Well Hello Family!!!
This week was a pretty all right. It was full of testifying and helping and learning and well all the works!! As a missionary you usually have the opportunity to testify. And it’s not just a cool thing but as a Representative of Jesus Christ we testify of him often. Its more like our duty to testify "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins”. (2 Nephi 25:26) There is another part I would like to add in, We Love Christ. It can be part of any of these but the truth is we love our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. But why? What do you think?
I think its because he atoned for our sins the scriptures say he bled from every pour (Luke 22:44) so you and I can be free "or to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living." (Romans 14:9) "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."(1 John 1:7) no greater love hath a man than this that he lath down his life for his friends. Jesus really was "the savior of the world" as he is called "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."(Acts 4:12) he is the savior of the all man kind. "For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the saviour of all men, specially of those that believe." (1 Tim 4:10) "And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the onto be the Saviour of the world."(1 John 4:14)
I with the Disciples of Christ do testify that he is the Savior of the world. Jesus asked his apostles "When Jesus came into the coasts of Cæsarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say aye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon aBar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 16:13-17)
He is the Christ the very son of God. How did they become to know? How did they know…with an invitation, "And he saith unto them, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men”. (Matthew 4:19) and what did they do? They didn't just sit and think about it, they "straightway left their nets, and followed him." (Matthew 4:20) They straightway knew that he was the Christ. They knew it and felt it in their hearts. But then why did they leave the whole work of salvation behind when the unthinkable happened? The unbelievable was true didn't they have a testimony? We know they did, but why? Was the fishing really the bigger part of their lives? Why didn’t they ask the lord why all of it happened? Lots of whys, but lets go into the shoes of Peter for a second here. He was with the very Son of God he testified that he was the Christ what happened? Elder Holland explains it like this, “Brethren, it has been a glorious three years. None of us could have imagined such a few short months ago the miracles we have seen and the divinity we have enjoyed. We have talked with, prayed with, and labored with the very Son of God Himself. We have walked with Him and wept with Him, and on the night of that horrible ending, no one wept more bitterly than I. But that is over. He has finished His work, and He has risen from the tomb. He has worked out His salvation and ours. So you ask, ‘What do we do now?’ I don’t know more to tell you than to return to your former life, rejoicing. I intend to ‘go a fishing.’”
But what happened? Why did they leave the work of salvation? Was the fishing really that good? (I know some fishermen here and they say its not the best way of life maybe back then it was but not now) anyways they knew the Son of God. They had walked and talked, they cried they labored beside, and they watched the very Son of God in action. Did they really think, (Elder Holland continues) "After an encounter with the living Son of the living God, nothing is ever again to be as it was before. The Crucifixion, Atonement, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ mark the beginning of a Christian life, not the end of it." or did they think other wise as they entered into a ship immediately (john 21:5) of course they didn't know that the fishing wasn't going to be good. but they as they see the Christ and rejoice in his visit. Christ asks Peter 3 times "do you love me?" (John 21:15-17) "My beloved brothers and sisters, I am not certain just what our experience will be on Judgment Day, but I will be very surprised if at some point in that conversation, God does not ask us exactly what Christ asked Peter: “Did you love me?” I think He will want to know if in our very mortal, very inadequate, and sometimes childish grasp of things, did we at least understand one commandment, the first and greatest commandment of them all—“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind.” And if at such a moment we can stammer out, “Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee,” then He may remind us that the crowning characteristic of love is always loyalty. “If ye love me, keep my commandments,” Jesus said. So we have neighbors to bless, children to protect, the poor to lift up, and the truth to defend. We have wrongs to make right, truths to share, and good to do. In short, we have a life of devoted discipleship to give in demonstrating our love of the Lord, It was this truth, this reality, that allowed a handful of Galilean fishermen-turned-again-Apostles without “a single synagogue or sword” to leave those nets a second time and go on to shape the history of the world in which we now live, We can’t quit and we can’t go back" the apostles learned a very important lesson that day on the shores of Galali that Jesus lives and his work never stops, now we have lives to dedicate the the ministry. I Know as the apostles then and the apostles now (https://www.lds.org/liahona/2014/04/special-witnesses-testify-of-the-living-christ?lang=eng)
I KNOWthat Jesus Lives that he is the Christ the Son of the Everlasting Father and the head of this Church. I feel honored to have his name on my chest everyday. He lives for all of us live in him. He died and rose again I know it.
1.They heard His voice, a voice so mild.
It pierced them through and made their souls to quake.
They saw Him come, a man in white,
The Savior, who had suffered for their sake.
They felt the wounds in hands and side,
And each could testify:
2. I read His words, the words He prayed
While bearing sorrow in Gethsemane.
I feel His love, the price He paid.
How many drops of blood were spilled for me?
With Saints of old in joyful cry
I too can testify:
This is the Christ.
This is the Christ, the holy Son of God,
Our Savior, Lord, Redeemer of mankind.
This is the Christ, the Healer of our souls,
Who ransomed us with love divine." (James E Faust)
He through his prophets are inviting us to come, to leave our "boats and fish" and come unto him. "I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved." (Omni 1.26) Now do you see the importance of testifying everyday? I hope so. "And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!" (Doctrine and Covenants 76:22)
All I can say is my never ending friend lives, our example and our Savior. I know that my Redeemer lives what comfort this sweet sentence gives.
This week is Easter weekend and Holiday all wee, spring break and all the fun around here. Now let us remember the reason we celebrate Easter. I love you all!!
Elder Jaymes Monson
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