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Who hath believed our report, and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?
Mosiah 14:1 Precept #1
Believe the reports about Jesus.
Are you skeptical when you hear other people bear witness of God’s arm being revealed in their lives or does it give you hope for that same revelation in your own life?
For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground; he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him there is no beauty that we should desire him.
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Mosiah 14:2-3 Precept #2
Esteem that which seems of little consequence. Pay more attention to those who do not seem valued by society at large – especially the meek who strive to follow Christ. Seek for truth in those places that popular culture rejects.
Who was the last person who didn’t seem very important by the world’s standards that you gave your full attention to and gave value, merit, and worth to what they had to share?
Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows . . .
Mosiah 14:4 Precept #3
Let Christ bear your griefs and carry your sorrows.
How often do you feel you have to carry your burdens on your own? How often do you reject Christ’s extended arm to help you? When was the last time you let it all go upon His shoulders so He could carry you through?
All we, like sheep, have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way . . .
Mosiah 14:6 Precept #4
Turn back to the Lord’s way of living life.
Do you know what the Lord’s way of living is? Are you blind to how you may have gone astray from it? Do you know how to get back to it?
. . . when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin he shall see his seed . . .
Mosiah 14:10 Precept #5
Accept and embrace Jesus Christ’s offering for your sins.
In what ways have you rejected the Savior’s offering for your sins? What can you do so that when He comes again He will see you as one of His seed? Can you think of a time when you gave Him everything and He lifted you up and strengthened you and eased your suffering?
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I remember my first truly sacred experience when I was 12 years old. The next was somewhere around 14. My teenage years after that - after beginning a life-long study of the LDS canon of scripture - was chalked full of sacred experience after sacred experience which have developed in me a love for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and a devotion to His teachings as taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Because of those experiences as a young man I can say for sure that Jesus Christ lives today and is the Son of the Living God. He atoned for me and has "redeemed my soul from hell."
It was in those years that I learned for myself that the Book of Mormon is the true word of God. That came to be a huge social battle for one young as I was growing up in the Bible belt. I spent those years trying to live my life in such a way that people would know that I was a follower of Christ only to find out after years of hanging out with my friends that none of them believed I was Christian. This was devestating to me, a young man simply trying to show a good example as a follower of Christ. I felt like I had failed. It was only after serving my two year mission for the LDS Church that I realized the reason for their opinion was simply because our definition of what it meant to be Christian was drastically different. For me it had been about following Christ and living His teachings. For them it was whether or not my beliefs fell within their narrowly defined window of what they believed about God and Jesus Christ. I realize now that I was doomed to fail from the beginning!
It was in those years while I was trying to show people that I was a follower of Christ - facing opposition from friend, minister, and teacher alike - that I began studying the scriptures not just to understand His Gospel, but to come to understand answers to the challenges I was being presented with. In short I became as much of a Mormon apologist as a teenage boy with little education could ever become. But I at least had the scriptures and and the guidance of truly devoted and inspired friends and teachers -
and that was all I needed.
It is this pattern of questioning and searching for answers which has informed all of my scripture study and learning over the years of my life since then. My research and understanding of the Gospel, the Church, The Book of Mormon, and Joseph Smith have all grown and expanded because of that constant and consistent devotion to studying. And they will all continue to do so - for the knowledge of God is infinite and there is no way in the life to learn it all.
This blog is an outlet for all I have learned and considered over the years of my Gospel study. I have found - as many people who have come to know the teachings of Christ the way I have - that when the Word is a part of one's soul he or she cannot escape the desire to share It. So share it I do. There are imperfections and missing pieces in what I write, but all in all I truly feel the Lord has blessed me with the one thing I have desired more than almost anything else: a well rounded understanding of His doctrine and truth as He has given to us at this point. Please forgive my imperfections for this blog is as much about improving myself and my own knowledge and faith in God and Christ as it is for helping anyone else do the same.
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