By EELENG CHER
The message of the plan of redemption brings great joy as Latter-day Saints learn more about it, said a professor of psychology in Tuesday’s Devotional.
“We have a promise… If we are faithful to the great truths of the Book of Mormon which we have been given, we will someday be given more of the story (of the plan of redemption),” Bruce Brown said, referring to 3 Nephi 26: 8,9.
Brown said the plan of redemption and the atonement — which are significant of the love the Father and Son has for each person — also show that God is omnipotent, yet kind, gracious and merciful.
Understanding of the message of redemption leads to much joy in missionary work, Brown said.
Brown explained how God reveals His mysteries to those who are ready to receive them by quoting the Lord from Doctrine and Covenants section 76,
“I delight to honor those who serve me in righteousness… And to them I will reveal all mysteries, yea, all the hidden mysteries of my kingdom from days of old, and for ages to come, will I make known unto them the good pleasure of my will concerning all things pertaining to my kingdom.”
“The part that touched me the most was about the promises made to the faithful in (Doctrine and Covenants) section 76. I’m grateful to know I can become all I want to be by being faithful and it is humbling to know that,” said Jonathan Gatlin, a junior from New Orleans, La., majoring in statistics.
Drawing a comparison between the symbolism of the Feast of Tabernacles — a Jewish religious feast which symbolizes the joy of harvest — and the LDS doctrine of the plan of redemption, Brown said Latter-day Saints are living in the “great harvest time.”
The gospel is being spread to all around the world as Latter-day Saints are living in the “great harvest time,” Brown said.
“Proclaim the gospel” and “Redeem the dead” are two of the threefold mission of the LDS Church that is relevant to the concept of harvest.
To “Proclaim the gospel” relates to the harvest of souls on earth while to “Redeem the dead” relates to the harvest of souls beyond the veil, Brown said.
As the plan of redemption unfolds, many great miracles are manifesting around the world. The fall of the Berlin Wall testifies of how the Lord will deliver the righteous from bondage, Brown said.
Brown said he believes that many more miracles as such will come from the Lord.
“The speech left me with a greater appreciation of the gospel,” said Vickie Larson, a first year master’s student from St. George.