“A prominent judge was asked what we, as citizens of the countries of the world, could do to reduce crime and disobedience to law and to bring peace and contentment into our lives and into our nations. He thoughtfully replied, ‘I would suggest a return to the old-fashioned practice of family prayer.'”

Thomas S. Monson

From the Mouth of a Child

Matthew 18:3 says, “…except ye be converted,and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of God.”

One of my favorite things to hear while I’m on my mission, is a little kid pray. When children pray I truly understand what Christ meant when he told us to become as children. One young boy the other day began praying and he only said three sentences, but the one that stood out to me was so profound that I forgot he was only no older than five years old. This boy said, “Help us to be great members of the church and remember the true meaning of the gospel.”

This should be at the root of all of our prayers. This should be at the root of all of our lives. This should be HOW WE LIVE! This little boy gets it. We should be striving every day to be great members of Christ true church on the earth and remember the TRUE MEANING OF THE GOSPEL!

The main thing…is to keep the main thing…the main thing. Jesus Christ is the main thing. We must have faith in him, rely on his atonement in repentance daily, be baptized in his name and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and take the sacrament every Sunday in remembrance of the covenants that we made to Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father, and we must endure to the end.

Jesus Christ Wants YOU!

What do we know about the war in heaven? We know that Heavenly Father presented His plan of happiness to us, and He knew that we would need a savior. Two of our brethren stepped forward and said, “Here I am, send me.”  One of these had a noble cause, the other had a greedy cause. Many fought valiantly for the plan they thought would be best, but only those who chose Jesus Christ as their savior got to continue on in Heavenly Father’s plan. There was one-third of all the hosts of heaven who chose Satan’s plan and were cast from heaven, never to receive bodies. That all sounds great, but have you ever just sat and thought about the role you played in that war? You are part of the two-thirds who fought for the right side of the plan. How valiantly did you fight? We all made the same decision, but we “were not all equally valiant, there being every degree of devotion to Christ and the father among” us, according to the bible dictionary. Jesus the Christ tells us that we “either fought with Michael, or at least refrained from active opposition.” I refuse to believe that I was sitting on the sideline quietly watching the game with a “go-winner” attitude.

I constantly find myself looking around and wondering what roles people around me played in the war in heaven. We know from the bible dictionary that “those who were most diligent were chosen to be rulers int he kingdom.” I think about those who are destined to be rulers in the kingdom. If we live the gospel–faith, repentance, baptism, receive the gift of the holy ghost, and endure to the end–then we are destined to be kings and queens in the kingdom of God.

Lastly, the Bible Dictionary tells us that “the same contestnats adn the same issues are doing battle, and the same salvation is at stake.” As a missionary for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I am at battle for the salvation of souls. I am fighting for the same things I know I fought for before I came here. Am I fighting as valiantly as I was before? Are you?

Believe Him, Don’t Just Believe IN Him

Recently, at a small “conference” we had with the other sister missionaries in our zone a question was posed: How many of you believe you are going to make it to the celestial kingdom? In response about half of the sisters raised their hands. The sister asking the question was very upset. “How can you go out teaching everyday that people have to do certain things–have faith, repent, be baptized, receive the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end–in order to make it to the celestial kingdom, when you don’t believe it yourself?!”  Often times, I find myself selling myself short. When I look at all of the things I need to do to make it to the celestial kingdom just as I’m promising others, I’m doing all of those things. What is it convincing me that I am not fit for that glory?

Satan!

In the April 1992 ensign there is a story by Stephen E. Robinson called Believing Christ that perfectly shows what I want to say here.

“I once counseled a man who said, “Bishop, I’m just not celestial material.” Well, I’d heard those words once too often, so I said, “You’re not celestial material? Welcome to the club. Not one of us is! Not one of us qualifies on our own for the presence of God. So why don’t you admit your real problem? Why don’t you admit that you don’t believe Christ can do what he says he can do?”

He got angry. “I have a testimony of Jesus!”

I said, “Yes, you believe in Christ. You simply do not believe Christ. He says that even though you are not celestial, he can make you celestial—but you don’t believe it.””

Satan will always have us believe that we are worthless, and we are, without the atonement of Christ. He can take us and make us worthy of that glory. It is not enough to say we believe in Christ, we must also believe that he CAN do what he says he can.