Sunday, August 13, 2017

D&C 128:15 -- On Being Made Perfect

"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

I love the idea that we, as a whole human family, need each other.  It's also a challenging idea on one level, because: how?, right?  We've got enough problems just maintaining our own faith and developing our own relationships with God.  It feels sort of overwhelming to be responsible for everyone else too.

Luckily, this is where God comes in.  Just like he will never force us to do anything, he won't force anyone else either.  All we are required to do is try... to be the means that God uses to help people know the truth and to give people a choice.  As far as missionary work goes, we are God's servants in this, and if people want to know more, we should be ready always to tell them about the hope that is us (1 Peter 3:15).  And as far as making sure *everyone* has a chance, there is also genealogy and temple work.  As we do this work (which was referred to 1 Corinthians 15:29), we help God in his work to save us all together, so we can all be made perfect.

Today, let's remember that we are in it together.  Let's trust God, and be willing to open our mouths when he has a message to share.  Let's do temple work to help people who can't help themselves.  And let's love and be kind to each other.  We need each other.  We can't make ourselves perfect, but if we work together, and with God, he can make us perfect and whole and complete in him.


  1. "Concerning the Fathers without them"who exactly the fathers he's talking about.
    Remember he was advising the Jewish nation.My concern Lol.👍👏

    1. I think he was speaking about ancestors in general, not someone specific.


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