Sunday, February 6, 2005

4 Nephi 1:15-17

"And it came to pass that there was no contention in the land, because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the
And there were no envyings, nor strifes, nor tumults, nor whoredoms, nor lyings, nor murders, nor any manner of lasciviousness; and surely there could not be a happier people among all the people who had been created by the hand of God.
There were no robbers, nor murderers, neither were there Lamanites, nor any manner of -ites; but they were in one, the children of Christ, and heirs to the kingdom of God."
4 Nephi 1:15-17

Isn't this amazing?  Christ appeared to these people, and for three generations they were righteous... not slightly righteous... REALLY righteous.  No lying... no envying.  That is amazing.  Is the reason that we aren't like this because we take Christ less seriously, or just because we can't see him in person?  We feel him; we see the evidence of his works all around us; we read his words and talk to him in prayer... but still we seem to take him less seriously, or are affected by him less than the people in these verses. ... Today, let's concentrate on not taking Christ for granted, and on truly dedicating ourselves to his work. :)

Friday, February 4, 2005

Alma 5:26

"And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?"
Alma 5:26

Always a good scripture. :)  Once we've taken that step and known and felt God and the spirit in our lives to that degree... can we maintain it?  It seems to me that one of the hardest things about the gospel is the "endure to the end" part.  Feeling the spirit, talking to God... all of these things are a glimpse of heaven.  The trick is to work at it until we have that glimpse of heaven every day, every minute... and when we get to that point, we're practically there. :)  So, today, let's try to get that glimpse, and keep it. :)

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