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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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.

How does a Catholic kid in Kansas become a Mormon?

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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.”