Monday, October 3, 2011

3 Nephi 21:19

"And it shall come to pass that all lyings, and deceivings, and envyings, and strifes, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, shall be done away."
3 Nephi 21:19

This is the part of Third Nephi where Christ is speaking in person to the people that have gathered together in the land Bountiful. Right before this, and actually after as well, he talks about some of the signs that will happen in the last days... and lots of it is destruction type stuff that will happen if people don't repent. Cities being cut off, chariots destroyed, strongholds overthrown, etc. But then comes this part, and along with all the physical destruction things it seemed to stand out. All lyings and deceivings gone... all envying... ALL envying? No strife? No priestcrafts or whoredoms. ... Amazing stuff. To me, more amazing than cities and cars being defunct, living in a society where no one lies... where people don't envy each other... where there is zero strife? ...that's incredible. And, it's something that we can work towards. We can't start destroying cities in preparation (please don't try), but we can start cleansing our hearts of some of this stuff, so that we'll be able to live in a society like that. Today, let's look at our lives, and see if there are any of those things there. Do we envy people around us and want what they have, at work, at school, or at home? Do we envy them enough to try to take it, or manipulate ourselves into a similar situation? Do we lie or deceive? Do we have strife... with anyone, ever? Priestcraft (preaching for profit rather than belief), or whoredoms? ... if so, let's start working at cleaning those things out of our hearts. Let's work at being happy for other people who might have things or perks that we don't. Let's figure out why we're lying and find a way to stop. Let's work on lessening the strife that we're involved in until we can get it to zero, and we're only negotiating with no bad feelings. Whatever it is that is creeping into our hearts in a negative way, let's clean it out and make things better, so that someday we can be part of the incredibly cool society that Christ tells us will come.

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