"For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light..."
January 1, 2008

Will you know?

It is a paradox that men will gladly devote time every day for many years to learn a science or an art; yet will expect to win a knowledge of the gospel, which comprehends all sciences and arts, through perfunctory glances at books or occasional listening to sermons.  The gospel should be studied more intensively than any school or college subject.  They who pass opinion on the gospel without having given it intimate and careful study are not lovers of truth, and their opinions are worthless.  (John A. Widstoe, Evidences and Reconciliations, page 17)

July 28, 2006

See?

“…there are millions out there for whom thinking would indeed be a challenge. And that is why it is possible for one person to lead millions into busy lives with inactive minds. Listen to the horrendous illogic that sounds forth from the gatekeepers of our culture when they try to make a case against the sacred. The aurgumentative capacity of talk-show hosts who make moral pronouncements against morality is exceeded only by a pathetic inability to build a sound argument. The move from unsubstantiated premises to invalid deductions consistently color their faulty thinking, and what is more, the same fallacies get transmitted to uncritical hearers. Assertions claiming truth frequently go uncorroborated, and the arguments that are built show a complete disregard of validity. One can only shake one’s head in disbelief and marvel at how mushy our thinking has become. The science and art of critical thinking have been humiliated in a generation that thinks with its eyes. — Ravi Zacharias, Deliver Us from Evil, p. 140

May 11, 2006

Nothing Up My Sleeve

“The mysteries are not magic or occultism, but any knowledge that men cannot obtain by their own efforts, knowledge to be had only by revelation. The whole Book of Mormon is such a mystery. There you will find clear, concrete definitions of such daunting words as faith, heaven, hell, creation, atonement, resurrection, redemption, preexistence, hereafter. — Hugh Nibley, “The Book of Mormon: Forty Years After,” CWHN 8:547

Step by Step

“Implicit and explicit in the concept of a gospel taught by degrees instead of all at once (”line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, and there a little” (2 Nephi 28:30)) is the idea that the most important, the highest, and the holiest teachings come last.

“This is the exact opposite of the reasoning of the Christian world today, that the most important teachings must have come first, so that everything essential is known while anything that may have escaped is not really vital.

“Few would dispute that the higher and holier a teaching is, the fewer are qualified to hear it: One need only recall the Lord’s practice of discussing “the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven” only with his disciples behind closed doors and of selecting only a few chosen apostles to share in the still greater mysteries such as the transfiguration.
“All Christians, indeed, agree that the most glorious manifestations are reserved for the end. But the importance of a teaching is not measured by its depth and wonder but by the particular need of the person receiving it. God does give people at all times what are for them the most important teachings that could possibly be given.” — Hugh Nibley, ” . . . But unto Them It Is Not Given,” CWHN 7:107-8

April 16, 2006

Enough!

“The Book of Mormon is full of such scriptural patterns that are prophetic for the last days, all of which tie into the prophecies of Isaiah.  Knowing how to recognize these patterns, and the ‘manner’ in which Isaiah prophesies, become invaluable tools for learning about that time.  God expects more of us than to gloss over the substance of his word.  Rather than read the Book of Mormon superficially, we do well to ’search’ its layered meaning.”

” Because we are not familiar with literary methods doesn’t mean they are not valid.  Or because we haven’t heard something repeated a hundred times doesn’t mean it is not true.  Haven’t we learned life’s most valuable lessons when we have kept an open mind?  That was essential to our gaining a testimony of the gospel in the first place.  But those who set up stakes for themselves say. ‘I know enough; I don’t need to know more!’”  — Avraham Gileadi, The Last Days, Introduction, p 4

April 12, 2006

By Personal Study

“It is a paradox that men will gladly devote time every day for many years to learn a science or an art; yet will expect to win a knowledge of the gospel, which comprehends all sciences and arts, through perfunctory glances at books or occasional listening to sermons.  The gospel should be studied more intensively than any school or college subject.  They who pass opinion on the gospel without having given it intimate and careful study are not lovers of truth, and their opinions are worthless.” — James A. Widtsoe, Evidences and Reconciliations, p. 16-17

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 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.”