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Butterfly Impressions

Layers of Self

We are so blessed to be members of The Church of Jesus Christ in these latter-days. And, with that great blessing comes the responsibility to live righteously, share the gospel, and serve Heavenly Father’s children.

Your individual choices affect much more than just yourself.  They affect everything around you in ways you cannot see.  They either forward or impede God’s work and glory “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39).

As you sincerely strive to make God’s work and glory your own, the cares and concerns of the world will fall away, and the spirit will enlighten your mind and heart.  You will have opportunities to build up and strengthen your spirit.  You will become Heavenly Father’s true servant, fulfilling your divine role as his child – succoring the weak, lifting up the hands which hang down, and strengthening the feeble knees (see Doctrine and Covenants 81:5).

Forwarding God’s work and glory personally?  That is why you are here.  You have a divine life mission unique to you!  Fulfilling that mission is the only way you can return to be with him and live as he is – becoming like him by making His work and glory your own.  “Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day” (Doctrine and Covenants 4:2).  In doing so, you will nobly fulfill your unique role in Heavenly Father’s plan.

 

Heart (Spiritual Attunement)

Knowing Heavenly Father’s Will

When you serve God with all your heart, you are loyally dedicated to Him.  Before anyone else, you seek His direction and choose to follow Him.  You strive to always be spiritually attuned to him.

“Yea, and when you do not cry unto the Lord, let your hearts be full, drawn out in prayer unto him continually for your welfare, and also for the welfare of those who are around you” (Alma 34:27).

(See also: 2 Nephi 31:13)

 

Might (Moral Resolve)

Choosing Heavenly Father’s Will

Serving God with all your might is serving him with courage and determination in your righteous resolutions.  It is using your agency to choose all things Heavenly Father would ask of you.  You “stand as [a witness] of God at all times and in all things, and in all places” – steadfast in your integrity (Mosiah 18:9).

“Wherefore, the people of Nephi did fortify against them with their arms, and with all their might, trusting in the God and rock of their salvation; wherefore, they became as yet, conquerors of their enemies” (Jacob 7:25).

(See also: Colossians 1:10-11Doctrine and Covenants 124:49)

 

Mind (Receptive Understanding)

Understanding Heavenly Father’s Will

To serve God with all your mind, you must have pure thoughts and an open-mind.  As mortals, our understanding is limited, whereas God’s is unlimited.  You must be willing to believe, trust, and understand in accordance with God’s teachings.

Being teachable is about much more than just learning things.  To be teachable, you must be humble.  Your opinions and thoughts must be tentative and changeable.  And, you must always trust Heavenly Father’s omniscience above your own knowledge and experience.

“Know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever” (1 Chronicles 28:9).

(See also: Doctrine and Covenants 84:61)

 

Strength (Honorable Performance)

Acting in Accordance with Heavenly Father’s Will

Your strength is your ability to act.  To serve God with your strength, you must be willing to “go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded”, as Nephi did (1 Nephi 3:7).  When you use your ability to righteously act in God’s name, you are serving Him.  In dedicating your actions to Heavenly Father, you become His disciple.

“Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever” (Alma 26:12).

(See also: Philippians 4:13; 1 Nephi 17:3)

 

“He loves the Lord with all his heart who … is ready to give up, do, or suffer anything in order to please and glorify him. He loves God with all his soul [might] … who is ready to give up life for his sake and to be deprived of the comforts of the world to glorify him. He loves God with all his strength who exerts all the powers of his body and soul in the service of God. He loves God with all his mind who applies himself only to know God and his will, who sees God in all things and acknowledges him in all ways” (Elder Howard W. Hunter in Conference Report, Apr. 1965, 58; or Improvement Era, June 1965, 512).

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