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The Gospel of Jesus Christ

What we need to do to gain salvation and exaltation
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Elder Tucker

on 16 September 2012

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Transcript of The Gospel of Jesus Christ

The Gospel of Jesus Christ Faith Baptism The Gift Of
The Holy Ghost Enduring
To The End So what is faith? Faith is the first principle that we need to learn in order to follow God's commandments. In its most basic sense, faith is simply a hope in something (Alma 32:21). But faith is more than just believing in something. Faith requires us to act. (James 2) Just like with Moses, Abraham, Joseph Smith, and many more, we need to do something and act on our hope in God. Through faith, many miraculous things have happened:
Moses parted the Red Sea
Abraham received a great promise from God
Joseph Smith received an answer to his prayer
and many more...
(Ether 12, Hebrews 11) It is through faith that many miracles happen. Without faith, miracles would cease entirely. (Moroni 7:33-34, 37) Having faith leads us to do things, to act.
What has having a simple hope or belief lead you to do? Some of the ways we exercise and act on our faith by praying to God, by keeping His commandments even if we don't know why, and by doing our best to be more like Him. We can gain and develop our faith by reading from the scriptures, especially the Book
of Mormon
(Helaman
15:7-8) Think of how bad you feel
when you do
something wrong to
a friend. And then
you humble yourself
and apologize. Now
imagine how good it
feels when they forgive you for what you did. Repentance is turning our life around to be in harmony with God's will. Christ taught that baptism with water is not complete without baptism with the Holy Ghost. (John 3:5) We all face trials in life. Some are easier than others. Sometimes we succeed. Sometimes we stumble. But just like with anything else in life, the important thing is not that we fell but that we get up and learn from our mistake. Repentance is an act of faith. It demonstrates that we are putting our trust in Jesus Christ and believe that it is through Him that we can be forgiven. That is why faith in Jesus Christ is the first principle! Through sincere repentance, we receive a forgiveness for our sins and we are freed from the guilt that we hold. Although it may seem like a hard thing to do, the opportunity to repent is one of the greatest things our loving Heavenly Father has given to us. The ABC's of repentance: A


C
D cknowledge that you made a
mistake and admit that what
you did was wrong
e sorry for what you did. Be sorry
for breaking God's
commandments
orrect anything that may have
resulted from your actions
on't do it again! B Even as we continue to strive to do what God wants, we still mess up. Repentance is not a one-time thing, it is a life-long process of correcting our mistakes. In fact, we should be repenting daily and working to bring our lives in line with what God wants from us. Baptism is the first covenant we make with God. A covenant is a promise between us and our loving Father in Heaven. He was baptized by the proper authority and by immersion. That is how baptism is done in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints! Baptism is a commandment and is required in order to live with God again. Just like with everything else in life, we need to follow the example that Jesus Christ himself set. God has said that little children are clean and that they do not need baptism. So only those who are eight and older are baptized. (Moroni 8; D&C 68:27) Faith and repentance are things that should be done every day. But we can't get baptized every day. Usually the Sunday after someone is baptized, they get confirmed. In the confirmation, they officially become members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and most importantly receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. The gift of the Holy Ghost includes the right to the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost, but does not garuntee His companionship. That comes from following the commandments and being obedient. This is how we open the gift. This is called enduring to the end. When you get a gift for your birthday or Christmas, it does no good to just let it sit there. You can only fully appreciate the gift when you open it and use it as it was intended. The gift of the Holy Ghost is the same way! Hi! :) We are fully forgiven for our sins only after we are baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost Previous to baptism, you can feel the influence of the Holy Ghost, but you can't have His constant companionship until after baptism. The Holy Ghost better equips us to face to world and know what our Heavenly Father wants from us. What the Holy Ghost does: Testifies of Christ
Confirms truth
Comforts us
Provides strength
Warns us
Cleansing effect
Provides feelings of peace, joy, love, etc. Enduring to the end is basically just repeating
this cycle
throughout your
life. It is having
continued faith
in Christ,
repenting daily,
taking the sacrament weekly, and following the promptings of the Holy Ghost. There are many blessings that God has promised to all those who endure to the end. Among these blessings is the greatest gift that God can give us which is eternal life--living with God and our families forever! We can only return to live with God through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We must have faith in Jesus Christ, or hope and believe in His existence and in His power to cleanse and forgive us from our sins and mistakes. When we sin, we distance ourselves from God. So how can we bring ourselves closer to Him? in Jesus Christ We can't. At least not on our own. Repentance So now you may be asking yourself, "How do I repent?" Well you're in luck! There is an easy way to remember the basic repentance process... Repentance has a similar result. When we sin, it is like doing something wrong to a friend. When we sincerely repent, we feel better, but the blessings are far greater than simply being forgiven. This can only come by repentance which is possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. What is repentance? Baptism is like a more complete repentance. It is an outward expression of out inner repentance. Instead, we take the sacrament at church. Taking the sacrament is like getting baptized again. It, too, is a commandment and renews the covenants that we make with God at baptism.
Take Christ't name upon us
Always remember God
Keep all of His commandments We promise to: God promises us: Forgiveness of sins
Beginning of a new life
Constant companionship of the Holy Ghost The difference is like trying to walk through a dark room. Before baptism, it is like you are trying to walk through the room and your only source of light is the flash from a camera--you only get a glimpse of what is around you every once in a while. But after baptism, it is like walking through a dark room but with a flashlight as your source of light--it is constant and is better for helping you find the way. The Holy Ghost helps us to know the right things to do. It is through following the guidance of the Holy Ghost that we are able to endure to the end. This is what enduring to the end is--it is learning from our mistakes and growing so that we continually become what God wants us to become.
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