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God appearing to you doesn't make you righteous

I've been trying very hard to focus all my limited ammunition on advancing the books the Lord has instructed me to write. I'm trying hard to avoid the temptation to spend my time giving out little things, because they are fast, rather than waiting to give the big things, because they take a lot of time.

But sometimes the spirit speaks to me in ways that I can quickly convey to others.

A few days ago, I was explaining to my children why it is that God can't reveal himself in glory to us without us first going through a preparatory process. 

30 ...he will come...he remembereth every creature of his creating, he will make himself manifest unto all.
31 Yea, every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess before him. Yea, even at the last day, when all men shall stand to be judged of him, then shall they confess that he is God; then shall they confess, who live without God in the world, that the judgment of an everlasting punishment is just upon them; and they shall quake, and tremble, and shrink beneath the glance of this all-searching eye. (Mosiah 27)

Most people don't believe we can meet God in this life. They are wrong. I know this because I have seen him in this life, but you can make a strong case that it is possible by appealing to the scriptures. This is what I do in the book, "Seek Ye This Jesus."

Of the few people who do believe we can meet God in this life, I have noticed that almost all desire this experience as an answer to the doubt in their hearts. 

Their doubt isn't necessarily concerning God's existence. Rather, they want a certainty that they are accepted by God--that they are righteous. You can spot these people from a mile away because they are always talking about "named" experiences with God: "baptism by fire," "second comforter," "second anointing," "calling and election made sure," etc. All of these things are real, but none of them will happen without you first choosing to obey all of God's commandments and to trust him in all things. Until you actually do that, none of these things matter, and they will permanently be out of your reach. You are looking beyond the mark because you are skipping over what God has plainly told you to do while focusing on what you do not yet even understand, let alone qualify for.

Seeing God will not resolve this issue--and this issue may in fact prevent you from seeing God. Were he to show up in any reasonable amount of his glory, you would die, because no impure thing can dwell in his presence. Were he to show up without glory, as he did on the road to Emmaus, you would accept this as evidence of your righteousness, and persist in your unrepentant state right down to hell. 

We are here to see if we will do all things that God commands through faith. Seeing God comes through faith, it doesn't give faith. 

If you have any doubts as to whether you are keeping all of God's commandments, that doubt is what you need to work on. It will only be resolved when you actually keep all of God's commandments. There is no other way to do it.

Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven. (D&C 121:45)

As long as you have any doubt that you are keeping all of God's commandments, you will not be comfortable in his presence. Heaven will be hell to you.

This is an idea so simple that my little children understand it well. We read the story of Daniel's reaction to Gabriel's visit. They know what kind of man Daniel was. I asked them how they thought they would react to being in the presence of Gabriel. They said they wouldn't do as well as Daniel did, because they are not yet as righteous as Daniel was, which is correct.

Having experiences with God will not make you more obedient to him. Rather, it is your choice to obey him in all things that will make possible all the interactions he desires to have with you.