- What does it mean to be a Saint? In the Lord’s Church, the members are Latter-day Saints, and they attempt to emulate the Savior, follow His teachings, and receive saving ordinances in order to live in the celestial kingdom with God the Father and our Savior Jesus Christ.
He says that being a saint is not easy
- It is not easy to be a Latter-day Saint. It was not meant to be easy. The ultimate goal of living in the presence of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, is a privilege almost beyond comprehension.
To be classified as true saints, there are several things we need to be doing in our lives:
- If we are to be Saints in our day, we need to separate ourselves from evil conduct and destructive pursuits that are prevalent in the world.
- As Saints, we also need to avoid the worship of worldly gods. In the recent past President Kimball counseled that even homes, boats, credentials, titles, and other similar pursuits can be worshiped as idols when they entice us away from love and service to God.
- If we are to be worthy Saints, we should minister to others and adhere to the Savior’s admonition to love God and our fellowmen. Separation from the evils of the world needs to be accompanied by holiness. A Saint loves the Savior and follows Him in holiness and devotion. Evidence of this kind of holiness and devotion is exemplified by consecration and sacrifice.
As we become saints, there will be specific results that we will be able to see in our lives.
- Saints who respond to the Savior’s message will not be led astray by distracting and destructive pursuits and will be prepared to make appropriate sacrifices. The importance of sacrifice to those who want to be Saints is exemplified by the atoning sacrifice of the Savior, which is at the center of the gospel.
He offers us three ways to determine if we are on the right path:
- May I suggest three questions that will allow for a self-assessment.
- First, is the way we live consistent with what we believe, and would our friends and associates recognize that we have separated ourselves from worldly evils?
- Second, are worldly pleasures, profits, and similar pursuits distracting us from following, worshiping, and serving the Savior in our daily lives?
- Third, in order to serve God and be holy, are we making sacrifices consistent with our covenants?
Finally, he concludes with sharing his testimony:
- I testify that avoiding evil and destructive pursuits and sacrificing in order to serve will qualify us to experience the joy of being committed Latter-day Saints and, as the scriptures promise, bring “peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come.”
We can all be true Latter-day Saints by separating ourselves from the worldly things of the world. Our pursuit to be better disciples of Jesus Christ will be supported by the Savior and we will have power to make the right decisions and do things that will bring us closer to Christ.