Is Jesus Your Friend?
Review by - Earl Erskine
After listening/reading the clip, please note the titles used to talk about my friend, Jesus. I’m not picking on Elder Ashton. There were only 7 individuals who used the name of “Jesus” throughout the 34 or so talks included in the November 2018 Ensign. And, most of the references referred to a story, testimony or scripture Jesus is included. For example: “”I am come” Jesus declared”; “Jesus is the Christ”; and, “Jesus saith unto him, ‘Rise, take up thy bed and walk'”. Terms like Savior, God, Redeemer, Him, Jesus Christ, Lord, Christ, and Jesus of Nazareth are used extensively. I believe “Jesus” could be substituted for almost every title and it would strengthen our personal relationship with Jesus.
Many Latter-day Saints who leave the church fail to take Jesus with them. They become agnostic or even skeptical that God even exists. I’ve pondered why. First, the LDS do not trust the Bible, entirely. Second, they’ve been told in so many different ways, you cannot trust the Christian community for truth or answers…the LDS Church is the only true church; and, third, they do not have a personal relationship with Jesus.