Great commentary, thanks. I wish, however, we would quit using the term
"pre-existence," and replace it with "pre-mortal." Mortality is
not the beginning of our existence, rather the continuation of our existence.
I am often asked by friends and family why am I living in China. I had a choice
to make when I took the job that I knew would take me and my wife away from our
family just weeks after our youngest graduated from High School. The
compensation for both jobs was comparable, one would send me to China for
several years; the other would be in the US for about a year with contract
options for more years possible.They often don't understand the
"Here am I, send me" conviction that was overwhelming when our thoughts
turned to China. We KNEW that nearly every other experience in our lives had
happened to prepare us for the experience we are now living. How could we even
consider any other option knowing that we had been prepared for this moment? It isn't just history that we read about in others' lives at the
beginning of the Church. It is happening in our lives today. I believe it will
continue in our lives in the future.To others I would say: Are you
listening? Are actively doing something to prepare for the moment when
everything fits in place?
A fine article. The mortal Messiah provides a good example for us to emulate. He
was obedient and sought to do the will of the Father. However,
let's be sure to remember that it is the living, risen Christ who we
worship, not the mortal Lord. While we also worship the Father, it is the risen
Christ, not the Father, who rules and reigns over the earth. Eternal life comes
only through him, and he is our judge. And, as Elder McConkie wrote in the
Ensign, the Son is the God who answers our prayers.