Monday, October 3, 2016

Mormon 9:28 -- On Seeking Internal Improvement

"Be wise in the days of your probation; strip yourselves of all uncleanness; ask not, that ye may consume it on your lusts, but ask with a firmness unshaken, that ye will yield to no temptation, but that ye will serve the true and living God."
Mormon 9:28

This verse tells us that instead of asking for external blessings, we should ask for internal improvement.  I really like that idea.  That's really the point of all of this life stuff, after all, right?  The only things that we can take with us to the afterlife are ourselves.  All the cars, houses, money, electronics, books, toys, games, airplanes, boats, shoes, tickets, and collections have to stay behind, along with really everything else.  It's just going to be us and what we have been able to become.  Actually, though, that is a lot.  We can stuff our heads with knowledge and wisdom, learn how to do things, practice love and kindness and all other good habits, and become better and better the longer we live.  If we keep trying and repenting, we're going to get better, and we'll have something to show for ourselves in the end of mortality.

Even then, all of this isn't really about passing the test of life.  The test only exists in order to make us better and happier.  All of it is about God loving us and wanting the best for us.  Life is like... Harvard, or whatever you think the very best school in the world is.  God sent us here so we could be the best, learn the most, and have the best chance at success.  Everyone around us is also the best and the brightest, although not everyone has realized their potential.  We're here to learn more about ourselves, about life, about each other, and especially about God, because he can help us study for and pass the hardest exams.  In the end, it isn't about death.  It is about graduation... moving on to something bigger and better than mere college life.  We will return home smarter and better and ready to face the bright, bright future. :)  Let's be firm and unshakable, and ask God for his help in becoming brighter and better.

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