Stop wasting your spiritual life. JOIN THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS TODAY! My Formal Invitation. Richard Linford.

I formally and lovingly invite you to become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the true Church of Jesus Christ, with living apostles and prophets, and priesthood authority and keys. Simply call 1-801-240-1000 to be connected with missionaries; or contact the missionaries more directly at their Come Unto Christ website: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/comeuntochrist.

Brother or sister missionaries will teach you the true gospel of Jesus Christ either in person or by zoom or by phone or email or text. They will help you pray and repent of your sins, read the scriptures including the Holy Bible, and the Book of Mormon which is a bible of peoples who lived in the western hemisphere and which is a second witness that Jesus is indeed the Resurrected Living Christ, Yeshua, the Holy Messiah; they will help you be baptized by immersion for the remission of your sins, and be confirmed a member of the Church and receive the Holy Ghost. They will help you attend Church and Temple and fellowship with the member Saints. They will help you be sanctified and prepared to meet and worship our Savior Jesus Christ when He returns not many days in the near future. Your brother in the gospel of Christ, Richard Linford, Member.
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Take a few minutes or hours and watch on YouTube the semi-annual April and October conferences of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when apostles and prophets and other Church leaders will teach the gospel and bear testimony of Jesus Christ; and Google www.churchofjesuschrist.org and review the FREE LIBRARY – the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, and earlier talks by the living apostles and prophets. Then pray about what you have witnessed and studied and contact the missionaries as I set forth above and Join today with your family, and if you are a leader of a group of spiritual people, testify that you have found the Restored Church of Jesus Christ and become a faithful member and bring your many followers with you.

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Invitation to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I invite you to become a member of the true Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Call 1-801-240-1000 to be connected with missionaries. Or contact missionaries at their Come Unto Christ website at https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/comeuntochrist. Brother or sister missionaries will teach you the true gospel of Jesus Christ either in person or by zoom or by phone or email or text. They will help you pray and repent of your sins, read the scriptures including the Bible and the Book of Mormon (a bible of peoples from the western hemisphere), be baptized by immersion for the remission of your sins, receive the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, and be confirmed a member of the Church – all by one with true priesthood authority. See www.churchofjesuschrist.org. You can easily translate this to various languages as noted below. Richard Linford.

P.S. If you are interested, you can light the world with your joy and goodness this Christmas Season? See https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/light-the-world-2023

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1.              ATONEMENT

2.              Jesus Christ’s atoning sacrifice

3.              Richard W. Linford

4.               

5.              ATONEMENT

6.              Jesus Christ’s atoning sacrifice

7.              Richard W. Linford

8.              © Copyright Linford Corporation 2022

9.               

10.          Contents:

11.          [1-8]               Title              

12.          [10-42]           Contents

13.          [44-60]           Foreword

14.                                  PRESIDENTS:

15.           [62-243]        Joseph Smith

16.           [245-424]      Brigham Young

17.           [426-997]      John Taylor

18.           [999-1177]    Wilford Woodruff

19.           [1179-1328]  Lorenzo Snow

20.           [1330-2059]  Joseph F. Smith

21.           [2061-2318]  Heber J. Grant

22.           [2320-2552]  George Albert Smith

23.           [2554-3322]  David O. McKay

24.           [3324-4101]  Joseph Fielding Smith

25.           [4103-4288]  Harold B. Lee

26.           [4290-4774]  Spencer W. Kimball

27.           [4776-5356]  Ezra Taft Benson

28.           [5358-5933]  Howard W. Hunter

29.           [5935-6500]  Gordon B. Hinckley

30.           [6502-6743]  Thomas S. Monson

31.           [6745-6934]  Russell M. Nelson

32.           [6936-6983]  The Living Christ Proclamation

33.           [6985-7433]  Dallin H. Oaks

34.           [7435-7583]  Henry B. Eyring

35.           [7585-7724]  M. Russell Ballard

36.           [7726-7849]  Elder Quentin L. Cook

37.           [7851-7940]  Elder Richard G. Scott

38.           [7942-8072] Elder Neil L. Anderson

39.           [8074-8220] President Boyd K. Packer

40.           [8222-8818] President Marion G. Romney

41.           [8820-9150] Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

42.           [9152-9236] Afterword. Richard W. Linford

43.           

44.          Foreword.

45.          I dedicate this book to you and to my family.

46.           

47.          There is no such thing as a concept called the atonement that can save and exalt men, women, and children in the Kingdom of God independent of God The Father, God His Beloved Son Jehovah Jesus Christ the Holy Messiah, and God the Holy Spirit (the Holy Ghost), and their authorized prophets and apostles who hold the restored priesthood keys of salvation and exaltation.

48.          Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac foreshadowed the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

49.          As found in the sacrament prayers, God The Holy Spirit (the Holy Ghost) testifies —

50.          that God Our Eternal Father blesses and sanctifies and like Abraham sacrifices His Beloved Son, except no ram was found in the thicket, and no angel prevented the Father from sacrificing His Son,

51.           that out of love for us and The Father, Our Savior voluntarily offered His  body and His blood, His life, as the singular sacrifice for the sins and sorrows and suffering of all mankind,

52.          that He was resurrected on the third day and that He lives, such that all mankind will receive a resurrection;

53.          such that all who die without accountability are saved,

54.          that those who repent of sin and keep the commandments are and will be cleansed, sanctified and forgiven in Christ Jesus,

55.          will return to live with Heavenly Father and His Son,

56.          and over time become more and more like them,

57.          thus enabled to participate in the fulness of happiness and glory enjoyed by the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and the righteous from Adam and Eve thru all ages.

58.          This writing is a compilation about the ATONEMENT, the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Hopefully it is of sufficient influence to encourage you to kneel at the feet of Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ.

59.          You are invited, indeed encouraged, to meet with missionaries and be taught and attend Church and have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and repent of your sins and be baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ.

60.          To do so, call 1-801-240-1000 and see www.churchofjesuschrist.org.

61.           

62.          Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith

63.          Chapter 3. Jesus Christ, the Divine Redeemer of the World

64.          “Salvation could not come to the world without the mediation of Jesus Christ.”

65.          From the Life of Joseph Smith

66.          Years before Joseph Smith was born, his paternal grandfather felt inspired that something would happen in his family that “would revolutionize the world.”1 

67.          Joseph Smith’s history records: “My grandfather, Asael Smith, long ago predicted that there would be a prophet raised up in his family, and my grandmother was fully satisfied that it was fulfilled in me.

68.          My grandfather Asael died in East Stockholm, St. Lawrence county, New York, after having received the Book of Mormon, and read it nearly through; and he declared that I was the very Prophet that he had long known would come in his family.”2

69.          As the Prophet of the Restoration, one of Joseph Smith’s most important roles was to testify of Jesus Christ.

70.          He was blessed to enjoy a personal knowledge of the divinity of Jesus Christ and to understand His role as the Redeemer of the world.

71.          This knowledge began with the First Vision, in which young Joseph saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and heard the Father declare, “This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!”

72.          (Joseph Smith—History 1:17).

73.          In this sacred experience, Joseph was privileged to receive instruction from the Savior of the world.

74.          Nearly twelve years later, on February 16, 1832, the Prophet was translating the Bible, with Sidney Rigdon as his scribe, in the home of John Johnson in Hiram, Ohio.

75.          After the Prophet translated John 5:29, which describes the resurrection of those who are good and those who are evil, a vision was opened to Joseph and Sidney, and they saw and conversed with the Savior:

76.          “By the power of the Spirit our eyes were opened and our understandings were enlightened, so as to see and understand the things of God— even those things which were from the beginning before the world was, which were ordained of the Father, through his Only Begotten Son, who was in the bosom of the Father, even from the beginning; of whom we bear record; and the record which we bear is the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, who is the Son, whom we saw and with whom we conversed in the heavenly vision. …

77.          “And we beheld the glory of the Son, on the right hand of the Father, and received of his fulness; and saw the holy angels, and them who are sanctified before his throne, worshiping God, and the Lamb, who worship him forever and ever.

78.          “And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!

79.          “For we saw him, even on the right hand of God;

80.          and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—

81.          that by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created,

82.          and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God”

83.          (D&C 76:12–14, 20–24).

84.          Joseph Smith saw the Savior again on April 3, 1836.

85.          The Prophet and Oliver Cowdery had retired to the west pulpit in the Kirtland Temple.

86.          They bowed themselves in solemn prayer, after which the Savior appeared before them.

87.          The Prophet declared:

88.          “The veil was taken from our minds, and the eyes of our understanding were opened.

89.          We saw the Lord standing upon the breastwork of the pulpit, before us;

90.          and under his feet was a paved work of pure gold, in color like amber.

91.          His eyes were as a flame of fire;

92.          the hair of his head was white like the pure snow;

93.          his countenance shone above the brightness of the sun;

94.          and his voice was as the sound of the rushing of great waters,

95.          even the voice of Jehovah, saying:

96.          I am the first and the last;

97.          I am he who liveth,

98.          I am he who was slain;

99.          I am your advocate with the Father”

100.      (D&C 110:1–4).

101.      From such experiences, the Prophet gained firsthand knowledge and became a special witness of the divinity of the Savior.

102.      Teachings of Joseph Smith

103.      In all dispensations, God’s people have relied on the Atonement of Christ for the remission of their sins.

104.      “Salvation could not come to the world without the mediation of Jesus Christ.”3

105.      “God … prepared a sacrifice in the gift of His own Son, who should be sent in due time to prepare a way, or open a door through which man might enter into the Lord’s presence, whence he had been cast out for disobedience.

106.      From time to time these glad tidings were sounded in the ears of men in different ages of the world down to the time of Messiah’s coming.

107.      “By faith in this atonement or plan of redemption, Abel offered to God a sacrifice that was accepted, which was the firstlings of the flock.

108.      Cain offered of the fruit of the ground, and was not accepted, because he could not do it in faith; he could have no faith, or could not exercise faith contrary to the plan of heaven.

109.      It must be shedding the blood of the Only Begotten to atone for man, for this was the plan of redemption, and without the shedding of blood was no remission.

110.      And as the sacrifice was instituted for a type by which man was to discern the great Sacrifice which God had prepared, to offer a sacrifice contrary to that, no faith could be exercised, because redemption was not purchased in that way, nor the power of atonement instituted after that order; consequently Cain could have no faith; and whatsoever is not of faith, is sin.

111.      But Abel offered an acceptable sacrifice, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God Himself testifying of his gifts

112.      [see Hebrews 11:4].

113.      “Certainly, the shedding of the blood of a beast could be beneficial to no man,

114.      except it was done in imitation, or as a type, or explanation of what was to be offered through the gift of God Himself—and this performance done with an eye looking forward in faith on the power of that great Sacrifice for a remission of sins. …

115.      “… We cannot believe that the ancients in all ages were so ignorant of the system of heaven as many suppose, since all that were ever saved, were saved through the power of this great plan of redemption, as much before the coming of Christ as since; if not, God has had different plans in operation (if we may so express it), to bring men back to dwell with Himself.

116.      And this we cannot believe, since there has been no change in the constitution of man since he fell; and the ordinance or institution of offering blood in sacrifice was only designed to be performed till Christ was offered up and shed His blood—as said before—that man might look forward in faith to that time. …

117.      “That the offering of sacrifice was only to point the mind forward to Christ, we infer from these remarkable words of Jesus to the Jews:

118.      ‘Your Father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad’

119.      [John 8:56].

120.      So, then, because the ancients offered sacrifice it did not hinder their hearing the Gospel; but served, as we said before, to open their eyes, and enable them to look forward to the time of the coming of the Savior, and rejoice in His redemption. …

121.      We conclude that whenever the Lord revealed Himself to men in ancient days, and commanded them to offer sacrifice to Him, that it was done that they might look forward in faith to the time of His coming, and rely upon the power of that atonement for a remission of their sins.

122.      And this they have done, thousands who have gone before us, whose garments are spotless, and who are, like Job, waiting with an assurance like his, that they will see Him in the latter day upon the earth, even in their flesh

123.      [see Job 19:25–26].

124.      “We may conclude, that though there were different dispensations, yet all things which God communicated to His people were calculated to draw their minds to the great object, and to teach them to rely upon God alone as the author of their salvation, as contained in His law.”4

125.      Because Jesus Christ rose from the dead, all mankind will be resurrected.

126.      “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.

127.      But in connection with these, we believe in

128.      the gift of the Holy Ghost,

129.      the power of faith,

130.      the enjoyment of the spiritual gifts according to the will of God,

131.      the restoration of the house of Israel, and

132.      the final triumph of truth.”5

133.      “‘As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive;’ all shall be raised from the dead

134.      [1 Corinthians 15:22].

135.      The Lamb of God hath brought to pass the resurrection, so that all shall rise from the dead.”6

136.      “God has appointed a day in which He will judge the world, and this He has given an assurance of in that He raised up His Son Jesus Christ from the dead—the point on which the hope of all who believe the inspired record is founded for their future happiness and enjoyment; because, ‘If Christ be not risen,’ said Paul to the Corinthians, ‘your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.

137.      Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ have perished’ [1 Corinthians 15:17–18]. …“Christ Himself has assuredly risen from the dead; and if He has risen from the dead, He will, by His power, bring all men to stand before Him: for if He has risen from the dead the bands of the temporal death are broken that the grave has no victory.

138.      If then, the grave has no victory, those who keep the sayings of Jesus and obey His teachings have not only a promise of a resurrection from the dead, but an assurance of being admitted into His glorious kingdom; for, He Himself says,

139.      ‘Where I am there also shall my servant be’

140.      [John 12:26].”7

141.      “Those who have died in Jesus Christ may expect to enter into all that fruition of joy when they come forth, which they possessed or anticipated here. …

142.      I am glad I have the privilege of communicating to you some things which, if grasped closely, will be a help to you when earthquakes bellow, the clouds gather, the lightnings flash, and the storms are ready to burst upon you like peals of thunder.

143.      Lay hold of these things and let not your knees or joints tremble, nor your hearts faint; and then what can earthquakes, wars and tornadoes do?

144.      Nothing.

145.      All your losses will be made up to you in the resurrection, provided you continue faithful.

146.      By the vision of the Almighty I have seen it. …

147.      “God has revealed His Son from the heavens and the doctrine of the resurrection also; and we have a knowledge that those we bury here God will bring up again, clothed upon and quickened by the Spirit of the great God; and what mattereth it whether we lay them down, or we lay down with them, when we can keep them no longer?

148.      Let these truths sink down in our hearts, that we may even here begin to enjoy that which shall be in full hereafter.”8

149.      Through the Atonement of Christ and obedience to the gospel, we can become joint heirs with Jesus Christ.

150.      “I believe in the Divinity of Jesus Christ, and that He died for the sins of all men, who in Adam had fallen.”9

151.      Articles of Faith 1:3

152.      “We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.”10

153.      “After God had created the heavens and the earth, he came down and on the sixth day said, ‘Let us make man in our own image.’

154.      In whose image?

155.      In the image of the Gods created they them, male and female, innocent, harmless, and spotless, bearing the same character and the same image as the Gods

156.      [see Genesis 1:26–27].

157.      And when man fell he did not lose his image, but his character still retained the image of his Maker.

158.      Christ, who is the image of man, is also the express image of his Father’s person

159.      [see Hebrews 1:3]. …

160.      Through the atonement of Christ and the resurrection, and obedience to the gospel, we shall again be conformed to the image of his Son, Jesus Christ

161.      [see Romans 8:29]; then we shall have attained to the image, glory, and character of God.”11

162.      “The Father of our spirits [provided]

163.      a sacrifice for His creatures,

164.      a plan of redemption,

165.      a power of atonement,

166.      a scheme of salvation,

167.      having as its great objects,

168.      the bringing of men back into the presence of the King of heaven,

169.      crowning them in the celestial glory,

170.      and making them heirs with the Son to that inheritance which is

171.      incorruptible, undefiled, and which fadeth not away.”12

172.      “The scripture says those who will obey the commandments shall be

173.      heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. …

174.      ‘The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God, and if children, then heirs of God, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ, if so be that we suffer with him in the flesh that we may be also glorified together.’

175.      [See Romans 8:16–17.]”13

176.      “How consoling to the mourners when they are called to part with a

177.      husband, wife, father, mother, child, or dear relative, to know that, although the earthly tabernacle is laid down and dissolved, they shall rise again to dwell in everlasting burnings in immortal glory, not to sorrow, suffer, or die any more, but they shall be heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ.”14

178.      Jesus Christ is

179.      perfect,

180.      pure,

181.      and holy,

182.      and He has called us to be like Him.

183.      “Who, among all the Saints in these last days, can consider himself as good as our Lord?

184.      Who is as perfect?

185.      Who is as pure?

186.      Who is as holy as He was?

187.      Are they to be found?

188.      He never transgressed

189.      or broke a commandment

190.      or law

191.      of heaven—

192.      no deceit was in His mouth,

193.      neither was guile found in His heart. …

194.      Where is one like Christ?

195.      He cannot be found on earth.”15

196.      “The creature was made subject to vanity,

197.      not willingly,

198.      but Christ subjected the same in hope

199.      [see Romans 8:20]—

200.      all are subjected to vanity while they travel through the crooked paths and difficulties which surround them.

201.      Where is the man that is free from vanity?

202.      None ever were perfect but Jesus; and why was He perfect?

203.      Because He was the Son of God,

204.      and had the fullness of the Spirit,

205.      and greater power than any man.”16

206.      “When still a boy [Jesus Christ] had all the intelligence necessary

207.      to enable Him to rule and govern the kingdom of the Jews,

208.      and could reason with the wisest and most profound doctors of law and divinity, and make their theories and practice to appear like folly compared with the wisdom He possessed.”17

209.      “The commandments of our Lord, we hope are constantly revolving in your hearts, teaching you, not only His will in proclaiming His Gospel, but His meekness and perfect walk before all, even in those times of severe persecutions and abuse which were heaped upon Him by a wicked and adulterous generation.

210.      Remember, brethren, that He has called you unto holiness; and need we say, to be like Him in purity?

211.      How wise,

212.      how holy;

213.      how chaste,

214.      and how perfect, then,

215.      you ought to conduct yourselves in His sight;

216.      and remember, too,

217.      that His eyes are continually upon you.”18

218.      “When we reflect upon the holiness and perfections of our great Master,

219.      who has opened a way whereby we may come unto him,

220.      even by the sacrifice of himself,

221.      our hearts melt within us for his condescension.

222.      And when we reflect also, that he has called us to be perfect in all things, that we may be prepared to meet him in peace

223.      when he comes in his glory

224.      with all the holy angels,

225.      we feel to exhort our brethren

226.      with boldness,

227.      to be humble

228.      and prayerful,

229.      to walk indeed as children of the light

230.      and of the day,

231.      that they may have grace to withstand every temptation,

232.      and to overcome every evil

233.      in the worthy name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

234.      For be assured, brethren, that the day is truly near when the Master of the house will rise up and shut the door, and none but such as have on a wedding garment will be permitted to enjoy a seat at the marriage supper!

235.      [See Matthew 22:1–14.]”19 …

236.      The Savior appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in the Kirtland Temple.

237.      “The veil was taken from our minds,” Joseph said,

238.      “and the eyes of our understanding were opened.

239.      We saw the Lord standing upon the breastwork of the pulpit.”

240.      “The Lamb of God hath brought to pass the resurrection, so that all shall rise from the dead.”

241.      “When we reflect upon the holiness and perfections of our great Master, … our hearts melt within us for his condescension.”

242.      … Related Scriptures: Isaiah 53:1–122 Nephi 9:5–26D&C 20:21–29

243.      https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/teachings-joseph-smith/chapter-3?lang=eng

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I invite you to be baptized by immersion and join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and receive the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. Richard Linford, member.

CLICK RED TO TRANSLATE. Jesus Christ is the Resurrected Savior of the World. He is Yeshua, The Holy Messiah, the Prince of Peace, the great Creator, who honored and honors Our Father in Heaven by keeping His commandments perfectly; Jesus will soon come in power and great glory to usher in His great Millennial Reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. The Holy Bible testifies that Jesus is the Resurrected Living Christ. The Holy Book of Mormon, a Bible of peoples who lived in the Western Hemisphere, is A SECOND WITNESS that also testifies that Jesus is the Living Christ, the Holy Messiah. CLICK RED TO TRANSLATE. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Jesus Christ’s true Church, restored via the prophet Joseph Smith, once more with living apostles and prophets. I encourage you to be baptized by immersion, join His true Church, and receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost, attend Church and fellowship with the members, and partake of the holy sacrament regularly. Call 1-801-240-1000 to connect with missionaries. Free copies of The Holy Bible and The Holy Book of Mormon are available at www.lds.org or https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/?lang=eng.  CLICK RED TO TRANSLATE

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CLICK RED TO TRANSLATE. Jesus Christ is the Resurrected Savior of the World, Yeshua, The Holy Messiah, the Savior of the World, the Prince of Peace, who honors Our Father in Heaven by keeping His commandments perfectly; Jesus will soon come in power and great glory to usher in His great Millennial Reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. The Holy Bible testifies that Jesus is the Resurrected Living Christ. The Holy Book of Mormon, a Bible of peoples who lived in the Western Hemisphere, is another witness that Jesus is the Living Christ, the Holy Messiah.

Because Jesus is The Holy Living Christ Messiah, I invite you to read the New Testament Gospels and the Book of Mormon, have faith in Jesus, repent of your sins, be baptized, be confirmed a member of His true Restored Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, once more with His living apostles and prophets, and receive the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, and attend Church and partake of the sacrament regularly, and fellowship with the saints, all of which will help you live a more holy, happy, peaceful, loving, saint-like life.

I invite you and your family to call right now 1-801-240-1000 in order to arrange to visit with the missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You can also reach the missionaries via the website https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/comeuntochrits/easter-2021/talk-with-missionaries. And for more details about the Lord Jesus and His Church see www.lds.org or email me at r.linford@comcast.net and I will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Richard W. Linford, member

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Jesus is The Holy Living Christ Messiah

Jesus is The Holy Living Christ Messiah. I invite you to repent of your sins, be baptized, be confirmed a member of The True Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and receive The Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, which will help you live a more holy, happy, peaceful life.

I invite you to call right now 1-801-240-1000 in order to arrange to visit with the missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You can also reach the missionaries via the website https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/comeuntochrist/easter-2021/talk-with-missionaries. And for more details about the Church see www.lds.org.

Call now to meet with member missionaries, learn more, attend Church, and arrange to be baptized in the next week or so.

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Learn Christ’s gospel and join His True Church and receive Our Savior’s peace and His promised eternal life.

  1. As a member of Christ’s true Church, I invite you to learn Christ’s True Gospel and be baptized by immersion, and receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, and join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Richard Linford.
  2. To enjoy our Savior Jesus Christ’s promised peace and eternal life, to meet with  missionaries and join Christ’s true Church, I invite you to call right now 1-801-240-1000 in order to arrange to visit with the missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You can also reach the missionaries via the website https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/comeuntochrist/easter-2021/talk-with-missionaries. And for more details about the Church see www.lds.org.

I invite you –

  • to receive The True Gospel and Church of Jesus Christ:
  • to have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ,
  • to repent of your sins,
  • to be baptized by immersion for the remission of your sins,
  • to be confirmed a member of  The True Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and
  • to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost at the hands of those in the Church who hold legitimate priesthood authority from God.
  • The gospel of Jesus Christ is our Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness.
  • The central doctrine of the gospel is the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
  • The Prophet Joseph Smith said, “The first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are:
  • first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ;
  • second, Repentance;
  • third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins;
  • fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Articles of Faith 1:4).
  • In its fulness, the gospel includes all the doctrines, principles, laws, ordinances, and covenants necessary for men and women to be exalted in the celestial kingdom.
  • The Savior has promised that if we [repent of our sins and] endure to the end, faithfully living the gospel, He will hold us guiltless before the Father at the Final Judgment (see 3 Nephi 27:16).
  • The fulness of the gospel has been preached in all ages when God’s children have been prepared to receive it.
  • In the latter days, or the dispensation of the fulness of times, the gospel has been restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith.
  • Source. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gospel Topics. www.lds.org.
  • The original Church of Jesus Christ “of Latter-day Saints” built on a foundation of living apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone, has been restored by Our Savior through the Prophet Joseph Smith and subsequent prophets and apostles.
  • See www.lds.org.
  • The Articles of Faith are:
  • 1
  • We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. [The godhead is comprised of three separate persons: God, the Eternal Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ, are resurrected glorified perfect men with immortal bodies of flesh and bone. The Holy Ghost is a glorified man with a spirit body.]
  • 2
  • We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.
  • 3
  • We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, [worked out in Gethsemane and on the Cross] all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
  • 4
  • We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
  • 5
  • We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof. Ordinances are administered by those with legitimate priesthood authority restored by John the Baptist and Peter, James, and John.]
  • 6
  • We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
  • 7
  • We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
  • 8
  • We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon [a second witness that Jesus is the Christ, recording His visit to and His dealings with peoples on the American continent] to be the word of God.
  • 9
  • We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.
  • 10
  • We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.
  • 11
  • We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
  • 12
  • We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
  • 13
  • We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
  • To enjoy our Savior Jesus Christ’s promised peace and eternal life, to meet with  missionaries and join Christ’s true Church, I invite you to call right now 1-801-240-1000 in order to arrange to visit with the missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You can also reach the missionaries via the website https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/comeuntochrist/easter-2021/talk-with-missionaries. And for more details about the Church see www.lds.org.

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Jesus is the Resurrected Living Christ, the Holy Messiah, the Prince of Peace, who soon will come in power and great glory to cleanse the earth of war and sin and usher in His great Millennium of peace and prosperity. So you may want to repent so your life is in order. You may want to get ready to meet Him.

Do not doubt, Thomas. I AM THE RESURRECTED LIVING CHRIST. oil painting by Richard W. Linford

And you may want to take a look at invitations President Nelson has extended since he became Prophet

By Sydney Walker  Updated13 JAN 202210:02 AM MST

Be baptized, Receive the Holy Ghost, and Stay on the covenant path 

In a press conference in January 2018 following his ordination as President of the Church, President Nelson said: “Now, to each member of the Church I say: Keep on the covenant path. Your commitment to follow the Savior by making covenants with Him and then keeping those covenants will open the door to every spiritual blessing and privilege available to men, women and children everywhere.”

Whether one is moving along the covenant path, has slipped from the path or can’t see the path from where they are, President Nelson said to the priesthood brethren during the April 2019 general conference: “I plead with you to repent. Experience the strengthening power of daily repentance — of doing and being a little better each day.”

Increase your spiritual capacity and ‘hear Him’ and do what “He” inspires you to do

During his first general conference as the Prophet, President Nelson urged Latter-day Saints to increase their spiritual capacity to receive revelation. “In coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting and constant influence of the Holy Ghost,” he said.

In light of the home-centered, Church-supported curriculum emphasized during the October 2018 general conference, President Nelson invited individuals and families to remodel their homes into “a sanctuary of faith” and “center of gospel learning.” He promised, “Changes in your family will be dramatic and sustaining.”

To help women increase their spiritual capacity, President Nelson invited them during the October 2019 general conference to prayerfully study Doctrine and Covenants 25 and “all the truths you can find about priesthood power.” 

“As your understanding increases and as you exercise faith in the Lord and His priesthood power, your ability to draw upon this spiritual treasure that the Lord has made available will increase,” he promised. 

In a February 2020 social media post, President Nelson extended an invitation tied to the 200th anniversary of the First Vision. Heavenly Father personally introduced His Beloved Son Jesus Christ to Joseph Smith, with a specific charge to “hear Him.”

“I invite you to think deeply and often about this key question: How do you hear Him?” President Nelson wrote. 

Watch 15 #HearHim videosfrom the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Heavenly Father knows that when His children are surrounded by uncertainty and fear, “what will help us the very most is to hear His Son,” President Nelson said during April 2020 general conference. “Because when we seek to hear — truly hear — His Son, we will be guided to know what to do in any circumstance.”

Help Gather Israel and let God prevail

The doctrine of the gathering of Israel has captured President Nelson’s attention for the more than 36 years he has served as an Apostle, he said during the October 2020 general conference. “Anytime we do anything that helps anyone — on either side of the veil — to make and keep their covenants with God, we are helping to gather Israel.”

One of the Hebraic meanings of the word “Israel” is “let God prevail,” President Nelson said. Following an invitation for Latter-day Saints to lead out in abandoning attitudes and actions of prejudice, he asked: “Are you willing to let God prevail in your life? Are you willing to let God be the most important influence in your life?”

The gathering is “the most important thing taking place on earth today,” President Nelson told youth during a worldwide devotional in June 2018, inviting them to enlist in the Lord’s youth battalion to gather Israel. “This gathering should mean everything to you. This is the mission for which you were sent to earth.”

He challenged the youth to read daily from the Book of Mormon to learn more about the gathering. He also extended five invitations he promised “will change you and help change the world”: hold a seven-day fast from social media, make a weekly sacrifice of time to the Lord, stay on the covenant path, pray daily that all of God’s children might receive gospel blessings, and stand out and be a light. 

During his address in the general women’s session in October 2018, President Nelson extended “a prophetic plea” to the women of the Church to participate in the gathering of Israel. He invited the women to hold a 10-day fast from social media, read the Book of Mormon before the end of the year, attend the temple regularly and participate fully in Relief Society. 

#GiveThanks several times daily

To bring hope and healing during a time of global instability and uncertainty in November 2020, President Nelson prescribed a “fast-acting and long-lasting” spiritual remedy to the world. He extended two invitations related to the “healing power of gratitude.” 

“First, I invite you — just for the next seven days — to turn social media into your own personal gratitude journal. Post every day about what you are grateful for, who you are grateful for and why you are grateful,” he said in a Nov. 20, 2020, video message, inviting all to use the hashtag #GiveThanks. https://www.youtube.com/embed/i51gcWCs-Ho?feature=oembed

“Second, let us unite in thanking God through daily prayer. Jesus Christ taught His disciples to pray by first expressing gratitude to God, and then petitioning Him for the things we need. Prayer brings forth miracles.”

Increase your faith in Christ

Faith in Jesus Christ is the greatest power available in this life, said President Nelson during the April 2021 general conference

“My dear brothers and sisters, my call to you this Easter morning is to start today to increase your faith,” he declared. “Through your faith, Jesus Christ will increase your ability to move the mountains in your life, even though your personal challenges may loom as large as Mount Everest.”

President Nelson offered five suggestions to help Latter-day Saints develop that faith and trust:

  • First, study. Become an engaged learner.
  • Second, choose to believe in Jesus Christ.
  • Third, act in faith.
  • Fourth, partake of sacred ordinances worthily.
  • Fifth, ask Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, for help.

Strengthen your spiritual foundation

When the major renovation to the Salt Lake Temple is complete, there will be no safer place during an earthquake in the Salt Lake Valley than inside that temple, said President Nelson during October 2021 general conference. He called on Latter-day Saints to implement “extraordinary measures” to strengthen their personal spiritual foundations. 

President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints tours the Salt Lake Utah Temple in Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 22, 2021.
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints tours the Salt Lake Utah Temple in Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 22, 2021. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

“My dear brothers and sisters, these are the latter days. If you and I are to withstand the forthcoming perils and pressures, it is imperative that we each have a firm spiritual foundation built upon the rock of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

“So, I ask each of you: ‘How firm is your foundation? And what reinforcement to your testimony and understanding of the gospel is needed?’ …. Please believe me when I say that when your spiritual foundation is built solidly upon Jesus Christ, you have no need to fear.”

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He was Resurrected. You will be Resurrected. I invite you to study the gospel with the missionaries, to attend a Sabbath day Church service near you, to learn to love Jesus the Christ the Holy Messiah more deeply, to be baptized by immersion for the remission of your sins, to receive The Gift of the Holy Ghost, and to be confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Richard Linford

(P.S. You can contact me if you want to at r.linford@comcast.net and I will help you meet with these wonderful missionaries and attend Church and learn about Jesus.

Or contact The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by clicking here https://www.comeuntochrist.org/contact-us

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/media/video/2016-03-0002-resurrection-of-the-dead?lang=eng CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO! YOU CAN READ THE BOOK OF MORMON OR BIBLE FOR FREE – AT NO COST – AT THIS WEBSITE http://www.churchofjesuschrist.org

He is your Resurrection and Eternal Life.

“And this is life eternal, that they may know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (John 17:3)

Contact The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by clicking here https://www.comeuntochrist.org/contact-us

Or CALL 1-240-1000 or

CALL 801-240-3500 or

CALL 1-240-2222

or check your internet or phone directory for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

If you would like, Missionaries can contact you to share with you the principles of the gospel, to help you repent of any sins, and to schedule your baptism by immersion for the remission of your sins, and laying on of hands for your confirmation as a member of the Church, and your reception of the Gift of the Holy Ghost,

Contact The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by clicking here https://www.comeuntochrist.org/contact-us to

Attend a Sunday Service

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Find a church near you

For LocationSearch Click Here https://www.comeuntochrist.org/contact-us to Contact The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Find a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints near you.

I know you will gain peace and joy by meeting with two wonderful missionaries in person or online such as by Zoom or GotoMeeting or Facetime to study the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Missionaries would love to meet with you in person or online and answer any of your questions.

And if Missionaries meet with you in person, most of these missionaries are young people ages 18 or 19 or close, they come bearing gifts!

If you’d like free copies of the Book of Mormon or the Bible, they’d be happy to bring one or both when they come. 

So please take time to Request a Visit ›

Feel like something is missing in your life?

Invite local missionaries to your home to learn about the teachings of Jesus Christ and how you can follow them.

Request a Book of Mormon

›Two missionaries can stop by with a FREE Book of Mormon and teach you about it.

They will be happy to answer your questions.

Request a Bible ›Request a Bible. Missionaries will bring it by and share an uplifting message.

You can keep the Bible and if you like what you hear, they can come back and teach you more.

And if you would like, you can receive an Inspirational message in your inbox

Get an uplifting message each week via email. https://www.comeuntochrist.org/contact-us

Back to the subject of the Resurrection – here are scriptures for your consideration.

  • he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up, 1 Sam. 2:6.
  • If a man die, shall he live again, Job 14:14.
  • destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God, Job 19:26 (Moses 5:10).
  • swallow up death in victory, Isa. 25:8.
  • together with my dead body shall they ariseIsa. 26:19.
  • I will open your graves, and cause you to come up, Ezek. 37:12.
  • sleep in the dust of the earth shall awakeDan. 12:2.
  • ransom them from the power of the graveHosea 13:14.
  • then shall all the dead awakeD&C 29:26.
  • he might be raised in immortality unto eternal life, D&C 29:43.
  • shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye, D&C 43:32 (101:31).
  • they that knew no law shall have part in the first resurrectionD&C 45:54.
  • rise from the dead and shall not die after, D&C 63:49.
  • have slept in their graves shall come forth, D&C 88:97.
  • spirit and element, inseparably connectedD&C 93:33.
  • Angels, who are resurrected personages, having bodies of flesh and bones, D&C 129:1.
  • intelligence … will rise with us in the resurrectionD&C 130:18.
  • graves of the saints shall be openedD&C 133:56.
  • departed the mortal life, firm in the hope of a glorious resurrectionD&C 138:14.
  • dry bones, which were to be clothed upon with flesh, D&C 138:43.
  • bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man, Moses 1:39.

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Try His Living Water!


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Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?

12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?

13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:

14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

John 4:10-14.https://youtu.be/sma4o3mCPwA

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I invite you to become a member of the true Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Call 1-801-240-1000 to visit with the missionaries. Or contact missionaries at their Come Unto Christ website at https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/comeuntochrist.  Brother or sister missionaries will teach you the true gospel of Jesus Christ. They will help you pray and repent of your sins, attend Church, and be baptized by immersion for the remission of your sins, receive the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, and be confirmed a member of the Church – all by one with true priesthood authority. See www.churchofjesuschrist.org. You can easily translate this to various languages as noted below.

  1. God your perfect Father lives and is a resurrected glorified man. You lived with Him in heaven prior to your mortality. He knows you personally and loves you with infinite love. We pray to Him in the name of Jesus Christ.
  2. Jesus is God the Son, the resurrected perfect living Christ, the holy Messiah, Yeshua, the Prince of Peace, who with love divine suffered in Gethsemane and died on the Cross for you and for me – atoning for your and my sins conditional on our accepting Him and repenting of our sins. On the third day He rose from the dead and He will soon come again to separate the sheep from the goats and rule as King of kings and Lord of lords during the Millennium.
  3. The Holy Ghost is the third separate member of the Godhead who comforts us and testifies of the Father and the Son and helps us appreciate truth and righteousness and repent of our sins and love one another.
  4. When He came long ago Jesus Christ set up his true Church with its foundation of living prophets and apostles, Jesus Christ being the Chief Cornerstone.
  5. When we are baptized by immersion and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost by one with proper priesthood authority we are on the covenant path leading to our own exaltation and to the exaltation of our family and ancestors.
  6. Christ’s true Church and priesthood keys were lost with the death of the apostles.
  7. These priesthood keys and Christ’s true gospel and Church with living prophets and apostles were restored via the great Prophet of the Restoration Joseph Smith.
  8. The Bible is the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. The Book of Mormon is the word of God and is a Second Witness that Jesus is the Christ and that the gospel of Jesus Christ and His true Church are restored.
  9. You and I are spirit children of our Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother. We lived in heaven with them prior to mortality and we come here thru the birth process for a very short time and experience to learn good from evil and to learn to love one another.
  10. It is the unified work of the three separate members of the Godhead to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of you and me. John 17:3.
  11. The missionaries will teach you details about Christ’s true Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and will help you pray and repent of your sins and attend Church and prepare for baptism by immersion and reception of the Holy Ghost and confirmation as a member.
  12. Richard W. Linford, member. r.linford@comcast.net

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How to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Call 1-801-240-1000 to visit with the missionaries. They will teach you these concepts and help you be baptized by immersion for the remission of your sins and receive the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands and be confirmed a member of the Church by one with true priesthood authority. And see www.churchofjesuschrist.org (various languages provided).

  1. God the Father lives and is a resurrected glorified man. He knows you personally and loves you with infinite love.
  2. Jesus is God the Son, the resurrected living Christ who with love divine suffered in Gethsemane and on the Cross for your sins and mine.
  3. The Holy Ghost is the third separate member of the Godhead who comforts us and testifies of the Father and the Son and brings us to truth and righteousness.
  4. Jesus Christ set up his true Church based on a foundation of apostles when he came. When we are baptized by immersion and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost we are on the covenant path leading to our own exaltation.
  5. Christ’s true Church and priesthood keys were lost with the death of the apostles.
  6. Priesthood keys and Christ’s true Church were restored via the great Prophet of the Restoration Joseph Smith.
  7. The Bible is the word of God as far as translated correctly. The Book of Mormon is the word of God and is a Second Witness that Jesus is the Christ and that the gospel of Jesus Christ as restored is true.
  8. You and I are spirit children of our Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother. We lived in heaven with them prior to mortality and come here for a very short experience to learn good from evil and to love one another.
  9. It is the work of the Godhead to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of you and me.
  10. The missionaries will teach you details about Christ’s true Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and help you prepare for baptism by immersion and reception of the Holy Ghost and confirmation as a member.

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Jesus is the suffering Resurrected Living Christ, Yeshua, The Holy Messiah, who honors Our Father in Heaven by keeping His commandments, and who soon will come in power and great glory to usher in His great Millennial Reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. The Holy Bible testifies that Jesus is the Resurrected Christ. The Holy Book of Mormon, a Bible of peoples who lived in the Western Hemisphere, is another witness that Jesus is the Christ, the Holy Messiah.

Jesus is The Holy Living Christ Messiah. I invite you to repent of your sins, be baptized, be confirmed a member of The True Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and receive The Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, which will help you live a more holy, happy, peaceful life.

I invite you to call right now 1-801-240-1000 in order to arrange to visit with the missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You can also reach the missionaries via the website https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/comeuntochrist/easter-2021/talk-with-missionaries. And for more details about the Church see www.lds.org.

Richard W. Linford, member

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Jesus is The Holy Living Christ Messiah. Learn about God the son, and God our Father to whom we pray in the holy name of Jesus Christ.

Jesus is The Holy Living Christ Messiah. I invite you to repent of your sins, be baptized, be confirmed a member of The True Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and receive The Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, which will help you live a more holy, happy, peaceful life.

I invite you to call right now 1-801-240-1000 in order to arrange to visit with the missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You can also reach the missionaries via the website https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/comeuntochrist/easter-2021/talk-with-missionaries. And for more details about the Church see www.lds.org.

Call now to meet with member missionaries, learn more, attend Church, and arrange to be baptized in the next week or so.

Learn now about God the Father https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics/god-the-father?lang=eng

Overview

God the Father is the Supreme Being in whom we believe, whom we worship, and to whom we pray. He is the ultimate Creator, Ruler, and Preserver of all things. He is perfect, has all power, and knows all things. He “has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s” (Doctrine and Covenants 130:22).

The Father of Our Spirits

One of life’s great questions is “Who am I?” A beloved Primary song helps even little children answer this question. We sing, “I am a child of God, and he has sent me here.” The knowledge that we are children of God provides strength, comfort, and hope.

Scholars have long acknowledged that the view of God held by the earliest Christians changed dramatically over the course of centuries. Early Christian views of God were more personal, more anthropomorphic, and less abstract than those that emerged later during Christianity’s creedal stage. The key ideological shift that began in the second century, after the loss of apostolic authority, resulted from a conceptual merger of Christian doctrine with Greek philosophy.

Latter-day Saints believe the melding of early Christian theology with Greek philosophy was a grave error. Chief among the doctrines lost in this process was the nature of the Godhead. Latter-day Saints hold that God the Father is an embodied being with the attributes ascribed by the earliest Christians. That belief is consistent with the early Christian views of God, yet it differs from the later creeds.

We are all literally children of God, spiritually begotten in the premortal life. As His children, we can be assured that we have divine, eternal potential and that He will help us in our sincere efforts to reach that potential.

The Supreme Creator

Heavenly Father is the Supreme Creator. Through Jesus Christ, He created heaven and earth and all things in them (see Moses 2:1). Alma said, “All things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator” (Alma 30:44).

The Author of the Plan of Salvation

Our Father in Heaven wants us to dwell with Him eternally. His work and glory is “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39). In order to make this possible, He prepared the plan of salvation. He sent His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to loose the bands of death and atone for the sins of the world: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). This sacrifice is the greatest expression of our Father’s love for us.

Coming to Know God the Father

As children of God, we have a special relationship with Him, setting us apart from all His other creations. We should seek to know our Father in Heaven. He loves us, and He has given us the precious opportunity to draw near to Him as we pray. Our prayers, offered in humility and sincerity, are heard and answered.

We can also come to know our Father by learning about His Beloved Son and applying the gospel in our lives. The Savior taught His disciples: “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also. … He that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:7, 9).

We draw near to God the Father as we study the scriptures and the words of latter-day prophets and as we give service. When we follow God’s will and live as He would have us live, we become more like Him and His Son. We prepare ourselves to return to live in Their presence.

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