Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Our Testimony of The Gospel of Jesus Christ

On Tuesday, we drove out to Orange Walk to work with the missionaries serving in that city.  Throughout the day we visited with different members of the church in the area.  As we went to visit with a member dealing with some health issues, we arrived at the same time as her kind neighbors who also came to visit.   We were happy to have a wonderful discussion about Jesus Christ, share our testimonies with each other, and read some scriptures together from the Bible:

Ephesians 2:19-20
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
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We read about how Jesus Christ set up his church before his death with prophets and apostles:

Ephesians 4: ll-15
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.

We read the real reason that Jesus Christ continues to have living apostles, and a prophet, today:

14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

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We read and discussed from 2 Thessalonians how an Apostasy from the church Jesus set up was to precede the Second Coming of Christ:

1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first...

We testified that Jesus Christ restored His gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith, as described in Acts 3:20-21, where Peter foretold the restitution of all things.

20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:
21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
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As missionaries we bore this testimony to the neighbors we visited yesterday:

Would God, our Heavenly Father, who loves us dearly, who promised that He would send prophets, and would call apostles, so that we be no more "tossed to and fro", and that we would have an inheritance with Him— would He leave us directionless?  

Would He continue to send His children to earth in these tumultuous times without communication, while at the same time asking us to “seek… first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto” us?

We testify that Jesus Christ continues to lead His church today.  How is this possible?  He had to restore it to the earth, with prophets and with apostles, in this, the dispensation of the fulness of times, as Paul said He would.

Jesus Christ stands at the head of His church.  We bear our testimony of this. And, He has called a living prophet and 12 apostles to administer the affaires of His church just as Paul said He would.
President Thomas S. Monson
We thank our Heavenly Father for a prophet to guide us in these latter days, and for re-sending His gospel through the Restoration.  

This restoration began in the year 1820, with the personal visit of Jesus Christ to the earth, just as the Apostle Peter said would happen in Acts 3:20-21

There has been an unbroken line of authority—of prophets—who continue to reveal God’s word.  

We know that the event that initiated this “restitution of all things” did occur. We know it, and the beauty is that all of us can know for ourselves.

We are all Heavenly Father’s children; He loves us all.  His gospel of protection and peace and inheritance is for all His children.

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