Friday, May 3, 2013
About a month ago we celebrated Easter. It is natural during the Easter season to turn our thoughts toward the Savior, Jesus Christ — His life and teachings, His resurrection, and His glorious Atonement. However, as the holiday passes, it is all too easy to fall back into complacency regarding our relationship with the Savior.
With this in mind, I’d like to share a few scriptures and thoughts about our Savior, Jesus Christ, to remind us all to keep Him in our hearts and minds throughout the year, and to let those thoughts and feelings direct our actions.
Prophets in many lands and ages have testified of Christ. In the Old Testament, Isaiah prophesied, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14), and “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-5).
In the New Testament, Matthew records that Jesus asked Peter, “... But whom say ye that I am?” To which Peter replied, “...Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16: 15-16).
Nephi, an ancient prophet in America, wrote in the Book of Mormon, “And we talk of Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” (1 Nephi 25:26).
Another Nephite prophet and king, Benjamin, taught his people that “... there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent.” (Mosiah 3:17)
In modern times, Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon testified, as recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants, “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.” (Doctrine and Covenants 76:22-24).
Today, prophets and Apostles continue to testify that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, that through His resurrection and Atonement we may all be forgiven of our sins and stand prepared to return to our Father in Heaven. Also through the power of the Atonement we may find comfort and healing from the trials and tribulations of life on this Earth.
I add my testimony to the prophets throughout the ages that Jesus is our Savior. All people can know this for themselves in the same way that Peter did. After Peter declared “... Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God,”
Jesus replied, “... Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 16:16-17)
Likewise, every person can have this same truth revealed to them from the Father, through the power of the Holy Ghost. May all seek for this gift and blessing.
Sean Milligan is bishop of the Dayton Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.