I have been pondering the very deep meaning in the teaching of the Lord. This teaching is simple, yet profound as it will be found in Matthew 18:3 which reads...
"Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."
The implications are broad,and not without longstanding need of continual reflection. But just what does He mean by that? When I reflect upon this, I also begin to think about the other admonition of the Savior, "Come Unto Me". In Quorum meetings I have mentioned this before, but when I consider the latter of the two well known, and frequently discussed admonitions of the Lord, I think of the gentle correction we as children all at one time were instructed. Whether upon the knee of a father or mother, we were corrected in a way, then after the correction came the outpouring of love. (See also D & C 121)
The same could be said of us, as we "...repent and come unto [Him].." going to Him we bring our sorrows, and being with Him, our hearts are full of inexpressible love!
So, what are some of those things that will help us qualify to become like a child? It is as King Benjamin said: "....and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father." (Mosiah 3:19)
This is no easy process Brethren, and will take a continual application of effort on our part, just like we are reminded on The Shumway Sequence #2, it will all happen, yet, :
I have a testimony of this work. I know in my heart this is the TRUE gospel of Jesus Christ- Restored to the earth in the Latter-Days just as foretold by prophets of old. I know that Joseph Smith is The Prophet Of The Restoration, and my testimony of him as a Prophet of the Lord is as sure as the sunrise. Now Brethren, the official text for Sunday Lesson July 24th, 2011.
The Shumway Sequence
1.ALWAYS STRIVING TO INCREASE TIME SPENT AROUND THE SPIRIT
“…Humble yourselves before the Lord…call upon His holy name…watch and pray continually… and thus be led by the Holy Spirit, becoming humble, meek, submissive, patient, full of love and all longsuffering.” (Alma 13:28)
2.ALL THINGS ACCOMPLISHED ACCORDING TO THE LORD’S TIMING
“Let not your minds turn back; and when ye are worthy, in mine own due time, ye shall see and know that which was conferred upon you.” (Doctrine & Covenants Section 67:14)
3.THERE IS SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE IN THE SERVICE YOU ARE GIVING
“And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.” (Mosiah 2:17)
4.INCREASE OUR DESIRE TO HAVE A DEEPER LEVEL OF TRUST AND FAITH
“…exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.” (Alma 32:27 –Faith) “I say unto thee, put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good- yea, to do justly, to walk humbly, to judge righteously ; and this is my Spirit.” (Doctrine & Covenants Section 11:12 – Trust)
5.IF YOU ARE HERE NOW, YOU ARE FOREORDAINED TO BE HERE.
“And this is the manner after which [we] were ordained – being called and prepared from the foundation of the world according to the foreknowledge of God, on account of their exceeding faith and good works; …therefore they having chosen good, and exercising exceedingly great faith, are called with a holy calling…which was prepared with, and according to, a preparatory redemption for such.” (Alma 13:3)