Evolving from “Following the Light of Christ into His Presence” to “Enjoying the Light of Christ’s Presence”
This very doctrine — that we, too, can have an audience with the Savior — has been a beacon of light to me for most of my life.
It has also been a foundational cornerstone since the Restoration’s opening minute, and is a central theme of the Book of Mormon and the narrative in the temple.
Yet when I’ve discussed it with other members, I’ve more often than not received blank stares, as if I’m an alien from another planet. It leaves me wondering sometimes if there are some among us Latter-day Saints who are (frankly) closer to being “Latter-day Aint’s” in that they don’t believe in such possibilities.
Others believe that only prophets, apostles and maybe seventy or temple presidents can enjoy such special revelatory experiences.
I couldn’t disagree more. Such beliefs fly in the face of statements about which the Lord and his servants have consistently testified.
“God is no respecter of persons. He will give revelation to me and to you on the same terms and conditions. I can see what Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon saw in the vision of the degrees of glory-and so can you. I can entertain angels and see God, I can receive an outpouring of the gifts of the Spirit-and so can you.” (Elder Bruce R. McConkie, October 1969 General Conference; emphasis mine)
“. . . God hath not revealed anything to Joseph, but what He will make known unto the Twelve, and even the least Saint may know all things as fast as he is able to bear them. (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 149; Elder Bruce R. McConkie, October 1969 General Conference; emphasis mine)
“After the true saints receive and enjoy the gift of the Holy Ghost; after they know how to attune themselves to the voice of the Spirit; after they mature spiritually so that they see visions, work miracles, and entertain angels; after they make their calling and election sure and prove themselves worthy of every trust – after all this and more – it becomes their right and privilege to see the Lord and commune with him face to face. Revelations, visions, angelic visitations, the rending of the heavens, and appearances among men of the Lord himself –all these things are for all of the faithful. They are not reserved for apostles and prophets only. God is no respecter of persons. They are not reserved for one age only, or for a select lineage or people. We are all our Father’s children. All men are welcome.” (McConkie, “The Promised Messiah”, p. 575 as quoted in “The Triumph of Zion”, p. 105 ; emphasis mine).
An Unblog Invitation
At a fundamental level, the Unblog is an online journal of experiences and testimonies which bring us back to Christ.
Yet I’ll admit: Some things are so sacred, that it’s difficult to adequately discuss them online. Some experiences are better left implied and not detailed in this venue. I hope you understand — especially in the case of this post.
Yet what we can do is share and testify of several things we have learned along the way — strategies and actions you can read, ponder and pray about — which could help you take a step closer to a loving Savior who is more anxious than you are to hold you in His arms again.