“Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; for the feet of those who are in the east shall be established; and break forth into singing, O mountains; for they shall be smitten no more; for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.
But, behold, Zion hath said: The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me—but he will show that he hath not.
For can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee, O house of Israel.
Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.” – 1 Nephi 21:13-16.
Great and marvelous are thy works, O Lord God Almighty! Thy throne is high in the heavens, and thy power, and goodness, and mercy are over all the inhabitants of the earth; and, because thou art merciful, thou wilt not suffer those who come unto thee that they shall perish!” – 1 Nephi 1:14.
“And he shall come into the world to redeem his people; and he shall take upon him the transgressions of those who believe on his name; and these are they that shall have eternal life, and salvation cometh to none else.” – Alma 11:40.
“Yea, it is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things.” – 1 Nephi 11:22.
Israel can rejoice. We all can rejoice. The Lord comforts and has mercy upon us. He has never nor will he ever forget us. Because of his mercy, we can live. This is because Christ comes to redeem us. He takes on our transgression, and we become inheritors of eternal life. Salvation is the most desirable gift we can receive. It comes only through Christ.
As we approach the Christmas season, I hope we can keep in mind the prophecies we’ve received concerning salvation. We are blessed to live in the latter-days. We’ve seen the salvation of the Lord’s people many times – the children of Israel, Nephi and his family, the Brother of Jared and the Jaredites, the latter-day pioneers. The Lord saves. All of these examples are types of the bigger truth: we are all saved from death and destruction caused by Satan and sin. We can look forward with hope thanks to the prophecy of Salvation.
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