There is an almost universal misconception about translation, which is that it only occurs to perfect people. When we meet someone who is wonderful and we want to pay them a great compliment, we often say something like “I’m surprised you’re not translated yet,” suggesting that they are perfect enough for translation.
Many years ago I had a spiritual experience that left me pondering why it had happened to me. I knew my weaknesses, my flaws and sins. The more I thought about it, the more it seemed like the heavens had picked the wrong person. It almost made me wonder if the experience was valid.
As these thoughts poured through my mind, I’m sure with help from our spiritual enemy, the Spirit awakened my mind and simply said, “No, you’re not perfect, but you are obedient.”
It was then that I realized that the Lord did not require me to be perfect to obtain the blessing I was seeking. In that case, for that blessing, He required that I be obedient.
God does not measure us by the standard of perfection. God actually gave us our weaknesses. (Ether 12:27) Weakness is engineered into us. As long as we are mortal, we will manifest mortal flaws. The purpose of these engineered weaknesses is so that we come unto Christ and humble ourselves. When we manifest humility through willing obedience, then His grace will make those weaknesses become strengths.
If someone knows in their heart that they should seek the blessings associated with Zion, and they set themselves up to seek perfection, they will be on a very long and harsh pathway that cannot be completed in mortality. The good news is that the requirement for translation is not perfection. It is purity.
We know this because the divine pattern is that persons must request this glorious gift of translation directly from Jesus Christ. This is the prototype laid forth in the scriptures. And, since “the pure in heart shall see God” (Matthew 5:8), purity becomes the virtue that parts the veil.
I have Un-Blogged several times about purity. A pure person is not only obedient, but they are obedient for untainted reasons. Through the atonement of Christ, they have become saintly, sanctified, and their desires, their hopes and motivations in everything they do have become pure – including why they desire to be a part of Zion.
Here is the key: Translation has a purpose. It is not just winning the spiritual lottery. It has a very specific purpose. You can easily find what that purpose is by studying the people of Enoch, and ascertaining what the desire of their heart was. It was this desire that motivated God to take up their entire city into heaven. They could not accomplish this righteous desire in the dispensation wherein they were born, so God extended their lives to give them the ability to fulfill their heart’s desire when the last dispensation finally came. They have been working to that end all this time.
John the Beloved and the Nephite Three likewise stated this same pure desire as their reason for requesting this gift. We can likewise seek and obtain these glorious gifts, and in our seeking we will find that the desire of our hearts, that which we return to the veil to request, is the same pure desire which all have requested who have entered into the Zion condition.
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