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Who Am I?

by | Feb 11, 2023 | Spirit

My identity, or identifiers are: 1) I am a Son of the Living God, just like you. 2) I am a covenant keeping follower of Jesus Christ and a member of his Church – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 3) I am a child of the covenant of Abraham – to bless all the kindreds of the earth, to have the Holy Ghost which shall make be mighty above all (see 3 Nephi 20:25-27) and know the truth of all things. 4) I am husband to Cindy and Father to Brittany, Raquel, Andrew and Olivia. 5) I am saved by Jesus.

“First: Know the truth about who you are. I believe that if the Lord were speaking to you directly tonight, the first thing He would make sure you understand is your true identity.

“Who are you? First and foremost, you are a child of God. Second, as a member of the Church, you are a child of the covenant. And third, you are a disciple of Jesus Christ.”

“Worldly identifiers will never give you a vision of who you can ultimately become. They will never affirm your divine DNA or your unlimited, divine potential.”

Choices for Eternity by President Russell M. Nelson, Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults with President Nelson – May 2022

25 And behold, [1] ye are the children of the prophets; and [2] ye are of the house of Israel; and [3] 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.

26 The Father having raised me up unto you first, and sent me to bless you in turning away every one of you from his iniquities; and this because ye are the children of the covenant –

27 And after that ye were blessed then fulfilleth the Father the covenant which he made with Abraham, saying: In thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed – unto the pouring out of the Holy Ghost through me upon the Gentiles, which blessing upon the Gentiles shall make them mighty above all

3 Nephi 20:25-27

Knowing who I really am gives me a vision of who I can become. A guiding sense of purpose and empowerment.

13 And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto [Jeff] saying:

14 Arise and come forth unto me…that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth…

15…and [Jeff] did see with [his] eyes and did feel with [his] hands, and did know of a surety and did bear record, that it was he, of whom it was written by the prophets, that come.

3 Nephi 11:13-15

Yes it is wonderful to know Jesus is the Christ, but what we really want is his power to bless our lives and the lives of our families, friends and associates. The blessing of being taught how to building a ship of exceedingly fine workmanship that can carry us to the promised land (1 Nephi 18:4) and being saved from destruction (1 Nephi 17:14)

14 Yea, and the Lord said also that: After ye have arrived in the promised land, ye shall know that I, the Lord, am God; and that I, the Lord, did deliver you from destruction; yea, that I did bring you out of the land of Jerusalem.

1 Nephi 17:14

Will I come unto Jesus, forsake all my sins that I might be born again and allow him to help me?

For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

Isaiah 41:13

Or will I shrink from my trials, the cross that I’ve been give to bear that will raise me?

Men’s hearts failing them for fear…

Luke 21:26

Nearer my God, to thee, Nearer to thee! E’en though it be a cross That raiseth me.

Hymn #100 Nearer, My God, to Thee

James Clear author of Atomic Habits, refers to the three levels at which change can occur. The outer circle is goals and outcomes, such as lose 20 lbs and be at my ideal weight of 220 lbs. The next level is processes or systems – these are routines or habits we do, sleep 8 hrs, only eat at meal time, exercise daily, etc. Then the bullseye is identity, who am I? Such as I am healthy and fit. Then my habits reinforce, or witness, or testify who am I. That is I engage in healthy and fit routines. Lastly my outcomes or goals (weight 220 lbs) reflect who I am, that is I’m at my ideal weight, the weight of someone who is healthy and fit.

Outcomes are about what you get. Processes are about what you do. Identity is about what you believe. When it comes to building habits that last – when it comes to building a system of 1 percent improvements – the problem is not that one level is ‘better’ or ‘worse’ than another. All levels of change are useful in their own way. The problem is the direction of change.

Many people begin the process of changing their habits by focusing on what they want to achieve. This leads us to outcome-based habits. The alternative is to build identify-based habits. With this approach, we start by focusing on who we wish to become.

Identity-Based Habits: How to Actually Stick to Your Goals This Year by james Clear

15 [Jesus] saith unto [Peter], But who say ye that I am?

16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Matthew 16:15-16

Why is remembering our true identity and potential so important?

Much of the confusion we experience in this life comes from simply not understanding who we are….It is my prayer and blessing that when you look at your reflection you will be able to see beyond imperfections and self-doubts and recognize who you truly are-glorious sons and daughters of Almighty God.

Our True Identity by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

My Beliefs in Harmony with Survival

My protection mechanism wants to keep me safe from danger. So I need to retain my Reticular Activating System (RAS) with Repetition and Intensity.

Child of the Covenant

Since I was baptized and received the gift of the Holy Ghost, and also made temple covenants (Law of Obedience, Law of Sacrifice, Law of the Gospel, Law of Chastity and Law of Consecration) I am a child of the covenant. This entitles me to the blessings of Holy Ghost, which is protection, instruction, comfort and direction (PICD).

Protection

Instruction

For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do

2 Nephi 32:5

Comfort

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Direction

Taking ‘the Holy Spirit for [our] guide’

D&C 45:57

“The Holy Ghost operates in our lives precisely as the Liahona did for Lehi and his family, according to our faith and diligence and heed.” (That We May Always Have His Spirit to Be with Us, Elder David A. Bednar, April 2006 General Conference)

“The influence of the Holy Ghost is described in the scriptures as ‘a still small voice’ (1 Kings 19:12; 3 Nephi 11:3) and a ‘voice of perfect mildness’ (Helaman 5:30). Thus, the Spirit of the Lord usually communicates with us in ways that are quiet, delicate, and subtle.” (That We May Always Have His Spirit to Be with Us, Elder David A. Bednar, April 2006 General Conference)

I am Saved by Jesus

We are often labeled or identified by an illness such as the man born blind or Naaman the leper. Wouldn’t it be more uplifting to be identified as the man healed by Jesus or the man who testified of Jesus. In John 9 the question was or belief is that the trial of physical handicap is a result of sin from either you or your parents. This is a false notation. More correct is this man was given a trial, burden, or cross to bear so that he might be able to come to know Jesus. It was for his benefit. The plan is we will seek for this Jesus, come to know of his mercy and kindness, learn to trust Him and eventually be healed by Him and rest from our afflictions. It is the joy set before us that the works of God may be manifest in my life as we bear our cross which lifts us up, the mountain we climb with our faith in God. The Man Born Blind is the best example we have of our Sacrament covenant – “…willing to take upon them the name of thy Son…” (D&C 20:77) and what it means to testify of Jesus and be his disciple – “Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.” (John 9:25)

What did he teach the Jews rulers: 1) miracles come from obedience to Jesus – “…if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.” (John 9:31) and 2) how we treat people matter – we don’t look down upon people saying they are sinners and deserve their trials and break the Sabbath.

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