Written by Kristen Knecht, a BYU student, studying a volume of scripture known as the Pearl of Great Price, which is written by prophets; members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints “Mormons” revere it as sacred text. This post comes from a book within the Pearl of Great Price known as The Book of Moses; it is an extraction from the translation of the Bible as revealed to Joseph Smith the Prophet, June 1830—February 1831.
God the Father’s Visit to Moses Teaches Us a Lot
One of my favorite parts of the teachings from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently called the “Mormon Church” by the media) is that everyone can obtain the blessings that obedience brings. All blessings, covenants, and opportunities are available if we live worthily and strive to do our best. No one is more important than the other is; no one has special privileges that another person cannot obtain. Even though women cannot hold and exercise the priesthood (the eternal power and authority of God the Father) like men can, that doesn’t mean that women will not receive all the blessings of the priesthood as they support the priesthood.
With all of these things in mind, I read in a book of scripture known as the Pearl of Great Price, in Moses chapter 1 , and found it to be a very rewarding experience. Moses was told things by God the Father that not only apply to him, but they apply to all of us. In verse 2 it says “…God was upon Moses; therefore Moses could endure his presence.” When I think about what it takes to have eternal life and to dwell in the presence of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ I know that we have to meet certain requirements. We will not be able to dwell with them in the hereafter, if in this life we do not keep the commandments and figuratively have “God upon us.” Just as Moses was prepared to be in the presence of God the Father, so must we be prepared. In verse 6 it says “…Moses, my son; and thou art in the similitude of mine Only Begotten…”, this is such a wonderful statement because we can all know that we are in the similitude of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I love verse 12, which reads, “…Satan came tempting him, saying: Moses, son of man, worship me.” I love this verse, because even though Moses had just had the blessing of being in the presence of God he was tempted! Being tempted and experience hardships is an essential part of life! We could not know the greatness of God the Eternal Father if we didn’t know how evil Satan is.
While still in the presence of Satan, verse 18 says, “And again Moses said: I will not cease to call upon God, I have other things to inquire of him: for his glory has been upon me, wherefore I can judge between him and thee.” This is such a great reminder that I need to remember the spiritual experiences I have had. When we remember the confirmations of the spirit, we can know the difference between impressions of God and the temptations of Satan. This is also a good example that no matter how spiritual we may think we are we still need to “call upon God” and “inquire of him” so that we may constantly grow in the gospel and in the light of our Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ. Verse 26 is very applicable to myself, to all Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and to the world. It reads “And lo, I am with thee, even unto the end of thy days; for thou shalt deliver my people from bondage, even Israel my chosen.” Our Heavenly Father will never desert us! He is always going to be here to cheer us on and assist us in our endeavors.
Every member of the Mormon Church has been called to preach the gospel to Heavenly Father’s children on this earth. We have been commanded to share the gospel with others. Moses, Chapter 1 is such a great chapter to be able to read about the similarities in the relationship between God and Moses and the relationship between God and myself. So many of the things that Moses learned and experienced are things that I know can be applied in my own life. We are all eligible to have the blessings and experiences that Moses had as long as we are striving to be obedient and worthy.
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