Sunday, June 3, 2012

Personal Progress #2 (We All Have a Little More To Do)

As a I mentioned before- I am done with Personal Progress! Actually I'm not even in Young Womens anymore. I don't know what I expected. Maybe I thought I would just suddenly feel like an adult. Yeah, unfortunately being legally an adult means nothing. I still have so much to learn! I don't feel ready to take on the world and have a job, pay taxes, deal with people on my own (can't just threaten them with my mom anymore), and pay my own way. I know I am not the only one who doesn't feel ready, so I am not alone in that aspect. Plus, I still have my family who are willing to help me along the way!

WE all have a little more learning to do - a little more "growing" up. That's why Personal Progress never ends. The Personal Progress is like the kick-in-the-butt to get you moving for the rest of your life.

On that note let us start on value #2- Divine Nature! 

di·vine [dih-vahyn]  adjective, di·vin·er,di·vin·est, noun, verb, di·vined, di·vin·ing.
1. of or pertaining to a god, especially the Supreme Being.
2. addressed, appropriated, or devoted to God  or a god;religious; sacred: divine worship.
3. proceeding from God  or a god: divine laws.
4. godlike; characteristic of or befitting a deity: divinemagnanimity.
5. heavenly; celestial: the divine kingdom.

In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints we believe that we are all sons and daughters of Heavenly Father and because of that we have inherited divine qualities-

2 Peter 1:1-4   
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

And to even go further than that -

Moroni 7:45
45 And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

We have the divine potential to have all these qualities. Potential, meaning - we have to put the first foot forward. It is hard work to have these things. Being kind, having patience, having brotherly kindess! Those are hard things to learn and instill into ones life, but it's not not doable. Believe me when I say that life is so much better when you do. When I make an effort to make divine qualities a part of my life I feel Heavenly Father's presence. The Holy Ghost touches my heart and I know that I am doing the right things. 

There little wars being fought everywhere. Wars against our good natures and bad ones. Since we have free agency we have so many choices to make and paths to choose. The natural man, which is all things against God, is what keeps us away from our Heavenly Father. It is an enemy to God because if his "work and [his] glory is to bring to pass that immortality and eternal life of man" then it is what's stopping us from achieving our divine potential. 

I know that if we instill divine qualities in our lives than we will win the war against Satan! 

NOTE: Let us give thanks for Blogger's auto save, because my computer is doing funky things and I thought I lost everything!