Thursday, May 30, 2019

Ether 12:4 -- On Patterns of a Better World

"Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God."
Ether 12:4

I really like the idea here of hoping for a better world, and that hope helping us in so many other ways.  This makes total sense to me.  I feel like we learn patterns from the world around us. 

We learn a pattern of behavior from our parents, from going to school, from missions, from roommates, from college, from the places that we work, etc.  Some of these patterns are mostly healthy, and some are completely unhealthy, but none of them are perfect.  That is a pattern that we can only learn from God.  We learn it through our interactions with him like prayer and scripture study, but it is also an idea that we hold onto that helps us endure and overcome those other patterns, and hopefully forge better ones in our lives. 

The more we learn about God and his gospel, the clearer that perfect pattern is, and the better we will understand the best way to interact with others, to learn, to take care of ourselves, and really, everything.  God knows the best way to be and to do everything, and he wants to teach it to us... the pattern of a perfect society--a better world.

Today, let's believe in what God offers us, and hope for that better world.  Let's learn better patterns in our lives and be part of the tapestry of God's plan.

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