Sunday, October 11, 2015

My Work and My Glory


In the Sunday afternoon session of last week's LDS General Conference, Brother Devin G. Durrant - First Counselor in the Sunday School General Presidency - challenged us to "ponderize" a scripture every week. He went on to explain that to ponderize a scripture meant not only to memorize it, but to ponder its meaning.

This talk came at a most opportune time since I had been wondering how to best follow my late uncle's example of knowing key scriptures by heart. The true challenge was knowing where to start. There are so many wonderful passages to choose from. But at the conclusion of Brother Durrant's talk, I looked at my 14yo son and realized the answer was simple - scripture mastery.

For those of you not familiar with that term, it refers to a collection of scriptures chosen by the leaders of the church for our youth to learn and memorize through the seminary program.

To keep it simple, I chose the first scripture in the list of scripture mastery verses.

Moses 1:39 - "For behold, this is my work and my glory -
to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man."

It seemed the perfect choice - short, sweet, and one I already knew from my days in seminary. I wrote the verse on an index card and hung it on our fridge above the ice dispenser where I was sure to see it often.

The first couple of days, I merely reacquainted myself with the words, committing them to memory. It wasn't until I began to ponder their meaning that my eyes were opened to their majesty and grace.

God, our Heavenly Father - all-knowing and all-powerful - chose for His crowning glory to give us, His spirit sons and daughters, the opportunity to become like Him. Out of everything He could do, He chose us as His work. He chose us to be his glory.

Us.

When I think on that, I find myself awed and humbled that someone so noble and divine cares enough about me to devote His time, His energy, His focus toward bringing me home. I can think of no greater gift, no greater act of service. And because of that, I know I am loved. I am wanted. I matter.

I will never look at another scripture the same way again.

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