This year marks the 100th anniversary of James E. Talmage’s groundbreaking book, Jesus the Christ. Here are a few things every Church member should know about this inspiring work.
1. Jesus the Christ: A Study of the Messiah and His Mission According to Holy Scriptures Both Ancient and Modern was written by Elder James E. Talmage at the request of the First Presidency: Joseph F. Smith, Anthon H. Lund, and Charles W. Penrose.
In August 1915, just before Jesus the Christ was published, the First Presidency stated: “The sacred subject of our Savior’s life and mission is presented as it is accepted and proclaimed by the Church that bears His Holy Name. We desire that the work Jesus the Christ be read and studied by the Latter-day Saints, in their families, and in the organizations that are devoted wholly or in part to theological study.”
This list of tips, excerpted from House of Glory by S. Michael Wilcox, will help any member have more powerful and personal experiences within the walls of the Lord's house.
Most of us have a vivid memory of the first time we went to the temple to receive our endowments. I was a newly called missionary and had traveled to the Los Angeles Temple. I did not know what to expect. Although some aspects of my own endowment were wonderfully edifying to me, much of it was confusing. I left bewildered and a little frightened. I have since discovered that my experience was not unique. I have also discovered why my first experience was not all what I had anticipated. At the time, I did not understand the manner in which the Lord teaches His children in His house. Had I understood, my anxiety and confusion would have disappeared, even though my comprehension level might have remained the same.
We are all weak and cannot understand all that the Father has taught us. Occasionally we feel a bit guilty for not comprehending more, but guilt is not the proper response. Occasionally we feel apathetic and attend the temple less often, or we do not pay attention when we do come. These things are even more incorrect.
What must we do? Here are 10 pieces of advice to help when you’re not feeling inspired in the temple:
1. Make an Effort to Learn
In the temple, the Spirit is the teacher. It instructs us, most frequently, through the symbols that comprise the endowment. We must be alert and pay attention to all that we see and hear, thus allowing the Spirit to teach us and to bring to us understanding. If we go to the temple and just sit, without making an effort to learn, we will miss most of the greatest blessings the temple has to offer.
With Sunday School focusing on the New Testament this year, it’s great to have resources to accompany each lesson. Whether you’re a teacher preparing next week’s lesson or a ward member anxiously engaged in gaining more from the Bible, these books are great additions to your personal or family scripture study.
Verse by Verse: The Four Gospels is both a reference resource and a biographical account of the Savior’s ministry. Additionally,
Did you know that Mormons don’t drink carbonated soda, can’t use mirrors, and don’t read the Bible? Neither did we! Check out these interesting misunderstandings some people have about Latter-day Saints.
As a lifelong member of the Church who’s lived in a few different geographic regions, I thought I’d heard it all. I’ve fielded questions about polygamy, pioneers, dancing and Donny Osmond. (Have I also mentioned that I’m not Amish?) But then we asked you, our readers, about misunderstandings you’ve encountered about your faith.
I hadn’t heard the half of it.
We were amazed by the number of stories we heard about well-meaning friends and neighbors who didn't quite have their facts about "the Mormons" straight.
From carbonated soda consumption to having horns and tails--and pulled straight from the real-life encounters of our readers--here are a few more things people get wrong about us Latter-day Saints.
Over 50 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. And we discovered that the truths he presented in his speech are just as applicable to the gospel as they are to civil rights. Check out these five gospel parallels from Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
1. God is no respecter of persons.
By virtue of being sons and daughters of God, all men and women—no matter their ethnicity—have unalienable rights: the right to freedom and the right to happiness through the gospel. King spoke boldly that
“All men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the ‘unalienable Rights’ of ‘Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.’"
In like manner, God denies no one the opportunity to change through the gospel. God is no respecter of persons, and as Nephi explained it,
“He inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God” (2 Nephi 26:33).
2. Now is the time to change.
Both the gospel and King’s speech emphasize the urgency of now. King said,
“We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.”