baptism are clean and pure and will live with our Father in Heaven in His Holy Celestial Kingdom.

I hope there is light and peace in this simple truth. God loves all of His children, and He is providing every means possible for us to return to Him. Baptism in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that first step. I testify that I know this is true and that Jesus Christ provided a perfect example of this and all things.

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




Sunday, May 20, 2018

Are Miracles Real?


Mark 5:22–43, Christ converses with a woman of great faith





What do you think about miracles? Are they real? Do miraculous things happen today? The dictionary defines a miracle in part as, "a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws, and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency."

Mormons, or Later-day Saints, believe in miracles, and know that the source of all miracles is our Father in heaven. He is the constructor of miracles, the provider of all blessings, and the author of every good thing in heaven and earth. He loves us all more than we are able to understand fully or comprehend. But we can feel that love.

In the Book of Mormon, there is a passage of scripture in the book of Moroni that asks, "...have miracles ceased? Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither have angels ceased to minister unto the children of men."

Yet, there is a part for us to do if we will see miracles in our lives. The Book of Mormon also teaches us, "And neither at any time hath any wrought miracles until after their faith; wherefore they first believed in the Son of God."

Do you believe in the Son of God? This is Jesus Christ. He is capable of completing and performing miracles in our lives because he has atoned for all our sins, sorrows, discomforts, and utter disappointments. When he walked the earth he went about blessing the children of God with all manner of miracles and healing of every kind. And He did all these things in the Father's name. He never deviated from Heavenly Father's will. This is what made him the only perfect person to ever walk the earth. He has all power in His hands.

Then why do we sometimes feel that miracles are not happening in our lives or in the way we hope? Why does it sometimes seem that Heaven is closed to us, and it might be easier to believe that none of this really exists. Maybe miracles are just luck in disguise. Maybe there is really no rhyme or reason to the events in and surrounding our lives.

This is not so. It simply isn't true. God is in the very details of our lives. He loves us and knows what is best for us. I have had times in my life when I wanted to force a miracle. I wanted to command God to do what I thought was best because I had tried to do all that He had asked, and it just didn't seem fair that I should suffer to such a great extent. I couldn't see that there was a greater miracle happening inside of me because of my trial. I was being refined, and God knew that if he relieved me of that refining fire, I would not be free. I would not have a new heart and eyes to see what was really important. I would not be a partaker of the greater miracle of knowing without a shadow of a doubt that He was there for me. He did have miracles in store, and His perfect Son would see me through to the end.

Believe in Jesus Christ. Study His life. Pray to Heavenly Father, and ask if all these things are true, and in His time He will answer your prayers. Look for the miracles and blessings in your life right now, and thank God for them. He knows what you need. He will reward every act of faith. Your darkest hour will become your brightest day as you look to Him to guide your future. He is closer than you know. I testify that there are miracles today just as in times of old. The stories of the Bible and Book of Mormon are not just history, but evidence that these things can and do happen today. With faith in Jesus Christ and what He has done for you, anything is possible.

And you can know it every day of your life.

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

Monday, March 26, 2018

President Russell M. Nelson -New President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has welcomed a new prophet, and miss and love their late prophet, president Thomas S. Monson. President Monson passed away on January 2, 2018. He was 90 years old and served as the 16th President of the church. President Russell M. Nelson was sustained and set apart as the 17th president and prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunday, January 14th, 2018. We would love for you to read more about President Nelson's remarkable life and service here.


This coming weekend, March 31,2018 and April 1, 2018 is General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and all are welcome to watch, read, and listen to these meetings. President Nelson, apostles, and church leaders will be speaking. You can find out all the details for times and broadcasting in your area at lds.org.

The gospel has been restored in the latter-days. God is not silent. We can know His will for our lives by listening to the prophet and apostles called today, and by praying to Him. By the power of the spirit, we can know all things that we need for peace and direction in this life. Please join us and learn for yourself what blessings God and His Son, Jesus Christ, have in store for you. 

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

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