Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The High Priest of Good Things to Come

Some weeks are just hard. That's a fact of life. No person will ever escape having a bad day or a bad week. They have come, do come, and will come in our lives. Sure, some have them more than others. Some have really hard weeks, but put on such a smile that nobody suspects anything is wrong, sometimes going far enough to hide it from even close friends and family members. Some have weeks that suck, and weeks that don't suck quite as bad for months or even years on end. But the promise of the Everlasting Gospel is they will come to an end.

No man or woman will be subjected to misery for all eternity, unless he or she chooses misery for all eternity. "For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves" (Doctrine & Covenants 58:28). By having this ability to be agents, we become agents "to act and [not] things to be acted upon" (2 Nephi 2:14). This is not to say that nothing will influence us, that we won't face weaknesses, struggles, sins, and sorrows. We will face all those things, but we also learn to experience joy, peace, safety, and love.

If you are having a bad week, just keep trying! Keep your eye on the "high priest of good things to come" (Hebrews 9:11). He will lead you and protect you through your darkest nights, and into the brightest days. Good things always come to those who live the Gospel of Jesus Christ, "Some...come soon, some come late, and some don’t come until heaven; but for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come" (An High Priest of Good Things to Come).

So if you're down, keep going. If you're up, serve others and help them see the High Priest of Good Things to Come, and in helping them see Him, you'll see Him more clearly too.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Lord gives the Law

The Savior declared to the Nephites, "Behold, I am he that gave the law, and I am he who covenanted with my people Israel; therefore, the law in me is fulfilled" (3 Nephi 15:5). There is a principle in this verse that people may not draw out. The context is the Savior is teaching the Nephites that the Law of Moses had been done away; He taught the reason why in this verse.

In the latter days, the Lord has revealed a great many things which have been from the foundation of the world. Some of the things taught by the prophets contradict social or political views. Some things the Lord revealed goes against what some, even among His people, feel contradict the scriptures. Some things are hard for people to accept. But here is the principle:

The Lord gives the Law; thus, the Lord has complete control over the Law.

Some people stress over the policy to excommunicate members who enter into homosexual marriages, and stopping their children from receiving baptism until age 18. Some have felt it's because the brethren are out of touch. Again, I reiterate, the Lord gives the Law; thus, the Lord has complete control over the Law.

Some people have protested and demanded without end that women be ordained to the holy priesthood. They seem to forget that it is not man's priesthood. The Lord revealed the Melchizedek Priesthood's full name to be, "the Holy Priesthood, after the Order of the Son of God" (Doctrine & Covenants 107:3). In short, the Lord gives the Law; thus, the Lord has complete control over the Law.

Some people have issues with certain practices that occurred at various points in Church History. They question if the Lord is perfect why would blacks and the priesthood, or polygamy, or insert topic controversial in 2016 here. Again, the Lord gives the Law; thus, the Lord has complete control over the Law.

Man does not choose Celestial Law. He can choose to disobey it, but that disobedience does not stop the Law from existing. If you do not like a Law or a practice, take it up with the Lord; He is the only one who can change the Law, because He is the one who gave the Law. And He still reveals His Laws today, and how to best practice them in today's world.