Posts tagged Jesus Christ
Our duty as Latter-day Saints is to prepare ourselves, this earth, and its inhabitants for the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Being prepared and being strong as the gospel teaches ensures happiness… Keith B. McMullin
This week’s family home evening lesson is from A Year of FHE, on preparing for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The best way we can prepare for the Savior’s coming is to accept the teachings of the gospel and make them part of our lives. We should live each day the best we can, just as Jesus taught when He was on the earth. We can look to the prophet for guidance and follow his counsel. We can live worthy to have the Holy Ghost guide us.
This lesson has a printable handout to help children visualize how they can build up a reserve of faith, just like the wise virgins who stored extra oil in Christ’s parable, and it also has instructions for making your own salt dough lamp.
This is a powerful tribute to Jesus Christ in song and inspiring photographs by Mark Mabry. Although I have seen this video many times, I still cannot help but be touched by the Spirit by Christ’s great love for me–and each one of us–when I watch it.
Take a few minutes to watch, and it will center you today and help you remember what’s most important for your whole day.
yourLDSneighborhood News for Monday, 16 January, 2012
Gratitude for the Wayward Child
by Linda Garner
We may not understand why our children wander when we raised them in the gospel. Many parents feel guilt and shame and wonder where they went wrong. Those with a wandering child can feel intense pain from feeling the fabric of their eternal families being torn.
But letting go of pain and control allows us to trust Heavenly Father’s plan. Our Father has a plan for all His children, even our wandering children.
How do you trust in the Lord’s timing when a child has strayed from the gospel? We appreciate your comments.
Do you wonder what the purpose of your trials is? Even when we don’t understand the “whys” of our suffering, the scriptures tell us that “whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth.” Your trial may be the very thing that enables
I have really been experiencing a refiner’s fire lately, and as I have been turning to the Lord for strength, and practicing charity, I have been learning that these trials are the Lord’s way of perfecting me and purifying me. For what? Maybe nothing other than to live with Him again someday. But as I look to the Lord for strength in my trials, and as I learn to forgive and love, I am feeling myself grow and develop in ways I didn’t even know I need to grow.
Read more at My Soul Delighteth.
How do you keep an eternal perspective during your most difficult times? Leave a comment.
yourLDSneighborhood News for Monday, 9 January, 2012
Choosing Christ for Recovery
by Roger Stark
An addict’s mantra is, “I want what I want when I want it,” and his or her emotion-based decision-making process is driven by it. Once an addict finds himself or herself in full-blown addiction, they get lost in themselves and their gratification. But Heavenly Father has a different model in mind for us.
You may not be dealing with an addiction, but you can still apply these spiritual decision-making principles to your life. Ultimately, our choices determine our happiness. How do we choose Christ on a daily basis through even the small decisions? How do we encourage others in our sphere of influence to make righteous choices? We welcome your comments.
Jesus Christ’s atonement did more than pay for our sins. He also suffered for our weaknesses, our sickness, our despair, and our heartbreaks. His invitation to the Nephites echoes down to us still: “Have ye any that are…afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will heal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy.”
Jesus Christ is the God of broken people, the God of the hopeless, the God of the violated innocent, the God of ruined lives, the God of those who weep without ceasing. He is also and always will be the God of fresh starts, the God of new lives, the God of inner peace. His greatest ministry is where there is the greatest pain. There is no place so dark that He will not enter and bring a gentle and warming light.
Read David P. Vandagriff’s inspiring essay at The Atonement Blog.
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As I conquered the steep beastly hill, my legs ached and wanted to stop, but my thoughts continued. From Christmas, I thought of the tradition of setting new goals for the New Year. And I had a moment of clarity; it all made sense. You see, for a month or so, the world focuses on the Lord. We sing carols, many bearing testimony of the birth of Jesus Christ. We are kind, patient, think of others first–whether we are aware of it or not, we are being Christ-like, for a month–at least. How appropriate, then, is it that we would have the desire and be motivated to improve upon ourselves and become more like Him?
Read more by Jeanette Green at Mormon Women.
Does a New Year’s resolution motivate you most, or do you have a quest to just do a little better each day? We’d love to hear from you.
While we don’t always love every minute of our jobs at home, we do love our lives and try to make the most of every day. We get depressed, we get sick, we are met with disappointment. We experience all the same feelings as any other woman out there working in any other occupation…but we shine through it with the Lord’s help, and live to see better days.
…Although we live far from perfect lives, we face each day with the knowledge that because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, there are no unsolvable problems in this life.
Read more at We Talk of Christ, We Rejoice in Christ.
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youLDSneighborhood News for Friday, December 23, 2011
Next Year for Sure: A Christmas Miracle
by Linda Garner
I smoothed the familiar fabric and put it away yet another time. This was the third Christmas I had given up on making Christmas pajamas. With seven children, it was difficult to find time for sewing, especially for sewing in secret. Christmas was always hectic, making it hard to get around to special projects. Next Christmas for sure, I always said.
How do you keep the spirit of Christ in Christmas? Have you had a special Christmas miracle in your life? We’d love your comments.
Take a moment out of the hustle and bustle of Christmas to ponder the true meaning of this season–the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. Luke chapter 2 is the sacred account of the birth of the
You can enjoy this special presentation at LDS.org.
There is no better time than now, this very Christmas season, for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the principles taught by Jesus Christ.
Because He came to earth, we have a perfect example to follow. As we strive to become more like Him, we will have joy and happiness in our lives and peace each day of the year. It is His example which, if followed, stirs within us more kindness and love, more respect and concern for others.
Because He came, there is meaning to our mortal existence.
Because He came, we know how to reach out to those in trouble or distress, wherever they may be.
Because He came, death has lost its sting, the grave its victory. We will live again because He came.
Because He came and paid for our sins, we have the opportunity to gain eternal life. (Thomas S. Monson, 2011 Christmas Devotional)
Wishing a blessed and peaceful Christmas to our readers from all of us at yourLDSneighborhood.com!