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New Era, ‘How do I strengthen my testimony by bearing it when I have such a hard time being in front of people?,’ March 2019

“President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, then-Second Counselor in the First Presidency, gave four suggestions on how to strengthen your testimony:

  1. Search the word of God.
  2. “Fearlessly strive to believe.
  3. “Ask with a sincere heart and with real intent, having faith in Christ.
  4. “Put gospel doctrine and Church teachings to the test in your own life.”

Remember: “The process of gathering spiritual light is the quest of a lifetime.”

From President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, then-Second Counselor in the First Presidency, “Receiving a Testimony of Light and Truth,” Oct. 2014 general conference.” (more…)

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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.”

 Today we’re looking at an article in the latest New Era Magazine. As a reminder, the Church’s intended audience for this periodical is their youth group consisting of 12-18 yr old kids. To read the article in full, see New Era, ‘The True, Pure, and Simple Gospel of Jesus Christ (excerpts),’ May 2019.

The article was written by their apostle M. Russell Ballard and his focus was the Two Greatest Commandments – see biblical passage listed above. For the sake of time, we’re looking at one key item of interest. Ballard’s comment was couched in a lot of nondescript directives that’d be easy to look over, thus our pointing it out here. (more…)

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Mormonad By Small and Simple Things “The small and simple things we are taught in the scriptures and by living prophets … result in powerful spiritual uplift and growth.” — Dallin H. Oaks (more…)

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1 Corinthians 15:3-4 “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures”.

New Era. ‘Study the Savior’s Words,’ January 2018 “I have devoted much of my 93 years to learning about the Savior, but rare are the occasions when I have been able to learn as much as I did over this six-week study period. In fact, I learned so much about Him from this study that I am planning to share much of it in other upcoming addresses that I am currently preparing. 2

Upon beginning this assignment, I didn’t expect that this study would help me to receive a new testimony of the divinity of the work of Joseph Smith—but it did! The revelations recorded by Joseph Smith and the insights found in the Bible are amazingly consistent. It was so enlightening for me to see this in my study.

Joseph Smith wouldn’t have possibly had time to correlate and cross-reference with the Bible at the rapid rate at which he was translating the Book of Mormon—but it’s all here! – Russell Nelson (more…)

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New Era, ‘6 Reasons We Really Do Need the Church!,’ August 2018

Note: For the sake of time, we’re looking at just the last of six reasons the leaders have told kids they need the Church. To read their entire article, the link is provided above. …

“6. To Establish the Kingdom of God on the Earth …Through the Church leaders, the Lord can administer His work and minister to His children. Without such leadership, all kinds of false ideas and teachings would threaten to lead us into dark, forbidden paths. In other words, to help us know how to achieve eternal life, we need the protection provided by truly called and ordained prophets and apostles. That happens only in His Church.” – Eric B. Murdock and Joshua J. Perkey

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New Era, ‘Thankful This Easter Season,’ April 2018; “Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, suffered, died, and rose from death in order that He could grasp us as we fall, hold us with His might, and through our obedience to His commandments, lift us to eternal life. …

This Easter I thank Him and the Father, who gave Him to us, that Jesus still stands triumphant over death, although He stands on wounded feet. This Easter I thank Him and the Father, who gave Him to us, that He still extends unending grace, although He extends it with pierced palms and scarred wrists. This Easter I thank Him and the Father, who gave Him to us, that we can sing before a sweat-stained garden, a nail-driven cross, and a gloriously empty tomb…” – Jeffrey Holland

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New Era, ‘Answers to Common Questions,’ March 2015; “Do you ever feel unprepared when people ask you questions about the Church? Here are some suggestions for how you might answer a few frequently asked questions. …

Why do you have other scriptures? Isn’t the Bible enough? …

The Bible gives us much, and other scriptures give us even more. God has revealed His word in the Bible. We believe He has also revealed His word in other scriptures. This doesn’t mean we think any less of the Bible, though. In fact, the other scriptures help us know that the Bible is true by giving us additional witnesses of it. All scriptures are proof that Heavenly Father loves His children and gives them what they need to follow His plan. Additional scriptures help clarify some things that otherwise might be misunderstood or misinterpreted.”

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 New Era, ‘Onward Christian Soldiers,’ April 2017; “The men and women, who desire to obtain seats in the celestial kingdom, will find that they must battle every day.” – Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young [1997], 294”

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Baptismal font New Era, ‘Words to Live By,’ November 2016; “Never forget, question, or ignore personal, sacred spiritual experiences.” – Ronald A. Rasband

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New Era, ‘What the Christmas Story Can Teach Us,’ December 2015;

baby-jesus-in-blanket-mannToday we’re looking at an article in the New Era, a monthly publication written to ‘enlighten and educate’ LDS youth.

In this article there were several quotes given by past LDS prophets describing who Jesus is, and to say they were outrageous would be the understatement of the year! The first quote wasn’t attached to any specific person, but we thought it was highly important to point this one out because of how wrong it is.

“The birth of Jesus Christ, one of the most miraculous events in history, took place in a humble stable.”

Why isn’t the birth of Jesus the most miraculous event in history?

What else is there since the creation of man could be of more import than this?

This statement undermines the truth about everything there is to do with Jesus, and what God has done for us.

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New Era, ‘Why Do I Need to Know Joseph Smith Is a Prophet?,’ December 2015;

new-era-2015-decOn December 23, 1805, the founder of the LDS Church was born. His life’s work was arguably, one that affected more people than he ever dreamt of in his short thirty-nine years. 

Although he was a busy guy, we should be ever mindful of what the Lord said in James 4:14!

“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

This month the Church has employed the use of their many media outlets to broadcast, not only the birth of the Savior, but to remind people of their founder’s great purpose.

One of their magazines, the New Era, provided a dozen or so articles for LDS youth, and so we’re looking at a couple of them in the next few days. Their lessons focused on a number of topics from school to Jesus, and as we’ll see in this one, the life of Joseph Smith.

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New Era Article “Why We Do Missionary Work”

Part 1 – An Altar and a Sacrifice

I came across a speech given by Dallin Oaks which was then published in the New Era Magazine by the LDS Church and wanted to share it with our visitors.  There were several items of interest in this one speech, but for now we’re looking at just the first paragraph.  This topic warrants thousands of pages to be written, alas, the few things I have to say here is barely scratching the surface of all there is to say about Jesus, His death on the Cross and how our sins are atoned for.

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