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In his talk “A Personal Relationship with the Savior” James E. Faust lists five ways we can nurture our sacred relationship with Christ, including. We know thereby that he is a personal Being in whose image man was made. All of us, Christ included, are the spirit children of the Father; all of us, .. of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, who, as the Book of Mormon says. A Personal Relationship with the Savior - James E. Faust. “the perfecting of the saints, the unity of the faith, and the knowledge of the Son of God.
Modern-day witnesses, Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon, declared: The influence and teaching of the Messiah should have a transcendence over all other interests and concerns in our lives.
We must constantly be reaching upward for the riches of eternity, for the kingdom of God is within us. Speaking through the Doctrine and Covenants, God promises that you may be told in your minds and in your hearts, of whatsoever you ask, by the Holy Ghost. In the many trials of life, when we feel abandoned and when sorrow, sin, disappointment, failure, and weakness make us less than we should ever be, there can come the healing salve of the unreserved love in the grace of God.
It is a love that forgives and forgets, a love that lifts and blesses. During the years of my life, and often in my present calling, and especially during a recent Gethsemane, I have gone to my knees with a humble spirit to the only place I could for help.
I often went in agony of spirit, earnestly pleading with God to sustain me in the work I have come to appreciate more than life itself. I have, on occasion, felt the terrible aloneness of the wounds of the heart, of the sweet agony, the buffetings of Satan, and the encircling warm comfort of the Spirit of the Master.
I have also felt the crushing burden, the self-doubts of inadequacy and unworthiness, the fleeting feeling of being forsaken, then of being reinforced an hundredfold. I have climbed a spiritual Mount Sinai dozens of times seeking to communicate and to receive instructions.
It has been as though I have struggled up an almost real Mount of Transfiguration and upon occasion felt great strength and power in the presence of the Divine. A special sacred feeling has been a sustaining influence and often a close companion. It is my testimony that we are facing difficult times. We must be courageously obedient. My witness is that we will be called upon to prove our spiritual stamina, for the days ahead will be filled with affliction and difficulty. But with the assuring comfort of a personal relationship with the Savior, we will be given a calming courage.
From the Divine so near we will receive the quiet assurance: As I come to a new calling, I recognize that I am a very ordinary man. But none of this troubles us very much. God has revealed himself to us in this day even as he did to the prophets of old.
We know thereby that he is a personal Being in whose image man was made. We know that we are his spirit children; that he endowed us with the divine gift of agency; and that he ordained the laws whereby we might advance and progress and become like him.
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We know that God is the only supreme and independent Being in whom all fullness and perfection dwell and that he is omnipotent, omniscient, and, by the power of his Spirit, omnipresent. These three are one—one God if you will—in purposes, in powers, and in perfections. But each has his own severable work to perform, and mankind has a defined and known and specific relationship to each one of them.
It is of these relationships that we shall now speak. Doctrines of Eternal Life Let us set forth those doctrines and concepts that a gracious God has given to us in this day and which must be understood in order to gain eternal life.
We worship the Father and him only and no one else. We do not worship the Son, and we do not worship the Holy Ghost.
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I know perfectly well what the scriptures say about worshipping Christ and Jehovah, but they are speaking in an entirely different sense—the sense of standing in awe and being reverentially grateful to him who has redeemed us. Worship in the true and saving sense is reserved for God the first, the Creator. For unto such hath God promised his Spirit. And they who worship him, must worship in spirit and in truth.
We love and serve both the Father and the Son. In the full, final, and ultimate sense of the word the divine decree is: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy might, mind, and strength; and in the name of Jesus Christ thou shalt serve him. If ye love me, keep my commandments. They tie the Father and the Son together, as one, so that both receive our love and service. Christ himself loves, serves, and worships the Father.
Though Christ is God, yet there is a Deity above him, a Deity whom he worships. That God is the Father. To Mary Magdalene, the first mortal to see a resurrected person, Jesus said: I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
In this sense the Firstborn, our Elder Brother, goes forward as we do. The plan of salvation is the gospel of the Father The plan of salvation originated with the Father; he is the Author and Finisher of our faith in the final sense; he ordained the laws by obedience to which both we and Christ can become like him. What he did was ask whom he should send to be the Redeemer in the plan he devised.
Christ and Lucifer both volunteered, and the Lord chose his Firstborn and rejected the amendatory offer of the son of the morning. Christ worked out his own salvation by worshiping the Father. After the Firstborn of the Father, while yet a spirit being, had gained power and intelligence that made him like unto God; after he had become, under the Father, the Creator of worlds without number; after he had reigned on the throne of eternal power as the Lord Omnipotent—after all this he yet had to gain a mortal and then an immortal body.
He received not of the fulness at the first, but received grace for grace; And he received not of the fulness at first, but continued from grace to grace, until he received a fulness. Finally, after his resurrection, he received a fulness of the glory of the Father; And he received all power, both in heaven and on earth, and the glory of the Father was with him, for he dwelt in him. All men must worship the Father in the same way Christ did in order to gain salvation.
Thus spake the Lord: What a wondrous concept this is!
The Father sent the Son to work out the infinite and eternal atonement. As temporal and spiritual death came by the fall of Adam, so immortality and eternal life come by the atonement of Christ. Such was and is and ever shall be the plan of the Father. Adam was sent to earth to fall, and Christ came to ransom men from the fall. Thus the Father sent forth this call in the councils of eternity: He said he had power to lay down his life and to take it again because he had been so commanded by the Father.
The great and eternal redemption, in all its phases, was wrought by Christ using the power of the Father. The Son came to do the will of the Father in all things. I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. I came into the world to do the will of my Father, because my Father sent me.
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And my Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. God, through Christ, is reconciling men to himself. Fallen man is carnal, sensual, and devilish by nature; he is spiritually dead; he is out of harmony with the Father.
Thus, as Paul said, All things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself. Christ is the Mediator between God and man.
Because all people must be reconciled to God in order to be saved, he, in his goodness and grace, has provided a Mediator for them. There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. If there were no Mediator, we could never be reconciled to the Father, and hence there would be no salvation.
Christ is our Intercessor with the Father, our Advocate in the courts above. In the process of mediating between us and our Maker, in the process of reconciling sin-ridden men with a sin-free God, Christ makes intercession for all who repent.
He advocates the cause of those who believe in him. Our eternal fellowship is with the Father and the Son. Our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
God was in Christ manifesting himself to the world. Thus in his appearance, in his person, and in his attributes, the Son is the image and likeness of the Father. How stimulated I was by what he had to say about the Savior. How I hoped with all of my heart that somehow the Savior might become my bread of life, that somehow I might be able to partake of his divine nature, that somehow I might be able to take advantage of my membership in the Church and ultimately put on the nature of Christ and become like him.
In fact, over the years, of all the ideas and all the concepts I have been exposed to, none has touched my heart, none has stirred me with such great determination to try to do the things that I felt the Lord would have me do as much as those ideas that pertain directly to the living reality of the Savior. I was going on a mission. There were about of us listening to different Brethren speak.
Finally, at a particular hour, one stood and spoke. I had a testimony at that time. I knew that Jesus was the Christ. I knew that the Church was true, that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that this Church was headed by prophets. But on that occasion, without fanfare, without visual aids, quietly and powerfully, he shared with us his feelings about the Lord. I vowed in my heart that someday I too would know the Lord even as he.
As a result of that one talk I set out on a quest to know the Lord and to know him well—a quest which has changed my life more than any other effort. I think of a beautiful experience of Elder Melvin J.
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Ballard which occurred while he was serving as a mission president in the northwestern states. He had gone over to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation to take care of mission business.
He and his counselors had fasted that they might solve some problems that had come into existence on the reservation. After much fasting and prayer, and after making the best decisions they could, Brother Ballard then got on the train to go back to Portland, Oregon.
In the dreams of the night, he found himself in what I would assume to be the Salt Lake Temple. He was in conversation with a group of men. After a period of time an individual came over to him and said that it had been requested of him to go to an adjoining room to meet another individual.
Brother Ballard said he opened the door to this adjoining room, and as he looked into the room, he saw seated upon a raised platform the most glorious person he had ever seen. As he entered the room this individual arose and smiled and softly spoke his name. Brother Ballard said that this individual came right up to him and put his arms around him and embraced him and kissed him.
Brother Ballard at that moment felt a love so intense that he thought the very marrow of his bones would melt. He said he then fell at the feet of this individual, and, seeing the wounds, he knew he was in the presence of Jesus Christ.
Throughout the rest of his life he bore powerful witness to the effect that he would be pleased to give all he had and all he could ever hope to have if he could have the privilege of dwelling in the presence of Christ forever. Brothers and sisters, how that touched my heart. I was standing in a beet field on another occasion in Idaho, doing some irrigating.
I pulled out of my pocket a crumpled piece of paper and read the account of Lorenzo Snow having the opportunity of being visited by the Master in the Salt Lake Temple. As I read that account, there came to me an assurance that that indeed did occur, that Lorenzo Snow did see the living Christ, that he did converse with him, that he obtained knowledge and power and understanding from him. Again, how my heart was touched with that particular experience. As I have attempted to understand what the role of the Church is, my feeling is that the fundamental message of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is to declare that Jesus Christ lives, that he is indeed the Son of God, that he has appeared in our day, that men and women today can know him, that they can know him better than they know anyone else on the face of the earth, that he can have a greater impact on their lives than the combined influence of anybody else.
I believe with all of my heart that this is the fundamental message: I love Joseph Smith. I revere his name. Oh, I would some day that I might be sufficiently faithful to be able to walk up to him and shake his hand and express appreciation for what he has done.
Oh, I rejoice for your mission, for your calling, for the role that you performed so marvelously as a prophet. Would you, too, learn how to communicate with him as I did and do?
Would you feel his power? Would you become filled with his love as I have? Would you know that in all I did, the reason I did it is so that I might be a living witness that he lives?
The purpose of the programs of the Church, the purpose of the ordinances and the principles, and everything that is done in the church and kingdom of God, will only find its creative fulfillment if members somehow will accept the challenges that they can know who the Lord is and that they can have a marvelous relationship with him.
Jesus Christ has had the greatest influence in my life.
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Brigham Young once said: The greatest and most important of all requirements of our Father in heaven and of his Son Jesus Christ, is. Take a course to open and to keep open communication with your Elder Brother or file-leader—our Savior.
He was a man trained in the ways of the world, having been taught by great teachers—a man who had a marvelous mind but who was touched by the finger of the Lord and as a result of that experience summed up his feelings about life. Oh, how Nephi came alive! I want you to know that the reason I have written and testified of these things is so that you might determine to your heart that ultimately your relationship with the Master will be even as mine.
In the Book of Mormon, Moroni, after speaking about the mansions that are prepared on high and the great love of the Lord, wants to emphasize to us that he knows whereof he speaks, and he attempts to do that by speaking of judgment day and his personal relationship with the Lord: Then shall ye know that I have seen Jesus, and that he hath talked with me face to face, and that he told me in plain humility, even as a man telleth another.
And now, I would commend you to seek this Jesus of whom the prophets and apostles have written. In other words, brother and sisters, as we take a look at the scriptures, every major experience that God has had transpire between him and us is to typify or point to Jesus Christ. Let me refer first to the law of sacrifice that was given to Adam. The sacrificing of all of those animals from the time of Adam to the time of Christ was to help men and women realize that ultimately in a person, in a man, in a divine being, would come the source of redemption as he, even Christ, shed his blood.
I think of the experience of Abraham, commanded to offer up his son, Isaac.