Monday, April 22, 2013

Part Two

This is the most beautiful photo bomb ever. 

With the taking of each covenant and the assuming of each obligation a promised blessing is pronounced, contingent upon the faithful observance of the conditions” 

WE must be prepared to make these covenants. It is important to understand how important these covenants are, we are to understand them as well as the fathers of these ammonite families who covenanted with the Lord to give up their weapons of war for weapons of peace. This idea is emphasized in Alma 53. When the Laminates began war, the Ammonites, “saw the danger, and the many afflictions and tribulations which the Nephites bore for them, they were moved with compassion and were desirous to take up arms in the defence of their country.” 

But behold, as they were about to take their weapons of war, they were overpowered by the persuasions of Helaman and his brethren, for they were about to break the oath which they had made. 

And Helaman feared lest by so doing they should lose their souls; therefore all those who had entered into this covenant were compelled to behold their brethren wade through their afflictions, in their dangerous circumstances at this time. 

Just as the Lord covenanted with the Ammonites, He covenants with us, and it important to understand how sacred the promises we make are. 

The most important thing we can do, while deciding if we are ready to enter into these covenants is to ask our Father if we are prepared to enter his house. 

When we do enter his house prepared we are blessed. In the Kirtland Temple dedicatory prayer, the Prophet Joseph Smith blessed all who enter “that thy servants may go forth from this house armed with thy power, and that thy name may be upon them, and thy glory be round about them, and thine angels have charge over them; “And from this place they may bear exceedingly great and glorious tidings, in truth, unto the ends of the earth, that they may know that this is thy work, and that thou hast put forth thy hand, to fulfill that which thou hast spoken by the mouths of the prophets, concerning the last days. 

As we take the final step towards exhalation by being sealed to our spouse for eternity that does not mean we still don’t prepare ourselves to enter the temple. Our journey is not done! President Howard W. Hunter taught us we are to be a temple worthy people. We are nothing without the temple and the covenants we make inside it, so why should we even go a day without a temple recommend? We must be prepared to enter the temple every single day of our lives after we first enter. This is where preparedness is key in our adult life. Do we know when our recommend expires? Do we have an interview appointment before it expires? Will you go a day without the greatest blessing on the Earth? 

Part of our spiritual progression includes the raising and teaching of our children. 

In doctrine and covenants 68 we read, “ And again, inasmuch as parents have children in Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized, that teach them not to understand the doctrine of repentance, faith in Christ the Son of the living God, and of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands, when eight years old, the sin be upon the heads of the parents. For this shall be a law unto the inhabitants of Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized. And their children shall be baptized for the remission of their sins when e years old, and receive the laying on of the hands. And they shall also teach their children to pray, and to walk uprightly before the Lord.”

more continuation shall occur here...


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