Obtaining Our Inheritance

One of the words used in the scriptures to describe our relationship with God is heir. Paul wrote to the Romans, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs” (Romans 8:16–17).

The deceased mother in the Parable of the Will represents our Heavenly Father, the Progenitor of our spirits, and the executor of the estate is Jesus Christ. He executes the will—in other words, the plan and purposes—of Heavenly Father. That makes Heavenly Father’s children the heirs, gathered to hear His directions on how we can receive the riches that He wants to impart to us. He has stipulated the terms in the scriptures and revelation through modern prophets, specific steps that we need to take.

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The Sergeant

On completing some reconnaissance, a certain army platoon was headed back to base when the lieutenant received word that enemy forces had attacked a village and taken civilian prisoners. This platoon’s current location was nearest the village. The orders came for this platoon to engage the enemy as quickly as possible, rescue the captives, and bring them to base.

The lieutenant gathered the platoon and gave them the news. Many eyes gazed back at him steadily. He laid out a plan for engaging with enemy forces and rescuing the prisoners. Then he asked, “Who believes we can accomplish this mission?”

Many of the steady gazes faltered. But one of the sergeants stood. “I do, sir.”

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