There’s something interesting in 3 Nephi where Jesus starts quoting Isaiah (for three verses) and then stops because the people aren’t getting it. He then heals them, institutes the sacrament, calls apostles and then says that he’s returning to Isaiah but quotes several verses from Micah first. After all of this he picks up again where he left off on those three verses but he quotes them differently.
I’ll break this down, let’s start in chapter 16 of 3 Nephi. …Read Full PostGo to Comments
The was posted over at Junior Ganymede and I just loved the ideas it inspired in my mind.
There are building metaphors in the scriptures and there are husbandry metaphors in the scriptures. Christ is the building block, for example, and the true vine.
I noticed something about those metaphors today. The buildings all seem to work. They are literally heavenly. In my father’s house there are many mansions. The New Jerusalem is the Eternal City. When something is wrong with …Read Full PostGo to Comments
“So many people I hear say: “Oh, if I just make it to heaven I’ll be secure,” and I always ask them, “Where was the devil when he fell?” It’s not heaven that will make you secure, my friend, it’s being in Christ that makes you secure.”
– Paul Washer, A Sermon That Has Angered Many, YouTube
I was listening to a few Paul Washer sermons at work today and I really liked this quote. I think it can be all too easy to assume that a change in outer surroundings will fix our problems. I’ve heard a few quotes along these lines before but this one is quite dramatic.
Heaven, Zion, the Temple, Church, your home, they are all just places and perhaps they are not all that different. It is really the ones that reside in a space that determine its sacredness.
Pastor Washer talks about being in Christ that makes you secure. I might approach it from a slightly different angle and with a bit more explanation, but overall he’s spot on. He makes his point succinctly which gives you some room to ponder – something I need to work on.Go to Comments
This quote brilliantly sums up a critically important key to understanding symbols.
“One explanation of a symbol that has been given does not preclude someone else seeing beyond that. Symbols were intended to expand our freedom of expression and feelings, not limit them. In suggesting some meanings associated with the symbols on the Salt Lake Temple, it need not be supposed that this constitutes the final word on the matter. Finality robs symbols of their meaning.” – Joseph Fielding McConkie, Symbols of Our Faith, 32
A few weeks ago, I was trying to leave my wife a love note on the fridge with some of the magnetic letters that were scattered everywhere. I quickly realized how limited my ability to express myself would be as I only had one of each letter.
Although I did manage to put some kind of crude message together, imagine trying to write a novel or something! Letters of the alphabet are symbols, and while the letters of the English alphabet don’t have meanings in and of themselves like Hebrew letters do, their real ability to communicate shines when they are combined with other letters to make words and sentences.
As you can see by the photo below, having only 26 letters to work with severely limits one’s capacity to communicate.
If we think of symbols like letters of the alphabet that form words and sentences, then we are expanding our capacity to be taught by the Spirit.
One of the things that worried me about creating my Symbol Cards and ldsSymbols.com was inadvertantly establishing some kind of authoritative guide that led people to exclude any meanings that didn’t appear in my resources. I didn’t want people to think that the meanings I shared were the only meanings or that some meanings were “better” or “more correct” than others.
I felt like the projects were worthwhile as long as people understood that they represented a starting point, a place to document certain potential meanings that appear to be consistently used in scripture, culture, mathematics, biology, astronomy, etc. I think I need to do a better job at expressing that because it cannot be stated enough.
What do you think?
- Has symbolism been a tough subject for you to understand?
- Does McConkie’s quote resonate with your experience or help you see things in a new light?
- What other qualities about symbolism do you feel are important to take note of?
There is truly opposition in all things isn’t there? Name absolutely anything and *poof* there will be someone with a reason for opposing it. Where there is an object and visible light, there will be a shadow.
It’s all good though, that’s the way it should be, we’re here to have options that challenge us. To see what we will choose do with the time and information we have at our disposal is the great purpose of life.Go to Comments
Why does my life feel like there is nothing but crap get dumped on me?
“I have digged about it,… and I have dunged it; and I have stretched forth mine hand almost all the day long…” Jacob 5:47
My best friend moved away and I lost a good week’s worth of work from the flu; why must there be so much loss in life?
“I will prune it, and dig about it, and nourish it, that perhaps it may shoot forth young and tender branches, and it perish not.” Jacob 5:4
Life was simple but now I have all these new situations to deal with. I’ve got these annoying new neighbors who just moved in and I just got this new calling that I reluctantly accepted. Why does all of this have to happen now?
“Now, if we had not grafted in these branches, the tree thereof would have perished.” Jacob 5:18
My life just feels like chaos and I don’t even know if God is aware of my circumstances.
“…it grieveth me that I should lose the trees of my vineyard.” Jacob 5:51
***Phone rings*** …Read Full PostGo to Comments
I wrote about this back in 2011. They’ve known cheese contains high concentrations of opiates (casomorphins) for a long time. Ever wonder why fast foods always have so much cheese (double cheese this, triple cheese that, cheese-lovers, etc.)? Yeah, might want to reread D&C 89:4.
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“but just as it is written, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love him.” For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.
For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.
But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:9-16 NASB)
What are we? Are we matter, coarse or refined? What is God? What makes us what we are, what is consciousness? Whether gods or men, are we not ultimately minds? Minds piloting matter?
A man cannot transform his flesh into an immortal, glorified state, but where are the limits on the mind? Can a human mind (not the brain) learn to see as the mind of God sees? What happens when the mind of a person begins to operate more and more like the mind of God? What does it mean to be one with God; not the same as God, but one with him?
In what ways does God share his mind with man and how can we increase our capacity to receive it?
Does one know the will of God because he tells them directly, or do they know because their mind is like God’s?
Does one know they are clean and redeemed because they are told, or because they see themselves through God’s eyes and the answer is clear?
What is the gift of the Holy Ghost?Go to Comments
For full disclosure, note that I’m running ads for an online journaling service called JRNL.com. I’ve written about journaling and keeping your own set of “small plates” before many times. I just wanted to note publicly that, I’m one of the co-founders of JRNL.com, it is one of our projects that our team has developed.
I have no problem sharing it here because 1. this is my personal blog, 2. I’m not forcing anyone to sign up for anything to enjoy 100% of the content available here, 3. JRNL.com is 100% free for anyone to sign up and write unlimited entries, and 4. I use JRNL.com personally and am invested in making it the best journaling solution out there because I love journaling. …Read Full PostGo to Comments
THIRST, verb intransitive
1. To experience a painful sensation of the throat or fauces for want of drink.
2. To have a vehement desire for any thing.
When one is thirsty, but just barely, they will refuse perfectly clean water on account of the smallest smudge on the glass.
When one is thirsty, and near to death from dehydration, they will enthusiastically guzzle stagnant slime from a puddle on the ground if that is all they can find.
Many people today don’t drink enough water. They stay indoors, never break a sweat or move much, and are so “busy,” with so many things that they just forget to drink.
When is the last time you quenched your thirst for living water? How long has it been since you took a nice, long, refreshing drink? Or have you passed up many opportunities because of a blemish upon the glass that God hands you?
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