Sunday, April 26, 2015

Mosiah 2:40-41 -- On Never-Ending Happiness

"O, all ye old men, and also ye young men, and you little children who can understand my words, for I have spoken plainly unto you that ye might understand, I pray that ye should awake to a remembrance of the awful situation of those that have fallen into transgression.
And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it."
Mosiah 2:40-41

It's good to remember the difference sometimes, between walking away from God and walking towards him.  I think we sometimes confuse ourselves that the distance is what matters, and that our direction doesn't.  But in fact, it is a lot closer to the opposite.  No matter how far we have strayed, if we turn around and start walking in the right direction, our lives will be transformed.  And no matter how close we are to God, if we turn away from him, our lives will also change.  It's still our choice.  God isn't going to take that away from us, ever.  But he wants us to also understand the consequences so that we don't screw up our lives unknowingly.  Transgression only seems cool or fun on the surface.  It really does turn awful, and our lives get darker.  And on the other side, even though it often seems hard or overwhelming at first, keeping the commandments over time often gets easier as we grow closer to the spirit, and stop wanting bad things.
I love the idea of never-ending happiness.  Let's reach for that today.  Let's get ourselves facing God, and stay on that path.  That's the one that goes there.

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