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Pattern Our Life After Jesus
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Having recently enjoyed the celebration of Easter, a lot of my thoughts of late have focused on the life of the Savior and what it means to be a Disciple of Christ. As the definitive figure of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as of His followers everywhere, the primary focus or goal of our lives should be on following His teachings and patterning our lives after His example.

As recorded in the Gospel of John: “For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” (John 13:15)

That seems to focus simply the charge for those striving to be His disciples. Or to be Christians (without delving into the semantics of the word “Christian”, for me personally it suffices that those who follow the Savior and strive to be His disciples are Christians, of which members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints humbly count ourselves): That is, to do as He did.

I think the primary trait of a Christian can also be simply defined, that of love. Or as the Savior himself is quoted: “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:35)

Our goal continues to be to focus on love, to focus our lives on His example.

The crux of our faith’s focus on Jesus Christ can be summed up in the following passage from the Book of Mormon: “We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” (2 Nephi 25:26)

This season and every season, we join fellow Christians in attempting each day to show the kind of neighborly love and compassion that he He asks of us in the second great commandment: “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matt 22:39)

That’s the goal.


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