I was talking with my mother the other night. She related a story to me about a sister in Germany. This sister had spent her whole life searching for the truth but could never find it even with three Doctoral degree in philosophy, religious studies and study of ideas. Once she found it in the church, and was baptized 8 and a half weeks later, she taught people in the church that we truly did not know what we have.
So, I ask,”Do we truly know what we have?”
Do we truly know that we can be forgiven of our sins even when we want to hide under a mountain? Do we truly know that we have “power sufficient to produce faith necessary unto life and salvation?” Do we truly know that we have the ability to be able to walk and talk with our Savior in this life? Do we truly know that our Savior could have chosen to call the concourses of angels to get him off the cross before his work was done? IT would have resulted where we would not have been able to return to our Father because we need the atonement. Do we truly know that how we are now, God once was, and how God now is, we can become? Do we truly know that the earth and all of the planets in the universe are in perfect order because God put them there? If he put them in their perfect rotation, so they will be where they need to be. Do we truly know that God put us here, exactly where we need to be to prove our ability to follow him, and to help those around us?
Do we truly know that God loved us so much, that He sent His only Begotten, to bleed and die for us? Do we truly know that each drop of blood, each crack of the whip, each hit on the nail, the Savior was thinking of you, me, your family, your friends, your neighbors, and yes, even your enemies? Do we truly know that if we really take advantage of the atonement, we would be able to return to our Father?
How do we truly understand what was done for us?
When I asked myself this question, I was reminded of my favorite verse of scripture.
And again I say unto you as I have said before (1) that as ye have come to the knowledge of the glory of God, or if ye have known of his goodness and have tasted of his love, (2) and have received a remission of your sins, which causeth such exceedingly great joy in your souls (3) even so I would that ye should remember, and always retain in remembrance, the greatness of God, and your own nothingness, and his goodness and long-suffering towards you, unworthy creatures, and (4) humble yourselves even in the depths of humility, (5) calling on the name of the Lord daily, (6) and standing steadfastly in the faith of that which is to come, which was spoken by the mouth of the angel.
If we taste of his love, receive a remission of our sins, remember his greatness and love towards us, humble ourselves, call on his name daily, and stand steadfastly in the faith, then we “shall always rejoice, and be filled with the love of God, and always retain a remission of [our] sins; and [we] shall grow in the knowledge of the glory of him that created [us], or in the knowledge of that which is just and true.”
It is my hope, and I hope it is your desire that we may truly know what we have, and receive that personal testimony of the Father and of the sacrifice of what the Savior did for us.
Your Brother in the Gospel,