It is sad how few people come to Church on Easter Sunday. There are ten of us here. Our bishop is here, but none of his family or counselors are here.
He has been president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for seven years. He looks very tired.
New temples will be built in Ivory Coast, Haiti, and Thailand.
His sermon is about the blessings associated with temple attendance.
We are repeatedly told not to write to General Authorities, but they seem to encourage it by telling us about the letters they receive, especially Prophet Monson.
Why is she wearing pearls? She needs to read the ninth verse of the second chapter of The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Timothy.
Why do most of the women at GenCon preach like they are telling a story to children?
At the beginning, his sermon seemed to be about the need to learn about, and understand, Jesus and His teachings.
Seventy Teixeira said that the more we learn about Jesus, the more we will understand our own purpose in mortality, which Seventy Teixeira said is to have joy. The way he said it made it sound like he was preaching hedonism, which I know is not the case. The more he talked, the clearer he made it that he was talking about joy and not pleasure.
Electronic devices have drastically changed the way we interact with the world and are detrimental to our ability to live a life of joy, unless we use them to listen to, and to read, information from the LDS Church.
We take for granted many of the wonderful things that are around us. Due to apathy, or even weariness, we can become insensitive to the wonders of the Gospel.
We need to:
This was the best sermon so far this weekend. It alone was worth the trip here today.
He shared a personal story about his apostate sister. He said his family continued to love her. Are members of the LDS Church so cruel that this leader felt the need to point out that his family loved a member of their family even though she did not attend church? This reminds me of a sermon given at GenCon in October 2013 (Come, Join with Us), when Apostle Uchtdorf said that we must respect people's choice to leave the Church.
He said there was an actual Adam and Eve and an actual Garden of Eden.
He speaks with great conviction. He is probably the best preacher at each GenCon.
He is talking about the Resurrection. He is not talking about what he believes; he is telling us what he knows as a special witness of Jesus. There is no hesitation or doubt. I wish I could find the words to record how I feel listening to this sermon by a true man of God.
Counselor Caussé was good, but this is one of the best sermons I have ever heard.
Grace is often misunderstood. “Grace unlocks the gates of heaven.” “It opens the windows of heaven.”
Grace is our great and everlasting hope. Salvation results in the forgiveness of our sins, thereby restoring us to our original state of innocence, but Grace leads us upward to exaltation in the Celestial Kingdom.
Through Grace, we can overcome the temptations of Satan. Grace bestows temporal blessings. Grace helps us to become our best selves.
“When we pray, is it to replay the greatest hits of our righteousness?”
“As we walk the path of discipleship, it refines us.”
Living the Gospel is not a burden.
'After all that we do' does not mean 'because of all that we do.'
This was a very good sermon on Grace.
Yes. This is certainly what I wanted to point out to a lot of people out there. Easter Sunday should be celebrated by the entire family because that is part of the celebration's essence.
How can we know we are on the right spiritual path? Ask:
1) Is this working for me?
2) Am I heading in the right direction?
Are we making our discipleship too complex? The basics of the Gospel can be understood by a child. We should focus on the basics. If we do, the Gospel will work better for us.
Growing up in the church I learned to "Love Jesus", but I never loved Jesus. I only loved the idea of everlasting life and he was the way to get it. Books like Ecclesiastes in the bible are the cause of such confusion. Jesus came to bring heaven to earth through love and grace, while Soloman(The writer of Ecclesiastes) sets his sights on heaven and dares to say that life on the Earth is utterly meaningless. This is an Old Testament Philosophy and must be treated as such. The minute we start confusing the context we start getting side tracked and loose sight of our true purpose. To love the Lord your God and Love your neighbor as yourself(What Jesus said were the two greatest commandments).
Now we are trapped in thinking that heaven is what we aim for and the way to get their is by believing that Jesus died to take away the sins of the world which will allow us to get into heaven. And the only way for the magic to work is to "believe in it". It's a very logical way of thinking. It's input and output; yes or no. Their is no gray area because Americans are western and westerners believe in set rules and systematic paths.
But Jesus never taught that. He never told you that the way to get to heaven was to believe in him dying for you, he said the way was to be like him. Love others unconditionally, love God, and show grace and mercy to the oppressed. Period.
People asked jesus all the time how to get into heaven, and he always diverted their attention back to Love. When everyone of his followers wanted rules and guarantees, he was giving out strict orders to Love each other.
The modern church is incredibly concerned with being "saved" and "saving others" but jesus was only concerned with "love" and "loving others". So no more tracts, no more alter calls, and no more mind games. Just teaching Christ-like love through demonstration.