Lost Your Way? Don’t Lose Hope.

By Jace

Nobody is perfect. At times we all falter.  There will always be something that gets us down at one time or another.  All of us will struggle with something.  But because of the atonement of Jesus Christ, when we do mess up, we don’t have to despair.  Through the saving power of Christ’s atonement we can all be found pure again. Hebrews 8:12 says “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will remember no more.”

In Moses 1:39 it reads, “This is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” The goal we want to achieve in this life is eternal exaltation.  We all want to one day live with our father in heaven and obtain all that he has.  D&C 14:7 says “And, if you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God.” To inherit exaltation we have to meet the requirements.  We’re not going to get into the Celestial Kingdom for free.  We have to be faithful followers of Christ.  We have to obey all of the laws and ordinances of the gospel.

The laws God put in to place are not designed to restrict us or make us miserable.  All of the laws are there for a reason and help us keep our agency.  By disobeying some of the laws we can go to jail and lose a lot of our freedoms.  Not all of God’s laws are also laws of the land but that doesn’t mean we don’t have to follow them.  In this day the world is drifting farther and farther from God.  The laws He has put in place are just as important as they were when they were given.  Man cannot change God’s laws.  We have to remain strong and unfaltering in following these laws.  Following these laws can bring us happiness, though.  The laws were put in place to help us become better people and to lead better lives.  These laws can help us stay in good health and keep our judgment.  Many blessings follow when you follow God’s laws.

It is easier not to sin in the first place, but when we do we shouldn’t lose hope.  Everybody falters — that’s part of having an imperfect body. No sin is too great that we can’t turn to Christ and be perfected in Him.  For some being forgiven may take longer than others and additional steps in the process of repentance may be necessary, but He will never turn you away because of what you have done.  He is always there with open arms ready to accept you and forgive you.  We have to make the effort though.  He only reaches out so far — we have to reach for him, too.

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