Thursday, September 10, 2009

2 Nephi 32

3 ..... Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.
4 Wherefore, now after I have spoken these words, if ye cannot understand them it will be because ye ask not, neither do ye knock; wherefore, ye are not brought into the light, but must perish in the dark.

The key to knowing God and understanding our purpose in life is in the holy scriptures. The world is a dark place, and there are good people who wonder every day if life is worth the pain. In the absence of the scriptural truth about our identity and our ultimate potential for eternal glory, life can seem overwhelming. The scriptures are filled with hope that there is more than what we experience in this life, and that there is a path to redemption through Jesus Christ.

Latter-day Saint eschatology - doctrine concerning the ultimate or final things, such as death, the destiny of humanity, the Second Coming, or the Last Judgment - is imbued with hope. We believe that as we conform our lives to the teachings of Jesus, we have access to the redemptive power of His atoning sacrifice and can be healed. Through His infinite mercy, we can receive forgiveness and return to God's presence and inherit eternal joy with Him. And the key to knowing these things and having this hope is the study of the scriptures and prayer through which we can receive direct personal revelation. The scriptures can become a lamp unto our feet to provide light in a world of darkness and confusion. I love the words of the psalmist (Psalm 119):

103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

1 comment:

Mimi said...

My favorite scripture is in that chapter: 2 Nephi 31:20. Feasting on the words of Christ is what gives us the stamina to endure. Its like giving an athelete fuel to finish a race. It also allows us to have that "perfect brightness of hope" I love this concept. Perfect brightness. Sometimes its so hard to even see it but that's only because our eyes are too narrowed. The scriptures open them, allow us to see farther and more fully the light of Christ.

PS Love you guys!