Christmas Message from my Brother

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Merry Christmas.

Please join me in remembering the birth, life, and sacrifice of our savior, Jesus Christ. He lived a sinless life. He forgave sinners. He loved his enemies. His is the perfect example of righteousness and living peaceably with others.

He taught us to esteem our neighbors as ourselves. He taught us to pray saying, “Our Father, which art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9-10)

Old Testament prophets such as Daniel, looked to the future with hope. They knew of Christ’s birth; that His sacrifice would fulfill the Law of Moses. Prophets of old new that after His death and resurrection, God would continue to call prophets and apostles to reveal His secrets to them.

The Prophet Amos declared, “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secrets to his servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7)

In his mortal life Jesus established his church and kingdom on the earth. He led his church and kingdom with the Apostles and Prophets who he called and ordained. They willingly followed him and also taught His gospel.

After the death of Christ, Peter led the church with the other apostles of Christ by divine revelation and with the same priesthood and authority that Christ had. Peter and the other prophets and apostles eventually died or were put to death. Revelation from God to those that He authorized to act in his name regarding the administration of His church, was lost.

Divine revelation and priesthood authority truly was lost. For Centuries good people strived to live as closely to the example of Jesus Christ as they could, but without prophets and apostles to write the teachings of the Resurrected Lord, many changes to His gospel were made and many vital truths were lost.

Religious confusion lead to persecution, doubts and death of many who desired to believe in Christ.

Several centuries passed. From around 100 AD to the early 1800s AD, the world lacked the church and Kingdom of God that Jesus organized while he lived in mortality. But in the early 1800s, religious revival lead to the restoration of the church and Kingdom of God on earth today.

In answer to a sincere prayer of faith in Christ to know which church to join, God the Eternal Father, and His beloved Son, who was born in Bethlehem and sacrificed on Calvary’s Hill, appeared to a young boy named Joseph Smith. This divine appearance continued to prove the words of Amos to be true.

The authority to act in the name of God with divine revelation was again restored to the earth. Through this renewed revelation and divine priesthood authority, Jesus Christ restored his church and kingdom again on the earth.

The revelation to the prophet Daniel, who foresaw and foretold the establishment of the kingdom of God, never again to be destroyed (Daniel 2:44) started to come true when God the Father and Jesus Christ once more began to reveal their secrets unto their servants the prophets (Amos 3:7).

Daniel’s vision continues to be true. With the establishment of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by divine revelation to the prophet Joseph Smith, Jesus Christ has again invited us to come unto him, to no more be strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and household of God (Ephesians 2:19).

His household and kingdom, which we are invited to attend, is his church: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Jesus Christ, who was born in Bethlehem, who died on the cross at Calvary and rose again; He lives. He loves us. The nearer we draw to him, the happier we will become.

Again, may God bless you and your loved ones in this Christmas season, and for all times and places that you may be in.

Sincerely,

Alex LaVanway

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About Ilyan Kei Lavanway

Ilyan Kei Lavanway is an independent LDS author and publisher. He writes fiction and non-fiction that will blow your mind and resonate with your soul, expounding timeless principles of truth. Much of his writing contains concepts that are unfamiliar to many readers. Lavanway aims to impart eternal perspectives to his readers while also providing evocative and stirring entertainment. If readers come away with only neutral opinions after reading his work, Lavanway says he has not done his job. If readers come away without questions they have never before asked, Lavanway again says he is not doing his job.
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