• Quote of the Day

    “Surely the reason Christ said, ‘Father, forgive them,’ was because even in that terrible hour He knew that this was the message He had come through all eternity to deliver.”
    —Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Good Sports

Now that the 2008 Olympics have begun, the media and general public will be showing a great deal of interest in sports that haven’t been mentioned on the air or in print in, oh, I’d say about four years. The same goes for the participants. Because of this increased interest, it’s not surprising that LDS-themed publications, such as the Church News and Mormon Times, are covering the LDS athletes in Beijing.

In a slightly different (and welcome) vein, this month’s New Era contains an article called “Good Sports,” which profiles eight young LDS athletes who have achieved success in their sports and who discuss how their “participation in athletics has helped them better understand and live the gospel and has taught them how to maintain balance in their lives.”

None are Olympic athletes (though it seems that a couple could be someday), and they all have strong testimonies of the gospel. I particularly like the story of the 14-year-old boy from England who competes in tae kwon do. He has a great story and some interesting things to say.

To see some pictures of these athletes, read the PDF version of the article.

He Lives!

In this month’s special issue of the Ensign on the Lord Jesus Christ is an article that compiles testimonies of the modern prophets regarding the Savior. “He Lives! The Witness of Latter-day Prophets” (also available on JesusChrist.lds.org) contains statements from 15 Presidents of the Church about the reality of Jesus Christ and His central role in the salvation of mankind. One remarkable thing about these quotes is the consistently bold manner of their declaration of Christ’s divinity. Another thing I find remarkable is the focus on the witness of the Spirit in the statements by Joseph F. Smith and Lorenzo Snow. After they made these statements, these men had visions, and through his granddaughter we know that Lorenzo Snow saw the Savior in the Salt Lake Temple. Yet it was the Holy Ghost bearing witness to their hearts that really gave them a testimony. And so it shall always be.

We Testify of Jesus Christ

The March 2008 issue of the Ensign and Liahona focuses on the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition to the testimonies of modern apostles and prophets, it contains stories and expressions of gratitude and love for the Savior from members around the world.
 
The first article in the issue is “We Testify of Jesus Christ” (also available on a new Church Web site, JesusChrist.lds.org). It is the last original message by President Gordon B. Hinckley published in the Church magazines and would be noteworthy for this fact alone, but it is also a strong and powerful witness of the reality of Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior of the world. As you read it, you can hear President Hinckley’s voice, his intonations, his earnest and matter-of-fact declarations of Christ’s divinity. He did, in fact, use many of these same expressions before, but that doesn’t matter. One of his legacies will be his testimony of the Savior, which will reverberate in our hearts for years to come. For instance, he said:
 
“Like the Polar Star in the heavens, regardless of what the future holds, there stands the Redeemer of the world, the Son of God, certain and sure as the anchor of our immortal lives. He is the rock of our salvation, our strength, our comfort, the very focus of our faith.”
 
I am grateful for President Hinckley and for the faithful witness he bore of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.