Light

“Let there be light.” (Genesis 1:3) A mandate for the world. It was the first thing spoken by God of which we have record. It is the inciting incident in our world’s origin story.  Without it, the creation and life could not have continued.

There is a model in this for us. Without light, we cannot create.  We cannot exist. We cannot live on borrowed light. (See the parable of the ten virgins.)

I’m working on my family vision today,

We are beings of light. (See Doctrine and Covenants 93:2, John 1:9) We are endowed with this power upon birth.

Satan and his minions never experience the light of Christ. They don’t know what it is, they don’t experience it, they cannot understand it.

We of this world are different than them because of our first choice, we are blessed with the light of Christ. We have choosen to be as the moon, the stars, and the sun.

But what of borrowed light? There is a glory in the light of the moon, as there is a glory in the light of the stars, though these lights be different in intensity than that of the sun.

This morning I am also in serious consideration of the empowering nature of gratitude and how it enables us to embrace light and work with it.


Here is a different thought, a mystery that to me has been revealed:

With our hands, we receive light. With our hands, we give light. Gratitude is the means by which light is both received and transmitted. Only hands, tamed or disciplined through obedience, are prepared to work with light.

May we have that testimony, that desire in our hearts, to teach others, to explain what we believe, and to live lives of righteousness, to live the good life, to be an example to mankind, and to be able to spread this work not only by what we say but by the way we act, the way we live, the way we represent the Church, and the type of example we are to mankind.  (David B. Haight, https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2000/04/faith-devotion-and-gratitude?lang=eng)

 

Sacrifice in Business

I’ve gone from considering Saul’s conversion and the sacrifices of the early members of the meridian church.

 

https://www.lds.org/scriptures/tg/self-sacrifice?lang=eng

https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/97.8?lang=eng#7

https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/117.13?lang=eng#12

“and when he falls he shall rise again, for his sacrifice shall be more sacred unto me than his increase, saith the Lord.”

Later in the same section:

“and in the due time he shall be made a merchant unto my name, saith the Lord, for the benefit of my people.

“Therefore let no man despise my servant Oliver Granger, but let the blessings of my people be on him forever and ever.

“And again, verily I say unto you, let all my servants in the land of Kirtland remember the Lord their God, and mine house also, to keep and preserve it holy, and to overthrow the moneychangers in mine own due time, saith the Lord. Even so. Amen.”

(I feel that this is given to me this morning, and that the word “merchant” could easily be replaced with “producer”.)

Defining Myself: Christian

What qualities are attributes define me as a Christian?

https://www.lds.org/scriptures/gs/christians

Profound Gratitude

The foremost thing for which the Christian demonstrates gratitude is a forgiveness of sin. (See Alma 24:7-10)

And I also thank my God, yea, my great God, that he hath granted unto us that we might repent of these things, and also that he hath forgiven us of those our many sins and murders which we have committed, and taken away the guilt from our hearts, through the merits of his Son. (Alma 24:10)

This gratitude influences the way in which the Christian holds context for all that happens to them: blessings received, misfortune that befalls them, circumstances that be what they are — gratitude influences it all.


Next time: Study what it means to take up on me the name of Christ as a Christian. Reference Guide to Scriptures.

Defining Myself: Giver

How do I define myself as a giver. In charitable contributions to the Church, I never waiver. I’ve never been one to take the coat off my back and give it to another. That is a faith that I don’t yet possess.

I have for a long time reasoned that I have been lacking in financial means to give of myself in temporal possessions. Rather, what I do frequently, or what I have frequently sacrificed is the time to make more money instead with service in the Lord’s kingdom: in spiritual blessings I have sought my payment.

Defining Myself: Tribe of Ephraim

https://www.lds.org/manual/doctrine-and-covenants-student-manual/section-60-68/section-64-of-you-it-is-required-to-forgive-all-men?lang=eng

Search on the above page: “Rebellious Are Not of the Blood of Ephraim”

I’ve also spent sometime reading from the book of Ezekiel, chapters 38-40, which don’t directly talk about Ephraim, but rather give some insights into the end of times.

Lineage of Ephraim

Two sections that seem to be relevant to defining who I am in reference to Ephraim:

Isaiah 61:4-11 – Not directly referenced as a prophecy that applies to Ephraim, but the covenant seems familiar.

But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.

For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them. (vs. 6 & 7)

Doctrine and Covenants 133:26-34 – A direct reference regarding the tribe of Ephraim. The richer blessing is upon Ephraim and his fellows.

Defining Myself: Minister of the Gospel

“I promise you that if you are faithful… to the Melchizedek Priesthood and happy to go teach the Gospel to others… joy will fill your soul.”

There will always be opportunities to teach the Gospel in your life, always.

(Why do spiritual impressions that I feel in connection with these thoughts also link me to home building? At first it was the thought of my plans from the past for adobe house construction, but I feel that the impression has to do perhaps with a different kind of home building. Perhaps, the building of family. How deceptively close the two feelings are!)

Scriptures for consideration here:

Doctrine and Covenants 84:33 & 34 –

For whoso is faithful unto the obtaining these two priesthoods of which I have spoken, and the magnifying their calling, are sanctified by the Spirit unto the renewing of their bodies

They become the sons of Moses and of Aaron and the seed of Abraham, and the church and kingdom, and the elect of God.

Doctrine and Covenants 42:14

And the Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith; and if ye receive not the Spirit ye shall not teach.

Signs and wonders cannot change us more than opening our mouth by the Spirit. This is the only way that we can magnify our callings.


Reviewing my role as a minister of the Gospel to my own family. My children are closed to me. How do I get them to open to the light?

Business Inspiration from the Scriptures

22 Dec 2016

Not sure where to pen these thoughts from scripture study, but they are more business related, or so it would seem. I am lead to consider again the verses from 2 Nephi 32.

Verse 3 – “the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.”

This is the best business advice that I could receive, and this morning, it is true more than ever.

I have another scripture on my wall,
“Better is a little with reighteousness than great revenues without right.” Proverbs 16:8

-This is huge, because priority is almost always given to activities that generate the highest revenues. A proper relationship to money gives us tools to produce without a debilitating obsession of such. –

There is more “gold,” especially sound business doctrine in Proverbs 16, notably versese 3 & 9. Both of which cross reference to other sets of scripture that also have sound business counsel.


 

It is the Lord’s purpose to bring about repentance, even in His inter-minglings into business affairs.

“Be Your Best Self”

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2009/04/be-your-best-self?lang=eng

Here’s the promise from President Monson:

In the world today we face difficulties and challenges, some of which can seem truly daunting. However, with God on our side we cannot fail. As we bear His holy priesthood worthily, we will be victorious.

Prior to this, in his remarks he gives simple instructions on the importance of learning and observing our duties within the priesthood.

As I contemplate my priesthood duties, there are many.  I am reminded of the most important being in the home.

Coordinating the Spiritual

2 Nephi 32 and John 3:2-21

I’ve spent the past few days working on implementing more organization into my life. Selecting organizational tools that will help me to unify the different aspects of my life. My concern was the lack of the Spiritual in the process. These two chapters have been a re-orientation of sorts, while allowing me to also see how the tools that I’ve been developing can work with this spiritual focus.

Prayer and the words of Christ will show me what I am to do. My organizational tools, when appropriate, will allow me to put into words those action items that the Spirit dictates to me. My personal aim and vision allows me to give focus to the Spiritual in my own life.  The term “giving Christian father” seems to embody my personal aim.

The fact that I am willing to bring all this before God is evidence of nature of these deeds. “But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”

I’m in a very good spot this morning!