Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Isaiah 25:7 -- On Memories and Joy

"And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations."
Isaiah 25:7

We all lived before this life with God.  We typically have no memories of that time, because in order to give us this mortal experience and make our choices completely ours, God placed a veil over our memories of that time.  We encounter the veil or symbolic representations of the veil in the scriptures often.  For instance, the brother of Jared "could not be kept from beholding within the veil" (Ether 3:19), and in visions, prophets can often see through the veil, or have the veil lifted (D&C 110:1).  The veil is also referred to in relation to the temple often as a symbolic barrier between us and God (Exodus 26:33).
Can you imagine what it will be like when that veil is lifted, as Isaiah prophecies here?  President Ezra Taft Benson said, "Nothing is going to startle us more when we pass through the veil to the other side than to realize how well we know our Father and how familiar his face is to us."  And if the veil is lifted for the entire Earth at the same time?  WOW. :)  What a change... an incredible and instant change, when we have memories return to us of premortal lives. :)  It will be a great day with a lot of rejoicing. :)  I look forward to it, but I am also a little worried, that I'll remember how cool I wanted to be in this life, and not really have lived up to it as well as I should have. :)  So, today, let's work on living up to the dreams of who we have been, even if we can't remember them. :)  Let's be better than even we could expect. :)  Then, whether the veil is lifted for us at death or we live to see it lifted for the whole Earth together, our joy at those revelations will be unrestrained. :)

1 comment:

  1. Wow... A lot of smiles in that last section. ;-D I often think about that quote from Ezra Taft Benson and imagine what it will be like to cross through the veil back into our Father's presence and how that familiarity will feel. But I never really thought about what it would be like for the veil to be removed for the whole world at once. I'll have to ponder on that. Thank you for inviting me to think about this more deeply today.


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