After watching this morning’s session, I was confirmed that some things can only be seen with eyes that have been opened. Adam, when he was asleep in the garden, was commanded by the voice of God to, “Awake and arise.” That requires that he first open his eyes. But, like every parent knows, eyes being opened doesn’t necessarily mean awake.
To be awake also requires cognitive awareness of the surroundings. In the parable, the good samaritan took the traveler to the inn, and commissioned the inn keeper to restore the traveler (to awaken him, and help him to arise). Once the traveler awoke, and was assisted to arise, he could now stand on a solid foundation, awaiting the samaritan’s return to him (Christ in the flesh). Those who are awake, and have risen to the call of God’s voice, can see from a different vantage point, apart from those still asleep in a matrix.
Having said that, my review of this morning’s session is a bit frustrating, with some glimmers of light. Rather than following the order of the speakers, I’ll begin with the most frustrating.
Elder Eyring: He quoted the sacrament prayer, and substituted the blessing at the end, calling it the Holy Ghost. Anyone who knows how to read the english language can read that text, and connect the identity of the spirit promised, with the covenants received to qualify for it:
- O God… (whom we are addressing)
- Willing to take upon us the name of thy SON (God’s Son- Christ)
- Always remember HIM (Christ)
- And keep HIS (Christ) commandments which HE (Christ) has given them
- That they may always have HIS (Christ’s, not he Holy Ghost) spirit to be with them
That is not referencing the Holy Ghost, it is referencing the spirit of Jesus Christ Himself. As Christ’s spirit remains with you, all He need do is step out from behind the veil, to appear to you in the flesh. That is the purpose of the Sacrament, to obtain the presence of Christ in the flesh. But, lately, the movement of the leadership is away from personal visitations of Christ, and toward trusting the leaders of the Old Ship Zion. I’ve said it here before, but the church has changed the footnotes of John 14:16a to reflect this doctrine, in opposition to Joseph Smith initiating it.
He continued to ignore the words written, when he spoke of qualifying for the Holy Ghost. He said that Alma taught us to plant faith like a little seed. Alma never said that. It was the words of Christ likened unto the seed, that must be planted.
But, who will see what I’m talking about? Only those in whom the scriptures actually matter. What everyone else will hear is me going apostate for pointing these things out. They will compare the frustration they witness in my words, with the feel good stories about Eyring’s father praying to find a sacrament meeting in Australia, his comfort about his wife being received by his mother in heaven, and his father’s gratitude to the angelic nurses. Emotions have a stronger effect on the mind than do the facts that are never read. So I will take heat for this, but only because I’ve read the scriptures for myself. Oh well.
As I said initially, that some things can only be seen with eyes that have been opened. To open your eyes, you must hear the voice of God, and that begins with the study of the words of Christ already trying to speak to you from the dust (both because they were buried and brought out of obscurity from Joseph, and because they are buried still, under all the more important things that we must do to maintain the lifestyle we want to maintain).
The New Apostles and other speakers: I don’t have much to say about the new apostle’s words of counsel, since most of the time it felt like an academy awards ceremony, thanking everyone they have ever come into contact with, and identifying where they were watching their inauguration speech from. Elder Neilson spoke to a restless audience of women, who want a piece of the priesthood. And he strategically stated that they need to “stand up and stand out,” and here’s the catch, “in your ward and stake councils.”
Now, I’m not an advocate for “the ordained women” (I’ve not considered their argument), but I don’t think that will settle the brethren’s difficulties that they face with them. Essentially, the women want more of a presence in the executive council (which they’ve recently received). But the brethren are clearly trying to avoid more of the same, by having the sisters speak up and speak out in their local wards and stakes. They also handled the oppositions, in the sustaining votes, the same. They instructed those who opposed, to take it up with their stake presidencies. If you ask me, anyone dumb enough to follow through with that, is just asking for excommunication. But, hey, …I think that some are looking for just that. Not me!
I was surprised to hear Neilson bragging about his pioneering efforts as a cardiologist, and how he repeatedly reminds us, over and over again, how he saved President Kimball’s life, …but that’s his prerogative. However, I couldn’t understand how the new cardiologist Apostle, Renlund, could claim that he is one of the weak & simple, and that he wasn’t called because of what he did. I have a hard time seeing that, especially when in my experience, it is those who have lots of money who are the ones called, disregarding the condition of their heart (how’s that for “cardiologist” contradiction).
President Monson: He doesn’t look good at all. The whole time I watched him speak, he seemed very impersonal, …reading from prompter to prompter. Even at the end of his testimony, he struggled a bit to read his testimony from the prompter. The context of the message seemed very Monson, but something’s wrong there, health wise, and it’s not just because he’s 88 years old. I spoke to grandma last night and she seemed to be having a blast on her 93rd birthday. She was still listening to everyone singing outside at ten at night, when I called (well beyond her concrete bed time of 8pm). Speaking with her, I am not speaking to someone reading a teleprompter.
Anyway, something that I really liked from his talk was his definition of faith. You rarely hear faith being described this way, and I love it. He said that faith is trusting the Lord and His WORD. It is His word that must guide our actions. This faith is to influence all we do, so that we are anchored in Christ. So, he counseled us, to Read & Study & Ponder the Scriptures. He concluded that segment by saying, “Search diligently, pray always, and be believing.”
Conclusion: I end as I began, by stating that only when eyes are open, can we discern what is being offered. To the blind man, everything is dark. In a circle of blind people, the man with one-eye is king. But seeing clearly can only be done when you hear the voice of God, in the words of Christ, and heed his command to, “Awake and Arise.”