At some point or another, we all get into a position of being beaten up, or taken advantaged of, bullied, or mistreated, …and we cry to our mom and dad. As adults, its no different.
How we resolve the problems we have is how we identify who our mother and fathers are. If your parents are drug dealers, you resolve your problems in drugs. And Alcoholic’s son will drown his problems in alcohol. A preacher’s daughter would bury her sorrows in her scripture, sermons, or her faith. A workaholic’s child, will busy themselves in their work. You get the picture. In a bind, we all cry to our moms. We all identify who our dads are.
However, just because you have earthly parents, doesn’t mean that they are who you choose as your mother and father! We identify who we claim as parents, by whom we choose to reflect, …by how we choose to face the issues and circumstances of our lives. Those who choose to use the principles in the gospel, choose the author of the gospel as their parent. Those who choose any other way, choose a different master. It certainly is …a choice!
“17. Verily I say unto you, he that is ordained of me and sent forth to preach the word of truth by the Comforter, in the Spirit of truth, doth he preach it by the Spirit of truth or some other way?
18. And if it be by some other way it is not of God.
19. And again, he that receiveth the word of truth, doth he receive it by the Spirit of truth or some other way?
20. If it be some other way it is not of God.
21. Therefore, why is it that ye cannot understand and know, that he that receiveth the word by the Spirit of truth receiveth it as it is preached by the Spirit of truth?
22. Wherefore, he that preacheth and he that receiveth, understand one another, and both are edified and rejoice together.
23. And that which doth not edify is not of God, and is darkness.
24. That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.
25. And again, verily I say unto you, and I say it that you may know the truth, that you may chase darkness from among you;”
The Spirit of Truth = Jesus Christ. When we see through the eyes of the Spirit of Truth, we choose Christ to be our father. And if we see through any other perspective, than we default to choosing the father of deception as our father. In order for men to receive correct teachings of the Spirit of Truth, the content of the message must be the content preached by the Spirit of Truth, Christ’s words, …His mind and will. Any deviation of that is mingling the philosophies of men with scripture. But, when two or more are gathered, to identify the Spirit of Truth, …then are both edified and can rejoice together. Then can light cleave unto light, and grow, until you are filled with light (fulness).
As a boy, I made the mistake of complimenting my friend’s father as being like “…my second dad.” Looking back at that, I am embarrassed. My first dad (and mom) was worth far more! But, since “my desires” were aligned more with my friend, and his dad’s lifestyle (no physical labor, family vacations around the world, football camps in the mainland, tennis matches, nice surfboard, a car, etc.), …I wanted “my idea” of that lifestyle (reality or not). I had been sold on a commercial lifestyle. My friend had that lifestyle. His dad had position, stature, certificates, was looked up to in prestigious circles, …and frankly …didn’t make his kids work in construction, like mine did. They did a lot of playing, entertainment, and leisurely gathering, …which was far more free time than I ever had. Their grass had a special hue of green, that just seemed so much greener than mine (aside from the fact groundsmen were hired to keep their lawn greener, groomed and mowed for them).
Our family outings were centered on a desperate attempts to finish a construction project, get a little ahead of the game, or stay afloat in the inflated Hawaii economy. Then, at the end of the project, or at the end of the day, …we got to eat together and relax a little. Sometimes we got to jump into the ocean, just before the sun went down (we milked that, until it was so dark that we couldn’t see the waves). At the time, I didn’t understand the concept of a father. However, today, I reflect on my attitude in those moments as being ungrateful, and ignorant, as my parents have become (in my matured understanding) icons of wisdom, intelligence, and knowledge. My eyes have been opened, as I have sought to recognize the Spirit of Truth, and as I communicate with parents who seek to know the Spirit of Truth. Both parents and son have been edified, once the Spirit of Truth became my center. Nephi said it best:
1 Nephi 2:16
“16. And it came to pass that I, Nephi, being exceedingly young, nevertheless being large in stature, and also having great desires to know of the mysteries of God, wherefore, I did cry unto the Lord; and behold he did visit me, and did soften my heart that I did believe all the words which had been spoken by my father; wherefore, I did not rebel against him like unto my brothers.
When any person truly seeks to know the mysteries of God, the natural result is they obtain a visitation from that God. The effects of that visitation is surprising to most. Your heart becomes softened to the words of your earthly father, so you are softened to him (and your mom), you believe your them, and you do not rebel against them.
Conclusion: Consider what I am saying. Then ask yourself, when you are in a bind, where do you seek your solution? Do you act as if it all depends on you, your understanding, the counsel of experts, or the ways of the world? Or do you seek to be enlightened, through greater understanding of the words of Christ, to make Christ your father?
In this world, problems are intentional, and inevitable. No one can take this journey alone. We all need help. Who you go to for that help will identify who you call your father. Don’t make the same mistake of traveling the world, hunting for diamonds, when the largest diamond mine is in your own homes, …in your parents. Seek the mysteries of God. Cry to your father and mother in heaven, to re-align with that. When they visit you, you will become soft to your earthly parents, and begin to develop a bond with both your earthly and heavenly parents. Seeking the wisdom of the world is only putting on corruption. Feast upon the words of Christ, they will tell you all things that you should do.