Maybe this is for you, or maybe it’s for someone you know. I’m not judging. We’ve all been complacent and wandery (you know what I mean). There are times that we feel really motivated to be the best Christian possible, and other times were we hope we’re off the radar. Some people call it, being a Jack mormon, semi-active, on-the-fence.

Well if you want to feel differently, if it’s time to make change. These three steps might just help.

 

1.Choose your friends

 

Horror gripped the heart of the World War I, which eventually claimed the lives of more than 17 million men and women. One soldier followed his lifelong friend into battle and saw him fall at the hands of enemy fire. Caught in a trench with continuous gunfire whizzing over his head, this solider friend asked his lieutenant if he might go out into the “no man’s land” between the trenches to bring his fallen comrade back.

“You can go at dark,” said the lieutenant, “but i don’t think it will be worth it. Your friend is probably dead and you might likely join him.” The lieutenant’s advice was kindly ignored, and the soldier crept courageously, and silently out of the trench. Arguably, this would be the scariest moment of anyone’s life.

He managed to time his escape, as not to be seen by the moving search lights. Miraculously he found his friend, hoisted him onto his shoulders and brought him back to their company’s trench.

As the two of them tumbled in together, the officer checked the wounded soldier, and then looked kindly at his friend.

“I told you it wouldn’t be worth it,” he said. “Your friend is dead”. The solider looked down to see his clothes covered in blood. Not his friend’s but his own, from mortally fatal wounds he’d received bring his friend back.

The Lieutenant looked at him almost frustrated.

“It was worth it, though, sir,” said the soldier.

“What do you mean; worth it?” responded the Lieutenant. “Your friend is dead.”

“Yes, Sir” the private answered. “But it was worth it because when I got to him, he was still alive and I heard him say, “Jim…, I knew you’d come.”

Who do we surround ourselves with?  – Who do we entrust with our salvation? – Are those we trust to catch us when we spiritually fall those whom we keep closest in our lives? 

“God does watch over us and does notice us, but it usually through someone else that he meets our needs.”

― Spencer W. Kimball

FSY booklet “Friends will influence how you think and act, and even help determine the person you will become.”

“You would be wise to realize that choosing friends should not be based just on physical appearance or popularity; these have little to do with the quality of a lasting friendship. As the word make implies, there is work involved in making friends… Choosing good friends is a big responsibility, as friends can have an eternal influence on you and the decisions you make”.

By Elder Ian S. Ardern. Of the Seventy

 

2. Move off the fence

 

Joshua was a major figure in the events of the Exodus, he came down the mountain with Moses he said in Joshua 24:15 …choose you this day whom ye will serve… but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. He resolutely keeps the commandments. Think about it, if the straight, ‘Iron rod’ gets us home…. what does our path look like?

Elder Dallin H. Oaks said, “The gospel of Jesus Christ and the covenants we have made inevitably cast us as combatants in the eternal contest between truth and error. There is no middle ground in that contest”.

Gordon B. Hinckley “Each of us has to face the matter—either the Church is true, or it is a fraud. There is no middle ground. It is the Church and kingdom of God, or it is nothing”.

Thomas S. Monson said “Next, with the right of choice comes the responsibility to choose. We cannot be neutral; there is no middle ground”.

Joseph B. Wirthlin said “The simple fact is this: anything that does not draw us closer to God takes us away from Him. We have no middle ground, no foggy grey area where we can sin a little without suffering spiritual decline”.

 

3. Get worthy

 

Look, it’s not easy. God expects a lot from us. All of us “fall short of the Glory of God”. But by making small changes every day, we can feel more worthy of his support and help. Believe me, God wants to help us, but we only make that possible for him when we keep his commandments. It’s an eternal law.

So, if it’s time to repent, then it’s time to repent. Some might say that this is a lot about saying sorry, not only to people that you’ve let down, friends you’ve unjustly let go, people you’ve offended, but getting square with God. He’s pretty forgiving… if not the most forgiving person ever in the history of time.

Jeffrey R. Holland said, “God doesn’t care nearly as much about where you have been as He does about where you are and, with His help, where you are willing to go”.

“Don’t you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead. Some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don’t come until heaven; but for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come. It will be all right in the end. Trust God and believe in good things to come”.

 

The Blessings

 

Remember that anytime that God asks us to do something, he gives us something back in return. The whole point of life is learning this eternal law. Work = Reward. It applies is school, jobs and tending the garden… why not spiritually as well? 

D&C 130:21 “And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated”.

But also… it’s not a choice God makes to bless us, he says that he is “no respecter of persons” and that means that when anyone keeps a law given by God that he will bless us. D&C 82:10… “I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say”.

These prophets explain it like this… Isaiah 58:11 “And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought… and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not”.

Malachai 3:10: I will… open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Elder Neil L. Andersen “[The Lord] will open your spiritual eyes even wider, and you will see more clearly that you are not alone”.

Some more blessings are below;

D&C 14:7 “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”.

D&C 59:15 “And inasmuch as ye do these things with thanksgiving, with cheerful hearts and countenances, with a glad heart and a cheerful countenance”—

Both our Sunday sacrament prayers explain that by partaking of sacrament (our communion) “That [we] may always have his Spirit to be with [us]”.

Ether also explains that  12:32 And I also remember that thou hast said that thou hast prepared a house for man, yea, even among the mansions of thy Father.

In short, if we carefully choose our friends, move away from the middle ground and stay worthy the blessing, as fabulous and out of reach as it might sound is simple. D&C 137:7 “heirs of the celestial kingdom of God”. 

 

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