Monday, February 22, 2010

Doctrine and Covenants 101:36

"Wherefore, fear not even unto death; for in this world your joy is not full, but in me your joy is full."
Doctrine and Covenants 101:36

This section of the Doctrine and Covenants talks about some of the things that are going to happen in the last days. Fascinating stuff if you want to catch it... especially verse 23. After all of those verses, some of which talk about scary things happening to the earth, God gives us this verse, which is basically saying, yes, all of that is going to happen, but don't be frightened. We've looked at other verses that show us that we do need to learn to be happy in this life, but here we're also shown that that joy isn't full... later it will be, and so much so that even death isn't something that we should be afraid of. I kind of like that idea, since living in fear seems to kind of stunt growth. :) Even though we know the end will some at some point, and bad things will happen, and some bad things could happen to us... the point is not anticipation of possible pain. Physical consequences pale in comparison to spiritual consequences. The point is, live so that the fullness of joy that God offers us can be ours. Live so that if the world ends... or something else tragic happens on the way to work or school... that our lives mattered, that we tried to make a difference for good. Today, let's go and do the best kind of good we can, without fear.

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