Restored

Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would come to fix broken things and to give people things they had lost:

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified (Isaiah 61:1-3). (See also Luke 4:18.)

As Alma taught his son Corianton, God’s restoration is a fundamental principle of the gospel. Our bodies will be restored to a perfect state in the resurrection:

The soul shall be restored to the body, and the body to the soul; yea, and every limb and joint shall be restored to its body; yea, even a hair of the head shall not be lost; but all things shall be restored to their proper and perfect frame.
And now, my son, this is the restoration of which has been spoken by the mouths of the prophets (Alma 40:23-24).

And not only will our bodies be restored, but we will also receive what we have given away:

See that you are merciful unto your brethren; deal justly, judge righteously, and do good continually; and if ye do all these things then shall ye receive your reward; yea, ye shall have mercy restored unto you again; ye shall have justice restored unto you again; ye shall have a righteous judgment restored unto you again; and ye shall have good rewarded unto you again.
For that which ye do send out shall return unto you again, and be restored (Alma 41:14-15).

In this life, our bodies decay, and sometimes they don’t heal. We do good, and sometimes we receive nothing good in return. But Alma’s promise is that we can count on both of these restorations. We will be resurrected, and our generous actions will be rewarded.

And there’s more. God’s restoration can not only give us back what we have lost, it can give us things we never had before. As Elder Gerritt W. Gong testified:

Because “God himself atoneth for the sins of the world,” the Lord’s Atonement can make whole not only what was but also what can be. Because He knows our pains, afflictions, sicknesses, our “temptations of every kind,” He can, with mercy, succor us according to our infirmities. Because God is “a perfect, just God, and a merciful God also,” the plan of mercy can “appease the demands of justice.” We repent and do all we can. He encircles us eternally “in the arms of his love” (“Hosanna and Hallelujah,” General Conference, April 2020).

Today I will trust in the restoration of God. I will remember that my mortal body will one day be restored to its perfect form. I will remember that the good deeds I do will be rewarded. And I will remember that, through of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, God can help me overcome my deficiencies and “restore” to me things I never had.

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