Sunday, April 05, 2009

Chennai, March 18

This is what I was writing last week instead of a real update. You put it in two columns in Word, cut it out, and paste it in Books of Mormon to give or lend out. When the Books of Mormon get here, we're going to try a new door approach with books with this pasted in them, to loan, in hand.

Elder Bhagwat


Dear Reader,
This book is a loan. God, our Father in Heaven, has sent it here to help us find our way back to him.
Reading this book has filled me with peace. I have continued to find happiness as I shape my life around what it says.
Begin by going to the question that you care about the most.
• Why are we here on earth? Go to page 295 to learn.
• Why do we need Jesus Christ? Go to page 225 to learn.
• Why is there evil and suffering? Go to page 57 to learn.
PS: Don’t we already have the word of God? Go to page 110 to learn.

2 Nephi 2, p. 57-58, verses 11, 12, 13.
Why is there evil? Why suffering? There must be. There must be an opposition. If there was no suffering, we would not understand joy. Imagine if we could not choose evil. Then we could not reject evil and choose good. Without these oppositions there would be no point in the world’s creation (13).

2 Nephi 2, p. 59, verses 19, 20, 22, 23,25, 27
Adam was the first man. He and his wife Eve chose this path. They chose to leave their state of innocence. They chose to be able to feel both joy and sorrow. Men and women exist now, so that they can have joy (25). They can have this joy, as they follow joy (27).
How can I find this happiness? Go to page 289.
Enos verses 1-10.
Pray to our Father in Heaven and he will hear.
We can be free of those bad feelings which we have. Of guilt. Of sin. We need to want it, and pray for it. We will begin to be freed.
Eternal life = live forever with God. Sin = wrong acts which we know are wrong. Remission = forgiveness, to be wiped clean.
What is next? I want this happiness. Go to page 526.

Alma 7 verses 11, 12, 13
Jesus Christ has suffered all things we suffer. He has felt all things we feel. So he knows perfectly how to help us.
How can I get this help? Go to page 136.
How can Jesus Christ help me on earth? Go to page 298.
How can Jesus Christ help me after I die? Go to page 459.

3 Nephi verses 14-20
We need the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Without it, we cannot be washed clean. We cannot return to God, our Father in Heaven. (Also see p. 72)
How can I get this help? Go to page 136.
How can Jesus Christ help me on earth? Go to page 298.




Alma 32, verses 27, 28, 41, 42.
Do you want this book to be from God? Do you want help from Him? That is a start. Desire to believe, that he can help you. Imagine faith, trust in God, as a seed. If the seed is good and you water it, it will grow (28). It will taste good. Eventually it will grow into a tree. The fruit will taste wonderful (42). That is like a life lived trusting God. Such a life will produce wonderful results over time.
How can I find this happiness? Go to page 526.
Alma 34, verses 31-33
We must do what we can in this life. We must prepare to meet God. We must not delay putting aside wrong habits. Even little things, we must try to put aside. To love God and our fellow man with all of our heart.
But this is hard. How can I start? Go to page 289.

Alma 36, verses 6, 12-21, 24-26
Alma did many wrong things. He felt so much guilt. He cried to God. He remembered this Atonement of Jesus Christ. This makes us at one with God, if we repent (see page 295). He received this help. He felt peace and happiness. His heart was changed.
But this is hard. How can I start? Go to page 289.
How can Jesus Christ help me after I die? Go to page 459.

Moroni 8, verses 25, 26,

We must repent. This means putting aside wrong habits. Even little things, we must try to put aside. To love GOd and our fellow man with all of our heart. We will want to be baptized. To make sacred promises to God. We will be given His Holy SPirit. Then we will be filled with hope and love. We must stay in this path for the rest of our lives. We will be happy.

How can I know this is true? How can I know I need to do this? Go to page 136 and 529.

Moroni 10, verses 4, 5
Pray to God. Ask him, is this book from you? Be sincere. Have real intent. That means, be determined to act on the answer you receive. By the power of His Holy Spirit, he will answer.

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