Monday, February 1, 2010

Alma - Chapter 13

3 And this is the manner after which they were ordained—being called and prepared from the foundation of the world according to the foreknowledge of God, on account of their exceeding faith and good works; in the first place being left to choose good or evil; therefore they having chosen good, and exercising exceedingly great faith, are called with a holy calling, yea, with that holy calling which was prepared with, and according to, a preparatory redemption for such.
I think it is utterly amazing to find myself in the position I am in.  According to this verse I, who hold the Melchizedek Priestood, qualified in the pre-mortal life for this privilege.  Couple that with the blessing of being born in this dispensation and the thought is overwhelming. 

If you count the number of people in the history of the world who've even had a pair of shoes the odds against having such a blessing are astronomical.  Add to that all of the other miracles of our age and we are litterally all jackpot winners.  We take so much for granted.  The other day a friend told me that she reads a bedtime story to her distant grandchildren every evening over the internet using Skype.  Generations and generations of grandmothers never had such an opportunity.  How is it that we are so blessed to be able to do such things now?

Do we also take for granted that every worthy male among us may enjoy the blessing of the Holy Priesthood and share that gift with his family.  Never in history has that blessing been so abundantly available.  If I read this verse correctly, all of these brethren were called and prepared from before the foundation of the world.  I wonder if we appreciate the valiant choices we made before we came here.  It is interesting though that being given that fore-ordination could only happen if there was a preparatory redemption made.  Having qualified there did, in no way mean that we would qualify here without the benefit of the Atonement.

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