Saturday, June 29, 2013

Ether 12:32-33

"And I also remember that thou hast said that thou hast prepared a house for man, yea, even among the mansions of thy Father, in which man might have a more excellent hope; wherefore man must hope, or he cannot receive an inheritance in the place which thou hast prepared.
And again, I remember that thou hast said that thou hast loved the world, even unto the laying down of thy life for the world, that thou mightest take it again to prepare a place for the children of men."
Ether 12:32-33

You know, each time the scriptures give insight into why God does what he does, it amazes me how pure his motives are.  I guess that makes sense.  It's God after all.  But I think that in this world it is easy to get cynical, thinking that power equals corruption, and that you can't get to be a great person without sacrificing pure motives for more complex admixtures with some kind of evil.  God, however, *is* pure, and powerful, and his work, his goal, all that he does on this earth is for us.  To help us, to give us hope in something better... to help us become better, purer... more like our Father.  And God prepares the future before us, helping us all to have joy and someplace to go after this life.  Granting us bodies, helping us learn to understand them and meld them with our spirits.
And, if we don't want to have all of that... everything amazing that he has promised.  If we don't want to share in all that he has, then he loves us enough to allow us to walk away.  To choose something else, to learn independence and self-determination.  And yet he hopes, and loves, and wishes for us to return, because he knows that what he has in store for us is so much better than what we will find on our own.
Today, no matter what we've been choosing, today let's remember God's love for us.  His sacrifice for us... and let's talk to him in prayer about keeping that relationship going.  At least listening when he gives us advice, and getting to know who he is a little bit more.  Let's give God a chance to show us a better way... a more excellent hope. :)

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