My Personal Testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ
I believe we are all spirit children of our Heavenly Father and we lived with Him before our birth. We loved Him, and He loves us. He is perfect in all things, including Perfect Justice and Perfect Mercy. And, I believe He has a plan (Moses 1:39) for all His spirit children to become like Him and His Beloved Son (Matthew 5:48 and John 17:2-3). I believe Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God the Father, the only begotten of the Father in the flesh, and He is like His Father in every way.
In our pre-mortal spiritual existence, we enjoyed the presence of God the Father and His Son. We knew them both, and loved them; …and, our spirits were pure before them. However, in this life, because of the Fall of Adam and our transgressions, and because God is a God of Justice, mankind is separated from His presence. But, because God the Father is also merciful, He has provided a way for us to return to Him. According to the Father’s Plan of Salvation, Jesus Christ atoned for our sins and Adam’s transgression, paid the demands of justice, and made it possible for mankind to be redeemed from the fall. He took upon Himself the sins of the world; He suffered and atoned for our sins; after which, He was crucified and died on the cross. I also believe that on the third day, He overcame death through His resurrection and ascension into the presence of the Father.
Because of Jesus Christ, all mankind will be resurrected and will stand before Him to be judged. Like God the Father, Jesus Christ is merciful and loving, but He is also a God of justice. So, while His atonement has paid the demands of justice, there is much required of us. In this life, we are all unworthy (to some degree) of His forgiveness and mercy. However, what He asks of us is that we exercise Faith in Him, repent honestly of our sins, be baptized by an authorized servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, and continue in a life of righteousness. Essentially, we will be judged according to the desires of our hearts, our faithfulness and obedience in keeping His commandments and our covenants, and our continuing or “enduring” in good works. This is “the Gospel Plan of Salvation.” Or in other words, "The Plan of Happiness."
Finally, please allow me to say something about the Lord’s Church on the earth. Shortly after the early Christian era, and because of wickedness in the world, the Gospel of Jesus Christ (including a full understanding of Heavenly Father’s Plan) was taken from the earth (this is referred to as “the Great Apostasy”). The earth fell into the Dark Ages when “the heavens were sealed.” However, I believe the fullness of the gospel has since been restored to the earth. Heavenly messengers have returned to the earth and restored Holy Priesthood authority/powers and blessings, and the Gospel Plan of Salvation has been revealed. I believe Jesus Christ Himself sits at the head of His Church, and He is alive and well. He is our Creator, our Savior, our Redeemer and the Son of God.
I invite everyone to investigate these great truths (please visit www.mormon.org).
Please click HERE to read Apostle Testimonies of the Redemption.
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