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Ancient Testaments: Wayne Brickey: Children of God are a sturdy race

\"God himself is the First Man and the Father of all men\" (Bruce R. McConkie, Mortal Messiah 1:21). One of his titles is \"Man of Holiness\" (Moses 6:57). You and I, and all \"Man\"-kind, are of his race, his kind.Unfortunately, when he sends them away to their mortal school, they don't always act as if they were his children. The deep-planted nobility doesn't always surface. But even then, these offspring of God are a sturdy bunch.The sturdiness should not surprise us, considering their real age and origin. And like the athlete who gets stronger when training against resistance, a sore challenge can make the sturdy even sturdier.The Father stocked our school place with resources too robust to explore in a mere millennium or two, and with lessons far too deep to grasp in a lifetime. Yet, he lets us work at it — sorting things out, enduring, solving, sharing, inventing and building.Visit a grocery store and see the diversity of this race. Attend a concert or contest and see their genius. Fly above the earth in one of the airplanes they have managed to build and look down. You witness their tracks crisscrossing remote wastelands and lining mountain ridges.Sometimes, sons and daughters of the Man of Holiness must face terrors and pain that astound them and that melt the hearts of fellow beings looking on. Precious brows are shocked with sorrow. Lips erupt in soulful cries. Faces formed after the image of God himself are flexed with trauma and flooded with tears.The mortal situation is temporary. In fact, it is fleeting. Yet, the pressure — extreme though momentary — can sanctify. It can make gems of God's kind, as diamonds are formed deep within the earth. When faith and humility finally stir in them, the Man of Holiness knows how to raise up Children of Holiness.We are assured of this by a trusted apostle we call \"the Revelator.\" He was shown a scene still future, but absolutely sure to transpire. Evidently, we ourselves will see it — or be part of it — when it unfolds. That scene will be populated with such persons as those we have seen in the somber news recently — people suffering unspeakable woe among Haiti's ruins of concrete and steel.John saw \"a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations.\" He beheld that in due time, these souls will stand — peacefully and joyfully, without stress or pain — \"before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands.\"A heavenly attendant at John's side pointed out that these people would come \"out of great tribulation.\" They will be holy, pure and glorious, having \"washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.\"The evening news, covering only a part of the story, cannot do it justice.\"Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof\" (Ecclesiastes 7:8).John testified: \"He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more. ... The Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters.\"Knowing Who these came from, and what they are becoming, we set aside petty categories of \"race.\" For they are God's race. Even should the earth school shake violently and their world collapse, yet they are a sturdy folk with divine potential embedded in their cells.And someday, the Man of Holiness will step close and \"shall wipe away all tears from their eyes\" (Revelation 7:9-17).