Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Prophet For Our Days~

 
The General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints~
We believe in the same organization that existed in the primitive church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists and so forth. (Articles Of Faith, # 6, lds.org) 

Our Savior ordaining His Twelve Apostles~
The Savior with His Twelve Disciples in The Book Of  Mormon~
You can read of Jesus Christ's Visit to the America's as found in 
The Book of Mormon
Our Living Prophet and Apostles of today~

We believe in Latter-day prophets who like the prophets of old testify of Jesus Christ, love us, give counsel and prophesy. 
Adam and Eve~
Moses
Abraham and Isaac 
Jesus Christ, Our Savior~

Our Savior Jesus Christ~
 Joseph Smith's First Vision - The beginning of the Restoration of 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints~
You can read the 1st Vision Here~

The Prophet of the Restoration - President Joseph Smith~

Today our living prophet is President Thomas S. Monson of 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 
 President Thomas S. Monson
The Lord has called prophets throughout the ages. At times men have rejected and even killed those prophets, leaving the world in darkness. The Reformation led to the Restoration. 

          The Lord has not left us without guidance. We have a prophet for our day.

Just recently we had the Annual General Conference of the church where we heard messages from our Prophet, the Twelve Apostles and other general church leaders. 
I love President Thomas S. Monson with all my heart. He is a wonderful, loving, Christ-like man. I thought I would share a few of his thoughts from his conference message entitled: "Love-the Essence of the Gospel".
"We cannot truly love God if we do not love our fellow travelers on this mortal journey."
"Actually, Love is the very essence of the gospel, and Jesus Christ is our Exemplar. His life was a legacy of love. The sick He healed; the downtrodden He lifted; the sinner He saved."
"There are many attributes which are manifestations of love, such as kindness, patience, selflessness, understanding, and forgiveness."
"Everyday of our lives we are given opportunities to show love and kindness to those around us. Said President Spencer W. Kimball: "We must remember that those mortals we meet in parking lots, offices, elevators, and elsewhere are that portion of mankind God has given us to love and to serve. It will do us little good to speak of the general brotherhood of mankind if we cannot regard those who are all around us as our brothers and sisters."
"Love should be the very heart of family life, and yet sometimes it is not. There can be too much impatience, to much arguing, too many fights, too many tears. President Gordon B Hinckley said: "Why is that the ones we love most become so frequently the targets of our harsh words? Why is it that we sometimes speak as if with daggers  that cut to the quick? The answers to these questions may be different for each of us, and yet the bottom line is that the reasons do not matter. If we would keep the commandment to love one another, we must treat each each other with kindness and respect."
"I would hope that we would strive always to be considerate and to be sensitive to the thoughts and feelings and circumstances of those around us."
"Forgiveness should go hand in hand with love. In our families, as well as with out friends, there can be hurt, feelings and disagreements......Blame keeps wounds open. Only forgiveness heals.
"Love is expressed in many recognizable ways; a smile, a wave, a kind comment, a compliment. Other expression may be more subtle, such as showing interest in another's activities, teaching a Principe with kindness and patience. Visiting one who is ill or home-bound. These words and actions and many others can communicate love."
"May we begin now, this very day, to express love to all of God's children, whether they be our family members, our friends, mere acquaintances, or total strangers. As we arise each morning, let us determine to respond with love and kindness to whatever might come our way."
In closing the conference, Pres. Monson said the following: "Beyond comprehension my brothers and sisters, is the love of God for us. because of this love, He sent His Son, who loved us enough to give His life for us, that we might have eternal life. As we come to understand this incomparable gift, our hearts will be filled with love for our Eternal Fathers, for our Savior, and for all mankind."
 " May heaven's blessings be with each of us. May our homes be filled with love and courtesy and with the Spirit of the Lord. May we constantly nourish our testimonies of the gospel, that they will be a protection for us against the buffetings of the adversary......May we ever be found doing the work of the Lord."
"I bear testimony that this work is true, that our Savior lives, and that He guides and directs His Church here upon the earth. I leave with you my witness and my testimony that God our Eternal Father lives and loves us. He is indeed our Father, and He is personal and real." May we realize how close to us He is willing to come, how far He is willing to go to help us, and how much He loves us." You can read this entire message here. 
President Thomas S. Monson loves to tell good stories either from his own life or others stories that have touched him. 
Here is one of his short stories from the book entitled: "Consider The Blessings - True Accounts of God's Hand In Our Lives", pg. 126.
"On my first visit to the fabled village of Sauniatu, Samoa, so loved by President David O. McKay my wife and I met with a large gathering of small children. At the conclusion of our messages to these shy yet beautiful youngsters, I suggested to the Native Samoan teacher that we go forward with the closing exercises. As he announced the final hymn, I suddenly felt compelled to personally greet each of these 247 children. My watch revealed that the time was too short for such a privilege, so I discounted the impression to shake the hand of each child. Before the benediction was to be spoken, I again felt this strong impression to shake the hand of each child.This time I made the desire known to the instructor, who displayed a broad and beautiful Samoan smile. He spoke in Samoan to the children, and they beamed their approval of his comments. 
The instructor then revealed to me the reason for his and their joy. He said, "When we learned that President McKay had assigned a member of the Quorum of the Twelve to visit us in faraway Samoa, I told the children if they would each one earnestly and sincerely pray and exert faith like the Bible accounts of old, that the Apostle would visit our tiny village at Sauniatu, and through their faith, he would be impressed to greet each child with a personal handclasp." Tears could not be restrained as each of those precious boys and girls walked shyly by and whispered softly to us a sweet tolofa lava. The gift of faith had been evidenced. 
President Monson's autobiography entitled: "To The Rescue" can be found to purchase here. This autobiography had a profound affect upon me. I learned more fully what a marvelous Christ like Prophet He is. 

6 comments:

Denise said...

Enjoyed this, bless you for sharing. I love you.

Grammy Staffy said...

My sweet friend you inspire me. Thank you for taking time to write this beautiful post and sharing your testimony. I too love Pres. Monson and sustain him as a prophet of God. Hugs, Lura

Eve | Inchworm Chronicles said...

What a great post. I loved all the pictures and how you shared your feelings about the living prophet we have today, President Monson. I'm reading his biography currently. The stories of his childhood gave a lot of insight into how his character was formed. My kids enjoyed hearing about his love of animals, especially rabbits and pigeons and how he gave one of the rabbits he raised to a neighbor family for their thanksgiving meal because they had nothing else. I also know he is a true prophet of God, and such a loving, kind person. Thank you for sharing this testimony.

Christy Monson said...

Beautiful post. Sweet Pres. McKay story. I do love faith promoting incidents. We are loving the service we are giving. Such a wonderful experience. Everyone needs to serve. Because when we do we are doubly blessed for our efforts. So as King Benjamin says, we have already been paid. Love and hugs to you.

singing/granny said...

I love President Monson! Thanks for sharing! Melody

Debbie said...

you have such stong faith leanne, it is, i'm sure, a tremendous comfort for you!!

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