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T H E C H U R C H O F J E S U S C H R I S T O F L A T T E R - D AY S A I N T S • M A R C H 2 0 1 6
Three Gardens and
the First Easter, p. 10
What My Children Teach
Me about the Gospel, p. 24
Eight Blessings of the
Sabbath Day, p. 26
Helping Young Women
Find Their Place in Relief
Society, pp. 30, 32
“God has delivered
me from prison,
and from bonds,
and from death;
yea, and I do put my
trust in him, and he
will still deliver me.”
Alma 36:27
Liahona, March 2016
30 More Alike Than Different
By Bonnie L. Oscarson and
Linda K. Burton
Whether you’re in Young Women
or in Relief Society, you’re still sisters in the gospel who can cherish,
learn from, and watch over one
32 Progression into Relief Society
What can you do as a Young
Women or Relief Society leader to
make progressing into Relief Society
easier for young women?
36 The Light of the Perfect Day
By Elder Larry R. Lawrence
Five ways we make light grow
brighter and brighter within us.
First Presidency Message:
“Learn of Me”
By President Thomas S. Monson
Visiting Teaching Message:
Created in the Image of God
16 Finding Your Life
By Elder D. Todd Christofferson
Finding our lives by losing them
for the Savior’s sake means making our discipleship open and
24 Gaining Gospel Insights
through Motherhood
By Katy McGee
A few experiences with my
children have helped me better
understand my relationship with
Heavenly Father.
October 2015 Conference
10 Gospel Classics: The Three
Gardens of God
By Elder Bruce R. McConkie
41 Music: A Sinless Man
By David B. Larsen and
Janice Kapp Perry
42 Latter-day Saint Voices
80 Until We Meet Again:
Resurrection—the Beginning
of Immortality
By Elder Dallin H. Oaks
26 Blessings of the Sabbath Day
By Marissa A. Widdison
Front: Take Your Rest, by Walter Rane.
Inside front cover: Photograph © iStock/
Thinkstock. Inside back cover: Painting ©
Members share some of the blessings they’ve seen from keeping the
Sabbath day holy.
March 2016
48 Our Savior’s Atonement
By Elder M. Russell Ballard
The Savior’s example shows us the
importance of reaching out to the
52 Eight Myths about Repentance
Sometimes repenting can be tough,
but understanding these things
will help.
56 Poster: He Conquered Death
57 I’m Feeling . . .
46 Feeling the Spirit of Institute
By Jennifer Bohorquez Gomez
I finally found a place where I
wasn’t alone in holding up my
Are you feeling lonely? discouraged? confused? Whip out one of
these scripture cards for reassurance through Christ’s Atonement.
61 Answers from Church Leaders:
How to Build Unity
By President Henry B. Eyring
Unity leads to joy. These three key
principles will help us build that
62 Why We Do Baptisms for
the Dead
What’s going on beyond the veil
when we do baptisms in the temple?
64 I Know That My Redeemer Lives
Name withheld
See if you can
find the Liahona
hidden in this
issue. Hint: Do
you play an
My little brother reminded me that
even though our parents weren’t
there for us, Christ was.
66 A True Pearl
By Amy M. Morgan
Could Jetta really leave her family
to go learn how to play the piano?
68 One Piece of Candy
By Brad Wilcox
José explained to his friend why
he didn’t want to eat the coffeeflavored candy.
70 Answers from an Apostle:
How can I not worry so much?
By Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
71 Our Page
72 One Step Closer to Easter
Try this four-week activity with
your family each week leading up
to Easter.
74 Book of Mormon Hero: Abinadi
Was Courageous
75 I Can Read the Book of Mormon
76 Book of Mormon Stories: King
Benjamin Teaches His People
79 Coloring Page: We Listen to Our
Prophet Today
MARCH 2016 VOL. 40 NO. 3
International magazine of The Church of Jesus Christ of
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Family Home Evening Ideas
This issue contains articles and activities that could be used for family home evening.
The following are two examples.
“How to Build Unity,” page 61: President
Eyring reminds us that one way we can
create unity is by speaking well of one
another. You could practice speaking kindly
by role-playing situations in which family
members are asked to give their opinion
about others. You can use questions like
“How is your brother doing?” or “How
do you like your Sunday School teacher?”
Talk about ways you can speak more kindly
of one another and improve family unity.
You might close your family home evening
by singing “Let Us Oft Speak Kind Words”
(Hymns, no. 232).
“A True Pearl,” page 66: Consider creating a family talent inventory. You can list
talents that family members have developed or would like to develop. You might
also brainstorm ideas for improving and
using those talents. You could ask, “Who
in our family, ward, or neighborhood
could benefit from our family’s talents?”
Consider making plans to develop and use
your talents to serve Heavenly Father as
Jetta did in the story.
The Liahona and other Church materials are available in many languages at languages. Visit (available in English, Portuguese, and
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Numbers represent the first page of the article.
Atonement, 10, 41, 48,
56, 57, 80
Book of Mormon, 74,
75, 76
Conversion, 4, 42
Courage, 74
Death, 80
Discipleship, 16
Divine nature, 7
Easter, 10, 41, 56, 72
Faith, 10, 24, 45, 70
Forgiveness, 52
Institute, 46
Jesus Christ, 4, 10, 16, 24,
41, 48, 56, 57, 64, 72, 80
Light, 36
Love, 4, 16, 24, 36
Missionary work, 26, 68
Motherhood, 24
Peace, 42
Plan of salvation, 62, 80
Prayer, 46
Priesthood blessings, 45
Relief Society, 30, 32
Repentance, 52
Resurrection, 10, 48, 56,
62, 72, 80
Sabbath day, 26
Sacrifice, 66
Scripture study, 4, 36
Service, 4, 16, 26, 32,
36, 43
Talents, 66
Temple work, 36, 62
Tithes and offerings, 44
Unity, 61
Visiting teaching, 43
Word of Wisdom, 68
Young Women, 30, 32
March 2016
By President
Thomas S.
n The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we
are all teachers and we are all learners. To all comes
this gentle invitation from our Lord: “Learn of me . . .
and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” 1
I invite all Latter-day Saints to ponder their efforts to teach
and to learn and to look to the Savior as our Guide in doing
so. We know that this “teacher come from God” 2 was more
than a mere teacher. He who taught us to love the Lord our
God with all our hearts, all our souls, all our strength, and
all our minds, and to love our neighbor as ourselves, is the
Master Teacher and the Exemplar of the perfect life.
He it was who declared: “Come, follow me.” 3 “I have set
an example for you.” 4
Except Ye Be Converted
Jesus taught a simple yet profound truth as recorded in
Matthew. After He and His disciples had descended from
the Mount of Transfiguration, they paused at Galilee and
then went to Capernaum. There the disciples came unto
Jesus, asking:
“Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
“And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in
the midst of them,
“And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted,
and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the
kingdom of heaven.” 5
In the Church, the goal of gospel teaching is not to pour
information into the minds of God’s children, whether at
home, in the classroom, or in the mission field. It is not to
show how much the parent, teacher, or missionary knows.
Nor is it merely to increase knowledge about the Savior
and His Church.
The basic goal of teaching is to help the sons and
daughters of Heavenly Father return to His presence and
enjoy eternal life with Him. To do this, gospel teaching
must encourage them along the path of daily discipleship
and sacred covenants. The aim is to inspire individuals to
think about, feel about, and then do something about living
gospel principles. The objective is to develop faith in the
Lord Jesus Christ and to become converted to His gospel.
Teaching which blesses and converts and saves is teaching which emulates the Savior’s example. Teachers who
emulate the Savior’s example love and serve those they
teach. They inspire their listeners with eternal lessons of
divine truth. They live lives worth emulating.
Love and Serve
The Savior’s entire ministry exemplified love of neighbor.
Indeed, His love and service were often His lesson. In like
manner, the teachers I remember best are the teachers who
knew, loved, and cared about their students. They sought
the lost sheep. They taught life lessons which I shall always
One such teacher was Lucy Gertsch. She knew each of
her students. She unfailingly called on those who missed
a Sunday or who just didn’t come. We knew she cared
about us. None of us has ever forgotten her or the lessons
she taught.
Offer Hope and Truth
Many years later, when Lucy was
nearing the end of her life, I visited
with her. We reminisced concerning
those days so long before when she
had been our teacher. We spoke
of each member of our class and
discussed what each one was now
doing. Her love and caring spanned
a lifetime.
I love the Lord’s injunction found in
the Doctrine and Covenants:
“I give unto you a commandment
that you shall teach one another the
doctrine of the kingdom.
“Teach ye diligently and my grace
shall attend you.” 6
Lucy Gertsch taught diligently
because she loved untiringly.
The Apostle Peter counseled, “Be
ready always to give an answer to
every man that asketh you a reason of
the hope that is in you.” 7
Perhaps the greatest hope a teacher
can offer is the hope found in the
truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“And what is it that ye shall hope
for?” Mormon asked. “Behold I say
unto you that ye shall have hope
through the atonement of Christ and
the power of his resurrection, to
be raised unto life eternal, and this
because of your faith in him.” 8
Teachers, lift up your voices
and testify to the true nature of the
Godhead. Declare your witness concerning the Book of Mormon. Convey
the glorious and beautiful truths
contained in the plan of salvation. Use
Church-approved materials, especially
the scriptures, to teach the truths of
the restored gospel of Jesus Christ in
their purity and simplicity. Remember
the Savior’s injunction to “search the
scriptures; for in them ye think ye
have eternal life: and they are they
which testify of me.” 9
resident Monson invites us to “ponder [our] efforts
You could start with some of the scriptures President
to teach and to learn and to look to the Savior as
Monson referenced, such as Matthew 11:29, John 5:30,
our Guide in doing so.” You might consider search-
and Mark 4:2. You could discuss how what you have
ing the scriptures with those you visit to find insights
learned about Christ can help you “become partakers
into the ways that Jesus Christ taught and learned.
of His divine power.”
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Help God’s children understand what is genuine and
important in this life. Help them develop the strength to
choose paths that will keep them safely on the way to
eternal life.
Teach truth, and the Holy Ghost will attend your efforts.
“Learn of Me”
Because Jesus Christ was perfectly obedient and submissive to His Father, He “increased in wisdom and stature,
and in favour with God and man.” 10 Do we have the determination to do likewise? Just as Jesus “received grace for
grace,” 11 we must patiently and persistently seek light and
knowledge from God in our efforts to learn the gospel.
Listening is an essential element of learning. When
preparing to be taught, we prayerfully seek inspiration and
confirmation from the Holy Ghost. We ponder, we pray, we
apply gospel lessons, and we seek the Father’s will for us.12
Jesus “taught . . . many things by parables,” 13 which
require ears to hear, eyes to see, and hearts to understand.
As we live worthily, we can better hear the whisperings of
the Holy Ghost, which can “teach [us] all things, and bring
all things to [our] remembrance.” 14
When we respond to the Lord’s gentle invitation, “Learn
of me,” we become partakers of His divine power. Let us,
therefore, go forward in the spirit of obedience, following
our Exemplar by teaching as He would have us teach and
learning as He would have us learn. ◼
1. Matthew 11:29.
2. John 3:2.
3. Luke 18:22.
4. 3 Nephi 18:16.
5. Matthew 18:1–3; emphasis added.
6. Doctrine and Covenants 88:77–78.
7. 1 Peter 3:15.
8. Moroni 7:41.
9. John 5:39.
10. Luke 2:52.
11. Doctrine and Covenants 93:12.
12. See John 5:30.
13. Mark 4:2.
14. John 14:26.
Learning about Jesus
he Holy Ghost gives us peaceful feelings to help us
know that Jesus is real and loves us. Write or draw
something that you have learned about Jesus.
Prayerfully study this material and seek to know what to share. How will understanding
“The Family: A Proclamation to the World” increase your faith in God and bless those you
watch over through visiting teaching? For more information, go to
Faith, Family, Relief
Created in the
Image of God
From the Scriptures
designed to carry the Jaredites
The brother of Jared in the
Book of Mormon sought for a
way to light the eight barges
nd God said, Let us make man
in our image, after our
likeness. . . .
“So God created man in his own
image, in the image of God created
he him; male and female created he
them” (Genesis 1:26–27).
God is our Heavenly Father, and
He created us in His image. Of this
truth, President Thomas S. Monson
said: “God our Father has ears with
which to hear our prayers. He has
eyes with which to see our actions.
He has a mouth with which to speak
to us. He has a heart with which to
feel compassion and love. He is real.
He is living. We are his children made
in his image. We look like him and he
looks like us.” 1
“Latter-day Saints see all people as
children of God in a full and complete
sense; they consider every person
divine in origin, nature, and potential.” 2 Each is “a beloved spirit son or
daughter of heavenly parents.” 3
“[The Prophet] Joseph Smith also
learned that God desires that His children receive the same kind of exalted
across the waters to the promised
land. He “did molten out of a
rock sixteen small stones” and
prayed that God would “touch
these stones” with His finger
“that they may shine forth in
darkness.” And God “stretched
forth his hand and touched the
stones one by one.” The veil
was taken from the eyes of the
existence of which He partakes.” As
God said, “For behold, this is my work
and my glory—to bring to pass the
immortality and eternal life of man”
(Moses 1:39).
Additional Scriptures
Genesis 1:26–27; 1 Corinthians 3:17;
Doctrine and Covenants 130:1
1. Thomas S. Monson, “I Know That My
Redeemer Lives,” in Conference Report,
Apr. 1966, 63.
2. Gospel Topics, “Becoming Like God,”; see also Moses 7:31–37.
3. “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,”
Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 129.
4. Gospel Topics, “Becoming Like God,”; see also Teachings of
Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith
(2007), 221.
brother of Jared, and “he saw
the finger of the Lord; and it was
as the finger of a man. . . .
“And the Lord said unto him:
Believest thou the words which I
shall speak?
“And he answered: Yea, Lord.”
And “the Lord showed himself unto [the brother of Jared]”
and said, “Seest thou that ye are
created after mine own image?
Yea, even all men were created
in the beginning after mine own
image.” (See Ether 3:1–17.)
Consider This
How does knowing that each person is created in God’s image help
us in our association with others?
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As you review the October 2015 general conference, you can use these pages
(and Conference Notebooks in future issues) to help you study and apply the
recent teachings of the living prophets and apostles and other Church leaders.
We Can Choose
to Believe
Our Savior’s Atonement
“Our Savior’s Atonement does more
than assure us of immortality by a
universal resurrection and give us the
opportunity for us to be cleansed
from sin by repentance and baptism.
His Atonement also provides the
opportunity to call upon Him who has
experienced all of our mortal infirmities to give us the strength to bear the
burdens of mortality. He knows of our
anguish, and He is there for us. Like
the good Samaritan, when He finds us
wounded at the wayside, He will bind
up our wounds and care for us (see
Luke 10:34). The healing and strengthening power of Jesus Christ and His
Atonement is for all of us who will ask.”
“I testify that even in the toughest
of times, the Savior will say to you
as He said to an anxious father on
a crowded street in Galilee, ‘Be not
afraid, only believe.’
“We can choose to believe.
“For in belief, we discover the
dawn of light.
“We will discover truth.
“We will find peace.
“Because of our belief, we will
never hunger, never thirst. The gifts
of God’s grace will enable us to be
true to our faith and will fill our soul
like ‘a well of water springing up
into everlasting life’ [John 4:14]. We
will experience true and lasting joy.”
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second
Counselor in the First Presidency, “Be Not
Afraid, Only Believe,” Ensign or Liahona,
Nov. 2015, 79.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve
Apostles, “Strengthened by the Atonement of
Jesus Christ,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 64.
To read, watch, or listen to general conference addresses, visit
Based on their “knowledge of the Lord’s mercy and
power,” Sister Neill F. Marriott’s family chose “It will
all work out” as their family motto. In your own family, you could discuss how the Savior strengthens you,
and then create your own family motto. (See Neill F.
Marriot, “Yielding Our Hearts to God,” 30.)
rk out
It wil
Each conference, prophets and apostles give inspired
answers to questions Church members may have.
Use your November 2015 issue or visit conference.
• Why are covenant-keeping latter-day women
vital to the Church? —See Russell M. Nelson,
“It matters not what sins we have committed or how
deep we have sunk into that proverbial pit. . . .
“. . . What does matter is that Christ is pleading our case
before the Father . . . That is what really matters and what
should give all of us renewed hope and a determination to
try one more time, because He has not forgotten us.
“I testify that the Savior will never turn away from us
when we humbly seek Him in order to repent; will never
consider us to be a lost cause; will never say, ‘Oh no, not
you again’; will never reject us because of a failure to
understand how hard it is to avoid sin. He understands it
all perfectly. . . .
“Repentance . . . has the power to lift burdens and
replace them with hope.”
Elder Allen D. Haynie of the Seventy, “Remembering in Whom We Have
Trusted,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 122–23.
“A Plea to My Sisters,” 95.
• Why is motherhood such a sacred and ennobling responsibility? —See Jeffrey R. Holland,
“Behold Thy Mother,” 47.
• What is your purpose as a woman in the work
of salvation? —See Carol F. McConkie, “Here to
Serve a Righteous Cause,” 12.
• Why is it important that we know we have a
divine nature and destiny? —See Rosemary M.
Wixom, “Discovering the Divinity Within,” 6.
In Eden all things were created
in a paradisiacal state—without
death, without procreation,
without mortal probationary
Adam and Eve
stepped down from their
state of immortal and
paradisiacal glory to one
of trial and testing on earth.
This is known as the Fall.
Three Gardens
By Elder Bruce R.
Of the Quorum
of the Twelve
Join with me in gaining
a sound and
sure knowledge of
the Atonement.
feel, and the Spirit seems to accord, that the most important doctrine I can declare, and the most powerful testimony I can bear, is
of the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ.
His Atonement is the most transcendent event that ever has or ever
will occur from Creation’s dawn through all the ages of a never-ending
It is the supreme act of goodness and grace that only a god could
perform. Through it, all of the terms and conditions of the Father’s eternal plan of salvation became operative. . . .
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. . . .
May I invite you to join with me in gaining a sound and sure knowledge of the Atonement.
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Christ’s disciples waited nearby and soon fell asleep as Jesus
went into Gethsemane alone. Jesus “cometh the third time,
and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is
enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed
into the hands of sinners” (Mark 14:41).
In Gethsemane (above) and at
Golgotha (below), Jesus Christ
shed His blood and died on the
cross. He atoned for the sins of
the world and ransomed us from
the Fall.
We must cast aside the philosophies of men and the wisdom of the
wise and hearken to that Spirit which is given to us to guide us into all
We must search the scriptures, accepting them as the mind and will
and voice of the Lord and the very power of God unto salvation.
As we read, ponder, and pray, there will come into our minds a
view of the three gardens of God—the Garden of Eden, the Garden
of Gethsemane, and the Garden of the Empty Tomb where Jesus
appeared to Mary Magdalene.
In Eden we will see all things created in a paradisiacal state—
without death, without procreation, without probationary experiences.
We will come to know that such a creation, now unknown to man,
was the only way to provide for the Fall.
We will then see Adam and Eve, the first man and the first woman,
step down from their state of immortal and paradisiacal glory to
become the first mortal flesh on earth.
Mortality, including as it does procreation and death, will enter the
world. And because of transgression a probationary estate of trial and
testing will begin.
Then in Gethsemane we will see the Son of God ransom man from
the temporal and spiritual death that came to us because of the Fall.
The body of
Jesus Christ was laid in
a tomb in a garden.
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Three days later Christ
arose from the tomb,
leaving it empty. He had
burst the bands of death and
stood triumphant over the
grave—thus completing
the perfect Atonement.
At the empty tomb, the resurrected
Christ appeared to Mary Magdalene
and asked, “Why weepest thou? . . . She,
supposing him to be the gardener, . . .
turned herself, and saith unto him,
Rabboni; which is to say, Master”
( John 20:15–16).
14 L i a h o n a
And finally, before an empty tomb, we will come to know that Christ
our Lord has burst the bands of death and stands forever triumphant
over the grave.
Thus, Creation is father to the Fall; and by the Fall came mortality
and death; and by Christ came immortality and eternal life.
If there had been no fall of Adam, by which cometh death, there
could have been no Atonement of Christ, by which cometh life.
And now, as pertaining to this perfect Atonement, wrought by
the shedding of the blood of God—I testify that it took place in
Gethsemane and at Golgotha, and as pertaining to Jesus Christ, I testify that He is the Son of the Living God and was crucified for the sins
of the world. He is our Lord, our God, and our King. This I know of
myself independent of any other person.
I am one of His witnesses, and in a coming day I shall feel the nail
marks in His hands and in His feet and shall wet His feet with my tears.
But I shall not know any better then than I know now that He is
God’s Almighty Son, that He is our Savior and Redeemer, and that salvation comes in and through His atoning blood and in no other way.
God grant that all of us may walk in the light as God our Father is
in the light so that, according to the promises, the blood of Jesus Christ
His Son will cleanse us from all sin. ◼
From “The Purifying Power of Gethsemane,” Ensign, May 1985, 9–11; punctuation and
capitalization standardized.
This was Elder McConkie’s last apostolic witness in mortality; he passed away two weeks later.
Then Jesus said to
Mary, “Touch me
not; for I am not yet
ascended to my Father”
( John 20:17).
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Finding Your Life
By Elder D. Todd
Of the Quorum
of the Twelve
In giving His life, Christ saved not only His own life but our lives
as well. He made it possible for us to exchange what would otherwise have been an ultimately futile mortal life for eternal life.
hen Jesus and His Apostles were together in Caesarea Philippi, He
asked them this question, “Whom say ye that I am?” (Matthew 16:15).
Peter, with reverent eloquence and power, responded, “Thou art the
Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16; see also Mark 8:29; Luke 9:20).
It thrills me to read those words; it thrills me to say them. Shortly after this
sacred moment, when Jesus spoke to the Apostles about His impending death and
Resurrection, Peter contradicted Him. This earned Peter a stinging rebuke—for not
being in tune with, or not savoring, the things of God “but those that be of men”
(Matthew 16:21–23; see also Mark 8:33). Then Jesus, “showing forth afterwards
an increase of love toward him whom [He had] reproved” (D&C 121:43), kindly
instructed Peter and his Brethren about taking up one’s cross and losing one’s life
as the way to find an abundant and eternal life, He being the perfect example (see
Matthew 16:24–25).
I want to talk about the Lord’s seemingly paradoxical declaration that “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew
10:39; see also Matthew 10:32–41; 16:24–28; Mark 8:34–38; Luke 9:23–26; 17:33). It
teaches a powerful, far-reaching doctrine we need to understand and apply.
A thoughtful professor offered this insight: “As the heavens are higher than the
earth, God’s work in your life is bigger than the story you’d like that life to tell. His
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life is bigger than your plans, goals, or fears. To save your
Take Up Your Cross Daily
First are the Lord’s words spoken just before He said,
life, you’ll have to lay down your stories and, minute by
“Whosoever will save his life shall lose it” (Matthew 16:25). As
minute, day by day, give your life back to him.” 1
The more I think about it, the more amazed I am at how
recorded in each of the synoptic Gospels, Jesus said, “If any
consistently Jesus gave His life to the Father, how perfectly
man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up
He lost His life in the will of the
his cross, and follow me” (Matthew
Father—in life and in death. This
16:24). Luke adds the word daily —
is precisely the opposite of Satan’s
“let him . . . take up his cross daily”
attitude and approach, which have
(Luke 9:23). In Matthew, the Joseph
been widely adopted in today’s selfSmith Translation expands this
One element of losing
centered world.
statement with the Lord’s definition
our lives in favor of the greater
In the premortal council, in volof what it means to take up one’s
unteering to fill the role of Savior in
cross: “And now for a man to take
the Father’s divine plan, Jesus said,
up his cross, is to deny himself all
consists in our taking up
“Father, thy will be done, and the
ungodliness, and every worldly
His cross day by day.
glory be thine forever” (Moses 4:2;
lust, and keep my commandments”
emphasis added). Lucifer, on the
(Matthew 16:24, footnote e ).
other hand, declared, “Behold, here
This accords with James’s declaam I, send me, I will be thy son, and
ration: “Pure religion and undefiled
I will redeem all mankind, that one
before God and the Father is this,
soul shall not be lost, and surely I will do it; wherefore give
. . . to keep himself unspotted from the world” ( James
me thine honor” (Moses 4:1; emphasis added).
1:27). Taking up one’s cross is a daily life of avoiding all
Christ’s commandment to follow Him is a commandthat is unclean while affirmatively keeping the two great
ment to reject once again the Satanic model and to lose
commandments—love of God and love of fellow man—on
our life in favor of the real life, the authentic life, the celeswhich all other commandments hang (see Matthew 22:37–
tial kingdom-enabled life that God envisions for each of
40). Thus, one element of losing our lives in favor of the
us. That life will bless everyone we touch and will make
greater life the Lord envisions for us consists in our taking
saints of us. With our current, limited vision, it is a life that
up His cross day by day.
is beyond comprehension. Indeed, “eye hath not seen, nor
Confess Christ before Others
ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the
A second accompanying statement suggests that finding
things which God hath prepared for them that love him”
our life by losing it for the Savior’s sake and the gospel’s
(1 Corinthians 2:9).
sake entails a willingness to make our discipleship open
I wish we had more of the conversation between Jesus
and public. “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me
and His disciples. It would have been helpful to have some
and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation;
additional light about what it means, in practice, to lose
one’s life for His sake and thereby find it. But as I pondered of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he
it, I realized that the Savior’s comments just before and after cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels”
(Mark 8:38; see also Luke 9:26).
His declaration provide valuable guidance. Let’s consider
Elsewhere in Matthew, we find a companion statement:
three of these contextual comments.
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“Whosoever therefore shall confess me
before men, him will I confess also before
my Father which is in heaven.
“But whosoever shall deny me before
men, him will I also deny before my Father
which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32–33).
One obvious and rather sobering meaning
of losing your life by confessing Christ is to
lose it literally in sustaining and defending your
belief in Him. We have grown accustomed
to thinking of this extreme requirement as
applying in history as we read about the martyrs of the past, including most of the ancient
Apostles. Now we see, however, that what was
historical is moving into the present.2
We know not what may come in the future,
but if any of us should face the trauma of literally losing our life in the Master’s cause, I trust
that we would show courage and loyalty.
The more common (and sometimes more
difficult) application of the Savior’s teaching,
however, has to do with how we live day
by day. It concerns the words we speak,
the example we set. Our lives should be a
confession of Christ and, together with our
words, testify of our faith in and devotion
to Him. And this testimony must be stoutly
defended in the face of ridicule, discrimination, or defamation on the part of those who
oppose Him “in this adulterous and sinful
generation” (Mark 8:38).
On a different occasion the Lord added this
remarkable statement about our loyalty to Him:
“Think not that I am come to send peace
on [the] earth: I came not to send peace, but
a sword.
“For I am come to set a man at variance
against his father, and the daughter against
Our lives should be a
confession of Christ and,
together with our words,
testify of our faith in and
devotion to Him.
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We can and must love
one another as Jesus
loves us. As He said, “By
this shall all men know
that ye are my disciples,
if ye have love one to
her mother, and the daughter in law against
her mother in law.
“And a man’s foes shall be they of his own
“He that loveth father or mother more than
me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth
son or daughter more than me is not worthy
of me.
“And he that taketh not his cross, and
followeth after me, is not worthy of me”
(Matthew 10:34–38).
Saying that He came not to send peace but
rather a sword seems at first impression a contradiction to the scriptures that refer to Christ
as “The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6), the proclamation at His birth—“Glory to God in the
highest, and on earth peace, good will toward
men” (Luke 2:14)—and other well-known
references, such as “Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give unto you” ( John 14:27).
“It is true that Christ came to bring
peace—peace between the believer and God,
and peace among men. Yet the inevitable
result of Christ’s coming is conflict—between
Christ and the antichrist, between light and
darkness, between Christ’s children and the
devil’s children. This conflict can occur even
between members of the same family.” 3
I’m confident that a number of you have
been rejected and ostracized by father and
mother, brothers and sisters as you accepted
the gospel of Jesus Christ and entered into
His covenant. In one way or another, your
superior love of Christ has required the
sacrifice of relationships that were dear to
you, and you have shed many tears. Yet
with your own love undiminished, you hold
steady under this cross, showing yourself
unashamed of the Son of God.
A few years ago a member of the Church
shared a copy of the Book of Mormon with
an Amish friend in Ohio, USA. The friend
began to read the book and could not put it
down. He and his wife were baptized, and
within seven months two more Amish couples were converted and baptized members
of the Church. Their children were baptized
several months later.
These three families decided to remain in
their community and continue their Amish
lifestyle even though they had left the Amish
faith. However, they were subjected to “shunning” by their close-knit Amish neighbors.
Shunning means that no one in their Amish
community will talk to them, work with
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The Cost of Discipleship
them, do business with them, or associate with them in any another” ( John 13:35). So although familial love continues,
way. This includes not just friends but also family members. relationships may be interrupted and, according to the cirInitially, these Amish Saints felt alone and isolated as even
cumstances, even support or tolerance at times may be sustheir children were subjected to shunning and were removed pended for the sake of our higher love (see Matthew 10:37).
from their Amish schools. Their children have endured shunIn reality, the best way to help those we love—the best
ning by grandparents, cousins, and
way to love them—is to continue
close neighbors. Even some of the
to put the Savior first. If we cast
older children of these Amish famiourselves adrift from the Lord out
lies, who did not accept the gospel,
of sympathy for loved ones who
will not talk to or even acknowledge
are suffering or distressed, then we
The best way to help
their parents. These families have
lose the means by which we might
struggled to recover from the social
have helped them. If, however,
those we love—the best way
and economic effects of shunning,
we remain firmly rooted in faith in
to love them—is to continue
but they are succeeding.
Christ, we are in a position both to
to put the Savior first.
Their faith remains strong. The
receive and to offer divine help.
adversity and opposition of shunWhen the moment comes that
ning has caused them to be steadfast
a beloved family member wants
and immovable. A year after being
desperately to turn to the only true
baptized, the families were sealed in
and lasting source of help, he or
the temple and continue faithfully
she will know whom to trust as a
attending the temple on a weekly basis. They have found
guide and a companion. In the meantime, with the gift of
strength through receiving ordinances and entering into
the Holy Spirit to guide, we can perform a steady ministry
and honoring covenants. They are all active in their Church
to lessen the pain of poor choices and bind up the wounds
group and continue searching for ways to share the light and insofar as we are permitted. Otherwise, we serve neither
knowledge of the gospel with their extended families and
those we love nor ourselves.
community through acts of kindness and service.
Forsake the World
Yes, the cost of joining The Church of Jesus Christ of
The third element of losing our lives for the Lord’s sake
Latter-day Saints can be very high, but the admonition to
prefer Christ above all others, even our closest family mem- is found in His words: “For what is a man profited, if he
shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what
bers, applies also to those who may have been born in
shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26).
the covenant. Many of us became members of the Church
As given in the Joseph Smith Translation, His words read:
without opposition, perhaps as children. The challenge
“For what doth it profit a man if he gain the whole world,
we may confront is remaining loyal to the Savior and His
Church in the face of parents, in-laws, brothers or sisters, or and yet he receive him not whom God hath ordained, and
he lose his own soul, and he himself be a castaway?” (Luke
even our children whose conduct, beliefs, or choices make
9:25 [in the Bible appendix]).
it impossible to support both Him and them.
To say that forsaking the world in favor of receiving
It is not a question of love. We can and must love one
“him . . . whom God hath ordained” is countercultural in
another as Jesus loves us. As He said, “By this shall all
today’s world is certainly an understatement. The priorities
men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to
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and interests we most often see on display around us (and
“Not only do we ‘find’ ourselves in terms of acknowledgsometimes in us) are intensely selfish: a hunger to be recing divine guidance in our lives, but the more we serve our
ognized; an insistent demand that one’s rights be respected; fellowmen in appropriate ways, the more substance there is
a consuming desire for money, things, and power; a sense
to our souls. . . . We become more substantive as we serve
of entitlement to a life of comfort and pleasure; a goal to
others—indeed, it is easier to ‘find’ ourselves because there
minimize responsibility and avoid
is so much more of us to find!” 4
altogether any personal sacrifice
Lose Your Life in His Service
for the good of another—to name
I recently learned of a particular
a few.
young adult sister who decided to
This is not to say that we should
we recognize the profound
serve a full-time mission. She had
not seek to succeed, even excel, in
developed a capacity to connect
worthy endeavors, including educatruth underlying all else—that
with and relate to people from
tion and honorable work. Certainly,
our lives belong to God, our
almost every belief system, political
worthwhile achievements are laudHeavenly Father; and to
persuasion, and nationality, and she
able. But if we are to save our lives,
Jesus Christ, our Redeemer.
worried that wearing a missionary
we must always remember that such
name tag all day, every day, might
attainments are not ends in thembecome an identifier that could
selves but means to a higher end.
impede her exceptional ability to
With our faith in Christ, we must see
establish relationships. Just a few
political, business, academic, and
weeks into her mission, she wrote home about a simple
similar forms of success not as defining us but as making
but meaningful experience:
possible our service to God and fellow man—beginning at
“Sister Lee and I rubbed salve into an old lady’s arthritic
home and extending as far as possible in the world.
hands—one of us on either side—while we sat in her living
Personal development has value as it contributes to
room. She didn’t want to listen to any spoken messages,
development of a Christlike character. In measuring sucbut let us sing, loved us to sing. Thank you, black missioncess, we recognize the profound truth underlying all else—
ary name tag, for giving me license to have intimate experithat our lives belong to God, our Heavenly Father; and to
ences with complete strangers.”
Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. Success means living in harBy the things he suffered, the Prophet Joseph Smith
mony with Their will.
learned to lose his life in the service of his Master and
In contrast to the narcissistic life, President Spencer W.
Friend. He once said, “I made this my rule: When the Lord
Kimball (1895–1985) offered a simple expression of the
commands, do it.” 5
more excellent way:
I think we would all be content to match Brother
“When we are engaged in the service of our fellowmen,
Joseph’s level of faithfulness. Even so, he was once forced
not only do our deeds assist them, but we put our own
to languish for months in the jail at Liberty, Missouri, sufproblems in a fresher perspective. When we concern ourfering physically but probably more emotionally and spirselves more with others, there is less time to be concerned
itually because he was unable to help his beloved wife,
with ourselves! In the midst of the miracle of serving, there
his children, and the Saints while they were being abused
is the promise of Jesus that by losing ourselves, we find
and persecuted. His revelations and direction had brought
ourselves! [See Matthew 10:39.]
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them to Missouri to establish Zion, and now
they were being driven from their homes, in
winter, across the entire state.
Despite it all, in those conditions in that jail,
he composed an inspired letter to the Church
of the most elegant and uplifting prose, parts
of which now comprise sections 121, 122,
and 123 of the Doctrine and Covenants, concluding with these words: “Let us cheerfully
do all things that lie in our power; and then
may we stand still, with the utmost assurance,
to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to
be revealed” (D&C 123:17).
Of course, the greatest illustration of saving one’s life by losing it is this: “O my Father,
if this cup may not pass away from me,
except I drink it, thy will be done” (Matthew
26:42). In giving His life, Christ saved not
only His own life but our lives as well. He
made it possible for us to exchange what
would otherwise have been an ultimately
futile mortal life for eternal life.
The theme of the Savior’s life was “I do
always those things that please [the Father]”
( John 8:29). I pray that you will make it the
theme of your life. If you do, you will save
your life. ◼
The greatest illustration
of saving one’s life by
losing it is this: “O my
Father, if this cup may
not pass away from me,
except I drink it, thy will
be done.”
From a Church Educational System devotional address,
“Saving Your Life,” delivered at Brigham Young University
on September 14, 2014. For the full address, go to
1. Adam S. Miller, Letters to a Young Mormon (2014),
2. See Martin Chulov, “Iraq’s Largest Christian Town
Abandoned as ISIS Advance Continues,” The
Guardian, Aug. 7, 2014,
3. Kenneth Barker, ed., The NIV Study Bible, 10th anniversary ed. (1995), 1453.
4. Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W.
Kimball (2006), 85–86.
5. Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith
(2007), 160.
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Motherhood can give us unique opportunities
to learn of the Lord’s doctrine through the Spirit.
By Katy McGee
ny mother knows that time management changes
drastically after children come to the family. In
relearning how to manage my time with four little
ones, I’ve experienced discouraging moments—especially
when it comes to gospel study. It’s tricky to schedule scripture study and be sure it’s meaningful. But a few experiences
have taught me that as I am obedient and prayerful, the Lord
will teach me in other ways.
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Our Heavenly Parent
One day while I was ironing, one-year-old Claire began
to cry in her crib. It was naptime, and I knew that if I could
quickly give her a pacifier, she would fall back to sleep.
Three-year-old Lucy was playing in the room where I was
ironing. I debated for a moment and then decided to keep
the iron on, knowing I’d be out of the room for only a few
moments. “Lucy, do you see that iron on my tall table?” I
asked. “It’s VERY hot. I need to give Claire her pacifier. Please
don’t touch the iron while I’m gone, or it will hurt you.”
I was sure Lucy understood, so I quickly slipped out of
the room. I returned a moment later, and I heard a whimper from behind a chair.
“Lucy?” I asked. “Where are you?”
She didn’t reply.
“Are you OK? Why are you hiding?”
I walked over behind the chair and sat on the floor.
Her face was buried in her hands. After a few refusals
to tell me what happened, she finally said, “Mommy, I
touched your iron.”
At first I was confused that she hadn’t heeded my
warning. Then I felt heartbroken that she would hide
from me after making a small mistake, afraid she had lost
my love and confidence. I knew she was powerless to
take the pain away, and only I could help her burned finger feel better. I comforted Lucy, and as I rushed her to the
bathroom sink to ease the pain, the Spirit whispered to
my heart: “This is how Heavenly Father feels when His
children fail to heed His warnings and won’t allow Him
to ease their pain when they need it most.” In that moment
I felt such joy at this knowledge and a confidence in the
Lord’s willingness to teach me.
Pure Charity
A few years later I was called to be a counselor in my
ward Relief Society presidency. I felt
inadequate to fulfill this calling. I
began to study the principle of charity.
I prayed to develop more Christlike
charity for the sisters I served. But I wasn’t quite sure what
this spiritual gift would look or feel like.
My anxiety was weighing on my mind as I made lunch
one day. My third daughter, Annie, was sitting on the middle landing of our stairs, engrossed in her two-year-old
imagination. I watched as she leaned forward to grab a
toy, lost her balance, and tumbled down four or five stairs.
I ran to her and tried to calm her as she cried. I quieted
her enough to hear a little sob coming from the kitchen
table. I looked over to see five-year-old Claire crying.
“Come here.” I said. “What’s wrong?”
She ran to join Annie and me in a family hug. The words
she spoke were a direct answer to my prayerful question
about charity.
“I saw Annie start to fall, and then I watched her and
saw how sad she felt,” she said. “I would rather fall down
the stairs for Annie than watch her have to fall down.”
The thought immediately came to my mind through the
Spirit, “That is charity.”
Growing in Faith
Most recently, my husband taught our children about the
story of Moses. I said, “I think the faith of Moses’s mother
is amazing! She sent him down the river and prayed that
Heavenly Father would keep him safe. Can you imagine
the great faith it took for her to trust Heavenly Father with
her baby?”
Lucy asked, “Mom, do you have that much faith?”
It was a profound question. I thought about it for a
moment and then shared a few experiences that I have
had when I successfully relied on the Lord with faith. The
discussion that followed was edifying for the entire family.
Her question comes to my mind all the time. It is strengthening to know that I can have faith like Moses’s mother.
As I walk by faith, ask in prayer, and obediently study,
the Lord uses my experiences as a mother to teach me
His doctrine through the Spirit. And He teaches me often,
regardless of the time constraints of parenthood. ◼
The author lives in Idaho, USA.
March 2016
Saints around the world talk about how their lives have
been blessed in unique ways by this special, holy day.
By Marissa A. Widdison
Church Magazines
icture yourself receiving the most important invitation of your life: a chance to spend a day with Jesus
Christ. How would you prepare spiritually and
physically for such a day? What blessings might you hope
would come from such a visit?
The Lord has invited each of us to set aside a day to
commune with Him—the Sabbath day, which He has
blessed and made holy (see Exodus 20:11). What blessings
do you enjoy when you keep the Sabbath day holy? Here
are some thoughts from Saints around the world that might
prompt ideas and impressions of your own.
Closeness to God and Christ
Sister Andrea Julião, from São Paulo, Brazil, discovered
that just as relationships with earthly friends grow stronger when we spend time together, our relationship with
Heavenly Father becomes stronger when we focus on Him
through Sabbath worship.
While visiting family who weren’t members of the
Church, Sister Julião decided to wake up early Sunday and
try to find a Latter-day Saint church building in the area. As
her family prepared for a day of adventurous recreation,
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Sister Julião searched the neighborhood until she met
someone who pointed out a steeple in the distance. Sister
Julião was able to attend worship services. “I had the most
amazing Sabbath day,” she said. “I felt Heavenly Father’s
love so strongly. I felt that He enjoys when His children
obey His teachings. I gained a stronger testimony of the
Church of Jesus Christ.”
Healing and Relief
President Russell M. Nelson, President of the Quorum
of the Twelve Apostles, spoke about how the Sabbath day
blessed his life as a young professional: “I first found delight
in the Sabbath many years ago when, as a busy surgeon, I
knew that the Sabbath became a day for personal healing.
By the end of each week, my hands were sore from repeatedly scrubbing them with soap, water, and a bristle brush.
I also needed a breather from the burden of a demanding
profession. Sunday provided much-needed relief.” 1
Time for Family History
Not long ago, 10-year-old Eliza from Edmonton, Alberta,
Canada, gave a talk in sacrament meeting about one way
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that focusing on Sabbath-appropriate activities has blessed
her life. Because Eliza sometimes struggled with boredom
on Sundays, she and her family decided that indexing
would be a good activity to try. Eliza soon discovered that
she loved working with the names and records. “When I
start, I just want to keep doing it forever,” she shared with
the congregation.
When Eliza’s great-grandma heard how much she
enjoyed family history, she taught Eliza how to add stories
and pictures to their family tree online. “It is so much fun,
I love it!” Eliza said. “When I do family history work, I feel
the spirit of Elijah. It is an awesome feeling.”
A Lifted Soul
Sister Cheryl A. Esplin, first counselor in the Primary
general presidency, testified of the blessing of taking the
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sacrament on the Sabbath day: “When I partake of the
sacrament, I sometimes picture in my mind a painting that
depicts the resurrected Savior with His arms outstretched,
as if He is ready to receive us into His loving embrace. I
love this painting. When I think about it during the administration of the sacrament, my soul is lifted as I can almost
hear the Savior’s words: ‘Behold, mine arm of mercy is
extended towards you, and whosoever will come, him
will I receive; and blessed are those who come unto me’
[3 Nephi 9:14].” 2
Chances to Minister
Elder L. Tom Perry (1922–2015) of the Quorum of the
Twelve Apostles taught that one of the reasons why we
need to rest from our labors on Sunday is that they take us
away from “the opportunity to minister to others.” 3
Ministering on the Sabbath is something Sister Zola
Adjei came to love while growing up in the Kpong Branch
in Ghana. While home from boarding school during the
summers, she and other youth would go in groups to visit
members of their branch they hadn’t seen in a while. “It
was a sacrifice because most of us felt very hungry after
church, and we were so far from our homes that we didn’t
have time to eat and gather again,” Sister Adjei said. But the
sacrifice was worth it, as they were able to pray and sing
hymns with their fellow branch members and invite them
to church and activities. One of the youth would offer to
walk with them to church the next Sunday.
“This practice formed a bond amongst us,” Sister Adjei
said. “Some of us have stayed strong friends from the decisions we made to go out and bring back our lost friends by
giving up a few hours of our Sabbath day.”
Missionary Opportunities
In today’s world, making Sunday a holy day will surely
set us apart—giving us chances to share the gospel in a
natural way as others notice the difference in our weekly
routine. The Davies family experienced this while living on
the island of Grenada with their young daughter, Adrielle.
“None of Adrielle’s friends are members of the Church,
and while many of them believe in God, Sunday to them
is simply another day of the weekend,” explained Sister
McKenzie Lawyer Davies, Adrielle’s mother.
A few months ago, Adrielle was invited to a birthday party
at a movie theater on Sunday. Her family decided to drop off
a gift instead of going to the movie and party. “Because we
simply stopped by to wish them well, we were able to share
our beliefs about the Sabbath with them in a friendly and
open way,” Sister Lawyer Davies said. “It made me happy
that my little girl was already sharing the gospel.”
Protection from Worldliness
Doctrine and Covenants 59:9 states, “And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou
shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments
upon my holy day.” Modern prophets and apostles have
taught that the idea of keeping ourselves “unspotted from
the world” is both an invitation and a promised blessing
that work hand in hand.
For example, President James E. Faust (1920–2007),
Second Counselor in the First Presidency, taught that as
we avoid worldly distractions on the Sabbath day, we
are blessed with protection from obsession with worldly
things: “In this day of increasing access to and preoccupation with materialism, there is a sure protection for ourselves and our children against the plagues of our day. The
key to that sure protection surprisingly can be found in
Sabbath observance.” 4
Quality Family Time
The Olson family in Brigham City, Utah, USA, found that
even changing one small aspect of their Sabbath day brings
about great blessings. Instead of watching regular television
on Sunday, they focus on Church-sponsored media. They
found that watching the Bible videos (see BibleVideos.​org)
with their children invites the Spirit as well as questions
from the kids that prompt good family discussions.
“Not watching TV on the Sabbath led to the biggest shift
in focus for me,” said Sister Lacey Olson. “We might feel
like there are so many rules with regards to Sunday, but I
think the Sabbath is a day unrestricted with regards to service and charity. If we choose, the Sabbath day can arm us
with rejuvenation to face the world in the following week.”
The Lord teaches us in the scriptures that we should
“remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8).
When we recognize the Sabbath as a precious opportunity
to claim spiritual blessings, those words become an invitation from Him. How will we respond? What promises are
in store for ourselves and our families? ◼
1. Russell M. Nelson, “The Sabbath Is a Delight,” Ensign or Liahona,
May 2015, 129.
2. Cheryl A. Esplin, “The Sacrament—a Renewal for the Soul,” Ensign or
Liahona, Nov. 2014, 13.
3. L. Tom Perry, “The Sabbath and the Sacrament,” Ensign or Liahona,
May 2011, 9.
4. James E. Faust, “The Lord’s Day,” Ensign, Nov. 1991, 35.
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As young women progress into
Relief Society and those sisters welcome
them, both groups will quickly discover
they have much in common.
uring a joint Young Women and Relief Society
activity, an 18-year-old Laurel and an 81-year-old
woman were asked to discuss their first dates.
“Both were pleasantly surprised to learn the similarities
between two experiences that were decades apart.” 1 They
discovered that they had more in common than they
thought they did.
Progressing from Young Women into Relief Society can
often seem intimidating, and at times, even scary. As a
young woman, you may find yourself asking, “Do I have
anything in common with these older women? Is there a
place for me in Relief Society?” 2
The answer to those questions is a resounding yes! Like
the two women in the story above, you may find you have
more in common with each other than you thought. And
“yes” there is a place for you in Relief Society. But, like all
progressions in life from one stage to another, we need to
work together to be successful.
By Bonnie L. Oscarson
Young Women General President
I promise you young women
that as you make the effort to get
to know the sisters in your ward,
they will bless your life and you will
be a blessing to them. Jump in with both feet and let it
be known that you are ready to be an active member
of one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations
in the world. You are an essential part of the work of
salvation in the latter days, and as a covenant-keeping
daughter of your Heavenly Father, you are ready to do
your part in building the kingdom of God on the earth.
Prepare yourself to experience something wonderful.
What Can 18-Year-Old Laurels Do?
As you look around the Relief Society room full of
sisters of all ages, ask the question, “What can I learn
from these remarkable women?” As you open your
mind and your heart, you will be surprised at the friendships you will form with sisters who are older than you
but who have much to share in the way of experience
and wisdom.
What Can Young Women Leaders Do?
Your attitudes about being an active member of Relief
Society can have a big influence on how the young
women in your classes feel about it. You can share
personal experiences that show how you have been
blessed or how the lives of others have been blessed
through participation in Relief Society. You should
encourage and assist the 18-year-old Laurels to make
the progression joyfully into Relief Society.
By Linda K. Burton
Relief Society General President
How can you as Relief Society
sisters help mentor “new sisters” to
succeed in our essential part of the
work of salvation? You can help
them understand that they are a vital part of the sacred
work in God’s kingdom. Sharing the book or online
link to Daughters in My Kingdom can help describe
our sacred work in Relief Society.
You can link arms and open your heart to young
women as we prepare together for the blessing of
eternal life. You can expand your circles to include
young women. By so doing, you will be fulfilling Lucy
Mack Smith’s desire to her first Relief Society sisters:
“We must cherish one another, watch over one another,
comfort one another and gain instruction, that we may
all sit down in heaven together.” 3
What Can Relief Society Leaders and Sisters Do?
Recognize that young women bring with them talents, gifts, and an eagerness to share. Make sure that as
young women enter Relief Society, they have a friend to
sit with. Give them opportunities to add their enthusiastic spark to Relief Society. Realize that you not only have
a powerful influence on these younger sisters, but that
they can be loving examples to you. If you teach Relief
Society lessons, make sure to include the situations of all
age groups you are teaching—not just mothers. Young
women can even be given opportunities to teach Relief
Society. You can try pairing younger sisters and older
sisters in visiting teaching and service opportunities.
You can be a blessing and help eliminate age barriers. ◼
1. See Carole L. Clark, “Knit Together in Love,” Ensign, Oct. 1993, 25.
2. See Bonnie L. Oscarson, “Help Young Women Embrace Move to
Relief Society,” Church News, Aug. 20, 2014.
3. Lucy Mack Smith, in Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and
Work of Relief Society (2011), 25.
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ast year Sister Bonnie L.
Oscarson, Young Women
general president, and Sister
Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, posted requests on
their Church Facebook pages. They
asked young women and Relief
Society sisters, as well as parents,
leaders, and teachers involved with
helping young women, to share their
experiences about progressing from
Young Women into Relief Society.
The two presidents received comments from around the world.
Many young women expressed
excitement about being surrounded
by strong women, while others
held back.
Following are some of the comments about making the progression from Young Women into Relief
Society easier. They are arranged into
two groups: (1) What can we do in
Young Women? and (2) what can we
do in Relief Society?
In Young Women:
1. Attend Relief Society
opening exercises.
Many Relief Society leaders invited
the young women to opening exercises once a month and the Laurels to
a lesson occasionally.
Jill, a Relief Society leader, shared
what her ward does. She wrote: “We
challenge young women to sit next
to a Relief Society sister before the
meeting and ask her about her life. It
helps young women see that Relief
Society sisters aren’t that different
from them.”
2. Get to know each other in
social settings.
“I distinctly remember helping do
the dishes at a funeral luncheon,”
wrote Rachel, a young woman. “I got
to talk and laugh with the other sisters
who were in the kitchen, and I felt
like part of the group. They expressed
their confidence in me. That was a
huge moment for me.”
Bekah, a Relief Society sister, took
the initiative to get to know the young
women. She wrote: “I use social media
to befriend the youth and get to know
the things they love. As a result, we
became friends.”
3. Learn from women who
love Relief Society.
“I grew up in a town outside
Stockholm, Sweden. My mother was
single,” wrote Britt-Marie. “I was
almost 13 the year my mother and I
were baptized. When Mom attended
Relief Society night meetings, she
brought me along so I wouldn’t be at
home alone. When I finally turned 18,
I knew and loved every sister.”
Paula wrote, “As a convert at 14, I
made an effort to serve the widows,
single mothers, and less-active sisters.
Soon they were inviting me into their
homes for family activities. As a result,
on my first Sunday in Relief Society, I
felt I had a roomful of mothers.”
“My mother, grandmother, and
aunts shared their testimonies through
their examples,” wrote Lindsey. “They
included me in service projects. I
couldn’t wait to officially join Relief
Society. The transition wasn’t abrupt.
Relief Society is where I felt I was
always going.”
4. Set the example.
“I was super excited to go to
Relief Society,” said Emily. “I think
it was in part due to the fact that
I always felt close to my Young
Women leaders. They treated me
with a lot of respect. I didn’t have
any hesitations joining the Relief
Society sisters because I assumed it
would be the same way with them,
and it was.”
“I wish my Young Women leaders
had talked to me more about Relief
Society and the love and sisterhood
found there,” wrote Marisa.
“The leaders have a big impact
on the way young women see
Relief Society as a whole,” wrote
Tessa. “I think it is important for
Young Women leaders to encourage
young women toward Relief Society
and for Relief Society sisters to be
“I wish my Young Women leaders
hadn’t made Relief Society sound
like a boring place,” wrote Amanda.
“As a result, that is how I felt going
into it.”
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In Relief Society:
5. Make the transition more
than a one-time event.
While many Relief Society presidents do something special to
acknowledge a young woman on
her first day in Relief Society, comments showed that leaders also realized that the progression into Relief
Society is ongoing.
Raquel, a Relief Society leader
in Brazil, shared what her presidency did: “(1) We gave each young
woman a welcome kit on her first
Sunday. This was always a happy
moment. (2) As a presidency we
did some training with them so
they knew they could come
to us. (3) We suggested
that young women not be
called to Primary or Young Women
6. Make lessons applicable
to all sisters.
“I had grown up engaging in
deep gospel conversations with my
mother,” wrote Christy, “and I found
that Relief Society was often closer to
those kinds of conversations.”
Jillian wrote: “I had yearned for
spiritual insight and appreciated
getting it.”
“I struggled to relate to the lessons and with sisters who seemed so
much older than me,” wrote Marisa.
“I was excited to hear perspectives
of women who could share with me
a vision of our mortal purpose that I
hadn’t seen yet,” wrote Emily.
7. Sit by a friend on Sunday.
“I didn’t have a family member
to sit with,” wrote Lacey, a young
woman. “Having sisters just say ‘Hi’
to me or sit with me made a huge
Kelly, a Relief Society sister,
stated it simply. She wrote: “If
someone doesn’t feel welcome, it’s hard to continue attending.”
Sadly, Nikki was one sister who felt
uncomfortable. What she wrote reminds
us that there is always more we can do.
“In situations like mine, some are lost
to inactivity. Relief Society needs to be a
place where we can embrace sisters of
all ages, regardless of who they are or
what they’ve done.”
Crystal cried on her first day. She
wrote: “My former Young Women
leader put her arm around me and
invited me to sit with her. I was with
wives, mothers, and grandmothers.
I shared my feelings, and they listened.
For the first time I felt the strength
of being part of a group of women
striving to be more like Christ. I felt so
blessed to be a part of this worldwide
8. Give young women
opportunities to serve.
“I was asked to play the piano for
our Sunday meetings,” wrote Amy.
“Knowing I was needed helped me
develop a bond with the sisters. It’s like
what President Gordon B. Hinckley
(1910–2008) said about new members in the Church needing a friend,
an assignment, and nourishment by
the good word of God [see ‘Find the
Lambs, Feed the Sheep,’ Ensign, May
1999, 108]. I needed the same things.”
A new Relief Society sister, Cate,
wrote: “I came to learn that I had an
important role in Relief Society after
I was called as an instructor. I have
learned a lot. I am not married yet,
but I feel I am ready for marriage and
motherhood thanks to Relief Society.”
Charlotte, a young woman, took
the initiative. She wrote: “I have
looked for service opportunities
because I rarely have the opportunity
to attend Sunday Relief Society meetings. However, service opportunities
have been abundant and taught me
the meaning of Relief Society.”
9. Know that you are
welcome and wanted.
Brooke wrote, “The simple desire
of the women in my ward to ask us
questions about what was important to
us was huge. I realized that although
these women had different life experiences than I did, we still had the same
basic hopes, dreams, and fears.”
Robyn, however, had a difficult
time. “I was new and the only one
my age that was in Relief Society,” she
wrote. “At first I felt I didn’t belong.”
But Robyn kept going with her mom.
“Slowly I got to know the women and
grew to love Relief Society and visiting
Deborah wrote:
“I knew I was a Relief
Society sister when Bonnie, my Relief
Society president, asked me to assist
her in cleaning a sister’s apartment. The
sister had lived in poverty and then
died unexpectedly. As we gently sifted
through what had been a difficult end
to her life, we came across the sister’s
bridal portrait. There, smiling up at
us, was a stunning, bright-eyed brunette in her white satin bridal gown.
Quietly Bonnie said, ‘This is how we’ll
remember her.’ I felt a love for a sister
that I had not met in mortality. We
were Relief Society sisters. Bonnie and
I finished the day with tears and a hug.”
Let us truly become a “circle of
sisters,” as President Boyd K. Packer
(1924–2015), President of the Quorum
of the Twelve Apostles, tenderly
referred to us as sisters in Relief Society.
Let us build on what we have in common. Our progression from Young
Women to Relief Society is God’s path
for us as His daughters to grow and
develop. Truly, as the Relief Society
motto says: “Charity Never Faileth” (see
1 Corinthians 13:8). ◼
March 2016
By Elder Larry R.
Of the Seventy
The Light
Accumulating as much light as we can is the key
to successfully passing the test of mortal life.
ould you be surprised to learn that your success in life depends upon
how much light you gain while you are here? Success is not about
how much money you make or how many medals you win or how
much fame you achieve. The real objective of our existence is to gain light.
Our physical bodies grow bigger when we feed them nourishing food. Our spirits
grow brighter when we feed them light. “God is light, and in him is no darkness at
all” (1 John 1:5). Our Father in Heaven was once a mortal man who gradually progressed until He became a being with a fulness of light. He wants the same for you
and me because a fulness of light means a fulness of joy.
Our Heavenly Father loves us so much that when we left our premortal life to
come to earth, He gave each of us a parting gift: the Light of Christ, our conscience.
As the scriptures state, “The Spirit giveth light to every man that cometh into the
world” (D&C 84:46).
Heavenly Father’s greatest desire is that we follow the light we were born with so
we can receive more light. As we continue to follow the light our Father sheds on
us, we receive more light and we become more like Him.
The gift of the Holy Ghost—in addition to the light we were born with—gives
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• Love others.
• Study the scriptures.
• Obey the
• Hearken to the Holy
• Serve in the temple.
us a great advantage. It is one of the greatest
gifts we can receive in mortality because it
brings more opportunities for obtaining light
and truth. Without the Holy Ghost, we are
like a person walking slowly home in the
dark with only a flashlight as a guide. When
we accept the gospel of Jesus Christ and are
baptized, we are offered a floodlight and a
guide who knows the way. Now we can walk
faster and see our way during our homeward
Increasing in Light
“That which is of God is light; and he
that receiveth light, and continueth in God,
receiveth more light; and that light groweth
brighter and brighter until the perfect day”
(D&C 50:24).
This verse perfectly summarizes our
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purpose on earth. Eternal progress simply
means increasing in light. As our spirits
become brighter and brighter, we are working toward that “perfect day” when we can
be like God and with God.
Think of this concept of light the next time
you attend an endowment session in the
temple. You start in a dimly lit room. As you
increase in knowledge, the room becomes
brighter. At last your journey of light takes
you to the glorious celestial room. Our experience in the temple is symbolic of our journey on earth. Things get brighter and brighter
until we finally reenter the Lord’s presence.
Exceeding light is an attribute of every
resurrected celestial being. When the angel
Moroni appeared to Joseph in his room, the
young prophet observed that the angel’s
“countenance [was] truly like lightning”
( Joseph Smith—History 1:32).
Matthew used the same words
to describe the angels at the
Lord’s tomb, recording that their
“countenance was like lightning”
(Matthew 28:3 [see also Joseph
Smith Translation, Matthew 28:3,
footnote a]).
When it comes time for each
of us to be resurrected, how will
the Lord determine whether we
receive a telestial body, a terrestrial body, or a celestial body?
The answer is easier than you
may think. If we have accumulated enough celestial light in
our spirits, we will be resurrected
with celestial bodies. If we have
accumulated only enough light
to qualify for terrestrial or telestial
bodies, that is the glory we will receive in the Resurrection.
The Doctrine and Covenants explains:
“Your glory shall be that glory by which your bodies are
“Ye who are quickened by a portion of the celestial
glory shall then receive of the same, even a fulness” (D&C
As long as we stay on the strait and narrow path, trying
to live the commandments and improve ourselves, we are
accumulating light. But what happens when we stray from
the path and break the commandments? What happens to
our light?
The scriptures are clear about this: “He that repents
not, from him shall be taken even the light which he has
received” (D&C 1:33; emphasis added). In other words,
while some people are gaining light, others are losing it.
Satan can take away light whenever we disobey truth (see
D&C 93:39).
The important thing to ask is, how can we obtain more
light so that it “groweth brighter and brighter” within us?
I suggest five ways.
Love Others
One of the best ways to gain light is to learn to love as
our Father in Heaven loves. We call this kind of love charity.
Mormon exhorts us to “pray unto the Father with all the
energy of heart, that ye may be filled with
this love” (Moroni 7:48) Love rapidly brings
more light into our spirits; contention and
jealousy take light away.
Remember, the first commandment is to
love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and
mind (see Matthew 22:37–38). The reward
for loving God and for putting Him first
in our lives is huge. Jesus taught, “If your
eye be single to my glory, your whole bodies shall be filled with light” (D&C 88:67;
emphasis added).
The second commandment is to love our
neighbor as ourselves (see Matthew 22:39).
This may be more difficult to do because our
neighbors are not perfect. The real secret for
learning to love others is found in serving
them. That’s why it comes natural to love our
children, even though they too are far from perfect.
The more you serve, the more you love, and the more
you love, the more light you receive. Missionaries—both
old and young—develop a glow about them that is visible to others. Full-time service is rewarded by lots of
spiritual light.
Study the Scriptures
There is no shortcut to learning truth. You have to invest
time in reading the scriptures and the teachings of the
prophets. If you want to grow spiritually, you have to feed
your spirit by feasting on the word every day. According to
the Doctrine and Covenants, truth is just another name for
light (see D&C 84:45).
Before you open your scriptures each day, pray that
you will learn something new to add light to your spirit.
Then search for new insights and understanding. Also ask
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yourself, “How do these things I am reading apply to my
life?” You have to be willing to invest time if you want to
gain more light.
A related source of light to our spirits is found in memorizing scriptures. Elder Richard G. Scott (1928–2015) of
Hearken to the Holy Ghost
Hearkening to the Spirit is one way President Thomas S.
Monson has gained so much light. He has learned to follow
the promptings and impressions that come to him. The
scriptures teach, “Every one that hearkeneth to the voice of
the Spirit cometh unto God” (D&C 84:47).
If you expect spiritual promptings, they will come. If you
act on them, you will receive more. If the Holy Ghost asks
you to do something that is difficult (like break a bad habit),
and you listen and obey the prompting, you will experience
a spurt of spiritual growth and a big infusion of light.
Serve in the Temple
the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has said, “Scriptures
are like packets of light that illuminate our minds” and
that “great power can come from memorizing scriptures.” 1
Memorized scriptures become a gift you give to yourself—
a gift that keeps on giving more and more light.
Obey the Commandments
As you discover the commandments in the scriptures, go
and do them. For example, if you read the divine counsel
to “retire to thy bed early” and “arise early” (D&C 88:124),
you had better obey. If you are reading the Doctrine and
Covenants and come across the commandment “Thou shalt
not speak evil of thy neighbor” (D&C 42:27), then you better watch what you say from now on. As you learn truth,
you must apply it to accumulate light.
If you gain light but don’t use it, you may lose it.
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When we consider the Lord’s temples, we naturally think
of light. For example, consider what the Prophet Joseph
Smith wrote about the dedication of the Kirtland Temple
in 1836: “The people of the neighborhood came running
together (hearing an unusual sound within, and seeing a
bright light like a pillar of fire resting upon the Temple).” 2
There is so much light and truth to be gained from temple
service that the temple may be referred to as the University of
the Lord. Temple light is even more beneficial to your spirit
than sunlight is to your body. Consider yourself blessed if
you are able to bask in this heavenly light on a regular basis.
Be a Light
Every temple, every chapel, every mission office, every
Latter-day Saint home, and every Church member should
be a light to the world. As Peter reminded the Saints in his
day, God “hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9).
That we may spend our entire lives accumulating as
much light as we can in our spirits is my prayer. That doing
so is the key to successfully passing the test of mortal life
is my testimony. That we can obtain light by following the
suggestions above is my witness. ◼
1. Richard G. Scott, “The Power of Scripture,” Ensign or Liahona,
Nov. 2011, 6.
2. Joseph Smith, in History of the Church, 2:428.
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ive days after my high school graduation, I enlisted in the military. Just
before leaving for Vietnam, I had a distinct impression that my enlistment was
the beginning of a spiritual journey.
Two hours after I arrived at my
new unit, enemy rockets exploded in
the camp. A mortar attack followed
that night. It all seemed exciting until
the second week, when several men
died. Sobered, I started reflecting on
the meaning of life.
I soon met a helicopter crew chief
named Graig Stephens. One day the
subject of religion came up. He told
me he was a member of The Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
and asked if I wanted to know more.
Although my parents were not members of the Church, they had taught
me faith in Jesus Christ.
That evening in an empty bunker,
Graig read me the first discussion. What
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stood out in my mind was not the logic
of the discussion or the manner in
which he presented it but rather the sincerity and humility of this young soldier.
In the next few days, Graig taught
me the other discussions. After each
discussion we would kneel in prayer.
He always asked me to pray, but
I couldn’t seem to do it. I remember becoming distraught over some
principle of doctrine and decided I
didn’t want to hear any more about
the Church. Graig spent the next
day looking for someone who could
answer my questions.
At dusk he brought a helicopter
pilot—a returned missionary—from
another troop to see me. This brother
answered my questions and testified
that he knew the Church was true.
Then he told me I was as ready for
baptism as anyone he had ever seen.
I couldn’t utter a word. When he
finished speaking, I found myself thinking, “You know something, he’s right.”
A short while later, while sitting
in my bunker reading the Book of
Mormon, I decided to do as the scriptures direct and ask God if the Book of
Mormon was true (see Moroni 10:4–5).
Bowing my head, I took my request
to the Lord. No sooner had I done so
than I felt an undeniable feeling of
warmth and peace such as I had never
experienced. I knew that God had
answered my prayer. I knew that the
Book of Mormon was true. Knowing
that the Book of Mormon was true,
I knew that Joseph Smith had to be
a prophet. Shortly thereafter, I was
baptized in the Gulf of Tonkin.
As I came out of the waters of
baptism, I had a feeling of being totally
clean. Life had never been so sweet. It
took traveling thousands of miles to a
war zone, but I finally found the peace
my soul had been seeking. ◼
Robert Swenson, Alabama, USA
hile I was sitting
in my bunker
reading the Book of
Mormon, I decided to do
as the scriptures direct
and ask God if the Book
of Mormon was true.
sat in my living room crying. It had
been only a few days since I had
had a miscarriage, and I couldn’t stop
thinking about the loss of our baby.
So many things reminded me of the
tragedy, especially my closet full of
maternity clothes.
Every time I went into my room,
the clothes seemed to stare at me
from their hangers. Most of them were
brand new and never worn, reminding
me that I was no longer pregnant. I
was still too weak to stand up for more
than a few seconds to put them away.
Suddenly someone knocked on
my door. When I opened it, I saw
my visiting teacher standing on
the doorstep. It was the same visiting teacher who had been watching my children when my doctor
confirmed to my husband and me
that I had miscarried.
lay in bed while she
folded my clothes and
gently laid them in boxes.
“Is there anything I can do for
you?” she asked.
“Yes,” I said. “I need your help putting away my maternity clothes.”
I led her into the bedroom, emptied
drawers, and stripped hangers. Then I
lay in bed while she folded my clothes
and gently laid them in boxes. After
she had taped the boxes and carried
them downstairs so I wouldn’t have to
look at them, I felt my spirits lift.
Afterward she went into the kitchen,
loaded the dishwasher,
wiped the counters, and tidied
up—things I still
wasn’t able to do.
When she left,
my house was clean, my clothes were
out of sight, and my heart wasn’t quite
so heavy anymore.
The Apostle John taught, “There
is no fear in love; but perfect love
casteth out fear” (1 John 4:18). When
we reach out to share the Savior’s
love, we are strengthened by His
courage. Because my visiting teacher
was filled with the love of Christ, she
came immediately when the Spirit
prompted her to come.
We received many expressions of
love during that terrible time, including flowers, cards, cupcakes, and
childcare, all of which we appreciated.
But the expression that helped the
most was when my visiting teacher,
not knowing how badly I needed her,
knocked on my door, and asked, “Is
there anything I can do for you?” ◼
Loralee Leavitt, Washington, USA
lackberries grow like weeds on the
western coast of Canada. The plants
sprout and grow everywhere and will
take over everything they can reach—
fields, sidewalks, roads, and beaches
are lined with blackberry cane. In the
fall neighbors work together to pick
berries to use in their homes.
As I joined in picking blackberries
one year, I was determined that not
only would I pick enough to make
jam for myself and my family, but I
would also make extra to give to the
sisters I visit teach. The best place to
pick blackberries in my neighborhood was down by the elementary
school, where pathways and fields
are lined with brambles reaching
headed over to the
school to see if any
fruit was left there.
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eight feet (2.4 m) high. I had already
been there picking the week before,
and I knew many others had already
gone there as well, so it was likely that
there wouldn’t be much fruit left.
As I prepared to pick berries again,
I thought I would try picking in a different place. Out my kitchen window
I could see a vacant lot next to the
street. Hardly anyone went by there,
and canes were spreading out over an
acre of land. Surely there would be
lots of fruit where no one had picked.
I put my buckets in the back of the
car and headed over.
Soon I was hot, scratched, and
perplexed as I stood in the middle of
the acre of brambles. The canes were
barren, full of thorns but without any
sign of flowers or fruit. I had found
exactly three berries in all that land,
and I couldn’t understand why. My
jam jars, however, still needed to be
filled, so I headed over to the school
to see if any fruit was left there.
When I got to the school fields,
I found even more berries than I
needed and more still ripening, even
though many people had already
picked there. I suddenly recognized
what had happened: blackberry canes
produce much more when their fruit
is picked. Because our neighborhood
had shared this patch for years, the
canes responded with crops year after
year. Where the canes had not been
used, they had remained dry and fruitless. Through sharing that blackberry
patch over the years, we had created
abundance—there was more fruit than
all of us collectively needed.
This experience reminded me of
how tithes and fast offerings work.
The Lord has promised us that when
we pay tithing, He will open “the
windows of heaven, and pour [us] out
a blessing that there shall not be room
enough to receive it” (3 Nephi 24:10).
In sharing what we have through
inspired programs of the Church, we
create temporal and spiritual abundance for our families, our communities, and ourselves. ◼
Rhiannon Gainor, California, USA
ne weekend I woke up and was
unable to hear in my left ear. I
called an ear, nose, and throat doctor
and made an appointment.
The doctor immediately sent me
to an audiologist for a hearing test. I
began to worry when I could not hear
any of the test sounds in my left ear.
At the end of the test, the audiologist
concluded that I had sensorineural
hearing loss, meaning a cranial nerve
used in hearing was damaged.
I was shocked. I was only 26 years
old and was already discussing the
need for a hearing aid. One of my
biggest passions is music. Would I
still be able to play my instruments
and sing?
The doctor prescribed a steroid to
see if it would help, but he was positive
my hearing loss was permanent.
My emotions soon got the better of
me, and tears flooded my eyes. I was
afraid of what the future would bring,
and I was sad that I would never hear
normally again.
That night my husband, Brian, suggested that he give me a priesthood
blessing. I expected that the blessing
would give me comfort and strength
to deal with my hearing loss, but
instead Brian promised in his blessing that my hearing would be fully
restored. I couldn’t believe it.
“My husband must be mistaken,”
I thought. The doctor had seen many
cases like mine and said that my hearing would not return.
Afterward, I asked Brian if he
thought the promised blessing was
his will or the Lord’s. Brian told me he
had felt a strong prompting to make
the promise. I wasn’t convinced.
As I pondered my condition, I
remembered a scripture in the book
of Mark where Jesus tells a desperate father that “all things are possible to him that believeth.” The man
responded, “Lord, I believe; help thou
mine unbelief” (Mark 9:23–24). This
was my plea to my Heavenly Father
that night. I wanted to believe that I
would be healed, but I was unsure.
I lacked faith the Lord would help
me in my crisis.
After my prayer I thought about
a lesson I had taught the young
women about the power of priesthood blessings. I had told the class
to ask for blessings and that the Lord
can heal the sick through blessings.
How could I expect them to believe
me if I lacked faith? I decided to put
my trust in the Lord—He had not lied
to me before.
Two weeks later, my hearing completely returned. The audiologist and
doctor were shocked.
I will forever be grateful to Heavenly
Father that my hearing was restored,
but I am even more grateful for the
lesson I learned. Even if it’s not always
in the way we are promised in a blessing, I know the Lord will bless us if
we put our faith and trust in Him. ◼
Stephanie Hughes, Texas, USA
March 2016
The sometimes
negative environment
of the university
weighed on me. As
I felt the atmosphere
in institute, I knew
I was not alone.
By Jennifer Bohorquez Gomez
hen I started college, I
loved being part of the
educational environment
and seeing the enthusiasm of my
peers. Thanks to my Father in Heaven,
the Perpetual Education Fund, and the
support of my family, my dream was
During the first weeks of classes, I
realized the hard work that awaited me
during the next five years: homework,
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quizzes, tests, and projects. I started to
love my career choice and my college,
but I also realized that until then I had
lived in a bubble. I saw clearly that I
was different from the other college
students. They listened to music with
obscene lyrics, and their conversations
tended to be about being immoral,
using illegal drugs, and drinking alcohol on the weekends.
My classmates invited me many
times to participate with them in their
weekend activities. After I explained
my standards and my religion, many
respected my views and stopped
insisting that I join them, but many
more ridiculed my beliefs. I tried to
be indifferent to these comments, but
I wondered, “Could I live with this
all the time?” I prayed constantly to
receive strength and not feel alone.
But I did not feel that these prayers
were answered. Then I realized the
things going on around me in the university were not going to change.
Though I was in the university, I
continued to attend Young Women, so
I learned about institute one Sunday
in sacrament meeting. I decided to go
to institute the following Wednesday
to ask a question I had about the
Perpetual Education Fund.
After a long hectic day at the university, I headed over to institute. I got
on public transportation, sat down,
and started reading the next chapter
for homework. I sighed deeply, wanting a break, and looked up, only to
see something inappropriate taking
place near me. At my stop I got off
and walked to institute, thinking a lot
about the homework I needed to turn
in the following day.
Though I lived gospel standards,
the environment of the university
weighed on me as I entered the institute building. I walked in and saw
young adult college students dressed
modestly and heard them speaking
respectfully to each other. Which
courses would they take this semester? The Doctrine and Covenants?
The Book of Mormon? Missionary
I approached the clerk, received
the answer to the question I had come
to ask, and turned to leave. Near
the exit I turned around, feeling the
atmosphere of institute. I went out the
door, and tears flooded my eyes as I
felt great joy. I took public transportation back to my house, crying and
smiling. An indelible thought came to
me: I was not alone.
In that moment I received the answer to my prayers. I
felt the Spirit, thought about my experience, and I thanked
my Heavenly Father for the joy of believing in the gospel.
When I got home, I hugged my mom and told her
about my wonderful experience feeling the love of God.
He had never left me and had always been with me, as
He is with each of us when we need Him the most. I
attended institute throughout my time in college and met
many people who remain my good friends. But Jesus
Christ is our best source of love and support, and He
never leaves us alone. ◼
The author lives in Colombia.
“I know the power that comes from
associations in the seminary and institute
programs. It has enriched my life, and I
know it will do the same for you. It will put
a shield of protection around you to keep you free from the
temptations and trials of the world. There is a great blessing
in having a knowledge of the gospel. And I know of no better place for the young people of the Church to gain a special
knowledge of sacred things than in the institute.”
Elder L. Tom Perry (1922–2015) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles,
“Receive Truth,” Ensign, Nov. 1997, 61–62.
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By Elder
M. Russell Ballard
Of the Quorum of
the Twelve Apostles
Our Savior’s
If we could truly understand the Atonement of the Lord
Jesus Christ, we would realize how precious is one
son or daughter of God.
n January 2004 our family suffered the tragic loss of our grandson Nathan in an
airplane crash. Nathan had served in the Russian-speaking Baltic Mission. He
loved the people and knew it was a privilege to serve the Lord. Three months
after I officiated at his eternal marriage to his sweetheart, Jennifer, this accident took
his life. Nathan’s being taken so suddenly from our mortal presence has turned
each of our hearts and minds to the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. While it is
impossible for me to put into words the full meaning of the Atonement of Christ, I
pray that I can explain what His Atonement means to me and our family and what
it might also mean to you and yours.
The Savior’s precious birth, life, Atonement in the Garden of Gethsemane, suffering on the cross, burial in Joseph’s tomb, and glorious Resurrection all became
a renewed reality for us. The Savior’s Resurrection assures all of us that someday
we too will follow Him and experience our own resurrection. What peace, what
comfort this great gift is which comes through the loving grace of Jesus Christ,
the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind. Because of Him we know we can be
with Nathan again.
There is no greater expression of love than the heroic Atonement performed
by the Son of God. Were it not for the plan of our Heavenly Father, established
before the world began, in a very real sense, all mankind—past, present, and
future—would have been left without the hope of eternal progression. As a result
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He knelt among the gnarled olive
trees, and in some incredible way that
none of us can fully comprehend, the
Savior took upon Himself the sins of
the world.
Thankfully, Jesus Christ courageously fulfilled this sacrifice in ancient Jerusalem. There in the quiet isolation of the
Garden of Gethsemane, He knelt among the gnarled olive
trees, and in some incredible way that none of us can fully
comprehend, the Savior took upon Himself the sins of the
world. Even though His life was pure and free of sin, He
paid the ultimate penalty for sin—yours, mine, and everyone who has ever lived. His mental, emotional, and spiritual anguish were so great they caused Him to bleed from
every pore (see Luke 22:44; D&C 19:18). And yet Jesus suffered willingly so that we might all have the opportunity to
be washed clean—through having faith in Him, repenting
of our sins, being baptized by proper priesthood authority,
receiving the purifying gift of the Holy Ghost by confirmation, and accepting all other essential ordinances. Without
the Atonement of the Lord, none of these blessings would
be available to us, and we could not become worthy and
prepared to return to dwell in the presence of God.
I believe that if we could truly understand the
Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ, we would realize
how precious is one son or daughter of God. I believe our
Heavenly Father’s everlasting purpose for His children is
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generally achieved by the small and simple things we do
for one another. At the heart of the English word atonement is the word one. If all mankind understood this, there
would never be anyone with whom we would not be concerned, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, or social or
economic standing. We would strive to emulate the Savior
and would never be unkind, indifferent, disrespectful, or
insensitive to others.
If we truly understood the Atonement and the eternal
value of each soul, we would seek out the wayward boy
and girl and every other wayward child of God. We would
help them to know of the love Christ has for them. We
would do all that we can to help prepare them to receive
the saving ordinances of the gospel.
When I think of my grandson Nathan and how precious he is to us, I can see and feel more clearly how our
Heavenly Father must feel about all of His children. We
do not want God to weep because we did not do all we
could to share with His children the revealed truths of the
gospel. I pray that you will seek to know the blessings
of the Atonement and that you will strive to be worthy to
serve the Lord in the mission field. It was Jesus who said,
“If . . . you should labor all your days in crying repentance
unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me,
how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my
Father!” (D&C 18:15; emphasis added). Not only that, but
great shall be the Lord’s joy in the soul that repenteth! For
precious unto Him is the one.
Our Heavenly Father has reached out to us through
the Atonement of our Savior. He invites all to “come unto
Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his
salvation, and the power of his redemption” (Omni 1:26).
He has taught us that it is through our faithful adherence to
gospel principles, through receiving the saving ordinances
that have been restored, through continual service, and by
enduring to the end that we can return to His sacred presence. What possible thing in the whole world is remotely
as important as to know this?
of Adam’s transgression, mortals were separated from God
(see Romans 6:23) and would be forever unless a way was
found to break the bands of death. This would not be easy,
for it required the vicarious sacrifice of one who was sinless and who could therefore take upon Himself the sins
of all mankind.
Sadly, in today’s world, a person’s importance is often judged by the size of the audience before which he or she performs. That
is how media and sports programs are rated,
how corporate prominence is sometimes
determined, and often how governmental
rank is obtained. That may be why roles such
as father, mother, and missionary seldom
receive standing ovations. Fathers, mothers,
and missionaries “play” before very small
audiences. Yet, in the eyes of the Lord, there
may be only one size of audience that is of
lasting importance—and that is just one, each
one, you and me, and each one of the children of God. The irony of the Atonement is
that it is infinite and eternal, yet it is applied
individually, one person at a time.
Never, never underestimate how precious is
the one. Remember always the simple admonition of the Lord: “If ye love me, keep my
commandments” ( John 14:15). Always strive to
live worthy of the sacred full blessings of the
Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. In our sorrow over the separation from our dear Nathan
has come the peace that only the Savior and
Redeemer can give. Our family has turned
to Him, one by one; and we now sing with
greater appreciation and understanding:
If we truly understood the Atonement and
the eternal value of each soul, we would seek
out the wayward boy and girl and every other
wayward child of God. We would help them
to know of the love Christ has for them.
Oh, it is wonderful that he should care
for me
Enough to die for me!
Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!
(“I Stand All Amazed,” Hymns, no. 193.)
May you give to others and receive for yourselves every blessing the Atonement of the
Lord Jesus Christ offers. ◼
From an April 2004 general conference address.
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The Ato Christ
of Jesus
If you’re not
sure what you
should repent
of and when,
here are some
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about Repentance
epentance isn’t easy, and sometimes it’s painful. But
you are up to the task. It requires change and humility,
and you can do it! Here are some common myths about
repentance and some really good answers.
MYTH #1: I still remember my sin, so I must not
have been forgiven.
MYTH #4: God can’t love me anymore because
of my mistakes.
“Satan will try to make us believe that our sins are not
forgiven because we can remember them. Satan is a liar;
he tries to blur our vision and lead us away from the path
of repentance and forgiveness. God did not promise that
we would not remember our sins. Remembering will help
us avoid making the same mistakes again. But if we stay
true and faithful, the memory of our sins will be softened
over time.” 1
—President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
“God loves all of His children, and He will never cease
to love and to hope for us. The plan of our Heavenly
Father is clear, and His promises are great: ‘For God sent
not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but
that the world . . . might be saved’ ( John 3:17).” 4
—President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
MYTH #2: I still feel guilty, so I must not have
been forgiven.
“For those who are truly repentant but seem unable
to feel relief: continue keeping the commandments. I
promise you, relief will come in the timetable of the Lord.
Healing also requires time.” 2
—Elder Neil L. Andersen
MYTH #3: Bad thoughts just come into my mind,
so there’s nothing I can do about it.
“Some bad thoughts come by themselves. Others come
because we invite them by what we look at and listen to.
Talking about or looking at immodest pictures . . . can stimulate powerful emotions. It will tempt you to watch improper
[videos] or movies. These things surround you, but you must
not participate in them. Work at keeping your thoughts clean
by thinking of something good. The mind can think of only
one thing at a time. Use that fact to crowd out ugly thoughts.
Above all, don’t feed thoughts by reading or watching things
that are wrong. If you don’t control your thoughts, Satan will
keep tempting you until you eventually act them out.” 3
—Elder Richard G. Scott (1928–2015)
MYTH #5: My sins are so bad that I can’t be
“However many chances you think you have missed,
however many mistakes you feel you have made or
talents you think you don’t have, or however far from
home and family and God you feel you have traveled,
I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of
divine love. It is not possible for you to sink lower than
the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines.” 5
—Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
MYTH #6: I’ve stopped committing a serious sin,
so I don’t need to see the bishop. I can just pray
and be fine, or just tell my parents.
“The Lord has declared that the bishop is a common
judge in Israel (see D&C 107:72, 74). He has the responsibility to determine the worthiness of the members of
his ward. By ordination and righteous living, the bishop
is entitled to revelation from the Holy Ghost regarding
the members of his ward, including you.
“The bishop can help you through the repentance
process in ways your parents or other leaders are
unable to provide. If the sin is serious enough, he may
determine that your privileges in the Church should
be restricted. For example, as part of your repentance
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After Confessing, You’ll Feel Better
process, he may ask you to refrain from partaking of the
sacrament or exercising the priesthood for a period of
time. He will work with you and determine when you
are worthy again to resume those sacred activities.” 6
—Elder C. Scott Grow
MYTH #7: I can’t talk to the bishop because he’ll
look down on me.
ou might worry about what your bishop will say,
what he will think of you. Your worries won’t prove
to be true, though. He only wants to help you. He won’t
judge or condemn you. Your bishop will understand.
And after confessing, you’ll feel a million times better,
and when you’re clean, it’s amazing. If you have a problem, take care of it now. The sooner you do, the sooner
you’ll be clean and have joy.
Molly Jeanette T.
“I promise you he will not condemn you. As a servant
of the Lord, he will be kind and understanding as he listens to you. He will then help you through the repentance
process. He is the Lord’s messenger of mercy to help you
become clean through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.” 7
—Elder C. Scott Grow
MYTH #8: I did it again, so I don’t deserve to be
forgiven. Maybe I can’t change.
“Sometimes in our repentance, in our daily efforts to
become more Christlike, we find ourselves repeatedly
struggling with the same difficulties. As if we were climbing
a tree-covered mountain, at times we don’t see our progress until we get closer to the top and look back from the
high ridges. Don’t be discouraged. If you are striving and
working to repent, you are in the process of repenting.”
“At this very moment, someone is saying, ‘Brother
Andersen, you don’t understand. You can’t feel what I
have felt. It is too difficult to change.’
“You are correct; I don’t fully understand. But there
is One who does. He knows. He has felt your pain. He
has declared, ‘I have graven thee upon the palms of my
hands’ [Isaiah 49:16]. The Savior is there, reaching out to
each of us, bidding us: ‘Come unto me’ [3 Nephi 9:14].
We can repent. We can!” 8
—Elder Neil L. Andersen
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Don’t Need to See the Bishop?
ome time ago I sinned, then said a prayer and
thought I had truly repented. One day I felt a great
feeling in my heart that I should have a very honest
conversation with the bishop. I talked to the bishop,
and he guided me where I should improve. I fasted
and offered fervent prayers. This time I felt I had truly
repented. I know Heavenly Father cares for us and that
the Atonement of Christ gives us true forgiveness when
we repent and confess our sins.
Awrellyano Gomes da S.
No Matter How Big the Sin, You Can always
esus Christ endured the Atonement for us so that
we could repent of our sins. The prophets have said
countless times that no matter how big or small the sin,
you can always repent. The Savior wants you to repent,
and He wants to help you. But He can’t force His way
into your life; you have to let Him in and let Him know
through prayer that you want or need Him in your life.
Through all my trials I know God loves me.
Madison B.
God Wants You to Repent
You Can Do It
o those who have fallen, pick yourself
up. You have leaders and people who love you and
want you to be the best you can be. You can do this
together. Always remember Jesus Christ loves you and is
with you every step.
Michael Lee T.
epentance—what a marvelous gift from our Father
in Heaven. He has given us the chance to become
like Him through the Atonement of Christ. He wants us
to repent, to come unto him. Like Corianton, we will
all make mistakes, some more serious than others, but
we ALL make them. Also like Corianton, we can repent
and change our life. (See Alma 39–42.) Heavenly Father
loves us enough that He wants us to return to Him. No
matter what you’ve done, there’s a path back to peace
and happiness. ◼
McKayla J.
Repentance Transforms You
o have the opportunity to feel forgiven is something
very precious to me. You literally feel freed from
a heavy weight in your heart, and you feel loved and
comforted. If it’s a challenge to change, it is worth trying.
It totally transforms you into another person, the person
God wants you to be, the person you came to earth to
fight to become, and even better! Have courage!
1. Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Point of Safe Return,” Ensign or Liahona,
May 2007, 101.
2. Neil L. Andersen, “Repent . . . That I May Heal You,” Ensign or
Liahona, Nov. 2009, 42.
3. Richard G. Scott, “Making the Right Choices,” Ensign, Nov. 1994, 37.
4. Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Point of Safe Return,” 99.
5. Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Laborers in the Vineyard,” Ensign or
Liahona, May 2012, 33.
6. C. Scott Grow, “Why and What Do I Need to Confess to My
Bishop?” New Era, Oct. 2013, 28; Liahona, Oct. 2013, 58.
7. C. Scott Grow, “Why and What Do I Need to Confess to My
Bishop?” New Era, 29; Liahona, 59.
8. Neil L. Andersen, “Repent . . . That I May Heal You,” 41.
Rodrigo Octavio A.
March 2016
“Because of the sacrifice of our beloved Redeemer, death has no sting, the grave
has no victory, Satan has no lasting power, and we are ‘begotten . . . again unto a
lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ’” (1 Peter 1:3; emphasis added).
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency, April 2015 general conference
I’m Feeling . . .
These scripture cards can lift you up when you’re down.
o matter how you’re feeling, God knows you, loves
you, and understands what
you’re going through. In fact, He
loves you so much that He sent
His Son, Jesus Christ, to perform
the Atonement so you could
overcome challenges, be
happy, and return to live with
Him again (see John 3:16).
Mark 4:36–41: The disciples
were afraid when they were out
at sea and caught in the middle
of a wild storm. Christ calmed the
storm with the command “Peace,
be still.” When I am afraid, I call
on the Lord, and He will help me
feel calm.
Joseph Smith—History 1:5–20:
Joseph Smith felt confused about
which church he should join. He
asked God and got an answer,
which led to the Restoration of the
Lord’s Church. When I’m feeling
confused, I pray to God, and He’ll
answer me.
Doctrine and Covenants
121:1–9: While in Liberty Jail,
Joseph Smith felt despair because
members of the Church were suffering, and he was too. He prayed
and received reassurance. God
will be with me when I turn to Him
for comfort.
Additional Scriptures:
Additional Scriptures:
Additional Scriptures:
Christ overcame everything,
so I have nothing to fear.
That may not seem easy when you’re
feeling down, but there’s a place you
can go to find help: the scriptures.
The following cards describe great
examples from the scriptures that
show how God is always there for
you. So whenever you’re feeling sad,
lonely, or frustrated, you can pull
out these cards, turn to the scriptures
listed, and know that God is with you.
Isaiah 41:10
John 14:27
2 Timothy 1:7
Doctrine and Covenants 6:34
The Lord knows how to solve
every problem I face, so I can rely
on His Atonement.
Luke 1:37
Mosiah 26:13
Ether 2:16–3:6
Doctrine and Covenants 58:4
Christ felt all the sadness I will
have to experience, so He can
comfort me.
John 14:18
John 16:33
Alma 17:10
Doctrine and Covenants 122
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these cards and hold them
together with a loose-leaf ring,
string, or ribbon. You may want
to laminate them or keep them
in a sheet protector to help them
last. You can download more
copies for friends or family at
Alma 36:16–21: Alma the
Younger committed some serious
sins, but he was still able to be forgiven and have his burden of guilt
taken away. By repenting, I can
have the peace Alma describes.
Alma 26:27: Ammon reminds his
brethren that when they were
feeling discouraged, the Lord
comforted them and promised
to give them success. God makes
that promise to me if I will turn
to Him.
Mosiah 24:13–15: The people of
Alma were slaves to a wicked taskmaster. They prayed and received
strength to bear their burdens.
When I’m overwhelmed, God will
strengthen me too.
Additional Scriptures:
Additional Scriptures:
Additional Scriptures:
The Savior took my sins upon
Himself so that I can be forgiven
and freed from sorrow and guilt.
Revelation 3:19
2 Nephi 9:21–22
Alma 38:8–9
Moroni 10:32–33
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I can overcome discouragement
as I seek to understand Christ’s
Atonement and access His power.
Matthew 11:28–30
Matthew 26:36–46
Alma 29:10–13
Moroni 7:33
Through the Atonement of Jesus
Christ, I can receive faith and
strength to endure all things.
Alma 26:27
Alma 31:33
Alma 36:3
Doctrine and Covenants 24:8
James 1:5-6: James encourages
me to ask God if I do not understand, but he gives the admonition
to ask in faith. He understood that
asking questions leads to a desire
to understand, while doubt leads
to unbelief.
Luke 8:43–48: While on earth,
Christ healed many people. I can
be healed too. That healing may
not come immediately or in this
life, but He’ll comfort me (a form of
healing) and completely heal me in
the Resurrection.
Additional Scriptures:
Additional Scriptures:
I can find answers to my questions
in the gospel and trust the Savior
to help me overcome any doubt.
Mosiah 4:9
Alma 32:28
Mormon 9:27
Doctrine and Covenants 6:36
The Lord knows how to succor me
and because of Him I will one day
be healed from all my sicknesses.
Matthew 4:23–24
Mark 9:14–27
Alma 7:11–13
3 Nephi 17:7–10
2 Nephi 4:16–35: Even Nephi, as
faithful as he was, got down on
himself. When I’m trying to overcome my weaknesses, complete
a task, or withstand temptations,
I can find comfort in knowing that
God will help me and provide
Luke 15:3–7: The parable of the
lost sheep shows that the Good
Shepherd, Jesus Christ, will do
anything to recover one lost sheep.
I’m worth so much to Heavenly
Father and Jesus Christ that They
provided a way to return to Them
and be like Them.
Additional Scriptures:
Additional Scriptures:
Christ’s grace can give me the
patience to overcome frustration
with myself and others.
Alma 34:41
Alma 38:4–5
Doctrine and Covenants 67:13
Doctrine and Covenants 98:12
Christ suffered for me because He
loves me and knows of my infinite
John 3:16
John 15:13
Alma 24:14
Doctrine and Covenants 18:10–13
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Job 1:21–22: Job suffered terrible things, including the death of
his children. He endured by relying on the Lord. When I turn to
the Lord by coming to know Him, I
will see that I’m never completely
alone because He is with me.
1 Nephi 7:6–21: Laman and Lemuel
bound Nephi and threatened to leave
him in the wilderness. Nephi prayed
and, with the Lord’s help, was freed
and forgave his brothers. I can also
pray, feel peace, and find strength to
Additional Scriptures:
Additional Scriptures:
Any hurt I feel can be healed
through Christ’s Atonement, and His
love will inspire me to forgive others.
Because Christ suffered the
Atonement for me, I do not have
to endure any trial alone.
Luke 22:39–44
John 16:32
Doctrine and Covenants 121:9–10
Doctrine and Covenants 121:46
Psalm 147:3
Isaiah 53:3–5
Luke 23:1–47
1 Nephi 19:9
Christ’s mercy and grace will give
me strength to overcome challenges even when I feel weak.
Alma 2:27–31: When the
Nephites were in battle, they
turned to the Lord and He
strengthened them. As I face all
kinds of spiritual and emotional
attacks, I might feel weak, but the
Lord will strengthen me.
Additional Scriptures:
Matthew 7:24–27
Mosiah 9:17–18
Helaman 5:12
Ether 12:27
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By President
Henry B. Eyring
First Counselor in
the First Presidency
e live in many different
circumstances. We will
come from every nation
and many ethnic backgrounds into
the kingdom of God.
We know from experience that
joy comes when we are blessed with
unity. Heavenly Father cannot grant
it to us as individuals. The joy of
unity He wants so much to give us
is not solitary. We must seek it
and qualify for it with others. It is
not surprising then that God urges us
to gather so that He can bless us.
He wants us to gather into families.
He has established classes, wards,
and branches and commanded us to
meet together often. In those gatherings, which God has designed for us,
lies our great opportunity. We can
pray and work for the unity
that will bring us joy and multiply our
power to serve.
In addition to ordinances, there are
principles we are following as a people which are leading to greater unity.
1. Revelation. Revelation is
the only way we can know how to
follow the will of the Lord together.
It requires light from above. The
Holy Ghost will testify to our hearts,
and to the hearts of those gathered
around with us, what He would have
us do. And it is by keeping His commandments that we can have our
hearts knit together as one.
2. Be humble. Pride is the
great enemy of unity. You have seen
and felt its terrible effects. Happily
I am seeing more and more skillful
peacemakers who calm troubled
waters before harm is done. You
could be one of those peacemakers,
whether you are in the conflict or
an observer. One way I have seen
it done is to search for anything on
which we agree.
3. Speak well of each
other. Think of the last time you
were asked what you thought about
how someone else was doing in
their service in your family or in the
Church. I can promise you a feeling of peace and joy when you
speak generously of others in the
Light of Christ.
The Lord wants us to love our brothers and sisters, even if people are
not the same as we are. We need to
bring our brothers and sisters back to
church. If we love them enough and
pray for them, they will come back to
church and back into our Lord’s arms.
Samuel Z., 16, Arizona, USA
With the unity I see increasing, the
Lord will be able to perform what
the world will think of as miraculous.
The Saints can accomplish any purpose of the Lord when fully united in
righteousness. ◼
From an October 2008 general conference
March 2016
Why We Do
A lot more goes on during
baptisms for the dead
than we see.
f you’ve done baptisms for the dead
before, you’ve probably felt some
of the blessings of temple worship:
you feel less stressed, more focused,
and more filled with peace and faith.
The blessings you can receive from
going to the temple are incredible,
but temple worship is about more
than just the blessings you receive.
Sometimes it’s hard to remember
the other person involved in your
temple worship, but he or she is
more than a name on a blue or pink
slip of paper. When you are baptized
“What a marvelous thing that is that you, an ordinary boy or
girl, can stand in the place of some great man or woman who
at one time lived upon the earth but who is now powerless to
move forward without the blessing that you can give to him
or her. . . . There is no greater blessing. . . . And it will be your
privilege and your opportunity and your responsibility to live
worthy to go to the temple of the Lord and there be baptized
in behalf of someone else.”
President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008), “Inspirational Thoughts,”
Ensign, Apr. 2002, 4.
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or confirmed by proxy for (in behalf
of) someone, you are helping a real
So what do you know about these
people who have died? And why is it
so important for you to be baptized
and confirmed for them? The scriptures give lots of information about
the postmortal life.
Physical Death
Because of the Fall of
Adam, everyone born
on earth experiences
death (see Moses 6:48). At
death, a person’s spirit is separated from the body, and their
spirit goes to the spirit world to
await resurrection.
The spirit world is divided into paradise and
spirit prison. The people who were baptized
and stayed faithful in their mortal life go to paradise.
This is a place of rest, peace, and joy. Jesus Christ visited
and taught the spirits in paradise between His death and
Resurrection (see D&C 138:18–27).
Proxy Ordinances
Fortunately, Heavenly
Father is merciful, loving, and just, so He provides a way for all His children
to be saved. This is where you
can help. When you perform
proxy ordinances for people,
they have the chance to accept
these ordinances. You can do
for them what they can’t do for
themselves on their path to eternal life. These repentant souls
can “be redeemed, through
obedience to the ordinances of
the house of God” (D&C 138:58;
see also verse 59). And you can
experience the great joy that
comes from helping someone in
spirit prison receive these essential ordinances.
The Spirit World: Paradise and
Spirit Prison
Good people who died without gospel knowledge
go to spirit prison. This is also where those who were
disobedient or wicked in their mortal lives go. Righteous
spirits teach the gospel to these people, and they then
have the chance to accept the gospel and repent (see
D&C 138:28–37). Without a body, though, they can’t get
baptized or participate in the other ordinances necessary to receive eternal life. (See Alma 40:14.)
Through Jesus Christ’s Resurrection, everyone born on
earth will overcome physical death and be resurrected (see
1 Corinthians 15:22). Jesus taught, “Because I live, ye shall
live also” ( John 14:19). During the Resurrection, everyone’s spirits will
be reunited with their bodies. This means everyone—those who lived
wickedly, those who lived righteously, and those who repented and
received ordinances by proxy after death.
Once everyone has been resurrected, each person will meet
with God and be judged “according to their works” (3 Nephi
27:15), including their acceptance of ordinances (see 3 Nephi
27:16–20). Only those who have received the gospel ordinances
(whether in person or through temple work) and kept the covenants
that go with those ordinances will have eternal life.
Because you are a living mortal and a worthy holder of a temple
recommend, you have the incredible opportunity and responsibility to
help your fellow children of God on their path to eternal life. You are
a central part of God’s plan. ◼
March 2016
After our parents abandoned us, we learned
that Jesus Christ never would.
Name withheld
hen I was 14, my dad left our family, and my mom
was forced to flee the country. I was left with my
three younger siblings, Ephraim, age 9; Jonathan, 6;
and Grace, 3 (names have been changed). Nothing could have prepared us for this sudden change. For the first time, we were alone.
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Extended family soon offered to
take each of us in, but if we went to
live with them, we would be separated. It was a difficult decision. How
could we reject their well-intentioned
help? But at the same time, how could
we give up years of playing, laughing,
caring for one another, and watching
each other grow?
Initially, my brothers and I turned
down their help, thinking I could
work to support us and we could stay
together. But we knew that we could
not provide the care our youngest
sister needed, and so, with tears in our
eyes, we let her go.
For the next few months, I worked
as a building painter to buy food for
my brothers and me. My income was
insufficient to pay the bills for electricity and water, so we had to live without them.
Despite this trial and the gossip of
others that accompanied it, our faith
didn’t waver. Every night, I would
gather Ephraim and Jonathan around
a lamp to read the Book of Mormon.
I would trim the wick so that it would
produce less smoke, but we would
still have to clean our noses that had
turned black by the time we finished
reading. But it was worth it.
Reading the Book of Mormon
brought us closer to Christ. After we
read, we would kneel down together
and take turns saying our prayers. We
asked for comfort for our problem
that seemed to be without a solution.
We finished reading the book, and our
faith in Jesus Christ grew stronger.
One day I came home tired from
work and threw myself on our lower
bunk bed. Looking up, I saw a paper
posted under the bed above me. It
said: “I Know That My Redeemer
Lives!” My brother Jonathan had put
it there. How close children are to the
heavens that even a Primary child can
be an instrument in sending a message from God to comfort a troubled
heart and mind!
This testimony sustained me when
I realized I just couldn’t provide for
our needs and we had to leave our
home. Jonathan was taken to live with
my mother’s side of the family, but
Ephraim and I chose to stay with our
other grandparents because they were
members of the Church. In their home
we arose early to do chores before
school, then cared for our grandfather
late into the night. It was exhausting.
However, the Lord was mindful of us,
and we stayed close to the Church.
Every time I felt like giving up, I
was reminded of the special moments
I had had with my siblings as we read
from the Book of Mormon surrounding a lamp. I know Christ was there
beside us in those difficult times.
From the moment our family members separated from one another, He
did not forsake us. “I know that my
Redeemer lives!”
“Our Savior . . . knows our struggles, our
heartaches, our temptations, and our
suffering, for He willingly experienced
them all as an essential part of His
Atonement. And because of this, His
Atonement empowers Him to succor
us—to give us the strength to bear it all.”
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve
Apostles, “Strengthened by the Atonement of Jesus
Christ,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 61, 62.
Now, years later, I still have the
picture of those words from above my
bed in my heart and mind. That message has helped my brother Ephraim
and me in our years of service as fulltime missionaries and in striving now
to live celestial marriages.
I could have missed a lot in my
life had I doubted instead of trusting
Christ. No matter how difficult life is,
it has never been too difficult for the
Savior, who suffered in Gethsemane.
He can sustain one’s life with one
sentence. He knows everything from
the beginning to the end. His comfort
is more powerful than any heartache this life can bring. Through His
Atonement, there is no permanent
problem—only constant hope, grace,
peace, and love. Believe me, I know!
I know that my Redeemer lives! ◼
The author lives in the Philippines.
March 2016
“By small and simple things are
great things brought to pass”
(Alma 37:6).
etta Pearl Stewart pulled off her
bonnet and plopped down on
the porch next to Father. “What’s a
pearl?” she asked him.
Eight-year-old Jetta knew what
a pearl was, but she loved hearing
Father’s answer. Like always, Father
explained how pearls grow in oysters, layer upon layer, until they
become a bright, shiny jewel.
“Pearls shine like you, my little
Jetta Pearl,” he said, smiling. Jetta
smiled back. She liked being
his Pearl.
At dinner that night, Father told
Jetta he had an important question
for her.
“Ever since you were little, you
have had a special way with music,”
Father said. “Would you like to learn
the piano?”
Jetta’s eyes widened. “Oh, yes!”
“It would mean traveling far away
and staying with your teacher for a
while,” Mother said. “No one here in
Milburn can teach you.”
Jetta’s smile faded. She had never
been away from her family for more
than a day. And to be far away . . .
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Jetta wanted to play the
piano, but could she
leave her family?
“But it’s important for us to
develop our talents, even when it’s
difficult,” Father said.
Mother nodded. “You must work
very hard,” she said.
Jetta loved music. And she had
always wanted to play the piano.
Slowly, a smile crept onto her face.
“I’m going to play the piano!”
But the next morning, as Jetta
watched Father hitch the horses to
the wagon, she didn’t feel excited at
all. Today she was just scared. She
hadn’t expected to be leaving home
so soon.
Jetta slowly climbed up into the
wagon next to Father.
“You ready, Jetta Pearl?” he said.
She didn’t feel ready, but Jetta nodded. The wagon lurched forward.
After a while, Father glanced over
at her. “Do you know how proud
your mother and I are of you?”
Jetta nodded. “But what if
you need my help at home?”
Father smiled. “We’ll sure
miss you, but this is a way only
you can help. You’ll be serving
Heavenly Father by developing
gifts He gave you.”
She hadn’t thought about it like
that. Could her musical talent really
be a gift from Heavenly Father?
Father continued. “It will take time,
but little by little you’ll get better at
playing piano. And then you’ll be
able to serve lots of people.”
Jetta felt her fear start to fade. She
was going to learn the piano and
serve Heavenly Father. It would be
scary, but she knew that He would
help her.
Father winked. “Layer by layer,
my little Pearl is getting bright
and shiny.”
Just like Father had said, little by
little Jetta learned to play the piano.
She even learned how to play
the organ.
After a few months, Jetta returned
home. That Sunday she became
Milburn’s very first organist! Her heart
raced as she sat at the huge organ
the community had worked to buy
for her to play. It was so beautiful
By Amy M. Morgan
Based on a true story
that Jetta was almost afraid to touch
it. She had to sit on a book to reach
the keys.
She took a deep breath and started
to play. The notes soared across the
room, full and beautiful.
Jetta sneaked a peek at the
congregation. People were smiling
as they sang. Jetta smiled too.
Her playing was far from perfect,
but she was using her talents
to serve.
She remembered Father’s words:
“Pearls shine like you, Jetta Pearl.”
Little by little, layer by layer,
Heavenly Father was making her into
a true pearl. ◼
The author lives in Utah, USA.
March 2016
Sharing candy
was easy, but
what about
sharing the
By Brad Wilcox
Based on a true story
“I want to be a missionary now”
(Children’s Songbook, 168).
ant some candy?” José
held out a brown piece
of candy to his friend Pedro as
they rode home from school
together on the city bus.
“Sure,” Pedro said.
He reached out to
take the candy and
popped it into his
José picked out a
yellow candy from
the small bag. The
boys were quiet as
the bus rumbled
along. Their city
in Argentina was
large. They had
a long bus ride
each day to get
to school. José’s
mamá always
gave him money
to buy a little bag
of candy to help
pass the time.
“Want some
more?” José held
out a handful
of brown
“Yeah, thanks!” Pedro said. “Why
church and learn about Jesus and
don’t you like them? They’re really
Heavenly Father. We also learn lots
of fun songs. Actually, all of the kids
José paused for a moment to
are going to sing and talk in our
think and licked his lips. “I guess
Church meeting this Sunday. Why
because they are coffee flavored.”
don’t you ask your mom if you can
“Why don’t you like coffee flavor?
come to church with me? You can
It’s so good.”
meet the missionaries too.”
“Well, I’m a Mormon, and we
“OK,” Pedro said. “Do they have
don’t drink coffee, so I guess I’m not any coffee-flavored candy they want
used to the flavor.”
to get rid of too?”
Pedro looked confused. “What’s a
José laughed. “No, but they have
Mormon? And why don’t you drink
something even better to share!” ◼
The author lives in Utah, USA.
“A Mormon is someone
who is a member of The
Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints. We believe
that God wants us to take
care of our bodies, so we
Jesus Christ gave the Word of Wisdom
don’t drink coffee, tea,
to the Prophet Joseph Smith to help us keep
or alcohol. And we don’t
our bodies healthy and strong. You can read
this revelation in Doctrine and Covenants
“But this is just candy,”
section 89.
Pedro said. “It’s not real
The Word of Wisdom tells us what’s good
and bad for our bodies.
“I know,” said José. “But
Good for us:
I still don’t want to eat it.”
Pedro nodded. “Well, you
can give me all the brown
ones. What else does your
A little meat
Church teach you?”
Bad for us:
“Every Sunday we go to
Tobacco and drugs
Coffee and tea
March 2016
By Elder
Jeffrey R. Holland
Of the Quorum of the
Twelve Apostles
The coming years
will be filled with
wonderful chances
to do many good
You have a
great life ahead
of you.
How can I
not worry
so much?
Try not to
think about the
world’s troubles
all the time.
Think the best
and hope the best
and have faith in
the future.
From “Let Virtue Garnish Thy Thoughts
Unceasingly,” New Era, Oct. 2007, 4–7.
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Heavenly Father
loves you.
My cat is named Luz. She always goes out to the sidewalk and
returns, but one morning she went out, and I didn’t see her. It
occurred to me to pray, as it says in Alma 37:37: “Counsel with
the Lord in all your doings, and he will direct thee for good.”
When I finished my prayer, I heard the rattle of her collar.
I opened the door and my cat was standing there, waiting to
come in. I was amazed and very grateful that our Heavenly
Father listens to us even in the smallest things.
Bianca R., age 11, Santa Fe, Argentina
I built a model of the Santo Domingo
Dominican Republic Temple with toy bricks.
Daniel U., age 11, Santo Domingo, Dominican
Gabriel A., age 10,
Rio Grande do Sul,
The Primary music leader taught us a song that teaches
that Jesus Christ is my example. If we follow Jesus’s
example in obeying our parents, He will bless us.
Marcha M., age 7, Kananga, Democratic Republic
of the Congo
March 2016
One Step Closer
Activity for Week 1:
Jesus Came to Jerusalem
Scriptures: Matthew 21:1, 6–11
Song: “Easter Hosanna” (Liahona,
Apr. 2003; available at
Hosanna Palm: Make a palm leaf
to remind you of the ones people
waved to greet Jesus. Cut five or
six handprints out of green paper
(or use white paper and color them
green). Glue them to a craft stick.
ach week this month, you
and your family can learn
more about Jesus and His
Resurrection. He lives!
What is one way you can show
your love for Jesus?
Week 3: Jesus Showed
Week 2: Jesus Gave Us
the Sacrament
Scriptures: Luke 22:1, 14, 19–20
Song: “In Humility, Our Savior”
(Hymns, no. 172)
Sacrament Reminder: Make a list
of words to remind you of the things
Jesus has done for us. Put your list in
your scriptures where you can look at
it during the sacrament.
How can you remember Jesus at
home or at school?
Scriptures: Luke 22:47–51; Luke
23:33–34; John 19:25–27
Song: “He Sent His Son” (Children’s
Songbook, 34)
Easter Bag: Put these items in a
bag to open on Easter Sunday. You’ll
find out what to do with them in next
week’s activity:
(1) three coins, (2) small cup, (3) knotted string, (4) soap, (5) small piece
of red fabric, (6) small toothpick
cross, (7) white cloth, (8) cinnamon
stick or other spice, (9) small stone,
(10) folded white cloth, (11) picture
of Jesus.
Week 4: He Lives Again!
Song: “Did Jesus Really Live Again?”
(Children’s Songbook, 64)
Scriptures and Activity: As you
read these scriptures, take the matching items out of your Easter Bag.
(1) Matthew 26:14–15; (2) Matthew
26:36, 39; (3) Matthew 27:1–2;
(4) Matthew 27:22, 24; (5) Matthew
27:28–29; (6) Matthew 27:31;
(7) Matthew 27:59; (8) John 19:40;
(9) John 20:1–4; (10) John 20:5–7;
(11) John 20:10–20
How does knowing about Jesus’s
Resurrection make you feel glad? ◼
How can you follow Jesus by showing
March 2016
Abinadi Was Courageous
binadi told the Nephites that Heavenly Father wanted them to repent. King Noah and his priests didn’t
want to repent, and they threatened to hurt Abinadi. But he obeyed Heavenly Father and kept
preaching. How can you be courageous like Abinadi?
After church one Sunday, I took
home some pass-along cards. I
had some friends at school who
weren't LDS, and I wanted to
give them a card the next day.
That night I started to feel nervous, so I got on my knees and
said a prayer. I felt better and
braver, and the next day I gave the cards to my friends.
They really liked them, and I felt very happy that I gave
the cards to them.
Ava M., age 8, Utah, USA
Brooks L., age 8, Florida, USA
Cut, fold, and keep this challenge card!
I Can Be Courageous!
□ Memorize Mosiah 17:9.
□ Make a good choice—even if it’s a little
hard to do.
□ Watch chapter 14 of the animated Book
of Mormon at
□ I challenge myself to . . .
This Month’s Scriptures
After you read these scripture passages, color
the matching numbered areas on the tower!
2 Nephi 31:4–13
Mosiah 2:5–9, 16–19, 41
Mosiah 3:5, 8–10, 19
Mosiah 11:1–3, 20, 27–29
Mosiah 16:1, 9, 13
Mosiah 17:1–10
Alma 11:21, 38–46
3 Nephi 11:3–11, 13–17
King Benjamin’s Tower
ing Benjamin stood on a tall tower so he could speak to many
people about repentance, the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and
believing in God. Read more about King Benjamin in the next article. Today, prophets speak to many people using TV, computers,
and Church magazines. Look for another reading challenge next
month! ◼
You can print more copies at
March 2016
King Benjamin
Teaches His People
King Benjamin was
getting old. He gave
his son Mosiah the
scriptures and the
compass called the
Liahona. He wanted
him to take good care
of these important
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Once there was a
good king named
King Benjamin.
He taught his
people to follow
God so they
could have peace.
King Benjamin wanted to talk to his people before he died.
He asked them to come to the temple.
People came from all across the land. They set up their
tents with their families. What would the king tell them?
The people looked
up and saw the king
standing on a tower.
Then the king
began to speak.
March 2016
King Benjamin told the people what Heavenly Father wanted them to know.
He told them about Jesus Christ. He told them to keep the commandments
and help other people. Then they would be called the followers of Christ.
And they would be able to live with Heavenly Father again!
Today our prophet teaches us what Heavenly Father wants us to know so
we can live with Him again. ◼
From Mosiah 2–5.
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We Listen to
Our Prophet Today
March 2016
By Elder
Dallin H. Oaks
Of the Quorum of the
Twelve Apostles
wonder if we fully appreciate the
enormous significance of our belief
in a literal, universal resurrection. . . .
The Prophet Joseph Smith declared:
“The fundamental principles of
our religion are the testimony of the
Apostles and Prophets, concerning
Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and
ascended into heaven; and all other
things which pertain to our religion
are only appendages to it” [Teachings
of Presidents of the Church: Joseph
Smith (2007), 49].
Of all things in that glorious ministry, why did the Prophet Joseph Smith
use the testimony of the Savior’s death,
burial, and Resurrection as the fundamental principle of our religion . . . ?
The answer is found in the fact that
the Savior’s Resurrection is central to
what the prophets have called “the
great and eternal plan of deliverance
from death” (2 Nephi 11:5).
In our eternal journey, the resurrection is the mighty milepost that
signifies the end of mortality and the
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beginning of immortality. . . . We also
know, from modern revelation, that
without the reuniting of our spirits
and our bodies in the resurrection we
could not receive a “fulness of joy”
(D&C 93:33–34). . . .
The “lively hope” we are given by
the resurrection [see 1 Peter 1:3] is
our conviction that death is not the
conclusion of our identity but merely
a necessary step in the destined transition from mortality to immortality. This
hope changes the whole perspective
of mortal life. . . .
The assurance of resurrection gives
us the strength and perspective to
endure the mortal challenges faced by
each of us and by those we love, such
things as the physical, mental, or emotional deficiencies we bring with us
at birth or acquire during mortal life.
Because of the resurrection, we know
that these mortal deficiencies are only
The assurance of resurrection also
gives us a powerful incentive to keep
the commandments of God during
our mortal lives. Resurrection is much
more than merely reuniting a spirit to
a body held captive by the grave. . . .
The prophet Amulek taught, “That
same spirit which doth possess your
bodies at the time that ye go out of
this life, that same spirit will have
power to possess your body in that
eternal world” (Alma 34:34). . . .
The assurance that the resurrection
will include an opportunity to be with
our family members—husband, wife,
parents, brothers and sisters, children,
and grandchildren—is a powerful
encouragement for us to fulfill our
family responsibilities in mortality. It
helps us live together in love in this
life in anticipation of joyful reunions
and associations in the next. ◼
From “Resurrection,” Ensign, May 2000, 14–16;
Liahona, July 2000, 16–19.
Death is not the conclusion of our identity.
How do we avoid being swept along in the strong currents of the adversary’s wind and waves?
“Let us be grateful for the beautiful Old Ship Zion, for without it we are cast adrift, alone and powerless, swept along without rudder or
oar, swirling with the strong currents of the adversary’s wind and waves.
“Hold tight, brothers and sisters, and sail on within the glorious ship, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and we will reach
our eternal destination.”
Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “God Is at the Helm,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 27.
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p. 46
about Repentance
p. 52
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One Step Closer
Learn more about Jesus Christ and Easter by doing
one of these activities every week this month!
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