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  • Faith is always a gift of God to man, which is obtained by obedience, as all other blessings are. (Joseph F. Smith Gospel Doctrine, p. 212) ... Faith does not come without works; faith does not come without obedience to the commandments of God. (Conference Report, October 1903, p. 4)

Monday, September 24, 2012

KNOWING and BELIEVING

I know God exists.
He is a loving, merciful being.

Scriptures tell us we are all his children.
I know scriptures are God's words.
I know prophets reveal those words to us - and record them.
I know prophets are good men that talk with God.
The words they write from God are sacred.

I know these things - and others.

I believe Joseph Smith was and is a prophet.

I knew my father's father.
He was known as a very honest man of great integrity.
He told me that he knew his grandmother, Sally Adams.
He said she was known for her honesty and noble integrity.
She knew Joseph Smith and his mother personally.

Great Great Granmother Snow (Sally married William Snow) told Grandpa that the Smith's were honest, good, kind people and that Joseph translated the Book of Mormon. His mother told her about many things that happened then. Grandpa knew that what his grandma told him was true - and told me.

I believe him.

Doctrine and Covenants 46 tells us that there are many spiritual gifts. Verse 13 tells us that "To some is given by the Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ is the son of God." And then verse 14 tells us "To others it is given to believe on their words, that they also might have eternal life if they continue faithful."

I know some things.
I believe some things.

I believe Thomas S Monson is a prophet.
He lives now and speaks with God.
I believe apostles and prophets live on earth today.
October 6th and 7th I am invited to hear them.
They will speak to the world.
Everyone is invited to hear what they will say.
I know they will testify Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer.
That is what prophets do.
They invite us to come to Him.
They invite us to follow Him.

Come - listen.
You are invited.




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