I hope you are having a good week so far! Have you enjoyed reading the Book of Mormon? I absolutely LOVE this book and I know that I feel closer to my Savior when I read about his teachings.
This week has been hectic and crazy as usual. I am thankful for this time on earth to be a mother but sometimes it is a struggle. I know that I am learning more about patience, true love, and service as I raise my children. :)
In the midst of all our craziness, I have moments like the following. The sweet glimpse of Heaven on Earth through the face of my precious gift from above.
Today we are reading about Baptism in Chapter 6 of Moroni. I have highlighted every verse in this chapter so I will share it all with you.
I love this chapter because this is exactly what our church follows and believes. Baptism is such an important step on our path back to our Heavenly Father. Even Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist. He set the example we must follow to learn to be like Him.
Here are some pictures of our children on their baptism days. 4 out of 5 have been baptized so far and our youngest will have that opportunity after he turns 8 next year.
Here is a great talk on baptism or being "Born Again" by one of our past General Authorities, James E. Faust.
In Chapter 6 we also read about having a broken heart and a contrite Spirit. What does that mean to you?
I just found this sweet video with some of the Primary children singing the song When I Am Baptized. I hope you feel a sweet spirit as you watch this and listen to the words.
Here are the words to that song. I want you to know that I know and believe the words in this song to be true. They are not only for me but for you as well. You can be clean and all your sins can be washed away through baptism and the atonement of our savior, Jesus Christ. He not only died and atoned for my sins but he did for yours, too!
When I Am Baptized
Here I am with the missionaries who taught me about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The day I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was the beginning of my new life. I was truly "Born Again". I am grateful that a sinner like myself could be washed clean through the atonement of Jesus Christ and be like new. I also know that I am not perfect and sin daily. It is by repenting and taking the Sacrament every Sunday that I can renew my baptismal covenants that I made when I was 22 years old.
Now let's move on to Moroni 7. Sooooo many great teachings in this chapter, too! I will share some of the scriptures I have highlighted.
"For I remember the word of God which saith by their works ye shall know them; for if their works be good, then they are good also."
"Wherefore, all things which are good cometh of God; and that which is evil cometh of the devil; for the devil is an enemy unto God, and fighteth against him continually, and inviteth and enticeth to sin, and to do that which is evil continually.
"But behold, that which is of God inviteth and enticeth to do good continually; wherefore, every thing which inviteth and enticeth to do good, and to love God, and to serve him, is inspired of God.
"Wherefore, take heed, my beloved brethren, that ye do not judge that which is evil to be of God, or that which is good and of God to be of the devil.
"For behold, my brethren, it is given unto you to judge, that ye may know good from evil; and the way to judge is as plain, that ye may know with a perfect knowledge, as the daylight is from the dark night.
"For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.
"But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this manner doth the devil work, for he persuadeth no man to do good, no, not one; neither do his angels; neither do they who subject themselves unto him.
"And now, my brethren, seeing that ye know the light by which ye may judge, which light is the light of Christ, see that ye do not judge wrongfully; for with that same judgment which ye judge ye shall also be judged.
"Wherefore, I beseech of you, brethren, that ye should search diligently in the light of Christ that ye may know good from evil; and if ye will lay hold upon every good thing, and condemn it not, ye certainly will be a child of Christ."
In verse 19, it talks about laying hold upon every good thing. How can we do that? Here are some of my thoughts. I hope hope you will share your own thoughts as well.
Reading & studying the scriptures:
Having a Secure Anchor in the Gospel of Jesus Christ:
"Wherefore, by the ministering of angels, and by every word which proceeded forth out of the mouth of God, men began to exercise faith, they did lay hold upon every good thing; and thus it was until the coming of Christ."
I love verses 29 and 30! These bring me great hope. I know that the Lord almighty is ever powerful and can do all things!
"And because he hath done this, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased? Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither have angels ceased to minister unto the children of men.
"For behold, they are subject unto him, to minister according to the word of his command, showing themselves unto them of strong faith and a firm mind in every form of godliness."
Here are more powerful verses in this chapter. Honestly, the entire chapter is full of great power! I hope you will pray and ponder as you read these words.
"And again, behold I say unto you that he cannot have faith and hope, save he shall be meek, and lowly of heart.
"If so, his faith and hope is vain, for none is acceptable before God, save the meek and the lowly in heart; and if a man be meek and lowly in heart, and confesses by the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, he must needs have charity; for if he have not charity he is nothing; wherefore he musts needs have charity.
"And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
"Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faith. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must faith - -
"But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.
There are so many more things that I would like to share today but I will close with a talk about Charity given by our living prophet, Thomas S. Monson. You can learn more about my church HERE.