LILY Letter 104: Being Perfected in Him

April 4, 2023
Being perfect in Christ starts with accepting that we are not perfect on our own and yet also realizing that we each are offered the miraculous gift of being perfected in Him. Being made perfect in Christ is not perfect in fact -- we borrow from His perfection. Borrowing that perfection from Christ, who freely offers it, allows us to be made complete (whole, not lacking). Holding ourselves accountable to fulfill the perfect vision of Latter-day Saint idealism (whatever we think that is) is not within our power. We all need Jesus Christ. Mid-singles who don't have the picture perfect Latter-day Saint family have heightened awareness of their need for Divine assistance as single parents.
In his conference address on Palm Sunday (4/2/23), Elder Vern P. Stanfill said that we have a tendency among Latter-day Saints to obsess about perfection. Christ's admonition to "Be Ye Therefore Perfect" can feel daunting when viewed through the lens of what we think is "perfect" and trying to create that for ourselves, by ourselves. He went on to say that it is important to keep in mind that "perfectionism is not the same as being perfected in Christ."

Our best efforts are made good enough through our Savior's grace. He makes up the difference. He makes ALL the difference! The Savior perfects our humble offerings, no matter how insignificant they may seem at times. Being perfected in Christ means we are made whole through Him. This involves a mighty change of heart and a desire to do good continually, while allowing Him to be our anchor. Being perfected and made whole through Christ lifts us up and gives us strength to live an extraordinary and exemplary life no matter our circumstances.

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