"God loves us deeply, perfectly, and everlastingly."
—Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "The Gift of Grace"
Monday, February 23, 2015
White as Snow
This is Rosset. She is incredible.
We met her about a two months ago
and it has been such a blessing watching her apply this gospel
so fully to her life. In just two short months since the first time we met her, we have seen her transform from a young girl full of sadness and heartbreak
into a daughter of God
full of light and strength.
There is nothing that will change us as quickly and as long-lasting
as the application of the teachings of Jesus Christ in our lives.
President Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles once said:
“True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior...
The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker
than a study of behavior will improve behavior. … That is why we stress so forcefully the study of the doctrines of the gospel” (“Little Children,” Ensign, Nov. 1986, 17).
Our loving Heavenly Father wants us to change. We are imperfect beings, with many faults and errors, but that does not mean that we must stay that way. Many times we are sucked into the trap of believing that we "are the way we are" and there are some things that we cannot and should not change. That is a lie that Satan tells us to prevent us from becoming better and from reaching the goal of life with our Father, like our Father. The prophet Nephi said: "But behold, I say unto you, the kingdom of God is not filthy, and there cannot any unclean thing enter into the kingdom of God.." (1 Nephi 15:34, The Book of Mormon).
As humans, we are spiritually "unclean" and therefore we cannot possibly enter into the presence of our Father "the way we are." In a lesson that the Savior taught to the ancient inhabitants of the Americas, he told them:"Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect."
(3 Nephi 12:48, The Book of Mormon). I know that He would never invite us to do something that is not possible. I know that as he invites us to follow his example and reach perfection, He recognizes our weaknesses and has given us exactly what we need to fulfill his invitation: "And it shall come to pass,
that whoso repenteth and is baptized in my name shall be filled;
and if he endureth to the end, behold, him will I hold guiltless before my Father at that day when I shall stand to judge the world."
(3 Nephi 27:16, The Book of Mormon).
I know that this gospel is true and that our Father is 100% ready to forgive uswhen we decide to really change.
It might be hard, but many times the hardest things are of the greatest value.
"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord:
though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."