reese wrote:Someone whose C&E has been made sure will still need to repent....daily. They will not be changed in amazing ways. They will still struggle to understand things. They will still struggle with the Lord to get answers. C&E does not make any significant changes to a person. All it does is tell them that they won't fail, that they will make it. It does not mean they CAN'T fall, it means they WON'T fall, but they will still have to struggle through the tests and trials. It also provides a catalyst for the kind of faith that is needed to part the veil and partake of all that God is offering us.
Not being deceived by the philosophies of men, falsehoods, false doctrine and false prophets is the test of this life.
No matter how wonderful of a person we are or how perfect our marriage is, or how many good children we raised, only those who weren't deceived by such things will achieve Exaltation in the Celestial Kingdom. Only those with true charity can pass that test. Those who receive the Terrestrial Kingdom will be good honorable men and women in and out of the Church who did a lot of wonderful service and good things, but they were deceived by the crafty falsehoods and precepts of men.
I believe that someone who receives their C&E will not struggle with understanding anymore for they will be able to receive swift answers to their prayers, by personal revelations, visions and visitations. Angels will attend them and they will have true charity and will not be able to be deceived by all the philosophies of men that abound around us and falsehoods that everyone accepts today, even in the Church.
Those who have charity and their C&E will know truth from error, right from wrong and devils from saints, as easy as telling the night from the day.
Their problems and trials will generally come from without not from within their own mind and soul. Their tests may be health, money problems, spouse or children with problems, persecution, unrighteous dominion of church leaders, etc., but they will have peace in their own heart and mind 'about' (not necessarily 'in') their relationships with spouse, family and friends, and about general life and eternity. For they will have complete peace about themselves and their understanding of and standing with God. Their focus will be trying to help others, especially their spouse and children, achieve the same.
I believe that striving to have charity (unconditional Christlike love) with everyone, is how we gain our C&E, and in time after we have proved we can pass tests that are impossible to pass unless someone has true charity, we will then be given the promise of Eternal life and further enlightenment.
Here is what Joseph Smith said about charity and C&E:
"Until we have perfect love we are liable to fall; and when we have a testimony that our names are sealed in the Lamb's book of life, we have perfect love, and then it is impossible for false Christs to deceive us."
Encyclopedia of Joseph Smith's Teachings, p. 105., Minutes of a Conf. held at Orange, Ohio, 25 Oct. 1831.