We have come to the point in our journey where the covenant to sacrifice all things has distilled upon our souls. Precious promises have been given to us. This is the start of a magnificent journey, which the Lord will use to refine our souls even more. You will find your spirit is pointed outward to bless people, because inside you burn with the fire of the Holy Ghost, and the Lord says come follow me.
Remember you are not perfect, you still sin but you are more aware of the Savior’s atonement in your life. His life is too precious and His suffering too great to ignore. The Savior’s name is Sacred to you; it has power in your life as never before. You bow your head in reverence at the mere mention of His name.
I have had many friends start on this journey and then back away because it became too hard, the price too high to pay. I say unto to them as I say unto you, endure it well, press forward and hold on to your faith and do not give up.
As President George Q. Cannon said: “No matter how serious the trial, how deep the distress, how great the affliction, [God] will never desert us. He never has, and He never will. He cannot do it. It is not His character. He is an unchangeable being; the same yesterday, the same today, and He will be the same throughout the eternal ages to come. We have found that God. We have made Him our friend, by obeying His Gospel; and He will stand by us. We may pass through the fiery furnace; we may pass through deep waters; but we shall not be consumed nor overwhelmed. We shall emerge from all these trials and difficulties the better and purer for them, if we only trust in our God and keep His commandments.” (“Remarks,” Deseret Evening News, Mar. 7, 1891, 4); see also Jeffrey R. Holland, “Come unto Me,” Ensign, April 1998, 16–23).
I promise you from sacred experience that the journey is worth every trial which you will endure. It will strip from you what the world deems important and leave you a disciple of Christ. This process of purifying will be with you the rest of your life.
I close with the Lectures on Faith. I was given to study Lecture 6 by Heavenly instruction and it literally changed my understanding of so many things, especially faith. I would encourage all to read Lecture 6 on a weekly basis. Here is a portion of that Lecture that I love.
[Lec 6:7e] “When a man has offered in sacrifice all that he has for the truth’s sake, not even withholding his life, and believing before God that he has been called to make this sacrifice, because he seeks to do his will, he does know most assuredly that God does and will accept his sacrifice and offering, and that he has not nor will not seek his face in vain.”
What a wonderful promise to all seekers of truth. This is the most joyous journey we can embark on in this life. It is worth every trial that we will have, because it will make us in the image of Christ.