Sunday, May 19, 2019

D&C 6:13 -- On Salvation and Preparation

"If thou wilt do good, yea, and hold out faithful to the end, thou shalt be saved in the kingdom of God, which is the greatest of all the gifts of God; for there is no gift greater than the gift of salvation."
Doctrine and Covenants 6:13

I like this verse.  It was addressed originally to Oliver Cowdery, but I think that it applies to all of us generally.  It is the same general message as "be not weary in well-doing" (2 Thessalonians 3:13; Galatians 6:9; D&C 64:33), but gives the specific promise of salvation.

The gospel is big and intricate, but I like verses like this because they give some specific advice and things for us to work on.  In this case God is asking us to do good and to stick with him.

It's easy to lose faith when we don't see good things happening immediately.  We want to have that immediate pay off, like we sometimes get when we do bad things.  That isn't typically the way that good things work though. :)  Good things take their time and wait until we've learned and we're ready for them.  Good things that come when we *aren't* ready aren't really all that good, after all, since they seem like missed opportunities.  Just imagine all of the blessings that God has waiting for us as soon as we are ready for them. :)

Today, let's do good and stay faithful.  Let's get ourselves prepared for the blessings that God is waiting to bestow, and look forward to His salvation.

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