Tue - Feb 15, 2011 : 01:05 pm
3 Nephi : 26
Woo, baby, am I tired!
One thing that I often think about while pondering the Gospel is how blessed I am to live in a time where the fulness of the Gospel is available - and not only available, but I was born into a practicing family, and have made the life choices necessary for me to continue worthy to obtain the blessings given to God's chosen. Is it that I'm better than anyone else? Nope. Not at all. Once the knowledge is obtained, the choices are freely available to anyone and everyone, thus putting everyone in the same boat to be "God's chosen people".
To live in a time where God's kingdom is growing and thriving is truly a wonderful thing. What a blessing to hold the Priesthood of God. What a blessing to be able to teach my children to grow in The Lord's way and be given the opportunity to worship, and ultimately retrun to the presence of the true and living Christ!
Yeah... I'm feeling blessed and very grateful for this right now.
Oh, verse 11, why doest thou tempt me so!? The whole concept explained by so many prophets, that the faithful shall receive line upon line, precept upon precept until the perfect day is so sweet. It sure is difficult sometimes to stay on that path, but the prized blessings make the step-by-step journey so worth it. What great things are in store for me, should I remain faithful and diligent? What mysteries will be unfolded to my view? I can only take it a day at a time, and be sure to, not only close the door of temptation, but to altogether pass it by without giving even a glance - knowing that the fruit of the Gospel of Christ is sweeter than anything Satan could possibly offer. Expand my soul, and pick me out of the vale of tears to kiss the feet of He who saved me!
Such are the treasures of those who stay faithful. Though difficult the way, the burden may be made light.
Yes, Jesus taught the Nephites 3 days in the flesh, and how glorious and beautiful that must have been. Yet, does Christ not teach each and every one of us by the power of His Spirit each time we open the scriptures to read? each time we kneel down to pray? each time we follow his teachings?
Yes. I certainly live in a wondrous time, and am so blessed to do so. God willing, I'll stay true to the covenants I have made, and one day be counted worthy among His children to live forever in His presence.