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Applying the scriptures: Earning the Lord's trust

Among myriad moments in the Book of Mormon where it is clear the Lord sees not only the actions, but also knows the heart of man is the account of the Lord's pronouncement upon Nephi in Helaman, chapter 10: "Blessed art thou, Nephi, for those things which thou hast done; for I have beheld how thou hast with unwearyingness declared the word, which I have given unto thee, unto this people. And thou hast not feared them, and hast not sought thine own life but hast sought my will, and to keep my commandments.

"And now, because thou hast done this with such unwearyingness, behold, I will bless thee forever; and I will make thee mighty in word and in deed, in faith and in works; yea, even that all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word, for thou shalt not ask that which is contrary to my will." (Verses 4-5.)

One often hears of trusting in the Lord, but what of earning the Lord's trust? In the October 1978 general conference, Elder Robert E. Wells of the Seventy explained: "The Prophet Joseph Smith indicated that to attain the highest blessing of this life, we will first be tested and proved thoroughly until the Lord is certain that He can trust us in all things, regardless of the personal hazard or sacrifice involved. The Lord loves all of His children, but He can trust some more than others. It is far better when He can both love and trust each one of us."

Elder Wells quoted from Doctrine and Covenants 124:20: "He may be trusted because of the integrity of his heart; and for the love which he has to my testimony I, the Lord, love him."

These words were given in an 1838 revelation through Joseph Smith for George Miller. What would be the power of the Lord's Church if all Latter-day Saints desired to hear such words said of themselves?

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