Monday, March 14, 2016

#hallelujah - Green Hills, Tennessee

Good afternoon and welcome to this week's episode of Elder Basham talks a lot. Featured in this episode: lots of baptisms, sentence fragments and the Oxford comma.

So this week I had to conduct my first two baptismal interviews. That was exciting and interesting. It is so amazing hearing the testimonies of these people who have truly been changed by the gospel. In such a short time their lives and families have become so much more peaceful and amazing. One of my favorite things {G} told me was that the gospel has helped her to be a better mother. I love hearing that because I know it is so true. The family is ordained of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ heals, blesses and protects families. 

It was even more amazing seeing her after her confirmation on Sunday. The Holy Ghost was truly upon her. You could just see it. She looked as if she had been that way her whole life. It is one of the greatest miracles to witness. I have had that gift so long I forget what a true blessing it is. I bear my witness that the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands after baptism by immersion is part of the gospel of Jesus Christ which leads us to salvation. The Holy Ghost is united with the Father and the Son in his infinite love for us and delights to guide and comfort us throughout our lives. The gifts of the spirit are real just as in ancient times and the heavens are open to give us revelation by the power of the Holy Ghost.

And by the power of the Holy Ghost I have come to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God, the holy messiah who is from all eternity to all eternity. He loves each and every one of us, weeps when we suffer and rejoices when we turn to him. That love carried him into the Garden of Gethsemane where he suffered all of our pains, temptations and sins, so that he could be filled with mercy and succor us according to our infirmities. He then took upon him death on the cross at Calvary. On the third day he rose victoriously from the tomb to loose the bands of death. He lives! He will return the King of Kings, Lord of Lords!

Take the time this Easter season to reflect upon this gift and share it with others. Oh how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth that they may know that no man can dwell in the presence of God save it be through the merits mercy and grace of the Holy Messiah! I promise that as you remember him and share your testimony, you will be blessed with his spirit to be with you and his love to surround you. I bear this witness in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen. 

Elder Basham 

P.S. Here is an amazing video to help you share this message with others. Do it. Do it now! #hallelujah video

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