October 17, 2011 • 1:31 am 0
Come Listen to a Prophet’s Voice
Inasmuch as my people build a house unto me in the name of the Lord . . . my glory shall rest upon it (Doctrine and Covenants 97:15).
Great blessings for ourselves and for our families come from going to the temple. We can live worthy of these blessings by obeying the
commandments. President James E. Faust talked about these blessings. Here are some of the things he said.
You may want to talk about them with your parents.
We are living in the greatest day of temple building. . . . The faithful Saints who pay their tithes and offerings have made this possible, and each will receive eternal blessings. . . . Each temple building is an inspiration, magnificent and beautiful in every way, but the temple building alone does not bless. The . . . blessings . .
come through obedience and faithfulness to priesthood authority and covenants made. . . .
In the magnificence and splendor of our modern temples, well might we pause and reflect upon the laborers without shirts and shoes who built the Nauvoo and Kirtland Temples. Each temple that stands today is a vindication of Joseph and Hyrum Smith and a triumph for them and all of our people who suffered the destruction, the beatings, and the
murders at the hands of cruel tyrants in the mobs who drove our people west. . . .
In the temples of the Lord, we learn obedience. We learn sacrifice. We . . . have our lives consecrated to holy purposes. . . . We can see in vision the countless couples in their youth and beauty coming to be married. We see clearly the unspeakable joy on their countenances (faces) as they are sealed together [for eternity]. . . . We can see unnumbered families surrounding the altar, all clothed in white, with bowed heads and clasped hands, as they are sealed one to another. . . . We can see the army of angelic
young children . . . coming to the house of the Lord with awe and wonder to be baptized for the dead.
We see . . . heavenly hosts unnumbered whose eternal odysseys (journeys) have been suspended as they wait for their vicarious work to be done. . . . We can see families dancing, shouting, and crying
with joy in their being united in another world. The spirit and blessings of the temple can fill our homes as we live worthy lives. Even before we are old enough to go to the temple, we can prepare our hearts by being obedient and choosing the right. When we do go to the temple, we can share its blessings with our ancestors.
October 17, 2011 • 12:05 am 0
And he also spake concerning the prophets, how great a number had testified . . . concerning this Messiah, . . . this Redeemer of the world (1 Nephi 10:5).
Great are the words of Isaiah.”*
These words of the Savior to the Nephites tell us just how important Isaiah’s prophecies are to us, too. Isaiah, a prophet who lived over seven hundred years before Jesus Christ, told how we should live our lives by having faith in Him and by obeying His commandments.†
Because the Savior had not yet come to live on the earth, Isaiah told of His birth, His ministry here, and His death and resurrection:
“For unto us a child is born, . . . and his name shall be called Wonderful, counsellor, The mighty God. . . .
“[He will be] a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy . . . , a refuge from the storm. . . . “He [will be] despised and rejected of men; . . . taken from prison and from judgment: . . . for the transgression of my people [will he be] stricken. . . .
“He will swallow up death in victory.”‡
Isaiah also told about the Second Coming
of Jesus Christ:
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, that
. . . the Lord’s house shall be established in the top
of the mountains, . . . and all nations shall flow unto
it. . . .
“And he shall judge among the nations, and . . . nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. . . . “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid[,] and the calf and the young lion . . .; and a little child shall lead them. . . . “The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord. . . . “He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces. . . . “And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God;. . . we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
“Now therefore, . . . saith the Lord, . . . my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak.”**
As we study the words of the prophets and do our best to live the gospel, we, too, look forward to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. As we hear the gospel from our parents and teachers, and as we study the scriptures and listen to our living prophets, we can say with Isaiah, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that .
STRING PICTURE By Holly Dougherty
1. Cut a piece of poster board 11” x 14” (28 cm x 35.6 cm). Draw a line 3/4” (2 cm) from the edge of the long sides on both the top and the bottom. Mark places for six holes on each line 2” (5 cm) apart so that they line up from the top to the bottom; punch the holes (see illustration).
2. Cut six pieces of string 24” (61 cm) long. Thread a piece of string through a top and a corresponding bottom hole, tie taut, and trim ends. Repeat this procedure with the remaining strings (see illustration). Pull the knots to the bottom holes.
3. Cut a piece of poster board 5 1/2” x 14” (14 cm x 35.6 cm). Tape three outside edges of this poster board over the bottom of the strings poster
board (unknotted side) to form a pocket over the strings (see illustration). Print “Isaiah Prophecies of the Savior” on the pocket.
4. Mount this page on heavy paper, and cut out the pictures. Tape the back of each picture to the corresponding numbered string so that each shows above the pocket (see illustration).
5. Lower the pictures behind the pocket by raising the string knots on the back. Pull each picture into view as you retell “Isaiah Prophesies of the Savior”