Always Learning

One of the things I love most about my faith is that I’m always learning new things. I love to hear different opinions and perspectives from others. I think that’s why the Church’s curriculum is mostly repetitive, but the teachers are constantly changing. And that’s a good thing for sure.

During the week I try to make time to listen to the LDS Perspectives podcast. They do a great job creating dialogue with LDS scholars and other guests, and it is a great resource for additional learning.

This week I listened to an episode with Fiona Givens. She pointed out something that she had found in the scriptures that I had never considered. In regards to the baptismal covenant found in Mosiah 18, she said the following:

“I think it’s really interesting that when we take upon ourselves the name of Christ, we’re adopted into Christ’s family. Being adopted into Christ’s family is being adopted into the divine family. I think it’s very interesting because when I’m looking at collaboration, I’m trying to see what each member of the godhead brings to the table. Yes, they do share in all of these priesthood powers, but there must be something distinctive for each of them.

Then…it occurred to me that they’re there in the baptismal covenants. When we covenant to mourn, the God who mourns is the God who weeps; the God who carries our burdens — especially in Gethsemane and on the cross — is Christ; and the God who comforts is the Holy Spirit.”

I thought that was just wonderful insight.  There is always something new to learn about the things that are eternal. No matter what church setting we are in, whether in the temple, in a meetinghouse, or in our homes, we can look and see how involved our Heavenly Father, the Savior, and the Holy Ghost are in the ordinances of the gospel. They are in the details.

We can take comfort in known that there is a God in Heaven, who is our Father, and He loves us individually and completely. We have a Savior who knows our pains and struggles and weaknesses intimately enough to advocate for us with the Father. And we have the Holy Ghost, our spiritual companion, always there for us for inspiration, guidance, and comfort.

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