Scriptural Meaning of Divine Identity
3 Nephi 20:25 And behold, ye are the children of the prophets; and ye are of the house of Israel; and ye are of the covenant which the Father made with your fathers, saying unto Abraham: And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
I am “the children of the prophets” and “of the house of Israel.” These both identify me and bind me to divine mission and purpose on this earth. The tribe of Ephraim is called to missionary work. I cannot don a badge and ride a bike today as I was able to do 20 years ago but I am still called to missionary work. What am I doing to fulfill that divine mission and purpose? Raising up future missionaries is certainly a strong part of my mission at this time and supporting the missionaries I have out. But personally can I do more to serve as a witness of God at all times, including this time, and in all places, including this place?
As the “the children of the prophets,” I am blessed with light and truth every six months. What am I doing to implement and take advantage of that great blessing in my life? What am I doing to change and grow from the semiannual call to repent? How am I remembering always what is said and what I was inspired to do?
As the covenant seed of Abraham what I am doing to progress on my covenant path back to my heavenly home, and what am I doing to help my flock progress on their covenant path?
2 Nephi 25:26 And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.
Witnessing of Jesus Christ is a divine mission and purpose forever and ever. The importance of bringing others to Christ never changes and is something I can hang onto in each season of life. The way I implement this call to do everything for Christ will change. No longer do I sing lullabies and rock babies to “I am a child of God.” But now I am called to write emails of testimony each P-day for my son on a mission. Now I am called to text my high school and junior high children favorite scriptures and powerful experiences I have had. Now I am getting more time to sit at the feet of my Savior as Mary did, as my life stops being so “careful and troubled.”
Bearing my personal testimony and witness of my Savior Jesus Christ, is something solid and powerful I can do. Mentor meetings with each child weekly are one way to impart this important eternal knowledge, “that [my] children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.”
This reminds me of this quote from our living prophet today: “When firmly planted, our testimonies of the gospel, of the Savior, and of our Heavenly Father will influence all that we do” (Thomas S. Monson, “Keep the Commandments”).
3 Nephi 15:12 Ye are my disciples; and ye are a light unto this people, who are a remnant of the house of Joseph.
I am a follower of Jesus Christ, my Savior, and therefore a disciple. I am a light unto the people around me, and as Elder Neil L. Anderson said, “Faith emits a spiritual light, and that light is discernible” (Oct 2015). It is my job to shine as much as possible to help as many people as possible. Not to be “a light unto myself” but to lead others to the Savior only.
3 Nephi 27:27 …Therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am.
That is certainly enough identity and purpose for a whole lifetime. Becoming more Christ-like is purpose and divine identity that follows me no matter the season of life. Seeking and praying for the divine gifts and strength to overcome the natural woman, who is an enemy to God, is a never-ending challenge that requires all I can give to it. Embracing growth and progress toward my eternal destination as each new stage unfolds will bless me to find myself “on the right hand of God,” where I long to be. This reminds me of a great quote, “Oh, how we need to love God! For what we love determines what we seek. What we seek determines what we think and do. What we think and do determines who we are—and who we will become” (Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “The Love of God”).