Tuesday, July 1, 2014

I Come

      As I continue reading the Doctrine and Covenants, it is remarkable to see the power given to the elders' testimonies.

I became keenly aware of this power given to us as I served my mission in the deep south.  I am honestly convinced that the Lord sends many of his best and most powerful missionaries to that part of the world, having traveled the world.  There were young men and women of a faith and testimony that I have never seen anywhere else in the world down there.  So many of them were so powerful I was left in awe of them and very humbled and still humbled by my memory of them.

     The Lord always says "I come quickly" so often in the scriptures.   Yeah, like 2,000+ years ago he said that.

I watched some movie that took place in the middle ages (1300's) and one of the nobles was yelling at a servant to finish some errand and to return and said "And be quick about it!  See if you can be faster than the second coming of Christ, will you!"

And that was 700 years ago (in the movie).

But related to the coming of Christ....we read in the scriptures "whether it be by mine own voice or the voice of my servants it is the same" (Doctrine and Covenants 1:38).

We also read "He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me" (Matthew 10:40).

And then we also read in Doctrine and Covenants 39:5 "And verily, verily, I say unto you, he that receiveth my gospel receiveth me; and he that receiveth not my gospel receiveth not me."

it's me......
 And so, when the Elders (or Sisters) knock on a door, that day is salvation come to that house.  The Lord has sent his messengers to that home.

I had massive success off knocking on doors, fully 1/2 of our baptisms came off that.  But I used to say that we weren't "tracting" we were "sorting wheat from chaff."  My goal was to testify and teach so clearly and with such power that by the time we were done on a door, the individual was either on one side of the fence or the other in this war for souls in the last days.

And so we read:
 19 And in whatsoever house ye enter, and they receive you, leave your blessing upon that house.
 20 And in whatsoever house ye enter, and they receive you not, ye shall depart speedily from that house, and shake off the dust of your feet as a testimony against them.
 21 And you shall be filled with joy and gladness; and know this, that in the day of judgment you shall be judges of that house, and condemn them;
 22 And it shall be more tolerable for the heathen in the day of judgment, than for that house; therefore, gird up your loins and be faithful, and ye shall overcome all things, and be lifted up at the last day. Even so. Amen.

(Doctrine and Covenants 75).

Oh, but surely he doesn't MEAN that......does he?

That was to them, not to us, we don't do anything like that nowdays, that was in the OLD days, nothing like that happens NOW......does it?

Realizing now that I am an heir to a covenant that I made, that came about from Elders who taught me, and had I turned them away and not listened, that I would not have the promises that I now have......can I think anything BUT what we read above in Section 75? 

"But.....but.....but....!" I can hear the imaginary readers of my blog saying. 

Let's cut to the chase.  If the Lord comes, by servant, by message, by gospel, or in person, and you reject him, regardless of what you know or don't know, think or don't think......can you receive those blessings that come from receiving him?

And will not the Elders (and Sisters) be required to testify of their labors?

Oops! I thought they were kidding!
I do not read in the above scriptures that they will be thrust down to hell, only that it will be more tolerable for the heathen - who we know are going to find it challenging to be in the Lord's presence (Doctrine and Covenants 45:54)and being condemned is not necessarily the same in its entirety as being damned.

But....all of that being said....wouldn't we rather make our calling and election sure?

This life has consequences!  As to the extent of mercy or judgement for various actions, I do not think we have been given to understand those things.  Our counsel has been to simply keep the commandments and to know that if we do all will be well with us.

For if we receive the Lord, his gospel or his servants, we will be blessed.  Otherwise we do not receive his blessing.  And the irony of the Lord sending a messenger to us!  We don't have to make a pilgrimage, he comes to us! 

And the point?  He has come.  And if we receive him we are blessed.  And if we receive him not....we receive no blessing of having received him.

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