Have you looked in the mirror lately and wondered who was staring back? I have. For some reason I still expect to see a young good looking 25-year-old man looking back. Instead I see a middle-aged, slightly rounded, and balding one; and he is not nearly as good looking as I remember. Furthermore, the old guy looking back is NOT me! The mirror is showing me a counterfeit, an impersonator. Is this all I see? Do I see there is more to me than an aging body, or do I see a temple of God? The Apostle Paul taught that we are all temples of God:
For the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (1 Corinthians 3:17.)
In the temple, the House of the Lord was the first place I saw my wife dressed beautifully in all white, and I could see Paul’s words in her. This beautiful vision of my wife was on our wedding day, and the room got brighter as she entered. (Maybe not literally, but it seemed that way.) Whenever I see my eternal sweetheart in the temple, I believe I am looking at the most beautiful angel God ever created, and that is with her glory veiled. I believe that when I see her in the Celestial Kingdom of our Heavenly Father, her true and complete beauty will be beyond my mortal comprehension.
If I can imagine my wife’s celestial glory now, should I not also see glimpses of myself as I truly am? I am supposed to be her equal, because I am a son of our Eternal Father in Heaven. His glory exceeds all, and we are all His actual sons and daughters. Can you even begin to imagine what that means? Heavenly Father does not look into a mirror and see an impersonator, He sees Himself as He is. He is the most glorious being we will ever know. The key is to understanding who we are is to know and understand who God is. The late, Brother Stephen R. Covey in his book, 6 Events teaches, “We are literally his children, spiritually begotten. In our ‘spirit DNA’ we are one generation from Elohim, our Eternal Father.” (Stephen R. Covey, 6 Events , 46.) Further, Brother Covey reminds us what the Prophet Joseph Smith taught, “If men do not comprehend the character of God, they do not comprehend themselves” ( Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 343). In other words, to comprehend our Eternal Father and our relationship is to comprehend our divine worth, and intended destiny. Our Heavenly Father knows our divine potential is to be joint heirs with Christ. As Christ received all that He has, so He wants to bestow the same blessings on all of us. (See: Romans 8:17 and John 16:15.)
My greatest desire is for the happiness of our children both now and throughout the eternities. My wife and I sacrificed greatly to give our children every advantage to prepare them for the world as best we knew how. Our desires are not dissimilar from our Heavenly Father’s as taught in, the book of Moses, which reads:
For behold, this is my work and my glory —to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. (Moses 1:39)
Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ have put great effort and sacrifice into this mission of providing immortality and eternal life. They want us to embrace their gifts, trust in their love, and live up to our divine heritage.
Imagine having to convince a puppy that he is a dog and not a mouse, which of course is ludicrous. A puppy will always grow up to be a dog and it will never be a mouse. Unlike puppies, we have a choice to accept the gifts of our Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ to become like them, or not. The choice is ours, while these sacred gifts are available to all of God’s children, not all will chose to receive them.
Since I am not a puppy, I choose to grow up and be like our Heavenly Father as Jesus commanded, “ Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect. (3 Nephi 12:48; see also: Matthew 5:48.) This perfection the Lord is talking about means complete, finished, fully developed (see also: “ Come Unto Christ, And Be Perfected In Him ” and “ The Grace of Jesus Christ is Sufficient ”.)
So look in the mirror again and see if you can see more than the reflection looking back. Can you see you are a son or daughter of God? You have infinite worth and potential. There are no blessings your Heavenly Father does not wish to give you, for you are His child.
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