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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Can we talk? Are you prepared for this world and for the next?
In life, when we are young, our parents usually work hard to teach and train us so that we will be prepared to meet life’s challenges as we grow up in this world. It is a joy for parents to see their children learn and improve and have all the opportunities that they had, or didn’t have, and more. They send us to schools, help us develop our talents, do things with us and take us places and have fun. They are to teach us truths and principles of right and wrong and how to be organized, get a job, and learn to work for those goals we desire. They usually correct us in our mistakes and try to set good examples of how we should act and behave in order to help us ‘get on our feet’ and to become independent and to live full lives. They spend much time and hopefully pray for our success and happiness so that we can receive the blessings that this life has to offer, or at least should have!
Those parents and their children who have prepared and have planned for their futures have put forth the effort and investment of learning and working for success in this world will usually find those things for which they had planned. But have they learned for themselves and taught their children about the next life? Have we been prepared for life after death, how to deal with it; or do we even believe in such a thing?
This is a most important question that everyone must ask of themselves and to find their own answers which are available. I remember when I did and expressed it in a song!
I wrote in my journal about a song that I wrote expressing these feelings called, “Are You Up There.” My journal records:
“I was in my bed in California late one evening having read scriptures, prayed, and pondered for a great amount of time as to what it was that was in my bosom that I NEEDED to “say”. I could feel it as though it were a physical object inside of me trying to get out. I would stare at the piano keys that were located at the foot of my bed. I was wide-awake but totally still and quiet for around 4+ hours. At about 2 or three o’clock A.M., something happened.
It was an emotional experience as I asked myself . . . “What are you trying to say?” “What is it?” It was like a light turned on . . . and got brighter. Here I was sitting up in bed with my pencil and pad of paper in hand and I started to write. Not only did I write lyrics to an inspired song but also, as I looked at the piano keys, I could see what the music cords and melody were to be. I hardly ever went back to check what I had written or made changes! When I finished I re-read the song and started to cry. I will NEVER forget that experience as long as I live! Someone was helping me. “
Are You Up There?
It could all end tomorrow, and where would I be? Does life go on or will it be the end of me? Seems a bit unfair to think that all I’ve learned and done belongs to no one.
Why should I cherish living if there’s no so called plan?
Why, I would have no future if it were left to man.
I can’t believe that we just happened and don’t know what for. There must be more.
Why should I trust in a love that I can’t have forever? Does it seem right to live a game of take-away? Should I want for children if there isn’t any more for them to live for?
Maybe I’m a pessimist – then maybe I’m not. One thing that I’d like to know is what I’ve got. I don’t want a miracle or to see you in the air, but are you up there?
Are you everywhere? Do you really care? Are you up there?
“I prayed to my Heavenly Father giving Him thanks as I knew that I had been inspired from another source, a very, very good source, for I could NOT have written these words or music myself. I could hardly sleep the rest of the night. I would lie there for the next few hours and re-collect my experience and thoughts. I wanted morning to come very badly so I could share this experience and song with my Brothers!”
Everyone hopes and wants to believe that this life has purpose and reasons to live; that someone cares and is watching over us. Even the atheist when facing death cries out, “Oh my God, please help me.” We can fear death or prepare for it by asking and studying the Holy Scriptures which have God’s and Jesus Christ’s words recorded about these things. We also can pray and ask if God is there and if the things the scriptures teach are true. Will you be talking or praying in vain? No!
As the lyrics to the song asks, it makes reason to believe that ‘there must be more’; that we didn’t just happen and that there was a ‘PLAN of Life’. Well, there is!
According to my faith and beliefs, we all lived before this world was with our Heavenly Parents and were born with a spirit body. We were taught truths and learned many things. We were told about God’s ‘Plan of Life’ and the creation that would happen. We had free agency to choose to come to this world or not via our earthly parents in order for us to obtain a body of flesh and bones in which would house our spirit bodies and be able to create life. This was all very sacred.
Without getting into a lengthy doctrinal article here, we all as children of God were prepared before we came to earth to gain a physical body like God, learn truths and choose between good and evil, and to become more like our Heavenly parents and to be given the opportunity or not to be proven or tested; to become parents and co-creators ourselves with God in bearing children here on earth. We were taught the laws of chastity and marriage and “to multiply and replenish the earth” in order to fulfill “God’s work and glory in bringing to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” This is what God does as a creator.
The Lord Jesus, the Son of God , came to earth to teach us and show by example the way we must follow and become in order to redeem us from our sins. He knew we would make mistakes and that it would take a God, or son of God, to be able to pay the price for our sins, which He did for us! “God is not the author of confusion “and “our ways are not God’s ways”, but we are His children and must obey His laws; and if not, we will pay a price. As always, we have our free agency and the power to choose.
In today’s world, there is a tendency to ignore and even deny God’s existence and to choose evil versus good, which anyone can do. That doesn’t mean that He isn’t still there! “The natural man is an enemy to God.” It takes effort and good choices and work in order to do good. God has always shown to us those things we must do in order to return to live with Him once again. He taught Adam and Eve and has spoken to us through His prophets over time about those sacred things and His plan of life. He gave us the Ten Commandments through Moses and spoke through other prophets. Jesus Christ was born and came to fulfill those commandments and we now must follow His words and laws that He gave us.
We have been promised all that God has with posterity and the blessings of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob through our various lineages of which we were born. Our lineage is important and our posterity will derive us blessings. Though God separated us into twelve tribes and confounded our languages at the time of the Tower of Babel, it was all done for a wise purpose. God has not forgotten us but remembered each of us and His various tribes that He gave His words and promises to and commanded them to be recorded as with The Bible and The Book of Mormon. He will soon gather all the tribes together once again along with their records which have been hidden up to come forth. Jesus will also be returning once again.
God has continually told us that we can all return to heaven after we die to come forth after the resurrection to be judged of our works. He also has told us that, “In my house are many mansions.” “There is a glory like unto the stars, the moon and the sun. So also is the resurrection.” We will live in one of His mansions above of which laws we are able to live, or in everlasting darkness; hell.
Now the question:
So, have you prepared yourself to dwell with God once again? “The next world?” Have you read His words and listened to His prophets so that you know those things that you must do while here on earth in order to achieve the highest degree of glory In His Kingdom after this life? We are to follow Jesus’s example and with faith, repentance, and baptism by one holding the authority from Jesus, (children under the age of 8 years of age are innocent and have no need to be baptized), and to receive the Holy Ghost. There are also sacred covenants that the Lord’s people take upon themselves in The House of the Lord and have since the beginning of time. These are most important promises between you and God. This knowledge has always been upon the earth since Adam and Eve.
These truths are not secret but sacred and are available today but you must be worthy of receiving them. They are performed in the Holy Temples or The House of The Lord. Without them, you will not be able to return to live in the Celestial Kingdom, the highest kingdom of Heaven where God dwells, without them. Yes, God has prepared other kingdoms for those who cannot or are not willing to live the higher laws yet promises that you will be happy. “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
Some records from the Bible with many precious parts have been taken out of it and were lost from the Bible during the time of Constantine about 3-400 AD. The Lord knew this would happen and “will not be frustrated”. Thus, He had the tribes in various parts of the world record His words as He visited them after He was resurrected. These records with those missing truths will come forth before we are to be judged.
Again, it is WE, who must choose. God’s blessings are available to ALL, if they but seek them, learn them, and live His laws and keep His Commandments.
THIS IS WHAT WE EACH SHOULD BE SEEKING TO LEARN AND PREPARED TO LIVE!
I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians.
The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.
I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of geetting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down m throat.!
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.
In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.
In light of recent events… terrorists attack, school shootings, etc.. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school… The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.
Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he’s talking about.. And we said okay..
Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Are you laughing yet?
Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.
The Plan of Happiness – It’s Heavenly Father’s Plan Of Life
Who am I?
Why am I here?
Where am I going?
What you have seen and heard with this film is of most importance. It is something that each of us try to share with one another because as the Lord said, “where much is given, much is expected.” We truly have been blessed!
My family and I have tried to share with our music and word, the ‘Plan of Happiness’ to individuals and families all over the world. The message is the same for all of us; that we are children of God who loves us and has placed us here on earth in families to prove ourselves and to give us the “power” to choose ‘the way’ we wish to live our lives. Free agency is something we fought for even before we came to this world and we continue to do so today. Good and Evil are the choices.
Yes, we will make mistakes. Jesus knew we would and that is why He came to this world to show us the way to love one another and to follow Him. He knew that some of our debts would require much more than we alone would be able to pay and so He died for us and took upon Himself our sins. In return He has asked us to follow Him and to repent and take upon ourselves His name by being baptized even as He was and receive the Holy Ghost.
I know that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ. I know that the Holy Ghost will lead and guide us through life just as our GPS systems lead us on unfamiliar highways. I know that Jesus is to return again soon. Even though the angels of heaven know not when He shall return, the Lord has given us “signs of the times” that we might be warned and prepared. Those signs are now upon us and I pray that everyone who watched this video, those who heard our album called “The Plan”, those who have felt Him calling you and those that have prayed for guidance and are seeking answers may know in your hearts that we are NOT ALONE!
Read your scriptures and pray with all your hearts seeking for answers for therein lies the keys to further truth and knowledge. If you seek, ye shall find. If you knock, it shall be opened up unto you. If you would like to know more about what we believe, click here.
With life there is ‘The Plan’. There is also ‘The Way; The Way to get back to our Heavenly Father. Jesus is ‘The Way‘, the one who will bring us together. He is the One, He is ‘The Way’!
“And now, the thing which our father meaneth concerning the grafting in of the natural branches through the fulness of the Gentiles, is, that in the latter days, when our seed shall have dwindled in unbelief, yea, for the space of many years, and many generations after the Messiah shall be manifested in body unto the children of men, then shall the fulness of the gospel of the Messiah come unto the Gentiles, and from the Gentiles unto the remnant of our seed—
And at that day shall the remnant of our seedknowthat they are of the house of Israel, and that they are the covenant people of the Lord; and then shall they know and come to the knowledge of their forefathers, and also to the knowledge of the gospel of their Redeemer, which was ministered unto their fathers by him; wherefore, they shall come to the knowledge of their Redeemer and the very points of his doctrine, that they may know how to come unto him and be saved.” 1 Ne. 15: 13-14
And to the Nephites, and the Jacobites, and the Josephites, and the Zoramites, through the testimony of their fathers—
And this testimony shall come to the knowledge of the Lamanites, and the Lemuelites, and the Ishmaelites, who dwindled in unbelief because of the iniquity of their fathers, whom the Lord has suffered to destroy their brethren the Nephites, because of their iniquities and their abominations.
preserved, which contain these records—that the promises of the Lord might be fulfilled, which he made to his people;
And that the Lamanites might come to the knowledge of their fathers, and that they might know the promises of the Lord, and that they may believe the gospel and rely upon the merits of Jesus Christ, and be glorified through faith in his name, and that through their repentance they might be saved. Amen.
Jesus Christ spoke to His apostles prior to his crucifixion and resurrection explaining to them that there were other sheep that were not of this fold that He must visit. Following His resurrection, Jesus went around the world to other people, or sheep, as His visitation is recorded in The Book of Mormon, which is Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Jesus also went to others and visited them. Those records are yet to come forth.
Why was this so important to visit other people around the world? Because everyone must come to know that Jesus is their Savior or Shepherd. Also, many of Jesus’s precious words were taken out of the Bible during the days of Constantine in 3-400 AD. By having other people (sheep) record His words, when they all come together, they will be as one or as other Testaments of Jesus Chirst and His words. There will be no doubt of what Jesus has said and that He is our Savior and The Way to everlasting life. These other books or records also fulfill the scripture in that the sheep or people, will be of one fold, and Jesus would be the Shepherd of all.
Jesus Christ visited the people in America after He was resurrected and showed them his nail scarred hands and feet telling them He was their Savior too, and they were his people, or sheep.
A statement in The Book of Mormon sums up our assertion that Mormons are most certainly devoted Christians:
“We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophecy of Christ” (2 Nephi 25: 26).
We seek to emulate Christ. We love the Bible, which testifies of Jesus Christ, and we love The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. With all people of other faiths who love and worship Jesus Christ, we declare with them that we too are Christians.
President Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of the Church, said:
We are Christians in a very real sense and that is coming to be more and more widely recognized…we have a very vital and dynamic religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. We, of course, accept Jesus Christ as our Leader, our King, our Savior…the dominant figure in the history of the world, the only perfect Man who ever walked the earth, the living Son of the living God. He is our Savior and our Redeemer through whose atoning sacrifice has come the opportunity of eternal life. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pray and worship in the name of Jesus Christ. He is the center of our faith and the head of our Church. The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ and witnesses of His divinity, His life, and His Atonement.
Mormons believe that Jesus is the actual Son of God, our Deliverer, Redeemer and Savior.
Mormons believe that Jesus was born to Mary, His mortal mother, and that He was the Only Begotten Son of our Heavenly Father.
Mormons believe that Jesus was baptized of John and later told Nicodemus that the only way to enter the kingdom of God was to do likewise.
Mormons believe that Jesus lived a perfect life—the only individual to do so–and that He invited us to come unto Him and follow His example and His teachings.
Mormons believe that Jesus Christ organized a church while He lived on the earth. Mormons believe that the name of that His church was The Church of Jesus Christ, and Mormons believe that the organization of that church was as perfect as He was. Mormons believe that the foundation of the ancient Church of Jesus Christ was “apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone” (Ephesians 2: 20). Thus, Mormons believe that the perfect foundation of The Church of Jesus Christ continues to be “apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone.”
Mormons believe that in a supreme act of love, Jesus Christ suffered and died for each of us. Mormons believe that because Jesus sacrificed His life and atoned for us, if we follow Him in the way that He prescribed, we can receive forgiveness of our sins, achieve reconciliation with our Heavenly Father, and qualify to live one day with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
Mormons believe that Jesus died and rose from the grave on the third day and thus overcame death by His literal, bodily resurrection. Mormons believe that because of Jesus’ resurrection, He has the power to resurrect every child of Heavenly Father in a marvelous, universal resurrection.
What is anti-Christian about these beliefs?
Mormons love Jesus Christ as the central figure in their lives.
Mormons worship and adore Him. Mormons pray to Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ.
Mormons weekly partake of the sacrament by which they covenant to take upon them the name of Jesus Christ, to always remember Jesus Christ, and to keep the commandments of Jesus Christ.
Mormons take Jesus Christ as their example for living a happy and fulfilled life.
Mormons seek to bring people to Jesus Christ so He can heal and bless them.
Mormons have made sacred covenants to devote their lives to Jesus Christ and to emulate and serve Him.
Jesus gave His followers a test by which they could discern who was His true disciple and who was not. “Ye shall know them by their fruits.” Good trees bring forth good fruit and evil trees bring forth evil fruit. “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7: 16-20). Therefore, an investigator needs only to observe the lives of Mormons to see which type of fruit they bring forth. For example,
Has the investigator ever read The Book of Mormon to realize that nearly every page speaks of Jesus Christ?
Had the investigator ever attended one of our worship services or listened to the sermons that invariably center on Jesus Christ?
Is the investigator aware of the Church’s vast humanitarian efforts:Has the investigator listened to the Tabernacle Choir which consistently testifies of and worships Jesus Christ?
the thousands of yellow-Tee-shirted “Helping Hands” volunteers
the massive education fund to help students in third world countries
the enormous storehouses filled with food and staples for the poor
Deseret Industries which gives clothing, furniture and other items to the poor
the Church’s women’s organizations that extends millions of hours in compassionate service to those in need
or the myriad local and Church-wide projects to assist the sick, under-privileged and otherwise needy?
Has the investigator ever listened to Latter-day Saints’ conversations with each other? Invariably, they default to their love of the Savior and His goodness in their lives.
Yes, Mormons are Christians—some of the most Christian people in the world.
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“And other sheep(people)I have, which are not of this fold: (Jerusalem) them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice;(Jesus appeared to them in America)and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.”(Jesus)
“Therefore repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus, and lay hold upon the gospel of Christ, which shall be set before you, not only in this record(Book of Mormon)but also in the record which shall come unto the Gentiles from the Jews,(Bible)which record shall come from the Gentiles unto you.
For behold, this is written (Book of Mornon) for the intent that ye may believe that (Bible); and if ye believe that (Bible) (Book of Mormon); and if ye believe this (Book of Mormon) ye will know concerning your fathers, and also the marvelous works which were wrought by the power of God among them.
And ye will also know that ye (Book of Mormon) are a remnant of the seed of Jacob (Bible); therefore ye are numbered among the people of the first covenant; and if it so be that ye believe in Christ, and are baptized, first with water, then with fire and with the Holy Ghost, following the example of our Savior, according to that which he hath commanded us, it shall be well with you in the day of judgment. Amen.
Why Did Jesus go to other parts of the world with His word?
“But if he will not hear thee, (if you don’t believe the Bible)then take with thee one ortwo more, (The Book of Mormon, Book of The Lost Ten Tribes of Israel, Book from The Isles of the Sea, etc.) that in the mouth of twoorthreewitnesses (Books or Records)every word may be established.”
“This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of twoorthreewitnesses shall every word be established.”
The Bible was a compilation of writing by several Prophets in and around Jerusalem.
The Book of Mormon was also a compilation of writings by several Prophets in America.
Jesus our Lord God spoke out about all of these books or “sticks”! Ezek. 37: 19
“Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick (Book) of Joseph, (Book of Mormon) which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick (Book) of Judah, (The Bible) and make them one stick, (One in Purpose) and theyshallbeone (As One)inminehand.
We, the Lords sheep, or people, must also come together and be as ONE!
Jesus didn’t leave just one record or Book of His Word, but several books of His word so that the truth would be established!
We all are Jesus’s sheep or fold, and HE is our Shepherd!!!
“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
That they all may beone; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may beone in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, (In Purpose) even as we are one:
I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”John 17: 11-23
At TheFamily.com we strive to share various ways of helping families become stronger and to take responsibility for their actions.
We do believe that family is the fundamental unit of society and that the Father and Mother need to teach their children to become self reliant and to live providently. Families need to be prepared for emergencies and make sure that physically, they have enough to eat and drink and can take care of any medical issues and needs without going to the store for a period of time should any emergencies arise.
Children should become stronger mentally with good education and to stay away from pornography and drugs. There is aggressive Spiritual Warfare going on today and members of the family need to know the difference between good and bad so they can choose wisely. Parents need to teach them values and correct principles so they understand the difference. Working hard and getting a good job besides being charitable is most important and learning to be kind and giving to those in need.
Time is the BEST thing you can give your children and spouse! We highly recommend an evening together as a family which has proven to make a big difference in many homes.
We encourage families set aside Monday night as “family home evening” to spend TIME with each other. This is a time and place for families to study the gospel together and to do other activities that strengthen the family by learning and sharing, to teach values and correct principles, to create family memories, and to increase unity and love.
The home is the most important place for learning and teaching children where they can SEE a sermon from their parents instead of just HEARING one; and where parents can develop a closer relationship with their greatest investment, their posterity!
No other organization can take the place of the family. Parents are to nurture their children with love and gospel teaching.
It is the perfect place to share personal and funny stories, one’s feelings and experiences with how parents dealt with issues that their children may be facing, and the best time to find their eternal relationship with God and their Savior Jesus Christ through family prayer together to prepare, spiritually.
We can promise you that this is what has helped keep our families stay so close together throughout these many years. Nothing can compensate for failure in the home. The BEST gift you can give to your children is your TIME!
The Lamb of God is the Savior of The World for All Families.
Forty days after His Resurrection, Jesus and His Apostles were gathered together on the Mount of Olives. The time had come for Jesus to leave the earth. He had completed all the work that He had to do at that time. He was to return to our Heavenly Father until the time of His Second Coming.
What did Jesus do during those forty days? He visited “His other Sheep” … those of other nations!
“And othersheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be onefold, and one shepherd.” John 10: 16
“Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth?
Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is awitness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also.
For behold, I shall speak unto the Jews and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the Nephites and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the other tribes of the house of Israel, which I have led away, and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto all nations of the earth and they shall write it.”2 Ne. 29: 7-8, 12
“And the angel spake unto me, saying: These last records, which thou hast seen among the Gentiles, shall establish the truth of the first, which are of the twelve apostles of the Lamb, and shall make known the plain and precious things which have been taken away from them; and shall make known to all kindreds, tongues, and people, that the Lamb of God is the Son of the Eternal Father, and the Saviorof the world; and that all men must come unto him, or they cannot be saved.” 1 Ne. 13: 40
“Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so comein like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1: 11
You must repent and be baptized, in the name of Jesus Christ.
I give unto you these words and a commandment, that you rely upon the things which are written.
These words are not of men nor of man, but of me.
For it is my voice which speaketh them unto you; for they are given by my Spirit unto you, and by my power you can read them one to another.
Wherefore, you can testify that you have heard my voice, and know my words and you shall fall down and worship the Father in my name.
And you must preach unto the world, saying: “You must repent and be baptized, in the name of Jesus Christ.”
For all men must repent and be baptized, and not only men, but women, and children who have arrived at the years of accountability. (8 years of age.)
And now, after that you have received this, you must keep my commandments in all things.
And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.
“Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth?
Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also.
For behold, I shall speak unto the Jews, and they shall write it; (The Bible) and I shall also speak unto the Nephites and they shall write it; (The Nephites) and I shall also speak unto the other tribes of the house of Israel, which I have led away, and they shall write it; (The Lost Ten Tribes of Israel) and I shall also speak unto all nations of the earth and they shall write it.“
“And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be onesouluntome, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!”D&C 18: 15