- We are here on this earth to learn and grow, and the most important learning and growing will come from our covenant connection to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. From our faithful relationship with Them come godly knowledge, love, power, and capacity to serve.
As mortals, we are challenged on how to love like the Savior loves, how to be "perfect" as the Savior instructs us to be. But it is while we are mortals that the Spirit can teach us to be like Christ and to see others through His eyes.
- It is now, with our mortal limitations, that the Father asks us to love when loving is most difficult, to serve when serving is inconvenient, to forgive when forgiving is soul stretching.
Sister Marriott talks about ways that we can draw closer to Christ. She talks specifically about sacrifice and service. Of sacrifice she says:
- Sacrifice of our personal agendas is required to make room for the eternal plans of God. The Savior, who speaks for the Father, pleads with us, “Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you.” Drawing near unto the Father can mean learning of His truth through the scriptures, following prophetic counsel, and striving to do His will more completely.
Our goal is to become one with God. It is only then that we can achieve the type of love for others that we are instructed to have.
- We are divinely designed to give love and be loved, and the deepest love comes when we are one with God.
Finally, she closes with her testimony that our relationship with Deity has eternal significance.
- I testify that our faithful relationship with Heavenly Father and the Savior matters eternally to Them and to us.
Sister Marriott does a great job of teaching us why our relationship with God and His Son are necessary to become like them. We cannot become images of someone we don't know intimately. How are we suppose to be like Christ if we don't know what characteristics and abilities He has? I have found in my life that when I learn how the Savior did things, and then try to act as He did, I achieve greater closeness with the Spirit. My favorite primary song is "I'n trying to be like Jesus" and I truly view Him as the ultimate example of the type of person I want to become. Due to our mortal limitations, we won't get there in this life, but we can do little things that make our eternal journey easier. Today, I am going to try to be a little more Christlike. Join me in trying to be like Jesus.