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ATONEMENT: Jesus Christ’s Atoning Sacrifice

by Richard W Linford | Aug 26, 2022

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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 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.

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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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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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Israel. 5 Smooth Stones.

David, 5 Smooth Stones of Faith in God and Courage. by Richard W. Linford

“Thou comest to me with a sword, and a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.” “And (David) chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had …” “Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell to the earth.” (1 Samuel 17.)

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 https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/comeuntochrist/easter-2021/talk-with-missionaries. And see www.lds.org.

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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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What is The True Nature of God?

God our Eternal Father in Heaven lives and loves us for we are His children.

  1. It is life eternal to know God Our Eternal Father in Heaven and His Beloved Son, Jehovah Jesus Christ, Yeshua, The Holy Messiah.
  2. There are three separate Gods in heaven with whom we have affinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. Of God the Father we testify:
  3. “There is a God in heaven, who is infinite and eternal, from everlasting to everlasting the same unchangeable God, the framer of heaven and earth, and all things which are in them.” (D. & C. 20:17.)
  4. He is not a progressive being in the sense that liberal religionists profess to believe.
  5. He was not created by man.
  6. He was not a God of vengeance and war in Old Testament times and a God of love and mercy in a later New Testament era.
  7. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
  8. God is known only by revelation.
  9. He stands revealed or remains forever unknown.
  10. He cannot be discovered in the laboratory.
  11. He cannot be discovered by viewing all immensity through giant telescopes.
  12. He cannot be discovered by cataloging all the laws of nature that do or have existed.
  13. A knowledge of his powers and the laws of nature which he has ordained does not reveal his personality and attributes to men. This kind of knowledge comes only by revelation from the Holy Ghost as a consequence of obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel.
  14. Man’s purpose in life is to learn the nature and kind of being that God is, and then, by conformity to his laws and ordinances, to progress to that high state of exaltation wherein man becomes perfect as the Father is perfect. (Matt. 5:48; Teachings, pp. 342-362.)
  15. He is God Almighty.
  16. He is THE ALMIGHTY God.
  17. He is not an amorphous personage of Spirit. He is not properly defined by apostate creeds.
  18. Apostate creeds teach that God is a spirit essence that fills the immensity of space and is everywhere and nowhere in particular present.
  19. In a vain attempt to support this doctrine that God is a spirit essence, formulated by councils in the early days of the great apostasy, it is common for apologists to point to the statement in the King James Bible which says, “God is a Spirit.” (John 4:22-24.) The fact is that this passage is mistranslated; instead, the correct statement, quoted in context reads: “The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him. For unto such hath God promised his Spirit. And they who worship him, must worship in spirit and in truth.” (Inspired Version, John 4:25-26.)
  20. It is true that God may be said to be a Spirit, but this statement must be understood to mean that he is a Spirit in the same sense that a resurrected man is a spirit.
  21. When the apostles, beholding the resurrected Lord, “were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit” (Luke 24:36-43), there was not the slightest intimation that the “spirit” was a vaporous nothingness that filled immensity. Spirits are personages. God the Father is a glorified and perfected Man, a Personage of flesh and bones (D. & C. 130:22), in which tangible body an eternal spirit is housed. It is in this sense that God is a Spirit.
  • HIS NATURE IS DIVINE AND ETERNAL.
  • God the Eternal Father, our Father in Heaven, is an exalted, perfected, and glorified Personage having a tangible body of flesh and bones. (D. & C. 130:22.)
  • See Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith – History Chapter 1. (Freely available at www.churchofjesuschrist.org.
  • All men, Christ included, were born as Heavenly Father’s spirit children in pre-mortality. (D. & C. 93:21-23; Moses l; 2; 3; 4; Abra. 3:22-28.)
  • God the Father is married for eternity and we have a Heavenly Mother.
  • He is the Great Creator. Through His Son He created, which is to say organized, our universe. All things are round about and known by God the Father including past, present, and future.
  • He embodies all virtues perfectly – honesty, trustworthiness, faith, hope, charity, love, kindness, long-suffering, courage, chastity, purity, knowledge, wisdom, happiness and joy.
  • BECAUSE WE ARE HIS CHILDREN, HE ASKS THAT WE LOVE HIM AND LOVE HIS SON AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
  • He asks that we show our love for Him by helping Him bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of his children.
  • He asks that we show our love for Him by repenting of our sins and by keeping His commandments.
  • He asks that we show our love for Him by visiting with Him in prayer multiple times daily.
  • WE LOVE HIM BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED US.
  • He desires to exalt his children by giving them experience in mortality, death, the resurrection, and exaltation
  • He gave his only begotten beloved son that we might not perish.
  • He sent Christ into the world to save the world not to condemn the world.
  • He forgives our sins conditional on our acceptance of Christ Jesus as our Savior and repentance of our sins.
  • He is GOD the First in the godhead.
  • He is bound by law.
  • He is Holy, Holy, Holy.
  • He is immortal which is to say He cannot and will not die.
  • He has a resurrected, glorified, perfect body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s.
  • He is an exalted being.
  • He is Perfect in Spirit, Mind, and Body.
  • He is Omnicharitable (all loving).
  • He is Omnipotent (all powerful).
  • He is Omnipresent (all present, in and through and able to communicate with all things).
  • He is Omniscient (all knowing).
  • His is the great plan of His and our Happiness.
  • In pre-mortal counsels, He announced and implemented His great plan of joy and happiness, salvation and exaltation.
  • He holds the keys of presidency of our universe.
  • He holds the keys of creation including those delegated to His Son.
  • He holds the keys of the priesthood from eternity to all eternity including those delegated to His Son.
  • He holds the keys of the resurrection delegated to His Son.
  • His Son mirrors Him in person and attributes.
  • He looks like the Son.
  • The Son looks like the Father.
  • If you know the Son, you know the Father.
  • Like His Son, He is a God of mighty miracles.

  • We come to the Father only through His Beloved Son.
  • It is the Son’s prerogative to reveal the Father to us.
  • He is our Father in Heaven.
  • He is our Holy Father.
  • He is the Father of our spirits.
  • Like His Son, He is the God of truth and cannot lie.
  • Like His Son, He is the Great Creator of our universe.
  • All of his billions if not trillions of creations were organized by His Son and are known, named and numbered to both of them.
  • We worship the Father in the name of the Holy Son.
  • We also worship the Son.
  • Heavenly Father is the only true God whom we worship in the name of His Son.
  • He is the source of good.
  • He is the supreme being in our universe.
  • He is the Supreme God we worship in the name of his son Jesus Christ.
  • He lives in eternal celestial burnings.
  • He lives in the center of our universe near great governing stars.
  • He receives and answers our prayers proferred in the name of the Son.
  • He too has a father and a mother as was rightly taught by The Prophet Joseph Smith.
  • Lucifer opposed Him and His Son.
  • In pre-existent counsels, He was opposed by his son Lucifer.
  • By Jehovah and Michael, Heavenly Father banished Lucifer with “a one third part” not “one third of” His rebellious children.
  • As consequence, Lucifer with his fallen angels became Satan the god of evil on earth together with his evil minions.
  • The Father’s Son Jesus Christ is in His express image.
  • In addition to the fact that all men are brothers in the sense that all have descended from Adam, they are also brothers in that they have the same personal Father who begat them in the spirit.
  • Pre-existence. Pre-mortal life.
  • In heaven, The Father convened the grand council and other councils to discuss the plan of salvation and exaltation.

  • Sacrament.
  • In the name of Jesus Christ, The Father blesses the sacrament as we remember His son’s atoning sacrifice, including His broken body and shed blood.
  • Fatherhood of God
  • It is only by understanding the real and literal sense in which God is our Father that we are able to understand what is meant by the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man.
  • Our Lord had reference to this when he said, “Go to my brethren, arid say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.” (John 20:17.)
  • The designation Father is to be taken literally; it signifies that the Supreme Being is the literal Parent or Father of the spirits of all men. (Heb. 12:9.)
  • This is one reason men are commanded to approach Deity in prayer by saying, “Our Father which art in heaven.” (Matt. 6:9.)
  • We are His and our Heavenly Mother’s spirit children.
  • Beatitudes and Ten Commandments
  • Through His Son, He is the source of the beatitudes.
  • Through His Son, Jehovah, He is the source of the ten commandments
  • Godhead.
  • There are three Gods-the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost-who, though separate in personality, are united as one in purpose, in plan, and in all the attributes of perfection. Thus anything, in these fields, which is revealed with reference to any of them is equally true of each of the others; and hence no attempt need be made in these fields to distinguish between them.
  • By definition, . God (generally meaning the Father) is the one supreme and absolute Being; the ultimate source of our universe; the all powerlul, all-knowing, all-good Creator, Ruler, and Preserver of all things.
  • Of him, when considering the object upon which faith rests, the Prophet observes “that God is the only supreme governor and independent Being in whom all fulness and perfection dwell; who is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient; without beginning of days or end of life; and that in him every good gift and every good principle dwell; and that he is the Father of lights; in him the principle of faith dwells independently, and he is the object in whom the faith of all other rational and accountable beings centers for life and salvation.” (Lectures on Faith, p. 9.)
  • The godhead is comprised of three glorified, exalted, and perfected personages. They are the supreme presidency of the universe. (Doctrines of Salvation, vol. I, pp. 1-55.)
  • They are: God the Father; God the Son; God the Holy Ghost. (First Article of Faith.) “Everlasting covenant was made between three personages,” the Prophet said, “before the organization of this earth, and relates to their dispensation of things to men on the earth; these personages, according to Abraham’s record, are called God the first, the Creator; God the second, the Redeemer; and God the third, the witness or Testator.” (Teachings, p. 190.)
  • Though each God in the Godhead is a personage, separate and distinct from each of the others, yet they are “one God” (Testimony of Three Witnesses in Book of Mormon), meaning that they are united as one in the attributes of perfection. For instance, each has the fulness of truth, knowledge, charity, power, justice, judgment, mercy, and faith. Accordingly these three separate persons think, act, speak, and are alike in all things; and yet they are three separate and distinct entities. Each occupies space and is and can be in but one place at one time, but each has power and influence that is everywhere present. The oneness of the Gods is the same unity that should exist among the saints: (John 17; 3 Ne. 28:10-11.)
  • Perhaps no better statement defining the Godhead and showing the relationship of its members to each other has been written in this dispensation than that given by the Prophet Joseph Smith in the Lectures on Faith. “There are two personages who constitute the great, matchless, governing, and · supreme, power over all things, by whom all things were created and made, that are created and made, whether visible or invisible, whether in heaven, on earth, or in the earth, under the earth, or throughout the immensity of space. They are the Father and the Son, the Father being a personage of spirit meaning that he has a spiritual body which by revealed definition is a resurrected body of flesh and bones (I Cor. 15:44-45; D. & C. 88 :27)], glory, and power, possessing aII perfection and fullness.
  • The Son, who was in the bosom of the Father, is a personage of tabernacle, made or fashioned like unto man, or being in the form and likeness of man, or rather man was formed after his likeness and in his image; he is also the express ·image and likeness of the personage of the Father, possessing all the fullness of the Father, or the same fullness with the Father; being begotten of him, and ordained from before the foundation of the world to be a propitiation for the sins of all those who should believe on his name, and is called the Son because of the flesh, and descended in suffering below that which man can suffer; or, in other words, suffered greater sufferings, and was exposed to more powerful contradictions than any man can be. “But, notwithstanding all this, he kept the law of God, and remained without sin, showing thereby that it is in the power of man to keep the law and remain also without sin; and also, that by him a righteous judgment might come upon all flesh, and that all who walk not in the law of God may justly be condemned by the law, and have no excuse for their sins. “And he being the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, and having overcome, received a fullness of the glory of the Father, possessing the same mind with the Father, which mind is the Holy Spirit, that bears record of the Father and the Son, and these three are one; or, in other words, these three constitute the great, matchless, governing and supreme, power over all things; by whom all things were created and made that were created and made, and these three constitute the Godhead, and are one; the Father and the Son possessing the same mind, the same wisdom, glory, power, and fullness-filling all in all; the Son being filled with the fullness of the mind, glory, and power; or, in other words, the spirit, glory, and power, of the Father, possessing all knowledge and glory, and the same kingdom, sitting at the right hand of power, in the express image and likeness of the Father, mediator for man, being filled with the fullness of the mind of the Father; or, in other words, the Spirit of the Father, which Spirit is shed forth upon all who believe on his name and keep his commandments. “And all those who keep his commandments shall grow up from grace to grace, and become heirs of the heavenly kingdom, and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ; possessing the same mind, being transformed into the same image or likeness, even the express image of him who fills all in all; being filled with the fullness of his glory, and become one in him, even as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one.” (Lectures on Faith, pp. 50-51.)
  • That exaltation which the saints of all ages have so devoutly sought is godhood itself. Godhood is to have the character, possess the attributes, and enjoy the perfections which the Father has. It is to do what he does, have the powers resident in him, and live as he lives, having eternal increase. (D. & C. 132:17-20, 37.) It is to know him in the full and complete sense, and no one can fully know God except another exalted personage who is like him in all respects. Those attaining this supreme height are sons of God (D. & C. 76:50-60); they receive the fullness of the Father and find membership in the Church of the Firstborn (D. 294 GODHOOD & C. 93:17-22); they are joint-heirs with Christ (Rom. 8:14-18), inheriting with him all that the Father hath. (D. & C. 84:33-41.) They are gods. (Ps. 82:1, 6; John 10:34-36; Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 2, pp. 35-79; Gospel Kingdom, pp. 27-30.) Joseph Smith said: “God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens! … I am going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea, and take away the veil, so that you may see …. It is the first principle of the gospel to know for a certainty the character of God, and to know that we may converse with him as one man converses with another, and that he was once a· man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, ·the same as Jesus Christ himself did; and I will show it from the Bible . . .. “Here, then, is eternal life-to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to learn how to be gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all gods have done before you, namely, by going from one small degree to another, and from a small capacity to a great one; from grace to grace, from exaltation to exaltation, until you attain to the resurrection of the dead, and are able to dwell in everlasting burnings, and to sit in glory, as do those who sit enthroned in everlasting power … . [Such persons are] heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. What is it? To inherit the same power, the same glory and the same exaltation, until you arrive at the station of a god, and ascend the throne of eternal power, the same as those who have gone before.” (Teachings, pp. 345-347.) Again: “Every man who reigns in celestial glory is a god to his dominions.” (Teachings, p. 374,)
  • . Christ is the God of, our Fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. (D. & C. 136:21-22; Ex. 3:1-16.) It was he who appeared to and covenanted with Abraham (Abra. 2:6-11), who was the one by whom salvation should come (I Ne. 6:4), and who was destined in due course to come into the world and be crucified for the sins of the world. (I Ne. 19:7-17.) 2. Since Abraham, who had the fulness of the gospel, worshiped both the Father and the Son, Peter and others have taken occasion, quite properly, to refer to the Father also as the God of our Fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. (Acts 3:13; 5:30; 22:14.)
  • “Every man who reigns in celestial glory is a god to his dominions,” the Prophet said. (Teachings, p. 374.) Hence, the Father, who shall continue to all eternity as the God of exalted beings, is a God of Gods. Further, as the Prophet also taught, there is “a God above the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ . … If Jesus Christ was the Son of God, and John discovered that God the Father of Jesus Christ had a Father, you may suppose that he had a Father also. Where was there ever a son without a father? … Hence if Jesus had a Father, can we not believe that he had a Father also?” (Teachings, pp. 370, 373.) In this way both the Father and the Son, as also all exalted beings, are now or in due course will become Gods of Gods. (Teachings, pp. 342- 376.)
  • Christ [the Son] is the God of Israel (I Ne. 19:7-17; 3 Ne. Il:7-17), the God of Jacob (Ps. 146:5; Isa. 2:3; D. & C. 136:21), the Lord God, the Mighty One of Israel (D. & C. 36:1), the Lord God of the Hebrews. (Ex. 3:18.) These names signify both that he came of Israel himself and also his personal, attentive care toward that chosen race. They point to his “great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his Ioving kindnesses.” (Isa. 63:7-9; D. & C. 133:52-53.) Christ is the God of Jeshurun (Deut. 33:26), meaning that he is the God of Israel. Jeshurun or Jesurun, translated as upright one, is used by Moses and Isaiah as a symbolical name for Israel. (Deut. 32: 15; 33:4-5; Isa. 44:2.) Many who do not profess belief in God as he is revealed in the scriptures, or even as he is described in the false creeds of sectarianism, yet recognizing that law prevails in the universe and among all forms of life, speak of the manifestations of this law as the God of Nature. In reality, Christ [the Son] is the God of Nature (l Ne. 19:12), for it is in and through his almighty power that all things are created, upheld, governed, and controlled. Our Father in Heaven (Matt. 6:9) is the God of Spirits (Num. 16:22; 27:16) or the Father of Spirits (Heb. 12:9), meaning that he is the literal Parent of the Spirit Christ and of all other spirits. Inasmuch, however, as Christ attained Godhood while yet in preexistence, he too stood as a God to the other spirits, but this relationship was not the same one of personal parenthood that prevailed between the Father and his offspring. Christ is the God of the Whole Earth (Isa. 54 :5; 3 Ne. 11 :14), an appellation he carries to bear record of his universal interest in all men and their salvation. He is not alone the God of the Jews, or of Israel, or of the Latter-day Saints, but of the whole earth and all life on its face. This world of carnality and lust, of every lascivious and · evil thing, belongs to Satan. He created it; he is its father and its god. All those who belong to it-all those who are carnal, sensual, and devilish- are _his children, the children of disobedience. The earth itself is the Lord’s, and he is its ruler; but the world (the corrupt society on earth) is under the rule of him who is the god of this world. “If our gospel be hid,” Paul wrote, “it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” (2 Cor. 4:3-4.) Christ is a God of Truth (Ex. 34:6; Deut. 32:4; Ps. 31 :5), meaning he is the embodiment and personification of truth. In the same sense he is the God of grace, mercy, love, righteousness, charity, integrity, and all of the attributes of godliness.
  • Sources: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Scriptures – Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, Pearl of Great Price; www.churchofjesuschrist.org; Joseph Smith, Lectures on Faith; McConkie Mormon Doctrine; The Encyclopedia of Mormonism.

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