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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Perfection pt.2 (Responsibility)

On this sabbath day, we renewed our covenants and striving to better follow them. Christ has said "ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect." (3 Nephi 12:48) He said it to us to give us a goal. That goal is perfection.
I find it great that He used the word, "should." It implies a suggestion. It is a good one at that. However, ALL suggestions ought to be considered commandments. We can look to the "Word of Wisdom." It began as a suggestion, and is followed because it it a commandment. It is a commandment to be perfect, "be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect," (Matt 5:48). When Christ said this in the sermon on the mount, He had not yet attained "perfection." It may sound blasphemous, but it is true. He recognized the fact He wasn't perfect and humbled himself to the Father. After He was resurrected, He became perfect (recognized when He spoke to the Nephites after the event). He said, "... be perfect even as I..." whereas He didn't say that when speaking on the mount. So, perfection has to be attained. I have already suggested one aspect as to what we need to do, which is participating. There is more to gaining this state. We must develop traits our Heavenly Father has. In order to do so, we must practice these "godly" traits. We, in this life, will not be able to attain all of these traits, but the more we develop here, the better off we will be in the next life. This is a driving fact for all Latter-day Saints (AKA saints for short). We must follow in Christ's footsteps. Before He died on the Cross to redeem us from death, He was in the Garden of Gethsemane where he suffered for our sins. He prayed to Heavenly Father, "Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done" (Luke 22: 42). Christ had the responsibility of the world on His shoulders. Though He didn't want to do it, He accepted this responsibility. We, in our lives, will not have as a big as a responsibility as Christ did, but we will have some. Today, in sacrament meeting talks were given on the topic of "responsibility." In order for us to be more like Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, we NEED responsibility. Responsibility gives us ways to control ourselves and the situations with which we are placed. We are given responsibilities to care for our bodies. Heavenly Father created them, and therefore knows the best way to care for them. He has told us, through the Prophet Joseph Smith, we must not put certain things into our bodies. We take responsibilities upon us to make us better. It shows we are going to act on the things we are given, and not acted upon. To some, it may sound like we believe works are what get us into the presence of our Heavenly Father and not the Grace of Jesus Christ. I can assure you it is by grace we are saved. There is an excellent article on Grace. It will shed some light on the matter. I urge you that you take responsibilities on with a joyful heart. This is what we will be doing in the eternities, Alma, a Book of Mormon prophet, sated, "This life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors." (Alma 34: 32) You will be finding joy in doing your labors to prepare to meet God, which is our Heavenly Father's plan.

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