Being a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been quite an amazing thing. Sometimes we forget who we are and where we are going. Being a member of the LDS church helps me to remember who I am, and what I stand for.
This morning my companion showed me something that I really like, so I thought I would share it.
As you can see on the left, that is us. We are trying to make it back to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. But we have ditches along the way.
The first one is death. A bridge is built to walk over death, because of Christ we are able to walk over death.
Then the next ditch is sin. As we go through this life we aren't perfect we will fall into sin. But there is a ladder we can walk step by step to make our way back to Heavenly Father. To climb the ladder requires work each step is a principle of the gospel.
The first step is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
The second step is Repentance. Faith in Jesus Christ leads us to repent to try and do better.
The third step is Baptism our first ordinance and covenant (promise) to our Heavenly Father. Our faith, and repentance leads us to baptism. We are able to have all of our sins washed away so we can be clean.
The fourth step after baptism is we receive the Holy Ghost. A wonderful gift our Heavenly Father gives us. The Holy Ghost helps guide us to make right choices and comforts us. He also testifies of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
Of course it doesn't end after baptism, we have to continue to climb that ladder. At times we might slip and fall back into sin, but we can always get back on that ladder and start climbing back up to Heavenly Father.
That is the only way we can return to live with Him, its by climbing the ladder taking it one step at a time.
We role played teaching this principle this morning and this is what my companion showed me. Ah, it makes so much more sense than how I was trying to explain! :)
I'm grateful she showed this to me, it opened up my eyes in a way. I love this gospel. I know that at times we will fall into sin over and over again through out our life. We might even just sit down at the bottom for awhile, but that ladder is always there! The Lord will always be at the top of that ladder cheering us on to keep climbing then at that last step He will reach is hand out to us.