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COME UNTO CHRIST"What think ye of Christ?" asked Elder Douglas H. Smith of the First Quorum of the Seventy Saturday afternoon.

Elder Smith, called as a General Authority in the April 1987 conference, serves as a counselor in the presidency of the Asia Area.

"I have pondered many times that searching inquiry as it applies in my life and to all of us in this time of history," Elder Smith said. "I wonder, as the register of our lives is indelibly written, and from which we will be judged, what the heavenly record will say of us in this generation of time."

Then he further inquired, "Do we fully accept Him as the Only Begotten Son of God sent to earth to redeem the world?"

Elder Smith cited King Benjamin's statement that "there is no other way nor means whereby man can be saved, only through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. . . ." (Hel. 5:9.)

The Savior came to earth to redeem and teach. "He taught the blessed law of God," Elder Smith declared.

". . . Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." (Matt. 22:37.)

". . . Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." (Matt. 22:39.)

" . . . Love one another; as I have loved you . . ." (John 13:34.)

Jesus Christ, continued Elder Smith, "sought no earthly personal gain nor glory. He strove only to serve His Father and to show forth eternal love to the children of God on earth.

"The Messiah caused the blind to see, the deaf to hear, the diseased to be healed, the hungry to be fed," he said. "Every act of His life was one of deep inner love, compassion, kindness and forgiveness."

Recounting in detail the humiliating events leading up to the death of Christ, Elder Smith pointed out that, "Quietly, and without further utterance in His own defense, He gave His life as a ransom for us."

Indeed, he further added, "As He came to the end of His mortal life, His heart was full of sympathy for those who had caused His crucifixion to be done. He prayed to the Father to `forgive them; for they know not what they do'. . ." (Luke 23:34.)

His mission accomplished, "He . . . provided the way that through obedience to His commandments and receiving the sacred ordinances, we might have eternal life," Elder Smith said.

"His life was an evidence of His consciousness for all of His Father's children."

"What think ye of Christ?" he repeated.

"I bear my solemn testimony and stand by the side of the disciple Peter who, when asked the direct and pointed question, `But whom say ye that I am?" [answered] `thou art the Christ the son of the living God.'(Matt. 16:15-16)

"I witness it unto you that He is the divine Savior of the world, the promised Messiah.

"I reiterate the bold utterance of His disciple, thou art truly the Christ, the Son of God, and I beakon to all to come unto Christ and receive the blessings of heaven which await those who will keep His commandments and endure to the end."