Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Patriarchal Blessings

Carlos A Godoy, The Lord Has a Plan for Us!, October 2014 General Conference
“if you continue to live as you are living, will the blessings promised in your patriarchal blessing be fulfilled?”

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Why Proselytize to Christians?

David A Bednar, Come and See, October 2014 General Conference
“Latter-day Saints take seriously this responsibility to teach all people in all nations about the Lord Jesus Christ and His restored gospel. We believe the same Church founded by the Savior anciently has been reestablished on the earth by Him in the latter days. The doctrine, principles, priesthood authority, ordinances, and covenants of His gospel are found today in His Church.”
Elder Bednar shared a story of a little boy that had been bandaged up by one of his siblings and it made him feel better.  He then ran outside and put bandages on all of his friends.  He used this story to further illustrate why we share the gospel with those of other faiths, even when they already believe in Christ.

“Why did that little boy do what he did? Please note that he immediately and intuitively wanted to give to his friends the very thing that had helped him when he was hurt. That little boy did not have to be urged, challenged, prompted, or goaded to act. His desire to share was the natural consequence of a most helpful and beneficial personal experience.”

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Sustaining Church Leaders

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: George Albert Smith(2011), 64; emphasis added. This quotation came from a conference address by Elder George Albert Smith in 1919. He became President of the Church in 1945
“The obligation that we make when we raise our hands … is a most sacred one. It does not mean that we will go quietly on our way and be willing that the prophet of the Lord shall direct this work, but it means … that we will stand behind him; we will pray for him; we will defend his good name, and we will strive to carry out his instructions as the Lord shall direct.”

Common Consent

Russell M Nelson, Sustaining the Prophets, October 2014 General Conference
"When we sustain prophets and other leaders, we invoke the law of common consent..."
All leaders in the Lord’s Church are called by proper authority. No prophet or any other leader in this Church, for that matter, has ever called himself or herself. No prophet has ever been elected. The Lord made that clear when He said, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you.”10 You and I do not “vote” on Church leaders at any level. We do, though, have the privilege of sustaining them.

11 Again I say unto you, that it shall not be given to any one to go forth to preach my gospel, or to build up my church, except he be ordained by some one who has authority, and it is known to the church that he has authority and has been regularly ordained by the heads of the church.