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 And for more details about the Lord Jesus and His Church see or email me at and I will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Richard W. Linford, 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 And for more details about the Church see

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 And for more details about the Church see

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


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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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 And for more details about the Church see

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 And for more details about the Church see

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.
  • 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
  • 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 And for more details about the Church see

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Jehovah Jesus Christ, the holy Messiah, King of kings, Lord of lords, Our Advocate with the Father, Our Exemplar, Our Judge, the kind and merciful one, is the healer of our souls who soon will come, so you may want to repent of your sins today and get ready.

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If you would like our Savior Jesus Christ’s promised peace and eternal life, I invite you to call right now 1-888-537-7700 or 1-800-453-3860 extension 2-4914 or 801-240-4914 in order to visit with the missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You can also reach them via the website

I invite you

  1. to pray to Our Heavenly Father in the name of His Son Jesus Christ,
  2. to accept the following ARTICLES OF FAITH, having FAITH in Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son Jesus Christ,
  3. to REPENT of your sins each day,
  5. to be confirmed a member of THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, the restored Church of Jesus Christ with its living apostles and prophets,
  6. to attend Church each Sunday and partake of the sacrament thus renewing your baptismal and other sacred covenants,
  7. to prepare and to go to the temple to make covenants and receive special blessings including being sealed to your family for eternity,
  8. to endure to the end of your life in striving to be righteous,
  9. better knowing Our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ in order to receive eternal life.
  10. [And p.s. you may also want to read the scriptural account of the Life of Christ found in the book of Matthew and the Book of Mormon which is a second witness that Jesus is the Christ. These scriptures are available in multiple languages and free at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website.]

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

Articles of Faith Repositionable Poster

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  1. Room in the Inn
  2. By Elder Gerrit W. Gong
  3. Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
  4. In this Easter season, Jesus Christ invites us to become, like Him, a good Samaritan, to make His Inn (His Church) a refuge for all.
  5. Dear brothers and sisters, although he passed away 20 years ago, there are times I miss my father. Easter promises I will see him again.
  6. When I was in graduate school in England, my father came to visit. His father’s heart knew I missed home.
  7. My father loved adventure except in food. Even in France, noted for its cuisine, he would say, “Let’s eat Chinese food.” A long-serving patriarch in the Church, my father was spiritual and compassionate. One night, as emergency vehicles with loud sirens raced through Paris, he said, “Gerrit, those cries are the wounds of a city.”
  8. On that trip, I felt other cries and wounds. A young woman was selling ice cream from a small pushcart. Her wafer cones were just the size for a single scoop of ice cream. For some reason, a large man confronted the young woman. Yelling and pushing, he tipped over her cart, spilling her ice-cream cones. There was nothing I could do as he crushed the cones with his boots. I can still see the young woman on her knees in the street, trying to save broken wafer pieces, tears of anguish streaming down her face. Her image haunts me, a reminder of the unkindness, uncaring, misunderstanding we too often inflict on each other.
  9. On another afternoon, near Paris, my father and I visited the great cathedral at Chartres. Malcolm Miller,1 a world expert on the cathedral, pointed out three sets of Chartres stained-glass windows. He said they tell a story.
  10. The first windows show Adam and Eve leaving the Garden of Eden.
  11. The second recount the parable of the good Samaritan.
  12. The third depict the Lord’s Second Coming.
  13. Taken together, these stained-glass windows can describe our eternal journey. They invite us to welcome all with room in His inn.2
  1. Like Adam and Eve, we come into a world of thorns and thistles.3
  1. On our dusty roads to Jericho, we are beset upon, wounded, and left in pain.4
  2. Though we should help each other, too often we pass to the other side of the road, for whatever reason.
  3. However, with compassion, the Good Samaritan stops and binds our wounds with wine and oil. Symbols of the sacrament and other ordinances, the wine and oil point us to the spiritual healing in Jesus Christ.5 The Good Samaritan puts us on His own donkey or, in some stained-glass accounts, carries us on His shoulders. He brings us to the inn, which can represent His Church. At the Inn, the Good Samaritan says, “Take care of him; … when I come again, I will repay thee.”6 The Good Samaritan, a symbol of our Savior, promises to return, this time in majesty and glory.
  1. In this Easter season, Jesus Christ invites us to become, like Him, a good Samaritan, to make His Inn (His Church) a refuge for all from life’s bruises and storms.7 We prepare for His promised Second Coming as each day we do unto “the least of these”8 as we would unto Him. “The least of these” is each of us.
  2. As we come with the Good Samaritan to the Inn, we learn five things about Jesus Christ and ourselves.
  3. First, we come to the Inn as we are, with the foibles and imperfections we each have. Yet we all have something needed to contribute. Our journey to God is often found together. We belong as united community—whether confronting pandemics, storms, wildfires, droughts or quietly meeting daily needs. We receive inspiration as we counsel together, listening to each person, including each sister, and the Spirit.
  4. As our hearts change and we receive His image in our countenance,9 we see Him and ourselves in His Church. In Him, we find clarity, not dissonance. In Him, we find cause to do good, reason to be good, and increasing capacity to become better. In Him, we discover abiding faith, liberating selflessness, caring change, and trust in God. In His Inn, we find and deepen our personal relationship with God, our Father, and Jesus Christ.
  5. He trusts us to help make the Inn the place He needs it to be. As we offer our talents and best efforts, His spiritual gifts also strengthen and bless.10
  6. A Spanish language interpreter told me, “Elder Gong, I knew by the Spirit what you were going to say so I could translate,” this faithful brother said, “by the gift of tongues.”
  7. Gifts of faith and assurance come, manifest differently in different situations. One dear sister received spiritual comfort as her husband passed away from COVID-19. She said, “I know my dear husband and I will be together again.” In a different COVID situation, another dear sister said, “I felt I should plead with the Lord and the doctors to give my husband just a little more time.”
  8. Second, He entreats us to make His Inn a place of grace and space, where each can gather, with room for all. As disciples of Jesus Christ, all are equal, with no second-class groups.
  9. All are welcome to attend sacrament meetings, other Sunday meetings, and social events.11 We reverently worship our Savior, thoughtful and considerate of each other. We see and acknowledge each person. We smile, sit with those sitting alone, learn names, including of new converts, returning brothers and sisters, young women and young men, each dear Primary child.
  10. Imagining ourselves in their place, we welcome friends, visitors, new move-ins, busy individuals pulled in too many directions. We mourn, rejoice, and are there for each other. When we fall short of our ideals and are rushed, unaware, judgmental, or prejudiced, we seek each other’s forgiveness and do better.
  11. A family from Africa now living in the United States said, “From the first day, Church members were friendly and welcoming. Everyone made us feel at home. No one looked down on us.” The father said, “The Holy Bible teaches gospel fruits come from gospel roots.” “And the missionaries,” the father and mother said, “we want our son and daughter to grow up like those missionaries.” Brothers and sisters, may we each warmly welcome all to His Inn.
  12. Third, in His Inn we learn perfection is in Jesus Christ, not in the perfectionism of the world. Unreal and unrealistic, the world’s “insta-perfect” filtered perfectionism can make us feel inadequate, captive to swipes, likes, or double taps. In contrast, our Savior, Jesus Christ, knows everything about us we don’t want anyone else to know, and He still loves us. His is a gospel of second and third chances, made possible by His atoning sacrifice.12 He invites each of us to be a good Samaritan, less judgmental and more forgiving of ourselves and of each other, even as we strive more fully to keep His commandments.
  13. We help ourselves as we help each other. A family I know lived near a busy road. Travelers often stopped to ask for help. Early one morning the family heard loud pounding on their door. Tired and worried who it would be at 2:00 a.m., they wondered if, just this once, someone else could help. As the insistent knocking continued, they heard, “Fire—there’s a fire in the back of your house!” Good Samaritans help each other.
  14. Fourth, at His Inn we become part of a gospel community centered in Jesus Christ, anchored in restored truth, living prophets and apostles, and another testament of Jesus Christ—the Book of Mormon. He brings us to His Inn and also to His house—the holy temple. The house of the Lord is a place where, as with the wounded man on the road to Jericho, the Good Samaritan can cleanse and clothe us, prepare us to return to God’s presence, and unite us eternally in God’s family. His temples are open to all who live His gospel with faith and obedience.
  15. Temple rejoicing includes gospel unity amidst diverse heritages, cultures, languages, and generations. At the groundbreaking for the Taylorsville Utah Temple, 17-year-old Max Harker shared a legacy of family faith begun six generations earlier by his great-great-great-grandfather Joseph Harker and his wife, Susannah Sneath. In the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, we can each become a strong link in our family generations.
  16. Finally, fifth, we rejoice that God loves His children in our different backgrounds and circumstances, in every nation, kindred, and tongue, with room for all in His Inn.
  17. Over the past 40 years, Church members have become increasingly international. Since 1998, more Church members have lived outside than inside the United States and Canada. By 2025, we anticipate as many Church members may live in Latin America as in the United States and Canada. The gathering of Father Lehi’s faithful descendants is fulfilling prophecy. Faithful Saints, including in the pioneer corridor, remain a reservoir of devotion and service for the worldwide Church.
  18. Also, the majority of adult Church members are now unmarried, widowed, or divorced. This is a significant change. It includes more than half our Relief Society sisters and more than half our adult priesthood brothers. This demographic pattern has been the case in the worldwide Church since 1992 and in the Church in the United States and Canada since 2019.
  19. Our standing before the Lord and in His Church is not a matter of our marital status but of our becoming faithful and valiant disciples of Jesus Christ.13 Adults want to be seen as adults and to be responsible and contribute as adults. Disciples of Jesus Christ come from everywhere, in every shape, size, hue, and age, each with talents, righteous desires, and immense capacities to bless and serve. We seek daily to follow Jesus Christ with faith unto repentance14 and enduring joy.
  20. During this life, we sometimes wait upon the Lord. We may not yet be where we hope and wish to be in the future. A devout sister says, “Waiting faithfully upon the Lord for His blessings is a holy position. It must not be met with pity, patronizing, or judgment but instead with sacred honor.”15 In the meantime, we live now, not waiting for life to begin.
  21. Isaiah promises, “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”16
  22. Our Good Samaritan promises to return. Miracles occur when we care for each other as He would. When we come with broken hearts and contrite spirits,17 we can find voice in Jesus Christ and be encircled in His understanding arms of safety.18 Sacred ordinances offer covenant belonging and “the power of godliness”19 to sanctify inner intent and outward action. With His loving-kindness and long-suffering, His Church becomes our Inn.
  23. As we create room in His Inn, welcoming all, our Good Samaritan can heal us on our dusty mortal roads. With perfect love, our Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, promise “peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come”20—“that where I am ye shall be also.”21 I so gratefully witness and testify in the sacred and holy name of Jesus Christ, amen.

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Will you have bread and water and heat and light and funds during the next emergency or disaster? Now is the time to prepare to protect yourself and your family keeping in mind that Jesus Christ is the Bread and Water of Life.

  1. There Was Bread
  2. By Bishop W. Christopher Waddell
  3. First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
  4. As we seek to become temporally prepared, we can face the trials of life with increased confidence.
  5. Prior to travel restrictions caused by the current pandemic, I was returning home from an international assignment which, due to scheduling issues, created a Sunday layover. I had time between flights to attend a local sacrament meeting, where I was also able to share a brief message. Following the meeting, an enthusiastic deacon approached me and asked if I knew President Nelson and if I had ever had a chance to shake his hand. I answered that I did know him, that I had shaken his hand, and that, as a member of the Presiding Bishopric, I had the opportunity to meet with President Nelson and his counselors a couple of times each week. The young deacon then sat down on a chair, threw his hands in the air, and shouted, “This is the greatest day of my life!” Brothers and sisters, I may not throw my hands in the air and shout, but I am eternally grateful for a living prophet and for the direction we receive from prophets, seers, and revelators, especially during these times of challenge.
  6. From the beginning of time, the Lord has provided direction to help His people prepare spiritually and temporally against the calamities and trials that He knows will come as part of this mortal experience.
  7. These calamities may be personal or general in nature, but the Lord’s guidance will provide protection and support to the extent that we heed and act upon His counsel.
  8. A wonderful example is provided in an account from the book of Genesis, where we learn of Joseph in Egypt and his inspired interpretation of Pharaoh’s dream.
  9. “And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, … God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do. …
  10. “Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt:
  11. “And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt.”1
  12. Pharaoh listened to Joseph, responded to what God had showed him in a dream, and immediately set about preparing for what was to come. The scriptures then record:
  13. “And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls.
  14. “And he gathered up all the food of the seven years. …
  15. “And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, … until he left numbering; for it was without number.”2
  16. Once the seven years of plenty had passed, we are told that “seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.”3
  17. Today we are blessed to be led by prophets who understand the need for us to prepare against the calamities “which should come”4 and who also recognize the limitations or restrictions that we may encounter in striving to follow their counsel.
  18. There is a clear understanding that the effects of COVID-19, as well as devastating natural disasters, are no respecter of persons and cross ethnic, social, and religious boundaries on every continent.
  19. Jobs have been lost and incomes reduced as the opportunity to work has been affected by layoffs and the ability to work has been impacted by health and legal challenges.
  20. To all who have been affected, we express understanding and concern for your situation, as well as a firm conviction that better days are ahead.
  21. You have been blessed with bishops and branch presidents who seek out members of their congregations with temporal needs and who have access to tools and resources that can help you reestablish your lives and place you on the path to self-reliance as you apply principles of preparedness.
  22. In today’s environment, with a pandemic that has devastated whole economies as well as individual lives, it would be inconsistent with a compassionate Savior to ignore the reality that many are struggling and ask them to begin building a reserve of food and money for the future.
  23. However, that does not mean that we should permanently ignore principles of preparation—only that these principles should be applied “in wisdom and order”5 so that in the future we might say, as did Joseph in Egypt, “There was bread.”6
  24. The Lord does not expect us to do more than we can do, but He does expect us to do what we can do, when we can do it.
  25. As President Nelson reminded us in our last general conference, “The Lord loves effort.”7
  26. Church leaders have often encouraged Latter-day Saints “to prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food and water and some money in savings.”8 
  27. At the same time, we are encouraged to “be wise” and “not go to extremes”9 in our efforts to establish a home storage supply and a financial reserve.
  28. A resource entitled Personal Finances for Self-Reliance, published in 2017 and currently available on the Church website in 36 languages, begins with a message from the First Presidency, which states:
  29. “The Lord has declared, ‘It is my purpose to provide for my saints’ [Doctrine and Covenants 104:15].
  30. This revelation is a promise from the Lord that He will provide temporal blessings and open the door of self-reliance. …
  31. “… Accepting and living these principles will better enable you to receive the temporal blessings promised by the Lord.
  32. “We invite you to diligently study and apply these principles and teach them to your family members.
  33. As you do so, your life will be blessed … [because] you are a child of our Father in Heaven.
  34. He loves you and will never forsake you.
  35. He knows you and is ready to extend to you the spiritual and temporal blessings of self-reliance.”10
  36. This resource includes chapters devoted to
  37. creating and living within a budget,
  38. protecting your family against hardship,
  39. managing a financial crisis,
  40. investing for the future,
  41. and many more and is available for everyone on the Church website or through your local leaders.
  42. When considering the principle of preparedness, we can look back to Joseph in Egypt for inspiration.
  43. Knowing what would happen would not have been sufficient to carry them through the “lean” years without a degree of sacrifice during the years of abundance.
  44. Rather than consume all that Pharaoh’s subjects could produce, limits were established and followed, providing sufficient for their immediate, as well as their future, needs.
  45. It was not enough to know that challenging times would come.
  46. They had to act, and because of their effort, “there was bread.”11
  47. This leads to an important question: “Therefore, what?”
  48. A good place to begin is to understand that all things are spiritual to the Lord, “and not at any time” has He given us “a law which was temporal.”12 
  49. Everything, then, points to Jesus Christ as the foundation upon which we must build even our temporal preparedness.
  50. Being temporally prepared and self-reliant means “believing that through the grace, or enabling power, of Jesus Christ and our own effort, we are able to obtain all the spiritual and temporal necessities of life we require for ourselves and our families.”13
  51. Additional aspects of a spiritual foundation for temporal preparedness include acting “in wisdom and order,”14 which implies a gradual buildup of food storage and savings over time, as well as embracing “small and simple” means,15 which is a demonstration of faith that the Lord will magnify our small but consistent efforts.
  52. With a spiritual foundation in place,
  53. we can then successfully apply two important elements of temporal preparedness—
  54. managing finances
  55. and home storage.
  56. Key principles to manage your finances include
  57. the payment of tithes and offerings,
  58. eliminating and avoiding debt,
  59. preparing and living within a budget,
  60. and saving for the future.
  61. Key home storage principles include
  62. the storage of food,
  63. the storage of water,
  64. and the storage of other necessities based on individual and family needs,
  65. all because “the best storehouse”16 is the home,
  66. which becomes the “most accessible reserve in times of need.”17
  67. As we embrace spiritual principles and seek inspiration from the Lord, we will be guided to know the Lord’s will for us, individually and as families, and how best to apply the important principles of temporal preparedness.
  68. The most important step of all is to begin.
  69. Elder David A. Bednar taught this principle when he said:
  70. “Taking action is the exercise of faith. 
  71. … True faith is focused in and on the Lord Jesus Christ
  72. and always leads to action.”18
  73. Brothers and sisters, in an ever-changing world,
  74. we must prepare for uncertainties.
  75. Even with better days ahead,
  76. we know that the temporal peaks and valleys of mortality will continue.
  77. As we seek to become temporally prepared,
  78. we can face the trials of life
  79. with increased confidence,
  80. peace in our hearts,
  81. and like Joseph in Egypt, we will be able to say, even in stressful circumstances, “There was bread.”19 
  82. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
  1. Set of Preparation Questions for your consideration? Use these questions to audit your own situation and then build your own list of things to do so you and your family are prepared.
    1. The Principle: D&C 38:30? If ye are prepared, ye shall not _ _ _ _?
    1. The Principle: Conduct your own periodic audit and make preparedness adjustments accordingly.
    1. Disasters? Accident? Roadside assistance? AAA? Towing?
    1. Disasters? Active Shooter?
    1. Disasters? Assault? Battery?
    1. Disasters? Civic unrest?
    1. Disasters? Crime? Theft? Burglary?
    1. Disasters? Drought?
    1. Disasters? Earthquake?
    1. Disasters? Fires? Wildfires? Home fires? Business fires?
    1. Disasters? Flood? Landslide? Mudslide? Volcanic?
    1. Disasters? Hazmat?
    1. Disasters? Hurricane? Tornado?
    1. Disasters? Insect or snake or animal invasion?
    1. Disasters? Job loss? Income loss?
    1. Disasters? Pandemic?
    1. Disasters? Poison?
    1. Disasters? Power outage? Water or Food supply shortage?
    1. Disasters Prevention?
    1. Disasters Preparation?
    1. Disasters Response?
    1. Disasters Rehabilitation?
    1. Disasters? Severe Illness?
    1. Disasters? Snow? Ice? Wind storm?
    1. Animals?
    1. Anxiety? Fear? Paralysis? Inaction?
    1. Backpacks?
    1. Bedding?
    1. Bedding sleeping bags? Cots?
    1. Buy and sell limitations? Ability to Trade? Silver coins? Food? Other items?
    1. Camping?
    1. Camping equipment and supplies?
    1. Church contacts and Church action plan?
    1. Church? Temple?
    1. Clean up?
    1. Cleaning supplies?
    1. Clothing? Shoes? Socks? Undergarments? Coats? Sweaters? Ponchos?
    1. Communication cell phones?
    1. Communication internet?
    1. Communication radio and television?
    1. Communication ham radio?
    1. Community contacts and action plan? First Responders – Police – Fire – Poison Control?
    1. Cooking?
    1. Cooking recipes?
    1. Cooking equipment?
    1. Cooking pots, pans, utensils?
    1. Cooperation?
    1. Finances Debt elimination?
    1. Finances Investments?
    1. Finances Savings?
    1. Finances Some Cash on hand?
    1. Documents and photos and records and any coins or jewelry or art or precious items? Will? Trust?
    1. Electricity EMT?
    1. Electricity power outage?
    1. Emotional response?
    1. Equipment? Computers? Backup physical? Backup cloud?
    1. Family contact plan calling tree?
    1. Family preparation plan? Death? Funeral? Burial?
    1. Fire and Flood audit?
    1. Fire drills?
    1. Fire evacuation?
    1. Fire extinguishers?
    1. First Aid? Materials? Supplies?
    1. First Aid? Training? Practice?
    1. First Aid? Medical and Dental providers?
    1. First Responders? Police? Fire? Poison control?
    1. Follow evacuation directives?
    1. Follow FEMA directives?
    1. Follow local leaders?
    1. Food? Cooking?
    1. Food? MREs?
    1. Food? perishables?
    1. Food? preparation? Cooking?
    1. Food? Types?
    1. Food storage?
    1. Food storage? Grain? Wheat? Rice? Pasta? Flour?
    1. Garbage?
    1. Garbage? Human waste disposal?
    1. Garden? Vegetables? Berry bushes? Fruit trees?
    1. Garden greenhouse?
    1. Garden fertilizer?
    1. Garden seeds? Plant Perrennials vs Annuals?
    1. Garden sprays?
    1. Garden squarefoot? Container? Vertical?
    1. Garden tools?
    1. Garden water? Fertilizer? Potting soil?
    1. Heat?
    1. Heat? Fuel? Wood? Propane?
    1. Heat? Fuel? Misuse and Danger?
    1. Heat? Standby generator?
    1. Heat? Generator?
    1. Law and order?
    1. Legal Will and Trust? Deeds? Insurance? Various kinds?
    1. Light?
    1. Materials? Maintenance?
    1. Materials? Building?
    1. Materials? Tarps – plastic – other?
    1. Materials? Tools?
    1. Medical help? Dental help?
    1. Medicine?
    1. Mold? Water damage?
    1. Muck out?
    1. Neighbors? List? Contact? Help plan?
    1. News? Equipment? Sources?
    1. Pandemic? Masks? Social Distancing? Vaccinations?
    1. Phone Numbers and addresses? Keys? Computer passwords?
    1. Prayer? Faith?
    1. Response to accident?
    1. Response to active shooter?
    1. Response to civil unrest?
    1. Response to earthquake?
    1. Response to fire?
    1. Response to flood?
    1. Response to pandemic?
    1. Response to rain, snow, wind?
    1. Response to sickness?
    1. Sanitation?
    1. Sanitation toilet paper?
    1. Sanitation waste disposal?
    1. Schooling?
    1. Search and rescue?
    1. Security? Animals?
    1. Security? Babies? Children?
    1. Security? Data?
    1. Security? Personal? Family? Weapons?
    1. Security? Neighbors?
    1. Security? Those with special needs?
    1. Security? Wife? Husband?
    1. Security? Women in general?
    1. Security? Yourself?
    1. Shelter? Above ground?
    1. Shelter? Underground?
    1. Shelter car?
    1. Shelter tent?
    1. Shelter with family?
    1. Special needs?
    1. Special needs babies and young children?
    1. Special needs elderly?
    1. Special needs sick?
    1. Tools? Equipment? Chain saw?
    1. Transportation? Cars? Bicycles? Motorcycles?
    1. Vermin? Flies, rats, mice?
    1. Water?
    1. Water heater?
    1. Water purification?
    1. Water storage?
    1. Water swimming pool? Stream?

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Regarding 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.
Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrectionMatt. 22:23 (Mark 12:18Luke 20:27Acts 23:8).
graves were opened; and many bodies … aroseMatt. 27:52 (3 Ne. 23:9).
as touching the dead, that they riseMark 12:26.
thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrectionLuke 14:14.
spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have, Luke 24:39.
Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them, John 5:21 (Rom. 4:171 Tim. 6:13).
come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life, John 5:29 (D&C 76:17).
raise him up at the last day, John 6:54.
I am the resurrection, and the life, John 11:25.
Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains, Acts 2:24.
apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord, Acts 4:33.
they heard of the resurrection of the dead, Acts 17:32.
resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust, Acts 24:15.
Why … incredible … that God should raise the dead, Acts 26:8.
we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrectionRom. 6:5.
he … shall also quicken your mortal bodies, Rom. 8:11.
God … will also raise up us by his own power, 1 Cor. 6:14.
by man came also the resurrection of the dead, 1 Cor. 15:21.
Christ the firstfruits1 Cor. 15:23.
So also is the resurrection of the dead, 1 Cor. 15:42.
it is raised a spiritual body, 1 Cor. 15:44 (D&C 88:27).
trust … in God which raiseth the dead, 2 Cor. 1:9.
quickened us together with Christ, Eph. 2:5.
change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his, Philip. 3:21.
you … hath he quickened together with him, Col. 2:13.
dead in Christ shall rise first, 1 Thes. 4:16.
erred, saying that the resurrection is past, 2 Tim. 2:18.
that they might obtain a better resurrectionHeb. 11:35.
unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus, 1 Pet. 1:3.
doth also now save us … by the resurrection of Jesus, 1 Pet. 3:21.
when he shall appear, we shall be like him, 1 Jn. 3:2.
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrectionRev. 20:6.
after he had been slain he should rise from the dead1 Ne. 10:11.
that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, 2 Ne. 2:8 (Alma 33:2240:3Hel. 14:15Morm. 7:6D&C 88:14).
bodies and the spirits of men will be restored2 Ne. 9:12.
obtain a resurrection, according to the power, Jacob 4:11.
they are the first resurrectionMosiah 15:22.
there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, Mosiah 16:8.
day cometh that all shall rise from the dead, Alma 11:41.
body is raised … the whole becoming spiritual, Alma 11:45.
all things shall be restored to their proper order, Alma 41:4.
many saints who should arise from the dead, 3 Ne. 23:9.
death of Christ bringeth to pass the resurrectionMorm. 9:13.
my spirit and body shall again reuniteMoro. 10:34.
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.
See also Deut. 32:39Ps. 16:917:15Matt. 25:46Heb. 6:2Rev. 20:12D&C 43:18.

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