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Snow days...Where is Spring?

Yesterday was a crazy day! It SNOWED! At points when it wasn't gusting winds and hailing it was beautiful don't get me wrong I still want my Spring :)

I have talked a little about today's simple principle before but it is never a bad idea to do it again.

Fifth
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.

Called of God? "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you" (John 15:16) We don't randomly pick a person to do the work of God. He is chosen by God to do the work.

Prophecy? "I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say." (Exodus 4:12) A prophecy may pertain to the past, present, or future. When a person prophesies, he speaks or writes that which God wants him to know, for his own good or the good of others.

Laying on of hands? The laying on of hands is the procedure revealed by the Lord for performing many priesthood ordinances, such as confirmation, ordination, setting members apart to serve in callings, administering to the sick, and giving other priesthood blessings. Those having the proper priesthood authority place their hands upon the head of the person receiving the ordinance. In doing so, they serve as instruments through whom the Lord blesses His children. (emphasis added)

I know that many people who are in leadership positions have been called of God. I have been called of God to serve Him and His children in the Utah Ogden Mission! I love every minute of it!


Fourth Principle

Today has been a nice day :) it has warmed up but we shall see how long that lasts. Did some service today I helped paint a house it was fun. :)

Fourth
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.

What is Faith? To me it is believing in something that you can't see and also ACTING on that belief.
Repentance? A way I think about it is a Fancy word for change.
Baptism? John 3:5
Holy Ghost? He “witnesses of the Father and the Son” (2 Nephi 31:18) and reveals and teaches “the truth of all things” (Moroni 10:5).

These are all SO important to me! I love these principles! I please ask you to consider these, they are something so dear and near to my heart.  

Thanks

All four season in a day?!

Today has been an interesting day! lol I have seen the snow/hail I have seen and heard thunder and lightning and I have felt the warm sun ALL in ONE day! Utah weather MAKE UP YOUR MIND! lol ok that is the end of that little rant :)

I wish already that Utah would be done with the snow it shouldn't in my opinion be coming when it had decided to be nice and warm and sunny and then change its mind.

Well with other things we can change and bring out the sunshine! That goes with today's simple principle.

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

I personally KNOW that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. We ALL make mistakes. We ALL have sinned at some point and will still sin at some point. That is why we have the Atonement of what Christ did for us. He died for us so that we may ALL be saved. He doesn't just want a few or none at all to return to Him. He wants everyone of us! He LOVES US ALL!

April Showers?

Today is a rainy but BEAUtiful day! :) Hey April showers bring May flowers right?! I know it isn't April yet but only one more week.

So like I did last week I am doing basic principles of the Gospel.

Second
We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.

What is a transgression?
It is a violation or breaking of a commandment or law.

I know that everyone will be held accountable for what they themselves have done. Blaming someone else wont help anyone. They may have caused a ripple effect but it is also your own choice to do the action.

The Lord has said that all people are responsible for their own motives, attitudes, desires, and actions. We may not know all the consequences to our actions but we are responsible for them nonetheless. God judges us not only for our acts, but also for the desires of our hearts. He knows our situations, he knows ALL things.

God still loves you and I do too!!!!

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Happy Spring!

It is Spring time again!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!! It is a new start to things and everything is growing! :)

So with the Spring everything is starting to bloom and sprout and make roots. So should we! Lets help our testimonies and beliefs grow too! So I am doing a segment of the basic principles of the Gospel.

First
We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

It isn't just "we believe" it is for me personally I KNOW that God, the Eternal Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are real! They love me and care about me so much but it isn't just me it is EVERYONE that they do.

Imagine how much a mother or father loves a child, Our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us 10 times more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I LOVE YOU!

Why is it important?

Ok back to my Seventeen points of the True Church. Why are these things important?

Because "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever" (Heb 13:8). Also you can not get anything good out of something bad or corrupt. (Luke 6:43-44) The gospel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is for the edifying of the people.

So what is edify? The things of God edify: they spiritually support and lift us toward a better life. They bring us closer to our Father in Heaven. The things of Satan do the opposite. No spiritual growth occurs, no intelligence is communicated, we are not edified.

That which is of God is light and truth, but that which is not is darkness.

additional scriptures
1 Peter 2:12
James 1:22

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9 Months of adventures so far...

Today is the day I have been away from my home, family and friends for 9 months!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These 9 months have gone by sooooooooooooo fast! I can't believe in another 9 months I'll be home though. 

I left home 9 months ago to serve a full time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have loved serving the people in the Utah Ogden area and I will continue too for another 9 months!

I KNOW this church is true! I KNOW my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ LIVE! I KNOW that Christ loves me so much that he would suffer and die for me and EVERYONE! I KNOW that we have a LIVING Prophet called of God named Thomas S. Monson! I KNOW because of this gospel I can live FOREVER with my family because of Temples! I LOVE this gospel so much! I am sacrificing 18 months of my life to serve and I love doing it! I would never take it back! It is also a sacrifice I am HAPPY to make! 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them!

Ok I know this is a little long but it was very interesting looking this all up and learning more for myself :)

By their fruits ye shall know them! Matthew 7:20

For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. Luke 6:43-44

This is an excerpt from a talk by Dean L Larsen called "By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them"
The Savior acknowledged that there would be imposters who would attempt to pass themselves off as his authorized representatives. He warned of false prophets who would come in sheep’s clothing but who would have their own selfish motives to fulfill. “Ye shall know them by their fruits,” he said.

It is interesting that this declaration by the Savior was made in response to accusations from the scribes and the Pharisees that he was performing his miracles and healings by the power of the devil. “This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub, the prince of the devils,” they protested. (Matt. 12:24.)

The attempts by the Savior’s enemies to destroy his work by discrediting him were futile. All he said and did has stood the test of time and has borne good fruit in the lives of millions of people.

Joseph Smith declared that his work was the Lord’s work. His credentials as a prophet of God are not adequately tested by historical relics.

The fruits of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ are the real test of Joseph and his work.

Among these fruits which are easily available for assessment today are the scriptures that came from his efforts. These, of course, include the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. They are tangible fruits that cannot be displaced by all of the commentary of those who have an interest in reconstructing history. They contain the revelations of God. The value of the eternal principles which they propound can be tested by daily application.

In fact, this is the only true test. Alma, in his segment of the Book of Mormon record, issues a challenge for such a test. “Behold,” he says, “if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.” (Alma 32:27.)

Comparing this experiment to the planting of a seed, Alma continued: “Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me.” (Alma 32:28.)

For more than 150 years, since the founding of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, millions of people have tried the experiment proposed by Alma as it pertains to the gospel that Joseph Smith restored. They and others in increasing numbers throughout the world today bear testimony to the good fruit that the experiment has borne. They have applied the Savior’s sure test.

Those who receive the gospel are expected to manifest its fruits in their lives, not only for their own benefit and blessing, but for the purpose of drawing others to the truth.

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Seventeen Points of the True Church

17. Members of the true church must be called Saints.

What it means to be a Saint
Some people call us Mormons. Some call us a sect or a cult. We call ourselves Saints. What do these designations signify?
A Mormon could be any kind of a person who has membership in the Church.
A sect is a body of persons following certain principles or doctrines. The earliest followers of the Savior were called a sect.
A cult is described as a particular system of religious worship having a fixed veneration for a person.
A saint is one who follows Christ in holiness and devotion with a view fixed on eternal life.
With proper understanding, there is nothing wrong with any of these designations. When they are used to imply ridicule and slander, they can all be offensive.

A saint is one who follows Christ in holiness and devotion. This is the commitment of a Latter-day Saint.

A saint is the way we act not what we are it is what we can become.

Daniel 7:21-22
Acts 9:13
Romans 1:7
Romans 15:26-27
Ephesians 4:11-14
Philippians 4:21-23
Colossians 1:2-5
2 Thessalonians 1:7-10
Revelation 15:3
Psalms 50:5

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What a Honor to do things for others

16. The true church must practice baptism for the dead.

Jesus Christ taught that baptism is essential to the salvation of all who have lived on earth (see John 3:5). Many people, however, have died without being baptized. Others were baptized without proper authority. Because God is merciful, He has prepared a way for all people to receive the blessings of baptism. By performing proxy baptisms in behalf of those who have died, Church members offer these blessings to deceased ancestors. Individuals can then choose to accept or reject what has been done in their behalf.

I myself have done many proxy baptisms for my ancestors and other peoples ancestors. We want everyone to get a chance to choose for themselves what has been done for them here on Earth.

for additional information

1 Corinthians 15:29
Malachi 4:5-6
1 Peter 3:18
1 Peter 4:6
Revelation 20:12
Matthew 18:18
Matthew 16:18-19

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A Restored church?

15. The church must be a RESTORED church.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed?
A general falling away from the truth occurred after the death of Christ’s Apostles. This is called the Apostasy (Amos 8:11-12; Acts 20:29-30; 2 Timothy 4:3).
When Jesus Christ lived on the earth, He established His Church. After His Ascension into heaven, His Apostles carried on His work under His direction, through revelation and with His priesthood authority.
After the Apostles and many righteous Church members were killed and other members departed from the truth, the Lord took the priesthood authority and His Church from the earth. Without God’s priesthood authority, the Church no longer functioned as Christ had established it. The ordinances were changed and many plain and simple truths were lost. While many good people and some truth remained, the original Church was lost.
The Apostles prophesied of the falling away or Apostasy. One example is Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3).
The Apostle Peter prophesied of the “restitution of all things” before Christ’s Second Coming (Acts 3:19-21). Having been lost because of the Apostasy, Christ’s Church and His authority were to be restored to the earth. This Restoration would make available the opportunity for all to receive once again all of the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Joseph Smith’s First Vision marked the beginning of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth. In subsequent years, Christ restored His priesthood and reorganized His Church. He has continued to reveal truths to His prophets and to restore the blessings that were taken from the earth for a time.

link to the question why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? with more info

Other scriptures
Isaiah 2:2-3
Micah 4:1-2

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MY FAVORITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OK so this is going to be my favorite point :)

14. The true church MUST be a Missionary church!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is my favorite if you didn't already guess because I am a Missionary!! :)

Ok so what is a Missionary?
It is someone who is sent out to a different place to Preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Who all is a missionary?
It isn't only our full-time missionaries who share the gospel. Because we believe the gospel of Jesus Christ is the way to true happiness, we want to tell as many of our friends and family about it as we can. We believe, as Peter taught in the New Testament, that we should
"be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you" (1 Peter 3:15).

Why do we go on missions and be a missionary?
The blessings of the gospel are so precious that we try to share them with everyone we can.
The Lord's Church has always been a missionary church. Jesus Christ's life was the perfect example of missionary work. During His ministry on earth, he taught the gospel at all times, in all places, and to all kinds of people. Jesus taught the educated men in the temple, the sinners, the faithful and the unbelieving. He also called apostles and other disciples to preach the gospel so more people could hear about the blessings of His gospel. Most of their preaching during Christ's life was to their own people, the Jews. After Jesus was resurrected, He visited His apostles and sent them to preach to the gentiles. He commanded them, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15).

other scriptures
Matthew 28:19-20
Luke 24:47
Matthew 24:14, 37

link to the answers of the questions

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Revelation

The true church must claim revelation from God!

This is why we need Prophets called of God! They reveal all that God wants for us as a whole of a church.
I KNOW that God has called people to be his mouth piece and they are His Prophets. I am so grateful that I can turn to the Prophets for the word of God in this hard dark world. It brings me comfort to know that God will never leave us stranded He is always listening and watching He is just waiting for us to listen to Him.