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.

Richard W. Linford, member

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

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

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

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

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

Overview

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

The Father of Our Spirits

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

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

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

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

The Supreme Creator

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

The Author of the Plan of Salvation

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

Coming to Know God the Father

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

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

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

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Jesus is The Holy Living Christ Messiah

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

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

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

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

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

I invite you –

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

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Jesus is the Christ, the Holy Messiah, the Savior of the World, the Only Begotten Son of God Our Heavenly Father. Jesus is the Prince of Comfort and Peace. SO BE OF GOOD CHEER. Love your family, friends, neighbors, and enemies. Do good to all including those who despitefully use you and persecute you.

Remarks: Be of Good Cheer

By President Dallin H. Oaks

First Counselor in the First Presidency

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, headquarters Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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  1. Our unshakable faith in the doctrine of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ guides our steps and gives us joy.
  2. In the final days of His mortal life, Jesus Christ told His Apostles of the persecutions and hardships they would suffer.1 
  3. He concluded with this great assurance: “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
  4. That is the Savior’s message to all of our Heavenly Father’s children.
  5. That is the ultimate good news for each of us in our mortal lives.
  6. “Be of good cheer” was also a needed assurance in the world into which the resurrected Christ sent His Apostles.
  7. “We are troubled on every side,” the Apostle Paul later told the Corinthians, “yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8–9).
  8. Two thousand years later we are also “troubled on every side,” and we also need that same message not to despair but to be of good cheer.
  9. The Lord has special love and concern for His precious daughters.
  10. He knows of your wants, your needs, and your fears.
  11. The Lord is all powerful. Trust Him.
  12. The Prophet Joseph Smith was taught that “the works, and the designs, and the purposes of God cannot be frustrated, neither can they come to naught” (Doctrine and Covenants 3:1).
  13. To His struggling children, the Lord gave these great assurances:
  14. “Behold, this is the promise of the Lord unto you, O ye my servants.
  15. “Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you; and ye shall bear record of me, even Jesus Christ, that I am the Son of the living God” (Doctrine and Covenants 68:5–6).
  16. The Lord stands near us, and He has said:
  17. “What I say unto one I say unto all, be of good cheer, little children; for I am in your midst, and I have not forsaken you” (Doctrine and Covenants 61:36).
  18. “For after much tribulation come the blessings” (Doctrine and Covenants 58:4).
  19. Sisters, I testify that these promises, given in the midst of persecutions and personal tragedies, apply to each of you in your troubling circumstances today.
  20. They are precious and remind each of us to be of good cheer and to have joy in the fulness of the gospel as we press forward through the challenges of mortality.
  21. Tribulation and challenges are the common experiences of mortality.
  22. Opposition is an essential part of the divine plan for helping us grow,2 and in the midst of that process, we have God’s assurance that, in the long view of eternity, opposition will not be allowed to overcome us.
  23. With His help and our faithfulness and endurance, we will prevail.
  24. Like the mortal life of which they are a part, all tribulations are temporary. In the controversies that preceded a disastrous war, United States president Abraham Lincoln wisely reminded his audience of the ancient wisdom that “this, too, shall pass away.”3
  25. As you know, the mortal adversities of which I speak—which make it difficult to be of good cheer—sometimes come to us in common with many others, like the millions now struggling through some of the many devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  26. Similarly, in the United States millions are suffering through a season of enmity and contention that always seems to accompany presidential elections but this time is the most severe many of the oldest of us can ever remember.
  27. On a personal basis, each of us struggles individually with some of the many adversities of mortality, such as poverty, racism, ill health, job losses or disappointments, wayward children, bad marriages or no marriages, and the effects of sin—our own or others’.
  28. Yet, in the midst of all of this, we have that heavenly counsel to be of good cheer and to find joy in the principles and promises of the gospel and the fruits of our labors.4 
  29. That counsel has always been so, for prophets and for all of us.
  30. We know this from the experiences of our predecessors and what the Lord said to them.
  31. Remember the circumstances of the Prophet Joseph Smith.
  32. Looked at through the lens of adversities, his life was one of poverty, persecution, frustration, family sorrows, and ultimate martyrdom.
  33. As he suffered imprisonment, his wife and children and the other Saints suffered incredible hardships as they were driven out of Missouri.
  34. When Joseph pleaded for relief, the Lord answered:
  35. “My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment;
  36. “And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes” (Doctrine and Covenants 121:7–8).
  37. This was the personal, eternal counsel that helped the Prophet Joseph to maintain his native cheery temperament and the love and loyalty of his people.
  38. These same qualities strengthened the leaders and pioneers who followed and can strengthen you as well.
  39. Think of those early members!
  40. Again and again, they were driven from place to place.
  41. Finally they faced the challenges of establishing their homes and the Church in a wilderness.5 
  42. Two years after the initial band of pioneers arrived in the valley of the Great Salt Lake, the pioneers’ grip on survival in that hostile area was still precarious.
  43. Most members were still on the trail across the plains or struggling to get resources to do so.
  44. Yet leaders and members were still of hope and good cheer.
  45. Even though the Saints were not settled in their new homes, at October 1849 general conference a new wave of missionaries was sent out to Scandinavia, France, Germany, Italy, and the South Pacific.6 
  46. At what could have been thought their lowest level, the pioneers rose to new heights.
  47. And just three years later, another 98 were also called to begin to gather scattered Israel.
  48. One of the Church leaders explained that these missions “are generally, not to be very long ones; probably from 3 to 7 years will be as long as any man will be absent from his family.”7
  49. Sisters, the First Presidency is concerned about your challenges.
  50. We love you and pray for you.
  51. At the same time, we often give thanks that our physical challenges—apart from earthquakes, fires, floods, and hurricanes—are usually less than our predecessors faced.
  52. In the midst of hardships, the divine assurance is always “be of good cheer, for I will lead you along.
  53. The kingdom is yours and the blessings thereof are yours, and the riches of eternity are yours” (Doctrine and Covenants 78:18).
  54. How does this happen?
  55. How did it happen for the pioneers?
  56. How will it happen to women of God today?
  57. By our following prophetic guidance, “the gates of hell shall not prevail against [us],” the Lord said by revelation in April 1830.
  58. “Yea,” He said, “… the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name’s glory” (Doctrine and Covenants 21:6).
  59. “Fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail” (Doctrine and Covenants 6:34).
  60. With the Lord’s promises, we “lift up [our] heart[s] and rejoice” (Doctrine and Covenants 25:13), and “with a glad heart and a cheerful countenance” (Doctrine and Covenants 59:15), we go forward on the covenant path.
  61. Most of us do not face decisions of giant proportions, like leaving our homes to pioneer an unknown land.
  62. Our decisions are mostly in the daily routines of life,
  63. but as the Lord has told us, “Be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great” (Doctrine and Covenants 64:33).
  64. There is boundless power in the doctrine of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
  65. Our unshakable faith in that doctrine guides our steps and gives us joy.
  66. It enlightens our minds and gives strength and confidence to our actions.
  67. This guidance and enlightenment and power are promised gifts we have received from our Heavenly Father.
  68. By understanding and conforming our lives to that doctrine, including the divine gift of repentance, we can be of good cheer as we keep ourselves on the path toward our eternal destiny—reunion and exaltation with our loving heavenly parents.
  69. “You may be facing overwhelming challenges,” Elder Richard G. Scott taught.
  70. “Sometimes they are so concentrated, so unrelenting, that you may feel they are beyond your capacity to control.
  71. Don’t face the world alone.
  72. ‘Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding’ [Proverbs 3:5].
  73. … It was intended that life be a challenge, not so that you would fail, but that you might succeed through overcoming.”8
  74. It is all part of the plan of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ,
  75. of which I testify,
  76. as I pray that we will all persist
  77. to our heavenly destination,
  78. in the name of Jesus Christ,
  79. amen.

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  1. The Culture of Christ
  2. By Elder William K. Jackson Of the Seventy
  3. Click here to watch Elder Jackson’s talk.https://youtu.be/_BMIsM5B78c
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  5. We can cherish the best of our individual earthly cultures and be full participants in the eternal culture that comes from the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  6. What a magnificent world we live in and share, home to a great diversity of peoples, languages, customs, and histories—spread out over hundreds of countries and thousands of groups, each rich in culture.
  7. Mankind has much to be proud of and to celebrate. But though learned behavior—those things to which we are exposed by the cultures we grow up in—can serve as a great strength in our lives, it can also, at times, become a significant obstacle.
  8. It may seem that culture is so heavily embedded in our thinking and behavior that it is impossible to change.
  9. It is, after all, much of what we feel defines us and from which we feel a sense of identity.
  10. It can be such a strong influence that we can fail to see the man-made weaknesses or flaws in our own cultures, resulting in a reluctance to throw off some of the traditions of our fathers.
  11. An over fixation on one’s cultural identity may lead to the rejection of worthwhile—even godly—ideas, attributes, and behavior.
  12. I knew a wonderful gentleman not too many years ago who helps to illustrate this universal principle of cultural myopia.
  13. I first met him in Singapore when I was assigned to be his family’s home teacher.
  14. A distinguished professor of Sanskrit and Tamil, he hailed from the south of India.
  15. His wonderful wife and two sons were members of the Church, but he had never joined nor listened much to the teachings of the gospel.
  16. He was happy with the way his wife and sons were developing and supported them fully in their undertakings and Church responsibilities.
  17. When I offered to teach him the principles of the gospel and share our beliefs with him, he initially balked.
  18. It took me a while to figure out why:
  19. he felt that by so doing, he would become a traitor to his past, his people, and his history!
  20. To his way of thinking, he would be denying everything he was, everything his family had taught him to be, his very Indian heritage.
  21. Over the next few months, we were able to talk about these issues.
  22. I was awed (though not surprised!) by how the gospel of Jesus Christ was able to open his eyes to a different viewpoint.
  23. In most man-made cultures, there is found both good and bad, constructive and destructive.
  24. Many of our world’s problems are a direct result of clashes between those of differing ideas and customs arising from their culture.
  25. But virtually all conflict and chaos would quickly fade if the world would only accept its original culture, the one we all possessed not so very long ago.
  26. This culture dates back to our premortal existence.
  27. It was the culture of Adam and Enoch.
  28. It was the culture founded on the Savior’s teachings in the meridian of time, and it is available to all women and men once again in our day.
  29. It is unique.
  30. It is the greatest of all cultures and comes from the great plan of happiness, authored by God and championed by Christ.
  31. It unites rather than divides. It heals rather than harms.
  32. The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us that there is purpose in life.
  33. Our being here is not just some big cosmic accident or mistake!
  34. We are here for a reason.
  35. This culture is grounded in the testimony that our Heavenly Father exists, that He is real and loves each one of us individually. We are His “work and [His] glory.”1 
  36. This culture espouses the concept of equal worth.
  37. There is no recognition of caste or class.
  38. We are, after all, brothers and sisters, spirit children of our heavenly parents—literally.
  39. There is no prejudice or “us versus them” mentality in the greatest of all cultures.
  40. We are all “us.”
  41. We are all “them.”
  42. We believe that we are responsible and accountable for ourselves, one another, the Church, and our world.
  43. Responsibility and accountability are important factors in our growth.
  44. Charity, true Christ-like caring, is the bedrock of this culture.
  45. We feel real concern for the needs of our fellowman, temporal and spiritual, and act on those feelings.
  46. This dispels prejudice and hatred.
  47. We enjoy a culture of revelation, centered on the word of God as received by the prophets (and personally verifiable to each one of us through the Holy Ghost).
  48. All humankind can know the will and mind of God.
  49. This culture champions the principle of agency.
  50. The ability to choose is extremely important for our development and our happiness.
  51. Choosing wisely is essential.
  52. It is a culture of learning and study.
  53. We seek knowledge and wisdom and the best in all things.
  54. It is a culture of faith and obedience.
  55. Faith in Jesus Christ is the first principle of our culture, and obedience to His teachings and commandments is the outcome.
  56. These give rise to self-mastery.
  57. It is a culture of prayer.
  58. We believe that God will not only hear us but also help us.
  59. It is a culture of covenants and ordinances, high moral standards, sacrifice, forgiveness and repentance, and caring for the temple of our bodies.
  60. All of these bear witness to our commitment to God.
  61. It is a culture governed by the priesthood, the authority to act in God’s name, the power of God to bless His children.
  62. It edifies and enables individuals to be better people, leaders, mothers, fathers, and companions—and it sanctifies the home.
  63. True miracles abound in this, the oldest of all cultures, wrought by faith in Jesus Christ, the power of the priesthood, prayer, self-improvement, true conversion, and forgiveness.
  64. It is a culture of missionary work.
  65. The worth of souls is great.
  66. In the culture of Christ, women are elevated to their proper and eternal status.
  67. They are not subservient to men, as in many cultures in today’s world, but full and equal partners here and in the world to come.
  68. This culture sanctions the sanctity of the family.
  69. The family is the basic unit of eternity.
  70. The perfection of the family is worth any sacrifice because, as has been taught, “no other success can compensate for failure in the home.”2 
  71. The home is where our best work is done and where our greatest happiness is attained.
  72. In the culture of Christ, there is perspective—and eternal focus and direction.
  73. This culture is concerned with things of lasting worth! It comes from the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is eternal and explains the why, what, and where of our existence.
  74. (It is inclusive, not exclusive.)
  75. Because this culture results from the application of our Savior’s teachings, it helps provide a healing balm of which our world is in such desperate need.
  76. What a blessing it is to be part of this grand and noble way of life!
  77. To be part of this, the greatest of all cultures, will require change.
  78.  The prophets have taught that it is necessary to leave behind anything in our old cultures that is inconsistent with the culture of Christ.
  79. But that doesn’t mean we have to leave behind everything. 
  80. The prophets have also emphasized that we are invited, one and all, to bring our faith and talents and knowledge—all that is good in our lives and our individual cultures—with us and let the Church “add to it” through the message of the gospel.3
  81. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is hardly a Western society or an American cultural phenomenon.
  82. It is an international church, as it was always meant to be.
  83. More than that, it is supernal.
  84. New members from around the world bring richness, diversity, and excitement into our ever-growing family.
  85. Latter-day Saints everywhere still celebrate and honor their own heritage and heroes, but now they are also part of something far grander.
  86. The culture of Christ helps us to see ourselves as we really are, and when seen through the lens of eternity, tempered with righteousness, it serves to increase our ability to fulfill the great plan of happiness.
  87. So what happened to my friend?
  88. Well, he was taught the lessons and joined the Church.
  89. His family has since been sealed for time and all eternity in the Sydney Australia Temple.
  90. He has given up little—and gained the potential for everything.
  91. He discovered that he can still celebrate his history, still be proud of his ancestry, his music and dance and literature, his food, his land and its people.
  92. He has found that there is no problem incorporating the best of his local culture into the greatest of all cultures.
  93. He discovered that bringing that which is consistent with truth and righteousness from his old life into his new one serves only to enhance his fellowship with the Saints and to assist in uniting all as one in the society of heaven.
  94. We can, indeed, all cherish the best of our individual earthly cultures and still be full participants in the oldest culture of them all—the original, the ultimate, the eternal culture that comes from the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  95. What a marvelous heritage we all share.
  96. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

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