What would Christ say to prophets today?

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Ever wonder what Jesus Christ would say to prophets and apostles in our day? The 184th General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was held April 5-6. Find out what modern-day prophets and apostles shared with the world. Summaries of the many things shared can be found here

A few of my favorite quotes:

“Christlike love is the greatest need we have on this planet.” – Jeffrey R. Holland

“Our Savior has the power to cleanse and heal you.” – Linda S. Reeves

“Love is the very essence of the gospel and Jesus Christ is our exemplar.” – Thomas S. Monson

“Forgiveness should go hand-in-hand with love.” – Thomas S. Monson

“You have the Savior of the world on your side. How can you fail?” – Gary S. Stevenson

“Pure Christlike love flowing from righteousness can change the world.” – Jeffrey R. Holland

 

 

Finding Joy in the Journey

Our family loves to take road trips. I don’t mean “hey, let’s load up the kids and put 30 miles on the van” road trips. I mean road trips of epic proportion. As in cross-country, six bags of cherry Twizzlers, at least one kid will get sick, listening to the same playlist until -we-never-want-to-hear-it-again times, and daily “he got to sit there yesterday” rants kind of road trips.

road tripDespite the occasional tiffs, drowsiness, and inconveniences, we LOVE a good journey. We get to spend uninterrupted time together as a family. We get to practice manners and being considerate (with varying degrees of success). We get to see and experience new things that we never would by staying in our own zip code. We get to meet new people and see old friends. We get to be silly together and not care who sees. We get to learn how to be quiet in hotels while at the same time jumping from one hotel bed to another.

Find Joy in the JourneyIt’s totally cliché, I know, to refer to life as a journey. But you know what? It’s totally true. Our Heavenly Father sent us here to experience mortality, to gain experience and knowledge, and learn to love and serve. Most days, I’m grateful for that. Some days are “ask me tomorrow” days. I believe the Lord has prophets upon the earth to help us along the journey, the “road trips” of our life. Here’s what one of them said,

This is our one and only chance at mortal life—here and now. The longer we live, the greater is our realization that it is brief. Opportunities come, and then they are gone. I believe that among the greatest lessons we are to learn in this short sojourn upon the earth are lessons that help us distinguish between what is important and what is not. I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and nonexistent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey—now. – Thomas S. Monson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October 2008 in a talk called “Finding Joy in the Journey

This weekend is special for Latter-day Saints as we gather together, both in person and virtually, to attend General Conference. It’s not only for members of the church; it’s available online, live and on-demand, to everyone. It’s the time when the Lord’s prophets, apostles, and other church leaders speak to us. It lifts broken spirits. It encourages the hesitant. It blesses the willing. Most importantly for me, it reminds me that God loves me enough to not send me on this journey without guidance or direction.

And we consume plenty of Twizzlers while watching.

To learn more about General Conference and how you can watch it this weekend, click here.

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Does Christ’s church exist upon the earth today?

From The Living Christ“We declare in words of solemnity that His priesthood and His Church have been restored upon the earth—“built upon the foundation of . . . apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone” (Ephesians 2:20). Learn more about how Christ has organized His Church in this brief video.

How does a Catholic kid in Kansas become a Mormon?

image from haunsgowest.com

image from haunsgowest.com

So how does a Catholic kid, growing up in a small Kansas town, become a Mormon? With the Lord’s guidance and a friend who wasn’t afraid to share her testimony of Jesus Christ, I suppose. Being from a long line of Catholics, my plan as a youth was to become a Priest. I attended mass several times a week, and studied in my free time with the priests in the monastery next to the cathedral (pictured).

That all changed my Junior year of high school. My parents divorced, and I started asking all the questions a kid asks himself when there’s a life change. Just what is the purpose of life? How can I be happy if my family is going through some rough spots? With so many churches, how do I know which one is right for me?

Shortly after graduating from high school, my friend, the ONE Mormon in town, asked me a question out of the blue one day: “what do you want most in life?” “To be happy,” was my answer. “…but I’m not sure what that means, honestly,” I continued.

Her response was simple: “Chris, that’s the purpose of life! And I have proof.” That day, I first held a copy of The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. We talked for hours about what she had come to know for herself as truth. She told me the Lord had again put a prophet on the earth to lead and guide His children. The priesthood, or the proper authority to act in His name, had been restored. Through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, families could be together not just til “death do they part,” but for eternity.

She then invited me to meet with missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who could answer my questions and tell me more. The only problem was there weren’t any for hundreds of miles around. So I found out where they were, and drove to meet with them. Best gas money I’ve ever spent. Over the course of several weeks, I made the drive to where they were. They extended invitations to attend church, read the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and ask God if it was true. I learned that God answers prayers, and that the responsibility to find out answers to important questions was mine. I didn’t have to take someone else’s word for it, but I could really know for myself.

The rest, as they say, is history. “I’m a Mormon, I know it. I live it. I love it.”