Saved from unquenchable fire
By derek
9/29/2006 10:40:25 AM
Mosiah 2:38 — Therefore if that man repenteth not, and remaineth and dieth an enemy to God, the demands of divine justice do awaken his immortal soul to a lively sense of his own guilt, which doth cause him to shrink from the presence of the Lord, and doth fill his breast with guilt, and pain, and anguish, which is like an unquenchable fire, whose flame ascendeth up forever and ever.
How awful. What a scary verse of the day. What a terrible description of the agony that awaits me if I do not repent of my sins. I remember how horrible I felt, the pain and guilt that was awakened in me when I finally confessed everything to my wife. Then I try to imagine multiplying that A LOT for facing God and living with that for eternity. How awful that would be and how grateful this makes me that I can repent. How grateful I am for the my Savior, who suffered and died to take upon him my sins and suffering. I don't HAVE TO suffer that awful eternal consequence if I will just REMEMBER Him always and follow Him. He loves me. He wants me back.

Sacrifice has been defined as giving up something great for something greater. That is a way in which the Savior descended below us all. He gave himself up to save each of us, thereby in a way making us greater than him, placing us above himself. Even though He is the greatest of all, to Him I was worth dying for. He did it for me. What an amazing thought that he would sacrifice himself for me even when his "mortal" side really didn't want to go through with it, to subject himself to the unimaginable pain and horror of Gethsemane. Yet he still did it. I cannot let his sufferings for me be in vain. I thank thee, Savior, for thy amazing unimaginable sacrifice for me. Truly thou art my Savior, my Shepherd, my Redeemer.


Our own guilt    
"And remember, it's not a punishment from God that would cause us to experience that unquenchable fire. It is our own sense of guilt, which separates, or takes us away from him, and which causes us to avoid him or shrink from him. Then that guilt fill us with anguish and the unquenchable fire. His arms are always open; it is we who choose the division and it's consequences."
posted at 05:55:32 on September 30, 2006 by Anonymous

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— Gordon B. Hinckley

General Conference, October 2004