“It Is a Light Thing”

Isaiah 49

In 3 Nephi 23, the Savior testifies of the prophet Isaiah:

For surely he spake as touching all things concerning my people which are of the house of Israel; atherefore it must needs be that he must speak also to the Gentiles.
And all things that he spake have been and ashall be, even according to the words which he spake.

3 Nephi 23:2-3

This footnote in verse 2 took me to an oft misunderstood verse in Isaiah.

And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a alight to the bGentiles, that thou mayest be my csalvation unto the end of the earth.

Isaiah 49:6

Today I had the wherewithal to figure out what that phrase “light thing” meant, because it had confused me as to the meaning of the word “light”. In Spanish, fortunately, the meaning is much clearer, replacing the phrase “light thing” with the word “poco,” meaning small, light, or of minor importance.

This insight for me unlocks the significance of this chapter, and the full scope of God’s work in the latter days.

Arriving at the End

If I can maintain the same enthusiasm for the truth that I had when I first encountered it, after 20 years, then I will begin to see the fruits. No, 30 years, 40 years, 50 years. If I can still have that same youthful enthusiasm for truth as when I first heard it and learnt of it, then will blessings flow and be richly abundant. If I can make it to the end of days, with that same youthful enthusiasm for the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, then I will have made it. Then it will always be mine!

For that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world.

Alma 34:34

This Great and Abominable Church

1 Nephi 13

This chapter details the establishment of the church of the devil. It is instructional to understand its purpose and focuses.

In the church of the devil, most of its pursuits are on lifeless objects: gold, silver, silks, fine-twined linens, and so on. And then it includes one group of people: harlots. This church of the devil is focused on those who would defile themselves, breaking the family covenant.

In contrast, the Church of the Lamb of God focuses on creating covenants and unions of the genders, to establish and build family units. Christ = Family.

El plan de restauración

Alma 41

  • –el plan de la restauración es indispensable en la justicia de Dios– (vs. 2)
  • –Porque lo que de ti salga, volverá otra vez a ti, y te será restituido;– (vs. 15)

 Los dos puntos me ha impresionados esta mañana. El segundo punto casí me asusta. Lo que uno sembra, se cosecha. Muchos persona crean esto, pero de que es parte del plan y orden de Dios, hasta la resurrección, ésto no entendí.

Con un repaso de estos versículos, tengo algunos preguntas:

  • ¿Qué es lo bueno? ¿Qué es lo malo? Saber la voluntad de Dios, y hacer lo. Esto es lo que es bueno. A saber y no hacer la voluntad de Dios, esto es malo.
  • ¿Es mejor estar feliz con sí mismo en la solidad? ¿O es mejor estar feliz en la presencia de los demás, especialmente sus seres queridos?

Post Christmas Ideas 2018

At the end of Christmas day this year, I’m taking a moment to collect a few thoughts that I will hopefully remember for next year.

I really like Christmas, especially with the focus on CHRIST. I can prepare more to celebrate that and help others to celebrate that as well.

Christmas is as much about the experience that we have together as a family as it is about anything else.

Our Christmas are the ones that we don’t spend large amounts of money intentionally keeping the gift giving and receiving aspects of the holiday simple.

Give the kids opportunities to earn money to give gifts, or provide supplies to make crafty gifts.

Host a community Christmas party for the elderly, or stage one at a senior care facility.

Christmas doesn’t come from a store. You cannot buy or spend your way into Christmas.

Help Rachel to complete Christmas preparations before December. What activities would help us focus more on Christ and the true spirit of the season?

This isn’t about making a pretty presentation. It’s about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

Help an elderly friend to setup and take down their Christmas decorations.

¿Qué deseas tú?

1 Nephi 11

I was having a hard time focusing my thoughts this morning so I proceeded to study in Spanish. As Christmas day is just around the corner, I sought out something to get me in the spirit of the season.

A pivotal question is posted to Nephi at the very beginning of this miraculous exchange: “What desirest thou?” ( vs. 2 ) It is repeated again a few verses later in verse 10. Why was Nephi’s intent being assessed? ( I am still pondering the answer to this )

Nephi first desires to see what his father saw. In response, the angel shows him the Tree of Life which his father saw. Then when the angel inquired again, Nephi then desired to know the meaning of the tree, and suddenly he is seeing things that Lehi did not see. He sees more than what Lehi recounted.

A few other insights that stood out to me as I reviewed the first part of this chapter:

  • The Spirit of the Lord was with Mary with her throughout her pregnancy.
  • Nephi is feeling the love of God when he sees Mary holding the infant Savior in her arms. It’s impossible to express in words what he is feeling, but the angel does ask Nephi if he understands the meaning of the tree. Nephi’s response is “It is the love of God.”
  • How could anyone believe that Joseph Smith could have made this up? Get the Spirit of the Lord in your heart, and you will know that this is not the invention of a man.
  • What testimony does this give about the importance of the family unit, that even Christ himself was born of a mother and nurtured in a home with a father and mother present?

The Plan of Restoration

Alma 41

In verse 2, Alma uses a phrase that is not found anywhere else in holy writ: the plan of restoration.

I say unto thee, my son, that the plan of restoration is requisite with the justice of God; for it is requisite that all things should be restored to their proper order. Behold, it is requisite and just, according to the power and resurrection of Christ, that the soul of man should be restored to its body, and that every part of the body should be restored to itself.

Alma 41:2 (emphasis added)
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The Parable of the Sower

I reviewed the parable of the sower found in Matthew 13 yesterday with our youth Sunday School class. This morning, I return to it for some personal reflection.

The care of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word of God. These things make the word of God unfruitful. How long have I let these two things impede my spiritual productivity!

The Parable of the Sower