So, this week I thought I’d try something different. Instead of only just talking about some of the random things that happened this week, I’d talk about something that I’ve been thinking and studying about for the last week. I’d first like to thank Dad for reminding me of this idea as it really helps me as a missionary help others.
The Lord has commanded us to be one. There are many calls of being one in the scriptures. The most notable are found in Saint John and the Doctrine and Covenants.
Christ prayed for us all to be one, as He is with the Father. He also commands the saints in the Doctrine and Covenants to “seek and bring forth and establish the cause of Zion” wherever it may be.
As we further our study, we come to realize what Zion really is.
21 Therefore, verily, thus saith the Lord, let Zion rejoice, for this is aZion—the pure in heart; therefore, let Zion rejoice, while all the wicked shall mourn.
Zion is the pure in heart. We must be pure in heart to really establish Zion.
However, in Moses 7:18, we learn that the people of Zion are really one in Heart and one in Mind. In the account of the truly righteous people of the Nephites, as found in 4 Nephi 1:15-18, Mormon describes the people as being filled with “the Love of God” and that there was no wickedness amount them, and that there were never a happier people before them. That’s two different Zions where the people live in perfect harmony.
So, as we read these scriptures and accounts, we can understand that we must be one or else we cannot be called the Lord’s people.
It also allows us to understand that there is a simple formula to achieve this unity, if we all follow it and work together.
Spirituality + Love = Unity
Spirituality is a result of obedience to the commandments and God’s will. It encompasses not only obeying, but doing everything for the right reasons.
Our love for the Savior and our Heavenly Father leads us to obeying the commandments, but as we obey, we receive the blessings of Heaven and we become truly happy. As King Benjamin taught his people:
41 And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and ahappy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are bblessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out cfaithful to the end they are received into dheaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.
Our faith in the Savior and our hope of the blessings that are promised transform us into spiritual beings.
Love is a feeling of deep devotion, a feeling of concern, and a feeling of affection towards those that we care about. Although we have our own loved ones that are close to us, the Savior gave us a commandment during His ministry.
35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye havealove one to another.
We are commanded to love everyone as Christ has loved us. Many of the prophets and apostles of ancient times and modern times have explained that we must have this love; it is universal. However, Mormon and Paul have explained it as Charity.
Mormon said: Moroni 7:45-48
45 And acharity suffereth long, and is bkind, and cenvieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily dprovoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Paul said: 1 Corinthians 13:1-10
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not acharity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the apoor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never afaileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whetherthere be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
They are both very clear with how we must love others. Without this pure love of Christ, we are nothing, even if we are perfect in other regards.
Now, when we are Spiritual beings and are full of the Pure Love of Christ to one another, we achieve the Unity the Lord prayed for. We arrive to the purpose of Zion.
This is how we build Zion. This is how we become one. This was achieved in the past, it can be achieved today. We are no different than those of ancient times. When this is fulfilled, we are then transformed beings, perfected by the grace of the Atonement of Christ, becoming one with Him, one with the Father, and one with each other.
Well, that’s it. I hope that you enjoyed what I had to say about Unity. It really helps me understand how we can become one and how we can become perfect. It is a joint effort.
In other news, this week has been pretty standard. We had a baptism, and it was a nice service. Only two ward members came, but I blame the timing of the baptism — 9:00am was the only time Miguel could do it. However, his new best friend, Diego, was there to be with him. It was a nice service.
We celebrated an abbreviated Sinterklaas in our room. We ate our chocolate letters, put on the matching ties, and wore the matching hats (in the room). Elder Yeren thought the hats were a bit much.
Later in the week, we had some Pachamanca with some other missionaries. It was good.
Then, out of nowhere, Elder Yeren and I wanted Panetón. So we bought one. And ate the whole thing. It, too, was good.
Other than that, not too many adventures. But this week we will surely have some! So, I’m off to have an adventure! Have a great week!
With many llamas,