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Today’s post is a little different than our usual fare. I read a post on a favored Facebook page, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t bring attention to what this said. PLEASE, visit Mormon & LDS Facts FB page! You’ll be blessed by all their hard work in showing numerous resources of how the Church operates.  (more…)

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Reading what Oswald Chambers had to say about communion with God, compared to what the LDS Church had to say is striking.

Today we’re looking at Oswald Chambers’ devotion for January 7th, followed by a few of the comments from the First Presidency Message of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When you have time, be sure to share this with the Mormon you know!

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, Classic Edition, January 7th

“Have I been so long with you, and yet hast thou not known Me? — John 14:9

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The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released a 2017 Christmas message:

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ this Christmas season, our hope is that the light and testimony of the Savior’s divine mission as the Redeemer of all mankind will come into our hearts and be reflected in our thoughts, our words, and our actions.

May each of us be blessed at this joyous season of the year as we acknowledge with sincere gratitude the Father’s incomparable gift to us of His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and our Master.

Thomas S. Monson
Henry B. Eyring
Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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First Presidency Message, ‘Called to the Work,’ July 2017 “President John Taylor (1808–87) summed up the essential qualities of missionaries this way: ‘The kind of men [and women and couples] we want as bearers of this gospel message are men who have faith in God; men who have faith in their religion; men who honor their priesthood; men in whom … God has confidence. ….’

Now, a word for those elders, sisters, and couples who, for whatever reason, may not be able to finish their assigned time in the mission field: The Lord loves you. He appreciates your sacrifice. He is aware of your disappointment. Know that He still has a work for you to do. Don’t let Satan tell you otherwise. Don’t get down; don’t become discouraged; don’t despair.

… don’t lose your faith, because the Lord has not lost faith in you. Keep your covenants and move forward.”

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Matthew 22:36-40 “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

1st-presidency-message-january-2017-female-archer-target_1849915FIRST PRESIDENCY MESSAGE, ‘Aiming at the Center,’ January 2017

The focus of the Church’s latest First Presidency Message was to remind members they should love others using the passage in Matthew 22:36-40. We’re not concerned so much with the theme, as many Christian pastors will have the same type of sermons. Rather, our interest lies in Dieter Uchtdorf’s definition for ‘a child of God’.

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John 1:11 “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.”

FIRST PRESIDENCY MESSAGE, ‘Peace in This Life,’ December 2016

sacrament_1825232-1-lds-orgA cursory glance over the latest ‘First Presidency Message’ would cause anyone to be heartbroken.

The theme this time around was about partaking of the Lord’s Supper.

The image on the left was the central focal point, where they tried selling the story about ‘a promise of personal peace’ that’s available ‘for all of His disciples today’.

The LDS apostle, Henry Eyring, also included oft repeated stories of people receiving this peace even while dying, and how it was made available through ‘priesthood blessings’.

I was left wondering how someone’s story of receiving a ‘priesthood blessing’ would be of benefit to my mother over the holidays. With no disrespect, I have to say, my mother isn’t dying. This devotional message was more about the priesthood of man, than about the eternal priesthood of Jesus!

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2 Chronicles 20:7; “Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?”

salt lake mormon temple 2 Ensign, FIRST PRESIDENCY MESSAGE, ‘True to the Faith of Our Forefathers,’ July 2016; “To be a Latter-day Saint is to be a pioneer…they often must leave behind old habits, longtime customs, and cherished friends. Some make the agonizing decision to leave behind family members who oppose their Church membership. Latter-day Saints move forward, however, praying that precious ones will yet understand and accept. …

As we seek to build Zion in our hearts, in our homes, in our communities, and in our countries, may we remember the resolute courage and abiding faith of those who gave their all that we might enjoy the blessings of the restored gospel, with its hope and promise through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

President Monson tells a story about one pioneer family and then quotes President George Albert Smith: “Will you live true to the faith of your ancestors? … Strive to be worthy of all the sacrifices [they] have made for you.”” – Thomas Monson

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