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PRICE OF GAINING BLESSINGS OF GOSPEL IS RIGHTEOUSNESS

SHARE PRICE OF GAINING BLESSINGS OF GOSPEL IS RIGHTEOUSNESS

"Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money: come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price." (Isa. 55:1.)

Jacob, the brother of Nephi, repeated this passage about coming to the waters in his sermon on the Atonement. He used this passage from Isaiah as the basis for his plea that all would come and partake of the blessings of redemption. (See 2 Ne. 9:50-51.)"The meaning of the scriptures is clear," the Church Educational System's Old Testament Student Manual states. "Jesus is the `living water' and the `bread of life.' (See John 4:13; 6:47-51), and His gracious gifts to men are free. The invitation to come unto Christ and obtain those gifts without money and without price suggests not that they can be obtained without effort, however, but that one does not need the goods of this world to obtain them."

Elder Marion G. Romney, in his 1949 October general conference address, said: "When earth life is over and things appear in their true perspective, we shall more clearly see. . . that the fruits of the gospel are the only objectives worthy of life's full efforts. . . .

"I conceive the blessings of the gospel to be of such inestimable worth that the price for them must be very exacting, and if I correctly understand what the Lord has said on the subject, it is. The price, however, is within the reach of us all, because it is not to be paid in money nor in any of this world's goods but in righteous living."

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Information compiled by Gerry Avant

Sources: Church Educational System's Old Testament Student Manual; and October 1980 general conference report.