Happy Mother’s Day! Remembering Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful mothers out there. Moms are the glue of any family. I’m so grateful for my mother, for all she taught me and did for me. I’m grateful for my wife, the mother of my beautiful daughter. I hope you can take a moment today to thank a special woman in your life, be it your mom, your grandmother, mother-in-law, neighbor—any woman who deserves praise on this special day.

The most important mother in the history of the world was the mother of our Savior, Jesus Christ. That is Mary. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released this Bible video about Mary. Enjoy!

The Baptism of Jesus: Why Was Jesus Baptized?

Matthew 3:13-17

Jesus was baptized by a prophet named John, commonly referred to as “John the Baptist.” The New Testament provides an account of the baptism of Jesus and the miraculous events surrounding it:

13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Why Was Jesus Baptized?

Jesus Christ lived a perfect, sinless life. And though the Christian world disagrees on how baptism is to be performed, all Christians believe it to be a sacrament of some kind, a cleansing of sin, or a commitment to God. Why would Jesus then, the very Son of God, a perfect man, need baptism?

The Book of Mormon, an additional book of scripture read by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, contains some valuable insight into this question. Here is an excerpt:

4 Wherefore, I would that ye should remember that I have spoken unto you concerning that prophet which the Lord showed unto me, that should baptize the Lamb of God, which should take away the sins of the world.

5 And now, if the Lamb of God, he being holy, should have need to be baptized by water, to fulfil all righteousness, O then, how much more need have we, being unholy, to be baptized, yea, even by water!

6 And now, I would ask of you, my beloved brethren, wherein the Lamb of God did fulfil all righteousness in being baptized by water?

7 Know ye not that he was holy? But notwithstanding he being holy, he showeth unto the children of men that, according to the flesh he humbleth himself before the Father, and witnesseth unto the Father that he would be obedient unto him in keeping his commandments. —2 Nephi 31:4-7

We learn from these scriptures that Jesus was baptized to “fulfill all righteousness.” In other words, baptism is a commandment, and Jesus was baptized to obey the commandments of God.

Video of the Baptism of Jesus

Please enjoy this Bible video of the baptism of Jesus produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is based off of the verses in Matthew quoted in this post.

Watch more Bible videos

Parable of The Good Samaritan and Bible Video

The Good Samaritan parableThe Church of Jesus Christ has been producing some very professional Bible videos as of late. They published some videos of the Nativity during the Christmas season in 2011.

I recently discovered a new set of videos from the Savior’s life. One I particularly enjoyed was about the parable of the Good Samaritan. You can view the video here.

The parable of the good Samaritan occurs in the New Testament of the Bible in Luke chapter 10. To give this story more meaning it’s important to realize that at this time Jews and Samaritans hated each other. So, when a Samaritan goes out of his way to help a wounded Jew (especially after a priest and a Levite failed to do so) this shows us how we should treat everyone with love, respect and kindness—we should treat everyone as Jesus would treat them.

Indeed, the parable was given after a certain lawyer among the group Jesus was teaching asked, “what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 10:25).

Continue reading “Parable of The Good Samaritan and Bible Video”

The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently released a free mobile app and online videos of the life of Jesus Christ. The short videos are rather literal interpretations of the events depicted in the Bible without much “fluff,” music, or other dialogue. The videos depict various events of Jesus’ life with many more on the way.

You can view these videos and download the app at BibleVideos.LDS.org.

Mary and Jesus

The Power of Being a Good Example: Daniel and the Lions Den

I’ve been attending Sunday School since I was a little kid, learning about Bible stories and things about Jesus. I think one of the stories that everyone is taught in all Christian churches is the story of Daniel and the Lions Den.

It’s quite a miraculous story, that Daniel survives such an event. And that’s typically the lesson I remember learning from this story—that Daniel’s faith in God saves him from the lions.

daniel and the lions den

When I was reading through the book of Daniel a few weeks ago, something else struck me about this remarkable story.

As you may recall, King Darius had been convinced by many of the presidents and princes of his kingdom to make a law that no one could pray to any other god. They could only pray to the king. If anyone was caught praying to any other god or man in the next 30 days, they would be cast into the den of lions. This, of course, was a trick.

Daniel, being the good man that he was, did pray to God and was caught. It appears from the story in the bible that King Darius was very distraught and did not want to punish Daniel. Nevertheless, for the law’s sake, he did.

Now, this is what struck me. In Daniel 6:16 of the KJV Bible, as Daniel is being cast into the den of lions, it reads:

“Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.”

King Darius did not believe in God. However, the example that Daniel set must have been so powerful that the king new God could save Daniel. That is the power of being a good example.

So, don’t forget: no matter who you are or where you are, you can be a good example to people around you. Even if they don’t believe in God or Jesus Christ, they can see the good in you by the way you live your life.