Week 7 | The True, Pure, and Simple Gospel of Jesus Christ

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The True, Pure, and Simple Gospel of Jesus Christ by M. Russell Ballard

Content by Lindsey Corry

As we prepared for general conference this past April, rumors were flying. It seemed everyone I talked to had a prediction for what big announcement would be made during this session. My husband and I joked that there were probably more people tuned into this conference than ever before! I watched from home, but could still feel the excitement and energy as the first session began. I was humbled to hear messages that seemed just for me, and reminded of the true purpose of these general conference sessions.

President Ballard said, “In the last 18 months, the Lord has inspired His prophet and the Apostles to implement a number of wonderful adjustments. However, I worry that the spiritual purposes of these adjustments might become lost in the excitement about the changes themselves.”

I had definitely let myself become caught up in the excitement, and needed the reminder to reflect more on the spiritual purposes these adjustments serve in my life. President Ballard continues, “The Sabbath-day adjustments that emphasize home-centered, Church-supported gospel learning and studying are an opportunity to renew our spirit and our devotion to God within the walls of our homes. What could possibly be more simple, basic, and profound?”

I love that I have been given the resources, time, and support to better teach the pure and simple gospel in my home. I have seen remarkable spiritual growth in my 4 year old son as he can retell more scripture stories than I could as even a 12 year old. I know these adjustments are building a strong foundation in our children that will carry them through the difficulties ahead, and I am so grateful for them!

President Ballard asks, “Brothers and sisters, can you see that learning and teaching the gospel in our families is an important way to find joy and happiness in our lives?” The repetition of the words “peace”, “joy”, and “happiness” throughout his talk is beautiful. I know we could all use a little more peace, joy and happiness in our homes. And I know that as we refocus ourselves on the true, pure, and simple gospel of Jesus Christ, we will find it!

 

FAITH IN ACTION

“Let’s not complicate things with additional meetings, expectations, or requirements. Keep it simple. It is in that simplicity that you will find the peace, joy, and happiness I have been talking about.”

- President Ballard

This week, take some time to reflect on the simple gospel of Jesus Christ. Is there a way you can simplify your worship? Do you need to simplify your expectations of yourself or others?

“The most joy comes from the simple things of life, so we need to be careful not to think that more needs to be added to any of the adjustments we have received to build faith and strong testimonies in the hearts of God’s children."

- President Ballard

CFM CONNECTION

In this week’s Come Follow Me study, we will cover the parable of the Ten Virgins. The five wise virgins were prepared with oil for their lamps, while the five foolish virgins were not.

Spend some time this week reflecting on what may have distracted them or kept them from being prepared with their oil. What kinds of things distract you from the true, pure, and simple gospel of Jesus Christ? How can you simplify these distractions and put your focus on the things that matter most?

MINISTERING PROMPT

“Simply stated, we minister because we love our Heavenly Father and His children. Our ministering efforts will be more successful if we keep our ministering simple.”

- President Ballard

As you minister to your sisters this week, strive to keep in mind the love you have for each of them. As we reflect on the love we have for our sisters, we will more naturally find ways to minister to them.

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