This last semester at BYU I took a New Testament class that was focused on the four gospels. We learned a lot about the life of the Savior and his teachings. Romans 1:16 defines the gospel as “the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” The gospel of Jesus Christ in its simplest form, I believe, is what we need to do and how we need to act so we can return to live with our Heavenly Father and gain eternal life.
My purpose as a missionary will be to “invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.” These principles and ordinances are the foundation of the gospel. Everything builds upon these things to help bless our lives and achieve perfection. Going to the temple and partaking of the ordinances and blessings there is required for exaltation. But to go to the temple we must first have been baptized and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. And in order to get baptized we must have faith and repent of all our sins. Everything builds on our faith and it is up to us to endure to the end.
During Christ’s mortal ministry, he showed us the way of how to live the gospel, both in word and deed. He was baptized, he had faith in Heavenly Father’s plan, and he endured to the end while accomplishing the Atonement. Christ served others, was merciful, compassionate, and humble. We need to follow His example and continue in faithfulness so that we can receive all of the blessings our Heavenly Father has in store for us.
Exaltation is possible through obedience and faithfully living the gospel. Living the gospel is simple, but it is not always easy. I know that Heavenly Father will grant unto us a portion of His power so that we can be successful as we exercise our faith. Faith is truly powerful and it can lead us to eternal life and exaltation.