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15
Mar

Matthew 5:44, 46-48 – Love Your Enemies

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44  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

46  For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

47  And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

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15
Mar

Matthew 25:40 – Least of these…

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And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

15
Mar

LDS as Christians

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Our Faith as Committed Christians

“People need to know something of our faith as committed Christians with strong traditional values. Along with the Articles of Faith, we need to emphasize that:”We believe in the eternity of the soul, that God is the Father of our spirits, and that we can return to Him after death.”We believe that Jesus Christ is our personal Savior, and we try to model our lives after Him and His teachings. We commemorate Christ’s atoning sacrifice in our Sunday worship services, similar to taking communion in other churches. We accept as fellow Christians all who believe Jesus Christ to be the Son of God and the Savior of all mankind. . . . Joseph Smith taught that Jesus Christ is the core of our belief, and everything else is an appendage to it (see Elders’ Journal, July 1838, 44). The name of the Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints.”We believe the original church that Jesus established was lost and has been restored again in our day. The priesthood, the authority given to man to act in the name of God, with apostles and a prophet to lead us, has been restored as have all necessary ordinances of salvation.”We believe in and we use the Holy Bible, both the Old and New Testaments.”And we believe in the Book of Mormon and other books of scripture which support and authenticate the Bible and testify of the ministry and divinity of Christ and of God’s ongoing revelation to man. Indeed, the Book of Mormon is ‘Another Testament of Jesus Christ.’ ”

M. Russell Ballard, “Faith, Family, Facts, and Fruits,” Ensign, Nov. 2007, 26

15
Mar

Joseph Smith by B. H. Roberts

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After an intense study of all the doctrines the Book of Mormon reveals which are not found in the Bible, Elder B. H. Roberts concluded: “Beyond controversy neither the native intelligence nor learning of Joseph Smith can possibly be regarded as equal to such a performance as bringing forth the knowledge which the Book of Mormon imparts upon these profound subjects; nor can the intelligence or learning of those who assisted him in translating the book be regarded as sufficient for such a task. Nor was the intelligence and learning of any one to whom the origin of the book has ever been ascribed equal to such an achievement. Indeed the book sounds depths on these subjects not only beyond the intelligence and learning of this small group of men referred to, but beyond the intelligence and learning of the age itself in which it came forth.”

New Witness for God, 3 vols. (1909), 3:230

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15
Mar

Joseph Smith – Difficult to Believe

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You don’t know me; you never knew my heart. No man knows my history. I cannot tell it: I shall never undertake it.

I don’t blame any one for not believing my history. If I had not experienced what I have, I could not have believed it myself.

I never did harm any man since I was born in the world. My voice is always for peace.

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