ONE || The Lord joins us in our efforts as we build the kingdom on earth and journey back to God. In the account of the Lord committing the keys of this dispensation to the prophet Joseph Smith, the Lord is shown to have been actively preparing -- and also personally involved -- in the coming forth of new ordinances and blessings for the Saints. The Lord said, "for Israel shall be saved, and I will lead them." Some sects of Christianity view the Savior as an aloof God-figure, indifferent to the fate of mankind, or even disdainful and selective of who will receive His love. I love that our knowledge of the Savior shows how invested He is in our successful return to Him. He shows us the way, teaches us, is empathetic to our experiences, and even works alongside us on our path. President Eyring's testimony at the end of the talk emphasizes this trait, as well: "He goes before us. He knows the future perfectly. He invites you to the work. He joins you in it."
TWO || Every triumph we celebrate equips us for future trials. President Eyring saw the widespread benefits of the FamilySearch program he helped to create. He said that while its initial main purpose was to reduce the amount of duplicate ordinances and other errors in record-keeping for temple ordinances, he saw the many other ways the program would forward the Restoration. "...whenever we proceed to resolve one inspired problem, we open the door for further revelation for advancements at least equally important but not yet seen." We may find that as we overcome specific spiritual obstacles, we develop solutions that give additional blessings in ways we couldn't have predicted.
THREE || The great and dreadful day of the Lord is near, even at the doors. When the Lord gave the endowment keys to Joseph Smith at the Kirtland Temple, the prophesy of Elijah turning "the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers" was fulfilled, and we are now in a preparatory phase for the return of the Savior. "The great and dreadful day" is such a commanding phrase. When examined through the vocabulary of the mid-1800s, the day is one to look forward to with joyful anticipation. The word "great" indicates largess, intensity, and eminence. The word "dreadful" could mean fearful, but more likely meant awesome (as in awe-some, filled with respect). It will be a day of thrill, of answers, of joy, and of reunion, and the Lord has told us how we can prepare ourselves, our children, and our ancestors for His advent.
"He has raised up and prepared faithful people who choose to do hard things well."
HENRY B. EYRING
He goes before us. He knows the future perfectly. He invites you to the work. He joins you in it. He has in place a plan for your service. And even as you sacrifice, you will feel joy as you help others rise to be ready for His coming.
HENRY B. EYRING
THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE
Try to find one new relative through FamilySearch this week. Temples may be closed, but that doesn't mean the work comes to a halt. See how many family names you are able to prepare for ordinances before your next temple visit.