I has been almost 18 months since I have posted something on my blog. The Covid-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for many including our family. As I began my study of the Old Testament, the desire to begin again sharing my thoughts.
In Moses 1:39, the Lord says “For behold this is my work and my glory – to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” Earlier in Moses 1:6 the Lord tells Moses “I have a work for thee”. Moses was then shown in vision, the creation of the earth and the purpose it was created. Moses learns that he is a son of God and was created in the image of Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son. The Lord then tells Moses that he is being sent to deliver the children of Israel from bondage. This is the work that God asked Moses to do, gather Israel. He was to deliver the children of Israel from Egypt and then bring them into the wilderness where they will be brought into the presence of God. Unfortunately, due to rebellion they were not worthy to behold God’s presence.
Earlier another prophet, Abraham, was also shown a vision of the earth’s creation (Abraham 3) and he was told that it was created so that we and the other spirit children of Heavenly Father would be able to gain a physical body through birth and then experience all the trials of a mortal life. Those who proved that they would do “all things whatsoever the Lord commanded them” would be able to come back and live eternally as families with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
The scriptures tell us that Adam and Eve were the first man and women created. It says that they were created in the image of God, just as Moses was shown. Every person that has lived on this earth are descendants of Adam and Eve and are in the image of God. Our purpose for being here is to develop faith in Jesus Christ, receive the saving ordinances of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and prove that we will keep all of God’s commandments so that we can return to live with God and Christ after this life.
Like Moses, God has a work for us to do. Not only are we responsible for our own salvation and the salvation of our family; as members of the Church of Jesus Christ, we are to help all of Heavenly Father’s children to come unto Christ and be baptized. President Russell M. Nelson declared, “Anytime you do anything that helps anyone—on either side of the veil—take a step toward making covenants with God and receiving their essential baptismal and temple ordinances, you are helping to gather Israel. It is as simple as that” (Russell M. Nelson, “Hope of Israel,” worldwide devotional for youth, June 3, 2018, churchofjesuschrist.org/broadcasts).
Wendy Nelson, President Nelson’s wife, said this: “My dear brothers and sisters, these are indeed the latter days! There has never been a time like this in the history of this world. Never! Premortally, you and I committed to do a great work while we are here on earth. And with the Lord’s help, we will do it!”
After Cain slew his brother, Able, the Lord asked where Able was and Cain responded with “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Indeed we are our brother’s keeper and we have covenanted to help bring others to Jesus Christ.
This is their work and glory and we are invited to a partner with them, to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.
I invite your comments and questions.