Sunday, July 04, 2010

Alma 46:13-15
  13 And he fastened on his head-plate, and his abreastplate, and his shields, and girded on his armor about his loins; and he took the pole, which had on the end thereof his rent coat, (and he called it the btitle of liberty) and he cbowed himself to the earth, and he prayed mightily unto his God for the blessings of liberty to rest upon his brethren, so long as there should a band of dChristians remain to possess the land—
  14 For thus were all the true believers of Christ, who belonged to the church of God, called by those who did not belong to the church.
  15 And those who did belong to the church were afaithful; yea, all those who were true believers in Christ btook upon them, gladly, the name of Christ, or cChristians as they were called, because of their belief in Christ who should come.

Act in All Diligence - President Henry B. Eyring

Much like any other relationship, we must nurture our relationship with our Father in heaven.

Matt. 25: 40, 45
 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have adone it unto one of the bleast of these my cbrethren, ye have done it unto me.

D&C 107: 99
 99 Wherefore, now let every man learn his aduty, and to act in the office in which he is appointed, in all bdiligence.

Doctrine and Covenants 42:61
 61 If thou shalt ask, thou shalt receive arevelation upon revelation, bknowledge upon knowledge, that thou mayest know the cmysteries and dpeaceable things—that which bringeth ejoy, that which bringeth life eternal.

The teacher passed out this list of scriptures and quotes for the lesson:
1. Luke 24:44
2. Psalm 107:23-30
3. Matthew 8:23-27
4. Mosiah 3:13
5. Psalm 19:1
6. Psalm 104:5-7, 14, 24
7. Psalm 136:3-9
8. Alma 30:44
9. Psalm 59:16
10. Psalm 78:38
11. Psalm 86:5, 13
12. Psalm 100:4-5
11 Psalm 103:2-4. 8-11,  1.7-18
14. Psalm 19:7-11
15. Psalm 119:97
16. Psalm 119:105
17. Psalm 5:7
18. Psalm 24
19. Psalm 27:4
20. Psalm 122
21. Psalm 134
22. Psalm 4:5

She also handed out a list of Old Testament prophesies about Jesus and their New Testament fulfillment:
Prophecy Fulfillment
Psalm 107:23-30 Matthew 8:23-27. Jesus calmed the winds and the waves.
Psalm 69:8 John 1:11, 7:5. Jesus was not received by his own people
Psalm 41:9; John 13:18, 21. Jesus was betrayed by a friend. 55:12-14
Psalm 69:20 Mark 14:32-41. Jesus suffered alone in Gethsemane.
Psalm 22:7-8 Matthew 27:39-43. Jesus was mocked.
Psalm 22:16 Mark 15:25. Jesus was crucified.
Psalm 22:18 Matthew 27:35. The soldiers cast lots for Christ's clothes.
Psalm 22:1 Matthew 27:46. Jesus asked the Father why he had forsaken him.
Psalm 69:21 John 19:28-30. Jesus was given vinegar for his thirst.
Psalm 34:20 John 19:33-36. None of Jesus' bones was broken.
Psalm 31:5 Luke 23:46. Jesus commended his spirit to the Father and died.
Psalm 16:10 Acts 2:31-32; 13:34-35. The Savior's flesh did not see corruption, being raised up in the Resurrection.

The prophesies about the coming of Christ allowed the OT people to know of him and have hope.  The record we have of his life have given hope to many since then.  The words of loving prophets that testify that he still lives and will come again, give us hope today.

All things created of the Earth testify of Christ.

From the Bulletin:
We live in the most exciting era in the history of mankind. The potential for declaring the gospel to the peoples of the world has never been greater. Throughout many lands we have established stakes of Zion. The Book of Mormon has been translated into many languages, making available this great doctrinal base of scripture to so many more of our Heavenly Father's children. It is opening the way for their understanding of the blessings attendant to living the Lord's law.

Most of the world's population still awaits the gospel message.  Blessed with a strong foundation and a world prepared as never before to receive this message, this is surely the time to heed the words of our prophet, President Benson:

"We are commanded by God to take this gospel to all the world. That is the cause that must unite us today. Only the gospel will save the world from the calamity of its own self-destruction. Only the gospel will unite men of all races and nationalities in peace. Only the gospel will bring joy, happiness, and salvation to the human family."

"We have a double responsibility: we must testify of the things we know, feel, and have felt, and we must live so the Holy Ghost can be with us and convey our words in power to the heart of the investigator.”
President Spencer W. Kimball

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