During my morning devotional, I decided that instead of reading from the Come Follow Me program today I would listen to the words of the prophet, President Russell M. Nelson. Searching through Facebook, I found a link to a news article that mentioned President Nelson's landmark remarks to the Saints on both sides of the veil to prepare ourselves to worship in the temple and receive the savior ordinances thereof.
What was significant about those remarks? Listen first, and I will share why they are significant in my estimations.
"Our message to the world is simple and sincere: we invite all of God’s children on both sides of the veil to come unto their Savior, receive the blessings of the holy temple, have enduring joy, and qualify for eternal life."
President Nelson offered an invitation to both the living and the dead to prepare for entry into, and covenant partaking from the temples of God--160-plus strong around the world. The potential audience of that message is astronomical. The responsibility of such a flocking to the truth lays on the efforts of the millions of Saints in mortality now!
With that statement, President Nelson invited righteous seekers of Christ from generations past and forward to seek God and receive blessing at the hand of the few whom Christ has ordained to work in His vineyard before the Second Coming!
That few being millions of Saints in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are called to witness to the world that salvation for all the countless billions of human ever born without the knowledge of the Savior to inform them and usher them towards Him so that when He comes again, they will be ready to be joint heirs with Him. What does that mean in my estimations?
It means revelation by the power of the Holy Ghost of ancestors who have accepted Jesus Christ and wait for their blessing at the temple. It means the expansion of the use and growth of temple opportunities in the world and the greater emphasis on Saints living the standards of Christ to qualify to work in them.
It means an increase in repentance and increase in understanding of what repentance is, and how it works in our lives to bring about the change necessary to become like the Savior.
It means a worldwide increase in the interest of family history across religious and cultural lines to facilitate the billions of us. It means God is keeping his promise to gather the House of Israel before coming to rule the Earth for a thousand years of peace.
It is the reality of the beging of the fulfillment of the words Jacob, the brother of Nephi, when he testified "because of the way of deliverance of our God, the Holy One of Israel, this death, of which I have spoken, which is the temporal, shall deliver up its dead; which death is the grave. And this death of which I have spoken, which is the spiritual death, shall deliver up its dead; which spiritual death is hell; wherefore, death and hell must deliver up their dead, and hell must deliver up its captive spirits, and the grave must deliver up its captive bodies, and the bodies and the spirits of men will be restored one to the other; and it is by the power of the resurrection of the Holy One of Israel." [2 Nephi 9:12]
Jacob further testified besides hell and the grave delivering up their death, "the paradise of God must deliver up the spirits of the righteous, and the grave deliver up the body of the righteous; and the spirit and the body is restored to itself again, and all men become incorruptible, and immortal, and they are living souls, having a perfect knowledge like unto us in the flesh, save it be that our knowledge shall be perfect." [2 Nephi 9:13]
It is just the beginning, however. It starts in the temple with hell delivering up its captive spirits and eventually the resurrection of all people to receive our final reward. As Jacob would say, "O how great the plan of our God! [2 Nephi 9:13]
God does have a plan for all of us. The fullness of that plan can only be found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Is that an arrogant thing to assert? Maybe.
Is it true? Ask God.
It never hurts to be sure.