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So I wanted to highlight a friend of mine on my blog by reposting his Mormon.org profile. Ryan Bills is serving as a full time missionary like me in the same area but he works with Spanish speakers and I work with those who speak English and/or American depending on their grammar and word choice.

Ryan and I have been able to serve around each other and get to know each other and I admire him for lots of different things but his love for the Savior and commitment to Him is one of the top ones. I hope you enjoy his witness and testimony.

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Me, Elder Ryan Bills, and Elder Jenkins (from Wales, he speaks English, not American.)

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What Are the Core Beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

The founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Joseph Smith, wrote, “The fundamental principles of our religion are … concerning Jesus Christ that He died was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it.”

In addition to the above, Latter-day Saints believe unequivocally that:

1.    Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and the Son of our loving Heavenly Father.

2.    Christ’s Atonement allows mankind to be saved from their sins and return to live with God and their families forever.

3.    Christ’s original Church as described in the New Testament has been restored in modern times.

     1. Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and the Son of our loving Heavenly Father

Latter-day Saints believe God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to save all mankind from their sins (see John 3:16). God is a loving Heavenly Father who knows His children individually, hears and answers their prayers, and feels compassion toward them. Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, are two separate beings but along with the Holy Ghost (Spirit) are one in will, purpose and love.

Latter-day Saints worship Jesus Christ as their Savior and Redeemer. He is central to the lives of Church members. They accept His grace and mercy; they seek to follow His example by being baptized (see Matthew 3:13-17), praying in His holy name (see Matthew 6:9-13), partaking of the sacrament (communion) (see Luke 22:19-20), doing good to others (see Acts 10:38) and bearing witness of Him through both word and deed (see James 2:26).

2. Christ’s Atonement allows mankind to be saved from their sins and return to live with God and their families forever.

Latter-day Saints believe that God has a plan for His children to return to live with Him and become “joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17). For members of the Church, Jesus Christ’s sacrifice is central to God’s plan for our happiness. Although humans make mistakes and sin, Mormons view this mortal life as an opportunity to progress and learn. By following Christ’s teachings, embracing His mercy and accepting baptism and other sacraments, Mormons believe they are cleansed from sin through Christ’s grace and can return to live with God and their families forever.

3. Christ’s original Church as described in the New Testament has been restored in modern times.

Members believe that Christ established His Church anciently on the “foundation of the apostles and prophets” (Ephesians 2:20; see also Ephesians 4:11-14) with “one faith, [and] one baptism” (Ephesians 4:5). They believe this foundation of “one faith” was gradually undermined after the death of Christ’s apostles. As a result, the original foundation of authority to lead the Church was lost and needed to be restored (see Acts 3:21). Today, members preach that the Lord has indeedrestored His Church with living apostles and prophets, starting with the founding prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Joseph Smith.

Church members understand that families are the most important unit of society. Accordingly, those who follow Christ and keep His commandments are promised to live with their families forever in divinely instituted eternal relationships.


Mormon Volunteerism

The current Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints President Thomas S. Monson taught, “As we look heavenward, we inevitably learn of our responsibility to reach outward. To find real happiness, we must seek for it in a focus outside ourselves. No one has learned the meaning of living until he has surrendered his ego to the service of his fellow man. Service to others is akin to duty, the fulfillment of which brings true joy. We do not live alone — in our city, our nation, or our world. There is no dividing line between our prosperity and our neighbor’s wretchedness. ‘Love thy neighbor’ is more than a divine truth. It is a pattern for perfection.”


Myth is now fact. Brandon Flowers is a Mormon. I look forward to listening to more of his music with that background in mind.

I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone.

It is universally individual.

I know this because I am the one and only Elder Tomoser in the universe but I am a child of God just as everyone on this earth is. I know that God loves us with a love and care so personal that it is hard to describe how tender a relationship once developed it is. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.


 

I loved this past conference! It was really great. I love hearing from Prophets and Apostles. They really speak the words of the Lord and I can’t wait for us to rise up and be better.

I hope you enjoy this video and read or watch the full addresses at http://lds.org/general-conference/sessions/2011/10?lang=eng

I leave you my testimony that I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true. I challenge you to take up the invitation to read the Book of Mormon with an open mind and an unbiased opinion for that is how I can declare with certainty that Jesus Christ himself as a resurrected being is the head of this Church and leads it through Prophets and Apostles in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.


Church? http://mormon.org/worship/

Meet with the Missionaries? http://mormon.org/missionaries/

I know this Church is true. My life has purpose and satisfaction because I understand who I am and what I can become.

I am not a produce of my circumstance but my choices.

“Sin limits our future choices: drugs, alcohol, infidelity quickly become addictions that become very difficult to break free from. The addiction becomes the master and we its slave.”

I trust in the Lord to help me make better choices today than yesterday, and I leave you with my witness in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.


I can testify of the truthfulness of what Elder Bednar has spoken.

The priesthood was restored to Joseph Smith by the laying on of hands by heavenly messengers who had that authority to do so. I know that the power of God is found in the priesthood which is found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon).



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