In the fireside last evening, even though I had planned on saying something quite different, the words that came to my heart, were that there is only one gospel, and one pathway back into the presence of God, and any person, in any dispensation, who arrives there will have traveled that path. The fact that this process, and this eternal set of rules governing these blessings, never changes, and is in fact used over and over in every generation, is part of the reason we say that God’s works are “One Eternal Round”. (D&C 35:1, D&C 3:1-2,)
19 For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round. (1 Nephi 10:19)
This means that when the scripture records a vision wherein the recipient saw the creation of the world, no matter if it was Adam, or Moses, John the Beloved, or some other, that this was the same vision, given according to the same set of laws over and over again.
The glory of this truth is that when we identify and obey these same laws, that the same vision will unfold before us as it always has, in every generation.
This means that any blessing we can read about in scripture, every vision and miracle and blessing which God ever offered to they of old, He is also offering to us in its fullest and richest form. Whether we realize or accept this as true or not, or believe it is intended for you individually, nevertheless it is yours to claim. Almost all of the notable and great ones of history achieved what they achieved in spite of the fact that very few, if any others, believed and achieved the same stature. Most often they stood alone.
Since the works and truths and mysteries of the gospel are available to us “in these times as in times of old” we have a tremendous opportunity, and a weighty obligation to view these things with an eye of faith, and then to obtain them. Can it be any less unfaithful of the Jews who could not, or at least did not recognize Christ walking among them, than for us to not see Christ in our day, walking among us, offering us entry to His presence and His greatest blessings?
This one precious thing I do know, that besides the fact that Jesus is the Christ, the most important thing I have ever learned is that not only is the Gospel true, but that it works – it functions as in days of old – and if we obey the requisite laws, it will bring us to the fullest blessings God has ever offered mankind.
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