Tuesday, June 9, 2009

"Delight to Honor"

Doctrine & Covenants 76

Last week I attended my first Sunday School lesson in years, and was reminded of the wonderful things found in this section. What do you first think of when you hear the words Section 76? We asked that question in family night last night and the first answer was "He lives!" - referring to the scripture mastery found in verses 22-24. The second answer was a long spiel from Jeff (I wish I could remember it all!) that basically meant "the three degrees of glory." Are those the answers you came up with?

However, our lesson was on verses 5-10. When was the last time you looked at these marvelous promises?

"For thus saith the Lord - I, the Lord, am merciful and gracious unto those who fear me, and delight to honor those who serve me in righteousness and in truth unto the end.

"Great shall be their reward and eternal shall be their glory.

"And to them will I reveal all mysteries, yea, all the hidden mysteries of my kingdom from days of old, and for ages to come, will I make known unto them the good pleasure of my will concerning all things pertaining to my kingdom.

"Yea, even the wonders of eternity shall they know, and things to come will I show them, even the things of many generations.

"And their wisdom shall be great, and their understanding reach to heaven; and before them the wisdom of the wise shall perish, and the understanding of the prudent shall come to naught.

"For by my Spirit will I enlighten them, and by my power will I make known unto them the secrets of my will - yea, even those things which eye has not seen, nor ear heard, not yet entered into the heart of man."

Of course, there are some things we need to do in order to deserve these blessings, but they're things we should be doing anyway. Wayne cross-referenced these verses to one of his favorite ones: D&C 93:1 -

"Verily, thus saith the Lord: It shall come to pass that every soul who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice, and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face and know that I am."

We defined those five phrases to include repentance, change of heart, baptism, attending church, prayer, reading scriptures, following the prophet, listening to the Holy Ghost - and then doing all the things we learn.

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