Friday, August 30, 2013

Post 47e: Once again I have chosen to present a General Conference talk of one of the Presently Serving Apostle's of the Lord Jesus Christ, Jeffrey R. Holland, in which he Bears Testimony of the Lord and of His Church of our Day and Time on Earth, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I Provide you his Inspired Words Delivered at a General Conference of that Church Held in April 2013.

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Now, I invite you to earnestly, and even prayerfully, launch into learning from the April 2013 General Conference talk given by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; a Key Principal of our Savior, Jesus Christ's Sacred Gospel: "Believing!"

As I have been doing regularly in this ongoing series of blog posts in which I feature an LDS General Conference talk I will now provide each of the scriptural quotes provided by Elder Holland at the very end of that particular general conference talk of his. I also illustrate them to the best of my ability in an effort to amplify the marvelous message this, one of the inspired apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ in our day, has provided us!

Christ's Image. -by Heinrich Hofmann, 

Mark 9:22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.

  23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

  24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

Elder Holland then also invited us to consider verses 14-21:

 14 ¶ And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them.

  15 And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed and, running to him saluted him.

  16 And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them?

  17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;

  18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.

  19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.

  20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.

  21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.

Now Elder Holland invites us to consider this scripture from the Book of Mormon:

Alma the Younger, a Prophet of God

Alma 32: 27 But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.

Mark 9:22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.

23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

24  And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.

26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.

27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.

Christ's Image -by Hofmann
Matthew 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 

The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ: Helaman 5:50 And it came to pass that they did go forth, and did minister unto the people, declaring throughout all the regions round about all the things which they had heard and seen, insomuch that the more part of the Lamanites were convinced of them, because of the greatness of the evidences which they had received.

The Sermon on the Mount -by Carl Heinrich Bloch

Matthew 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Acts 4:16 Saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it.

 20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

John Baptizing Jesus -by Harry Anderson

2Nephi 31:13 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I know that if ye shall follow the Son, with full purpose of heart, acting no hypocrisy and no deception before God, but with real intent, repenting of your sins, witnessing unto the Father that ye are willing to take upon you the name of Christ, by baptism—yea, by following your Lord and your Savior down into the water, according to his word, behold, then shall ye receive the Holy Ghost; yea, then cometh the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost; and then can ye speak with the tongue of angels, and shout praises unto the Holy One of Israel.(emphasis added!)

Mark 5:36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, "Be not afraid, only believe."

Those were the words of the Lord to the ruler of the synagogue who had received news of his daughter's death: "Be not afraid, only believe" (Mark 5:36).
President Gordon B. Hinckley

President Gordon B. Hinckley in Conference Report, Oct. 1969, p.114:
"When I left for a mission some 36 years ago, my good father handed me a card on which were written five words: Be not afraid, only believe."

History of the Church, Vol. 4, pp. 535—541

  1 We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

  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, 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.

  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 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 paradisaical 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.
Joseph Smith
Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith (2007), page 522:

Joseph Smith -from official photos of Presidents of the Church

""I told them I was but a man, and they must not expect me to be perfect; if they expected perfection from me, I should expect it from them; but if they would bear with my infirmities and the infirmities of the brethren, I would likewise bear with their infirmities."

2 Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:


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