When our families meet
To share the gospel
Would make this date complete
It is ours to find
Members of all kinds
Young, old, rich, and poor
Each one Christ paid for
Because of Jesus Christ
The atonement has been made.
The world has been made right
With the price of man’s sins paid!
The fearful spectacle of death
Yields all the dead unto paradise.
Assuring, we will resurrect!
The body and spirit both will rise!
He, who has marked the narrow way,
Invites us to come follow Him.
He promises His spirit always
As we keep all God’s laws for man.
Teaching Our Children
We talked about Paradise in Family Home Evening. When Jesus was on the cross, He said,”Tomorrow you will be with me in Paradise. But, He also said to Mary, “Touch me not, for I have not yet ascended to the Father.” These are two different places! Paradise (Spirit World) being a place of learning. We will need to reunite with our bodies at some point and be judged at some point. Here is a great explanation:
“If you’re not a full-time missionary with a missionary badge pinned on your coat, now is the time to paint one on your heart- painted, as Paul said, ‘not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God.'” Elder Neil Andersen, April conference 2013“Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you? Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart. And such trust we have through Christ to God-ward.” (II Corinthians 3:1-4, KJV)
( not just words- but spirit, not just something great to carry around, but to be such a part of you that life flows)
“Through the dedication of the Romanian land, this stone, this kingdom came in 1990 to the land of our ancestors, our Romanian land, which is sacred and holy to us.”“The history of the Church in Romania and Moldova is still being written,” Elder Nelson said. “Missionaries have brought the light of the Lord to the people, particularly those who suffered the ravages of communism and the wicked reign of a ruthless dictator. These converts have been so very faithful in embracing the gospel.”Chris Jessop, one of the first four proselyting missionaries in Romania, recalled arriving in Bucharest in December 1990, less than one year after the revolution that overthrew communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.“Romania seemed dark, cold and gray. Bullet holes still riddled many of the buildings in downtown Bucharest. However, we quickly learned that behind the pre-fabricated concrete lived people who were warm, loving and humble who were ready to be taught the gospel.” Brother Jessop said.
As the number of missionaries increases in wards and stakes around the world, I implore you to exercise your faith, as did President Wilson in St. Thomas, as you prayerfully consider which of your family, your friends, your neighbors, and your acquaintances you would like to invite to your home to meet with the missionaries, that they might hear the message of the Restoration. As the Lord did with the city of St. Thomas, He will sanctify your efforts, and you will gain a capacity beyond your own to lift and bless the lives of others.
May we ever increase our faith and faithfulness in fulfilling our sacred duty to rescue our Heavenly Father’s children—our brothers and sisters. In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, amen.