Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Plan of Salvation and Repentance

The Plan of Salvation is so special and important. We can understand this great plan by reading in 2 Nephi, specifically chapter 2. This chapter is very well known and quoted very often. But as I study it over and over and ponder and pray over it, I have found that there are many hidden and deep messages. The chapter begins very strategically in verse 2: 'thou knowest the greatness of God; and he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain." Through this chapter, and through our lives we learn that opposition, when handled correctly, always makes us better. Makes us stronger, smarter, gives us experience, and especially opportunities. We learn that this opposition is part of God's Plan of Eternal Happiness. Also that righteousness, happiness, and even God could not be without opposition.

"Wherefore, the Lord God gave unto man that he should act for himself." The gift of free-agency is truly a blessing we should be thankful for. Whether we use it for good or bad, we could not grow and progress without it. "Wherefore, man could not act for himself save it should be that he was enticed by [good or bad]. Because of this gift and because of enticings, Adam and Eve did something necessary, but against God's commandments. And now, "they have brought forth children; yea, even the family of all the earth." One by one all of us, God's children, came here for our opportunities. Our opportunity to "choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death..." And now, my beloved family, "I would that ye should look to the great Mediator, and hearken unto His great commandments; and be faithful unto his words, and choose eternal life, according to the will of His Holy Spirit."

This is wonderful, but I and everyone is mortal. Where is hope if we have done wrong but desire good? "Wherefore it must needs be for an infinite Atonement..." "And the Messiah cometh in the fulness of time, that he may redeem the children of men from [sin]" "For the Atonement satisfieth the demands of justice,' for those who follow Him. "O how great the goodness of our God, who prepareth a way for our escape [from sin]." I love the Savior.

"And because they are redeemed... they have become free forever, knowing good from evil; to act for themselves." God's purpose is our happiness and for us to receive all of His blessings; including Eternal Happiness, and Family. As I study, ponder, and pray about His plan... I have more Faith and Hope in Him. It makes sense, and it is good. He is our loving Father with perfect intentions. "O how great the plan of our God!" 

Very important is knowing what we must do to take part in this plan, as well as developing a loving relationship with our Father and Christ. This is achieved by learning and following the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But once Baptism and the Holy Ghost have been received, there are only two things we can do continuously the rest of our lives to come closer to Christ. Faith always first, and then the action...Repentance. Repentance has always been very central to God's plan since the beginning. "According to the will of God, that they might repent..." Repentance is our opportunity to use the Atonement. Partaking of Christ's Atonement is central to our purpose in this life.

So if we don't sin, we cannot fully become better and perfected through Jesus Christ and His Atonement. Sin is necessary, but like I said in the beginning, 'only if opposition is handled correctly.' Repentance, and never turning back.

 One last important blessing and purpose of this life is learning to be self-reliant. That is the goal of free-agency. In Doctrine and Covenants 58:26'For behold, it is not meet that I (God) should command in all things; for he that is compelled in all things, the same is a slothful and not a wise servant; wherefore he receiveth no reward.' We are supposed to rely on God, but also making good decisions by ourself is how we can become like Heavenly Father.

Choose to repent. Christ atoned for us so that we could repent.

Anyways I've just got a million thoughts going through my head. I'll be done. 

Read 2 Nephi chapters 2-9

We had a way good week! Our district baptized 4 wonderful people. We also got transfer calls last night. We thought since our district did so well this last transfer that not much would change, but all but one Elder is leaving. Elder McKay is headed up to Udorn. Elder Wankier to my greenie area Bangkhen. And I am going to be opening a new area with an Elder Bastian just outside of Bangkok in Minburi. I am way excited, but I will be missing Ubon and this district and the members so much. I love this place and was looking forward to being here quite a bit longer but there are other plans for us. I love Thailand.

I love you 💙


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