April 17th, 2007

Adoration Through Emulation

A few months ago I had the opportunity to visit a different ward where the Bishop gave a great talk, one sentence of which I wrote down to preserve in memory:

The ultimate level of adoration is emulation.

Powerful words.

3 Responses to “Adoration Through Emulation”

  1. April 17, 2007 at 9:01 am #

    I’ve often wondered where worship comes into play in our own personal religious practice. Worship is a verb that is often used in scripture, but what does that mean to us today? How do we worship the Lord? How often do we pray with the sole intent of worship? When we attend our meetings, are our hearts in a state of worship? How exactly does one worship? That quote is one of the conclusions I’ve come to. Adoration is such an appropriate word when it comes to worship. I believe one of the best ways we can truly worship is through emulating the example of the Savior. It’s more than just our actions though, it’s with the spirit of Christ behind them.

    On a side note, I should send this to my older brothers to help explain why, as children, I tried to be exactly like them. Much to their annoyance, of course.

  2. Connor
    April 17, 2007 at 9:06 am #

    Worship is a verb that is often used in scripture, but what does that mean to us today?

    I wrote a post last year about the connection between service and worship. Basically, it’s the traditional model of faith and works together. You can’t worship Christ without being like Him, and to be like Him, you must serve others and bear good fruit.

    It’s more than just our actions though, it’s with the spirit of Christ behind them.

    Exactly. Very good point.

  3. April 18, 2007 at 9:14 am #

    Jody is right.

    This principle was very often taught by Elder Maxwell. In fact, a few years ago, I was in a regional conference where he spoke; one of the lines I still remember him saying was: “The highest form of worship is emulation.” Also, the Ensign piece celebrating his life included this teaching of his. (See A Promise Fulfilled,” Ensign, Sept. 2004).

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