By Study and Also By Faith

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

To Know God and Jesus Christ

In the September 1988 Ensign President Ezra Taft Benson had an article called "In His Steps". In this article, President Benson writes about the times we live in and how coming to know God and Jesus Christ and doing their will can help us make right decisions and go the right way in these difficult times where secular ideas seem to be taking over.
Each day the forces of evil and the forces of good enlist new recruits. Each day we personally make many decisions showing the cause we support. The final outcome is certain—the forces of righteousness will win. But what remains to be seen is where each of us personally, now and in the future, will stand in this battle—and how tall we will stand. Will we be true to our last days and fulfill our foreordained missions?
Each of us has his or her own battlefield. The tactics which the enemy will use against us will vary from time to time. He will seek to exploit our weak spots, so we must be alert to the devil’s devious designs—the subtle sins and clever compromises as well as the obvious offenses.

We must remember that the devil seeks to make all men miserable like unto himself. We must also remember that the Lord loves us and seeks for us the fulness of joy which He enjoys. We must choose whom we will serve.
Jesus knows His kingdom will triumph, and He wants us to triumph with it. He knows in advance every strategy the enemy will use against us and the kingdom. He knows our weaknesses and He knows our strengths. By personal revelation, we may discover some of our strengths through careful and prayerful study of our patriarchal blessing. In prayer we can ask Him to reveal to us our weaknesses so that we can amend our lives.
There is much more in the article of course. I hope you will read it. The words of a prophet are wise and inspiring.

In my November 17 post, I mentioned an LDS 12-step book that is available online at Meridian Magazine. There is another LDS 12-step book available online at It's called LDS Family Services Addiction Recovery Program: A Guide to Addiction Recovery and Healing. You can go to this page to download the book in an Adobe pdf file. As I noted about the previously mentioned book, this book can help with addictions such as alcohol, drugs, tobacco, eating disorders, and so forth, but it can also help with any other problem and with getting closer to the Lord and seeking His help with anything. Give it a read and see what you think.

On a side note, if you have not been able to post comments because you did not have a Google/Blogger account, that is no longer the case. Blogger was making some changes to the comments portion of the program, but you can comment by selecting either "Nickname" or "Anonymous" and post a comment without having to register anywhere.

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Blogger T. F. Stern said...

The reason why I joined the LDS Church was because somewhere in my mind or my heart I always knew my Father in Heaven wasn't some vapor cloud; that He had to have the same body and characteristics as His children, even His Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ. I rejoice in this knowledge and wish the so called scholastic declaration of Nicene didn’t blind the minds and hearts of so many Christians in other denominations.

Merry Christmas to you and your family. Enjoy the season and all that goes with it in safety.

12:19 PM  
Blogger Mary A said...

T.F., I also always felt that God was a real person, glorified and perfected, of course, but real. And that Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit were also separate beings whose oneness with God represented oneness in purpose rather than oneness in entity.

And a very Merry Christmas to you and your family, too! I wish you joy and gratitude and love and safety!

7:21 AM  

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