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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Jesus Christ

God sent His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, into the world so that each of God's children would have the possibility of returning to live in His presence after they die. Only through the Savior’s Resurrection and Atonement can we obtain immortality and eternal life in our Heavenly Father’s presence.

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Under the direction of your Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ created the earth (John 1:10; Hebrews 1:1–2). Through His Resurrection, Jesus Christ overcame death for you. Everyone, the righteous and wicked alike, will receive the gift of resurrection. When life on this earth is over, Jesus Christ will serve as the final Judge ( Acts 17:31; John 5:21–22; Acts 10:42).

Heavenly Father loves you and wants you to return to live with Him when you die. This is only possible through the Savior Jesus Christ ( John 14:6).

Through the Atonement—performed by Jesus Christ with His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and by His suffering and the voluntary surrender of His life on the cross–He saves you from your sins as you sincerely repent and follow Him. ( 1 Peter 2:21) .

Jesus Christ lived a perfect life while on the earth, approximately 2,000 years ago. Leading by example, He taught how to pray and how to humbly serve others, and He demonstrated the manner in which all should be baptized.

If you follow His example as closely as possible, you will not only find joy in your life, but you will someday return to live with Him and your Father in Heaven. Specifically, you are to:

•Have faith in Him ( Mark 11:22–24).
•Repent of your sins ( Acts 2:38).
•Receive baptism ( John 3:3–6), the gift of the Holy Ghost, and the other ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
•Keep His commandments ( John 14:15).
Today, as in the days of Jesus Christ, there are certain principles of the gospel that people are to learn to obey.

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.

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