That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day. (D&C 50:24)
What is the perfect day? The perfect day is a topic I frequently ponder, and it intrigues me. I wonder if the meaning for “perfect” is similar to when Jesus commanded us to be perfect or complete (see 3 Nephi 12:48; see also: Matthew 5:48.) If so, it make sense the perfect or complete day will be a day when all things are known and understood. It is one thing to know something works, but to understand how and why something works takes us to a whole new level of knowledge of that thing.
I look at this verse of scripture as a beautiful painting. At a distance I see the gospel of Jesus Christ, including the Plan of Salvation, which includes: the spiritual and physical creation, fall of man, and our journey through mortality, the need for a Savior to save us from the fall, which Jesus Christ fulfilled through the Atonement, the spirit world, the resurrection and judgment day. All this ultimately can lead us back to the presence of our Heavenly Father. This is the painting at a distance, but I believe the perfect day is much more, even though it includes all of the above.
I wonder if Jesus was alluding to the perfect day when He taught us about the lilies of the field:
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (Matthew 6:28-29)
At a distance God’s creations are beautiful, but up close they can be absolutely astounding. Studying a lily or a leaf up close always amazes me with the beauty and complexity of living things. Even microscopic organisms are fascinating in their design and function. I believe the gospel of Jesus Christ is much the same. At a distance it is simple and beautiful. However, there is a depth and beauty to be discovered as we look closer and study the details. The more I learn, the more I am amazed.
One of the greatest amazements I have discovered is the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I have often heard the Atonement talked about in abstract, almost mysterious ways. However, I have come to learn that the Atonement is not an abstract concept, and while parts of it are beyond our comprehension, much we can understand. As I have come to understand some of the what, why, and possibly how the Savior did all that He did from Gethsemane to Golgotha, I am amazed beyond words. My love, respect, reverence, and admiration for Him has no limits. The Atonement is a central piece of the entire gospel painting.
Could the perfect day be the day when we not only see the entire gospel painting, but understand all the fine details, such as the delicate strokes, subtle shadows, or imperceptible gradients of color? For me, learning and studying the basics and the details of the gospel is an adventure moving towards the perfect day. This journey of discovery fills me with delightful surprises and truths, which give me greater hope and joy. The journey also teaches me more of what is needed to prepare the world for what I also believe will be the perfect day of Christ’s return in brilliant light and glory. The perfect day is a day to strive for and to keep in our hearts, knowing that one day we shall see the Perfect Day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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