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Posted in Our Heritage

Welcome, to the Understanding and Application of Plain Precious Truths

I glory in plainness, in the glory of the Lord, and keeping his commandments and my commitment covenants. It is He who has set upon me the love of knowledge, wisdom and favor.

May we all find the Lord in His true church upon the earth, and enter in, through faith, repentance, baptism by immersion by one holding the proper priesthood authority, and then being confirmed a member of His church upon the receipt of the Gift of the Holy Ghost.

I love being a son of God with full access to the atonement of His Son Jesus Christ. I love the church and kingdom of God here on the earth. It is burning with the glory of the redeemer of the world in the darkest night.

We can all be a light to the world around us. May these insights help you find your way, and better your walk with our Lord Jesus Christ.

Shane

Posted in The Parable of the Ten Virgins

Light & Knowledge; Be Prepared

Reading is a good way to bring in light to our minds and knowledge to our spirits, as long as its source is inspired from God. The call we have as Latter-Day Saints, which we cannot neglect, as illustrated in the parable of the ten virgins, is to read our gospel cannon, and stay current with our modern living oracles. We must not deny the Christ. We must ready ourselves for Christ’s return. Follow Him, the prophet, and counsels of the general leadership of His church, as given by the Holy Spirit.

We can start little. Read on your 10 minute breaks at work, in the morning or evening, with your family as a re-ocurring scripture study. Live the gospel alive, and your family will have Christ as their foundation. We must do this, raise the bar, and prepare the earth for the Lord. He will come when we have made ready.

All that we now know, all our testimony, and all our spiritual experiences, will not be enough for the days to come. We must now advance, improve and gain our footings. We must be Latter-Day Saints, not professors to be.

Shane

Posted in The First Principles and Ordinances of the Gospel

Faith, Repentance, Baptism and Receiving The Gift of The Holy Ghost

The first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion, for the remission of sins, by one holding the proper priesthood authority; fourth, the Laying on of hands for the Gift of the Holy Ghost, also accomplished through one holding the holy priesthood authority.

Faith is belief put into action. It is only belief if not practiced and acted upon. Faith that Jesus Christ has the power to save, forgive, and renew light and life in you, and that partaking of His gift of love and wisdom will bring you hope, happiness and eternal salvation, is acting on the doctrines and commandments set forth in His gospel.

This creates in us a newness, and changes our bodys and spirits, through taking the next steps in the process of the gospel, namely repentance, baptism, and receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost.

Upon acting on the substance of our faith, a creative process, we first bring things to pass of a new creation, first spiritually, and then manifesting physically, all made possible through the fruits of the atonement.

Faith in Christ, and all good, real things, are all fruits of Christ’s atonement, for we can do no good thing without Him. Everything else is counterfeit, and cannot bring happiness, nor can they last.

Belief that Jesus Christ will help us in all we do and face, and then relying on His promises, while acting our part of faithful obedience in Him, upon inspiration from the Holy Spirit, is faith.

Repentance, is recognizing the error of our ways and actions, and feeling the necessary and helpful godly sorrow, rather than worldly sorrow, for what we did wrong. Worldly sorrow is sorrow for being caught or exposed. Godly sorrow is sorrow for doing the wrong thing and hurting God and His son Jesus Christ.

As part of godly sorrow, we must feel pain and sorrow for what we did wrong, for this is an important and necessary part of the repentance process. Godly sorrow works in us unto repentance, through the power of the Holy Ghost and prayer.

If the sin is of a certain seriousness, it must be confessed to a bishop, who is your local priesthood leader. He will help you on your pathway and road to repentance and recovery.

To receive the miracle of forgiveness, wherein God, through His Son, applies through the Holy Ghost, through the source of the atonement, the gift of forgiveness, is a process in which we are restored and made clean. We are also healed of any emotional and spiritual deficit as well. We are purified through the cleansing fire of the Holy Ghost, both spiritually and physically, and made new and whole, being fully restored from the damage we incurred from the sin we abused ourselves and others in. This is why we are also commanded to forgive all people, so we too can be forgiven. In this there comes a change of mind and heart, which change will also give us a fresh view about God, ourselves, and the world around us. It includes constantly turning away from sin, and turning to God for everyday forgiveness.

Repentance is motivated by a love for God, a deep desire to be clean, and a sincere desire to obey all His commandments.

Baptism, is the first saving ordinance of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and must be preceded by faith and repentance. It is necessary to be prepared and ready for baptism, to exercise proper repentance, and understand the covenants we will make at baptism.

Baptism symbolizes the old man of sin being buried in a watery grave, and the new man in Christ coming forth, or resurrecting unto a new creature alive in Him.

Baptism is only made sanctifying and efficacious for our physical body, when it is performed by the proper priesthood authority, for as we must again accept our Savior in the flesh, as we once did in the spirit before being born in the flesh, we thus have the privilege of purification for our physical bodies as well.

Baptism is our physical and spiritual manifestation, that we are willing to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ and follow Him. The ordinance of baptism is the first of a two part requirement to enter God’s kingdom or church on earth.

Receiving The Gift of the Holy Ghost is the second requirement, and is a reception, wherein as we receive Him (The Holy Ghost), we can then be purged and healed both physically and spiritually.

Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost is a higher reception of the Holy Ghost, more so than is available to all other people, and gives the recipient entrance into the Lord’s kingdom. Through the Gift of the Holy Ghost, we can supplicate God for the other spiritual gifts we need, to repent, and overcome all our weaknesses. Through the Gift of the Holy Ghost, the Spirit can also be a continual companion, and give us an even stronger and growing influence of God and His Son Jesus Christ in our lives.

Through this gift, we can have full access to the atonement, along with having all the other saving ordinances of the gospel made available to us.

In short, these steps in becoming a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are amazing, and just the beginning. We can all receive these blessings and more, which come from taking these first few steps.

Shane

Posted in Grace, Salvation

Grace, Salvation & Judgement

The true reality about grace and our salvation, is that we indeed need to act in righteousness, yet this is only accomplished in the first place, by the means and use of grace. We can do no good thing without Christ through His atonement, even if we don’t acknowledge Him as the source. Grace is a fruit of the atonement.

Judgement applies to all, yet with different backgrounds, there are also different parameters. Those who have the law of Christ, and know and understand the principles of life in Christ, are expected to live so. Those who do not have the law or know Christ, will eventually be presented with the gospel at some point or another, either in this life or the next. They will then be judged fairly with what they did have and know, according to their time as man or woman in the flesh.

All will have fair opportunity to act in accordance to the law with their understanding of it. All will eventually be given the opportunity to accept the required ordinances of the gospel, such as baptism, confirmation, and all other priesthood ordinances, including a marriage sealed for all eternity. These will be made available for everyone who so chooses.

Those who never had the opportunity to aquire these saving ordinances for themselves in this life, will have them done by someone else through proxy, usually through a descendant of the person, who takes their genealogical information to the Houses of the Lord, known as Holy Temples. For example, I could be baptised in the temple for a great grandfather of mine, who was never a member of Christ’s church, but he was taught the gospel in the after life, and can now accept the baptismal ordinance I performed through proxy.

This method of proxy on behalf of someone else is not new to Christianity, for even the atonement itself is an act of proxy, wherein the Lord took our sins for us, and gave us His life and salvation in return.

Shane

Posted in Atonement, The Fall

Adam and Eve and Us: Part Two

Note: A lesson as is geared towards younger children.

Adam & Eve are our first parents. They were created by God in a state similar to how children like you are, except that they looked like grown up adults.

They lived in a beautiful garden called after the name of our mother earth: Eden.

They were very pure and also very smart like adults can be, but they didn’t understand that there was such a thing as bad. They were innocent and good.

God told them about a tree called The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and said that they shall not eat of it, and that in the day they do, they shall surely die.

God wanted to introduce them to a way in which they could learn and become like Him. This could only happen if they were to know what bad was, and experience it as an opposite to their good.

Eve thought and thought, and was even tempted by an unwise evil spirit, who had fallen out of the presence of Heavenly Father for rebelling against Him. He was sent to earth to tempt us here to do wrong, but Adam and Eve could do no wrong, until it was introduced to them, and they were to disobey their Father.

Adam never would have eaten the fruit, which fruit was a called a fig, except that God had commanded Adam and Eve to stay together, and God had told them that they would be cast out, if they had eaten of the fruit. Eve was very thoughtful, and realized that they would need something to change for them, if they were to become like their Heavenly Father. She partook of the fruit, and Adam then partook, so that he could stay with His wife Eve, as Heavenly Father had commanded him to.

Their bodies soon changed after they partook of the fruit, which was not good for them, and they began to die. This was also disobeying their Heavenly Father, and was wrong.

Once Adam and Eve were knowingly introduced to this plan of Happiness, in which they would understand from their experiences the difference between good and bad, they had to work their best to always do what is good, for this is what will help us all to be happy. In this way, they could appreciate good, and understand it better.

Let’s consider a song that will help us understand that we are here from God, to also learn from our experiences, as Adam and Eve did. I Am a Child of God (Page 301, LDS Hymnal)

Adam and Eve were introduced to this fruit by a bad spirit whose name is Lucifer.

Soon after Eve and Adam partook of the fruit, their bodies started to fall unto death through this unhealthy fruit, and their spirits also for disobeying their Heavenly Father, who they knew and loved. The atonement literally is what keeps them alive, both spiritually and physically.

With this change, their spirits now had to fight to do good things, for their bodies now wanted and craved things that were not right or healthy.

This dying of their bodies, and disobeying of our Father is what is called The Fall, which happened during the earth’s Fall season of existence, and caused them to no longer have their spirits and bodies in unison, meaning that before the fall, what their spirits perceived and thought, is what their bodies experienced also.

From that time forth, their bodies would want to do bad. Adam and Eve would see and comprehend things with their body’s natural senses, thoughts and feelings, and would now have to fight for their spirits to be the ones in control.

This condition is what is known as having a veil placed over our spirits, so that we don’t remember our pre-earth life with God, His presence, or what His love feels like. Our bodies are our veil.

As children, we can have a better understanding and love for God, but as we grow older, we need to rekindle that love and affection for God, by learning of His great love, merciful plan to live with Him again, and return to having our spiritual hearts and minds as our understandings in life, similar to as Adam and Eve did before their bodies fell, except that we now have the opportunity to understand opposition, just as Adam and Eve, once they had partaken of the fruit.

We can choose to become better and better like God every day, and understand that good is different than bad, and we can choose the good because we love God and happiness.

It is because of the atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ, that we can do this good. This is what is called agency, or, the ability to do good, even when we are fallen.

The light of Christ, which is a fruit of the atonement, is in all of us, and is what keeps us all alive, so that we can learn to repent and do good.

We are out of the presence of God, and will all physically die, as was said by Heavenly Father, but Jesus Christ will make us all live again, through His own resurrection. 

Because of the atonement, we can be made whole spiritually and physically, this time having the ability to progress like unto our Father in Heaven, because of our earthly experiences.

As we always repent and follow our Savior Jesus Christ and keep His commandments, we can be happy and have joy, and ultimately become like our Savior and our Father in Heaven, who is our true Father. This will happen long after we have been resurrected and live with Them, for they will personally teach us how to be like Them.

Jesus is the Christ. He is the Great Mediator and Head of The Plan of Salvation for the children of our beloved Father in Heaven who cherishes us. We are here because of Him. We will return because of Him. We will one day be like Him because of Him. What blessing our redeemer is to all. May we honor Him and love Him by keeping His commandments. I know we can all do this, and I bare my testimony that we will all do this, and return in glory to be an eternal family with our Father in Heaven.

Truly Jesus Christ is not some back up plan, He is the plan. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Shane

Posted in Freedom, Religion

Freedom For Religion

As in the days of our founding forefathers, we must take steps to provide and create an existence and safeguard for religious freedom. “We do ordain and establish…a more perfect union…” [for the establishment and safeguard of our society’s leaven and wellbeing, or in other words, religious freedom.]

Families are strengthened by the principles taught in these institutions, and individuals are taught skills and practices needed, to be successful and profitable in their contributions for the good of society.

Whereas we have from our forefathers the protection of religious freedom, where such blessings and morals are taught and strengthen the families and homes in society, were this right to be taken from our nation, or any, other things devastating would soon take its place. For where there is an actual need, it can either be filled with something righteous and healthy, or eaten away by means of lust or hatred, intolerance etc.

I would give it as my understanding, that we not only fight for religious freedom, but as religion promotes freedom, we fight the war for freedom, when we fight for religious freedom. History would illustrate this in it’s chronicles, and a clear mind would ascertain this wisdom.

May we be educated in our pursuit of excellence, and honor that God who grants us the laws which protect us from our very own upheaval.

Shane

Posted in faith, Peace, Priesthood Power

Calming the Storm: Part One

The Lord boarded the ship with the Twelve apostles, on their way to minister and preach. The apostles were new to their call, learning much from the Lord about what He was about, and what His church should be made of. It was easy for them to have disputes common among them, about the words Jesus told them in private, intimate gatherings with Him. Often, the Father would use object lessons to help them with their learning, as Jesus did His part to minister to and teach them.

On this occasion, as they sailed to the shore of their destination, Jesus, weary from His constant travels and travails over His learning disciples, lay down for a brief respite. It wasn’t long, before, while out of His ear of hearing, His disciples disputed among themselves, concerning the many teachings they received, most of which we do not have record of in the sacred Bible text.

As the disputes turned to anger and contention one with another, over principles which required proper faith to understand and enjoy the correct enlightenment, the Father used a lesson of urgency, to enlighten the duly called twelve apostles, who were to be charged to take the gospel to all the world.

Their actions and tempers were then reflected in the actions and tempest of the climate around them. As apostles they were not to behave this way. When they finally gathered their wits about them, by way of need, and feeling guilty about their unruly quarreling, they awoke the Lord, whom they knew was their only source of help for anything.

It was at this time, that the Lord, following through with the Father’s lesson, told them, “Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?” These words were spoken in love and chastisement. Our Lord loves His disciples, and will never just rebuke those who are truly trying to follow Him.

Shane