Saturday, February 27, 2010


One of the many things to be organized into my life is cleanliness. I've done pretty well at this for the last couple of weeks.

If you want to have the full portion of the Holy Ghost, cleanliness of home and body, as well as of spirit, need to be incorporated into your life whenever possible. If it's truly impossible or unwise, given other needs and priorities, then God will understand; but under no condition will we receive the full portion of the Spirit if we do less than perfect obedience. (That, of course, is not true of perfect skill and knowledge.) Fortunately for us, God has a portion of the Spirit for those who try but fall short and cry unto Him in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness and grace.

Both overcoming sins of comission and overcoming sins of omission require some skills. Avoiding sins of comission requires learning to avoid tempting situations. Avoiding sins of omission requires planning, prioritization, and righteous desires. "And see that ye have faith, hope, and charity, and then ye will always abound in good works" (Alma 7:24). "Through goals and plans, our hopes are transformed into action" (Preach My Gospel, Ch. 8).

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