For a long time I would hear the word “worship” and it truly held no meaning to me. I related it to other religions and not to us as latter-day saints. I thought of worship only as hands up in praise or bowing down at an altar.
It wasn’t until I was reading in 3 Nephi 11, when the resurrected Christ visits the Americas, that my thoughts on worship changed. The people “did fall down at the feet of Jesus, and did worship him.” It hit me that I want to be one of the people who falls at Christ’s feet when he comes again. I want to wet his feet with my tears because I know him and love him.
If you look up the definition of worship you can see that it means: to honor or show reverence for as a divine being or supernatural power. Isn’t that exactly what our goal is as members of the church. We should strive to honor God in all that we do.
In the words of President Bruce R. McConkie, “True and perfect worship is in fact the supreme labor and purpose of man.”
I encourage you to worship more in your everyday life. We don’t just have to worship on Sunday in a church building but we can worship anywhere that we are. We can worship in our homes or in our cars or even in nature. We can worship in the manner of prayer or church attendance. But we can also worship through service, music or speaking with others.
The eleventh article of faith states “We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.”
I have found myself worshiping on the top bunk of a bunk bed, in the nurse’s room at a hospital, and even at the grocery store. How grateful I am that I can worship where I am, when I want.
True worship is personal. It is within our hearts. It’s how we live and what we think. It’s part of who we become as we strive to become like Christ.
When we truly worship, our souls are filled with gratitude. We open our hearts and feel incomprehensible joy. We experience a sense of peace and belonging. Worshiping isn’t always easy but it is always worth it.