Come unto Christ

2014_1I’m so grateful for Christ. It brings meaning to my day to know that He knows, and He cares. This year, the youth of the church will be participating in lessons and activities focused on the scripture found in The Book of Mormon, Moroni 10:32, which says,

Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.

We all need to regularly consider the invitation to come unto Christ. As we do, we find we’re not so alone, and there’s great, eternal potential for all of God’s children if we just follow the admonition in this verse.

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Is it selfish to be happy?

happyThis excerpt from an article in the Kansas City Star really resonated with me, and I wanted to share. The question was posed “With all the misery around us, is it selfish to be happy?”

There can be a very direct connection between the misery and difficulties that some people face and our personal happiness. We learn about this connection through something that Jesus Christ taught. In response to a query from a Pharisee who asked: “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy mind. … And the second is like unto it: Love thy neighbor as thyself.”
True happiness comes from doing what Jesus taught and showed us to do, to be obedient, decent, honest, forgiving and humble, for example. Most of all, he taught us the importance of having charity toward others. To underscore the supreme importance of Christlike charity, we learn from the Scriptures that even though we may have many other talents, if we “have not charity (we) are nothing.”
We can easily fall into the trap of thinking that a new house, a new outfit, a promotion or becoming famous will make us happy. Some of these things may make us happy for a while. But generally, it never lasts because beauty, prestige or fame are often fleeting and don’t bring lasting happiness as much as we think or hope that they would.
Rather, true happiness comes when we pattern our lives after the Savior of the world. When we encounter those who are struggling, suffering or in need of our help, we should always ask ourselves: “What would Jesus do?” The answer, of course, is to do all that we can to help, comfort, relieve and succor. As we do, we will be happy because of selfless love and service. – Elder Donald D. Deshler of the Seventy, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

What about you? How do you find lasting happiness in life?

Faith in Christ

christus-lds-454706-mobileWhen I considered starting a blog to share my faith with others, I had a few ideas for a name. Ultimately, I decided on “We Preach of Christ” because sharing about our beliefs in Jesus Christ was the sole purpose. The phrase comes from a verse of scripture in The Book of Mormon, “we are made alive in Christ because of our faith. … And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins(2 Nephi 25:26). 

Faith in Jesus Christ blesses my life each day. It blesses our home and our family. But faith in Christ does more than bless our lives. It is an essential part of our path back to God. It  comes with the promise of immortality and eternal life. Immortality, or a state of endless life beyond the power of death, comes as a result of Christ’s resurrection and is a gift to all. Eternal life, or the blessing of living with God and our families forever, is also made possible through Christ’s Atonement. The promise of eternal life requires obedience to God’s laws.

If you’d like to read more about faith in Jesus Christ, feel free to visit this link to a special issue of our church magazine devoted entirely to the subject.

Have I done any good?

Last Sunday in our Sacrament Meeting (what Mormons call the Sunday worship service) we sang the hymn “Have I Done Any Good?” As I looked around, I noticed two friends in the congregation singing together. One of them, an elderly sister, has poor eyesight. Her friend was holding a large piece of paper in front of them. Upon closer inspection, I realized that she had printed out the words to the hymn in large print so her friend could sing along. A genuine act of thoughtful, Christ-like service. I love the first verse and the questions it asks about my personal commitment to serve others as Christ would.

Have I helped anyone in need?
Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad?
Has anyone’s burden been lighter today because I was willing to share?
Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?
When they needed my help was I there?
If you’re like me, it’s always easier to show up at an organized service project (which usually only occur a few times a year). What I think Christ wants us to do is to take advantage of opportunities to quietly serve those around us. It’s the simple, everyday acts of Christ-like service, or charity, that do the most good. Mormons believe that service to others is an important characteristic of discipleship, and we promise at baptism to devote our lives to the service of others.
So, at the end of the day, let us ask “Have I done any good in the world today?” I know the Lord is pleased with us when we can answer “yes” and has trust in us to do better when the answer is “no.” Either way, He needs us to answer the call.