Monday, April 18, 2016

Spiritual Splurge

It's been a great week out here in Kerman California!

I think I start just about every letter like that but it's true!

I'm just going to jump into it.  I have a lot of things I've been studying on my mind lately so hopefully this all will make sense to y'all!

No matter where we are in our path of discipleship Jesus Christ is there to urge us forward. We could be going backwards, flat lining, or forward on our path but his call is the same to each and every one of us: 

"25 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.  
26 And now for a man to take up his cross, is to deny himself all ungodliness, and every worldly lust, and keep my commandments."

We all need to take up our crosses and follow him.  Just as he defined "taking up our cross," we are to follow Him and keep our covenants that we have made with Him.  We need to lose ourselves in His will.  Do what He wants us to do.  We know what he wants us to do through revelation.  If you are not a clean conduit, revelation is harder to receive.  Over all, God just wants us to come and live in His presence again in a glorified, exalted state as forever families.  Taking up our cross is how it is done.  D. Todd Christofferson wrote an amazing article in last months Ensign about this and to end I want to share a quote from it:

"A thoughtful professor offered this insight: 'As the heavens are higher than the earth, God’s work in your life is bigger than the story you’d like that life to tell. His life is bigger than your plans, goals, or fears. To save your life, you’ll have to lay down your stories and, minute by minute, day by day, give your life back to him.'"

So we need to "take up our crosses" and follow him and I promise that you will become who God intends you to be.  Something so much more than we could ever imagine.

Sorry for the abrupt ending.  I'm out of time!  Hopefully this helped one of y'all in some way!

Elder Frame

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