We live in tumultuous times. But the question is not how the Church will fare; rather, how will you and I fare?
Today’s technology also allows us to use wireless telephones to exchange information rapidly. Recently Wendy and I were on assignment on another continent when we learned that a new baby had arrived in our family. We received the good news minutes after that birth had occurred half a world away.
"The world around you is not equipped to provide the help you need to make it through this often-treacherous journey. So many in our society today seem to have slipped from the moorings of safety and drifted from the harbor of peace.
President Nelson once expressed, "How much better it would be if all could be more aware of God’s providence and love and express that gratitude to Him."
Often we look at failure as something that is bad or wrong...and perhaps sometimes it can be. However, failure, if faced with faith, can also lead us to have more meaningful lives, prepare us for a higher level of success, and draw us closer to God as we persevere with hope in our hearts.
I was a member for several years before having received a true and strong testimony of the Book of Mormon. I always knew it was true, and I had faith in it, but I never really received a true witness for years after my baptism. After having received my personal witness, I learned of the strength the Book of Mormon offers to those who live according to the words of the prophets who testify of Christ within its pages. It is a powerful source and it has greatly blessed my life.
Conversion stories have always intrigued me, mostly because I am a convert to the Church myself. But when I hear of stories such as this one, where it is evident that God's hand was the guiding force in this man's conversion after saving his life, I get inspired and energized in the gospel.
I usually look forward to speaking about the gospel of Jesus Christ, especially to those who are genuinely asking out of curiosity or interest. Defending my faith is something I feel is important to do and in the years of practice, I have learned that sometimes our actions speak louder than words.
It took me several years to realize I had the most important and effective "instruction book" at my disposal.
You’ve probably heard people say that the Book of Mormon was written for our day. It’s a true statement. Prophets have declared it.1 The book itself says it.2 But what makes this book so well suited for this particular time in history?
With the many unique challenges we face today, it is comforting to know that our Father in Heaven never intended for us to go through them alone.
John Rey and Mara Bautista were visiting the BYU Jerusalem Center for President Nelson's global ministry tour. It was there that their 7-year-old daughter, Ella, said something about his visit they will never forget.
Learning to exercise our faith is a fundamental part of our religion. Without faith, our growth in the gospel and our relationship with our Saviour would be frail. "Faith in Jesus Christ is a gift from heaven that comes as we choose to believe and as we seek it and hold on to it."
As a convert to the Church myself, and having gone through so much to be baptized, I love hearing about other people's journey to their conversion. This is an amazing story! “Don’t let the Mormons convert you,” a friend told me before I left the Philippines for Utah in 1987. I shrugged off the advice.... Continue Reading →
Since I have joined the Church, I have experienced again and again the power of prayer. I have seen a man come from darkness to light, a miracle we were losing hope of ever witnessing. This is the true story of my father in law. He has proven that there is a Father in heaven who loves us, hears our prayers, and answers them in His due time.
Gaining a personal testimony is necessary and vital to our faith and spiritual journey. Until we have a complete understanding of this, our participation and longevity in the Church may be at risk, and so are the promises and blessings that we can continuously enjoy if we faithfully endure.
From a blog by Brent Croxton, August 4, 2017 Partaking the sacrament is an ordinance that members of the Church take quite seriously. Like the sacrament prayers state, we do it in remembrance of Jesus Christ's atoning sacrifice, and it is an essential part of worship and our spiritual development. But how many of us actually... Continue Reading →