Sunday, November 1, 2015

To Ponderize -

 In our church, we have General Conference twice a year, once in April and once in October, where our prophet and leaders share with us messages of inspiration, hope and encouragement. In a talk by Kevin G. Durrant titled "My Heart Pondereth Them Continually", he shared a term he and his family have coined regarding pondering and memorizing scripture. Once a week they choose a new scripture to study and memorize as a family. I love that they are learning together for one, and memorizing verses as well. He challenged us to consider doing the same, and so I have started, albeit a bit slowly, to implement this idea as well. My first verse comes from the Pearl of Great Price

 For behold, this is my work and my glory--to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. Moses 1:39

I've been thinking about this for awhile, the notion that our Heavenly Father loves all of us and wants us to have what He has. I've often wondered if people who aren't members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but are still Christian, if they've ever wondered why we are here on earth to live in a mortal body if they believe we will be spirits only for eternity. My question is first, do you believe that you were a spirit before you came here to earth? We believe we were before the earth was formed, and we will continue to be spirits after we die until the final resurrection. Then we get our bodies back, whole and perfect, to live out the eternity we prepared for. if you think about it, a spirit can't eat, touch, or love quite the way a soul can, body and spirit together. If all we were ever going to be in the eternities is just spirit, there would be no purpose for going through this earthly life in a body. Spirits can't be tempted the way a mortal can, or do any of the other things a mortal can. What I love most is that Heavenly Father has a plan to bring us back home. For those who haven't had an opportunity to know of His plan before they passed on, we have the opportunity to help, through temple ordinances. There isn't any base He hasn't covered in giving us what He has.

What do you think? What have you learned in your faith about our Father's plan for us?

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