Hello everyone! I know it has been a while since I last talked to you. Today I want to talk about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When I mean Gospel of Jesus Christ I am talking about the teachings that Christ himself taught to us when he was here on the earth. So what exactly was it that Jesus Christ taught us? let me share you what it is we the church believes and then let me show you a few scriptural examples from Jesus Christ, and the Prophets. Doctrine & Covenants section 4 we read. 4We believe that the first principles and aordinances of the Gospel are: first, bFaith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, cRepentance; third, dBaptism by eimmersion for the fremission of sins; fourth, Laying on of ghands for the hgift of the Holy Ghost.
As we read the first principle is Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, so how do we exercise that faith? Well to have faith in the Lord we need to believe that he is the Son of God as he said he was, also we need to believe that through his Atonement we can be cleansed from our sins, one more thing we need to believe in is His teachings and following them.
Second is principle is Repentance. So what is repentance and how do we use it? Repentance is a five step process which is not as easy as it sounds. Let me share with you the ABC's of repentance.
A)Accept what we have done to be wrong, this is the first step to repenting. By accepting or acknowledging what we did was wrong we can begin the healing process.
B)Be sorry for what we did. We need to truly be sorry for what we have done, not sorry for being caught. Big difference between the two.
C)Correct the sin/mistake we made. We need to next do all that is in our power to correct what we did was wrong. By doing so we are showing the Lord that we are truly sorry and that we are trying to repent.
C)Confess the sin. Now what I mean by confessing the sin, I do not mean going to a priest and telling him all that you have done, what I mean by confessing the sin is to turn to your Heavenly Father in prayer and ask for forgiveness. It is our Heavenly Father that can forgive sin. Also if needed talk to a Bishop. A Bishop is appointed by God to HELP you by giving guidance... Notice I said Helping you not forgiving you.
D)Don't do it again! I think that is a very simple one.
After we repent we can then go to our third principle which is Baptism. Baptism is something that is very important. Without Baptism nobody (that is at the age of accountability) can be save in the kingdom of Heaven. Christ Also said that baptism was a commandment.