The Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ is the heart and core and center of revealed religion.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie Christ and the Creation

August 18, 2017

Easter, Faith, Family, John Paul II

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For my Catholic friends, three quotes from Pope John Paul II with which I and, I believe, all other Latter-day Saints, firmly agree:

As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.

Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.

Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.

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June 4, 2017

Family, John Paul II, Light of Christ

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My Catholic friends have helped me come to a greater appreciation of Pope John Paul II.

Latter-day Saints have a principle called “The Light of Christ”.  Here is a short description from lds.org :

“The Light of Christ is the divine energy, power, or influence that proceeds from God through Christ and gives life and light to all things. The Light of Christ influences people for good and prepares them to receive the Holy Ghost. One manifestation of the Light of Christ is what we call a conscience.”

From my reading about Pope John Paul II, I think he was very sensitive to the Light of Christ.  A few quotes illustrate some of the reasons for my conclusion:

“Peace is not just the absence of war. Like a cathedral, peace must be constructed patiently and with unshakable faith.”

“To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others.”

“The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish.”

“The fear of making permanent commitments can change the mutual love of husband and wife into two loves of self-two loves existing side by side, until they end in separation.”

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February 19, 2016

Children, Family, Forgiveness, General Authorities, Whitney

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You parents of the wilful and the wayward: Don’t give them up. Don’t cast them off. They are not utterly lost. The shepherd will find his sheep. They were his before they were yours–long before he entrusted them to your care; and you cannot begin to love them as he loves them. They have but strayed in ignorance from the Path of Right, and God is merciful to ignorance. Only the fulness of knowledge brings the fulness of accountability. Our Heavenly Father is far more merciful, infinitely more charitable, than even the best of his servants, and the Everlasting gospel is mightier in power to save than our narrow finite minds can comprehend.

Elder Orson F. Whitney

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My parents did not have the riches of the world, nor did they have silver or gold.  Nine of us grew up in a two-bedroom, one-bath home with an enclosed back porch where my sisters slept.  When my parents passed away, my brothers and sisters and I gathered to divide their earthly possessions.  The list of worldly possessions was very short.  My mother left a few well-pressed dresses, some used furniture, and a few other personal items.  My father left some carpenter tools, some old hunting rifles, and little else.  The only things of any monetary value were a modest home and a small savings account.

Together we wept openly, giving thanks, knowing they had left us something much more precious than silver or gold.  They had given us their love and their time.  They had often born testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel, which we can now read in their precious journals.

Not so much by words, but more by example, they had taught us to work hard and be honest.  They had also engendered a desire in us to further our education, serve a mission, and most importantly to find an eternal companion, to be married in the temple, and endure to the end.

Truly they left us a legacy of a good name for which we will ever be grateful.

. . . .

Our Lord and Savior invites us on a daily basis to cleanse our names and return to His presence.  His encouragement is full of love and tenderness. Envision with me the Savior’s embrace as I read His words:  “Will ye not now return unto me, and repent of your sins, and be converted, that I may heal you?”

Today I would like to extend the same challenge to each one of us that my “goodly parents” who will be forever remembered because of their good names, extended to me.  Before you act, picture the Savior standing at your side and ask yourself, “Would you think it, say it, or do it, knowing He is there?”  For surely He is there.

Elder Mervyn B. Arnold
What Have You Done With My Name?
Sunday Afternoon Session, General Conference, October, 2010

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November 2, 2015

Children, Family, General Authorities, General Conference, Monson

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Because of Jesus Christ the world has changed—the divine Atonement has been made, the price of sin has been paid, and the fearful spectacle of death yields to the light of truth and the assurance of resurrection. Though the years roll by, His birth, His ministry, His legacy continue to guide the destiny of all who follow Him as He so invitingly urged.

Children are born each day—even each hour—to mothers who have, with their hand in God’s hand, entered the valley of the shadow of death, that they might bring forth a son, a daughter, to grace a family, a home, and in a way a portion of the earth.

Those precious days of infancy bond mother and father to son or daughter. Every smile is noted, every fear comforted, every hunger abated. Step by step the child grows. The poet wrote that each child is “a sweet new blossom of Humanity, / Fresh fallen from God’s own home to flower on earth.”

Thomas S. Monson, “Teach the Children,” Ensign, Nov 1997, 17

 

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