Parable of the Car Wash

The question was asked, “How do we understand the difference between Baptism of Fire, Holy Ghost, and being Born Again?” The following parable came to my mind:

I man pulled into a carwash, his car filthy with mud and dirt. He came out the other end clean. (Baptism of Fire)

He then drove straight to another station, his car given a fresh coat of white paint, sparkling and new. (Gift of the Holy Ghost and Born Again)

As he pulled out he wondered, “What should I do now?” He heard a tap on the window. He opened the passenger door and a man sat down next to him. The Lord said, “Shall we go for a drive? Lots of things I would like to show you.” (Second Comforter)

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17 Responses to Parable of the Car Wash

  1. Mike says:

    Thanks, it was good to see this parable in writing.

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  2. Marsha says:

    Thanks, I love this! We had this lesson in Sunday School today, and folks were so far from getting it. I wanted several times to raise my hand and offer some thoughts, but had such a migraine, wondered if the Lord had a hand in it. The discussion included suggestions for Primary teachers who were trying to teach the children not to be afraid of being burned with the baptism of fire. The Bishop asked for suggestions! Wish I would have had this lol!

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  3. Jacob says:

    It seems i’ve driven all the way into town and pulled into the carwash a dozen times, but every time they seem to be closed. I get out of the truck and pull on the front door to find it locked, I look through the window to find the lobby dark and empty. I walk around the building looking for someone I can ask what their hours are or if their is a token machine somewhere, not knowing exactly how this place works, feeling completely let down, I then just get back in the truck sit for awhile wondering how this carwash stays in business. I finally start up the truck and head back home.
    Thank you so much for your insight and all you have shared, I truly treasure it and long for the day that I can get the wash to work. Do you feel perhaps the veil is thicker for some people based on their progression in the world before? I feel as though my heart is in the right place and truly made very powerful efforts to come to him, but haven’t quite figured out how to get his attention. Any suggestions from anyone?

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  4. I’m sorry you are having a hard time, Jacob. I have shared many posts with suggestions for those who are struggling. Yesterday I received a revelation in regards to some friends, but I think this part is applicable to everyone:

    “Each of them has been called and now must prepare themselves to receive the gift I wish to give them. Many have exercised faith and desire to come unto me, but what more do they lack? They must have a new heart, a new covenant of pure hope, which comes as they offer themselves completely in righteousness.
     
    They must listen and call out to me. They must believe what is spoken to the mind. They must reach out, with full intent until there is nothing left, and then they must listen and prepare. When I was in the Garden I cried out to my Father, “Where art thou?” I am here for each of thee and will not leave you comfortless. Do you doubt? Come with the hope of finding me as you never have before. Let the Spirit guide your actions. Start planning early. What will you do? Will you prepare your thoughts and questions for me? Can you say that Enos desired an answer more than you? Is your desire to know me more than Abraham or Jacob? How far will you go to shake off the flesh to enter my presence? Give all to me and I will give all to you, then be still and expect the unexpected.”

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  5. Hiroshi says:

    Jacob,
    I have often felt the same way. I’m blessed to be able to talk about these things with a friend who has the same goals. He has been better at seeing things in the spirit and explain that we are noticed for our efforts and watched by angels to see how we progress. Even still I have had times where I was very frustrated and wondering if I was going anywhere. Patience and not pushing our will is a big piece I think. This last comment the author posted is very insightful and worthy of deep thought. I hope this helps and know you are not alone.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    When will your next book be released?

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  7. Jacob says:

    Thank you both for your comments and insight. I really appreciate this blog where so many are on the same journey and can be such an inspiration. Thank you.

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  8. Michael says:

    I have a question regarding this topic that has been weighing heavily upon my conscience. Are we able to receive our Baptism of Fire, Gift of the Holy Ghost and Born Again, and Second Comforter experience after we die? Or are we only able to receive it in our mortal life?

    The desire to receive such things burns deeply within me and am working on doing all that is necessary to pave the way for God to give me these things. But what if I were to die tomorrow? Did I miss my chance to qualify for all the Father could give me because I didn’t necessarily get it all in my mortal life?

    In other words, what parameters do I have to work with in regards to the time frame I have to achieve these things? For it is my greatest desire to receive all the Father can give me.

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  9. Michael,
    Every recipient of the Everlasting Covenant who desires the fullness of the Gospel (all that you mentioned) will have it, either in this life or the next. The advantage of those who get it now depend on their foreordained priesthood. For one who is second estate, to be able to rest from their labors (searching) after having gone to the next realm. For those who are fourth estate, to prepare for a mission to save souls. There are spirits in the First Heaven, after death, who receive the Baptism of Fire, HG, and Second Comforter, but as Joseph Smith said, “Whatever principle of intelligence we gain in this life will rise with us in the resurrection.”

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  10. The Fullness of the Gospel has two parts; the individual ascension and the full ascension of the House of Israel. The Elect must be gathered before the Day of the Lord. Every soul that has made the covenant will be gathered in except those who choose not to receive. Any left who have not received, whether dead or alive, will have that opportunity before the Lord’s coming. This includes those who are the seed of men outside the covenant who desire to be adopted. The Lord’s atonement is infinitely merciful.

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  11. Anonymous says:

    In other words, is it really never too late to come unto Him?

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  12. There is always an option to change course, but there is a day of judgment when we are sent to where we choose to be.

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  13. JB says:

    “We are sent to where we choose to be” I think I understand what you mean by this, but would you please elaborate? Thank you.

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  14. It simply means we don’t accidentally end up where we wish we were not. Nobody is tricked into going to Satan’s kingdom. Nobody is tricked into choosing a telestial existence. For those interested in pursuing a kingdom, either with God or Satan, this earth is where that happens.

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  15. kjn says:

    From your response, I get the sense we underestimate the importance of agency?. In the past several months I have learned how important our agency is and how we truly don’t realize how much we are at choice in this life.

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