Top Ten Mormon Messages

Mormon Messages are short videos that the LDS church releases to provide people with spiritual uplift. There are many excellent Mormon Message videos, but as a final post of 2013, I put together a top ten. (So many good ones! It was really really difficult to choose. I would recommend watching the others.)

Coming in at #10

Whom Say Ye that I Am?

This post is by Jessica McKenna

I have been thinking of this scripture this week:

He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

How would I answer this?  Who is Christ to me?

And I began to understand better Elder Bruce R McConkie's words: "In speaking of these wondrous things I shall use my own words, though you may think they are the words of scripture, words spoken by other Apostles and prophets.

True it is they were first proclaimed by others, but they are now mine, for the Holy Spirit of God has borne witness to me that they are true, and it is now as though the Lord had revealed them to me in the first instance. I have thereby heard his voice and know his word."

For As I pondered this question, I was lead to think on the many testimonies of Christ I have heard in my life.

Like this one: 2 Nephi 25: 23 & 26
For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.
And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.

And this one, found multiple times in Isaiah:
...but his hand is stretched out still.

Don't forget about this one found in Doctrine and Covenants 76:
 22 And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!

 23 For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—

 24 That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God.

And the special witnesses given by living prophets and apostles:

The scriptures and words of the prophets are full of testimonies of who Christ is- for that is their purpose!
Here are just a few more:

One of the testimonies that has touched my heart the most is Christ telling me in his own words who He is.

 10 Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.

 11 And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning.

And this... a compilation of His words, as found throughout the scriptures, and is the narration the Church uses with the Christus statue in Visitors' Centers around the world:

Behold, I am Jesus Christ the Son of God. I created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are.
I came into the world to do the will of my Father.
my Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross... that I might draw all men unto me.
Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me.
Behold the wounds which pierced my side, and also the prints of the nails in my hands and feet.
For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent.
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you...
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
In my Father’s house are many mansions... I go to prepare a place for you.
If ye love me, keep my commandments.

These testimonies have become my own, for I have read them, prayed about them, and felt of their truthfulness. I have lived them and loved them.

So, whom say ye that He is? Who is He to you?
As you read and pray about the scriptures, those testimonies of Christ will sink into your heart and mind. They will become yours. And you will understand that you are His.

What are some of the testimonies of Christ that have become yours? Which ones are you working on making your own?

An Invitation

This post is by Jess, the queen of average.

Have you ever been invited to do something or participate in something that you never expected? For example, a friend is getting married and you're invited to be there. Or when someone graduates and you're invited to participate in the celebrations. It's so much fun! I love getting invitations. 

On the flip side, I also love inviting people to things. Any gathering I have, anyone is invited. Am I bothered when someone turns down my invitation? No. Maybe they are engaged elsewhere, or have a family obligation, or don't want to come. That doesn't bother me, I just like inviting.

Just as I like inviting people to be part the good times that might be taking place on a Friday night, I love inviting people to learn more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Why do I like inviting? Because I endlessly enjoy being a member and can't help but want others to feel and experience what I know! Also, there are so many misconceptions about members of the LDS church that I want to get those misconceptions cleared up. And the best way to do that is to ask the missionaries

(Side note: A few years ago I had endless questions about another faith and was asking everyone else but members of their congregation. How unfair of me! So I reached out to their missionaries and had every one of my questions answered! They appreciated that I went to them.)

So this holiday season, I am extending an invitation to you! I would love for you to know more about my faith. And I think the best way to do that is to ask our missionaries. We have TONS of them. (One of which is my very own sister, serving in Germany!) And even ones you can chat with right now online.

Am I asking you to be baptized a member of the church? Nope. 
Am I asking you to have questions about our faith? Yes! 
Am I asking you to ask those questions? Yes. 

Final note: Be open to learning more (because learning is what we're on earth to do). Have a soft heart. Go to God and find out what He wants you to do to be closer to Him. I promise, He'll give you an answer!

Thanks for reading this blog. It has come to mean a lot to me. I hope you've enjoyed hearing stories of people finding peace in their lives. It can also be the same for you, and so, I invite you to learn more.

The Angry Spot

This post is by Miranda.

It was a dreary English February morning, the sky was an oppressive grey and cold, wet mist enveloped everything. The kids had mad cabin fever and my husband was deployed to an un-namable location.  We were nearing the end of a trying Christmas holiday--everyone had had strep, which, when you have a child with Asperger's and the doctor wants a throat culture means you've just gone to Hell and Back; Thing 1 had climbed atop a radiator and pulled it off the wall, dumping gallon upon gallon of boiling black water onto the office floor; it was our first holiday without Daddy, you get the picture--and I was pushing aside my guilt and instead allowing myself to revel in excitement that the kids would soon be going back to school. And then, red gatorade.

My arch nemesis.

35ish Books I Can Read Over and Over

by Jess

One of my favorite holidays of the year is Thanksgiving. It is the perfect springboard into the season of love and giving. In addition, I love that this holiday helps to put me into a grateful state of mind. This year, one of the things I am most grateful for is literature.

Weird right? Who is grateful for literature? Well, I guess I am. :)