The Worth of Souls.

Every person you see- whether one you pass on the street, at your place of work, or at the store, is literally a son or daughter of God. As I have been out here amongst these beautiful people on my mission in Jacksonville Florida I have begun to truly see the real identity of each person I meet. I have been blessed to look past what superficial or temporal appearance might show forth at first glance, and begin to see them as a child of God.

The scriptures have many passages that speak of our identity along with our worth. In the book of Isaiah the Lord states that “I will make a man more precious than fine gold” (Isaiah 13:12). From latter day revelation we learn that “…the worth of souls is great in the sight of God” (D&C 18:10).

The Gospel of Jesus Christ helps us to become more Christlike. Our Savior was the greatest example of goodness. He never had cast an unfair judgement nor looked down upon anyone. He recognized each and every person as precious. As I live the Doctrine of Christ I find myself becoming more Christlike and recognize others potential and worth. Striving to become like Christ is a never ending pursuit, but is a travail that leads to peace and happiness.

I know that as each one of us strive to become Christlike we will recognize the worth of every soul. We will do our best to help them come back to the presence of their Father in Heaven.

It is my testimony that God the Father lives. That we and each soul can return to Him. That He loves us. That He sent His Son, our Elder Brother Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind, and that he too loves us. It is my conviction that because of the Love that God has for us He wants each one of us to return to Him. Every soul, is great in the sight of God. I know that as we follow the teachings of Jesus Christ we can become cleansed from sin and all unrighteousness and be found spotless at the last day. Worthy of the words “Well done, good and faithful servant… enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”

Elder N. Allred


Check out this funny church Movie about one’s Potential and Worth! (Johnny Lingo)

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A Sacred Gift

After a good but busy afternoon on Saturday the time finally came, we were prepared and ready for the baptism. It was a beautiful service for our friend Linne and a strong spirit was felt. That service on Saturday concluded the baptism of water, by immersion, for the remission of sins. Yet, Christ said that we must not only be born of the water, but born of the spirit too! If we are to enter into the Kingdom of God

So the next step is for one to receive the Holy Ghost or have the “baptism of fire“. This comes to one by the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. On Sunday I had the opportunity to participate in giving Linne the gift of the Holy Ghost. Priesthood holders gathered around and laid hands on her head and proceeded to give her this sacred gift. Although this is a common thing for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to witness, people we are teaching who attended church hadn’t seen this before. We later told them that this is something derived from the Bible. This is what occurred in Christ’s primitive church. And showed them that it is spoken of here in the Book of Acts:

12) But when they believed Philip apreaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the bname of Jesus Christ, they were cbaptized, both men and women.

 13) Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and awondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.

 14) Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the aword of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:

 15) Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:

 16) (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)

 17)Then alaid they their hands on them, and they received the bHoly Ghost.

 18) And when Simon saw that through alaying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,

 19) Saying, Give me also this apower, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.

 20) But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the agift of God may be bpurchased with money.

I find two significant things from these scriptures in the Holy Bible. The first being that the Apostles conferred the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. The second being that not just anyone can have the ability or authority to give this precious gift. Simon saught to have this ability, he even offered money for it! But the Apostles told him that the ‘gift of God’ or the Priesthood is something that cannot be purchased with money. It too is given by the laying on of hands (just like the Holy Ghost) to one who is qualified and worthy.

This all leads back to the unique message that I share with my brothers and sisters everyday out here on my mission. That because Our Heavenly Father loves us, he has Restored his true church back to the earth today. That the priesthood of God, which allows one to perform sacred ordinances, has been Restored among other truths.

I testify that Jesus Christ lives and that His Church and all of the truths necessary for Exaltation have been Restored to the Earth today.

 

 

 

 

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“Where do you go if you die today?” A question from a 1st Baptist Deacon…

We had been out under the Florida summer sun, in the hot and humid weather- our backpacks sticking to our backs and our shirts sticking to our skin. We biked a fair amount this morning and worked hard with the reward of our lunch time in view. We finally arrived at our destination for lunch, The Olive Garden! Some hospitable members of the church had asked us if they could take us out for a meal, and without hesitation we accepted their request. And so, after a delicious meal, we had rejuvenated and refueled; ready to get back out on the bikes and preach the gospel.

As we unlocked our bikes and put on our helmets an elderly man walked up to my companion and I. He said, “I got one question for ya’ll, where do you go if you die today?” Well, this is a profound question in my opinion. One that philosophers and scholars alike have studied for centuries. Yet, as a young 19 year old I was able to boldly give a simple and true answer to this learned man.

The answer is found in The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. This question, is a deep question of the soul but answered quite simply in the book of Alma as the prophet Alma testifies:

ALMA 40:11-13, 23

11. Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection—Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life.
12. And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow.
13. And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of the wicked, yea, who are evil—for behold, they have no part nor portion of the Spirit of the Lord; for behold, they chose evil works rather than good; therefore the spirit of the devil did enter into them, and take possession of their house—and these shall be cast out into outer darkness; there shall be weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth, and this because of their own iniquity, being led captive by the will of the devil.
23. The soul shall be restored to the body, and the body to the soul; yea, and every limb and joint shall be restored to its body; yea, even a hair of the head shall not be lost; but all things shall be restored to their proper and perfect frame.

I may not have answered the man with the eloquence and power that Alma did, but my companion and I were able to give a sound answer to this man because of the knowledge we have received from The Book of Mormon.

I am thankful to have the Book of Mormon along with the Bible. These inspired texts help us to know of God’s plan of happiness for us. The Book of Mormon and Holy Bible go hand in hand just as we told the man outside of Olive Garden who was from the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville. We showed him how the Book of Mormon speaks of the plain and precious truths that have been taken from the Bible. Things such as the spirit world or infant baptism. I have come to know that The Book of Mormon is true. I have received this divine witness by the power of the Holy Spirit, and I know that any man can receive this same witness. If you don’t have a copy of The Book of Mormon, get one. If you have one and aren’t reading it, please do-

It answers the questions of our souls and changes lives. 

 

 

 

 

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I’m working on it

It was Father’s Day and Elder Bushman and I were out on our bikes traveling to visit some members of our church. We went to a few doors to no avail. We went to an apartment complex, tried a door but they too were not home. Well I heard some music playing in the courtyard and went to go see what was up. I poked my head around the corner and a big Samoan spotted us. He pointed his finger at a lady and beckoned for us to come over. We parked our bikes and decided to see what was up.

We headed over to the group of Samaons and soon found out that one of the ladies was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; and thus the reason for the man pointing his finger. Well, the Samoan family celebrating Father’s Day invited us to have some food and we soon found ourselves involved with a feast! I must say, these people were very hospitable and loving- offering up there food and serving us at every opportunity.

Well at the end of the feast I went to throw away my soda can. I gave the can a light squeeze to compact it. It smooshed down, but not to its capacity. The Samaon man saw me attempting this and motioned for it so that he could throw it away. I gave it to him and said “Oh, I can’t get this crushed all the way.” He took this simple opportunity to teach me a profound lesson. He looked at me and said, “Never say you can’t, instead say ‘I’m workin on it‘.” He then said “All things are possible through Christ.”

In the scriptures we find a similar theme: “I can do all things through aChrist which bstrengtheneth me.” (Phillipians 4:13). Throughout my life I have found that we really can achieve whatever we set our minds to. It is my testimony that with the aid of our Advocate and Savior Jesus Christ, We can do all things.

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Missionary Life

So you’ve seen us walking your streets, knocking your doors, or riding bicycles in your city. Just what is it that a Mormon missionary does each and every day? Is he paid? Where is he from? How did he get here? Maybe small inquiries such as these have crossed your mind before as you’ve seen Elders in white shirts and ties virtually anytime or anyplace in the world.

Here is a rundown of a typical day for a missionary. We stay pretty busy I might add!

Missionary Daily Schedule

6:30 a.m. Arise, pray, exercise (30 minutes), and prepare for the day. 

7:30 a.m. Breakfast. 

8:00 a.m. Personal Study: study from the scriptures and doctrine of the missionary lessons as found in Preach My Gospel. 

9:00 a.m. Companion study: share what you have learned during personal study, prepare to teach, practice teaching, study chapters from Preach My Gospel, confirm plans for the day.

10:00 a.m. Begin proselyting. (Missionaries learning a language study that language for an additional 30 to 60 minutes, including planning language learning activities to use during the day.)

 *Missionaries may take an hour for lunch and additional study, and an hour for dinner at times during the day that fit best with their proselyting. Normally dinner should be finished no later than 6:00 p.m. 

9:00 p.m. Return to living quarters (unless teaching a lesson; then return by 9:30) and plan the next day’s activities (30 minutes). Write in journal, prepare for bed, pray. 

10:30 p.m. Retire to bed.

 And after a long day filled with hard work, faith building experiences, rejections, acceptance, doors opened, doors slammed, people yelling at us, people accepting us, dogs barking, dogs biting,  many prayers, many scriptures, and many miracles we go to bed and then- repeat.

Each day fits this basic structure yet every day is so unique and exciting. I love serving my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is the Master and Commander, Our Redeemer, whom I will serve Now and Forever.

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