I continued with my theme of "come unto Christ" again this week. Moroni 10:32 is another great scripture on this topic.
32 Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.
This is one of my favorite scriptures. I think it is because it leads you through a progression of how you can come to know God. It is the blueprint for a testimony. Equally important is that it clearly states what Christ has done for us. One phrase that resonates with me is that “his grace is sufficient for you”. This is a reminder that none of our sins are beyond the reach of the atonement or beyond the grace of Christ.
Another reminder in this scripture is that we can be perfected in Christ. Often we talk about “becoming” perfect someday, as if perfection is the goal. This could have a tendency for us to think that we can become perfect in ourselves. However, this scripture reminds us that perfection is achieved when we come unto Christ and are perfected in Him. If we focus on taking advantage of the atonement and on coming to Christ rather than worrying about if I am somehow good enough, or if I will ever be good enough to become perfect, then we will be able to generate the faith necessary to become perfect through the atonement.
Here are some cross references for additional study:
Ether 12:29 The Lord works according to our faith
D&C 76:69 Men are made perfect through the atonement of Christ.
Revelation 22:17 Come and take of the water of life freely
Jacob 1:7 We labored diligently that we might persuade people to come unto Christ.
Omni 1:26 Come unto Christ and offer your whole souls as an offering.
Galatians 3:24 The law brings us to Christ. Justified by faith.
Philippians 3:14-15 Press forward toward the mark of the high calling of God in Jesus Christ.
Romans 12:1 Present your body as a living sacrifice
Deut 11:1 Love god and keep his commandments
Mosiah 2:4 Keep the commandments and be filled with love.
D&C 20:19 Love and serve god. Worship only Him.