Thursday, January 22, 2015

1 Nephi 21

(January 19, 2015)
                A problem that I sometimes have is that I lose track of the fact that the Savior is a personal Savior, and not just a global Savior.  I realize that He has the capacity to break the shackles of nations and to level mountains, but I at the same time tend to struggle believing that He can free me from my shackles of foolishness and sin (and this after He has already done so much to free me). 

                But Israel is both a man and a nation, and in the same way the Lord’s promises to Israel are promises to both the nation and those who choose to align themselves with that nation’s standard.  If everyone in the world, beginning in this very moment, chose wickedness over righteousness, it would not change the simple fact that the Lord has the capacity to save me if I will let Him.  In one sense, the Plan of Salvation is a great tapestry – a grand epic with billions of actors.  In another, very real, sense, the Plan of Salvation is a personal story of each of our individual choices to develop a love and relationship with our Savior.

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