Hey guys, I'll just apologize in advance today, I'm just too dang destitute of sleep and it's a struggle to even keep the eyes open these days. Just always tired, there's never any time to sleep. But I wouldn't have it any other ways. Even though you can barely open your eyes at least your smiling because I guess it's what you're supposed to be doing.
Anyways like I said it's a struggle even to belt out anything right now. This week was pretty cool, literally cast out some demons like straight up this week it was wild. Kind of a paranormal experience but was pretty cool, and it got us some new investiators.
I guess my thought this week centers on something that the Savior said in his renowned and angelic sermon: "The Sermon on the mount"
at the conclusion of his words, as he overlooked His little band of followers on the slopes that meander to the banks of Galilee, he charged them with the clarion call to "Be (ye) Perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is Perfect".
Of the one million elements that make the Son of Man a Perfect Being, may I just offer one more;
If you closely read the New Testament, you'll notice that not once in the Savior's mortal ministry did he refer to Himself as 'Christ', until post- His atonement. It's very interesting to note, that in His love and desire for all humankind to know the glad tidings of the gospel, he gave the same indispensible sermon to his 'Other SHeep' living on the American continent, and although I do not know exatly the geographical location, I can imagine the people listening intently as he closes his glorious hope-dawning speach with the words
"Be ye perfect, even as I, or your Father which is in Heaven is perfect."
Wait what? Why is it changed?
The Savior did not refer to Himself being perfect, at least not in that instant (I'm not a bible scholar) in the Holy Land when he delivered his adress before His Atonement. Following His death and Ressurection, he ministered to the Nephites in Ancient-America, and then he referred to Himself as being "Perfect."
The Apostle Paul declares;
"For we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation PERFECT through sufferings...
For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his bretheren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high preitst in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted."
Why is Jesus Perfect? Well, through His atonement, he knows us perfect. Without us, he wouldn't be perfect because he would not know us perfectly.
He lives, He's real, he will walk with you because he is perfect. He loves your soul, and didn't pay the price for you to be an 'angel', but to inherit all the blessings that he promised to Abraham, and his seed. Namely that we could inherit all of His glory and promises, and sit down in His kingdom with all of the greats, with our family with our Father. He payed for a lot more, and in so doing suffered a lot more, than we could ever imagine.
Anyways, I'm grateful that we have a being who knows us perfectly because he is perfect.
Love you guys, have a great week.
Elder Tanner Noah Clegg