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Notes From the Climb: March 2013

  • “Rust ruins more tools than overuse.” – Anonymous
  • “I am encircled about eternally in the arms of his love.” – 2 Ne. 1:15
  • The priesthood is the means whereby things are organized and exalted.
  • “Repentance is not a turning away, it is a turning towards.” – R. Anderson
  • “I returned and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.” Eccl. 9:11
  • Strength can come from knowledge. It can bestow the power to act or the opportunity for the power of God to act in our behalf.
  • Faith is intelligence exercising will.
  • We don’t comprehend what we are. Using will alone, we drive a cosmos of trillions of atoms and billions of cells to bring amazing things into existence.
  • Just as we direct the matter of our bodies by our will alone, it is also possible to direct matter outside our sphere. Great faith can affect matter outside of the sphere of one’s body. Perfect faith, like God’s, can organize the macrocosmos.
  • Faith is exercised through ‘channels’ and life is about searching for and finding the ones that fill us with light and life.
  • Faith and fear are both actions taken towards things believed but not yet seen; fear only cares about what avoids pain.
  • Fear will forsake truth to avoid pain while faith will receive truth even through pain.
  • “The will acts upon the body in producing motion.” – Noah Webster
  • The atonement is not something to ‘fill in the gaps’ in our lives, our lives themselves are transformed as we approach this atonement. In the end, we are completely converted and totally redeemed by it.
  • The faith of any intelligence is only as strong as its will.
  • “The understanding or reason compares different objects, which operate as motives; the judgment determines which is preferable, and the will decides which to pursue.In other words, we reason with respect to the value or importance of things; we then judge which is to be preferred; and we will to take the most valuable.” – Noah Webster
  • “Desire is that internal act, which by influencing the will, makes us proceed to action.” – Noah Webster