Friday, December 13, 2013

Day 4 (14 day/week study for conversion) TFOT Handout

Day 4 - Be Ye Fishers of Men
·         Matthew 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Pray for a missionary experience.
·         Mark 1:17  And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
·         Heber J. Grant said- The best way in the world to show our love for our neighbor is to go forth and proclaim the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ."
·         D&C 4:4 - For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul.
·         Luke 5:1-11 The 'fishers of men' are covering the earth with the gospel net in search of the faithful. Joseph Smith said- 'We ought to have the building up of Zion as our greatest object.'
·         1 Nephi 11:21-22  And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father! Knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy father saw? And I answered him, saying: Yea, it is the love of God, which shedddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things.
·         D&C 18:38 And by their desires and their works you shall know them.

The word Christian denotes taking upon us the name of Christ. We do this by being baptized and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands by those holding His priesthood authority.  Consider with me the experience of two Christian disciples: “Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.  And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.”

As Christians today, we have the opportunity to act straightway, immediately, and decisively, just as Peter and Andrew did: “they forsook their nets, and followed him.” We too are called upon to leave our nets, to reject worldly habits, customs, and traditions. We are also called to forsake our sins. “When [Jesus] had called the people unto him …, he said unto them, whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Denying ourselves of ungodly behavior is the beginning of repentance, which brings a mighty change of heart until “we have no more disposition to do evil.”

This change, called conversion, is possible only through the Savior. Jesus promised: “If men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. … And my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them. As we are made new in Christ, our very natures change and we no longer want to go back to our old ways.

Christian conversion. Like Peter and Andrew, many recognize the truth of the gospel as soon as they hear it. They are instantly converted. For others it may take longer. In a revelation given through Joseph Smith, the Savior taught, “That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day,” the perfect day of our conversion. Jesus Christ is “the light and the Redeemer of the world; the Spirit of truth.” (Being a More Christian Christian, Elder Robert D. Hales, Oct. 2012 conference)

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