Archive for April, 2011

Cease to be God

Reading in Alma one morning proved to be thought provoking. The 42 chapter tells of Alma’s admonition to his son Corianton. Both serving as missionaries, Corianton has struggled to preach the gospel which in turn affects Alma’s ability to gain followers. One of Corianton’s issues is found starting in verse 1:

“And now, my son, I perceive there is somewhat more which doth worry your mind, which ye cannot understand—which is concerning the justice of God in the punishment of the sinner; for ye do try to suppose that it is injustice that the sinner should be consigned to a state of misery.”

Not an unusual concern to have. Each person at some point will quesition the justice of God found in the scriptures. I think we question it more when it concerns our salvation, our suffering, the one vice we find difficult to let go. Sometimes we ask, “Will He really keep me out of heaven for gossipping or because I chose to express myself with piercings and tattoos?” To answer yes seems unreasonable and extreme. But Alma continues to explain that because we are human, we are fallen. We will all make mistakes and have weaknesses that do keep us from returning to our Heavenly Father. There are laws that must be kept and when they are not kept, a price must be paid. God is just. He cannot change universal laws, no matter how small they seem. But He can provide a way for us to escape that punishment, which allows Him to apply mercy. This is the role of our Savior’s atonement.

In verse 14-15, we read: “And thus we see that all mankind were fallen, and they were in the grasp of justice; yea, the justice of God, which consigned them forever to be cut off from his presence. And now, the plan of mercy could not be brought about except an atonement should be made; therefore God himself atoneth for the sins of the world, to bring about the plan of mercy, to appease the demands of justice, that God might be a perfect, just God, and a merciful God also.”

Without laws, God would cease to be God. The Savior overcame the conflicting issue of justice verses mercy. It may appear cruel that punishment follows small broken commandments but justice must prevail. As we live on this earth, we decide what degree of glory we’ll receive by how obedient we are to the commandments of God. I know that no habit or wordly pleasure is worth risking our eternal happiness. When in doubt, do without! Heavenly Father blesses the faithful but it’s always in equal proportion to their obedience. He will not give you what you do not deserve, and you do not deserve that which you did not live for. Doctrine & Covenants 88:22 states that, “For he who is not able to abide the law of a celestial kingdom cannot abide a celestial glory.” Christ surrendered completely to Heavenly Father’s will and He is our example. His call has been and forever will be, “Come follow me.”

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the life you’ve been waiting for

Encouraged at a young age to make goals, have dreams of what you’d like to accomplish and who you’d like to become in the future, “what do you want to be when you grow up” is a typical question heard during our school years. Something that we fail to do is involve our Heavenly Father in our goal setting and decision making. He is the one who knows what will be best for us in the end. I’ve had many chances to develop a wonderful trust with my Father in Heaven. Ever since high school, I’ve had a plan set for my life. Several changes came about before ending up on my mission but looking back on those U-turns, round-a-bouts, and merging lanes, I can see how the Lord was right there guiding to what I really wanted.

Very accustomed to the feeling of watching my plans fall apart, Iwould then put my trust in my God. I knew of His love, of His desire for my happiness, and of His merciful hand that would guide me in a time of need. I have found this quote by Marilyn Monroe to be very true. “When God takes something from your grasp; He’s not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better.” Every time one plan didn’t work out, I was directed to another that was far better and one that I never would have gotten to had I continued with my original plan. I’m a firm believer that “sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together” (author unknown).


At times, we’re desperately clutching the outline of our lives, what we think will be best for us. We’re so insistent on holding to the very thing He is trying to take from us. Heavenly Father is simply striving to give us what He KNOWS will be best. Perfectly spoken by Sister Elaine S. Dalton, former president of the General Young Women organization: “You must be willing to give up the life you have planned in order to receive the life you are waiting for!” ULTIMATE TRUST, FAITH, HOPE in God’s plan for your life. He knows where you really want to be, and He perfectly knows how to get you there with the greatest benefit to you.

I’m waiting for my life when I have been married in the temple, have grown children who are strong in the gospel, have remained firm in the faith myself, have passed on to receive the eternal life with my forever family. I trust that He will help me get the life that I’m waiting for. I know that all suffering and struggling to this point is worth it, if I end up with what I’ve been waiting for. I trust Heavenly Father and His plan for me; therefore I hope for better things to come.