Monday, October 1, 2012

Book of Mormon Study - 3 Nephi 27

What an amazing chapter. The first thing I noticed was the pattern to receive answers to collective prayers. The disciples:

They united in mighty prayer
They fasted
They prayed with a very specific purpose (to know the name of the church.)

The Savior appeared to them in answer to their collective prayer. There are days I wish my prayers were answered that way!  Today would be one.  Long....

But notice how they did not hesitate when He asked what they wanted. They knew- they had a purpose in their prayer. It was a specific and dedicated prayer:

"Now that we are baptizing all these people and starting a church, what shall it be called?"  They received a very specific answer: The Church of Christ, for it's My church.

How cool is that?!

There's a lot of great talks out there regarding prayer: Elder Bednar, Elder Cornish, and Elder Scott to name just a few. One interesting quote from Elder Bednar's talk said it wasn't enough to SAY your prayers, you must LIVE your prayers. Meaning, once you pray for something specific, get off your knees and get to work for that thing. Don't wait for the Lord to do all the work. I love that.

I am working on LIVING my prayers better... I'm just plain old working on prayer.  It is not something I am good at.

The Savior, here, in verses 11 and 12 also speaks to that, saying that people's works will follow them. Salvation is an action.

The Savior also lays out the gospel - the good news -  in verses 13-22, which is: Faith, repentance, baptism, reception of the Holy Ghost and endure to the end. That is His Gospel. That is why He came into the world and a was crucified and atoned for our sins (verse 14).   Pretty simple isn't it?

He teaches us the gospel that we may know what we should do. We will be judged on how closely our actions follow our understanding of His gospel/expectations.  Our only job is to follow directions.  Simple.  Yet not so simple.

What did you think/learn today?

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