Saturday, April 28, 2012

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. ~ John 3:5

We have 10 baptisms planned for Saturday, from three branches so we’re “super excited” as the Elders would say. We can only attend 1 branch at a time and there are 7 active branches with two other inactive branches, (by inactive I mean there are no missionaries working there right now).
From our Branch we have Elder Butler with investigator Augustine & his wife. President Joseph, Sister Joseph and daughter Bailee.
Every member of the Church, upon accepting the baptismal covenant, becomes a disciple who has promised to stand as a witness of Jesus Christ at all times in any place he or she may be in.  The purpose of our witness is to invite people to come unto Him.
"Behold I say unto you, that as these things are true, and as the Lord God liveth, there is non other name given under heaven save it be this Jesus Christ, of which I have spoken, whereby man can be saved."

Today authority, keys, and ordinances have been restored to the earth. There are also scriptures and special witnesses. Those who seek God may receive baptism for the remission of sins and confirmation “by the laying on of hands for the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost” (D&C 20:41). With these precious restored gifts, our divine encounters will mostly involve the third member of the Godhead, the Holy Ghost.
“Remember that that which cometh from above is sacred” (D&C 63:64). His statement is more than a reminder; it is also a definition and an explanation. Light and knowledge from heaven is sacred.  It is sacred because heaven is its source.  
Sacred means worthy of veneration and respect.  By designating something as sacred, the Lord signals that it is of higher value and priority than other things.  Sacred things are to be treated with more care, given greater deference, and regarded with deeper reverence.  Sacred ranks high in the hierarchy of heavenly values.

May the Lord Bless us to ever and always recognize, remember, and hold sacred that which we have received from above. We testify that as we do, we will have power to endure the trials and overcome the challenges of our day. 

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