We all have our free agency and God holds us accountable for the way we use it in thought and deed. "Kindness, compassion, and love are powerful instruments in strengthening us to carry heavy burdens imposed without any fault of our own and to do what we know to be right." Elder Dallin H. Oaks
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“Learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart” (Matt. 11:29).
Many times, the Savior used only a few words or a simple act to emphasize a wondrous eternal principle. For example, after feeding the 5,000, He said to His disciples, teaching them and us to avoid wastefulness:
“Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost” (John 6:12)
Jesus’ teachings on the subject of humility are similarly concise and powerful. The four Gospels, written with rare clarity and beauty, take us back to those days when the Son of God walked among men. His magnificent life showed a total and absolute absence of pride, arrogance, and vanity. Likewise, His words reflect a constant recognition of His dependence on the Father.
His Words on Humility
Humility is one of the dominant principles the Lord taught in the Beatitudes. To His disciples gathered at the Sermon on the Mount and later to the Nephites on the American continent, He said:
“Blessed are they who … come down into the depths of humility and [are] baptized.
“Yea, blessed are the poor in spirit who come unto me, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. …
“And blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. …
“And blessed are all the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God”
(Matt. 5:4–5, 7, 11).
When His disciples asked Him, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Jesus called a little child to come to Him and chided them, saying:
“Whosoever … shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 18:1, 4).
“For he that is least among you all, the same shall be great” (Luke 9:48).
Jesus always pointed out that His Father was the source of His power and knowledge. At the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus went into the temple and taught:
“My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. … He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him” (John 7:16, 18).
Later Jesus testified:
“I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things … for I do always those things that please him. … And I seek not mine own glory”
(John 8:28–29, 50; see also John 12:49–50).
The Master Teacher frequently warned against pride.
During dinner at the home of one of the chief Pharisees, Jesus discerned how those seated at the table thought themselves better than one another (Luke 14:7). He taught them a parable and then said,
“Whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted” (Luke 14:11; Luke 18:14).
When James and John’s mother asked Jesus to give her sons the privilege of sitting on His right and left in the day of His glory, Jesus explained that this was a privilege He was not authorized to give. And noting contention among His disciples, He said,
“Whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister”
(Matt. 20:27–28; see also Matt. 23:11–12; Luke 22:24–27).
Jesus taught His disciples of divine humility during their final moments together as they walked to the Mount of Olives just before His arrest and Crucifixion:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. … He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:1, 5).
A short while later, in His great Intercessory Prayer, He stated:
“Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: …
“I have glorified thee on the earth. …
“And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them [His disciples]; that they may be one, even as we are one” (John 17:1, 4, 22).
His Example of Humility
From the moment of His birth, the Savior taught humility through His actions. The great Creator of all things (see John 1:3) condescended to be born into the humblest of circumstances. He entered mortality in a shelter for animals and was laid in a manger, a crib that was also used for the feeding of animals. His first visitors were humble shepherds (see Luke 2:7–20).
As Jesus began to perform miracles in Galilee, His fame spread throughout the region. Many people flocked to Him, some desiring to be healed, while others were simply curious. To the sick and afflicted He often said,
“Thy faith hath made thee whole,”
emphasizing the role of the healed, rather than that of the Healer, in the miracle of healing.
And when a leper came, saying,
“If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean” (Mark 1:40),
Jesus healed him, saying,
“See thou say nothing to any man” (Mark 1:44).
Jesus repeated this instruction after many of His miracles, reflecting a deeply held desire that His miracles be done and received in humility and primarily in private.
Following His miraculous feeding of the 5,000, some among the multitude wanted to make Him their king. Such popularity and power would have severely tempted or corrupted most people. But Jesus ignored the intoxicating influence of the praise of the world, departing into a mountain to be alone (see John 6:15).
On another occasion of grand public acclamation, Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem. The crowds shouted words of praise, spreading before Him their cloaks and tree branches (see Matt. 21:8–9).
However, Jesus chose on this occasion to ride upon a donkey, a recognized Messianic symbol of humility (see Zech. 9:9).
Service is always an opportunity to cultivate humility.
Jesus demonstrated this when He knelt and washed the feet of the Apostles.
“Know ye what I have done?”
He asked them.
“I have given you an example, that … the servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him”.
(John 13:12, 15–16).
Finally, in His hours of greatest suffering, Jesus subjected Himself to the Father. And in perhaps His greatest act of humility, He allowed Himself to be hung upon the cross. His last words in mortality typify His teachings on humility.
After Jesus uttered the words:
“It is finished” (John 19:30)
He also declared that His Father’s will had been done (Matt. 27:54).
He then bowed His head and gave up the ghost.
Our Words and Actions
The Lord Jesus Christ, our perfect Master, has taught us the meaning of humility through word and example. True and faithful Christians desire that their words and deeds reflect an inner sense of meekness, contriteness, and submissiveness to divine will.
New Testament disciples testified of the Savior’s extraordinary life and of His words and example of humility. Modern prophets and apostles have testified that
“His life … is central to all human history. … God be thanked for the matchless gift of His divine Son.”
Jesus, once of humble birth, Now in glory comes to earth. … Once he groaned in blood and tears; Now in glory he appears. Once rejected by his own, Now their King he shall be known.
He has been and will always be the greatest landmark of humility along our journey to follow His footsteps.
In the Talmud it is stated that “according to tradition, they hung Jeshu the Nazarene on the Eve of Passover.
A crier went out forty days before saying, ‘Jeshu the Nazarene is going to be stoned because he has practiced magic and led Israel astray. If anyone can speak in his favor, let him come forth and declare himself.’
But they found no one to do so. And they hung him on the eve of Passover.” (Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin, tractate 43 a.)
Were these MAGIC or MIRACLES?
Ever see a magician do these?
Or, are they the work of a kind and loving
Son of God?
Changing water into wine
Healing of the royal official’s son
Healing of the possessed man in Capernaum
Healing of Peter’s mother-in-law
Catching a large number of fish
Healing a leper
Healing a centurion’s servant
Healing a paralytic
Healing a withered hand
Raising a widow’s son
Calming the stormy sea
Healing the Gerasene demoniac
Healing a woman with internal bleeding
Raising Jairus’ daughter
Healing two blind men
Healing a mute demoniac
Healing a 38 year invalid
Feeding 5000 men and their families
Walking on water
Healing a demoniac girl
Healing a deaf man with a speech impediment
Feeding the 4000 men and their families
Healing a blind man
Healing a man born blind
Healing a demoniac boy
Catching a fish with a coin in its mouth
Healing a blind and mute demoniac
Healing a woman with an 18 year infirmity
Healing a man with dropsy
Healing 10 lepers
Raising of Lazarus
Healing Bartimaeus of blindness
Restoring a severed ear
Catching a great number of fish
God the Son: The God known as Jehovah is the Son, JesusChrist (Isa. 12: 2; 43: 11; 49: 26; 1 Cor. 10: 1-4; 1 Tim. 1: 1; Rev. 1: 8; 2 Ne. 22: 2). Jesus works under the direction of the Father and is in complete harmony with him. All mankind are his brothers and sisters, for he is the eldest of the spirit children of Elohim. Some scripture references refer to him by the word God. For example, the scripture says that “God created the heaven and the earth” (Gen. 1: 1), but it was actually Jesus who was the Creator under the direction ofGod the Father (John 1: 1-3, 10, 14; Heb. 1: 1-2).
We are all children of God. Jesus came to earth as a perfect person, the only begotten son of God, to take upon himself the debt of our sins so that He can help us pay our debt for our sins so that we may live again, be resurrected, and be able to return to our God once again.
It took a God, even the Son of God to accomplish this.
We are all so deeply indebted to Him. We must become like him. Jesus is The Way.
“But the day soon cometh that ye shall see me, and know that I am; for the veilof darkness shall soon be rent, and he that is not purified shall not abide the day.” D&C 38: 8
Sanctify Yourselves – For Tomorrow The Lord Will Do Wonders Among You
You Never Know When You Might Need To Help Someone.
Watch this moving video “Sanctify Yourselves.” When a little league football player is struck by lightning, his 18-year-old assistant coach, Bryce Reynolds, was prepared to use his newly-conferred Melchizedek Priesthood authority to call upon the healing powers of heaven.
Where did Bryce get the power and the authority
to do this wonder?
It was from Jesus Christ Himself.
The Lord Jesus Christ Ordained His Twelve Apostles
with this wonder.
Jesus was Crucified and All of The Apostles were Killed.
Jesus was Resurrected and visited “His Sheep” or children in several other nations and it was recorded before He
ascended to heaven.
In 1820, Joseph Smith was 14 years old and with Faith, though lacking wisdom, he asked of God which Church he should join and he saw a vision.
God the Father and His Son Jesus Appeared To Joseph Smith.
15 May 1829, John the Baptist also Returned and gave Joseph Smith the Aaronic Priesthood.
Elijah the Prophet held the sealing power of the Melchizedek Priesthood and was the last prophet to do so before the time of Jesus Christ. He appeared on the Mount of Transfiguration with Moses and conferred the keys of the priesthood on Peter, James, andJohn (Matt. 17: 3).
On April 3, 1836, in the Kirtland (Ohio) Temple, Elijah the Prophet appeared again, with Moses and Apostles Peter, James,and John, who came from heaven and conferred the Melchizedek Priesthood and the keys thereof upon Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery
(D&C 27: 12-13; 128: 20).
As demonstrated by his miraculous deeds, the power of Elijah is the sealing power of the priesthood by which things bound or loosed on earth are bound or loosed in heaven.
Thus the keys of this power are once again operative on the earth and are used in performing all the ordinances of the gospel for the living and the dead.
This is done in The House of the Lord, His Temples.
Joseph Smith ordained others to both Priesthoods and it has been handed down over time to several other Prophets.
Our Living Prophet today is President Thomas S. Monson with Counsilors President Henry B. Eyring, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf who hold all of the Priesthood Keys.
They hold the Authority to Ordained, Baptize, Bless and Administer the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
New Members and Converts can become Members of The Church of Jesus Christ.
First, starting at the age of eight, which is the age of accountability, with Faith and Repentance
they are Baptized by emersion.
They then Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands by one who has the Authority.
At the age of Twelve, Worthy Young Men are Ordained into the Aaronic Priesthood.
The can then begin their leadership as young
Aaronic Priesthood leaders.
At 18 years of age, a young man who is worthy is Ordained into the Melchizedek Priesthood and given leadership callings.
If they continue to be worthy, they can be called to serve as full time Missionaries and go wherever they are called to serve somewhere around the world to teach the
Gospel of Jesus Christ.
This is where that young man, Bryce Reynolds in the Video, got the authority to exercise his priesthood that helped save another’s life.
He knew he had the Priesthood authority.
… and so he used it!
His Authority Line goes back to Jesus Christ.
He holds the KEYS to the
Priesthood of God.
No one can just assume this Authority.
Based upon one’s worthiness, it MUST be given to him by one who has the Authority and the keys given to him that can be traced back to Jesus Christ. This ordination is done the same way that Jesus did by the laying on of hands.
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All of this has been in preparation for the second coming of the Lord, as spoken of in Malachi 4: 5-6.
President Monson and the First Presidency of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
hold these keys today.
Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. Matt. 27: 22
“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of JesusChrist of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, evenby him doth this man stand here before you whole.” Acts 4: 10
“I am JesusChrist, the Son of God, who was crucified for the sins of the world, even as many as will believe on my name, that they may become the sons of God, even one in me as I am one in the Father, as the Father is one in me, that we may be one.” D&C 35: 2
Please take 60 seconds to remember Jesus . . . the God of this world.
At the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to the death penalty. He was crucified which was the “worst death”.
Only the worst criminals were condemned to be crucified. Yet it was even more dreadful for Jesus. Unlike other criminals condemned to death by crucifixion, Jesus was to be nailed to the cross by His hands and feet.
Each nail was 6 to 8 inches long.
The nails were driven into His wrist. Not into His palms as is commonly portrayed. There’s a tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder. The Roman guards knew that when the nails were being hammered into the wrist, that tendon would tear and break, forcing Jesus to use His back muscles to support himself so that He could breathe.
Both of His feet were nailed together. Thus He was forced to support Himself on the single nail that impaled His feet to the cross.
Jesus could not support himself with His legs because of the pain, so He was forced to alternate between arching His back then using his legs just to continue to breathe.
Can you imagine this kind of suffering? Imagine the struggle, the pain, the courage.
Jesus endured this reality for over 3 hours. Yes, over 3 hours!
A few minutes before He died, Jesus stopped bleeding. He was simply pouring water from his wounds.
From common images, we see wounds to His hands and feet and even the spear wound to His side… But do we realize His wounds were actually made in his body.
A hammer driving large nails through the wrist, the feet overlapped and an even large nail hammered through the arches, then a Roman guard piercing His side with a spear.
But before the nails and the spear, Jesus was whipped and beaten. The whipping was so severe that it tore the flesh from His body.
The beating so horrific that His face was torn and his beard ripped from His face.
The crown of thorns cut deeply into His scalp.
Most men would not have survived this torture.
He had no more blood to bleed out, only water poured from His wounds. The human adult body contains about 3.5 liters (just less than a gallon) of blood. Jesus bled and poured all 3.5 liters of his blood;
He had three nails hammered into His members; a crown of thorns on His head and, beyond that, a Roman soldier who stabbed a spear into His chest.
All these without mentioning the humiliation He passed after carrying His own cross for almost 2 kilometers, (the cross was almost 30 kg of weight, only for its higher part, where His hands were nailed), while the crowd spat in his face and threw stones.
Jesus had to endure this experience, so that you can have free access to God.