At this time during my scripture reading, I am reminded to repent because of the goodness of God; and that the Lord will always allow me to take happiness in sin. I need to come unto Jesus with a broken heart and a contrite spirit. Otherwise, I will struggle for my life without Him. (Mormon 2: 13-14) God has really been good to me. By following His commandments, I have been happier than I have ever been before.
Yesterday, I gave the lesson in Elders Quorum, and I had the opportunity to think about this fact, and share it with my brethren. By following the commandments, I am truly blessed. I am thankful for what I have been given, and why don’t I share those feelings of gratitude for my happiness with others who are not LDS? Am I shy? Do I fear being rejected? Am I so caught up in my inadequacies, or the inadequacies of others, that I am judgmental? I need to learn to accept these inadequacies, and work with them.
God is so merciful. He has forgiven me so many times. I have continually fallen short of the mark. As I said yesterday, while presenting the lesson, I have not yet nailed down the Law of Consecration, which is explained in these verses:
“If thou lovest me thou shalt serve me and keep all my commandments.
And behold, thou wilt remember the poor, and consecrate of thy properties for their support that which thou hast to impart unto them, . . .
And inasmuch as ye impart of your substance unto the poor, ye will do it unto me; . . .
. . every man shall be made accountable unto me, a steward over his own property, or that which he has received by consecration, as much as is sufficient for himself and family.
. . . for the purpose of purchasing lands for the public benefit of the church, and building houses of worship, and building up of the new Jerusalem which is hereafter to be revealed –
That my covenant people may be gathered in one in that day when I shall come to my temple. And this I do for the salvation of my people.
For it shall come to pass, that which I spake by the mouths of my prophets shall be fulfilled; for I will consecrate of the riches of those who embrace my gospel . . .
And again, thou shalt not be proud in thy heart; let all thy garments be plain, and the beauty the beauty of the work of thine own hands;
And let all things be done in cleanliness before me.
Thou shalt not be idle; for he that is idle shall not eat the bread nor wear the garments of the laborer.” (D&C 42: 29-32, 35-36, 39-42)
I need to do these things, because I have been blessed so very much by the Lord.
This is what I previously wrote after reading Mormon 2: I Love God And My Sweet Wife Misty!