Make Your Calling and Election Sure

By Chris Layton

January 10, 2020

I’ve heard of men in the early as well as the present church have what is called their second anointings which is a higher endowment and blessing. I will use the terms “anointing,” “endowments,” and “blessings” interchangeably having the same meaning. The candidate for their second endowment is called to a special meeting and given this blessing which is beyond the first they’ve received. Your endowment is in preparation for your next blessing contingent upon your faithfulness in your first blessing. If you are then proven faithful in your seconds, you may then seek for the more sure word of prophecy which is the blessing of all blessings. It should never satisfy the true seeker of Christ to have only received their first blessing or their second. According to the parable of the talents you must seek for more which is God’s will to give you.

“The servant who had received the five talents came and presented five more. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master!’” (Matthew 25: 20-21)

Eternal fathers and mothers have received both their first and their second blessings and more. These are they who have received for themselves the more sure word of prophecy. Second anointings do not precede a life of bliss, but sore trials by our adversary. With God by our side He will reveal our way of escape if we will listen to Him. These faithful saints after their trials, having been proven in all things in their blessings can be made sure that the covenants they have made while in their earthly probational state will be continued into the next world.

It is true that you can be married in the temple for time and eternity but without that blessing being made sure, without that confirmation it is of none effect.

“And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife, and make a covenant with her for time and for all eternity, if that covenant is not by me or by my word, which is my law, and is not sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, through him whom I have anointed and appointed unto this power, then it is not valid neither of force when they are out of the world, because they are not joined by me, saith the Lord, neither by my word; when they are out of the world it cannot be received there, because the angels and the gods are appointed there, by whom they cannot pass; they cannot, therefore inherit my glory; for my house is a house of order saith the Lord God.” (D&C 132:18)

First Blessings Are Not Enough

This is why “following the brethren” is such a tragic mistake when you are lead to believe that your first or even second endowments are enough. They’re not. It’s like saying having just the Bible is enough. It isn’t. To Jacob his first blessing which he received from his father Isaac wasn’t enough for him. He had to have more:

“And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel; for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name, And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel; for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” (Genesis 33: 24-30)

This was Jacob’s second blessing because he persisted with God and God revealed Himself to Jacob.

Joseph Teaches the Doctrine of Calling and Election

“Now, there is some grand secret here, and keys to unlock the subject. Notwithstanding the apostle exhorts them to add to their faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, etc., yet he exhorts them to make their calling and election sure. And though they had heard an audible voice from heaven bearing testimony that Jesus was the Son of God, yet he says we have a more sure word of prophecy, whereunto ye do well that ye take heed as unto a light shining in a dark place. Now wherein could they have a more sure word of prophecy than to hear the voice of God saying, This is my beloved Son.

Now for the secret and grand key. Though they might hear the voice of God and know that Jesus was the Son of God, this would be no evidence that their election and calling was made sure, that they had part with Christ, and were joint heirs with Him. They then would want that more sure word of prophecy , that they were sealed in the heavens and had the promise of eternal life in the kingdom of God. Then, having this promise sealed unto them, it was an anchor to the soul, sure and steadfast. Though the thunders might roll and lightning’s flash, and earthquakes bellow, and war gather thick around, yet this hope and knowledge would support the soul in every hour of trial, trouble and tribulation. Then knowledge through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the grand key that unlocks the glories and mysteries of the kingdom of heaven.” (TPJS p.298)

What then is the sign of having received the confirmation or ratification of the second blessings?

The sign of receiving this calling and election being made sure is that God reveals Himself personally to you which is the most intimate expression of His love for you, and you are His and He is yours.

“Salvation means a man’s being placed beyond the power of all his enemies. The more sure word of prophecy means a man’s knowing that he is sealed up unto eternal life by revelation and the spirit of prophecy (which is the testimony of Jesus) through the power of the holy priesthood. It is impossible for a man to be saved in ignorance” (TPJS p.301)