Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Gift of Eternal Life

So I was reading in Helaman chapter 5 today, and  this scripture stood out to me. Verse 8 says:

 "8 And now my sons, behold I have somewhat more to desire of you, which desire is, that ye may not do these things that ye may boast, but that ye may do these things to lay up for yourselves a treasure in heaven, yea, which is eternal, and which fadeth not away; yea, that ye may have that precious gift of eternal life, which we have reason to suppose hath been given to our fathers."

Doesn't eternal life just sound amazing?? Its better than any reward than we can have here on Earth! D&C 14: 7 says

"7 And, if you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God."

The greatest gift that God can ever give us! He doesn't just want to give us a big house or a fancy car, He wants to let us live forever in His glory. But wait there's more! Because our Heavenly Father loves us so much He not only lets us have eternal life, but we live eternally with our families! This "greatest gift of all the gifts" just got even greater!

But how do we receive this gift?

D&C 7:6 tells us!

"Seek not for riches but for wisdom, and behold, the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto you, and then shall you be made rich. Behold, he that hath eternal life is rich."

So first we seek for wisdom! But what should we learn? Where can we go to find such wonderful "wisdom" about receiving eternal life?

The Book of Mormon! Our favorite book in the world right?? Right??? 2 Nephi 31 tells us exactly what we need to do! Verse 13 tells us:

"13 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I know that if ye shall follow the Son, with full purpose of heart, acting no hypocrisy and no deception before God, but with real intent, repenting of your sins, witnessing unto the Father that ye are willing to take upon you the name of Christ, by baptism—yea, by following your Lord and your Savior down into the water, according to his word, behold, then shall ye receive the Holy Ghost; yea, then cometh the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost; and then can ye speak with the tongue of angels, and shout praises unto the Holy One of Israel."

Young Man Being BaptizedThere it is! All in one scripture! Have faith, repent, be baptized, and receive the holy ghost!
Seems pretty easy now doesn't it? But there's one more step. Verse 20 will tell us:

"20 Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold,
thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life."

Endure to the end! Thats it! All we need to do is "press forward" and we "shall have eternal life"!

I know that as we follow these steps our Heavenly Father does give us this great reward, and we can live eternally with our families. I hope we all can do our best in enduring to the end so we can receive "the gift which is greatest of all the gifts of God".

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