Saturday, June 7, 2014

Seeking the Second Comforter

A few months ago, I wrote a post about what I though some of the most important things in the temple endowment were, namely remembering your own part in the ceremony as a patron and that the ceremony itself is to prepare you for a personal audience with the Savior while in the flesh.

I got some disagreements about this from other faithful well meaning members, some saying that seeing him while in the flesh will not happen for the average Latter-day Saint, others saying that "seeing" was symbolic of meaning that we would see the hand of the Lord more in our lives after we had received the temple ordinances.

I have to respectfully disagree. At the last supper the Lord himself said "I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you" (John 14:18). Clearly, the Savior plans to come to us when we are down and console us, which is why another of his many titles is "The Second Comforter".

While giving a discourse in Nauvoo on the above verse, the Prophet Joseph Smith said "When any man obtains this last Comforter, he will have the personage of Jesus Christ to attend to him, or appear unto him from time to time, and even He will manifest the Father unto him" (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 150)

One of the key doctrines that was lost to the world during the apostasy was the doctrine of the Father. It was restored to the Earth through the Prophet Joseph, and not only can we have the direct living experience of seeing the Christ, but if we continue to press forward he will reveal the Father to us as well.

The temple plays a central role in making these blessings possible. After officiating in the first presentation of the endowment to seven faithful brethren, the Prophet Joseph said " I have just taught you everything that is necessary for you to enter into the presence of God" (Joseph Smith the Prophet, Truman G. Madsen)

I bear testimony that seeing the Lord while in mortality is possible. Nephi, Jacob, the Brother of Jared, and others in the Book of Mormon were just like you, normal people who were believers. And if we do what they did and believe as they believed, the Lord, who is no respecter of persons, will visit us and comfort us. I look forward to seeing him in the flesh

1 comment:

  1. Tarik, this is one area where we appear to be in complete agreement! You said here that some said the "average" saint will not see Christ. My response is, "Yes, you're probably right. Since when did the Lord ask any of us to be average? I seem to remember, "Be ye therefore perfect..." The Lord doesn't work with a bell curve. He calls us all to be Gods, and this is in no way average!