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Since no one is perfect anyway, what is the purpose of worthiness and how can it be established?
Frank, from Vista, California

Dear Frank,
There is a significant difference between perfection and worthiness. There has been only one perfect mortal who ever lived upon the earth, and that was the Lord, Jesus Christ. So one can be worthy without being perfect. However, worthiness leads to perfection. One might be found worthy of the trust of a friend; worthy to keep a confidence; worthy to take upon himself the baptismal covenant and thus become a member of the Mormon Church. After being baptized one might be found worthy to be trusted with the responsibility of a call to serve in some capacity in the Church. With added experience and testing in various responsibilities, both worthiness and capacity may grow toward the fulfilling of the scripture found in Ephesians 4:11-14—

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.


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