Thursday, March 30, 2017

Where is the Lord God of Joseph Smith?


I have listened to this talk that Bruce R. McConkie gave and it is absolutely a favorite of mine now. It is so powerful. I searched for a written version to copy and paste, but it is only available in audio form. You have to listen to it to understand the title of this post. I thought about explaining it, but that would ruin the fun. :)


The phrase that jumped out to me was, "God stands revealed or he remains forever unknown." I googled it and found the phrase but it is slightly more descriptive than what was said in this audio. 



"God stands revealed or he remains forever unknown, and the things of God are and can be known only by and through the Spirit of God." The Lord’s People Receive Revelation - Ensign June 1971 - ensign https://www.lds.org/ensign/1971/06/the-lords-people-receive-revelation?lang=eng

There is no real way of summarizing the talk, it is so powerful and you should listen to it over and over again pondering its meaning and allowing the Spirit to teach us how we can apply it into our lives immediately. We are responsible before God for our own journey back to him. We must learn to seek Him out through revelation. Please go and listen to this talk. 

Below are some highlights to the talk that I quoted above, although an entirely different talk, it has the same underlining spur to seek out God and His Christ through revelation. Enjoy!

The Lord’s People Receive Revelation - Ensign June 1971 - ensign Highlights

17.8%: 

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And so it is with the revelations and visions of eternity. They are around us all the time. This Tabernacle is full of the same things which are recorded in the scriptures and much more. The vision of the degrees of glory is being broadcast before us, but we do not hear or see or experience because we have not tuned our souls to the wave band on which the Holy Ghost is broadcasting.

Joseph Smith said: “The Holy Ghost is a revelator.” And, “No man can receive the Holy Ghost without receiving revelations.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith [Deseret Book Co., 1968], p. 328.)


23.9%: 
Moroni said: “… by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.” (Moro. 10:5.)


24.9%: 
The Comforter knoweth all things; he is commissioned to bear witness of the Father and the Son, to reveal, to teach, and to testify—and he is broadcasting all the truths of salvation, and all the knowledge and wisdom of God, out into all immensity all of the time.


35.6%: 
And may I say that the only way to gain true religion is to receive it from the Lord. True religion is revealed religion; it is not a creation of man’s devising; it comes from God.


38.9%: 
Salvation comes from God, on his terms, and the things men must do to gain it can be known only by revelation.


40.1%: 
God stands revealed or he remains forever unknown, and the things of God are and can be known only by and through the Spirit of God.


47%: 

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From an eternal perspective what each of us needs is a Ph.D. in faith and righteousness. The things that will profit us everlastingly are not the power to reason, but the ability to receive revelation; not the truths learned by study, but the knowledge gained by faith; not what we know about the things of the world, but our knowledge of God and his laws.


59.4%: 
It is the privilege and the right of every member of the Church to receive revelation and to enjoy the gifts of the Spirit. 

71.4%: 
“Do ye not remember the things which the Lord hath said?—If ye will not harden your hearts, and ask me in faith, believing that ye shall receive, with diligence in keeping my commandments, surely these things shall be made known unto you.” (1 Ne. 15:3, 7–11.)


74.2%: 
It is the right of members of the Church to receive revelation. Joseph Smith said: “… God hath not revealed anything to Joseph, but what he will make known unto the Twelve, and even the least Saint may know all things as fast as he is able to bear them. …” (Teachings, p. 149.)


92.7%: 

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Religion comes from God by revelation and deals with spiritual things; and unless and until a man has received revelation, he has not received religion, and he is not on the path leading to salvation in our Father’s kingdom.


Monday, March 27, 2017

More fully disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ


I watched the below video this morning and it really moved me. This quote jumped out at me.

"...may we declare ourselves to be more fully disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, not in word only and not only in the flush of comfortable times but in deed and in courage and in faith, including when the path is lonely and when our cross is difficult to bear." None Were with Him - Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2009/04/none-were-with-him?lang=eng



I would like to bear my witness and testimony, that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God. He truly suffered more than any mortal mind can comprehend and then he died for us, so that if we so live our lives, we could be reunited again and live with our Father in Heaven again. In the words of my girls favorite song right now, and an amazing song at that:

Gethsemane


Jesus climbed the hill
To the garden still
His steps were heavy and slow
Love and a prayer
Took Him there
To the place only He could go

Gethsemane
Jesus loves me
So He went willingly
To Gethsemane


He felt all that was sad, wicked or bad
All the pain we would ever know
While His friends were asleep
He fought to keep
His promise made long ago

Gethsemane
Jesus loves me
So He went willingly
To Gethsemane


The hardest thing that ever was done
The greatest pain that ever was known
The biggest battle that ever was won
This was done by Jesus
The fight was won by Jesus

Gethsemane
Jesus loves me
So He gave His gift to me
In Gethsemane

Gethsemane
Jesus loves me
So He gives His gift to me
From Gethsemane

Let us accept the atonement and repent and come unto our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is my prayer, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Craig


By His grace we have power


The weekly picture quote for my Sunday School class.

Jacob 4:7
Nevertheless, the Lord God showeth us our weakness that we may know that it is by his grace, and his great condescensions unto the children of men, that we have power to do these things. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/jacob/4?lang=eng

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Joseph Smith was superior to them all

I have always loved Joseph with a special love. The below quotes simply solidify that love even more. 



"I never had the feeling for one moment, to believe that any man or set of men or beings upon the face of the whole earth had anything to do with [Joseph Smith], for he was superior to them all, and held the keys of salvation over them." -Brigham Young

Compare that quote with the below scripture.


JST, Matthew 3:24–26. Compare Matthew 2:23

24 And it came to pass that Jesus grew up with his brethren, and waxed strong, and waited upon the Lord for the time of his ministry to come. 25 And he served under his father, and he spake not as other men, neither could he be taught; for he needed not that any man should teach him. 26 And after many years, the hour of his ministry drew nigh.
JST, Matthew 3:24-26 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/jst/jst-matt/3?lang=eng

Interesting comparison, and then we read in Doctrine and Covenants 135:3 about how closely related to Christ, Joseph really was. 


3 Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/135?lang=eng

Do we worship Joseph Smith, of course not, but the day will come, when we will stand before our Maker and we will see Joseph Smith standing relatively close to the Savior in authority and power. And at that moment we will either shrink with shame or stand up with love in our hearts and a song of gratitude on our lips for the role Joseph Smith played in our very own personal exaltation. 

Let us redouble our efforts in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which Joseph gave his life for, that we might enjoy it and through it we might be exalted!!

Craig

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

We talk, rejoice, preach, prophesy, and write of Christ


I totally forgot to post this on Sunday, bit this is the weekly picture quote for my Sunday School class.

2 Nephi 25:26
And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/2-ne/25?lang=eng

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Yield your will to His


This is a really good post that D Todd Christofferson posted on Facebook a few days ago. Please read and re-read it!! There is so much here that it will take a few reads to understand what he is really saying in theses two short paragraphs. Enjoy!!


"In yielding your will to His, God will tutor you in the successful use of moral agency. You will find freedom to be, to feel, and to do. You will be supported in all your trials. You will “bring forth as a very fruitful tree which is planted in a goodly land, by a pure stream, that yieldeth much precious fruit” (D&C 97:9).


"Over time your prayers will become powerful, and you will come into God’s presence, through prayer, with confidence. Because of your unwearyingness in seeking the Lord’s will rather than your own, He may promise you as He did Helaman’s son Nephi “even that all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word, for thou shalt not ask that which is contrary to my will” (Helaman 10:5). Your life, your personality will take on the characteristics and qualities of Christ."

Craig

Sunday, March 12, 2017

How much of life do we miss waiting for rainbows


"How much of life do we miss by waiting to see the rainbow before thanking God that there is rain?" (Grateful in Any Circumstances - By President Dieter F. Uchtdorf https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/04/grateful-in-any-circumstances?lang=eng)

What an interesting and true concept. What does the rainbow represent? A few examples would be, reward from hardwork, joy over sadness, healing over sickness, harvest after a long hard summer, and victory over trials.

Two things are important, first, we would never receive the reward if it wasn't for the hardwork, or the joy if it wasn't for the sadness, healing without sickness, joy without sadness, harvest without planting and victory without trials.

I love Paul and we can learn so much from him.

2 Corinthians 12:8-10
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/2-cor/12?lang=eng

Paul gloried in the "rain" because he knew that the rainbow or reward was worth all the rain.

The second thing which is related to the first and that is to enjoy the journey.


Together let's thank God for the rain while maintaining faith in the rainbow and just enjoy the journey as we go.

Craig

The mercy and grace of Jesus Christ are not limited to sins


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This is the weekly picture quote for my Sunday School class. Enjoy!

"The mercy and grace of Jesus Christ are not limited to those who commit sins either of commission or omission, but they encompass the promise of everlasting peace to all who will accept and follow Him and His teachings. His mercy is the mighty healer, even to the wounded innocent."

Reading The Reason for Our Hope - By President Boyd K. Packer in Voice Dream http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/10/the-reason-for-our-hope?lang=eng

Saturday, March 11, 2017

But no one has failed who keeps trying and keeps praying.



“Because She Is a Mother” - Jeffrey R. Holland https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1997/04/because-she-is-a-mother?lang=eng

Sometimes the decision of a child or a grandchild will break your heart. Sometimes expectations won’t immediately be met. Every mother and father worries about that. Even that beloved and wonderfully successful parent President Joseph F. Smith pled, “Oh! God, let me not lose my own.”8 That is every parent’s cry, and in it is something of every parent’s fear. But no one has failed who keeps trying and keeps praying. You have every right to receive encouragement and to know in the end your children will call your name blessed, just like those generations of foremothers before you who hoped your same hopes and felt your same fears.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Our Great Privilege and Responsibility- To receive light and knowledgeto the perfect day


As I read the below quote, I thought, that would be a great picture quote. Then after I made the picture quote, I felt prompted to say a few words about it, because it is so powerful. So without further ado here is the quote:



 "If we want to have the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, we must find time to slow down, ponder, pray, and live so we are worthy to receive and act upon His promptings. We will avoid major mistakes if we heed His warnings. It is our privilege as members to receive light and knowledge from Him even to the perfect day." (We Follow Jesus Christ - Quentin L. Cook, http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2010/04/we-follow-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

I decided to look up the definition of privilege, and this is what I found on dictionary.com:
1. a right, immunity, or benefit enjoyed only by a person beyond the advantages of most:
the privileges of the very rich.
2. a special right, immunity, or exemption granted to persons in authority or office to free them from certain obligations or liabilities:
the privilege of a senator to speak in Congress without danger of a libel suit.
3. a grant to an individual, corporation, etc., of a special right or immunity, under certain conditions.
4. the principle or condition of enjoying special rights or immunities.
5. any of the rights common to all citizens under a modern constitutional government:
We enjoy the privileges of a free people.
6. an advantage or source of pleasure granted to a person:
It's my privilege to be here.

Take any one of those and we see that by simply being members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints we have an advantage over those that are not members. Is this because we are better than others, of course not, it is because we have been given the gift of the Holy Ghost that can be our constant companion if we so live our lives as the above quote expresses. With advantage comes responsibility. 

Doctrine and Covenants 82:3
For of him unto whom much is given much is required; and he who sins against the greater light shall receive the greater condemnation. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/82?lang=eng

Whether we like responsibility or not, as members of the church we have this greater responsibility. Regardless of how we might try to run away from it, hide from it, or dislike it, we have it, so let's stop whining and procrastinating and get to work. Let us "find time to slow down, ponder, pray, and live so we are worthy to receive and act upon [the] promptings" of the Holy Ghost. 

"It is our privilege as members to receive light and knowledge from Him even to the perfect day." As we step into and unto our responsibility to be great witnesses of Christ, by obedience to the word of God given to us through the promptings of the Spirit and live in accordance to all the commandments of God, we will be given greater and greater light and knowledge until we become like unto Christ which is the perfect day.

Craig

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The same spirit will have power over us in this life and the next



Many years ago my mom gave me this pack of CD's called, Inspired Words. They are a mix of quotes from the prophets and apostles and church music. They are powerful and we have listened to them going to sleep nearly every night for years. Here is one favorite quote from them:

In death we die to this world and step through the veil into the sphere we are worthy to enter. Gordon B. Hinckley https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2005/04/the-great-things-which-god-has-revealed?lang=eng

This is so powerful because I feel that sometimes we think that there is going to be some magic blue pill that we take when we die that will change our natures and then we will be a new creature. Therein lies Satan's great deceit or lie.

Circumstances don't dictate who we are or will become, we do. I am of the belief that regardless of the circumstances that we find ourselves in, we will act in accordance to how we would act in any other circumstance. Details may vary, but the outcome will be the same on an eternal scale. Many of us say in our hearts, if I just had more money, things would be different, if I had just married someone else, I would be different, if I just had this or that, then things would be different. All circumstances come with their own set of challenges, ups and downs. We need to realize that we determine our own destiny. Walk a mile in someone else's shoes, and you will realize that this is true.


Satan is the master deceiver, and he knows that if he can make us always feel that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, he will effectively prohibit any yard work to be done on our side of the fence.



Alma gives a powerful discourse on procrastination. Let's look at it now.

Alma 34:32-35
32 For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.
33 And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed.
34 Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world.
35 For behold, if ye have procrastinated the day of your repentance even until death, behold, ye have become subjected to the spirit of the devil, and he doth seal you his; therefore, the Spirit of the Lord hath withdrawn from you, and hath no place in you, and the devil hath all power over you; and this is the final state of the wicked. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/alma/34?lang=eng

We were held in reserve to come down at this time because of our special talents and our valiance to our elder brother, Jesus Christ. We can't afford to buy into Satan's trickery, even for a short time. Let us remember what President Eyring's mother always told him, “If you are on the right path, it will always be uphill.”



This life was not supposed to be easy, it is a test, but luckily, we are up for the test, we have prepared for it, and we have been foreordained for it. Let us develop the necessary faith and not procrastinate the day of our repentance. Let us decide today, that we will settle for nothing less than those thoughts and actions that will draw us unto Christ, and help us become like Him. This is my prayer, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Talk on Baptism



This is a talk on baptism that I gave on Saturday. It was a Stake baptism and only three boys were being baptized, one of which was my nephew, Jake. 

I am honored to have been asked to give this talk on baptism here today. What a special day for each of you that are getting baptized. And what a special day for your parents and families to share in this wonderful occasion. What an awesome sight to see all of you dressed in white ready to be baptized and to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 

2 Nephi 31:5
And now, if the Lamb of God [or the Savior], he being holy [or without sin], should have need to be baptized by water, to fulfil all righteousness, O then, how much more need have we, being unholy [with sin], to be baptized, yea, even by water! 

We have the privilege, of following our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into the waters of baptism, which is pretty exciting.

But, why is baptism so important?

In John 3:5 ​we read, Except a man be ​​​born​ of ​​​water​ and ​of​ the ​​​Spirit​, he cannot ​​​enter​ into the kingdom of God.

We want to return back to live with our father in heaven, don't we? Being born of water is same thing as being baptized. And being born of the Spirit, is the same as receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, which you Will have the opportunity of receiving both here today.

You might be wondering though, how is baptism like being born?

Paul helps us understand this better. 

Romans 6:4
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

When a baby is born they "walk in newness of life" don't they? That is a fancy way of saying that we are born of the Spirit.

So just to sum it up, as we are buried in the water, that is symbolic of the Savior's death. As you are raised out of the waters of baptism, it is just like the Savior being raised from dead. You too are raised up or born of the water to "walk in newness of life." 

I love the phrase, to "walk in newness of life." After our baptism our lives should be different. We know that the age of eight is the age of accountability, so we know that from now on we are going to be held accountable to our sins, or the mistakes that we make, that causes our Father in Heaven to be sad. 

Now, to demonstrate this a little bit better, I need a couple volunteers. Which of you that are being baptized would be kind enough and brave enough to come up here for a quick demonstration?

Disappearing Ink Demonstration 
Which of you being baptized are brave enough to come up and help me with a demonstration. Don't be shy, come on up. 
- Talk about how after they are baptized here today, they will be pure just like the white clothes they are wearing. When you go home, you are going to make some misrakes and sin. They Lord has provided us with the sacrament as a way to become clean again and have our sins forgiven. When you come to the sacrament meeting with a prayer in your heart and feeling sad about the sins you committed during the week and worthily partake of the sacrament, you renew your baptismal covenants and are made clean again. 
- Give an example or two of something they might do this week, like be mean to a sibling, and then squirt them with the disappearing ink.
-  Explain how our sins stain our souls just like this ink stains your clothes. Luckily, this is special disappearing ink, and it will show how with repentance and the sacrament we can be made pure and white again. 
- Show how the ink is disappearing already.

Thank you so much for your help, you may sit down.

We'll look at one more scripture here today. This scripture helps us understand more fully the covenants that we make when we are baptized.


Mosiah 18:8-10
8 ...Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;
9 Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God [explain what witness means, include testifier of God] at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life--
10 Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you? https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/mosiah/18?lang=eng

Are you guys all excited? I am super excited for each one of you. What a great opportunity you each have, here in a few more minutes, to be baptized even by water and then of course receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and to walk in newness of life and "and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even unto death." 

In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.


Craig

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Working By Faith is Mental Exertion - Chauncey Riddle


I just read this amazing article by Elder Chauncey Riddle. I have copied and pasted the whole article down below. I also inserted a few pictures quotes that I made by the quote it quotes. Enjoy!

http://chaunceyriddle.com/missionary-conference/working-by-faith-is-mental-exertion/

Working By Faith is Mental Exertion (NEW!)

I had the pleasure of having Elder Riddle in my district and zone while serving in the Illinois Peoria mission. I have a two page work entitled “Working By Faith is Mental Exertion” written by Chauncey Riddle in response to a mission wide effort to obtain “an eye single to the Glory of God”. To my knowledge this work hasn’t been published anywhere, I am happy to forward you a copy if you would like.
As I understand, this was written around July or August of 1994 while Elder and Sister Riddle were serving full time in the Bloomington/Normal Illinois area.
– Jeff Driggs, A Missionary in the Illinois, Peoria Mission
Elder Chauncey Riddle
Faith is a believing, enthusiastic positive response to a message from God.
To work by faith consists of two parts:
  1. Training the mind, in understanding and intentions.
  2. Doing that which pleases God.
Training the mind.
The goal of mind training is to have an eye single to the Glory of God. The eye in question is the mind’s eye, the eye of our understanding and intentions. It is God’s purpose to teach us how to look upon our surroundings in this world and see things as they really are (as opposed to believing the lies of the adversary). To do this we must test every bit of information we receive by the Holy Spirit, to see if how we are seeing, hearing, sensing and believing is true. This is difficult at first, but as we practice doing this it can become almost automatic. We are training ourselves to look upon all things with the help of God, to see things as he sees them. By this means we come to understand truly what is going on around us in order to to diagnose the problems at hand correctly.
To train our intentions is to work with ourselves until we desire nothing but the glory of God. This is intense mental effort, for we must be ever scrutinizing our intent and motives, being guided by our conscience whether our motives are pure and selfless or not. When the work of God becomes the only thing we really care about, then we can begin to work for the glory of God with all of our heart, might, mind and strength.
In the process of attempting to make our eye single to the glory of God, we may find that our heart is not pure, and that we cannot go all the way to having an eye single because our heart will not tolerate that dedication. It is then our privilege to apply to God for a new heart. When we have done all that we can do with our present heart, have trained our mind to attend to the things of God and our body to be as faithful to God as we can, then, since we have then done all we can to have faith, the grace of God can come to us and make up the difference. As we receive instruction from God to do so, we can receive a new, pure heart which will enable us to have our eye completely single to the glory of God. A pure heart and an eye (mind) single make it possible for us to become faith-full, to have perfect faith.
Doing that which pleases God.
Faith not a one-time accomplishment, but is required every decision of our lives. One who has an eye single out of a pure heart yet has much mental work to do to be faithful. He or she must search out the mind and will of the Lord in every situation and then do what the Lord instructs him or her to do in order to act faithfully.
Searching out the mind and will of God is done by a conversation between the heart and the mind of a person. The mind searches the scriptures and the words of the prophets and the whisperings of the Spirit for clues as to what Cod would have done to solve a particular problem. As ideas and possible solutions come to mind these are referred to the heart. If the idea is good, the heart will register that good. If the idea is bad, the heart will register that reservation and the mind will have a stupor and confusion. The heart and mind must pass the matter back and forth until the person is assured by the Holy Spirit that they know the mind and will of the Lord.
This work is arduous at first, and may virtually paralyze the person. But as one works from one little decision to another, his or her ability to be faithful will increase, and ere long he or she will be able to be faithful at the full, ordinary pace of life. It is much like learning a new language. Halting and painful at first, we are tempted to revert to our mother tongue (the ways of the natural man). But as we persevere, faith becomes our new tongue, and we become fluent, and are able to speak with the tongue of angels.
Now, being assured that we are doing the right thing, we may act in perfect confidence, carrying out the mind and will of the Lord Jesus Christ in the acts of our flesh.
Our receiving true understanding through the Holy Spirit, our receiving instruction as to how to make our eye single, our receiving a new heart, our receiving instruction as to what to do are the gift aspects of faith. It will be seen that faith is largely a gift from God.
But those gift aspects of faith cannot remain alone. Without the willing and grateful receiving of the gifts and the faithful hearkening to the mind and will of God on the part of some agent human being to work out God’s designs in the earth, faith would not yet exist. Faith without works is dead, being alone.
The great enemy of faith is pride, the self-sufficiency that causes us to reject the messages that come to us from God. Evidences of pride are our willingness to believe in the traditions and wisdom of men which are not commended to us by God, or to place reliance on our own conjectures.
Thus the minds of men are the battleground in the war between faith in God and sin. Those who will have faith in God must exert themselves mightily, performing great mental exertion, to learn to be faithful to Jesus Christ.
Craig

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Glory of God = Light of Christ and attracted by Faith


From my journal on August 23, 2016: I had a spiritual experience where the Lord taught me that the Glory of God that radiates from Him can be acquired or attracted to us through our faith and the greater the faith, the greater amounts of glory that we can have added upon us. I was taught today, that this glory is the Spirit of Christ or the Light of Christ. We have the ability to attract or draw more of the Spirit or Light of Christ upon us as we increase our faith and obedience to the words of Christ he gives to us. 

This is also how the concept that the Savior and the Father can be in us. See the below two scriptures:

John 15:3-5
3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. http://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/john/15?lang=eng


John 14:18-21
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.

20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. http://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/john/14?lang=eng

The Light of Christ grows within us as we demonstrate faith. In proportion to our faith and obedience we gain more and more light and glory until the perfect day.


Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

D&C; 50:24 That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.

What is the perfect day, I don't know exactly, but when the Savior appears unto us and gives us our calling and election made sure, that is pretty perfect. 

D&C; 88:63-68
63 Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

64 Whatsoever ye ask the Father in my name it shall be given unto you, that is expedient for you;

65 And if ye ask anything that is not expedient for you, it shall turn unto your condemnation.

66 Behold, that which you hear is as the voice of one crying in the wilderness--in the wilderness, because you cannot see him--my voice, because my voice is Spirit; my Spirit is truth; truth abideth and hath no end; and if it be in you it shall abound.

67 And if your eye be single to my glory, your whole bodies shall be filled with light, and there shall be no darkness in you; and that body which is filled with light comprehendeth all things.

68 Therefore, sanctify yourselves that your minds become single to God, and the days will come that you shall see him; for he will unveil his face unto you, and it shall be in his own time, and in his own way, and according to his own will. http://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/88?lang=eng

Craig