Sunday, February 10, 2008

Article of Faith # 13

13 We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

(Pearl of Great Price | Articles of Faith 1:13)

Much of the sentiment from this Article of Faith comes from Philippians 4:8 where it states, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

I love that the final Article of Faith is a statement of optimism. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the Good News that gives hope to all mankind. Its purpose and intent is to help raise us up and bring us closer to our Father in Heaven. The gospel of Jesus Christ is Living Water for spiritually thirsty souls. It will spring up in us as everlasting life, and will draw us to the Tree of Life, whose fruit is the greatest of all the gifts of God, see 1
Nephi 15:36
and Doctrine and Covenants 14:7

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