The March issue of the official magazine for adults of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often called “the Mormons“) is devoted to testimonies and doctrines about our Savior, Jesus Christ. This magazine is the Ensign for English speakers; international readers receive the Liahona.
Featured is a message written by President Gordon B. Hinckley, who was president and prophet of the Church until his passing at the end of January. The entire article can be accessed at www.lds.org, but I’d like to quote just a small portion:
There is none to equal Him. There never has been. There never will be. Thanks be to God for the gift of His Beloved Son, who gave His life that we might live…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…
He is the Savior and the Redeemer of the world. I believe in Him. I declare His divinity without equivocation or compromise. I love Him. I speak the name of Jesus Christ in reverence and wonder. He is our King, our Lord, our Master, the living Christ, who stands on the right hand of His Father. He lives! He lives, resplendent and wonderful, the living Son of the living God. (Gordon B. Hinckley, “We Testify of Jesus Christ,” Liahona, Mar 2008, 4-7)
It is amazing that in this day of shifting values, we have a prophet on the Earth today who can and will testify unequivocally of Jesus Christ. Testimonies of each of the modern-day prophets are also included in the magazine. There are also messages about the Atonement and faith in Christ, and several real-life experiences contributed by members of the Church about how they have seen these principles at work in their own lives. Beautiful artwork depicting scenes from the ministry of the Savior is also featured.
Of particular interest to those who are not members of the Mormon Church may be the article entitled “We Believe.” It gives several questions people commonly have about exactly what Mormons believe regarding Jesus Christ, along with the answers to the questions. There is also an article called “Plain & Precious Truths” that lists 25 truths about the Savior, along with corresponding scriptures from the Bible and from latter-day revelation.
As Easter time approaches, it’s particularly appropriate to reflect on the ministry and Atonement of Jesus Christ. He isn’t just a mythical character whom we celebrate, and He isn’t even a god who once lived but is no longer actively interested in our lives. Christ is real, He does live, and He knows us each by name. He knows our sorrows and our burdens, and He is always there for us when we come unto Him.