Mormon Monday: The Living Christ

First let me confess:  I am about to reprint something without permission.  If  I thought, even for a second, that the copy right owners would mind, I wouldn’t do this.

Second, before I commit this act, I must tell you: we got an offer on our house today.

I! Know!

We do not have a finalized, accepted contract yet, but it was a good offer.  No, it was a great offer, so we countered with very few changes.  Hopefully we’ll have an actual contract sometime tomorrow.

I am still shocked.  And thrilled.  And, above all, scared to death that it will all fall through.

In other news:  McH is home and crashed on the couch watching t.v.  The show is about some immortal guy.  I just can’t get into it.  The immortal guy isn’t Edward Cullen.

Let’s see . . . we read Twilight for book club in February, which means our congregation should be experiencing a baby boom around November.  I’m keeping in touch with people to see if it actually happens.

I would strongly advise my sister to not read these books for at least two years.  Just saying.

Okay, now for the Mormon part of Mormon Monday:

The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles

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As we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ two millennia ago, we offer our testimony of the reality of His matchless life and the infinite virtue of His great atoning sacrifice. None other has had so profound an influence upon all who have lived and will yet live upon the earth.

He was the Great Jehovah of the Old Testament, the Messiah of the New. Under the direction of His Father, He was the creator of the earth. “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3). Though sinless, He was baptized to fulfill all righteousness. He “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38), yet was despised for it. His gospel was a message of peace and goodwill. He entreated all to follow His example. He walked the roads of Palestine, healing the sick, causing the blind to see, and raising the dead. He taught the truths of eternity, the reality of our premortal existence, the purpose of our life on earth, and the potential for the sons and daughters of God in the life to come.

He instituted the sacrament as a reminder of His great atoning sacrifice. He was arrested and condemned on spurious charges, convicted to satisfy a mob, and sentenced to die on Calvary’s cross. He gave His life to atone for the sins of all mankind. His was a great vicarious gift in behalf of all who would ever live upon the earth.

We solemnly testify that His life, which is central to all human history, neither began in Bethlehem nor concluded on Calvary. He was the Firstborn of the Father, the Only Begotten Son in the flesh, the Redeemer of the world.

He rose from the grave to “become the firstfruits of them that slept” (1 Corinthians 15:20). As Risen Lord, He visited among those He had loved in life. He also ministered among His “other sheep” (John 10:16) in ancient America. In the modern world, He and His Father appeared to the boy Joseph Smith, ushering in the long-promised “dispensation of the fulness of times” (Ephesians 1:10).

Of the Living Christ, the Prophet Joseph wrote: “His eyes were as a flame of fire; the hair of his head was white like the pure snow; his countenance shone above the brightness of the sun; and his voice was as the sound of the rushing of great waters, even the voice of Jehovah, saying:

“I am the first and the last; I am he who liveth, I am he who was slain; I am your advocate with the Father” (D&C 110:3–4).

Of Him the Prophet also declared: “And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!

“For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—

“That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God” (D&C 76:22–24).

We declare in words of solemnity that His priesthood and His Church have been restored upon the earth—“built upon the foundation of … apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone” (Ephesians 2:20).

We testify that He will someday return to earth. “And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together” (Isaiah 40:5). He will rule as King of Kings and reign as Lord of Lords, and every knee shall bend and every tongue shall speak in worship before Him. Each of us will stand to be judged of Him according to our works and the desires of our hearts.

We bear testimony, as His duly ordained Apostles—that Jesus is the Living Christ, the immortal Son of God. He is the great King Immanuel, who stands today on the right hand of His Father. He is the light, the life, and the hope of the world. His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come. God be thanked for the matchless gift of His divine Son.

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And George, if you’re out there, Tewt the Newt says hello.

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5 thoughts on “Mormon Monday: The Living Christ

  1. Holy smokes on the offer – I can’t believe it! Are you in some weird good-housing-market-bubble that the rest of us should know about or is your house just that rockin’? I mean, I know it looks awesome in the pictures, but still… Good luck wrapping up the details – it must feel amazing to have things falling into place this past week or so (knock on wood).

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  2. rainbowmom

    You don’t know the depth of my jealousy. Six months + and no offers. I’m glad husband is doing well and couch dwelling with success. I’m hoping for you that the offer goes through, husband will be beyond recovered and ready to get to your baby!

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  3. Christina

    An offer?? Already??? Holy Smokes!!!! Congrats, that is awesome. 🙂 🙂 What housing slump?! (ha… I know perfectly well that *our* house will not sell that fast!!)

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