Monday, January 27, 2014

Week 70: Water Week

Well Hello to you all!!

This week was a great week. It was a water week as you can see and this week marks the third time in my mission that I have read the book of Mormon all the way through, mom that's why i didn'tanswer your question last week sorry haha. But this time is the First time in my life i have read it not in my native language. i read it all the way through in Spanish.i know thanks you thank you its impressivethat i can read in Spanish well i sure hope i can read in Spanish Ive been here long enough haha. 20 minutes a day everyday of the week. i started in August and now i finished yesterday my 16 month mark in my mission and well ill start it all over again tomorrow. so ya i started out not really understanding much but then i got it down. this time i learned what Elder Neil L Andersen says, the Book of Mormon really does strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ. 

Compiled from the teachings of prophets through several centuries, the Book of Mormon was written for a future time when a restoration of priesthood keys, along with a great gathering of the house of Israel, would prepare the world for the Savior’s return to the earth (see 2 Nephi 25; 27; 3 Nephi 21). Nephi described the sacred text as “the voice of one crying from the dust” (2 Nephi 33:13). Moroni declared: “Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me” (Mormon 8:35).the book of Mormon teaches that for us in our day the family is central in the plan of god. it is actually framed within families. The Book of Mormon begins with a family, a father and mother, sons and daughters heeding the revelation of their prophet-father to leave their worldly goods behind and follow the counsel of the Lord. The book’s accounts are replete with parents seeking to instill in their children the promise and hope of Jesus Christ.

The specific roles of women and daughters are to some extent unmentioned, as is common in ancient writing. But looking beyond the obvious, we see their eternal and enduring influence. We treasure the precious morsels that speak of women and mothers, such as when their feelings are described as “tender and chaste and delicate before God” (Jacob 2:7) or when Helaman describes the goodness of his youthful army as influenced by their righteous mothers:

“They did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness; yea, and even according to their faith it was done unto them; and I did remember the words which they said unto me that their mothers had taught them. …

“Now this was the faith of these of whom I have spoken; they are young, and their minds are firm, and they do put their trust in God continually. …

“… They had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them.
“And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it” (Alma 57:21, 27; 56:47–48).

oh how every mother wants to hear this about their sons or daughters that they obeyed with exactness every command and commandment because they had been taught by their parents to keep the commandments. when we listen and keep the commandments of god with exactness the lord can bless us beyond measure.

In today’s world, the arrogant arguments of Korihor, the anti-Christ, find listening ears:

“Why do ye look for a Christ? For no man can know of anything which is to come.

“Behold, these things which ye call prophecies … are foolish traditions of your fathers.

“… Ye cannot know of things which ye do not see. …

“… Every man prosper[s] according to his [own] genius, and … conquer[s] according to his [own] strength” (Alma 30:13–15, 17).

We need our own secure and settled faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and we need help in strengthening our families so that this faith flows into the hearts of our children and grandchildren. Faith in Jesus Christ, when solidly anchored in our souls, brings true conversion, and in its wake come repentance, honest discipleship, miracles, spiritual gifts, and enduring righteousness. This is an important part of the divine mission of the Book of Mormon.

I love what Elder Andersen says here, We need our own secure and settled faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and we need help in strengthening our families so that this faith flows into the hearts of our children and grandchildren. Faith in Jesus Christ, when solidly anchored in our souls, brings true conversion, and in its wake come repentance, honest discipleship, miracles, spiritual gifts, and enduring righteousness. we have true faith we are anchored solidly on Christ he is our "anchor rock" or as Heleman says the rock of our foundation or our salvation (Heleman5:12) we need to build upon our savior Jesus Christ we need to be anchored to him so that satin doesn't get us in his fires and world windsJust think of a huge ship then think of the anchor how big is the anchor? very very Small compared to the ship true? this small anchor holds the ship steady in the crazy storms. its like us when we are built upon Christ we are anchored to him and we will be steady and sure on this anchor. we taught this a couple days ago to a young father who was going astray and fast he was letting go of the anchor and saying it was too hard we taught him how we need to polish our anchor every week thought the sacrament and to maybe replace the chain or make it stronger maybe throwanother anchor down to hold us down tight. he agreed to buy a new anchor or repair the old one and straight strong again the day after he was in the church as he promised and is preparing to baptize his daughter. if we are firmly anchored on the savior we can do miracles. when we rely on god we put the anchor on him. To me the bold declaration of Jesus Christ is the very power of the Book of Mormon. Of course, we must receive a spiritual witness that the book is of God. But once that is obtained, the purposes of Christ, the reality of His life and Resurrection, and the clarity of what is necessary to follow Him and obtain eternal life with Him are strikingly tangible before us. the anchor is lots of things the Book of Mormon is just one of them

There is nothing more important to share with another than faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It brings understanding to the challenges of this life, happiness amid difficulty, and eternal life in the world to come.

There are many worldly influences that pull us and our families from this most vital faith. The Book of Mormon invites us and our families to embrace faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and it shares the principles that will help our families succeed.the book of Mormon shares the things to help our family succeed.

I would invite you to ponder these questions to help you liken the teachings of the Book of Mormon to your family:

What passages in the Book of Mormon teach us that children need to see integrity and righteousness in the faith of their parents?
What counsel have fathers in the Book of Mormon given their sons that we may want to share with our children?
What do we learn about our efforts with children who are not being obedient?
How do parents in the Book of Mormon share their deep beliefs with their children?
What do we learn about faith as it is transferred from one generation to another?

The Book of Mormon was written for our day and for the days ahead. Approximately one million copies of the Book of Mormon were printed in the first 100 years following the Restoration. This included 15 languages, a remarkable undertaking. In the next 50 years (1930–80), more than 25 million copies were printed in 41 languages. Since that time 30 years ago, 125 million additional copies of the Book of Mormon have been printed in 107 languages, including Selections from the Book of Mormon. The influence and impact of the Book of Mormon will continue to grow as the kingdom of God is carried to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people.if we share the Book with someone else then they too can help their family. if we share this simple truths with everyone they can know the things we know and well we can learn from the books examples we can strength our anchor. so ya its a wonderful book. I love this book and well as Wilford Woodruff has said, “All the ingenuity of all the men under heaven could not compose and present to the world a book like the Book of Mormon. Its principles are divine—they are from God. They could never emanate from the mind of an imposter, or from the mind of a person writing a novel. Why? Because the promises and prophecies it contains are being fulfilled in the sight of all the earth.” this book has the truths we all need I know it is true in any language it is in the Book of Mormon it true.

I hope you had a wonderful week and hope you have a great one this week!! the church is true!

Elder Jaymes Monson

LIahona October 2011, The Book of Mormon: Strengthening Our Faith in Jesus Christ, By Elder Neil L. Andersen,

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