Since Mona's Musings will include so many references to gospel terminology, the language of the prophets, I thought I'd begin with the list of "Gospel Definitions" I have discovered or landed upon throughout my studies. I love each one and a happy soul when I ponder their magnificence, intelligence, clarity and simplicity.
Consecration = the willingness to give, set apart, or devote everything we have on earth to God’s cause.
Covenant = Promise made by man to God: commitment to use sacred knowledge to the blessing of self and others; the key to perfection of character.
Evil = Satan acting upon our flesh, which influence, if followed, results in loss of reasoning power and limitation of options.
Faith = the process of reaching beyond our knowledge. The more knowledge we possess, the farther we can reach. Absolute conformity + absolute action = absolute confidence.
Good = God acting upon our spirits, which influence, if followed, results in greater reasoning power and wider range of options.
Humility = a soul convinced of its worth to God.
Gospel = the laws of progress by which mankind may obtain a fullness of joy.
Holy = consistent, pure behavior in perfect harmony with God’s will.
Joy = unity with other intelligences in truth.
Justification = the immediate result of being forgiven and the end result of specific repentance, including freedom from guilt and change of heart - being forgiven from sin.
Love = the medium through which value is conveyed.
Patience = reconciling with the fact that God operates on a different plane: that time is measured only unto man.
Pride = a soul trying to prove its worth.
Sacrifice = the willingness to surrender self-interest for the betterment of another or for a cause.
Salvation = freedom from pain.
Sanctification = the long-term process of being made holy and having a change of nature; purified from the effects of sin (and the Fall).
Testimony = Enthusiasm for Jesus which comes from knowing and living His gospel truths. “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.” (1 John 2:3)
Zion = establishing the ideals of Jesus!