What’s In A Name?

What is the power of a name? What does it tell about you? Father, Son, Daughter, Mother, Husband, Wife, Aunt, Uncle, Grandparent, Friend, Acquaintance, Neighbor. All names tell something about you, and you may have many different titles or names defining different roles you play. Jesus Christ also has many names and roles. Here are a few I have found. As you read the list, think about what these names mean to you, and how Jesus Christ fulfills these roles in your life.

Jesus Christ is…
1. Advocate (1 John 2:1)
2. Almighty (Rev. 1:8; Mt. 28:18)
3. Alpha and Omega (Rev. 1:8; 22:13)
4. Amen (Rev. 3:14)
5. Apostle of our Profession (Heb. 3:1)
6. Atoning Sacrifice for our Sins (1 John 2:2)
7. Author of Life (Acts 3:15)
8. Author and Perfecter of our Faith (Heb. 12:2)
9. Author of Salvation (Heb. 2:10)
10. Beginning and End (Rev. 22:13)
11. Beloved Son
12. Blessed and only Ruler (1 Tim. 6:15)
13. Bread of God (John 6:33)
14. Bread of Life (John 6:35; 6:48)
15. Bridegroom (Mt. 9:15)
16. Capstone (Acts 4:11; 1 Pet. 2:7)
17. Chief Cornerstone (Eph. 2:20)
18. Chief Shepherd (1 Pet. 5:4)
19. Christ (1 John 2:22)
20. Counsellor (Isaiah 9:6)
21. Creator (John 1:3)
22. Deliverer (Rom. 11:26)
23. Eternal Life (1 John 1:2; 5:20)
24. Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6)
25. Faithful and True (Rev. 19:11)
26. Faithful Witness (Rev. 1:5)
27. Faith and True Witness (Rev. 3:14)
28. First and Last (Rev. 1:17; 2:8; 22:13)
29. Firstborn From the Dead (Rev. 1:5)
30. Firstborn over all creation (Col. 1:15)
31. Fountain of Living Waters (Jer. 2:3)
32. Gate (John 10:9)
33. Giver of every good gift (Mor. 10:18 & President Monson)
34. God (John 1:1; 20:28; Heb. 1:8; Rom. 9:5)
35. God of Israel (2 Sam. 23:3)
36. Good Shepherd (John 10:11,14)
37. Great Shepherd (Heb. 13:20)
38. Great High Priest (Heb. 4:14)
39. Head of the Church (Eph. 1:22; 4:15; 5:23)
40. Heir of all things (Heb. 1:2)
41. High Priest (Heb. 2:17)
42. Holy and True (Rev. 3:7)
43. Holy One (Acts 3:14)
44. Hope (1 Tim. 1:1)
45. Hope of Glory (Col. 1:27)
46. Hope of Israel
47. Horn of Salvation (Luke 1:69)
48. I Am (John 8:58)
49. Image of God (2 Cor. 4:4)
50. Immanuel (Mt. 1:23)
51. Judge of the living and the dead (Acts 10:42)
52. King Eternal (1 Tim. 1:17)
53. King of Israel (John 1:49)
54. King of the Jews (Mt. 27:11)
55. King of kings (1 Tim 6:15; Rev. 19:16)
56. King of the Ages (Rev. 15:3)
57. King of Zion (Moses 7:53)
58. Lamb (Rev. 13:8)
59. Lamb of God (John 1:29)
60. Lamb Without Blemish (1 Pet. 1:19)
61. Last Adam (1 Cor. 15:45)
62. Life (John 14:6; Col. 3:4)
63. Light of the World (John 8:12)
64. Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Rev. 5:5)
65. Living One (Rev. 1:18)
66. Living Stone (1 Pet. 2:4)
67. Living Water
68. Lord (2 Pet. 2:20)
69. Lord of All (Acts 10:36)
70. Lord of Glory (1 Cor. 2:8)
71. Lord of lords (Rev. 19:16)
72. Man from Heaven (1 Cor. 15:48)
73. Mediator of the New Covenant (Heb. 9:15)
74. Messiah (Moses 7:53)
75. Mighty God (Isa. 9:6)
76. Morning Star (Rev. 22:16)
77. Offspring of David (Rev. 22:16)
78. Only Begotten Son of God (John 1:18; 1 John 4:9)
79. Our Great God and Savior (Titus 2:13)
80. Our Holiness (1 Cor. 1:30)
81. Our Husband (2 Cor. 11:2)
82. Our Protection (2 Thess. 3:3)
83. Our Redemption (1 Cor. 1:30)
84. Our Righteousness (1 Cor. 1:30)
85. Our Sacrificed Passover Lamb (1 Cor. 5:7)
86. Power of God (1 Cor. 1:24)
87. Precious Cornerstone (1 Pet. 2:6)
88. Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)
89. Prophet (Acts 3:22)
90. Rabbi (Mt. 26:25)
91. Redeemer (Isaiah 48:17)
92. Resurrection and Life (John 11:25)
93. Righteous Branch (Jer. 23:5)
94. Righteous One (Acts 7:52; 1 John 2:1)
95. Rock (1 Cor. 10:4)
96. Rock of Heaven (Moses 7:53)
97. Rock of Israel (2 Sam. 23:3)
98. Root of David (Rev. 5:5; 22:16)
99. Ruler of God’s Creation (Rev. 3:14)
100. Ruler of the Kings of the Earth (Rev. 1:5)
101. Savior (Eph. 5:23; Titus 1:4; 3:6; 2 Pet. 2:20)
102. Son Ahman (D&C 78:20)
103. Son of David (Lk. 18:39)
104. Son of God (John 1:49; Heb. 4:14)
105. Son of Man (Mt. 8:20)
106. Son of the Most High God (Lk. 1:32)
107. Source of Eternal Salvation for believers (Heb. 5:9)
108. The One Mediator (1 Tim. 2:5)
109. The Stone the builders rejected (Acts 4:11)
110. True Bread (John 6:32)
111. True Light (John 1:9)
112. True Vine (John 15:1)
113. Truth (John 1:14; 14:6)
114. Way (John 14:6)
115. Wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:24)
116. Wonderful (Isaiah 9:6)
117. Word (John 1:1)
118. Word of God (Rev. 19:13)

Were there some titles you recognized? Maybe some you didn’t? Jesus plays many different roles, but each one is focused on the salvation of His brothers and sisters. Do you have any names that label you as a saver of soul?

What kind of names do you have? Some of mine are: Child of God, Father, Husband, Son, Friend, Bishop, Elder, Mormon, Older Brother, Billposter, etc. What are yours? A wise man once told me to never title anyone as my ‘Enemy’. Do you ever think of yourself as someone’s enemy? He also challenged me to be a Blessing to others. Can that be one of your titles? Spend some time on this, write a list of all the titles you have. Then number each one in order of importance, 1 being the highest and so on down. Now, looking at the order you gave it, are you giving proper importance to the important ones? How can you keep your life in perspective?

Top-Secret Superpower for a Happy Marriage

Hey you! Yup, you, the newly married or newly engaged couple. I’ve got a little secret I’m going to let you in on about successful marriages. You see, there’s a top secret superpower that much of today’s world doesn’t know about. Oh they think they know, but most of them just don’t get it.

Top-secret superpower of a happy Marriage: LOVE

I know what you’re saying. We know what love is-we see it in the movies all the time. Love is when you feel so passionately toward another person that you can’t resist attacking their mouth in hungry, soul-aching (and often slobbery) kisses.

But

guess what? You’re wrong. Don’t feel bad, it’s society’s fault (we might add some of the blame to Satan’s shoulders as well). That isn’t love, it’s lust. I know it starts with the same letter and all, but it just isn’t the same thing.

You see, Lust is Satan’s counterfeit for Love. To define the differences as simply as I can, Lust is Selfish, but Love is Selfless.

Lust

is concerned with me and I. It is a soul-aching need that we satisfy regardless of the needs of the other person. It is selfishly possessive of others, but loyal to none. Lust is an action word, but it doesn’t focus on giving and lifting others up, but rather on taking and lifting our own self.

Lust leaves when it is time to give up something personal.

Love, on the other hand is concerned with service and caring for the other person. It is loyal and trustworthy. Love, too, is an action word. Because we love, we act and do things for others. We care about their needs, feelings and cares and seek to ease, uplift and honor them.

Jesus taught that the greatest two commandments are based on Love: Love God, and love your neighbor. Is it any wonder that Satan would try to replace love with his counterfeit?

Love is huge and can fill volumes of books and seminars and study, but it can be brought down to two focuses for strengthening your marriage. Interestingly they come from Jesus’ two great commandments:

1) Love God with your whole soul

If we love God, we serve Him. We honor Him by our thoughts and deeds. We strive to do all He has asked of us, including keeping the commandments and magnifying our callings. We talk with Him often and cherish communication with Him. We don’t let anything take priority in our lives; money, cars, sports, careers-for these become our idols. We strive to become a better person. We go to His House as often as we can and strive to align our heart and will with His.

2) Love your spouse as yourself

If we love our spouse, we serve them. We honor them by our thoughts and deeds. We strive to make their life as easy and joyful as possible. We talk with them often and cherish communication with them. We don’t let anything but God take higher priority than them in our lives: money, cars, sports, careers-for these become our idols. We strive to become a better person-not because they nag us, but because we love them and want to offer to them our best self. We’re less interested in being “right” and more focused on being kind. We go home and on dates as often as we can and strive to align our heart and will with theirs.

In truth, when God joined Adam and Eve together, he called them “Helpmeets”. For each couple, that term literally means we will help our spouse “meet” (or come unto) God. That is your role, and it can only be accomplished as you, yourself, strives to come unto God. We’re like an equalateral triangle, with husband and wife at bottom corners and God at the top. If one wishes to come closer to God, then you have to come closer to your spouse too.

So try the top-secret superpower today! It really is as simple as love.

What Cows and The Israelites are Teaching Me About Parenting

(I heard this comparison in church one day, and couldn’t help but share)

Cows

If you’ve ever watched cows in a field, you’ve seen how they always seem to think that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. Often, I see cows reaching through the fence, stretching the wires so they can get to the “better” grass. Unfortunately, their actions have a negative side-effect.

By stretching and bending the fences, they weaken them and make openings that-while not big enough for themselves to use as an improvised gate, are big enough for their calves to squeeze through. And, following the example of their parents, they push their way through the fence in search of better grass–often getting lost or killed by vehicles.

Is my home similar to a cow’s field? Do I, as a parent stretch the boundaries, knowing it won’t hurt me, but not thinking about the danger my actions pose to my children?

Israelites

Another example came from the children of Israel. In Judges we read that they were told by the Lord to wipe out the inhabitants of a land so they could take possession of it and keep their purity. But the older generation decided that they could handle the temptations, and it would be better to allow them to remain and become their neighbors. What they didn’t think about was that their children weren’t as strong as they, and many fell to the temptations and evils of the people.

Now, obviously we aren’t supposed to annihilate all bad examples around us. But do I have to invite less -than-good influences into my home. I might think, “This movie has a few bad spots in it, but I can block that out. I’ll close my eyes and then it’s ok.” But do I realize that my kids might not be closing their eyes?

And that they will dwell on the bad spots, just out of curiosity at first, until they eventually will find a time when I’m not around, and play the movie to satisfy their curiosity.

Do I swear every now and then, believing it doesn’t really hurt me. Do I stretch the borders of truth just a bit, hoping my kids won’t catch me?

Every time I make exceptions for myself, I’m opening a hole in my home’s moral fence that my kids can squeeze through. Do I really want them out there, past the protective moral boundaries?

Why Do Mormons Do Geneology?

I’ve been asked this question more than a few times. It is usually followed by something like, “Do they worship their dead ancestors?”

The truth is, we believe in a God who loves His children so much, that He gives each person every chance possible to accept His Gospel and follow Him in the gospel path.

Think about it, how many people in the world have died without ever even hearing the name of Jesus Christ, and yet no man can come to the Father, but by Him. How many others have heard, but their life circumstances didn’t enable them to receive His word? Would a loving God condemn all these, who never received the gospel at no fault of their own? Absolutely Not!

We believe in a God who gives each person every possible chance to enable them to receive His Gospel. And if that chance doesn’t come in his life, then it will come in the Spirit World, before the resurrection.

The New Testament preaches of this doctrine as well. “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.” (1 Peter 3:18-20)

“For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.” (1 Peter 4:6)

“Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?” (1 Corinthians 15:29)

You see, after Jesus Christ’s death, but before His resurrection, he visited the Spirit World, and there he organized groups of men and women to go into the Spirit Prison, unto those who never received the gospel. Since that time, spirit missionaries have preached the gospel to our deceased ancestors, and many have accepted the gospel, and are ready for the next step of their spiritual progression.

Their next step is Baptism. These ordinances, however, cannot be done as spirits, for a body is required for a person to be baptized in water. So Mormons do baptisms and other work in behalf of their deceased ancestors.

Ordinances for the dead are only done inside one of our Temples, and each ordinance is done one-by-one, which, when you consider how many people have died, will take us a long time to complete. It is an act of love by our loving Heavenly Father, and by the faithful LDS members who use geneology to seek out their ancestors and do the ordinances for them.

The final ordinance done for them is called Sealing, wherein a person is sealed to their spouse, children and parents. This act creates a binding link between generations, and links those living with those deceased.

Mormons believe that the eternal goal God has for His children is to live with him and with our families. Therefore, inside a holy temple a couple can be married for this life and for all eternity, not just till death do us part. This doctrine brings much peace to those who have lost young loved ones to death.