Some Stand-Alone Thoughts
As I was studying this week, I found some thoughts and quotes that came from talks and other messages that I loved, so I gathered them. I wanted to share them here.
1 Peter 1: 8-9Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though not ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
The Greek word translated as end refers to the goal, purpose, consummation, or object. The Joseph Smith Translation changes this phrase to read "object of our faith." Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin used Peter's statement as an example of true faith, which eventually results in salvation. He explained: "Faith exists when absolute confidence in that which we cannot see combines with action that is in absolute conformity to the will of our Heavenly Father. Without all three-first, absolute confidence; second, action; and third, absolute conformity-all we have is a counterfeit, a weak and watered-down faith"
1 Peter 1: 15-16But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
"Our climb up the path to perfection is aided by encouragement from the scriptures.... "Continuing encouragement comes as we follow the example of Jesus, who taught, 'Be ye holy; for I am holy! His hope for us is crystal clear! He declared:
'What manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am. Thus, our adoration of Jesus is best expressed by our emulation of Jesus....
As begotten children of heavenly parents, we are endowed with the potential to become like them, just as mortal children may become like their mortal parents" (Nelson, "Perfection Pending,")
2 Peter 1: 3According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.
President Lorenzo Snow explained that the glory of exaltation is not simply given to us. The Lord calls upon us to exert our greatest efforts: "Purity, virtue, fidelity, and godliness must be sought ambitiously, or the crown cannot be worn. Those principles must be incorporated with ourselves-woven into our constitutions-becoming a part of us.... These qualifications can be had only as they are sought and obtained; so that in the morning of the resurrection we will possess those acquisitions only which we secure in this world! Godliness cannot be conferred, but must be acquired-a fact of which the religious world seem strangely and lamentably unconscious"