Sunday, October 31, 2010

Virtue #3

3. Prepare to be worthy to enter the temple and to participate in temple ordinances. Read Alma chapter 5. Make a list of the questions Alma asks. Answer the questions for yourself, and make a list of the things you can and will do to prepare yourself to be pure and worthy to enter the temple and receive all the blessings our Heavenly Father has promised His beloved daughters.

October 31, 2010

~ Questions in Alma 5 ~
(v.6) 1. Have you sufficiently retained in remembrance the captivity of your fathers? 2. Have you sufficiently retained in remembrance his mercy and long-suffering towards them? 3. Have you sufficiently retained in remembrance that he has delivered their souls from hell?
(v.10) 4. On what conditions are they saved? 5. What grounds had they to hope for salvation? 6. What is the cause of their being loosed from...the chains?

~ Answers ~
It is good to think on the examples of others and come to realize that God loves me too and He is still a God of miracles. If He blessed those before me He can and will bless me too.

~ Questions in Alma 5 ~
(v.14) 7. Have ye spiritually been born of God? 8. Have ye received his image in your countenances? 9. Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?
(v.15) 10. Do ye exercise faith in the redemption of him who created you? 11. Do you look forward with an eye of faith and view this mortal body raised in immortality, and this corruption raised in incorruption, to stand before God to be judged according to the deeds which have been done in the mortal body?
(v.16) 12. Can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord, saying unto you, in that day: Come unto me ye blessed, for behold, your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth?
(v.19) 13. Can ye look up to God at that day with a pure heart and clean hands? 14. Can you look up, having the image of God engraven upon your countenances?
(v.26) 15. If ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?
(v.27) 16. Have ye walked, keeping yourselves blameless before God? 17. Could ye say, if ye were called to die at this time, within yourselves, that ye have been sufficiently humble? 18. That your garments have been cleansed and made white through the blood of Christ, who will come to redeem his people from their sins?
(v.28) 19. Behold, are ye stripped of pride?

~ Answers ~
These questions certainly do give one a whole lot to think about. I truly hope I am on the right path and that I have the image of God engraven in my countenance.

According to Alma and the whisperings of the Spirit, here are some things I need to do to be worthy to enter the temple and recieve all of my promised blessings: be humble, repent, serve others, study the life of Christ, serve God, fast, pray, have a pure heart and clean hands, allow myself to have a change of heart, let the Spirit into my life, be faithful, trust God, look toward eternity, endure to the end.

This seems like a long list but I am already doing many of them. The trick is to keep doing them so that I can stand blameless before God on the last day and be welcomed into His presencs. What a glorious day that will be!

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