Tuesday, 3 May 2016

A Sure Foundation

This post is based on an October 2003 General Conference talk called "A Sure Foundation" by Sheldon F. Child. I would like to share with you some highlights while I was reading the talk.

Brother Child mentioned, "In the Book of Mormon the prophet Jacob, in his encounter with Sherem the anti-Christ, asked this question: “Deniest thou the Christ who shall come? And he said: If there should be a Christ, I would not deny him; but I know that there is no Christ, neither has been, nor ever will be.

“And I said unto him: Believest thou the scriptures? And he said, Yea. “And I said unto him: Then ye do not understand them; for they truly testify of Christ. Behold, I say unto you that none of the prophets have written, nor prophesied, save they have spoken concerning this Christ. “And this is not all … ; it also has been made manifest unto me by the power of the Holy Ghost.”

Jacob points out three sources of truth the scriptures, the prophets, and the Holy Ghost that testify of Christ. They will help us build “upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God.”

1. The Scriptures - The Savior Himself said, “Search the scriptures; ... they are they which testify of me.” When the Lord directed Lehi to take his family and flee into the wilderness, He knew they would need a strong foundation upon which to build in the new land. So important were the scriptures that, in order to obtain the records, the voice of the Spirit directed Nephi to slay Laban, saying, “It is better that one man should perish than that a nation should dwindle and perish in unbelief.”

Without scriptures, not only nations perish, but families and individuals dwindle in unbelief. Daily scripture study helps us to anchor our faith in Christ. They truly testify of Him.

2. The Prophets - Our message to the world is the same: “We do have prophets on the earth today.”
Brothers and sisters, if God loves us enough to send us prophets, then we need to love Him enough to follow them. Following the prophets will help protect us against the storms of life and lead us to Christ.
3. The Holy Ghost - When Christ met with His Apostles in the upper room prior to His Crucifixion, He said: “If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.”

When hands are laid upon our heads following baptism, we are confirmed members of His Church and then given the gift of the Holy Ghost. If we live righteously and remain worthy, we are promised His constant companionship; He will guide our lives, teach us truths, and testify to us that Jesus is the Christ. As covenant members of the Lord’s Church, we promise to serve Him and keep His commandments “that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon [us].”

Brothers and sisters, the scriptures, the living prophets, and the Holy Ghost all testify of Christ. They will help us build on “a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.”

I encourage you to read the whole talk in your own time and here's the link.
Stay Tuned until next time.

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