Learning as I go

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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Wow

I just studied about the night when Jesus walked on the water. After studying this Talmage says this, "Into every adult human life come experiences like unto the battling of the storm-tossed voyagers with contrary winds and threatening seas; oftime the night of struggle and danger is far advanced before succor appears; and then, too frequently the saving aid is mistaken for a greater terror. As came unto Peter and his terrified companions in the midst of the turbulent waters, so comes to all who toil in faith, the voice of the Deliverer -"It is I be not afraid." (Jesus the Christ, pg 337)

I thought that was very profound and definitely worth sharing.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Why clay?

In studying the life of Christ I have found something which I find to be very interesting. When healing the blind Christ did several different things. In the first case he touched their eyes and they immediately received sight. In another case he spat on the ground and anointed the blind man's eyes with clay and asked him to wash his eyes in a nearby pool. In the third case the Lord spit in his eyes, and yet he was not wholly healed. So the Lord placed his hands on his eyes again and his sight was fully restored.

So why did the Lord use so many different methods when he healed the blind? Why didn't he just touch the eyes of all the men being healed? Why did it take a 2nd attempt, or extra work in the third case?

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Strengthening your family

We are told in the proclamation on the family that, "Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God." So how do we do this? Or maybe a better qustion is how are you (those of you with families) doing this right now? And if you are not doing anything to strengthen your families spiritually what could you do different? I don't have my own family right now so I'd like to know what you are doing to strengthen your families.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Elijah

In 1 kings 18 Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal to a test to see if their God could beat the Lord. "Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God." (verse 23-24) I kind of had to laugh at verse 27 when "Elijah mocked them." But anyways in verse 29 we read about the response of their Gods, "there was neither voice, nor any answer, nor any that regarded." Just goes to show that Satan really doesn't care, and besides he was being challenged by the Lord. We all know he doesn't stand a chance right? Lets see what the Lord did. Elijah had water poured on the wood several times, probably to remove any doubt about the Lords power. After pouring water on the wood several times "the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice."

In 1 Kings 19 Jezebel seeks the life of Elijah after he had proved these prophets of Baal wrong. In verse 4 we read, "But he [Elijah] himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers." After this an angel comes two times to feed Elijah and he continues his journey.

So I have a few questions for you all, because I'm a bit confused. First, why did Elijah want to die? I've re read that and thought about it and I honestly don't know. Secondly how is the Lord showing Elijah his love in this story?

Monday, March 13, 2006

An incomplete Bible

I came across something interesting in the foot notes of Jesus the Christ. It goes along well with this scripture. "And because my words shall hiss forth-many of the Gentiles shall say: A Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible." (2 Nephi 29:3)

In Jesus the Christ James E. Talmage says this in a foot note, "Those who oppose the doctrine of continual revelation between God and His Church, on the ground that the Bible is complete as a collection of sacred scriptures, and that alleged revelation not found therein must therefore be spurious, may profitably take note of the many books not included in the Bible, yet mentioned therein, generally in such a way as to leave no doubt that they were once regarded as authentic. Among these extra-Biblical scriptures, the following may be named; some of them are in existence today, and are classed with the Apocrypha; but the greater number are unknown. We read of the Book of the Covenant (Ex 24:7); Book of the Wars of the Lord (Num 21:14); Book of Jasher (Josh 10:13); Book of the Statutes (I Sam 10:25); Book of Enoch (Jude 14); Book of the Acts of Solomon (I Kings 11:41); Book of Nathan the Prophet, and that of Gad the Seer (I Chron 29:29); Book of Ahijah the Shilonite, and visions of Iddo the Seer (2 Chron 9:29); Book of Shemaiah (2 chron 12:15); Story of the Prophet Iddo (2 chron 13:22); Book of Jehu (2 chron 20:34); the Acts of Uzziah, by Isaiah, the son of Amoz (2 chron 26:22); Sayings of the Seers (2 chron 33:19); a missing epistle of Paul to the Corinthians (I Cor 5:9); A missing epistle to the Ephesians (Eph 3:3); missing epistle to the Colossians, written from Laodicea (Col 4:16); a missing epistle of Jude (Jude 3)." (Jesus the Christ pages 119-120)

And after all this work I just discovered a magical link that has them all. Anyways it's just something to think about. It's great to have continued revelation isn't it?

Friday, March 10, 2006

How can we change?

In 2 Nephi 8:3 (which is also a chapter in Isaiah) we read, "For the Lord shall comfort Zion, he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord."

In Jesus the Christ I read about the parable of the Sower. I thought that Talmage had some interesting commentary about this. He said that some people have found this parable to be evidence of fatalism. But Talmage goes on to say, "He neither said nor intimated that the hard-baked soil of the wayside might not be plowed, harrowed, fertilized, and so be rendered productive; not that the stony impediment to growth might not be broken up and removed, or an increase of good soil be made by actual addition; nor that the thorns could never be uprooted, and their former habitat rendered fit to support good plants." (pg 285)

Maybe I should tell the story of the beginning of my reactivation into the church. I moved away from Utah to work at Disney world. I was happy to get away from my family, and the church. I thought that I would be ok with things outside of Utah. I moved into an apartment complex that can simply be explained as Babylon. There must have been a seed planted deep inside of me because I thought I'd be ok with Babylon, but I was not. I think that it was more of a weeding process with me then anything else. I decided that what was going on all around me was not right. (Isn't it funny how we can decide something we already knew?) I ended up calling my mother in tears one day asking if she could send me my scriptures. I definitely had a long way to go still, but that was the beginning of my reconversion.

So how do we change? How do we let the lord make our wilderness into Eden? What about those who are in the hard baked soil whom Talmage said (speaking of symbolism of the parable), "no seed can possibly strike root or grow"?

I'm expecting a lot of generic answers here, so please don't worry if they are generic. I would love to hear any stories related to changing. You can always do so anonymously if you feel more comfortable.