Learning as I go

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Location: Taylorsville, Utah, United States

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

D&C 122

In D&C 122 verse 9 we read, "Hold on thy way and the priesthood shall remain with thee; for their bounds are set, they cannot pass." What do you think the Lord means by this? "their bounds are set." Who is he talking about, and what does he mean?

What does he mean when he says "hold on thy way and the priesthood shall remain with thee?" Could he have lost the priesthood? I'm really curious about what you all think about this. Because I've never quite understood these last two verses.

He goes on to say, "Thy days are known and they years shall not be numbered less." I think he's talking about eternity here, but I'm not quite sure. What do you think?

Friday, April 14, 2006

I realized something.

Recently we’ve had some problems with one of our roommates. He has been very hard to live with and nobody has put up with it much. He seemed to be acting very immature and none of us knew why. We figured he was just being a jerk and left it at that. Well we had a run in yesterday morning and we both screamed a lot. I even mentioned that we had discussed it as roommates and that if he didn’t change he would have to find a new place to live.
Probably less then an hour later he came out of his room. I was on my way out when he started to talk. He said he needed to apologize to one of my roommates for the way he had been acting. Then he let me know why he was acting the way he was. He admitted that he needed to change the way he acted. I found out that I needed to change as well. My other roommates and I had been doing some things that were hurting his feelings without even knowing we were. I told him I was sorry and promised him that I would try to do better. I realized that he isn’t just my roommate, he is my friend. It all makes sense now and I’m definitely going to try harder in the future.

It’s amazing how tender hearted we all are. I realized that we really need to be more sensitive and careful about how we communicate with each other. It’s times like this that makes me so grateful for the atonement. In 3rd Nephi Chapter 9 verse 13 Christ said, “Will ye not now return unto me, and repent of your sins, and be converted that I may heal you?” I feel like I totally hurt my roommate’s feelings. I didn’t realize I was doing it, but I was. I wish that my roommate had an active testimony in the Savior. Then he could be healed by him. So here’s a question for you: Can the atonement work in the life of somebody who doesn’t believe in it? My roommate’s feelings were hurt but things have been reconciled. Do you think that the atonement had a part to play in that?

Saturday, April 08, 2006

"the Lamanites have awakened"

In Mosiah chapter 24 we read about Alma and his people coming under bondage. They had escaped king Noah and were living peacefully until the lamanites came into their land and put Amulon in charge. Later the Lord frees them from their bondage by "causing a deep sleep to come upon the Lamanites." While they were asleep the people departed into the wilderness. They were led to another valley where they gave thanks to God for delivering them. In verse 23 the Lord warns Alma saying, "Haste thee and get thou and this people out of this land, for the Lamanites have awakened and do pursue thee; therefore get thee out of this land, and I will stop the Lamanites in this valley that they come no further in pursuit of this people."

So here is my question. Why didn't the Lord keep the Lamanites asleep? He made a way for the people of Alma to escape but only for a short while? Why not longer? What lesson do you think he may have been trying to teach?

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Authority?

I'm reading in Mosiah right now and I'm in chapter 18. This is the chapter where Alma babtizes the people at the waters of mormon. In verse 14 it says that, "both Alma and Helam wereburied in the water." I've never quite understood this. So Alma was being babtized by himself? Had he received the priesthood already? In verse 13 he says, "having authority from the Almighty God" when he was about to babtize Helam. Something similar happened when Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery received the priesthood and babtized each other. I'm just curious about what you guys think.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Safety

We had this big storm come through this morning while I was studying my scriptures. The wind was really blowing hard. A few of the gusts made my house shake a little. Throughout the storm I was sitting in my room quietly reading my scriptures. I think that is what the gospel does for us in this tumultuous world. We can have peace while the storms rage around us.