Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What They Said Wednesday–Dallin H. Oaks

Talk: Dallin H. Oaks - Quorum of the Twelve

  • Three Questions About Jesus Christ:
  • “What think ye of Christ?” Matthew 22:42
  • What do you really believe about Christ?
    • Perspective 1:  Teacher, but not divine?
    • Perspective 2:  Only Begotten Son
  • What are you doing because of that belief?
  • Truths the Scriptures Teach us About Jesus:
    • Heavenly Father affirms Jesus’ divinity
    • If ye know me, ye know my Father
    • Jesus is in the express image of God the Father’s person
    • Jesus Christ was the creator of all things
    • Jesus Christ testified that he was Jehovah
    • Jesus Christ is the life and light of the world
      • Life - Because He is the creator
      • Way & Light - Because his teachings show us the way back to the Father; He is our creator and through his resurrection we will all live again.
    • Who will enter the kingdom of Heaven?
      • “Only He that doeth the will of my Father”
      • Those that “hear His voice”
      • Role of Priesthood Power (Keys)
        • Keys to seal and bind on earth and in heaven
        • Even the devils are subject to mortals through Jesus’s name
  • People Praise Jesus as a great teacher but disrespect his divinity.
  • We must return to what Jesus has said, who he was, and what he did.
  • He was the only begotten son, and that we must believe in him to be saved. John 3:16-17
  • This is my beloved son, hear him
  • I am come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly”
    • (?What does it mean to have life more abundantly?)
  • He lights our mortal path and lead back to him.
  • The Savior’s path was about doing the father’s will. And we return to the Father through doing the Father’s will.
  • I never knew you... depart from me oh ye that do iniquity.
  • Jesus showed us how to do the will of the Father, and he invited us to “follow him.”
  • Keys were given to the Twelve & the Seventy.
    • The keys to seal and bind on earth and in heaven.
  • He guides us through his commandments.
  • Contention is not the doctrine of Christ.
    • (Makes us wonder how we can influence the world for good if we have unpleasant relations with other religions.)
  • Focus on Christ, not the things of the world
  • Contrast between mortal versus eternal nourishment
  • Jesus Christ’s Resurrection & Atonement
    • Takes away the sin of the world
    • The Son of Man came to minister and give His life as a ransom for many
    • His blood of the New Testament, shed for the remission of sins
    • That we may know He is the God of Israel and of the whole earth
    • What do WE have to do?
      • Overcome the spiritual death that results from sin
      • Make and keep sacred covenants (= washing our garments in His blood)
      • “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith”
        • Where are our loyalties?
        • How is our behavior?
        • Do we honor His name?
        • Do we keep His commandments?
        • Do we seek not to
  • “Living bread” that they might not hunger.
  • (What other scriptural parallels can we associate with bread?)
    • Woman who gave her last bit of meal to make a cake for Elijah, ended up with oil
    • and meal that didn’t fail until the heavens were opened again
  • Seek and ye shall find.
  • Jesus taught further precious truth about his Atonement. “my father sent me that I might be lifted up on the cross that I might draw all men unto me.“ 3 Nephi 27:14-
  • Where is our ultimate loyalty?
    • There is no middle ground.
  • Don’t use a Visa to visit Babylon. Live in Zion.
  • The most important knowledge on earth is that He is ?
  • We may know, thorough the Holy Ghost for ourselves, and we can gain this knowledge for ourselves via desire and obedience
    • Desire - “Ask and it shall be given you, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you” Matthew 7:7
    • Obedience - If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God or whether I speak of myself  John 7:17