A couple of weeks ago I had a friend visit me in Utah from New Jersey. We were driving around town and drove past the temple. She was amazed by the beauty and size of the great building. She asked me what it was. I told her that it was an LDS Temple; she gave me a confused look and asked what LDS was. I told her that I was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sometimes called the LDS Church. She was still a little confused and told me that she had never heard of that church. I asked her if she had ever heard of the Mormon Church. She said that she had. I told her that “Mormon” is just a nickname for the LDS Church. She kinda laughed and said that that was a weird nickname. I agreed. I went on to tell her that we got that nickname from a book we believe in called The Book of Mormon, a sacred book of scripture comparable to the Bible. We believe in and follow the teachings of the Bible along with the Book of Mormon as two separate witnesses of Jesus Christ.
I love living the gospel of Jesus Christ and sharing it with those around me. Living His teachings and following His example help me to feel close to my Father in Heaven and my Savior. Understanding that we are all part of the same heavenly family helps me to have an even greater love for my family, friends, and everyone I meet. I would love for everyone to feel the incredible joy and peace that can be found in the gospel of Jesus Christ—a type of joy and peace that can’t be found anywhere else.
Many people wonder if ‘Mormons’are Christians. Yes we are! The official name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. But being Christian goes beyond just a name. We believe that God is our loving Heavenly Father, who created a plan that would make it possible for all of His children to one day return to Him. The role of Jesus Christ is central to this plan. Jesus Christ is the Savior of all humankind. The mission He performed while on the earth was crucial in helping us overcome the obstacles that separate us from God and prevent us from returning to Him. Though Jesus Christ we are able to make necessary changes in our lives and overcome weaknesses. In other words, we can repent and be forgiven of our sins.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, ”Satan…wants us to feel that we are beyond forgiveness. Satan wants us to think that when we have sinned we have gone past a ‘point of no return’—it is not too late to change our course…The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the gift of God to His children to correct and overcome the consequences of sin. God loves all of His Children, and He will never cease to love and hope for us…Christ came to save us. If we have taken a wrong course, the Atonement of Jesus Christ can give us the assurance that sin is not a point a of no return. A safe return is possible if we will follow God’s plan for our salvation…There is always a point of safe return; there is always hope.”
Because Christ rose from the grave and was resurrected, death for us will not be permanent; we too will live again as He lives today. His mission, His teachings, and His example, are the focus of every doctrine in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In our church young men and young women at the age of 18 and 19 have the opportunity to dedicate 1.5-2 years of their lives serving a “mission”—a time solely focused on sharing the joy and peace of the gospel message. I look forward to the opportunity to serve a mission, because I know this message of love is needed throughout the world now more than ever.
I am currently participating with a group of friends in a “digital mission” of sorts. We write articles for this blog about how we live our faith in our everyday lives. These blog posts are shared through social media in an effort to help others know that God knows and loves his children and wants us to be truly happy. It is fun and sometimes challenging to try and put into words the things closest to my heart.
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