Monday, March 30, 2009

What Pleases the Lord?

We could all shout out our Primary answers to the question, "What pleases the Lord?” :go to church, read the scriptures, keep the commandments. Those are all good answers. But, there is one particular thing that is mentioned in D&C 88 that brings a beautiful clarity.

In verses 1 and 2 the Lord tell us Himself, "Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you who have assembled yourselves together to receive him will concerning you: Behold, this is pleasing unto your Lord, and the angles rejoice over you; the alms of your prayers have come up unto the ears of the Lord of Saboath, and are recorded in the book of the names of the sanctified, even them of the celestial world."

What amazing verses! What did they do the pleased the Lord and made angels rejoice over them? Two things: they sought HIS will, and they prayed. They prayed to know His will concerning them. It is so simple a thing, yet it made the angels rejoice.

Why is it so magnificent? When we turn to the Lord in prayer to learn his will for us, we essentially turn our lives over to the Master. There no other more qualified hands to put our lives into. By seeking his will, we trade sin for forgiveness, pride for humility, and eternal anguish for eternal joy.

He has said himself that "this is my work and my glory - to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." Though it is his work and glory, he cannot force it upon us- that would go against the very reason we are sent here: to choose for ourselves. When we seek his will for us, we allow him to bless us and we are able to take full advantage of the Savior's redeeming Atonement. When we seek his will, we take a step towards Eternal Life.

Do you have a desire to please the Lord and give angles cause to rejoice over your? Start with a humble prayer, and six simple words, “What would Thou have me do?”

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