The picture at the beginning of the blog post represents the facade the man in the poem presented to others. This picture represents what was beneath that façade. It is a stark contrast to the image he was presenting.
Façade definition: an outward appearance that is maintained to conceal a less pleasant or creditable reality.
synonyms: show, front, appearance, pretense, simulation, affectation, semblance, illusion, act, masquerade, charade, mask, cloak, veil, veneer
In Mosiah 15 we read, "But behold, and fear, and tremble before God, for ye ought to tremble; for the Lord redeemeth none such that rebel against him and die in their sins; yea, even all those that have perished in their sins ever since the world began, that have wilfully rebelled against God, that have known the commandments of God, and would not keep them; these are they that have no part in the first resurrection. Therefore ought ye not to tremble? For salvation cometh to none such; for the Lord hath redeemed none such; yea, neither can the Lord redeem such; for he cannot deny himself; for he cannot deny justice when it has its claim." And in Mosiah 16 we read, "Having gone according to their own carnal wills and desires; having never called upon the Lord while the arms of mercy were extended towards them; for the arms of mercy were extended towards them, and they would not; they being warned of their iniquities and yet they would not depart from them; and they were commanded to repent and yet they would not repent." Abinidi's warning is powerful and true. Putting up a façade and refusing to repent is choosing to be separate from God forever. God will not save us in our sins. We need to tear down the façade and repent. The Savior will help us build a true and valiant soul through the atonement. The path of repentance and change isn't the easy one but it is the only path that leads to eternal life. I testify that true joy is found as we repent and apply the atoning sacrifice of Christ in our lives! I am grateful for my beloved Redeemer He is the strength of my journey and the hope of my soul!