The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most important event that has ever transpired in the history of the earth. What does it mean to you, today? What will it mean to you in 1000 years or 100,000 years? How can you know that Christ actually resurrected? The answer will set you free!
THROUGHOUT HISTORY, the Lord has commanded His people to build temples. Temples are literally houses of the Lord. They are holy places of worship where individuals make sacred promises with God.
by Jeffrey R. Holland, Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ
Various cross-currents of our times have brought increasing public attention to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Lord told the ancients this latter-day work would be “a marvellous work and a wonder,” 1 and it is. But even as we invite one and all to examine closely the marvel of it, there is one thing we would not like anyone to wonder about—that is whether or not we are “Christians.”
by Dallin Oaks, Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has many beliefs in common with other Christian churches. But we have differences, and those differences explain why we send missionaries to other Christians, why we build temples in addition to churches, and why our beliefs bring us such happiness and strength to deal with the challenges of life and death. I wish to speak about some of the important additions our doctrines make to the Christian faith.
The word gospel means good news. It is such good news that I want to share it with everyone that I meet. The good news is that Jesus Christ is who he said he was. He is the Son of God. He is the Firstborn of all the children of God. He was chosen by God to be our Savior and Redeemer. He came to earth in the meridian of time to teach us the truth about our heritage: that we are all children of the same God, who is our Eternal Father and we are heirs to His glorious kingdom.
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are children of God, and if children, heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ…” (Romans 8:16-17)
The good news of the gospel is that Christ resurrected and because He resurrected all mankind will resurrect and live after death. Our birth was not our beginning and death is not the ending.
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home.
The good news of the gospel is that Jesus Christ is truly and literally our older brother. He has made a perfect atonement for the sins of all mankind. If we are willing to accept it and repent we can be reconciled to God and purified so that we can be prepared to return to live again with Him.
The Apostle Paul taught that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1; see footnote b). Alma, a prophet in the Book of Mormon, made a similar statement: “If ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true” (Alma 32:21).
Faith is a principle of action and power. Whenever you work toward a worthy goal, you exercise faith. You show your hope for something that you cannot yet see.