Now Mormon asks his audience how we can lay hold on every good thing that comes from Christ. He boils it down to faith.
Since the beginning (Adam’s time), God has sent angels to minister unto those with faith “to make manifest concerning the coming of Christ; and in Christ there should come every good thing.” (22) Prophets have also declared Christ whenever they’ve been upon the earth.
Christ, because of the Atonement He made for us, has made possible all good things. Without Him, “men were fallen, and there could no good thing come unto them.” (24)
We are fallen, and no good thing can come unto us except by and through our Savior. We must have faith in Him to lay hold on any good thing.
Wherefore, by the ministering of angels, and by every word which proceeded forth out of the mouth of God, men began to exercise faith in Christ [not just faith, but faith in the Only One who can save us]; and thus by faith, they did lay hold upon every good thing; and thus it was until the coming of Christ.”Moroni 7:25
By faith, we can become the “sons of God” and “whatsoever thing ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is good, in faith believing that ye shall receive, behold, it shall be done unto you.” (26)
What good things do you need in your life? Why do you want these things?
In the past, I remember praying for financial help to get an extra car, because I never had one to use, since we had grown kids who needed it to get to places and my husband commuted. I longed to work in the temple, but could not because I could not get myself there and back. So I started praying for the money to get a car for that reason, and eventually, God helped us make that happen. And I was able to commit to working in the temple, which blessed me in so many other ways.
Whatsoever thing ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is good, in faith believing that ye shall receive, behold, it shall be done unto you.”Moroni 7:26
I can testify that His promise is true.
Mormon says that Christ “claimeth all those who have faith in him; and they who have faith in him will cleave unto every good thing; wherefore he advocateth the cause of the children of men…” (28)
Cleave means to adhere to loyally, unwaveringly. When we have faith in Christ, we hold to good things without wavering like the waves of the sea.
Mormon gives more clues to how we lay hold on good things. We have “strong faith and a firm mind in every form of godliness.” (30) We also repent and do the work of the Father and bear testimony of Christ. (31) As we bear testimony to others, “the Lord God prepareth the way that the residue of men may have faith in Christ, that the Holy Ghost may have place in their hearts, according to the power thereof…” (32)
The Holy Ghost changes our hearts, changes our very beings. He helps us to become more than we ever could be on our own. He helps us to become like our Savior.
In contrast to the institutions of the world, which teach us to KNOW something, the gospel of Jesus Christ challenges us to BECOME something.”Dallin H. Oaks (see citation below)
What are we becoming?
Without Christ, we can never become worthy to live with our God again. But with Him, there is great hope that we can put our faith in, there is great hope that we can become as the Father and receive all that He has.
…the Final Judgment is not just an evaluation of a sum total of good and evil acts—what we have DONE. It is an acknowledgment of the final effect of our acts and thoughts—what we have BECOME. It is not enough for anyone just to go through the motions. The commandments, ordinances, and covenants of the gospel are not a list of deposits required to be made in some heavenly account. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a plan that shows us how to become what our Heavenly Father desires us to become.”Ibid, Oaks
This is why we should try to lay hold on every good thing in this life, on our path to becoming more like Christ, through His Atoning power we access through repentance.
We are challenged to move through a process of conversion toward that status and condition called eternal life. This is achieved not just by doing what is right, but by doing it for the right reason—for the pure love of Christ.”ibid, Oaks
Again, I ask, what good things do you desire in life? Figure out why you really want them. Is it so you can serve God and your fellowmen? If so, what is stopping you from asking Him, in the name of Christ, to give you these things?
Never stop seeking to lay hold on every good thing, for good reasons. You will be blessed by doing so.