Pure in Heart
By derek
12/21/2006 3:24:03 PM
Matthew 5:8 — Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
What a blessing this is! Does this mean in this life? I don't know. I'm sure that promise is valid for the next though.

There's a story I've heard about 2 men who die and are waiting to get into heaven. The first man is called in to a room, where a man asks him about his life. He then asks him to tell him everything he knows about Jesus Christ. The man responds by telling him all about Jesus, his miraculous birth, his ministry, his atonement, death, and resurrection. When he finishes, the questioner thanks the man and tells him to proceed to the next room for more "processing". The second man is then shown into the room and immediately falls to his knees before the questioner, and with tears streaming down his cheeks sobs "My Lord, My God".

One man knew all about the Savior but didn't recognize him. The other recognized the Savior in an instant and his "book knowledge" didn't even matter. Are we like the first man, carrying around a great knowledge about who the Savior is, but not KNOWING the Savior? I know I was most certainly like that first man. I am now working on getting to know him, so, like the second man, I can recognize him when I see him.

And what about "seeing God" in the things around us? I think of my children and the excitement and joy they have in learning about these great blessings we have called earth and life. Certainly they are pure in heart. And they see God and their blessings all the time. I know that we can see His influence all around us and in the little events that happen in our lives (also known as tender mercies), if we will LOOK for it and strive to be pure in heart so we can recognize it.


knowing the Savior    
"You make some good points. I think that there is a huge difference between knowing about the Savior and knowing him. I myself have assumed that because I know a little bit about the scriptures and the plan of salvation that I had a strong personal relationship with him. How wrong I was, though. While I have endeavored to follow many of his teachings I still don't lose my life wholly in order to find it. What I mean is that I haven't given him my all- I haven't tried to become pure in heart."
posted at 18:29:00 on January 9, 2007 by roast_rump

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"If, through our unrighteous choices, we have lost our footing on that path, we must remember the agency we were given, agency we may choose to exercise again. I speak especially to those overcome by the thick darkness of addiction. If you have fallen into destructive, addictive behaviors, you may feel that you are spiritually in a black hole. As with the real black holes in space, it may seem all but impossible for light to penetrate to where you are. How do you escape? I testify the only way is through the very agency you exercised so valiantly in your premortal life, the agency that the adversary cannot take away without your yielding it to him. "

— Robert D. Hales

General Conference, April 2006