There are two forces on the earth that oppose one another- Light and Dark. Christ speaks peace to those who receive the light, who are the Meek and Lowly in Heart. They will be founded upon an immovable foundation.
Two Forces: The patterns in the heaven is a constant reminder of two forces- Light and Dark. The Day is governed by rising and setting (light and dark) of the sun. The Month is dictated by the waxing and waining (light and dark) of the moon, and the rising and setting of the stars. The Year, and it’s seasons, is a constant reminder of the battle between Light and Dark, with markers of the Equinoxes (Spring and Fall) and Solstices (Winter and Summer).
Meekness and Lowliness: The pure love of God (charity) and the constant visitation of the Holy Ghost, comes only as a result of developing Meekness and Lowliness of Heart. Moroni shares a progressive pattern to developing meekness and lowliness of heart, in order for us to have a constant companionship of the Holy Ghost:
24 Behold, my son, this thing ought not to be; for repentance is unto them that are under condemnation and under the curse of a broken law.
25. And the first fruits of repentance is baptism; and baptism cometh by faith unto the fulfilling the commandments; and the fulfilling the commandments bringeth remission of sins;
26. And the remission of sins bringeth meekness, and lowliness of heart; and because of meekness and lowliness of heart cometh the visitation of the Holy Ghost, which Comforter filleth with hope and perfect love, which love endureth by diligence unto prayer, until the end shall come, when all the saints shall dwell with God.
The wording is a little tricky here, so you will have to think it through. I believe that was intentional, so that only those who seek, will find. Consider the outlined process:
- Faith: Knowing the commandments, and doing them as instructed
- Repentance: Exercising faith by re-aligning to the commandments, and getting it right (fulfilling the commandments)
- Baptism: Completing repentance by offering a sacrifice of your first fruits, your commitment to being one with Christ (WILLING to take upon you Christ’s name)
- Remission of Sins: The more and more accurate your faith, the closer you are to the fulfilling of the commandments. Thus, producing, in you, a continual remission of sins.
- Meekness and Lowliness of Heart: produced by the remission of sins
- Holy Ghost: Having acquired and maintained meekness and lowliness of heart, produces the visitation of the Holy Ghost to teach the love of God and of all men
- Charity: The perfect love, which endures by diligence unto prayer, until the end comes.
Rather than thinking of this process as a checklist to mark-off as you go, consider each step as foundational for the next. You might start out with sand as a foundation, but expanding is very limited on a sand foundation. Thus, you might have some faith, and some repentance, and be baptized, but cannot retain (or maintain) a remission of sins. Thus, you’ll need to exhume (or dig-up) your foundation, and replace it with something stronger (greater faith). As your foundation transitions from sand, to stone, to become a rock, your ability to expand increases respectively.
Only a rock foundation is capable of producing a remission of sins, leading to meekness and lowliness of heart. Without having your sins constantly remitted, it is not possible to be meek and lowly in heart.
Conclusion: The false traditions of our fathers is a bad foundation to build upon. Those who build their foundation upon the arm of flesh, are built upon a sandy foundation, and they are foolish.
The first foundation of the Salt Lake temple cracked under the pressure of the building. That original foundation was weak, and could not bear the load placed upon it. It was made of …Sand Stone. They replaced the sand stone with granite, as we must do if we are to be wise-men. The symbolism of the differing types of foundations offer a valuable lesson. Sand shifts and moves, is unsteady, and varying. Stone and rock are firm and immovable, it is steadfast, and unchanging. All of this points to Christ, as our foundation.
As we follow the process outlined by Moroni, we will find ourselves built upon a rock, and that rock will be Christ! When the foundation is built correctly, it is likened to a rock. Only then can we retain a remission of sins, to be meek and lowly in heart. Thus, we will qualify for the Holy Ghost, to teach us perfect love, which casteth out all fear, and brings us to the end of our faith. Feast upon the words of Christ. Develop the right faith, so that it can be a rock upon which you build, a kingdom immovable. If you build it, He will come!