Tuesday, July 1, 2014

How to Draw Closer to God

"A covenant is a sacred agreement between God and a person or group of people. God sets specific conditions, and He promises to bless us as we obey these conditions." - https://www.lds.org/topics/covenant?lang=eng

In this video, Elder Nelson (one of the 12 apostles serving in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) talks about covenants.


In Matthew 7: 7-8, it reads: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

When I was 17 years old, I was dating a young man. For the first time, I dated a spiritual and uplifting priesthood holder. However, our leaders has counseled and commanded us to not date seriously until we are adults and have marriage as our priority. I remember I started reading my scriptures more regularly and saying my prayers. I thought I was doing all that I needed to as a disciple of Jesus Christ and I confidently asked my Heavenly Father to show me how to draw closer unto Him. When I went to youth conference ( a program for the youth that allows us to develop skills that will draw us closer to God) I had a strong impression from the Holy Ghost that told me that I needed to end my relationship. I was devastated at the time. I really liked the guy and I thought he was good for me. But after thinking things through, I realized that even though this boy may be a really good guy, I was still breaking a covenant I had made. I had sustained my church leaders and by doing so, I have covenanted to follow their righteous examples and teachings. This included the dating guidelines which I wasn't following.

In Matthew, the Lord promises that if we take the time and effort to study the scriptures (seek) and to pray (ask), the Lord will open a way for us to learn. My story is a prime example. I had read my scriptures, prayed and received an answer to my prayers on how I can draw closer to my God. The answer was difficult for me, but I have been significantly blessed through my action of following God's answer.

God had taught me that day that in order for me to draw closer unto Him and progress in life, I had to be a covenant keeper. I am grateful for His love and guidance in my life. I know that as long as I strive to do my best and keep the commandments I can be worthy to utilize my Savior's atoning sacrifice and be clean to be in the presence of my Heavenly Father. I can obtain Eternal Life by applying this principle--to be a covenant keeper.

5 comments:

  1. Wonderful thoughts. Thank you so much for reminding me about the covenants I have made and keep. We may think they are little things, but they are still important.

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  2. We need to be reminded of the covenants that we have made. It is so true that it is the little things that will bring us closer to Heavenly Father and our eternal happiness because if we aren't willing to do the small things, then when it comes time to for larger and more difficult trials of our faith then we might not have the testimony, faith, and understanding to pull through it and receive those blessings that are waiting for us here and in the life to come.

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    1. I love your comment. it's so true. We gain wisdom day to day through small things. We can't be prepared for the big events if we miss out from the smaller ones.

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  3. This is a great article on how keeping our covenants can bless our lives, even when it means making a hard choice. Some people may feel that keeping commandments and covenants puts restrictions on our happiness but I know that on the contrary, keeping our covenants brings us true freedom, peace, and joy. God asks us to keep covenants with Him not to burden us, but to bless us and protect us from choices that can bring heartache and unhappiness. I'm so grateful for the covenants I've made and the joy that comes from striving to keep those covenants.

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  4. I'm grateful for the opportunity to have made covenants with God. I'm equally appreciative for the privilege it is to renew those covenants when I attend church and the temple. I know that doing so brings me closer to God and to His Son Jesus Christ. It also helps me to be more in tune with the promptings and instruction of the Holy Ghost.

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