It is a common belief among Mormons that one of the reasons we come to earth is to be tested through trials. Supposedly, these trials teach us how to be sad, angry, grief-stricken, jealous, etc in order for us to know happiness, peace, joy, love, etc. Doing so will help us become more like God.
So, why is it then that not everyone lives long enough to experience these trials or live lives plagued by disabilities hat prevent them from learning these. If they are for our eternal benefit, why do some people get to bypass them and go straight to salvation (D&C 137:10)?
Is it possible that some people learn so much in the pre-mortal realm that the only reason they come to earth is to gain a body; that coming to earth would teach them nothing further?
Is learning such things just not as important to exaltation as we think
We’d like to announce the addition of Mike De Vuyst to the blogging team at Our Thoughts.
Mike is a high school teacher and town councillor in Cardston, Alberta, and runs a personal political blog. We liked his writing style and thought he would make a good addition to Our Thoughts.
We like to think that Our Thoughts is the LDS group blog in Canada, but everyone we get seems to be from Alberta. If anyone else is interested in joining, please drop me a line.
Please welcome Mike. We look forward to his contributions.
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Can a person be tempted in the temple? Can a person have unclean thoughts in the temple? Can someone act inappropriately in the temple?
Do all evil influences, or tendency to unwholesome behaviour, stop at the front door of the temple?
Have you ever been to a restaurant where your server brings you a drink? Have you ever thought how the Sacrament is the same way. Holders of the priesthood bring you the emblems of the sacrifice of the Christ. In that way, they are servers of the Sacrament, or more appropriately they are servants of the Sacrament.
Interestingly enough, however, they do not give the tray to every person in the congregation. Rather they give it to the person at the end of the row, and each person in turn passes it to his/her neighbour.
So in a way, the sacrament is an opportunity for each of us to be servants of those next to us. It is a way for us to set aside our differences and be united in partaking of the sacramental emblems and recommitting to a common covenant.
What is sin?
Some might say it is disobedience to God’s commandments. Is this always the case? Can someone disobey one of the commandments and still not sin?
Did Jesus sin by disobeying the law of Moses?
Others might say it is disobedience to God’s will. Is this always the case? Can someone go against God’s will and not sin?
Would Nephi have sinned if he had never killed Laban?
Larry Bates, one of the posters on this blog, sent me a handout from the 2000 CES Conference. The handout is an article by D. Lynn Johnson entitled “Be Ye Therefore Perfect”.
The article did not say much more on the topic of perfection than what I already knew, but it did make me reflect on two scriptures that were brought up in the Was Jesus Sinless comments.
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. (Matt. 5:48)
Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect. (3 Ne 12:48)
Since Jesus did not use Himself as an example of perfection in the Sermon on the Mount, but did as a resurrected being to the Sermon at Bountiful, one is left to wonder if the perfection of which he spoke is even something attainable in this life.
I wonder if Jesus is not talking about a perfection in the way we live, but rather if He is talking about perfection in an ante-mortal sense. Obviously, He must be referring to something more than simple immortality since all receive it and He said we should strive to become perfect like the Father, and then later like Him. Perhaps then, the perfection of which He speaks is that state we achieve once we receive a celestial body.
In that regard, becoming perfect is about living a life for which we will be rewarded with a glorified, celestial body.