Sunday, 27 April 2014

Sermon: Baptism


Upon looking over the sacred pages of the Bible, searching into the prophets and sayings of the apostles, we find no subject so nearly connected with salvation as that of baptism. In the first place, however, let us understand that the word baptise is derived from the Greek verb baptiso, and means to immerse or overwhelm; and that sprinkle is from the Greek verb rantiso, and means to scatter on by particles. Then we can treat the subject as one inseparably connected with our eternal welfare, and always bear in mind that it is one of the only methods by which we can obtain a remission of sins in this world, and be prepared to enter into the joys of our Lord in the world to come.

As it is well known that various opinions govern a large portion of the sectarian world as to this important ordinance of the gospel, it may not be amiss to introduce the commissions and commands of Jesus Himself on the subject. He said to the twelve, or rather eleven at the time: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” This is recorded by Matthew (28:18–19).

We read in Mark 16:14–15 these important words: - “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptised shall be saved; but he that believeth not, shall be damned.” And to show how the believers are to be known from the unbelievers, He continues and says: - “And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover" (Mark 16:16–19).

Now let us examine what was witnessed on the day of Pentecost, when there was a marvellous display of the gifts, according to the promise in Mark, many were pricked in the heart and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren what shall we do?” Peter said unto them: - “Repent, and be baptised every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38). Here one of the witnesses says in so many words, repent and be baptised. And we are of the opinion that Peter, having been taught by the Lord, and commissioned by the Lord, and endowed by the Lord, would be about as correct a counsellor or ambassador as we or they could inquire of to know the right way to enter into the Kingdom of God.

Again, Luke in his record of the Acts of the Apostles, says: “And it came to pass, that, while Apollo’s was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus; and finding certain disciples, he said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, we have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, unto what then were ye baptised? And they said Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptised with the baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied” (Acts 19:1–6).

From the above witnesses we are informed that baptism was the essential point on which they could receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. It seems from the reasoning above that some sectarian Jews had been baptising like John, but had forgotten to inform them that there was one to follow by the name of Jesus Christ, to baptise with fire and the Holy Ghost—which showed these converts that their first baptism was illegal. When they heard this they were gladly re-baptised, and after hands were laid on them, they received the gifts according to the promise and spake with tongues and prophesied.

Now taking it for granted that the Scriptures say what they mean and mean what they say, we have sufficient grounds to go on and prove from the Bible that the gospel has always been the same; the ordinances to fulfil its requirements the same; and the officers to officiate, the same; and the signs and fruits resulting from the promises, the same. Therefore, as Noah was a preacher of righteousness, he must have been baptised and ordained to the priesthood by the laying on of hands. For “No man taketh this honour upon himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron” (Hebrews 5:4).

According to the words of Jesus to Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. The same “came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God; for no man can do these miracles which thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said to him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, how can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water, and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God (John 3:2–5).

This strong and positive answer of Jesus as to water baptism, settles the question. If God is the “same yesterday and forever” (Hebrews 13:8), it is no wonder He is so positive in the great declaration: - “He that believeth and is baptised, shall be saved; but he that believeth not, shall be damned” (Mark 16:15). There was no other name given under heaven, nor no other ordinance admitted, whereby men could be saved (Acts 4:12). No wonder the apostle said, being “buried with him by baptism, ye shall rise from the dead” (Romans 6:4) 

No wonder Paul had to arise and be baptised and wash away his sins. No wonder the angel told old Cornelius that he must send for Peter to learn how to be saved (Acts 10:1–6). Peter could baptise and angels could not, so long as there were legal officers in the flesh holding the keys of the Kingdom, or the priesthood. There is one evidence still further on this point, and that is that Jesus Himself when He appeared to Paul on his way to Damascus, did not inform him how he could be saved (Acts 22:10). He had set in the Church apostles and prophets, for the work of the ministry, and for the perfecting of the saints, as the grand rule of heaven was that nothing should ever be done on earth without revealing the secret to His servants the prophets, agreeable to Amos 3:7. So Paul could not learn so much from the Lord relative to his duty in the common salvation of man, as he could from one of Christ’s ambassadors, called with the same heavenly calling of the Lord, and endowed with the same power from on high, so that what they loosed on earth should be loosed in heaven, and what they bound on earth should be bound in heaven (Matthew 18:18). He, the Lord, being a priest forever, after the order of Melchezedick, and the anointed Son of God from “before the foundation of the world” (Genesis 5:43–45), and they the begotten sons of Jesus through the gospel, to “teach all nations and, lo, I am with you always, unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:18–19) That is, by the Other Comforter which the world cannot receive for ye are the witnesses having testimony of Jesus which is the spirit of prophecy.

From what has already been introduced as testimony to prove that no man can be saved without baptism, it will be seen and acknowledged that if there was sin among men, repentance was as necessary at one time or age of the world as another and that other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. If then Abel were a righteous man, he had to become so by keeping the commandments. If Enoch were righteous enough to come into the presence of God and walk with Him, he must have become so by keeping His commandments. And so of every righteous person, whether it was Noah, a preacher of righteousness, Abraham, the father of the faithful, Jacob the prevailer with God, Moses the man who wrote of Christ and brought forth the law by commandment, as a schoolmaster to bring men to Christ or whether it was Jesus Christ Himself, who had no need of repentance, having done no sin, according to His solemn declaration to John now let me be baptised for no man can enter the Kingdom without obeying this ordinance. “For thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness” (Matthew 3:43). 

Surely then, if it became John and Jesus Christ the Saviour, to fulfil all righteousness to be baptised so surely, then, it will become every other person who seeks the Kingdom of heaven to go and do likewise. For He is the door, and if any person climbs up any “other way, the same is a thief and a robber” (John 10:1).

In the former ages of the world, before the Saviour came in the flesh, the followers of Christ were baptised in the name of Jesus Christ to come, because there never was any other name whereby men could be saved. After He came in the flesh and was crucified, then those that followed Christ were baptised in the name of Jesus Christ, crucified, risen from the dead, and ascended into heaven that they might be buried in baptism like Him, and be raised in glory like Him, that as there was but “One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all” (Ephesians 4:5–6).

Now we lay down upon the alter of God that which is written in the law, that which is of God, that all men who wish to return to the presence of God the father must be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ. The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ holding all the power and authority from God to administer baptism in this age proclaim that baptism is the gateway to fellowship in Christ that it is not a tool that is used to enforce membership in a church but rather fellowship in Christ, and that all who wish to be baptised and stand in fellowship with Christ must do so in order to enter in to his Kingdom. We proclaim the words written by Alma in the book of Mormon to be true when he says in the book of Mosiah the all who are baptised will “be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that we may have eternal life” It is the belief and policy of this Christ’s church that through the atoning sacrifice, baptism also brings about a full remission of our sins, it is the birth of a new life, a new life clean and pure in the service of God the father and God the Son. Again let us look at the book of Jeraneck and see that the Lord God in his wisdom did not leave his people without the Law of baptism, for we read in chapter Nine of the Book of Jeraneck that Roadnen of the people of Ridnon was desirest to be baptised and the record says:-  “Now after Hadjaneck had taught the people many things he made an end of speaking to the people and Roadnen was so overcome with the spirit that he was desirous to be baptised and all those that were with him even all his servants. Therefore with the blessing of Zioneck Hadjaneck went down into the water and he did baptise Roadnen and all that were with him, and he did baptise them in the river that flowed by the city that we call afonage and all… were baptised” (BofJ 9: 71-72). So we see that when god rises up a righteous seed he sends the Holy Spirit to testify of truth and also turns their hearts to the Lord and to baptism, and once this is done, then righteousness is established among the people and a church is also formed and established unto God.

And so it is written in all the holy text that when we are baptised we come in to the fellowship of Christ and also in to the light born again in Christ. We should not honour the Sacrament as a renewal of our promise that we make at baptism because there is no need, we have been given the gift of repentance and prayer for that purpose and when we fall short of our promise to follow the Lord we should repent and pray and offer supplication unto the Lord, but this should not be done at the partaking of the sacrament, rather the partaking of the sacrament should serve as a reminder every time we partake of sacrifice that He the Lord God made for us so that we could be baptised and enter in to his fellowship.

And so let us remember all these things and cleave unto God the Father through the Son and remember that there is but one door to the mansions of the Father everlasting, to everlasting and that door is baptism. Amen.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

The New Passover: The Resserection Faith of The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ


The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ is a Resurrection Church – a church celebrating and honouring with all dignity the atonement, sacrifice and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The time of year set aside for such a remembrance has long been called “Easter.” But “Easter” did not always symbolize Christ's resurrection from the dead and the Christian meaning of the celebration was originally quite different from today’s celebration of eggs and bunnies.

The feast day of Easter was originally a pagan celebration of renewal and rebirth. Celebrated in the early spring, it honoured the pagan Saxon goddess Easter. When the early missionaries converted the Saxons to Christianity, the holiday, since it fell around the same time as the traditional memorial of Christ's resurrection from the dead, was merged with the pagan celebration, and became known as Easter.

This is far from its original meaning. The first Christians honoured the Lord with reverence and dignity, without the admixture of paganism and frivolity.

But the Church fell away, and was lost, only to be restored and resurrected once more in Ancient Britain, amongst the People of the Light, as has been revealed in modern times with the restoration and translation of the Book of Jeraneck.

There, in Chapter sixteen, the Lord revealed to the Prophet Jeraneck, saying, “and I saw that he was in a garden and I saw that he bled from his skin and the Lord said unto me ‘Behold I bleed for you and your people behold I bleed for all that have lived and will ever live. I bleed and take upon my self the sins of the entire world.’ and then I saw that the people spat on him and whipped him and they placed thorns on his head and they nailed him to a tree in the form of a cross and there he died. And my heart sank that the people would do this. Now the Lord commanded me to look and I saw that he had risen from the dead and that he walked upon the earth once again and that he did many great things unto the people.”

Thus, the proper focus of this holy and sacred holiday was restored to His people. And again, the Lord appeared unto His people in the Americas, and in the Book of Mormon, the Lord testifies that there is a resurrection, “therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death, is swallowed up in Christ.” (Mosiah Chapter 8)

In today’s restored Latter Day Church, which has been resurrected in our time just as it has been in ancient times amongst ancient peoples, these pagan additions have been stripped away from the original holiday and the wheat has been separated from the chaff, and the day is once again focused on the Lord’s sacrifice on our behalf.

On the 8th of March 2007, He gave to His church a new revelation and outlined His will concerning the celebration of Easter. The Lord said,

"I, the Lord, am most displeased with the world for they have taken my sacrifice and they have desecrated it and they have set it at naught. Behold I say unto you that it is not pleasing unto me that Easter be celebrated amongst my church in the manner in which it is being done. … Wherefore come unto me at the time you call Easter and lay a feat at your table in my honour and lay upon the alter table well prepared and cooked lamb which is a similitude of me and also bring before me unleavened bread mixed with bitter herbs that you may remember that I suffered in the garden and upon the cross for you. Behold I say that this is not to take away the sacredness of the sacrament but it is to prove unto me that I, the Lord, am remembered amongst you and that my sacrifice is not set at naught.”

Therefore, we choose to obey the Lord, and to stand firmly with the traditional teaching of Easter, the New Passover of the Lord, who has commanded us to keep this celebration special and holy. It is not just another holiday to be spent in frivolity and overindulgence, but a celebration and remembrance of the Lord’s sacrifice for us.

In these last days the Lord has seen fit to call a people forth to set right what has for so long been in error. He has seen fit to enlighten humanity with more revealed scripture and has enabled us to read the words of others who also worshipped at the feet of Christ. And so today he has chosen to do away with the errors of the Easter season.

In these last days the church of God has been commanded to set aside all the unrighteousness of Easter and has been commanded to remember the Passover of Christ from mortality to immortally from corruptible to incorruptible. The Feast of the New Passover is a true celebration of the true meaning of the celebration of a wonderful time of year named by the world as Easter.

To all our members worldwide, we ask that you remember the words spoken in the Book of prophecies and Revelations when the Lord said:

“Hearken, O my servant, my Prophet, for verily I say unto you that I, the Lord, am most displeased with the world for they have taken my sacrifice and they have desecrated it and they have set it at naught. Behold I say unto you that it is not pleasing unto me that Easter be celebrated amongst my church in the manner in which it is being done. For it is a celebration that mocks me and it is done in memory of a pagan God. Now I say unto

you that it is expedient unto me that these things are done away with and that they not be done in my name, for my name is sacred and shall not be cast down amongst the swine for them to feast upon.”

So let us brace ourselves to our duty to do as the Lord commands and leave behind all the trappings of Easter eggs and bunny rabbits and let us instead look to Christ, for He is our Lord and it is to Him that our minds must be turned this time of year.

God bless you, my brothers and sisters, members of the Lord’s Resurrection Church in these Latter days, and may you all have a wonderful and happy and Christ-centred New Passover weekend.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Sermon: The Plan of Salvation


“For behold, this is my work and my glory

to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man”

Revelation to Moses 1:23

It has long been asked if The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ believe in what has been termed ‘The Plan of Salvation’. In answer to that we can categorically state that we do believe in a plan of salvation given to us by God as the sacred scriptures tell us. When recalling the words of the great poet Wordsworth it is impossible to believe otherwise.

 

“Our birth is but a sleep and or forgetting.

The Soul that rises with us, our life’s star,

Hath had elsewhere its setting,

And cometh from afar.

Not in entire forgetfulness,

And not in utter nakedness,

But trailing clouds of glory do we come

From God, who is our home...”

 

William Wordsworth

It must be remembered by Latter Day Mormons that it is the gift of modern revelation that has given us an understanding of Gods eternal truths, and the great poet William Wordsworth only implied in these short poetic phrases those eternal truths that we have come to know as fact undisputable. For we know that it is God that has spoken to us again from his heavenly realm and answered forever the question that has plagued man for centauries, from generation to generation, “who are we, where did we come from and where are we going”. The sacred scriptures of the restoration tell us that “Man was also in the beginning with God” D&C 93:29. Let us examine what we know from revelation and from the scriptures, we know that our psychical bodies are the creation of our mortal parents, but that the soul consists of both a body and a spirit “And the spirit and the body is the soul of man” D&C 88:15, and it is because of this that we came forth in that pre-mortal life as spirit children of our Father in Heaven. We must as Latter Day Mormons not be afraid to stand for what we believe in and never be afraid to state that we are children in spirit begat by the Father, that he begat all the spirits that ever were, or ever will be, upon this earth, that they were born as spirits in the eternal world while we lived with the Father. It was while we lived with him as spirits that we prepared to come to earth and receive a body and be tested to see if we are worthy to return to be with him, it was while we lived with him as spirits that we participated in the council in heaven and learned of this plan, that we call the plan of salvation. We learned in this council that the plan would require us to leave our Heavenly Fathers presence, with no memory of our former home or existence, to undergo a time of testing which we now know as mortality and that if we were worthy we would inherit honour and glory and attain peace with the Father.  By coming to earth and partaking in the plan of salvation and obtaining physical bodies we have already started down the path to becoming more like our Father, we have advanced along the path that our Father has set for us. We can advance further along this plan by being obedient to the gospel and to the Fathers son, even Jesus Christ.

For us in the Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ the plan of salvation is set out and designed for our very happiness and progression. The Lord revealed to Moses that our happiness and progression have always been his highest concern, remember the words that were spoken to Moses in the Revelation received by Joseph Smith in the Bible when its says:- “For behold, this is my work and my glory, to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man”  Revelation to Moses 1:23 and we also read in D&C when is t says in verse 10 to 13 “Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God, for behold the Lord your redeemer suffered death in the flesh, wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him. And he hath risen again from the dead, that he might bring all men unto him on conditions of repentance. And how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth”.

So it is that Immortality is the condition in which there can be no physical death. This condition is made possible through Christ’s atonement and resurrection. It is a free gift to all who have entered this life, all no matter who they may be. Every mortal will someday be resurrected, never to die again. However as Latter Day Mormons we know that Eternal life is more than immortality, it is the kind of life that our Father in Heaven lives and that this life is only made available to us through the Saviours atoning sacrifice and only available to those who accept it through faith in Christ the Lord, repentance and obedience (Hebrews 5:9). Latter Day Mormons, indeed all those that have come to a sure knowledge of Christ and the plan of the Father know that eternal life is to be exalted in the celestial kingdom, the place where both God the father and his son will dwell, indeed where all those who do as he has commanded will dwell, for it must be understood by all that the glory and wonders of the celestial kingdom  are so beyond what we know and what we can imagine and indeed see that they have not as yet found a place in the hearts of men, this is why the very idea of such a place in so alien to many that they simply do not believe and in doing so condemn and persecute those that do believe. This is why as Latter Day Mormons we should continue to hold fast to what we know to be true and step by step we will fulfil the plan of salvation and dwell with the Father In his Celestial glory.

It must be remembered by all of us that the plan of salvation has been given to us that we must and can only come unto the Father in the name of the Saviour and in due time revive of his fullness. Let us remember the words “For if you keep my commandments you shall receive of his fullness, and be glorified in me as I am in the Father” (D&C 93:19-20). It is important that we live the principles and teachings of the gospel so that the ordinances and covenants of the gospel can be sealed by the power of the Holy Ghost. The eternal birthright of all Latter Day Mormons is to progress in the things of God until they can inherit the kingdom of God, let us therefore remember that God loves us, that he is watching over us, he wants us to succeed, and we’ll know someday that he has not left one thing undone for the eternal welfare of each of us. I proclaim that if only we knew it, if only we knew that there are indeed heavenly hosts pulling for us, they are yearning for our victory, they are pulling for us to tread the path of the gospel with sure footedness, they are there for us just beyond the vail waiting to instruct us in the name of the Father, if only we would show unto the Father what we can do and indeed show him that we are willing to do his work and do what it takes to return unto him. This is the plan of salvation to tread the path of God and in doing so fulfil our potential and so we attest to the world the following principles of the plan of Salvation:-

 

·        The Plan of Salvation enables us to return to Almighty God, the Heavenly Father, after our lives end, and lets us live according to His will while we are here on earth.

·        Before our birth into physical bodies here on earth, each of us existed in the Pre-Mortal world as purely spiritual beings.

·        We were sent to earth to receive a physical body and to be tested to determine our eternal destiny.

·        Here, we are tempted by Satan, a fallen angel who disobeyed Heavenly Father and was cast out of heaven. Satan wishes us to fail and to be eternally separated from Heavenly Father, as he is.

·        All people have fallen short of God’s will for our lives.

·        But God wishes us to repent, be Born Again, and stop sinning. (D&C 49:13)

·        Jesus Christ, the Son of Heavenly Father, revealed teachings and commandments of God that allow us be Born Again, stop sinning and attain salvation.

·        God has revealed scriptures to us to guide us and keep us from sinning.

·        When we recognise these Truths, we are baptised and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour.

·        Upon baptism, we are reborn and begin living according to the will of God.

·        At baptism, we make a covenant with Jesus Christ and with Heavenly Father that we will not live sinfully anymore.

·        By continuing to live in fellowship with Jesus Christ, by following his teachings, principles and the precepts God has revealed through Christ and God’s Prophets, we will attain salvation.

·        We have the ability to freely choose to obey Satan or the will of our Heavenly Father, as revealed by Jesus Christ and His Prophets. (2 Nephi 2)

·        We will be judged by God after our physical deaths according to our works in this life. (Alma 41; Moroni 7)

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Sermon: Seek the Light


“That which is of God is light, and he that receiveth light, and coninueth in God, receiveth more light, and that light growth brighter until the perfect day”

D&C 50:24

Light is good, proclaimed the Lord at the creation of the earth. Darkness and evil flee before it, and beauty and goodness are made visible by light. What a marvellous thing is light! We find joy in the light that allows us to see the green grass, the smile of a baby, and the glory of the sunrise and the world around us. We can also rejoice in the light, as did our first parents, Adam and Eve when they received of the spiritual light as gospel truths are made known un to us. This kind of light can help us appreciate goodness, truth, love, happiness and health. As we continue to seek the light it will bring us closer to the Lord Jesus, for when we strengthen  our characters when we consciously choose good, rejecting that which leads to darkness or an absence of the Lord Gods Light.

The contrast between light and darkness, often portrayed as a contrast between good and evil, has been frequently illustrated by artists throughout the history of the world. One of the most effective artistic media for using the beauty of light is the stained glass window. These artistic creations rose to great popularity and artistic quality, in religious subject matter, throughout Europe an England in the eleventh century. Between A.D 1150 and A.D 1500 almost a thousand great Gothic cathedrals and churches were built in Europe and Great Britain, many of these contained exquisitely beautifully designed stained glass windows.

As you might imagine stepping in to one of these magnificent Gothic cathedrals was like going from one world in to the other which was exactly the feeling the builders wanted to portray. Once inside, a person found himself in an atmosphere of majestic height and glorious light caused by the effects of the coloured light from the stained glass windows. This effect was carefully planed by the artist and glazers of that area. Although we see the colours of a painting or tapestry by the light reflected on the surface, we see stained glass only when light comes through it. During the day, the window comes alive, at night it dies away. As the sun moves through the sky, the light intensity in the cathedral varies, passing clouds and tree shadows cause the windows to pulsate with moving light. The glass itself with its bubbles, impurities, and uneven thickness, catches the light and changes it like facets of a diamond. These windows emphasise the brightness of Christ’s countenance to help us understand that he is the source of goodness, safety and light for his flock, no matter the size. We see look upon the light that shines forth from the windows as the light of Christ shinning down upon us and filling us with the sure knowledge that he is our master and we are his sheep and that he is the shepherd carefully leading his sheep, reminding us that he is the only true shepherd and that he loves us tenderly and completely. Let us remember what the Master says in John 10:27 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me”.

In our minds we can contrast the picture of the stained glass window and its light flooding in with the alarming experience of the young fourteen year old Joseph Smith when he entered the grove to offer up his supplications unto the Lord. The power of the evil one sought to destroy him as the thick darkness gathered around the young boy. Nevertheless, after calling upon God with his might and mind to be delivered from the enemy which held him bound, the young Joseph was indeed delivered by the greater power of the Lord. As the glorious light of the presence of the Lord God appeared, the prince of darkness returned to his benighted realms, for he cannot endure the presence of beings of light for long. John reminds us that “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5)

Let us be clear and be assured that the light of our father God and his Son will triumph over the darkness of the devil. The Lord Saviour, he who is the light of our world, will return to the earth and a millennial era of peace and light will arrive with him. However for us the crucial question pertains to our individual lives now. Are we now choosing light over darkness? Are we choosing the light of God by our daily choices of good? Let us remember the words of Alma who taught that “whatsoever is light is good, because it is discernable, therefore ye must know that it is good” (Alma). If we trust in the Lord God and follow the gospel light, he will lead us to do good. Our lives as Latter Day Mormons can be windows though which others can see the light of God. Let us remember that the Lord has counselled us today to be a light unto the entire world and to let our light be a standard to all nations.

The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ is that standard and we are its light bearers, let us not shrink in the face of adversity, but rather let us go forward with the light of Christ as our banner and let us bring light unto the darkness wherever it me be found.

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