The sounds of screams, excited whistles, and the boom of speakers can be heard outside. Tonight is the first Germany game of the Welt Meisterschaft. Quite a trip I must say. The city has a jumbo screen set up in the middle of town to play the game so that everyone can watch it. The Germans are VERY patriotic when it comes to soccer. President Miles has told us that we can watch two games, so a lot of the missionaries will be waiting for the Germany v. America game and then a semi final or final game. It’ll be really intense to see what the Germans do when they win, or when they lose. There have been people wandering around decked out in German flags and soccer jerseys.Football is big everywhere, but in Europe it’s a totally different game.
We received transfer calls this week, on Friday, from President Miles. I will be ending my mission in the beautiful city of…Singen! With Sister Henry. We will continue to be Sister Training Leaders which is great, because Sister Smith is going to the beautiful city of Graz, to work with Sister Smith. Yes, that’s not a joke. I imagine this is how their contacting will go down:
“Hi, I’m Sister Smith, and this,” gestures to companion, “is also Sister Smith and we’re talking to people about Joseph Smith.”
But it will be great because they will also be Sister training leaders in their neck of the woods and we’ll see them in a couple of weeks for MLC.
Well, this last week we met with E again, and he’s doing alright. We’re still talking to him about baptism, the Book of Mormon, and Joseph Smith. We talked about tithing on Sunday. A lot of people are against paying tithing, even though it talks about it in the Bible. I remember an investigator in Wels who would always ask us who Melchizedek was. I was always really glad to say that I knew who he was. Melchizedek was a High Priest of God, the man to whom Abraham paid his tithing.
But as I was thinking about Melchizedek and the reflections of this aspect of the ancient church in the Bible and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I thought it quite interesting that our church really is the same church from the bible. Granted, we also believe the Law of Moses to have been fulfilled with the coming of Christ, which is a part of doctrine that is often over looked.
But I think it’s really interesting ALL of the similarities that our church has to the Church of the Bible, perhaps because it is the exact church,restored to the earth?
1. The Church in the Bible was organized by Christ, and the true church must be as well, to cut down all the confusion and the wonderings of the doctrines. But the true Church, the Church of Jesus Christ, would be His church, organized and led by Him. Sound familiar?
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
“For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
“Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”
2. The true Church of Christ would be His, it would bear His name, He would direct its doings and would tell His people how they should live.
“Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.” -Ephesians 5:23
3. The Church of Jesus Christ would have a foundation of Prophets and apostles, having been called of God. They would strive to do the will of the Lord for the church.
“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
“And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.” -Ephesians 2:19-20
4. The true church of God would have divine authority from God. The prophets and apostles would have been called of God to do His will and not to glorify themselves. They would live quiet lives striving to serve the Lord.
“And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
“So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.
“As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
“Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
“Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
“And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
“Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.” Hebrews 5:4-10
5. Those who work in the true Church of God would serve without payment. They would serve because they wanted to serve God, because they love him.
“I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel.
“Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
“I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.” -Acts 20:33-35 (see also: 1 Cor 9:16-18; John 10:11-13)
6. Baptism by immerson.
“Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
“But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
“And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
“And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him.” -Matthew 3:13-16
7. Receiving the Holy Ghost (after baptism) by the laying on of hands
“Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
“Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
“(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
“Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.” -Acts 8:14-17
8. Healing, having been ordained with the power and authority of God (also by the laying on of hands)
“And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,
“And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils.” – Mark 3:14-15
9. Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Gost are three separate beings
“And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.” – John 17:11
“Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.” -John 20:17
“And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him
“And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” -Matthew 3:16-17
10. God and Jesus Christ must have bodies of flesh and bone.
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
“Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” Hebrews 1:1-3
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” -Genesis 1:26-27
11. Those who are in the Church, bust be called of God.
“And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s sons.” Exodus 28:1
12. Revelation from God through prophets.
“Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” -Amos 3:7
13. There must be missionaries called to preach to the world!
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20
14. The true Church must be restored not reformed.
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
“And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you.” -Amos 3:19
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord:
“And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.” -Amos 8:11
15. Baptisms for the dead
“For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
“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 15:16, 29
“Wherefore, by their fruits ye shall know them.” Matthew 7:20
I would say that the fruits of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are the fruits of the true Church of Christ. I give my testimony that this is the true and RESTORED Church on the earth. Christ leads and guides this church and His prophets and apostles.
I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a representative who carries His name and I can testify to you, that this is His church, the only true and living God is in charge and He is pleased with all those who search for the truth, and find it.
I love you all!