"For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light..."
March 30, 2006

The Relentless Plan

“… this grand plan and design for our happiness is not something that exists merely to strike awe in us or to evoke gasps of gladness.  It does not exist apart from us, but involves us — painfully at times and happily at other times, but relentlessy always.”  — Neal A. Maxwell, We Will Prove Them Herewith, p. 3

March 29, 2006

Hasten the Work?

“Then do not be too anxious for the Lord to hasten his work. Let our anxiety be centered upon this one thing, the sanctification of our hearts, the purifying of our own affections, the preparing of ourselves for the approach of events that are hastening upon us. This should be our concern, this should be our study, this should be our daily prayer, and not be in a hurry to see the overthrow of the wicked.” — Joseph Smith, Journal of Discourses, 9:3

One more day to repent and prepare.

March 28, 2006

With Every Choice

“People often think of Christian morality as a kind of bargain on which God says, ‘If you keep a lot of rules I’ll reward you, and if you don’t I’ll do the other thing.’ I do not think that is the best way of looking at it. I would much rather say that every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before. And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing either into a heavenly creature or into a hellish creature: either into a creature that is in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow-creatures, and with itself. To be the one kind of creature is heaven: that is, it is joy and peace and knowledge and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state or the other.” — C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

March 27, 2006

Why Does God Send Famine?

“What color was manna?  White.  It came from heaven; landed on the ground; melted when the sun came out.  Everybody had to have it for life. All nutrients needed for life.  What color is snow? White. Comes from heaven, lands on ground, melts when sun comes out. Need it for life. We all need it.  Who is the Water of life? Jesus.  Who is the Bread of Life (manna)? Jesus.  Notice when you reject Christ, what does he do?  He withholds one of his types, which is the water of life, and you get famine.  What happens to people in famine?  They repent.  When Nephi wanted the people to repent, God gave Nephi all power.  Nephi asked for famine.  Let’s pull one of the symbols of Christ and see what the people do. Short time later they repent.”

“Remember that all things point to Christ. They are in harmony, and when you are in harmony with all things in nature that typify Christ, then all is well, but if you are out of harmony and get wicked, then all things will be in COMMOTION (D&C 88) and their hearts will fail them, the earth reel to and fro, the sun does weird things, the stars fall, the moon does things it normally doesn’t do, because they are originally made to bear record of Christ.  When their testimony is rejected, they stop bearing testimony in all things, and all things go into commotion.  The system literally points to Christ.  He is in all things and through all things, and if all things stop bearing record, we will be sorry.  It will be as if the earth is turned upside down, shaken and burnt.  Is.24. The history of Israel will eventually become the history of the world.”  — Robert J. Norman

March 25, 2006

Proud Competitors

“If you want to find out how proud you are the easiest way is to ask yourself, ‘How much do I dislike it when other people snub me, or refuse to take any notice of me, or shove their oar in, or patronise me, or show off?’ The point is that each person’s pride is in competition with everyone else’s pride. It is because I wanted to be the big noise at the party that I am so annoyed at someone else being the big noise. Two of a trade never agree. Now what you want to get clear is that Pride is essentially competitive — is competitive by its very nature — while the other vices are competitive only, so to speak, by accident. Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man. We say that people are proud of being rich, or clever, or good-looking, but they are not. They are proud of being richer, or cleverer, or better-looking than others. If everyone else became equally rich, or clever, or good-looking there would be nothing to be proud about. It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition has gone, Pride has gone. That is why I say Pride is essentially competitive in a way other vices are not … Greed may drive men into competition if there is not enough to go around; but the proud man, even when he has got more than he can possibly want, will try to get still more just to assert his power. Nearly all those evils in the world which put people down to greed or selfishness are really far more the result of Pride.” — C.S. Lewis, from Mere Christianity (underscore added)

March 24, 2006

Revelation - More Sure Than Flesh

“Peter…had the certain knowledge that Jesus Christ was the Son of God. Did he get that knowledge from Jesus, his master and teacher? No, he did not.”

Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 16:17)

“Here was Peter taking direct instruction from the mouth of the Lord himself, in the flesh; yet it was not from him but from his Father that Peter got the testimony of Christ.” — Hugh Nibley, The World and the Prophets, p. 23

Believe Christ

Isaiah 1:18

Come now, let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

“…What the Lord is saying here is this: ‘It doesn’t matter what you did.  Whatever it was, no matter how horrible or vile, is not the issue.  The issue here is that whatever your sin was or is, I can erase it, I can clean you up and make you innocent, pure, and worthy, and I can do it today; I can do it now.’”

“Unfortunately, there are many members of the Church who simply do not believe this…they may believe that the Church is true, that Jesus is the Christ, and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, while at the same time refusing to accept the possibility of their own complete forgiveness and eventual exaltation in the kingdom of God.  They believe in Christ, but they do not believe Christ.”  — Stephen E. Robinson, Believing Christ

March 23, 2006

Study by Faith

GOD HAS PROVIDED ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT ANY BELIEF!

“Another interesting thing, an insight into the personality of our God, when he creates an earth, he provides on it all the evidence for anything you want to believe. This is a testing ground; the first principle of the gospel is faith. The first law is obedience. Those two go hand in hand; what God has done is provide evidence for the TEMPORAL EYE, as well as the EYE OF FAITH. Certain are pleasing to the carnal mind. Then there is evidence, often the same evidence, just interpreted differently, for the eye of faith. Both eyes can use the same evidence to make their point. Both can use the same thing for their foundation. One of two ways. One is to hearken to the voice of God and hearken unto him, or you are in the rejection-substitution mode and you will leave him out and move in the opposite direction.” D&C 124:39

39 Therefore, verily I say unto you, that your anointings, and your washings, and your baptisms for the dead, and your solemn assemblies, and your memorials for your sacrifices by the Sons of Levi, and for your oracles in your most holy places…”

“Oracles are revelations in holy places when you hear conversations take place, where you should be paying attention to the Lord. And one of the things that come to my mind, is when Satan is tempting Eve to go contrary to the laws of God. Satan is very quick to show his basic approach. “I have said nothing about Father.” His approach to man is that you deal with earth as if there is no God. That is Satan’s basic approach. You can learn the system with God in it, or not. That is your basic decision in life. They will eventually come at odds with each other, for the theories of men generally conflict with the laws of God. At that point, you have to deal with that yourself. God has put evidence there for any person to believe what they want.”

“God isn’t worried about us learning concerning the earth. He wants us under it, on it, above it, in the oceans, anywhere we want to search; with just one caution. WHATEVER YOU STUDY, STUDY IT BY FAITH.”

Depth of Passions

“We know that our Father in Heaven is a God of body, parts, and passions. When I think of God’s passions, I think of how my own passions — my sense of love or sorrow or joy — have much greater depth than they had twenty or thirty years ago. Knowing that, I can only imagine how much deeper his feelings must run.” — Bruce C. Hafen, The Believing Heart, p. 93

Faith in the Pillars of Eternity

“Elder Bruce R. McConkie described three doctrines as the ‘Three Pillars of Eternity.’
(1) Creation
(2) Fall
(3) Atonement
“What is interesting is that the Lord has told us that each of these has occurred, but gives no details on how they occurred. Notice how the information came through the veil to Adam; Through God’s own voice, through visitations of Angels, and the Holy Ghost. Information concerning these does not come through the veil easily. We can ask hard questions that, at this point, cannot be answered by anybody. You will hit the wall of faith on all three. We must have faith in these three.” — Robert J. Norman