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5 Ways To Identify a Disciple of Christ

5 Ways To Identify a Disciple of Christ

To be a disciple of the Savior… what does that mean? The word disciple and the word discipline both come from the same Latin root – discipulus, which means pupil. To be a disciple means to be obedient  to the Savior,. It means to have  self-discipline in what we choose to do and who we choose to become.  How do we know when someone is a disciple of the Savior? Below are 5 characteristics from the scriptures  that help us to understand.

  1. A disciple will be learning.

    Matthew 5:1-2 Jesus  “went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him  And he opened his mouth, and taught them..” We don’t have the luxury of climbing that mountain and listening to Christ in person, but we have the next best thing: the words and testimony of those that have written the gospel of Christ  over the millennia.   A disciple of Christ will be actively searching His teachings. He will not be making excuses that there is no time to read scriptures in his busy day. A disciple spends time daily reading and pondering the words of Christ. Those scriptures have one purpose: for us to read and gain a testimony of Christ. It is through reading the words of Christ and listening for His voice that we become a true disciple.

  2. A disciple will be seeking conversion by ‘doing’.

    He will be trying to be more than he is now through obedience to the laws of God. Jesus told Simon Peter, “I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren” (Luke 22:32). This is Peter He is talking to! Peter the rock, the one who did miracles in His name, who was a teacher and apostle- and yet Jesus tells him he is not yet converted. A testimony of Christ means ‘knowing’ who He really is. Conversion is what happens when testimony becomes so much a part of one that he is a ‘doer’ of the word, not just one who knows the words of Christ. Being a disciple means not only seeking the gospel and learning what Christ would have him do, but seeking to convert himself to become like Christ by doing those things.  A true disciple will be serving others, loving his neighbor as himself, and making preeminent his duty toward God over personal or worldly demands.

  3. A disciple will have charity

    The apostle Paul taught us that “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.”  Charity is the pure Love of Christ. To have charity is not an act, it is state of being. Charity is not only giving one’s old coat to the poor, but giving of oneself unselfishly for the good of another child of God. Charity is not only donating money to a good
    cause, but giving kindness without reward to those who are in need. You will see a true disciple of Christ love others as Jesus loves you. The disciple of the Savior will be doing the right things for the right reason- for the Love of Christ.

  4. A disciple will be a missionary

    A disciple may not have a badge that says he is a missionary, but he will be teaching by word and by example in many ways. A disciple is “The light of the world.”  He will “…Let <his> light so shine before men, that they may see <his> good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 . A disciple of Christ will take opportunities to share the love of Christ with all who will listen. They will demonstrate that love in the choices they make, the attitudes they take, and the feeling of love and optimism that they exude. They will teach faith, baptism, and the need for the gift of the Holy Ghost. The true disciple of the Savior will be someone a good person wants to be around- they have a quality that lifts others despite the circumstances.

  1. A disciple will be actively developing strong family relationships

    The conversion that a disciple seeks requires us to be a loving, charitable husband or wife, father or mother, son or daughter, brother or sister. The most important things we will ever do will be within the walls of our own homes. To identify a disciple of Jesus Christ, look at the way he or she treats family. Leading with kindness, disciplining when needed and then showing afterwards an increase of love to the one that was disciplined, speaking with love and consideration to every member of the family, and teaching each member of the family to have faith and trust in God. These are the ways that a true disciple of Christ treats his or her family.

How do we become disciples ourselves?

By being obedient to the laws and ordinances of the gospel.  We must learn from the words of Christ by reading the scriptures and listening carefully to the promptings of the Holy Ghost. We should be an example of a true Christian by doing His will, and by being a missionary that takes time to teach others. We must have charity and take the time to serve others. We must keep the Sabbath day holy, and help in His church. As we seek to become true disciples of Jesus Christ, we should seek the good part- and then do the things we know are right.

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Two questions to ask yourself: 1. what is the difference between being a ‘Christian’ and being a disciple of Christ?  2. What do I need to do today to become a disciple of Christ?

Moroni 7:48 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. 

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I am a ‘Mormon’

I am a ‘Mormon’

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I grew up in a family that occasionally went to the Presbyterian and Congregational church. I enjoyed it as a youth- most of my friends went to the same church, and we had fun activities. I had believed in God, but never really understood or even questioned who He was or what role He should play in my life. Religion was a Sunday activity which a person forgot until the next Sunday, Christmas, or Easter came along.

 That changed rather dramatically when I was 24 years old.

A year or so  earlier I had been on a month-long cross-country road trip with a friend, and we stopped in Salt Lake City to see the sights. Of course, we ended up in Temple Square– the biggest attraction there, quite outstanding and interesting.  temple-square-mormon

Temple Square pictures of Christ

We spent several hours in the visitors center, and walking around the grounds.

I felt something there that I had never felt before- peace, understanding, and a knowledge that I had a place in this world and that there was a purpose to my life.

Temple Square visitors center

I had lived a pretty aimless life up to that time. I had few goals; I didn’t have any guidelines to my life other than to be a good person as best I knew how. I was not happy with my life- I knew there must be something more.

It would be nice to say that my life changed that day at Temple Square, but it didn’t. 

At least not THAT day. It was more like a seed planted within me.  Some missionaries knocked on my door months later, and I listened to a couple of their messages before I moved on. Those missionaries planted a few more seeds that were not ready to grow yet.

Fast forward a year or so… I found myself in difficult circumstances and on my own. I had a pet cockatoo, a car, and few belongings. I was drifting from place to place with no goals but to survive.  One day I was flipping through the phone book and came across the number for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints– the Mormons whose Temple Square I had visited. Without thinking, I dialed the number.  After a brief conversation, I hung up feeling strangely and inexplicably excited, and with an appointment to visit with the mMargo and Scriptures (4)issionaries a few days later.

 A few weeks later my questions had been answered.

I had learned to pray, had carefully considered all that I had been taught, and I made the decision to join the Church. It is a decision I have never regretted in the 33 years that I have been a member of ‘LDS’ church. Each year  of my life continues to be better than the one before. I am not ‘lucky’, I am blessed.

One thing you may be curious about: why ‘Mormon‘?

The correct name of the Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. That is often shortened to LDS, or, Latter Day Saints. The Church received the nickname ‘Mormon’  from the book of scripture called The Book of Mormon- Another Testament of Jesus Christ. It is the religious history of the Americas, and goes hand-in-hand with the Bible as a witness of Jesus Christ.

Christ

Would you like to hear what it is like being a ‘Mormon’?

Here is a link to a page with the stories of hundreds of Mormons across the world: I’m a Mormon   This comment, from “Jarom” sums up how I feel about the Church:

“… I love this gospel! It fills my life with joy, gives me strength, and picks me up when I fall down. I AM living the way that makes me happy. God knows our nature and He knows what will bring us the greatest joy. We can spend all our lives looking for happiness our own way, or we can take a short cut right to true happiness, by following God’s teachings and His laws. I haven’t met anyone who is happier because they live contrary to the gospel! God’s laws only restrict us from harming ourselves and others, becoming slaves to addiction, and being distracted from true happiness by looking for it in places that can never offer real and lasting joy. The question is not ‘should we do what makes us happy?’ but rather, ‘what is true happiness and what truly makes us most happy?’ I feel like I have the answers to both those questions and that is both comforting and exciting all at once! ”  

What do you know about ‘Mormons’? Have you ever seen missionaries in your town? If you have seen them, were you curious about what they were doing or what they believed?

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