Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you; and ye shall bear record of me, even Jesus Christ, that I am the Son of the Living God, that I was, that I am, and that I am to come. D&C 68:6
Monday, January 2, 2017
MERRY belated CHRISTMAS!!
It was so awesome to see all y'all! It was great! I don't have a whole lot to say because I told y'all everything yesterday... so I will share some of my studies with y'all!
Here's a quote by Neal A. Maxwell I read this morning that really made me think...
“Premortality is not a relaxing doctrine. For each of us, there are choices to be made, incessant and difficult chores to be done, ironies and adversities to be experienced, time to be well spent, talents and gifts to be well employed. Just because we were chosen ‘there and then,’ surely does not mean we can be indifferent ‘here and now.’ … “In fact, adequacy in the first estate may merely have ensured a stern, second estate with more duties and no immunities! Additional tutoring and suffering appears to be the pattern for the Lord’s most apt pupils. (See Mosiah 3:19; 1 Peter 4:19.) Our existence, therefore, is a continuum matched by God’s stretching curriculum. … “Agreeing to enter this second estate, therefore, was like agreeing in advance to anesthetic--the anesthetic of forgetfulness. Doctors do not deanesthetize a patient, in the midst of what was previously authorized, to ask him, again, if it should be continued. We agreed to come here and to undergo certain experiences under certain conditions” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1985, 21; or Ensign, Nov. 1985, 17).
I have had to read this like 5 times but finally it makes so much sense. Because we were strong and valiant in the preexistence, we are able to withstand more heat and more trial... interesting...
We all kept our 1st estate (choosing to come to earth) and now we are in the in-between of keeping our second estate (choosing, still, to follow Heavenly Father and our Savior here on earth). With that choice to keep our first estate we authorized Heavenly Father to put us in the fire to test our strength and dedication to Him and purify us of the fallen state that we came here to overcome through our Savior, Jesus Christ. Luckily though, we aren't ever alone. We were provided a Savior to make that purification and sanctification possible. This is just such a perfect plan. We are so blessed to have this knowledge! Ahh!!! So grateful! It just blows my mind how merciful, just and loving our Heavenly Father and our Savior are. So blessed.. 😊