Saturday, March 1, 2008
March 2008, Talk #4
Jesus Christ lives today. He will come again.
After Jesus Christ died on the cross his body was put in a tomb. After three days he was resurrected and he came back to earth and showed the apostles and some of his friends the wounds in his hands, feet and side.
Because we know that Jesus Christ was resurrected, we know that he lives even today.
In the Book of Mormon we can read about Jesus visiting the people on the American Continent. We also know that he has appeared to Latter-Day prophets. Jesus appeared to Joseph Smith in the sacred grove when Joseph prayed to know which church was true.
The scriptures tell us and the prophets have taught us that Jesus will come and live again on earth. This great event is called the "Second Coming"
We do not know when Jesus will come again but we need to do all we can to be prepared for that day. We can do that by accepting the teachings of the gospel and making them a part of our lives.
We should listen to the teachings of our living prophet and live worthy to have the Holy Ghost with us.
We should look forward to the Savior's coming with happiness and without fear. The Lord said: “Fear not, little flock, the kingdom is yours until I come. Behold, I come quickly. Even so. Amen” (D&C 35:27). I know that Jesus Christ lives. I know he loves each of his children and I know that one day he will return and live on earth again.
When Jesus was on the earth a lawyer asked him a question. He wanted to know what the most important commandment was. “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. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." Matthew 22:36–40
Jesus taught us that it is important to love our neighbors and friends and love the lord.
There are many ways that we can show love for our friends and neighbors such as saying kind things, providing acts of service or inviting them to our homes.
But how do we show our love for the Lord?
Jesus answered this question when he said, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father” (John 14:21).
The will of Heavenly father is that each of his children obey his commandments so that we can return to live with him someday.
We should obey Heavenly Father's commandments because we love Jesus and Heavenly Father and we want to serve them, not because we are scared that we will be punished if we don't.
Jesus Christ is our example in how we should be obedient to Heavenly Father. Jesus Said: “I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me” (John 6:38)
It is important to obey all of Heavenly Father's commandments even if we think that we can't or don't understand why. The prophet Nephi taught us “I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them” (1 Nephi 3:7).
I am thankful for Jesus Christ's example and that he taught us how to do the will of our Heavenly Father. I know that if we obey the commandments we will be happy and our Father in Heaven will be happy too.
In primary we sing the song “I Feel My Savior’s Love”. Whenever I hear the words of this song it reminds me how much Jesus Christ loves me. I would like to share some of the words of this song with you.
I feel my Savior’s love.
In all the world around me.
His spirit warms my soul
Through everything I see
I feel my Savior’s love.
And know that he will bless me.
I offer him my heart;
My shepherd he will be.
He knows I will follow him.
Give all my life to him.
I feel my Savior’s love
The love he freely gives me.
These words remind me that Jesus is our Savior, he died for each of us and because he did, we can return to live with Heavenly Father again someday.
Jesus suffered and died for us. He paid the price for our sins. This is called the “Atonement”.
While we are here on earth, each of us will make mistakes and sin. Because Jesus Christ died for us we can repent and become clean again.
Jesus did his part and he asks each of us to do our part by obeying the commandments, repenting when we sin and always remembering him.
I know that Jesus loves me and he loves each and every one of us. We can feel our Savior’s love when we do things that bring us closer to him like read the scriptures or say our prayers. I know that I can show my love for the Savior by following his example and obeying the commandments.
March 2008, Talk #1
Each of have at least one name. Some of us have names that are special to our family. Maybe you were named after one of your parents, grandparents, or a friend of the family.
My name is _______________ and I was given that name because _______________________________________.
In the scriptures, we can find over two hundred names for Jesus Christ. Each of these names helps us remember him and what he has done for us.
One of the very special names that we use when we talk about Jesus is “Savior”. The word savior means a person who saves, rescues or delivers.
As part of Heavenly Father’s plan, someone needed to pay the price for all of the mistakes that we make. Our older brother, Jesus Christ volunteered to come to earth and suffer and die for us to pay the price for our sins. Because he did this, we call him our Savior.
Jesus Christ suffered and died for you and for me. He did it for everyone who lives on the earth, even if they don’t believe in Heavenly Father’s plan.
Because Jesus is the Savior of the world, everyone who has faith, repents, is baptized and obeys the commandments can return to live with our Father in Heaven.
Jesus is my Savior, for
He rescues me from me.
I’ll try to explain just how to you.
It’s very clear to see.
Heavenly Father sent me here
To learn to choose the right.
I can’t get back to live with Him
Unless I win the fight.
Each day I have to make a choice.
Some days I seem to choose
The path that leads away from Christ,
And that’s the way I lose.
But God knew that I’d need some help,
So Jesus said He’d come
And be my Savior so I can try
To be the best I can become.
And when I try to change my ways—
A better person be—
I can succeed because of Christ
Who gave His life for me.
Poem by: Blythe Rackham, “Jesus Is My Savior,”
Friend, Apr 2006, 26-27