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We forget, but God does not forget. The scriptures enlarge our memories, as does the Holy Sabbath, journals and our own personal sacred records.

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Notes From the Climb: July – Aug 2013

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July

  • Who will wait on the Lord? Can we endure on remembrance alone?
  • A wrong choice reminds us of our human nature; what follows that choice reveals our divine nature.
  • The obedient and the repentant are equal in the eyes of God.
  • The simplest questions can bring about the greatest revelations.
  • We are here on earth to see what we will cleave unto.
  • Since faith is the first principle of salvation, fear is and will always be the greatest obstacle to salvation at every single level of progression.
  • Where there is fear, there is no salvation. Read Full Post
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Notes From the Climb: May – June 2013

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The following are selected excerpts from my personal “small plates“. I am an advocate of recording personal revelatory insights and desire to share my experiences to encourage others.

May

  • Fear lulls us into a false comfort. Real and rewarding comfort comes after we have been in a condition where we actually need to be comforted.
  • If people are not occasionally offended by you, then you are withholding truth that may end up damning you instead of them.
  • Trust in the ability of the Spirit to speak through your inadequate words.
  • Forgiveness is more than just releasing someone from blame, it is then deeply loving them and having compassion on them. Forgiveness without love is not forgiveness.
  • The amount of personal liberty we enjoy is directly equivalent to the laws we know and the obedience we demonstrate toward them. Read Full Post
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Basic Rules for Keeping “Small Plates” From Jacob

A few years back I wrote an article about how to keep your own “small plates” and why it is important. I even started posting excerpts of my own “small plates” that I deemed appropriate for the public to offer suggestions and ideas on possible applications of the principle.

The Basic Rules for Small Plates From Jacob 1:1-4

“For behold, it came to pass that fifty and five years had passed away from the time that Lehi left Jerusalem; wherefore, Nephi gave me, Jacob, a commandment concerning the small plates, upon which these things are engraven.” (1:1)

  1. Write only what is considered to be most precious, keep personal histories elsewhere
  2. Find ways to preserve the records from generation to generation
  3. Record the following and touch upon the following things “as much as it were possible, for Christ’s sake, and for the sake of our people” (1:4)
  • Preaching that is sacred
  • Revelation that is great
  • Prophesying

1. What is Most Precious and What is History

Typically, I keep my personal history journal in another place like Evernote (I’ll come back to this later) while that which I deem “most precious” for my “small plates” constitutes preaching, revelation or prophecy that comes through the Holy Spirit.

2. Preservation

This one has been pretty tricky for me to deal with over time. Read Full Post

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Notes From the Climb: April 2013

  • “The Savior wants us to understand his willingness to forgive” – Craig A. Cardon
  • “Procreative power & priesthood power are shared by husband & wife” – M. Russell Ballard
  • “I am a witness of the Resurrection of the Lord as surely as if I had been there in the evening with the two disciples in the house on Emmaus road. I know that He lives as surely as did Joseph Smith when he saw the Father and the Son in the light of a brilliant morning in a grove of trees in Palmyra.” – Henry B. Eyring
  • “As home teachers, we are healers. As priesthood leaders, we are healers. As fathers, sons, brothers, and husbands, we should be committed and dedicated healers. We carry in one hand a vial of consecrated oil for blessing the sick; in the other we carry a loaf of bread to feed the hungry; and in our hearts we carry the peaceable word of God, “which healeth the wounded soul.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  • “accept that darkness exists—but not to dwell there” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  • “humility is the essence of repentance” – L. Whitney Clayton
  • “he hath filled me with his love, even unto the consuming of my flesh” – 2 Ne 4:21
  • “why should I yield to sin, because of my flesh?” – 2 Ne. 4:27
  • The priesthood enables intelligence to influence all things according to the will of God.
  • True sacrifice never involves the loss of what is essential.
  • Finding yourself in darkness is inevitable, it is also necessary.
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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
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Notes From the Climb: Feb 2013

  • The bread prepares us for the cup, signifying the way that the earthly prepares us for the heavenly. The resurrection fuses the two while grace purifies the whole.
  • Revelation comes to us not only as fast as we are able to hear it, but as fast as we are able to bear it and hearken unto it.
  • Revelation is not just the transmission of knowledge, but grace and glory as well. It is receiving and being transformed by what lies on the other side of the veil.
  • Desire is the most important component of revelation; desire opens veils.
  • Re – meaning “again” or “backward” to indicate withdrawal or backward motion.
  • Velare [latin] “to cover; a veil.
  • Reveal – to make known something before unknown or concealed.
  • The level at wich God communes with us personally parallels not only our worthiness but our desire.
  • It is one thing to know and another to understand.
  • Evil can speak through that which God has already made. When evil men use symbols, they must hijack them from the sphere in which they reside.
  • Faith, worthiness, purpose and service create holy places; they may be permanent or temporary.
  • If we are not changing, we are not repenting. There is a difference between sin abhorrence and sin avoidance. The greatest change comes through revealed knowledge and encountering and embracing the divine.
  • Receiving the Holy Ghost is not a one-time event, it is a choice we make at every moment we live.
  • The Church is built upon the rock of revelation, meaning that the ability to experience truth unveiled, to commune with the divine is essential or the existence for a church of God upon the earth.
  • “[Christ] went about doing good and healing…” – Acts 10:38
  • The priesthood holds the entire universe together from one moment to another. Seeking blessings by virtue of the priesthood doesn’t have to be a rare event, it should feel as appropriate as drawing a breath from the air around us.

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Just for kicks, I thought I’d include this thoughtful journal entry from my 7 year old daughter. She’s picked up the journaling kick like a champ and started off with a small notebook where she would just write questions like “Why do you [God] love us so much?” it was really cute.

She recently asked for a new notebook since she filled the other up, now she seems to be trying to comprehend doctrines and develop frameworks for understanding Just goes to show you that it’s never too early to start and you can make it anything you want it to be. So below are some of the ideas she was working on during sacrament meeting today. My five year old daughter has started to follow the example as well and I’ll get her a nice notebook once her writing develops more. Right now she has a sketchbook and just works on visual concepts.

Maintaining a spiritual record is a powerful tool for meditation and an invitation to revelation; truly a lost practice in the modern age.

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Notes From the Climb: Jan 2013

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For something new, I’m going to be posting insights from my personal notebook that I feel are not too personal to share and may be of worth to some out there. If you are new to oneClimbs, you might not have read a how-to article I posted a while back about keeping your own “Small Plates“. If you want to understand more about this practice that I’ve personally used for the past twelve years, check it out.

The primary reasons I am doing this are both to share and also to encourage this practice among any individual seeking to improve their personal revelatory insights and experiences.

  • The priesthood is associated with signs; whenever ordinances are performed, signs are associated.
  • Symbols guide our understanding and  prepare us for experience.
  • Symbols establish a framework in the mind that revelation can fill.
  • Some things in life can seem as impossible to move as mountains, yet the scriptures testify that mountains are indeed movable.
  • There is no full atonement without a personal knowledge of Jesus Christ. Tho know Him is to find salvation, to be a stranger to Him is to not know the atonement.
  • In innocence we transgressed,
    in knowledge we sinned,
    in virtue we return.
  • The temple is not the meaning, it is the context.
  • “The repenting sinner must suffer for his sins, but this suffering has a different purpose than punishment or payment. Its purpose is change.” (The Lord’s Way, 1991, Spencer W. Kimball)

Begin keeping your own “Small Plates” today!

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A Guide to Keeping Your Own “Small Plates”

We learn more about Nephi’s records, or plates, in the front of the Book of Mormon with a section called “A Brief Explanation about the Book of Mormon”:

The Plates of Nephi, which were of two kinds: the Small Plates and the Large Plates. The former were more particularly devoted to the spiritual matters and the ministry and teachings of the prophets, while the latter were occupied mostly by a secular history of the peoples concerned (1 Nephi 9:2–4)

Nephi kept two records, one containing a secular history upon ‘other plates’ which came to be known as the ‘large plates of Nephi’ and another record upon smaller plates that contained primarily prophecies and sacred teachings.

How many of us do a good job with keeping a journal or secular history (large plates) of our lives of any kind at all? It’s no secret that we collectively seem to struggle with this, so how likely is it then that we keep a record of our own personal revelations, answers to prayer, promptings, etc? I would bet that many of us have not even considered doing so in the first place.

First off, let’s see what various church leaders have said on the matter: Read Full Post

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