As we talked together this morning, enjoying lazy luxury (that got me to work 8 minutes late), I chose to relate a consideration that I'd had yesterday on the way home from work. In an attempt not to lay out all the tracks that train had driven on, I stated something like, "The denomination of the Christians who survive the coming calamities and destruction won't really matter."
She questioned my poorly-voiced hypothesis with a logic-challenging, "Oh?"
I tried to reshape my thoughts by mentioning that the turmoil and upheaval to come are a cleansing to prepare the world for the Savior's return.
As I drove to work, the fog in my head cleared a bit and it hit me: for those that survive the coming troubles, religious designations of any sort will be completely irrelevant. As Isaiah points out, those around to welcome the Lord in that day will be a "righteous remnant".
The only qualification people need to survive difficulties ahead is to be a "Follower of Righteousness"; as Father Abraham was.
She was right.
Monday, March 01, 2010
In Alma the younger's extended discussion with his son Corianton, Alma defines the term restoration:
the meaning of the word restoration, is to bring back again evil for evil, or carnal for carnal, or devilish for devilish; good for that which is good; righteous for that which is righteous; just for that which is just; merciful for that which is merciful;The gospel includes all truth.
Therefore, my son, see that you are merciful unto your brethren; deal justly, judge righteously, and do good continually; and if you do all these things, then shall ye receive your reward; yea, ye shall have mercy restored unto you again; ye shall have justice restored unto you again; and ye shall have good rewarded unto you again;
For that which ye do send out shall return unto you again, and be restored; therefore, the word restoration more fully condemneth the sinner, and justifieth him not at all.Alma 41: 14-15 (emphasis added)