Saturday, November 14, 2009

It's Not a Hard Concept

"God is the one sure source of truth. He is the fount of all inspiration. It is from him that the world must receive direction if peace is to come to the earth and if goodwill is to prevail among men. This earth is his creation. We are his children. Out of the love he bears for us, he will guide us if we will seek, listen, and obey." (The Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, p. 555).

I love this quote. I remember one time, when my kids were younger, I asked my oldest two to clean up the family room so we could have Family Home Evening. "And don't fight!" I added as I started doing the dishes from dinner.

It didn't take long until I heard the screaming and contention and, probably, pillow fights that were going on in the family room. I called over to them, "I asked you not to fight. If you would just listen to me and obey what I say, we would have perfect peace in this family!"

At that moment I straightened up with wide eyes, mouth dropped open, and looked at my reflection in the kitchen window at the sink. It dawned on me so rapidly that Heavenly Father must say that every day!!

"If you would just obey my commandments, you would have perfect peace and harmony in your world."

As a parent, I wonder what He must be thinking all the time. He gave us the Plan to be happy and to make our way back to Him. It's not a hard concept.  The mercy of the Atonement of Jesus Christ acknowledged, we should be nice; do good; pray; go to church; go to the temple; love one another; ask; seek....What's so hard about that?

"...Out of the love he bears for us, he will guide us if we will seek, listen, and obey."  What a concept!

1 Nephi 1: 1, 3

...therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days.
And I know that the record which I make is true; and I make it with mine own hand; and I make it according to my knowledge.