Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Sign

There are signs which show people what one's attitude is like. For example, a person coming towards you with a plate of cookies, with a big smile on their face will invoke a different reaction than if someone was coming towards you with rage on their face, carrying a big knife.

Signs of our attitudes surround us, penetrate us, thus people find out who we really are through our deeds, and through the Spirit's power (or lack thereof) behind our words. More importantly, the Lord sees our efforts, and if our signs are pointing toward Him, He knows, and will assist us in becoming more like Him.

One such sign we have is our personal observance of the Sabbath day. Going to church is only part of that sign. "Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed." (Exodus 31:16-17). With this one sign, we determine the rest of our signs.

If we truly make it a sign of our devotion to God to observe the Sabbath, all other commandments will be fulfilled. No man or woman can faithfully observe the Holy Sabbath, and not have it affect what they do on Thursday. As a sign, we need to determine what we view the Sabbath as. Said David L Herring, "Our great-grandfathers called it the Holy Sabbath day. Our grandfathers called it the Sabbath. Our fathers called it Sunday, and now we just call it the weekend."

What do ye truly think of the Sabbath? Is it a holy day devoted to the worship of Almighty God? Is it a day of rest? Is it just another day? Or is it just part of a portion of the week most people have off of work? I hope you think of it as the Holy Sabbath.

On the Sabbath, the Lord also sets out a sign for us, through the hands of young men prepared and ordained to administer the Holy Sacrament. While the Sabbath is our sign to God that we love Him, the Sacrament is our sign to God that we remember Him, and His sign to us that He will not leave us comfortless. The sacrament is sacred enough to require an altar; the only other ordinances sacred enough for altars are in the Holy Temples. We bring the beast in us, the natural man, to the altar each week, and promise to sacrifice it just a little more: to stand a little taller, and be a little more.

What is your sign for the Sabbath? How do you prepare for the Sacrament? I can't tell you, but you can find out.

"I will show...them their weakness." -Ether 12:27

Ether 12:27 is a beloved scripture verse among the Latter-day Saints, and many seem to skip over a certain section in the scripture. It reads, "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them" (Ether 12:27, Emphasis added).

Notice, as we come unto the Lord, He promises to show us our weaknesses, in progression. Why? So we may become like Him. If we couldn't see our weaknesses, we can't take time to fortify them. Some of us deal with addiction and sins we constantly go back to, but the Lord shows us that weakness as we come unto Him. I do not believe for a second that the Lord merely shows that weakness, but He is also pulling with us to get us out of that mire.

This life is the time for men to kill the natural man by destroying our weaknesses, but that can only happen as we come unto Christ to be perfected in Him. No other option suffices in our quest to become perfect.