heaven

blizzard4The wind’s howling. It’s a snowy blustery day–again. Everyone is saying this is the coldest bitterest winter ever in memory.

And I can’t help but feel a bit of longing for Belize.

I could be lounging in the sun, hot sands, snorkeling in warm ocean waters, and the vivid colors of the undersea world. I could be enjoying a little of heaven on earth.

This time last year I had never heard of beautiful Belize. Very quickly I informed myself!

Enthused, we gathered all the knowledge we needed to get there. How would we get there? Where would we stay? What would we eat? Was it safe? What did others say? What would we do?

Do you ever think about this life’s sojourn?

We’re all here together on an important journey. Where are we headed? Do you know? To travel anywhere we need knowledge and power-the ability to travel to get there.

And very true of our mortal adventure, knowledge and power are necessary to return to Heavenly Father’s presence.

19 And this greater priesthood ministereth the gospel and holdeth the key of the mysteries of the kingdom, even the key of the knowledge of God
 
20 Therefore, in the ordinances thereof, the power of godliness is manifest
 
21 And without the ordinances thereof, and the authority of the priesthood, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh; 
 
22 For without this no man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live. D & C 84:19-22

No matter where I’ve travelled I’ve spent hectic days before departing, completing tons of stuff on my do to list.

I’ll bet it’s the same for you. Will all the last minute visits, meetings, shopping, laundry, folding, packing, letters, phone calls, emptying the trash, clearing the fridge, orienting some responsible soul to water the garden, discard junk mail, check up on the house, and then dropping off pets to the kennel get done on time?

And of course the very day before, the phone won’t stop demanding your time, someone will need you to run an errand and the universe will conspire to throw you into some situation that demands your talent-no one else will do.

The last hours are always hectic. Sometimes, once I’ve made it onto the plane and can breathe easy, I consider it a miracle to be sitting there at all!

(If you usually get to sit in peace and quiet for the whole day before a major trip, please share your secret!)

Anyways, I say all this to point out that in the very same way we may be filling in busy days while we are preparing for the greatest of all destinations we will ever undertake.

“Those who join this Church love the Savior Jesus Christ and they wish to follow Him. They rejoice in the knowledge that God speaks to mankind again.
 
When they receive sacred priesthood ordinances and make covenants with God, they can feel His power in their lives.
 
… The poor in spirit and honest of heart find great treasures of knowledge here.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Consider how we are preparing for this trip of all trips.

Time with family and friends, compassionate service, magnifying our callings, discovering and using our talents, hearing and obeying promptings, spending time in prayer, reading our scriptures, missionary work, learning God’s will for our lives, following the example of our Savior in all ways, and most of all– learning how it is that God’s knowledge and power manifested in our lives will enable us to one day be in Heavenly Father’s presence.

“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
 
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature” 2 Peter 1: 2-4 

Are you preparing for the greatest of all journeys—an eternal home with Heavenly Father? Have you the knowledge and power you need to get there?

Are you excited about this trip? What are you doing to be ready?