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Photo by Acaro, Mosaic of Jesus from Hagia Sophia, [CC-BY-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons.

DAILY READING

There is no scripture reading assigned today. Use this day to catch up as needed and ponder the supplemental reading.

For Younger Missionaries

The Central Message of All Time

The Prophet Joseph Smith once declared that all things “which pertain to our religion are only appendages” to the Atonement of Jesus Christ (See Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith, 1976, 121). In like manner and for the same reasons, every truth that a missionary or member teaches is only an appendage to the central message of all time—that Jesus is the Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, the Holy Messiah, the Promised One, the Savior and Redeemer of the world; that He alone burst the bands of death and triumphed over the captivity of hell; that no one of us could ever have those same blessings without His intervention in our behalf; and that there never shall be any “other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, [except] in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent” (Mosiah 3:17).

Our basic message is that with a complete offering of His body, His blood, and the anguish of His spirit, Christ atoned for the initial transgression of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and also for the personal sins of everyone else who would ever live in this world from Adam to the end of time.

Some of those blessings are unconditional, such as the gift of the Resurrection. Other … blessings, at least the full realization of them, are very conditional, requiring the keeping of commandments, the performance of ordinances, and living the life of a disciple of Christ.

Either way, the essential message of the gospel, the starting point for all other truths, is this from the Master’s own lips: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Thus the Atonement of Christ, which makes that return to the Father possible, is rightfully seen as the central fact, the crucial foundation, and the chief doctrine of the great and eternal plan of salvation—“our Heavenly Father’s plan,” which we are called to teach (Jeffrey R. Holland, “Missionary Work and the Atonement,” Ensign, Mar. 2001).

ADDITIONAL MEDIA

Jesus Christ is the Way

FOR YOUNGER MISSIONARIES


God’s Greatest Creation

QUESTIONS FOR YOUNGER MISSIONARIES

  • Isn’t your body a wonderful testimony of God’s existence and love?
  • Do you think others notice when we respect and care for our bodies and minds?
  • Are you prepared to explain to your friends why our bodies are so important in God’s plan?

 

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