Put on the Whole Armor of God

There has been a lot of talk lately about “Putting on the Whole Armor of God,” it really has been on my mind a lot lately, so I decided to do some study on it and here is what I learned. 

“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day. … Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness…And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace…Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked… And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph. 6:11–18.)

   Ok, here is how I apply this to myself. First I have my loins girt about with truth, I know who I am, why I’m here, and where I’m going. I know the truthfulness of the Gospel, and I study my scriptures everyday to increase my knowledge of truth. Next, I have breastplate of righteousness. I always strive to do what is right, if I fail and sin, I can use the infinite gift of the Atonement. By using the atonement in my life, I am able to repent of any and all sins that I commit, therefore striving to be as righteous as I can be! Then I have my feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. I prepare myself everyday for what may lie ahead. My feet are always ready and willing to carry me wherever I need to go to fulfill the Lord’s work and to spread forth the gospel of peace.

One of the most important things is the shield of faith! This is so important! With the Shield of Faith, you can fight off the fiery darts of the wicked. I’m ready with my Shield to block anything that may cause my faith to weaken, and as a missionary, I have an even greater target on my back. We all need to fight harder than the adversary, do not let your shield fail!! The last two are the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit. The helmet of salvation reminds me to always keep my thoughts clean and pure. If my thoughts are clean and pure, I’ll better be able to listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost easier in my life. The sword of the spirit is my only offensive weapon, and it is the only one I need. 

With the whole Armor of God I can fight off any attacks Satan wants to take at me.  but he will always come back for more, so we always need to have the sword handy, you never know when he is going to strike. If our armor is weak, there is an unshielded vulnerable area for attack, and we will be subject to injury or destruction by Satan. Do not give him that chance!!  Through the great principle of repentance you can turn your life about and begin now clothing yourself with the armor of God through study, prayer, and a determination to serve God and keep his commandments.

Royal Generation

Royal Generation

For nearly six thousand years, God has held you in reserve to make an appearance in the final days before the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

While our generation will be comparable in wickedness to the days of Noah, when the Lord cleansed the Earth by flood, there is a major difference this time. It is that God has saved for the final innings some of His strongest children, who will help bear off the Kingdom triumphantly. and that is where you come in, for you are the generation that must be prepared to meet your God.

All through the ages the prophets have looked down corridors of time to our day. Billions of the deceased and those yet to come have their eyes on us.

make no mistake about it, you are a marked generation.There has never before been more expected of the faithful in such a short period of time as there is of us. Never before on the face of this Earth have the forces of good and evil been as well-organized.

Now is the great day of Devil’s power, with the greatest mass murderers of all time living among us. But now is also the great day of the Lord’s power, with the greatest number ever of priesthood holders on the Earth. And the showdown is fast approaching!

-President Ezra Taft Benson, February 1987

 

This statement made by President Benson really stood out to me a lot. It has a lot of power and meaning behind it! always remember, we are the Royal Generation! We all have to potential to become the best of the best! There never before has been so much good on this Earth; the church is restored to the fullest of times, the priesthood is everywhere, the gospel and missionaries are all over the Earth, and we have a modern prophet that receives revelation from God!!! How great and marvelous it is to be alive today, to see the gospel being spread throughout the world, to hear the voice of a modern-day prophet that is the voice-piece of the Lord, to finally be able to know all the answers so many of us have been looking for so long finally answered! This church is true, I know it is true with all my heart, how great it is to be a part of this great work!

But along with all the good, Satan is now working his hardest to turn the hearts of all who will listen; he is smarter and more present than ever, he’s everywhere!!! We need to be always be on our guard, wearing the whole armor of God! Remember the stripling warriors; be valiant and courageous,   don’t give temptation a fighting chance. “… the showdown is fast approaching!” get ready for it, make no mistake about it. Don’t procrastinate it, we need to decide right now that we will give satan no attention whatsoever, “Awake, my soul! No longer droop in sin. Rejoice, O my heart, and give place no more for the enemy of my soul.” (2 Ne. 4:28.)

A wise man once told me not to long ago, “Never forget who you are and where you came from… you all are beloved sons and daughters of God! He loves you, He wants you back in His holy arms forever…” (President Jack R. Christianson)  You are a child of a Heavenly King, who loves you. Be true to your divine nature.  “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.”  (1 Peter 2:9.)

 

  Never Forget…

Of Noble Gentry Came Your Birth

For Purpose Proud You Came To Earth

Came To Claim Your Rightful Place

To Help God’s Children Win The Race

13 Articles of Faith

Two years before he died, the Prophet Joseph Smith wrote them in a letter to a newspaper editor, John Wentworth, who had asked for information about the Church.

Ever since the Articles of Faith were written, they’ve inspired and directed us in the basic principles of our gospel. They enhance our understanding of certain doctrines and help us commit to living them. They invite further thought. And they’re a good tool for explaining our beliefs to people unfamiliar with them.

13 Articles of Faith
1. We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
2. We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.
3. We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
4. We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
5. We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.
6. We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
7. We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
8. We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.
9. We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.
10. We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.
11. We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
12. We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
13. We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul-We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

 

These outline what our church believes in, if any of you have any questions or comments,  please feel free to drop me a line. Can’t wait to hear from you!!!

LIFE IS GOOD!!!!