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TO BE A DISCIPLE SHOULD BE THE DESIRE OF ALL MEMBERS

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Appreciate Christ's

significance- Submit to the Savior

Above all people on earth, Latter-day Saints should appreciate the vital significance of Jesus of Nazareth, said Elder Robert L. Backman of the Presidency of the Seventy.

In his remarks Saturday morning, he explained that members of the Church should understand Christ's "role in the plan of salvation, His virgin birth, His immaculate life, His powerful teachings, His selfless death, His glorious resurrection, His guidance of His Church."

Just as Mormon declared that he was a disciple of Christ and was called to declare His word, so should "this humble, yet straightforward declaration . . . express the feelings of all Latter-day Saints - disciples of Christ, called to minister in His cause."

Elder Backman continued: "Jesus Christ is indeed more than a king; He is the Son of God, our Savior, our Redeemer, the author and finisher of our faith, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.

"That is what the gospel is all about. Without Him, without His intervention in our behalf, we would be helpless in the face of Adam's transgression."

Elder Backman spoke of Christ's birth, born of Mary with the power to die, yet being the firstborn of the Father with the power to live and the capacity to live perfectly.

"As a youth the Lord `increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.' (Luke 2:52.) During the Savior's growth process, He suffered `temptations, and pain of body, hunger, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer.' " (Mosiah 3:7.)

Elder Backman continued, "There is nothing we experience - no heartache or joy - that He has not experienced more intensely; and His response to such experiences was perfect. He thus established a pattern for our own lives.

"During His mortal life, Jesus gave us His gospel and organized His Church. Jesus taught His disciples how to live more abundantly and showed us the way to happiness here and eternal life hereafter.

"Jesus took upon Himself the sins of all of us in Gethsemane and on the cross. He died that we might live. . . .

"Perhaps we have not seen, in person, the risen Lord," Elder Backman said. "But the testimony of His chosen witnesses is etched into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. We know, and knowing, we too must testify. . . .

"What Christ desires from each of us is surrender, complete and total, a voluntary gift of trust, faith and love," Elder Backman affirmed.