Honesty is of deepest importance to growth, but so is truth. Opinions must be separated out from truth, so that truth can increase. Those who are added upon will acquire from God a covenant as Israel Wrestles.
Mom, your honesty is of deepest importance and I am honored that you take the time to read what I write. Honesty coupled with truth promote growth. You have been fed philosophies of men, mingled with scripture, and your diet has been weening you off of scriptures so that you only eat philosophies of men. Very little of the truths from scripture is being fed to you by those you consider the fathers of the ward, the stake, and the church. The menu they offer is quoting quotes of opinions, refusing to reconcile their opinions to scripture. When they do, they only use scripture out of context, and to justify their opinions, just as they did anciently to wage Holy Wars In God’s Name. Because of the feast prepared for you on Sunday, you have trusted in a short-order cook and acquired the taste for philosophies of men that promote comfort foods of emotion, without any substance. You are too full for truth and knowledge, refusing nourishment from one who has a vested interest in your eternal life, …and instead trusting in perfect strangers. Your mantra is eat, drink and be merry for all is well in Zion. When we eat doughnuts, we know it’s bad, …but how can something so bad be so good, right? That crap will stunt your growth, making you unable to increase, and barren or void of fruits. Truth, however is not a status-quo diet. When you consume truth, it is intended to change you, to swell, sprout, and begin to grow. As you acquire a taste for more truth, you will increase, easily distinguishing between truth and error, until you are filled with truth. Having been filled with truth, you will produce sweet fruit, spouting truth like a fountain with ease, …and more truth would be added to you. Truth is a diet that is repulsed by those who would rather eat husks with the pigs. Honesty can be used to promote anything, when taken out of context of the truth. Without the truth, your out of context honesty is no different than sign holding liberals, follow the leader drones, and Nazi communists. They too share honestly what they choose to believe as their governing opinion.
The truth shall set you free. Opinions must be separated out from truth, like land from waters of chaos, so that truth can increase. Alma 32 describes the growth of truth and light, in the parable of the seed that grows into a tree. It is describing the tree of life, who’s fruit is white above all that is white, pure above all that is pure, and if you partake of it, you will never hunger nor thirst. That fruit will only come from a tree of truth.
Those who are added upon will acquire from God a covenant as they wrestle between truth and opinion, conquering opinion with truth. Only Israel Wrestles. Israel literally means to wrestle God. Wrestle what? Truth and Light! I will wrestle for the truth, for I Am Israel. Israel is founded upon consuming the truth. Those unwilling to consume the truth, will not have the nourishment, the energy, or the strength to wrestle from God a covenant. Their hearts will fail them. Wake up and smell what I have been brewing for over twelve years! Who’s side are you on? Now is the time to show it. You show it by walking in fear and trembling before God, questioning your foundation. If you feel it shifting beneath your feet, that ought to be a sign of sand. Now, I get that we are islanders. But, we know better than most what happens to foundations built on sand, they shift. In wisdom, you would be best advised to find a foundation of rock. The shaking is upon us, causing liquefaction to make sand foundations respond just like waters of chaos, flowing beneath you.
Conclusion: Your honesty doesn’t bother me one iota. I do not necessarily write to respond to your opinions. I write to load you up with truth, so that when you react as you have been, and I must respond, you have been filled with enough light to recognize the difference between your foundation of sand and one based upon rock. As I know you are Israel, I would be a fool not to expect a wrestling match. After all, Israel Wrestles. It was true when you investigated the church way back in the 1900’s, wrestling against the missionaries. It was true as you attempted to wrestle with your Mom before she died. It was true when you wrestled with your sisters, and it is true when you wrestle with your favorite son, the desire of your heart.
Unlike the foolish Samoan and Native American Bishops who cast me out and refused to receive my records of membership, I welcome your honesty, and will continue to wrestle with you. When you tell me to stop, telling me you want no more truth, and convince me you are not just going through a growth phase, I will shut this blog down permanently, leaving you to your own conclusions. However, I believe you read, not only because you love me, …but I think you are genuinely curious because you hear the truth I am teaching. It festers within you because of your upbringing. Your parents both were truth seekers: free Masons and founders of the Church of the Golden Rule. I believe you sincerely pray to know. You are left to wrestle, as all Israel being gathered must do, or else not be gathered. It’s who we are. It’s what we do. It’s always the case, in all generations of time, and for all eternity, …Israel Wrestles!