Monday, February 11, 2013

2 Nephi 26:32-33

"And again, the Lord God hath commanded that men should not murder; that they should not lie; that they should not steal; that they should not take the name of the Lord their God in vain; that they should not envy; that they should not have malice; that they should not contend one with another; that they should not commit whoredoms; and that they should do none of these things; for whoso doeth them shall perish.
For none of these iniquities come of the Lord; for he doeth that which is good among the children of men; and he doeth nothing save it be plain unto the children of men; and he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile."
2 Nephi 26:32-33

It's good sometimes to remember just how far from the basics we are.  Often we think that we have the gospel down, that we know all the Sunday School answers, and listening to it all again isn't really doing much.  However, just in some of the basic commandments... how many of us can say without justification that we haven't lied, or envied, or felt malice?  Do we swear, or contend, or consider unchaste things?  If we can say that we don't, or haven't, awesome... and if we can't, it isn't the end of hope.  But in either case, focusing on the basics and continuing to call upon God, every day, is a good pattern to keep to.  The gospel isn't something where we can skim, or coast.  It's the rebuilding of self, the change in the deepest parts of ourselves that matters here... going through the motions is an okay way to start, but it isn't enough by itself.  God's way is good with no aftertaste, and he *wants* us to understand it all.  If we come unto him, he will teach us, without condemning us for who we are at all.  All are alike unto God in terms of acceptance... without making any of us less unique, or less chosen.
There is a scripture in D&C 4:3 that says "if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work."  ... I think it is the same way with being chosen.  If we have desires to come to God, and to be his people, then we *are* chosen, and we are called to build Zion.
Today, let's work on the basics, and come unto God... who would never deny us, and who is inviting us personally.  There is a place for us... for me, and for you.  Let's find it.

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