Warning: Reading these musings may cause the reader to wonder, ponder health, mental or spiritual matters, scratch their head, be informed yet gain zero useful information or breakout in laughter. All thoughts are the property of my pea sized brain. All the information is as true as I beleive it to be... as I walk the journey of "releasing with a vote of thanks" my fat cells for a job well done.
Today I read Elder D.
Todd Christofferson’s talk entitled, The Doctrine of Christ.
I loved this talk. I love
talks that focus on the basics. That's the most important part of the gospel
anyway - the basics. Elder Christrofferson does a pretty good job of being
clear about it.
“This is my doctrine,
and it is the doctrine which the Father hath given unto me; and I bear record
of the Father, and the Father beareth record of me, and the Holy Ghost beareth
record of the Father and me; and I bear record that the Father commandeth all
men, everywhere, to repent and believe in me.
“And whoso believeth
in me, and is baptized, the same shall be saved; and they are they who shall
inherit the kingdom of God.
“And whoso believeth not in me, and is not
baptized, shall be damned.
“… And whoso believeth in me believeth in the
Father also; and unto him will the Father bear record of me, for he will visit
him with fire and with the Holy Ghost. …
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, that this is
my doctrine, and whoso buildeth upon this buildeth upon my rock, and the gates
of hell shall not prevail against them” .
This is our message, the rock upon which we
build, the foundation of everything else in the Church. Like all that comes
from God,this doctrine is pure, it is clear, it is easy to
understand—even for a child. With glad hearts, we invite all to receive it.”
Isn't that perfectly
put. Definitely simple enough for a child to understand. The gospel of Jesus
Christ really is that simple. Everything else is, as the prophet Joseph Smith
said, an appendage to the fundamental doctrine of the plan of salvation - the
atonement of Jesus Christ, our Savior.
As far as understanding what elseis doctrine, Elder
Christofferson gives us a little bit of a guideline -
At the same time it
should be remembered that not every statement made by a Church leader, past or
present, necessarily constitutes doctrine. It is commonly understood in the
Church that a statement made by one leader on a single occasion often
represents a personal, though well-considered, opinion, not meant to be
official or binding for the whole Church.
think that principle - that noteverything a prophet or apostles says isdoctrine is an important
one to understand and keep in mind. A lot of judging goes on in the Church
because of people whothinkthey know what the
doctrine is, but are really just taking one man's statement and turning it into
their own false doctrine (anything that isn't truly doctrine is false
doctrine). We should be careful to focus on the true doctrines of the gospel of
Jesus Christ. If we do that, we will never go wrong.
also find it interesting that this talk came 6 months before President Monson
made an announcement changing the age of missionary serve. God was preparing the people through the
mouths of His prophets.
What did you get out of Elder Christofferson's talk?