Convention of Statesmen


Jesus Christ Lives

"We boldly declare that the answer to the terror, destruction, and even genocide of these last days is found in the scriptures. The gospel in the Old Testament is fulfilled in the New Testament. The prophecies in the Bible came to pass in the Book of Mormon. The Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price bear witness of the fulness of the gospel which is now upon the earth.

"From Genesis to Malachi and from Moses to Abraham, it was prophesied the Savior would come. From the books of Matthew to Revelation, from Nephi to Moroni, and from Joseph Smith to our beloved living prophet, President Gordon B. Hinckley, the prophets all testify that Jesus Christ, the long-awaited Messiah, has come and will come again."

(Robert D. Hales, "Holy Scriptures: The Power of God unto Our Salvation," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 27)

I have received many questions of late as to why God has allowed so many tragedies, disasters, wars and more. As Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has stated, Jesus Christ came at the meridian of time and He will come again as has been prophesied from the beginning of the earth.

To the right is a picture of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, special witnesses of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. It has long been known by the followers of Christ there would be an an ugly time due to the wickedness which would cover the earth. God does not restrict our freedom, it is an eternal law. Sometimes, the choice of one adversely effects another, even unto death. This is the price we pay to have the freedom we have to choose our path in life.

If we watch the news we see on a daily basis the wickedness of man (collectively speaking of "man" as the whole of mankind.) This can lead one to believe that goodness no longer exists in the world and there could be nothing further from the truth.

I have only to look into the eyes of my sweet nephew, Elias, as I hold him in my arms. I only have to look at those around the nation who spend hours each day pulling together support for our troops. I have only to step out my front door and see the majestic Rocky Mountains to my left, beautiful Utah Lake to my right, brilliant blossoms blooming, trees laden with fruit, children laughing and playing to remember their is much goodness in this world.

Across the globe are people who solemnly vow to make a difference for good. They care for the poor, hungry, widowed and orphaned. They determined to become a better person every day in their actions. Their eyes are turned heavenward as they go about their daily business.

I submit to you there is far more good in this world than evil. What have you done to change the balance? I submit to you that Jesus Christ is winning this battle over Satan, Satan's minions are just louder than the followers of Christ. That should and needs to change.

Today, go out and make a change for good in someone's life. Just one thing and then tell me how you feel. If you do this every day, if every good person in this world did this every day . . . the world as we now know it would take on a brighter hue, literally shining with the kindness of humanity. Pollyanna? Maybe? But it's certainly something to do rather than wonder why so much evil exists in the world. We are the majority, it's time we were heard . . . loud and clear.

What will you do today?
Jesus Christ Lives Jesus Christ Lives Reviewed by Candace Salima on Sunday, August 12, 2007 Rating: 5