The Gate of Heaven Is Open unto All – Helaman 3:27-30

27 Thus we may see that the Lord is merciful unto all who will, in the sincerity of their hearts, call upon his holy name.
28 Yea, thus we see that the gate of heaven is open unto all, even to those who will believe on the name of Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God.
29 Yea, we see that whosoever will may lay hold upon the word of God, which is quick and powerful, which shall divide asunder all the cunning and the snares and the wiles of the devil, and lead the man of Christ in a strait and narrow course across that everlasting gulf of misery which is prepared to engulf the wicked—
30 And land their souls, yea, their immortal souls, at the right hand of God in the kingdom of heaven, to sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and with Jacob, and with all our holy fathers, to go no more out.

Mormon teaches us an important principle in these verses: every one of us has the ability to receive God’s mercy, to follow the path laid out by God’s word, and ultimately to be exalted in the kingdom of God.
Our Heavenly Father wants us to be happy and successful. He is eager to help us. In contrast, the devil wants us to be miserable like himself. One of his tactics is to draw attention to our failures and to discourage us from continuing to try. In the words of Elder Gene R. Cook:

If the Lord were speaking to you, I am confident of one thing He would do. He would throw His arms wide open, and He would tell you how much He loves you.
I hope you are not really down on yourself or think you are not worth very much. That is the devil speaking. He is the one who keeps pounding away to make you feel that you are not worth much. That is not the Lord speaking (“How to Discourage Discouragement,” New Era, Jan 2003).

Today I will remember how much my Heavenly Father loves me and that He is willing to help me along the path to eternal life. I will remember that His work is to exalt His children, including me, and that no one is excluded who desires those blessings. I will resist the temptation to become discouraged or down on myself when I fall short, and I will keep moving forward, remembering that the gate of heaven is “open to all…who will believe in the name of Jesus Christ.”
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