Today and forevermore God’s grace is available to all May 27, 2018 Sunday Studies

Last week the Sunday Study pointed out that we all come up a bit short (Romans 2:23). Satan might use that to try and push you down and convince you that you aren’t good enough and never will be. But that isn’t true! Part of the reason Satan would want to do that is because when we come up a bit short, we naturally start looking for help. And that is a very good thing, because in God’s plan there is ALWAYS help!

This theme is repeated over and over in the scriptures!

Revelation 3:20

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Matthew 11:28

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Alma 36:18-21

  18 Now, as my mind caught hold upon this thought, I cried within my heart: O Jesus, thou Son of God, have mercy on me, who am in the gall of bitterness, and am encircled about by the everlasting chains of death.

  19 And now, behold, when I thought this, I could remember my pains no more; yea, I was harrowed up by the memory of my sins no more.

  20 And oh, what joy, and what marvelous light I did behold; yea, my soul was filled with joy as exceeding as was my pain!

  21 Yea, I say unto you, my son, that there could be nothing so exquisite and so bitter as were my pains. Yea, and again I say unto you, my son, that on the other hand, there can be nothing so exquisite and sweet as was my joy.

Can you see why Satan would want you to turn inwards and away from the help that is there for you? It is because that help comes in the favor, grace, and mercy of the Savior.

Elder Uchtdorf teaches this with such power! Here is what he taught and the challenge he gives us:

“Today and forevermore God’s grace is available to all whose hearts are broken and whose spirits are contrite. Jesus Christ has cleared the way for us to ascend to heights incomprehensible to mortal minds.

I pray that we will see with new eyes and a new heart the eternal significance of the Savior’s atoning sacrifice. I pray that we will show our love for God and our gratitude for the gift of God’s infinite grace by keeping His commandments and joyfully ‘walk[ing] in [a] newness of life.’” (Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “The Gift of Grace”, April 2015).

Rather than beating ourselves up, let’s lift ourselves up knowing of God’s love for us and then lift up someone else who might not be as aware of that love as you are! Give thanks to God in prayer and then get up and go show thanks to God by helping someone else.

Next week we will study what the favor and grace of God does (and doesn’t do) for us.

Today’s Scripture Study

Revelation 3:20

Matthew 11:28

Alma 36:18-21

2 Nephi 25:23

Zechariah 1:3

D&C 88:63

The Gift of Grace by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

How do you build a close personal relationship with God? May 20, 2018 Sunday Studies

In the scriptures, the pinnacle of our personal relationship with God might be called “favor.” Nephi had it:

1 Nephi 1:1

“having seen many afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days.”

Samuel had it. 1 Samuel 2:26

“And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the Lord, and also with men.”

And Rachel had it. Genesis 29:17

“Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.”

But how do we get it? How do we find that place where we are experiencing the close personal relationship with God and seeing His favor in our lives? There are definitely some roadblocks. We have all experienced the feeling of coming up a little bit short of what we hoped in ourselves and what we know God would want us to do.

Paul experienced that same feeling. Romans 3:23:

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

Nephi absolutely felt that feeling of coming up a bit short. 1 Nephi 4:17:

“My heart sorroweth because of my flesh; my soul grieveth because of mine iniquities.”

So if we feel we have not quite lived up to our full potential, at least we are in good company! But we want to be in God’s company! We want that unimaginable experience Alma described in Alma 5:16

“Can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord, saying unto you, in that day: Come unto me ye blessed…?”

Oh, we all want that! And don’t worry, coming up short isn’t the end of the story! It wasn’t God’s plan for us to come here, come up short, and fail. He has a perfect plan for our shortcomings.

Elder Uchtdorf taught it so well when he said, “It can be discouraging at times to know what it means to be a son of God and yet come up short. The adversary likes to take advantage of these feelings. Satan would rather that you define yourself by your sins instead of your divine potential. I do not believe in a God who would set up rules and commandments only to wait for us to fail so He could punish us. (Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Four Titles”, April 2013).

Next week’s study will show the path forward for all of us.

Daily scripture study:

1 Nephi 1:1

1 Samuel 2:26

Genesis 29:17

Romans 3:23

1 Nephi 4:17

Alma 5:16

Four Titles by Dieter F. Uchtdorf