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12 Step Materials for the Latter-day Saint Community

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Being Consumed in Christ

In the Ensign, July 1989, President Ezra Taft Benson, published a First Presidency Message entitled Born of God. We are told that First Presidency Messages should hold the weight of scripture to us. Here is an excerpt from that talk:

Finally, men captained by Christ will be consumed in Christ.… Enter their homes, and the pictures on their walls, the books on their shelves, the music in the air, their words and acts reveal them as Christians. They stand as witnesses of God at all times, and in all things, and in all places. (See Mosiah 18:9.) They have Christ on their minds, as they look unto Him in every thought. (See D&C 6:36.) They have Christ in their hearts as their affections are placed on Him forever. (See Alma 37:36.)

Almost every week they partake of the sacrament and witness anew to their Eternal Father that they are willing to take upon them the name of His Son, always remember Him, and keep His commandments. (See Moroni 4:3.)

In Book of Mormon language, they “feast upon the words of Christ” (2 Ne. 32:3), “talk of Christ” (2 Ne. 25:26), “rejoice in Christ” (2 Ne. 25:26), “are made alive in Christ” (2 Ne. 25:25), and “glory in [their] Jesus” (see 2 Ne. 33:6). In short, they lose themselves in the Lord and find eternal life. (See Luke 17:33.)

These words are just as prophetic today as they were 24 years ago. If we follow this counsel, we will find the power of Christ to lead us to recovery.

 [Continued tomorrow]

 

~Colleen H.

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