Truman G. Madsen on the Blessings of Obedience
“We want change, but we don’t want it enough. We are (and I don’t laugh at poor Augustine for saying this) like Augustine, who said in a prayer, “Oh God, make me clean, but not yet.” We talk of sacrifice. The one the Lord asks of us now is the sacrifice of our sins-the hardest thing in the world to give up. There’s still a certain bittersweet enjoyment. But His promise is crystal clear. “If you will purify yourselves, sanctify yourselves, I will bless you” (see D&C 88:74). And I’m afraid the postscript is: “And if you don’t, I can’t.” Truman G. Madsen, The Radiant Life, p. 126.
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