Monday, May 9, 2016

Hey everybody.

I've been thinking a lot lately about what the purpose of life is.  Deep right.  So anyways here's some study things that I've been chewing on all week long.

1- John 17:3  "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."  The only thing that we need to worry about in life is getting to know Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.  How do we get to know who they are?  By learning about them.  By being like them.  Experiencing what they do and what they think is how we become more like them.  That is why it is life eternal.

2- So why is it so hard to just be like them?  We should just be constantly reading, constantly upping our "be-like-god" game.  Why can't we just always choose to be better, be like Him?  Two reasons: First reason: Satan. Second, "The natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the Atonement of Christ the Lord......" (Mosiah 3:19)

3- Mosiah 3:19 connects my first two study points.  The Atonement. AT-ONE-MENT.  Literally the joining, the at-oneing, of two things that were estranged.  We can never on our own "at-one" ourselves with God.  You see these parallels.  We needed someone to ATONE for us. We needed someone to AT-ONE us with God.  Jesus Christ.  We all want life eternal with God.  Jesus Christ made that possible through His Atonement.  We just have to choose through our obedience and repentance that we truly do want it.  Think about it.  Repentance is the process through which we access the Atonement to intercede for our bad actions.  As we repent, or in other words change our actions and will to be more like Gods, we use the power of the Atonement to at-one us with God.  Each time we repent we get a little more closer to God.  Not only spiritually, but in who we are too.  This is what Hugh Nibley has to say about that: "It should be clear what oneness is meant by the Atonement-- it is being received in a close embrace of the prodigal son, expressing not only forgiveness but oneness of heart and mind that amounts to identity, like a literal family identity as John sets it forth so vividly in chapters 14 through 17 in his Gospel."   We literally are becoming as God is as we repent.  It not only cleans us but exalts us through the process.

I could go on for a lot longer and I did have more I wanted to say, but I'm out of time!  I love you all!

Elder Frame

1 My companion was bored during planning, thus this pic was born.

2 A small tortuga that I held.

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