One of the comments today was that I am beginning to sound like a broken record. The funny thing is that as I was writing that post I had the words “broken record” pop into my head. I didn’t know what it meant.
Let me ask a question. What is the most common substance in the universe?
I expect that among the first answers that popped into your mind was water, or carbon, or oxygen.
The right answer is – Jesus Christ. We don’t commonly think of our Savior as a substance, but the scriptures clearly say that Jesus Christ made all that exists, and that it was made by Him and of Him.
D&C 88 teaches us:
He comprehendeth all things, and all things are before him, and all things are round about him; and he is above all things, and in all things, and is through all things, and is round about all things; and all things are by him, and of him, even God, forever and ever. (D&C 88:41)
Even our own bodies are made of this same Christ-element, which is His creative power through the light of Christ, which because it came from Him, is also somehow of Him, meaning we are made of Him as well. Furthermore, Christ sustains all life because all life is a part of Him, and by his power all things remain in their proper order; Turtles don’t give birth to horses, and corn seeds don’t sprout into stake centers.
So, here we are, made of, by and for Christ, hearing His voice in our hearts, depending upon His sacrifice and atonement, dependent upon His continuing grace for the continuation of our mortal lives and for the very hope of our eternal lives – and we have trouble remembering Him and keeping his commandments – the irony being that we are surrounded by nothing so profoundly as Christ and His creations.
We forget at times that Christ is not just the source of the Still Small Voice in our heads, but He is everything else, the way the truth and the light. He isn’t the signpost that shows the way, He is the way.
And here is the reason for the broken record: No truth is more important than this, which is that because He is all things to us, the only open door through which we may come unto Him, and to become “one” with Him, and to live the life that He lives, is by hearing and obeying His voice. We don’t need a PhD, or a brilliant IQ, or a chorus of angels to reveal the way – all we need is obedience, and He will change us to be like Him, and in time to sit us down upon thrones in our own kingdoms of glory.
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