Wednesday, February 13, 2008
3 Nephi 13:16-21
16 Moreover, when ye fast be not as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance, for they disfigure their faces that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.
17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thy head, and wash thy face;
18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father, who is in secret; and thy Father, who seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and thieves break through and steal;
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
(Book of Mormon | 3 Nephi 13:16 - 21)
The question I ask myself as I read this passage is, Why do we worship as we do? When that question is asked to a broad spectrum of people, it will generate many different answers. Why go to church? What do we hope to gain by doing so? When/if we go to church, what is our motivation? What should it be? Can I go to church with the hope that I will draw closer to my Heavenly Father, and at the same time, socialize with people whose company I enjoy? If I didn’t have any friends at my church should I go find another where I felt that I fit in better? If I try to find a church where people believe just as I do, does that mean that I’m trying to find a God that believes like me, instead of me trying to conform my will and thoughts to what He believes? What do you think?