Friday, June 26, 2015

D&C 128:15 -- On Community Perfection

"And now, my dearly beloved brethren and sisters, let me assure you that these are principles in relation to the dead and the living that cannot be lightly passed over, as pertaining to our salvation. For their salvation is necessary and essential to our salvation, as Paul says concerning the fathers—that they without us cannot be made perfect—neither can we without our dead be made perfect."
Doctrine and Covenants 128:15

God's plan is amazing, don't you think?  In our society and in our lives we often forget about our ancestors and loved ones that have passed on.  Death is the end of consideration for a lot of things, and we focus on other things.  But God never forgets.  He wants to save everyone together, and he has a plan that can do it, if we are willing.  Through genealogy and temple work, we can make sure that all the generations are sealed together, and that no one gets left out.  Our great-great-great-great grandmothers and grandfathers will be there with us, part of the whole, saved together, through a group effort and the grace of God. :)
I like the idea of all of us being in it together as well.  It emphasizes the community nature of the world, and the essential interactive idea of the Zion ideal.  We can't be Zion people without others.  To have no poor among us, we have to take care of everyone, not just get filthy rich as individuals, or kick the poor out of the club.  We have to learn what it is like to really be part of a group, and have the group's best interests in mind, rather than sacrificing group goals for our individual goals.  And the idea that people who have passed on are *part* of that group is a mind-expanding thought.  It helps us focus on eternity, and the good of everyone on earth rather than just the people around us.
Today, let's remember that we are all in it together.  We can't be saved alone.  Let's joyfully help God through learning to love others, doing temple work, and considering what we can do to help reach towards the community perfection of Zion.

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