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Uh two short, wonderful, beautiful sections.
The lord has a lot of tremendous teachings for us and right off the bat dr covenant.
The worth of souls is great in the sight of god, what a great verse of scripture to we.
We are to remember that now.
My question is, is why does that verse start with? The word.
Remember is that because we're inclined to forget the worth of souls, let me give you a couple of examples.
I remember one time one of my kids broke something that was very valuable and at the top of my lungs i yelled their name. 00:00:44
Ah, in that moment i did not remember the worth of my daughter's soul.
I forgot, i remember another time when i was driving my car here in rexburg stopped at a stoplight and just as my light turned green for me to go a young byu, idaho student, a girl on a bike with groceries on both handlebars had come across the Street one way and now tried to dart across the street in front of me. 00:01:20
While i had the green light, i had my foot on the brake she crossed safely in front of me, but as she crossed i raised my hands like this and shrugged like hey.
My expression upset her.
She flipped me off and gave me the bird and i went.
I think two things happened there number one.
I forgot the worth of her soul.
She's got momentum on her bicycle she's got two bags of groceries and she was just trying to not fall over and she darted in front of me, and i forgot the worth of her soul, and she in turn forgot the worth of my soul as she flipped Me off, i think it's important that we remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of god in every circumstance, and at all times i love this first little clip about how important that it is that we remember soul, deep deep down inside who we Really are and who others are as well.
There may be times when you, like the servant, find yourself struggling to see how god is working in your life times when you feel under siege, when the trials of mortality bring you to your knees, wait and trust in god and in his timing. 00:02:43
Because you can trust his heart with all of yours, but there is a second lesson here.
My dear sisters and brothers, you too can pray for the lord to open your eyes to see things.
You would not normally see perhaps the most important things for us to see clearly are who god is and who we really are: sons and daughters of heavenly parents with the divine nature and eternal destiny.
Ask god to reveal these truths to you, along with how he feels about you, the more you understand your true identity and purpose soul, deep soul, deep soul, deep the more it will influence everything in your life, doctrinal covenants, 18, 13.
And how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth, it is clear, god rejoices when we repent, but that makes me wonder so.
I'm going to ask is anything wrong with this teaching that i've got right over here is anything wrong with this, since god rejoices in those who repent, then i should sin more, so i can bring more joy to god when i repent uh.
I hope that you can see that that is flawed thinking.
It is incorrect thinking we shouldn't run out and sin a bunch more so that we can repent more so that we can help make god rejoice more.
In fact, the verse itself says the soul. 00:04:18
Great is: is his joy in the soul, i'm not sure pre-planned sinning with pre-planned repentance coming later, or i'm not sure that thinking, oh, the more i repent, the more god, gets happy or rejoices it, because i'm not sure in my soul.
I've really repented.
If i think like that, how great is his joy, when the soul in the soul, how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth meaning i have truly changed? That's what makes him happy? It's not how often we repent it's when our soul actually repents and we turn to him what a great verse of scripture - and i hope that you'll take time as you're studying this week to really look at the tidbits in the way. 00:05:11
The lord has phrased these incredible scriptures.
Continuing this same theme, god's joy is great in our repenting, not our sinning.
All of us are sinners and all of us bring joy to god when we repent, if you want to bring god more joy, then labor your days crying repentance unto this people by the way.
How great will be your joy also if you bring others to christ and their soul? Repents god will share his joy with us and we will feel of that joy as well. 00:05:45
Here's a great clip from president monson a perfect shepherd of souls.
The missionary who redeemed mankind gave us his divine assurance, if it so be that you should labor all your days in trying repentance unto this people and brings heaven be one soul.
Unto me, how grace shall be your joy with him and the kingdom of my father and now, if your joy will be great with one soul, that you brought unto me into the kingdom of my father? How great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me of him? Who spoke these words? I declare my personal witness he's the son of god, our redeemer and our savior, i'm reminded, as president nelson remind us when we choose to repent.
We choose to change and then i love and i've highlighted the word.
Allow we allow repentance is an optional thing. 00:06:48
It's our choice, but when we choose to repent we allow the savior to transform us into. 00:06:55
I love this.
The best version of ourselves, the best brother walk was i can be, is when i allow the savior to change me through the repentance process. 00:07:06
By the way, when we allow others to repent, it allows the savior to transform them into the best version of themselves.
No wonder the savior says how great will be your joy with them in the kingdom of my father. 00:06:11
So that's why we keep asking our children to repent, not just because we want them to change, but we want them to be the best version of themselves.
We want them to feel the savior's love and in turn, when they do repent.
The lord will share that joy with us.
So i love these verses on great is the worth of a soul.
We should all be familiar with the campaign of the church of jesus christ, of latter-day saints to hear him.
President nelson invited us to hear him.
My question is: is under what circumstances does the lord say? You can testify that you have heard my voice and know my words.
Is it when we feel still small prompting when we feel a feeling that we should ought to do something when a thought pops into our mind or a feeling into our heart? When does the lord say you can testify, you have heard my voice answer doctrine and covenants 18.
These words are not of men nor of men, but of me, for it is by my voice, which speaketh them and you can testify.
You have heard my voice brothers and sisters, it's in the scriptures.
If we want to hear him the lord has authorized to say i have heard his voice when we immerse ourselves.
In his words, i feel so blessed to belong to the church of jesus christ, of latter-day saints.
I know and love the old testament.
I know and love the new testament, but i am so grateful for another testament of jesus christ. 00:09:06
Even the book of mormon - and i am so grateful for the lord's revelations of his latter day, doctrines and covenants and truly the pearl of grace price, is just that a pearl of great price and, as i study these words of the lord in canonized scripture, i Can testify, i have heard the voice of the lord, and i know that they are his words, what an incredible invitation from the lord to study his words and then bear testimony. 00:09:39
We've heard his voice.
Remember what president nelson said about repentance.
Does everyone need to repent? The answer is yes, then, in doctrine, covenants 19, 4 agreeing with president nelson and surely every man must repent or suffer for i god am endless, no one sneaks into heaven.
I, god am endless me, he's he's the keeper of the gate and at no point in time is he going to be looking the other way we've got to repent if we want to dwell with our father in heaven again all right.
Here's a true story.
A number of years ago i was visiting with a man who, in all sincerity, told me he didn't need christ to get into heaven.
He claimed that in doctrine covenants 19 it provided a loophole that he could get into heaven without christ.
Now i've read doctrine, covenants 19, dozens and dozens, probably even a hundred times or more, and i thought i've never read a loophole in doctrine.
, so i said, do tell what's your loophole well, he said it's right here.
It's in the verse, 16.
I god have suffered these things for all that they might not suffer if they would repent.
So he said so.
I choose not to repent, therefore verse 17, but if they would not repent, they must suffer even as i so he said, i don't need christ, i'm just going to suffer on my own. 00:11:05
He said when i die.
God can punish me all.
He wants a thousand years ten thousand years, but eventually - and this was a quote - he has to - let me out - and let me in i'll pay for my own sins.
He said i don't need christ now.
My questions are: what are the flaws in my friend's logic? What is he missing about the atonement of jesus christ? That he's not understanding by saying i don't need christ in order to repent misunderstanding number, one, as i see it, verse 18, the next verse after the verse, he thought was the loophole says which suffering caused myself.
Even god, the greatest of all to tremble because of pain and to bleed at every poor and to suffer both body and spirit and wood that i might not drink the bitter cup and shrink misunderstanding number.
One is christ as a god trembled because of pain christ.
As a god, bled from every poor christ as a god, suffered both body and spirit, and i'm not sure my friend understands that he can't pay the price it took an infinite divine being to pay the price of the savior's atonement. 00:28:22 00:23:07
Here's a little clip from president nelson back a few years ago, but reminding us christ could only do it because he was an infinite being. 00:12:35
His atonement is infinite without an end.
It was also infinite in that all humankind would be saved from never ending death.
It was infinite in terms of his immense suffering.
It was infinite in time putting an end to the preceding prototype of animal sacrifice.
It was infinite in scope, it was to be done once for all and the mercy of the atonement extends not only to an infinite number of people, but also to an infinite number of worlds created by him. 00:13:16
It was infinite beyond any human scale of measurement or mortal comprehension.
Jesus was the only one who could offer such an infinite atonement since he was born of a mortal mother and an immortal father, because of that unique birthright.
Jesus was an infinite.
Being misunderstanding: number two alma 7 13 says that he might take upon him the sins of his people that he might blot out their transgressions.
According to the power of his deliverance, i've highlighted and bolded there the words blot out. 00:13:52
While we might today arrest and incarcerate someone who has committed a crime and after they've served whatever penalty, the courts mandated that person can be released from prison, but they may or may not have been reformed.
They may go right back to a life of crime like they were doing before they were put into prison. 00:14:15
Someone might theoretically if it were possible, and i don't think it is suffer for their own sins, but they're still dirty they haven't been cleansed. 00:14:28
I testify we all need jesus christ to repent.
It is in repenting through christ that our sins can be erased and blotted out, like a racing, a whiteboard and christ already suffered that we might not suffer if we would repent.
I testify of that great truth. 00:14:55
I testify that it's true when we are wracked or heralded up or tormented by guilt or burden with grief, he can heal us.
While we do not fully understand how the atonement of christ was made, we can experience the peace of god, which passeth all understanding through the power of the atonement of jesus christ. 00:15:24
Our natures can be changed, then our power to carry burdens can be increased more than enough [, Music ].
We see ourselves in terms of yesterday and today our heavenly father ceases in terms of forever , although we might settle for less heavenly father won't, for he sees us as glorious beings.
We are capable of becoming the gospel of jesus.
Christ is the gospel of transformation. 00:16:00
It takes us as men and women of the earth and refines us into men and women for eternities jesus said without me. 00:16:10
Ye can do nothing.
I testify that that is god's truth. 00:16:18
Christ is everything to us and we're to abide in him permanently unyieldingly, steadfastly forever for the fruit of the gospel to blossom and bless our lives. 00:16:34
We must be firmly attached to him .
He is jesus christ, the holy one of israel, full of grace and mercy and truth.
It is he that cometh to take away the sins of the world, yea the sins of every man who steadfastly believed on his name. 00:16:55
I witnessed the reality and divinity of a living savior who invites us to come, unto him and be transformed.
We can be spiritually prepared and cleansed from sin immersed in and saturated with his gospel and purified and sealed by the holy spirit of promise even born again. 00:17:22
We invite everyone on this beautiful planet, to taste of his doctrine and see if it is not sweet and good and precious.
We ask those of sincere heart to learn of this doctrine and ask their father in heaven if it is not true.
By doing so, all can discover embrace and walk in the true faith of their father, which faith will make them whole. 00:17:53
The joy this sentence gives, i know that my redeemer lives may the whole world know it and live by that knowledge. 00:18:10
I humbly pray, , you and i know that we're supposed to pray and pray, always doctrine.
Pray always that you may come off conqueror yea, that ye may conquer satan and escape the hands of the servants of satan that do uphold his works.
Remember that that we - i taught you here a few weeks ago, but how do we pray? Should i pray in my heart, should i pray in my head? Should i pray out loud? I hope you can see that the answer to all of these questions is yes, you should pray in your heart.
Yes, it's okay to pray in your head and, yes, you should pray out loud.
In fact, it's more than a should! Listen to this from the savior in 1928 and again i command thee that thou shalt pray vocally.
It's a commandment thou shalt like the ten commandments, thou shalt have no other gods before me. 00:19:21
Exodus 20 thou shalt pray vocally as well as in thy heart yea before the world, as well as in secret in public, as well as in private pray, always pray, pray, pray, but the commandment from the lord - and i believe this is true, particularly in our personal Private individual morning and nighttime prayers that we find a place and we take time to pray out loud. 00:19:45
I remind you of that great teaching from the lord.
In just this last october, 2020 general conference, president ballard reminded us that the best way to help the current world situation is for all people to sincerely pray so october, now first week in october, so october november december january, we're now in the middle of february we're Four and a half months away from the last general conference and my question is: have you been sincerely praying about the current world situation? Have you been praying that we would be able to end racism? Have you been praying that we would be able to prevent violence? Have you been praying as president nelson invited us to recently in his post, to pray for the leaders of our countries? Have you been praying for civil rest, not just watching civil unrest? President balor reminded us the best way to help the current situation is for all people to participate in sincere prayer.
During the last week of his mortal ministry, jesus taught his disciples to watch ye, therefore, and pray always that ye may be accounted worthy to escape.
All these things that shall come to pass and to stand before the son of man in the doctrine and covenants the savior said, and all things shall be in commotion for fear shall come upon all people. 00:21:23
I assure each one of you that the lord knows you that he is aware of your concern and anguish and that he loves you intimately personally deeply and forever each night when i pray, i ask the lord to bless all who are burdened with grief, pain, loneliness And sadness during the past few months, i have had the impression come to me that the best way to help the current world situation that the best way to help the current world situation is for all people to rely more fully upon god and to turn their Hearts to him through sincere prayer and to turn their hearts to him through sincere prayer in november of 2019 elder bednar gave a phenomenal talk where he talked about watching cheetahs in africa, how they were constantly on the prowl and constantly trying to catch the topis. 00:22:26
The most common antelope in africa he shared with us the statement that cheetahs are predators.
They sneak up on their prey and attack all day every day a cheetah is a predator.
Thus, the title of elder bednar's talk be watchful, unto prayer continually brothers and sisters.
We need to pray in our head, we need to pray in our heart and i invite us to please find a time in a way that we can pray to god out loud now, one last little clip that i'd like to play for you. 00:23:00
It's um made by the church as a group of primary children, try to explain the savior's atonement, which doctrine covenants 18.
The worth of souls is great doctrine: covenants 19 repent i suffered in gethsemane, so you don't have to suffer doctrine.
Covenants 19 39 says behold: canst thou read this without rejoicing and lifting up thy heart for gladness.
Oh, my goodness, what a blessing it is that we know what we know about the savior and his atoning sacrifice and our ability to pray and repent.
Oh lift up.
Our head and rejoice lift up my heart and feel glad jesus was heading to the garden through the garden of gethsemane and three apostles peter james and john, were there.
Jesus tells his apostles to stay there first, while he goes alone and don't fall.
Asleep and keep watch watch with me and he goes on a rock and he praised heavenly father, .
I could tell that he was feeling really bad not about himself about other people, .
It was difficult.
It was so hard to him and for him and he's like uh father will you do i have to do this or is there any other way he was asking if he like, didn't, have to have all the bad stuff happen, but if it did, he would Have it happen? He took everybody's sins on top of him and it's it hurt him so much that blood came out of every pore in his body, blood came out of him head to toe. 00:25:20
He was forgiving us of all of our sins and making it possible for us to repent and he came back and saw that they were asleep.
Sleep is now it's not their watch one hour, so he went back and prayed again and then they fell asleep again because he was taking a very long time and they were getting tired and then an angel came [, Music ] and he washed his body in A river and then they woke up because some men were taking him to the cross, and judas one of his apostles got paid to fight to tell the army where jesus was.
He said, like i will kiss the one who you need to find. 00:26:28
Jesus says you betrayed the son of god with a kiss thy betrayed me with a kiss betrayed thou the son of man with a kiss, so they were going to take him away and then peter cut off the soldier's ear. 00:26:52
So he healed the man's ear.
and he's like let these other guys be just like me and they took him away, he likes us, he loves us.
We can follow him and do what he did by like not pinching, biting kicking and punching. 00:27:29
We can help people teach others and preach and do what he has done.
We can go to god whenever we need to go to him, so we can be forgiven and helping people. 00:27:42
We can choose the right, [, Music ], knowing that there would be mortal pain and even unspeakable tragedy because of the abuse of agency.
We understood that this could leave us angry bewildered, defenseless and vulnerable, but we also knew that the savior's atonement would overcome and compensate for all of the unfairness of mortal life and bring us peace even with the trials of life because of the savior's atonement and his Grace righteous living will be rewarded with personal peace, regardless of the trials we face in this life.
The savior's atonement provides lifeboats for everyone. 00:28:34
For those who think the trials they face are unfair.
The atonement covers all of the unfairness of life with confidence.
We testify that the atonement of jesus christ has anticipated and, in the end, will compensate all deprivation and loss for those who turn to him.
Are we not all beggars? Don't we all cry out for help and hope and answers to prayers? Don't we all beg for forgiveness for mistakes we've made and troubles we've caused? Don't we all implore that grace will compensate for our weaknesses that mercy will triumph over justice, at least in our case, if the grim realities you were facing at this time seem dark and heavy, and almost unbearable.
Remember that in the soul-wrenching darkness of gethsemane and the incomprehensible torture and pain of calvary, the savior accomplished the atonement which resolves the most terrible burdens that can occur in this life. 00:29:46