Purpose of Unutterable things…

When Christ comes to America, the events surrounding the intercessory prayer is significant to ponder. After Christ prayed His intercessory prayer among the Nephites, they witnessed unutterable things. The grandness of the intercessory prayer was further added unto, to fill the Nephites with light, by an ordinance that we often overlook, the Sacrament! To take it even further, once they were filled with the Spirit, then they prayed in Unison. Finally, Christ could deliver His message from the Father. Perhaps there is a pattern here for us to follow.

Unutterable Things: The intercessory prayer produced such a grand experience for the Nephites, that they heard, saw and understood things that were unutterable (3 Nephi 19:35-36). Has our generation looked past the necessity to obtain the unutterable? Have we justified new definitions of miracles and angels, such that we no longer seek a literal connection between earth and heaven, through ministering angels, as was expected by all ancient prophets?

The purpose of unutterable visitations and miracles were intended to sanctify (to make holy, or to make sacred). Laman and Lemuel refused to be made holy or sacred when they were visited by an angel, or had miracles performed on their behalf. Thus their experience only hardened them. However, Alma the younger and the sons of Mosiah were visited by an angel, and that had a significantly sanctifying effect. Alma was eventually buried by the hand of the Lord (translated), and the sons of Mosiah was instrumental in the conversion of the Anti-Nephi-Lehi (parents of the 2,000 stripling warriors). Do our struggles produce a hardening of our hearts, or are they sanctifying? Are they sanctifying enough to produce greater and greater sanctification through the grace of Christ?

Sanctification was always purposed to prepare the people to receive the greatest of God’s gifts, returning into His presence, in the flesh. Moses was instructed to to sanctify the children of Israel in preparation for bringing them into the presence of God, in the flesh. But the children of Israel rejected the invitation to be continually sanctified, and were cursed to wander in the wilderness, and not to enter into His presence, in the flesh. Perhaps our casualness in seeking after unutterable things (that produce sanctification), has created in us complacency concerning our entering into the presence of Christ in the flesh. Perhaps that is what the Lord awaits a people who will return unto Him, before He returns unto us:

3 Nephi 24:6-7

“6. For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed [sanctified].

7. Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of Hosts…”

Sacrament: Why is it that after such a unutterable experience with Christ’s intercessory prayer, the first thing Christ does is to miraculously produce the sacrament? No one brought the bread and wine, but they did eat bread and drank wine, and were filled with the Spirit. (3 Nephi 20:6). When the Nephites partook of this Sacrament, this time they were promised that they would never hunger and thirst again, and they were filled with the Spirit. Is there more to the sacrament that we are missing when we do it the way we do it today? Is there hidden potential that goes untapped because we don’t look further into the subject? How foolish will we feel to discover that the Sacrament offered to completely fill us with light, and dispel all darkness, but we didn’t seek further into the subject, while we were in the flesh, …when the treasure was just below the surface?

Praying in Unison: After the Nephites were filled with the Spirit, they praised Christ in unison. What’s the value of praising the Lord in unison? Is that accidental (jinx, …jinx again)? …Or is that symbolic of a people who, because of these grand experiences, …recognized the value of Christ’s words and were becoming of one heart and one mind? Many in our church have claimed that since the restoration of Joseph Smith, we have been building Zion. Our missionary efforts are supposed to indicate the rolling forth of the stone cut without hands to fill the earth. But, do we have this unison? …Or are we trying to convince ourselves that, “great minds think alike,” because we have convinced others to “look like us,” …or to “do as I’m doing, follow, follow me?” (Where did that primary song come from anyway?).

Perhaps we are not unified as were the Nephites, because we have not sought out unutterable things to be sanctified, …and we have been filled with unbelief, like those in Jerusalem had been, …so we, like them, aren’t able to have those experiences:

3 Nephi 19:35-36

“35. And it came to pass that when Jesus had made an end of praying he came again to the disciples, and said unto them: So great faith have I never seen among all the Jews; wherefore I could not show unto them so great miracles, because of their unbelief.

36. Verily I say unto you, there are none of them that have seen so great things as ye have seen; neither have they heard so great things as ye have heard.”

Perhaps, when people justify their sins, as did the Jews who crucified their Lord, …they also justify their definitions of miracles and angels, to make it seem as if angels and miracles have never ceased to appear. This way we can ignore the necessity to have greater faith, …since miracles have never ceased to occur, and angels have never ceased to appear.

But, if we haven’t had unutterable experiences, if the Sacrament has little change on us, if we are not able to speak in unison, and we are not yet one, …then is it the Lord who is withholding those things?  Or is it because of our unbelief and our lack of faith?

Moroni 7:37

“37. Behold I say unto you, Nay; for it is by faith that miracles are wrought; and it is by faith that angels appear and minister unto men; wherefore, if these things have ceased wo be unto the children of men, for it is because of unbelief and all is vain.” 

What does unbelief have to do with it? What does it mean that all is vain? Does that mean that if the unutterable things aren’t happening (the angels and the miracles), then it’s our fault for putting on unbelief?

When Moroni states that “all is vain,” does that mean ALL is vain?

Moroni 7:38

“38. For no man can be saved, according the words of Christ, save they shall have faith in his name; wherefore, if theses things have ceased [angels and miracles], then has faith ceased also; and awful is the state of man, for they are as though there had been no redemption made.

Is it possible that our lack of faith can cancel out the redemption made by the atonement of Christ? If not, someone better tell Moroni, because he is out in left-field on that one. He says that it is as though no redemption was made. If that is possible, and we have not had such unutterable experiences, then we have some work to do sifting out unbelief, and developing real faith! That is how the hearts of the children turn to the covenants made to the Fathers. We begin to follow the example of Father Abraham, by:

  • seeking for the blessings of the fathers
  • to administer the same
  • desiring to be one who possessed great knowledge
  • to be a greater follower of righteousness
  • to possess a greater knowledge
  • to be a father of many nations, a prince of peace
  • desiring to receive instructions, and to keep the commandments

Abraham was just as we are. Abraham 1:2 clearly teaches what we must seek to become if we are to be unified. The Nephites were able to accomplish this task of being unified. Thus, Christ was able to deliver his message.

The Message: The message he shares is more a message for you than it was for them. Those who are sanctified, partake and are filled with the light through the sacrament, and are unified, …those are the lions amongst the beasts of the forest, who will tread down and tear to pieces, and none can deliver them. That is the message.

If we can see a pattern in this process of sanctification, being filled with light, rejoicing in unison, and obtaining Christ’s message, …perhaps the message Christ has for us will be customized to our circumstances, as it was to those in 3 Nephi. Each of us has something to do, that is unique to us. All are offered to accomplish their mission, here on earth. Those who seek will find.

Conclusion: The message of hope is far more powerful than our economic and political struggles. There is no need for trusting in the arm of flesh for those who understand what is being offered, and who obtain it. Let us seek out sanctification through miracles and angels. As we trust in the process, we will find ourselves under the protection of our Savior.

Initially, we can expect problems. Don’t forget that some problems are positioned specifically for sanctification. Seek to endure all problems by accumulating more and more of the words of Christ. Soon, like Nephi, you will have dreams, angelic visitations, and can become personal witnesses of Christ’s condescension (2 Nephi 4:25). Feast upon the words of Christ. Let it tell you all things what you should do.

 

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4 thoughts on “Purpose of Unutterable things…

  1. Amen to all that has been written. A thought: I believe as we seek miracles for our well being and for the well being of others in progressing as we believe Christ desires for us, we will be our brother’s keeper and serve one another with pure purpose of heart. And then will we see the miracles that it produces for ALL and not just for our selves. I still believe that horizontal is better than vertical as we ascend. That’s why families are to be together forever. So doing what you are doing in getting the message out to all of us is a horizontal move to great things with Christ. Thank you. Love Mom

    • I used to think the same way, mom. But lately, something very different seems to be coming through that doesn’t quite fit with that mentality. I’m not sure that I can do it justice, but I’ll give it a try.

      I don’t think that miracles and angels are at our disposal. Instead, I think that they occur through the Grace of God, when God decides that it is best for your progression. The idea differs from the traditional “seeking for miracles” for either our well being, or for the well being of others. We can pray to be of assistance, and we can assist, but that does not necessarily always produce a miracle.

      I also think that “being our brothers keeper and serving one another with pure purpose of heart” generally takes the perspective of claiming to have something, when the reality of the matter is, none of us have much to offer by way of salvation. I include myself among those I title “none of us.”

      This brings me to the next point about families being together forever. In Joseph’s time, those who were sealed up to eternity were sealed to the prophet Joseph Smith. During Wilfred Woodruf’s reign he exclaimed that he didn’t know what Joseph was up to, but he felt impressed that he was to seal himself to his father, and his father to his father, as far back as possible, …and then seal them to Joseph Smith. Today we do as Wilfred Woodruf and seal families together, but we don’t seal anyone to Joseph Smith anymore. And the ceremony in the temple is now held as though they have been sealed. Very little members concern themselves about be sealed up by the Holy Spirit of Promise as an indicator of being sealed. I think that having eternal families are a good thing, but most assume we have something that we really don’t.

      Lastly, I’m not sure what you mean by ascension horizontally. Ascension must always have a vertical component, or there is no ascension. What I’m doing is not getting out a message, but trying to figure out a message. I believe that people are the only real assets, and that if we can swallow pride and talk of Christ together, …hopefully the angels will recognize a familiar people as those who reside in the heavens, so that the angels wouldn’t be so impatient with our foolishness, so that they will return, so that they can teach us how to ascend. I don’t have much more than anyone in our family. We are dark in our minds and must seek together to find the greatest source of light. All I am doing is begging for a conversation, so we can talk of Christ, and learn more, so that we can reconnect to heaven.

      I’m sorry to sound so anti-whatever you said. I don’t mean any disrespect. It is just what I have discovered as I have studied to know the gospel of Jesus Christ, so that it can be written on my heart. Thank you for the comments,

      Love,
      Son

      • Oh my goodness. It seems that no matter what move we make toward Christ it is still a picture of doom and gloom. I feel like there are countless road blocks to Christ and that NO ONE has the ability to change that no matter what we say or do according to you. So why talk of Christ if everything we try to DO doesn’t lead us to him or blocks us from even the hope of ascension???? Talk is one thing, but he has outlined in Matthew how he wants us to WALK the WALK. That is what I am talking about. The WALK! Love you son, Amanda is up.
        Mom

        • Not sure what you’re getting at. There is only ONE way to Christ. Perhaps you’d prefer we only see the positive in everything, but that is a double edged sword, that swings towards ourselves to our death, than it does against our enemies to our protection. What you see in me as nit-picky, negative, doom and gloom, or hopeless, is really viewed as such because you don’t quite align with it. If I were to tell my newly married daughter to have many children, don’t work, support her husband, and disregard her career advancement in the department of education as an acceptable sacrifice to raise a beautiful family, …since you tend to agree with the idea, you would be in full support. If there were any comments of how it is not possible, and that your experience is custom only to you, and no one else could do that, but you, …you too would disagree. Not because you’re disagree-able, but because your experiences have solidified in your mind that raising a family that way is possible.

          Likewise, my experience in experimenting with the words of Christ is such that, while you may have taken action in following the council of “mothers of young children, stay home,” …I have followed the words of Christ in keeping the law of tithing, and have experienced greater and greater efficiency and understanding of the mind and will of God by helping the poor among us. Your experience doesn’t make you better than the next, nor does mine. But our experiences do have the ability to improve your, and my discernment. All that you have shared about raising a family, and what I have shared about the words of Christ, is what our experiences have taught us about discernment. So what you might see as me looking down my nose to others, can very well be reflected to accuse you concerning your testimony of raising a family against the odds of the voice of the public calling you crazy.

          I assure you, I do not see myself as better than any. Actually, I believe that our true potential will only be realized when we choose to make corrections to our foolish traditions of unbelief, to repent, and to align with the mind and will of God, rather than following after the image of our own god, which is in the image of the world, which is an idol (D&C 1:16). That’s why talking of the words of Christ to those I love is so important. I hope that what you see as me “being critical,” can be replaced with trust in me that I have no benefit from being critical. I hope that I might be viewed with more trust because the words of Christ are my only emphasis, that our conversations can be expanding to make proper corrections, than to be viewed as being deconstructive. But that will always be left to you to judge the matter. As for me, my mother queen, I see you the way I see you, and no one can convince me otherwise.

          Love,
          Son

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