Wednesday, May 4, 2016

D&C 128:22 -- On Going Forward and Not Backward

"Brethren, shall we not go on in so great a cause? Go forward and not backward. Courage, brethren; and on, on to the victory! Let your hearts rejoice, and be exceedingly glad. Let the earth break forth into singing. Let the dead speak forth anthems of eternal praise to the King Immanuel, who hath ordained, before the world was, that which would enable us to redeem them out of their prison; for the prisoners shall go free."
Doctrine and Covenants 128:22

This is a good reminder of just how great (in many senses) the gospel is.  It's huge, it's awesome, it transcends mortal understanding at times.  It's bigger than we are, and yet, we have access to all of it as we grow and learn with God's assistance.  It's worthy of our praise, and the praise of the Earth and the dead.  (Although, they are really just spirits waiting for resurrection.  Calling them the dead is a little too zombie-ish for me.)

Today, let's remember that the gospel isn't just a little game that we can walk away from when we get tired of playing.  It's the underlying structure of the universe, of all of our lives, of hope, of salvation.  Instead of giving up, let's take Joseph Smith's advice here, and take courage.  Let's go forward in this great cause.  Let's see it through, and stick with God through the tough times, so we can learn and help and become more than we have ever imagined.

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