Learning as I go

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Location: Taylorsville, Utah, United States

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

3 Nephi 9:13

I just want to copy a scripture here. I have no comment on it other then I think the Lord is so amazing. Here, "O all ye that are spared because ye were more righteous than they, will ye not now return unto me, and repent of your sins, and be converted, that I may heal you?" 3 Nephi 9:13 I'd love to hear your comments about this scripture. How it makes you feel, maybe even your testimony if you feel comfortable. You can always do so anonymously if you need to.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The inner vessel

In Alma chapter 60 Moroni sends a letter to Pahoran demanding support for the troops at the front. In verse 23 Moroni says, "Now I would that ye should remember that God has said that the inward vessel shall be cleansed first, and then shall the outer vessel be cleansed also." I've found that the wars at the end of Alma are a great metaphor for our war against Satan. We see that without the clean inner vessel that Moroni speaks of the war would have been lost. Not too long after this in the early chapters of the book of Helaman the lamanites attack at the center of the land in Zarahemla and (for a short time) conquer that part of the land.

I've found that in my life I do the best when I'm striving to live righteously out of love not out of obedience. When I worry about everything that is going in my life (at the wars front) I find that it is easier to give ground. When I'm worried about the letter of the law and not the spirit of the law I lose ground. But when I worry more about the inner vessel I find the front stays fairly static. I like to think of the inner vessel as my testimony. I want to give you a very common scriptural reference here, but I want you to think of it in very different terms. Helaman 5:12. Think of it not in terms of a foundation, but in the terms of this war that we are speaking of and your very own inner vessel.

So I find that the best way to combat Satan is with my testimony. If I read my scriptures every day, and pray every day with the goal of keeping the spirit in my life and helping my testimony to grow then I am strengthened. Think of how the U.S. helped to win World War II. Our inner vessel provided all the food, soldiers, materials and other elements necessary to help the allies win the war. I hope that my testimony can be like this.

I think that a good question to ask ourselves at this point is what can our testimonies provide? If we are lacking in man power at the front then what can we do to cleanse our inward vessels? These are of course very personal questions, but they should be asked and answered on a regular basis if we are going to survive the war.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Was it murder?

I have always wondered this, maybe you guys can help me shed some light on it. In Alma 62:36 we read this, "And it came to pass that Teancum in his anger did go forth into the camp of the Lamanites ... And he went from place to place, insomuch that he did find the king; and he did cast a javelin at him, which did pierce him near the heart." My question is this, did Teancum commit murder? Was he committing murder when he did the same thing to Amalickiah in chapter Alma chapter 51?

Saturday, January 14, 2006

So which is it?

Here is a question that Veryl had:

What is the status of those who, upon dying enter into spirit paradise? One thought is that you would need to live worthily and be endowed, another thought is that you just need to have been baptized. Vyrl said too that he's seen general authority quote supporting both.

Friday, January 13, 2006


In the book of Jarom we read this, "As these plates are small, and as these things are written for the intent of the benefit of our brethren the Lamanites, wherefore it must needs be that I write a little; but I shall not write the things of my prophesying, nor of my revelations. For what could I write more than my fathers have written?"

So here is my question, do you think we could have benefited if Jarom had written more? Many prophets came after him and they wrote plenty. Is it possible that Jarom didn't believe in himself? And if he did not believe in himself was he sinning by not reaching his full potential and writing more?

Sometimes I don't believe that I'm capable of doing what the Lord wants me to do, and being who he wants me to be. So when I don't believe in myself and fall short of my potential am I sinning, or is it just a matter of me settling for less?

Thursday, January 05, 2006

A question

Periodically I'd like to throw a question out to everybody and see the responses. Here is my first question. In Mosiah chapter 11 we read about how Abinidi preached to the people. They were angry and sought his life but the Lord delivered him. Abinidi was gone for 2 years. What do you think Abinidi was doing for those 2 years?