My Testimony of Christ

Last Sunday, we had a meeting at Church about what a testimony is and what a testimony isn’t.  I thought I’d share a few thoughts today about what I believe.

 I believe that God is my Father-in-Heaven.  I believe that He loves all of His children.  His eldest child is the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  I believe that Christ setup His Church and taught the people in the Holy Land all the principles, all the ordinances, and all the knowledge that they needed to be able to return and live with the Father again after this life.  I believe that Christ suffered and died for my sins and for your sins in the Garden and on the Cross.  I believe that He was buried and three days later came back to life.  He then went and visited His “other sheep” in Ancient America.  He setup His Church there also in America.  He then went back to the Father.  Within a few hundred years, both of these Churches (Ancient Israel and Ancient America) had stopped following the teachings of God and had rejected Christ.  In a very real way, they killed the Church, must like Christ was killed.  And, just like Christ came back to life, so to did His Church.  In the early Spring of 1820, God the Father and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, came to Joseph Smith and They called Joseph Smith to re-setup Christ’s Church again on the earth, as foretold in ancient scripture.  Joseph was also called to be a Prophet, like Moses or Samuel.  The Lord also had Joseph Smith translate the record of Ancient American prophets, including when the Savior visited them.  This record is published to the World as The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.  I believe that by following Christ, I can become more like Him, I can emulate His perfect example and His teachings.  And I strive to do that everyday.

To learn more about His Church, I invite you to visit www.Mormon.org.  You can also request a free copy of the Holy Bible and a free copy of the Book of Mormon, delivered to your home with no cost or obligation.

FHE: Principles of the Gospel – Lesson 6

A few weeks ago, I posted Family Home Evening: Principles of the Gospel – Lesson 1 and Family Home Evening: Principles of the Gospel – Lesson 3 booklet that I create for my Gospel Principles Sunday School class to use for Family Home Evening.  Today I am teaching Lesson 6 – The Fall of Adam and Eve and decided to again post the booklet for anyone who  wants it or who cares to comment on it.

Download FHE: Principles of the Gospel: Lesson 6

New features

I’ve added a few new features to Mike’s World.  These include the option to e-mail an entry, or post it to various social networks, like FaceBook or MySpace, the popularity of a post, and several other features.  The biggest change most will notice is the entire layout (or theme) of the site has changed.  Let me know what you think.

Mikey likes to count and help his parents

This isn’t new, but I hadn’t written about it and I wanted to, less I forget.

Mikey likes to count from 1 – 10. We do it most days. He recognized the numbers now also. For a while, he would get mad when he saw the number 1, because he thought it should be the letter I. He knows all of his upper case letters A-Z, and some lower case letters. We are now working on spelling words with these letters. He still loves watching the Animated Stores from the New Testament. He now says “DVD about Jesus”. When the movie is starting up, he will see the NEST logo and he will spell “N E S T”, nest. I’m quite impressed. He has correctly spelled “Mikey” a few times. He is so close to spelling Mommy right, but normally adds an extra o in there “M O M O M Y”.

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72-Hour Kits

In light of the earthquake that hit Northern Nevada today, I’ve decided to post today on the recommendations that FEMA has for a 72-hour kit.

As with all things preparedness, if you can’t get all of items in your 72-hour kit, gather what you can in your basic 72-hour kit. And then continue adding to it. Soon, you’ll have all gathered in so that, no matter what happens, you family can be safely gathered.

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Sustaining of Church Leaders

Today we had Stake Conference.  Bishop Richard C. Edgley, 2nd Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric came as a visiting General Authority.  At the beginning of Stake Conference, we sustained the General and Local Authorities of the Church.  Of course, President Thomas S. Monson was sustained as President of the Church, he having held that calling since 4 February 2008.  President Gordon B. Hinckley, the 15th President of the Church, passed away on 27 January 2008.  If our Stake Conference had been 3 February 2008, I assume we would have sustained Thomas S. Monson as President of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles, and then sustained as members of that Quorum all 14 Apostles currently called.  We would still sustain members of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles as Prophets, Seers, and Revelators.  I wonder, however, if after all that, would we have sustained the Quorum of the 12 Apostles as the Presiding Authority of the Church?

Sustaining of Church Leaders

Today we had Stake Conference.  Bishop Richard C. Edgley, 2nd Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric came as a visiting General Authority.  At the beginning of Stake Conference, we sustained the General and Local Authorities of the Church.  Of course, President Thomas S. Monson was sustained as President of the Church, he having held that calling since 4 February 2008.  President Gordon B. Hinckley, the 15th President of the Church, passed away on 27 January 2008.  If our Stake Conference had been 3 February 2008, I assume we would have sustained Thomas S. Monson as President of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles, and then sustained as members of that Quorum all 14 Apostles currently called.  We would still sustain members of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles as Prophets, Seers, and Revelators.  I wonder, however, if after all that, would we have sustained the Quorum of the 12 Apostles as the Presiding Authority of the Church?