Tuesday, January 24, 2017

3 Nephi 28:38-39 -- On Immortality

"Therefore, that they might not taste of death there was a change wrought upon their bodies, that they might not suffer pain nor sorrow save it were for the sins of the world.
Now this change was not equal to that which shall take place at the last day; but there was a change wrought upon them, insomuch that Satan could have no power over them, that he could not tempt them; and they were sanctified in the flesh, that they were holy, and that the powers of the earth could not hold them."
3 Nephi 28:38-39

The whole idea of not tasting death is cool (probably tastes really bad).  And interesting to learn that our physical selves, our bodies, can become so much more, just like our spiritual selves can.  I find even more interesting the idea that is suggested here that a change in our physical bodies can make us immune not only to pain, sorrow, disease, etc... but even *temptation.*  That's really interesting and cool, and what it emphasizes for me is the very temporary nature of our test in this life.  None of these struggles that we are going through will last in the resurrection.  Our very natures will be beyond all of this.  Not only will we have the veil lifted and be privy to so much more spiritual knowledge than we had in our lives, we will also be changed physically, and have none of the problems that we had here related to mortality.

Can you imagine us all being lifted to a state where "the powers of the earth could not hold" us?  That's the kind of transcendence that we sometimes dream about... and it's real.  It will happen.  Today, let's think about the great things that the Lord has in store for us, and the extremely temporary nature of this life.  Perhaps that perspective will help us make better choices and bear our burdens with more patience and joy, as we look forward with faith, and prepare ourselves to return to God.

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