Samuel the Lamanite

Aug 30, 2019
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The Tragedy of Seeking the Unobtainable

…ye have sought all the days of your lives for that which ye could not obtain; and ye have sought for happiness in doing iniquity, which thing is contrary to the nature of that righteousness which is in our great and Eternal Head.

Helaman 13:38

I was listening to the prophecy of Samuel today while driving in my car and this verse stuck out to me.

What struck me was the tragic idea of a person seeking all the days of their lives for something that would be ultimately unobtainable.

How many today are seeking for happiness in iniquity? But what is iniquity?

Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines iniquity as “a particular deviation from rectitude.” But now what is rectitude?

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Mar 3, 2019
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Detecting False Prophets

“But behold, if a man shall come among you and shall say: Do this, and there is no iniquity; do that and ye shall not suffer; yea, he will say: Walk after the pride of your own hearts; yea, walk after the pride of your eyes, and do whatsoever your heart desireth—and if a man shall come among you and say this, ye will receive him, and say that he is a prophet. Yea, ye will lift him up, and ye will give unto him of your substance; ye will give unto him of your gold, and of your silver, and ye will clothe him with costly apparel; and because he speaketh flattering words unto you, and he saith that all is well, then ye will not find fault with him.”

Helaman 13:27-28

I was listening to this chapter and what stood out to me first was “gold”, “silver” and “costly apparel.” I was immediately taken back to the vision of the tree of life and the parallel themes:

“And the angel spake unto me, saying: Behold the gold, and the silver, and the silks, and the scarlets, and the fine-twined linen, and the precious clothing, and the harlots, are the desires of this great and abominable church.”

1 Nephi 13:8

Wealth and fine clothing seem to go hand in hand. If we look at the clothing as a symbol, it can represent any physical display we put on to reveal our desires and ideologies to others. We can clothe not just our bodies, but our language and our actions to publicize our allegiances.

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