Point of the Temple (600 Words)

The Point of the Temple is connected to the atonement and abiding. William Tyndale invented the word atonement. It comes from the Greek word “katalage” (ka-ta-la-gay), meaning a process of making one, in other words at-one-ment. The word abide, as in abide in me, also comes from the Greek “meno” (may-no), literally meaning to tie into inextricably, or impossible to separate. These two words at-one-ment and abide give better insight to the intent of our Lord and Savior. Christ seeks you personally.

There is a real price to pay to know God. There is a key to surviving the end-times, offered in your temple endowment. Too many things have been altered, making the temple endowment unable to produce salvation itself, …but it has a message that can benefit those who are seriously seeking to pay the price to know God.

Those who have the first comforter can receive correct understanding of that instruction, if they are willing to ask sincerely. However, the ceremony alone isn’t sufficient. You must act accordingly, and that requires the assistance of the second comforter. Joseph Smith not only offered an endowment, he and Emma lived the endowment. Since the time of Adam, all who would be saved, were, when they walked the same path. Advice: go to the temple, pay attention, learn what it is you are being instructed to do. Then when you leave the temple, go to work living it. By living the endowment, you must not sell your tokens for money, but instead seek further light and knowledge by conversing through the veil, and literally entering into the Lord’s presence. It is through the difficulties that this literal endowment clothes you, the initiate, in real light, rather than ceremonial robes. That is how you will be able to attend the wedding feast, because you will be clothed in light, or in other words, you will have on a wedding garment.

Joseph Smith said, “If I can get you to know God, I can bring you to Him.” Joseph Smith not only offered the endowment, to teach all to know God, he has been through the endowment literally. Joseph Smith has lived the endowment, literally being clothed in light instead of ceremonial robes, …and he offers those who will receive the endowment the instruction so that you can get it for yourself.

Conclusion: The School of the Prophets were intended to prepare you for the temple endowment, so that you can understand the instruction there. Within the school was taught the King Follet discourses that teach of multiple probations, ascension, and entering into the Lord’s rest. Once you have been endowed, you must now begin your journey to understand the instructions the endowment offers, so that you can apply them properly. The first comforter explains things to you heart and mind, and the second comforter assists you to apply it, until you have not only been ceremonially endowed, but you have actually been clothed in light.

Joseph Smith offered the school of the prophet as preparation to understand what goes on in the temple. The temple instructs you in the knowledge of the heavens. The Lord’s presence was necessary to apply the temple instructions, and clothing you in light.  Moses tried to sanctify his people to come into the presence of the Lord. They wouldn’t do it. Instead they instructed Moses to go up the mountain. No one can do the work for you. You cannot be saved as a congregation, in a group, or by someone else’s works. Unless you act upon what you know, it serves only as your condemnation.

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Repetition (1436 Words)

The trick about repetition is, the more you repeat something, the greater confidence you get in that thing. Repetition does not mean understanding. It is only a way to solidify a concept. The concept might be wrong, and repetition will preserve that unbelief in concrete, like a fossil. For years the saying, “No pain, no gain” has repeated a false idea that pain equals gain, when wrong action produces a lot of pain, with no return of gain. Likewise, just because we have repeated teaching about baptism for what seems to be hundreds of years, and a child gives you the courtesy of believing you, it doesn’t mean what you have taught is true. Mom recently posted:

“Wow! I just gave a talk on baptism at Aleijah’s baptism. She is 8 years old. It was plain, simple, full of love and direction. She understood. As I read this, I don’t see how she would be able to comprehend what you are saying. Yet, Christ wants us to bring little children unto Him. In fact, he wants us to be as little children when we accept the gospel of Jesus Christ. With you it seems so unforgiving, so exact, so mandatory with little, if any, compassion, emotion, or room for improvement or growth.”

We underestimate the clear slate children offer, and we overestimate our own intelligence. What Mom labeled plain, simple, full of love and direction is only a description of her repetition. Mom doesn’t see how her grand daughter (8 years old) could understand something that she (70+ years old) is only now being introduced to, …something that hasn’t been repeated, that isn’t familiar, …and therefore a child couldn’t understand if an adult doesn’t understand it, right? The concept of baptism being a sign from the earth to the heavens, …of a rebirth, …is quite easy for an 8 year old to understand. It is your sign, showing the heavens that you are working to know the words of Christ, …if someone would only teach it to you correctly, rather than simply rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat, etc.

When baptism is properly taught as a sign to the heavens, of your seriousness to know Christ, …scripture study is a natural follow-up to act according to the sign of baptism, to not only say, but to do accordingly. Baptism, in and of itself, has no value if it doesn’t lead to the action of studying with the spirit, and then acting according to what the spirit has taught. It too can be made into something that is vain and repetitious, depending on how it is used. Thus, the saints have suffered condemnation for this very reason, saying, but not doing (D&C 84:55-57). Complacency is a result of repetition.

Entering the Lord’s rest is a process of the creation. Matter is organized, land is separated from waters, light is placed for signs, vegetation appears to feed, animals come after vegetation, and human life takes care of the creation, before entering into the rest of the Lord. The Lord’s rest offers confidence, thus someone entering there need not depend on repetition, but instead they acquire understanding. With access to the Lord, they are able to teach and learn simultaneously, as circumstances arise. Keeping the sabbath day holy can be “performed” with stringent rules, repeated with exactness, so mandatory with little, if any, compassion, emotion, or room for improvement or growth, …and still miss the mark of the Lord’s rest because of philosophies of men mingled with scripture, in vain, or without effect.

Repetition may produce in you “familiarity,” …but familiarity doesn’t necessarily indicate understanding. Ignorance is familiar in our day. Hugh Nibley wrote an article called “Zeal Without Knowledge.” At the time he delivered the talk, the BYU administration were angry, but could not respond, knowing that Nibley had the understanding to defend his argument. From that talk:

“The quality in which the Saints have always excelled is zeal. …We have zeal but not the knowledge, so to speak. And this the prophet Joseph considered a very dangerous situation in the Church. Speaking to the new Relief Society, ‘he commended them for their zeal, but said sometimes their zeal was not according to knowledge.’ What good is power, he asks, without real intelligence and solid knowledge?”

 

“There are a great many wise men and women too in our midst who are too wise to be taught, therefore they must die in their ignorance (TPJS pg. 309). I have tried for a number of years to get the minds of the Saints prepared to receive the things of God; but we frequently see some of them… that will fly to pieces like glass as soon as anything comes that is contrary to their traditions; they cannot stand the fire at all (TPJS pg. 331). ”

 

“I… go into an investigation of anything that is not contained in the Bible, …I think that there are so many overly wise men here, that they would cry ‘treason’ and put me to death.” (TPJS pg. 348) But, he asks, “Why be so certain that you comprehend the things of God, when all things with you are so uncertain?” (TPJS pg. 330)

 

True knowledge never shuts the door on more knowledge, but zeal often does. One thinks of the dictum, “We are not seeking for truth at THE BYU, we have the truth!” So did Adam and Abraham have the truth, far greater and more truth than what we have, and yet the particular genius of each was that he was constantly “seeking for greater light and knowledge.” (Abraham 1:2)

Hugh Nibley hit the nail on the head describing Mom’s frustration with what she has read here on my blog, compared to what she was able to convey in her own talk, of what has been repeated to her, and by her, for years. There is a lot of zeal, but knowledge is left wanting. The Holy Ghost’s role is to disseminate pure knowledge. As we study the words of Christ by that spirit, the same spirit animating the author of the text, knowledge is promised to those who sincerely seek. Each blog recommends one thing, “Read the words of Christ.”

Conclusion: You must produce sweet fruits, or run the risk of being pruned off. This isn’t my warning, it belongs to Zenos, and was re-told by Jacob, preserved in the Book of Mormon in Jacob 5, the Allegory of the Olive Tree. The condemnation of the early saints is your inheritance. You have inherited a tradition of saying, but not doing. You must repent of that failure by studying to obtain knowledge, and then act and produce sweet fruit by applying that knowledge correctly.

Just as baptism is a sign tied to the first comforter, partaking of the sacrament is a sign tied to the second comforter. Baptism indicates rebirth and a time of learning. Sacrament indicates purification by acting according to the mind and will of the Lord, producing sweet fruit (Alma 32:42). Having His spirit to always be with you, serves a purpose of putting into action the truths given you by the first comforter. The condemnation of the saints began as they took lightly the words of Christ, failing to lay hold upon the gift of the Holy Ghost, trapped in ignorance, and then projected forward to rejecting the second comforter, not acting and producing sweet fruits.

To perform a baptism or take the sacrament, thinking that doing so will be sufficient, is a foolish and vain repetition. It will not produce the results you think they will produce. They are simply a sign, indicating something you intend to act upon. YOU MUST ACT …according to the sign you give, to develop confidence in the Lord’s rest, …otherwise the sign becomes a lie, offering a horrible condemnation, leaving you to your own circumstances, without the protection of the Lord.

The forces of destruction are being released. Only when you have entered the Lord’s rest can you stand firm, unwavering, immovable, …through the destruction all around you. In His rest you will not be immune to the effects of the fall-out, …instead you will have greater confidence THROUGH the fall-out, being given more and more light, to survive the darkness. Your relationship with Christ is not just a good thing, it’s the only thing that will provide your survival. You cannot develop a relationship with Him, based upon false traditions of unbelief, lies, compensation, and foolish and vain repetition. Baptism must lead to the first comforter and sacrament must lead to the second comforter, resulting in entering the Lord’s rest. That is your life line, if you will receive it.

Expounding (895 Words)

Everyone can be instructed of the Holy Ghost (Moroni 10:4-5). LDS missionaries depend on this fact, to persuade their investigators of the truth within the Book of Mormon. Baptism is only a a sign shown from the earth to the heavens that the person being baptized covenants to be born in Christ, hoping to obtain the gift of the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. It is a sign that they have begun the journey to seek further light from messengers from heaven. Receiving the Holy Ghost is not an outward sign like baptism. It is only witnessed by your constant effort to study Christ’s words, seeking to be sanctified, to be made Holy. Those who are animated by the gift of the Holy Ghost continue to hunger and thirst after righteousness. They labor, seeking a spring of truth and light, someone who knows the heavens. Their devotion to searching and recognizing true servants is the only way to discern if someone has the first comforter. The second comforter is what the sacrament prayer requests, that Christ’s spirit will always be with you. When you have been given more light by the gift of the Holy Ghost, …it must change you, transform you, …into something different, …something more like the source of that light, more like Christ, more like God the Father. If that light and knowledge isn’t applied, and does not produce action, and it doesn’t change you to be like Christ and God the Father, …IT WILL CONDEMN YOU! The transformation of a true disciple of Christ, to be made at-one-with-Christ (atonement), comes as you are required to act upon that light. If Christ condescends to give you more light, you must act upon it, enduring the opposition, until light turns into knowledge. It is often referred to as a refiners fire.

Nephi prayed to know the mysteries of God, and was visited (1 Nephi 2:16-17). His visitation, at this point, had no other effect upon him than to make him softened to the words of his dad. There is more here than a lesson on good parenting. It is a lesson on how Nephi began his journey by first being able to hear the voice of the Lord. He became soft to his father’s words. He had been studying his fathers counsel, and it brought him to cry unto the Lord, and his cries were heard, “and the Lord did visit me…” is what it produced. The only evidence of this visitation was Nephi’s softened heart to his fathers words and the testimony he tells his older brother Sam.

You would think that the Lord’s visitation indicated the finish line for Nephi. Hadn’t he done enough? Nope. His visitation was only a point of increased light. Next, Nephi would have to act on that knowledge in confidence. Lehi’s request to get the plates from Laban provided a perfect scenario for Nephi to act, and for his understanding of the source of his new light to be tested. Two failed attempts were made, the older brothers beat him with a rod, …and Nephi doesn’t submit, refusing to go back without the plates. He is so certain, that he goes into the city alone expecting to acquire them.

Nephi’s pattern is what all who belong to Zion must follow. Ask God, be baptized, study and understand, and act on what you have been given. I have followed this pattern, studying to know the words of Christ, so that I can act accordingly. I have changed my life to fit what I have learned. I have sought out the Lord, and He did visit me, making me soft to all the words spoken by the ancient fathers. I have been given a task to write a document of principles by the His voice, and have done so. There has been great opposition, attack, accusation, and difficulty surrounding that effort. But, knowing who instructed me, …I was able to rely on my confidence in Him to endure the difficulty. Throughout the process, I have been given more and more light and understanding, that comes in no other way than acting in faith, knowing and not merely believing that the path I am on is acceptable to God. That is the Lord’s rest. The problems don’t just go away. You must pass through them. But the only way to get through the problems upon us today, and up ahead, is to be brought through them by the second comforter, even Christ Himself.

Conclusion: The Sabbath was to be a day of rest. Not a day of sleep, a day of rest, …the Lord’s rest. It has little to do with your employment, shopping, and activities. It has everything to do with knowing the Lord, and having confidence in Him. When you have developed the ability to recognize the Lord’s voice in word, to you, only then can you have the confidence to do as you’ve been commanded. It is insufficient to only hear His voice, you must depend wholly upon it to get you through the opposition. Only in this way can a person become a new creature in Christ.

Do the work, search and write the words of Christ within the Book of Mormon upon your hearts. Listen for the voice of the Lord, and rely wholly upon that voice, expecting added light to get you through all obstacles.

Critical Components of Belief (892 Words)

There are two Critical Components of Belief. Failure to develop either component will result in UNBELIEF. Successfully developing both components will produce POWER.

TWO COMPONENTS: The two Critical Components of Belief are: Knowledge and Reflection. Knowledge provides a correct understanding. In a world of manipulation, propaganda (or public relations), and marketing, people specialize in deception. They subtly mix lies within the truth, or mingle philosophies of men with scripture. Accurate knowledge is difficult to find. It’s frustrating to learn that all these years, what you thought you knew, was wrong. Thus, one of the Critical Components of Belief is “Knowledge.”

The second is “Reflection.” Reflection is self-evaluation, to determine if you have the ability to align your life with correct knowledge. This is not to be confused with being perfect, as some would respond saying, “nobody’s perfect.” It’s simply an accurate reflection, acquiring a correct inventory, the ability to measure yourself against truth, withholding bias or justification. It is the ability to see yourself as you really are!

UNBELIEF: Failure to develop either component (knowledge/reflection) will result in UNBELIEF. It’s easy to see how making decisions on inaccurate information is a recipe for disaster. You wouldn’t want to purchase a new mini-van, to replace the one that got totaled when you hit a deer on your trip back from Canada (wink, wink) …without knowing it’s true price, it’s components, if it has tires, and if it runs properly. Unbelief is incorrect belief. It is inaccurate belief. When you are stuck making a decision based on unbelief (wrong information), you cannot exercise faith, and will never have your confidence wax strong. You will be left unsure, insecure and afraid. It’s funny how simple the idea seems, yet we cannot see the importance of studying the scriptures to know what they are truly saying, to know for ourselves, instead of letting someone else interpret what they say. However, we have replaced the need to study and know for ourselves with the mantra of “follow the leader.” They know, so I don’t have to, right? Don’t get me wrong, the word is always delivered through a servant. But you are required and must still go to the word, to know for yourself. The Holy Ghost or first comforter is the gift given for your “knowledge accumulation,” …so you can discern and choose the truth of all things for yourself, depending only upon the Holy Ghost, …and never having to depend on the arm of flesh. Letting the leaders tell you what the scriptures say is putting on unbelief.

Having a correct knowledge, but unable to see an accurate reflection of yourself also results in unbelief. You must reflect upon your ability to align with correct knowledge, to know what it is you lack yet, to know what it is you must repent of, to know where you need wisdom, to qualify as having a broken heart and contrite spirit. Your daily prayers are a communication of your reflection. Reflection produces the source of conversation with God. That is why we are all beggars, because we literally beg God to fix us when we truly reflect. Those who fail to reflect put on unbelief because they beat their chests saying, “I GOT THIS!”

POWER: Successfully developing both components will produce POWER. Accurate knowledge and a true self-reflection puts off unbelief, and accumulates belief. Correct belief naturally leads to taking action. When you act upon correct belief, that is when you exercise and grow your faith. As your actions reflect your belief, your efforts will be realized by the miracle, when God gives you not only what you sought, but blesses you with much more than you bargained for. The brother of Jared got more than he bargained for. He sought light for his barges. Christ not only touched the stones to give him light, Christ also appeared in the flesh and gave the brother of Jared the record of heaven, …much more than he bargained for. The scriptures are filled with God giving men far more than they bargained for. Faith comes before the miracle. Those who have this kind of faith can be still and know that He is God. Faith is a principle of POWER!

Conclusion: By their fruits you shall know them. Belief requires two components: correct knowledge and a true reflection. Unbelief plagues us as philosophies of men have been drastically mingled with scripture. People have shirked the responsibility to study to know for themselves, and avoid their reflection, that unbelief has thrived like mold in a dark, warm and wet place. Power comes to those who will put off their unbelief, repent of their ignorance, accurately reflect on their current state of darkness, to replace unbelief with correct belief, …exposing the mold of unbelief to light. Only with belief can you exercise faith. Otherwise you cannot develop faith unto life and salvation, and all is vain, of no effect, unsuccessful. When faith is properly acquired, it comes with POWER, producing in the individual confidence that waxes strong in the presence of Christ!

I offer you correct knowledge and ask you to look at yourself in the mirror. Vampires avoid their reflection because they can’t stand who they have become, sucking the life blood of the living, stuck between life and death, thriving in darkness, avoiding the light of day. Happy Halloween?

Progression Into Faith (1199 Words)

There is a path of Progression Into Faith. Step off the path and you risk developing an abomination, rather than developing faith. As we are inheritors of the condemnation of the early saints, if we look back to correct their mistakes, producing sweet fruit will be the outcome.

The path of Progression Into Faith begins with “hope.” Hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. Having an expectation generates the energy to look further into the matter, as it has sparked your interest, or your desire. Looking into the matter further, studying it out in your heart and your mind, generates “belief” that such an expectation is truly within your realm of possibility. You have charted the path out by searching, studying, pondering, and prayer. You next considered your ability to accomplish it, …and you are convinced you can achieve it. You now “believe.” When you have sufficient belief, it will naturally lead to taking action, …or in other words: exercising faith. When actions are confirmed with the results you have sought, you have completed the path of Progression Into Faith.

The scriptures were designed to walk us through the Progression Into Faith. It tells of the great things the Lord has in store for us, to give us hope. Further study tells you how it is done, and provides you confidence that you have the ability to accomplish it, using the instructions written within it, producing belief. As we take action by keeping the commandments learned from our study of the scriptures, that is how we exercise faith, trusting that obeying the commandments will produce it’s promised results. The Lord then fulfills His promise, producing the miracle and confirming your initial hope, belief, and faith, …providing you with a knowledge, or in other words, a testimony of that thing. That is the path of Progression Into Faith.

A step off of the path of Progression Into Faith, …and you risk developing an abomination. Abomination is defined as a thing that causes disgust or hatred, a horror, a disgrace, or a monstrosity. To God, unbelief produces in Him the feeling of disgust and hatred, it’s a horror, a disgrace, or monstrosity. God calls it an abomination. Consider a step off the path due to failure to search, ponder and pray regarding the truth of the scriptures, thus failing to develop correct belief. In the absence of understanding (ignorance), we are left to fill in the gaps with false traditions of unbelief (incorrect belief). In ignorance, sabbath day worship can become rigid, generating rules of what not to do, or how many steps you’re permitted to take. Or the pendulum can swing the opposite direction, making sabbath worship a free day at the beach, resting up for the grind of the next week. Both are abominations as neither of them speak intelligently of entering the Lord’s rest, which is the purpose of the sabbath day. Once you have put on unbelief for a rigid (or lackadaisical) sabbath worship, you now exercise faith on an unbelief. No matter how rigid you get or how lackadaisical you are, it’ll never produce the faith to enter into the Lord’s rest. In other words, your efforts are in vain, of no effect, will not produce the intended fruit you claim to seek. Prophets constantly require all to put off their unbelief, so that proper faith can be exercised, and the fruit of the tree of life can be acquired. In the end of Nephi’s account he laments the failure of men’s unbelief:

2 Nephi 32:7

“7. And now I, Nephi, cannot say more; the Spirit stoppeth mine utterance, and I am left to mourn because of the unbelief, and the wickedness, and the ignorance, and the stiffneckedness of men; for they will not search knowledge, nor understand great knowledge, when it is given unto them in plainness, even as plain as word can be.”

President Nelson, in a regional conference here in Utah, said that angels still appear, and then redefined angels to mean someone bringing you cookies, or helping you fix a flat tire. President Nelson took what Moroni wrote out of context, to justify to the saints that “all is well in Zion,” as angels have not ceased. But Moroni has given us a litmus test, to determine the condition you suffer through when faith does not exist. And Moroni connects the failure of faith directly to unbelief:

Moroni 7:36-37

“36. Or have angels ceased to appear unto the children of men? Or has he withheld the power of the Holy Ghost from them? Or will he, so long as time shall last, or the earth shall stand, or there shall be one man upon the face thereof to be saved?

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 [angels/miracles/the power of the Holy Ghost] have ceased wo be unto the children of men, for it is because of unbelief, and all is vain.”

Proper faith requires correct belief in the words in the scriptures. The spirit can teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance whatsoever the Lord has declared to you. President Nelson’s counsel is speaking the Lord’s words in vain. It will not provide angels or miracles, and will not invite the Holy Ghost. Exercising faith on his counsel of unbelief will only produce abominations, …refusing your return into the Lord’s presence.

As we are inheritors of the condemnation of the early saints, if we look back, to correct their mistakes, we will produce sweet fruit. We must not cover our eyes to the wrongs that the early saints have committed. We must man-up, roll up our sleeves, and do the work of figuring out where they went wrong, so that we can correct the condemnation within us. We must work THROUGH our mistakes, not in avoidance of the shame and embarrassment it creates in us. Suck it up buttercup!

Conclusion: Hope leads to belief, which leads to exercising faith. It concludes with knowledge if the Progression Into Faith is founded upon the words of Christ. The adversary would mingle philosophies of men with scripture to produce unbelief. It works for him because faith cannot grow in that environment. The scriptures have testified of false prophets, wearing sheep’s clothing, yet lie in wait, as ravenous wolves for a reason. The Lord’s sheep will hear His voice. Only when you are able to reconotice His voice can you see the long fangs on a man dressed up as a sheep. You are free to choose who you follow, but just because it looks like a sheep, it don’t mean it’s a sheep.

Read your scriptures. Plead with God to animate you with the same spirit as the author whose words you are reading, so that you put on correct belief. You must let go of false beliefs as you come to know what is correct. As you put off false traditions of unbelief, you will be freed from the captivity of the dark spirit, to exercise great faith, and return into Christ’s presence.

Comfort (773 Words)

Comfort has escaped my understanding, disguised as a lullaby. Only when I discovered that Comfort was given through light and truth, did I see the pattern of increasing light with each comforter. What surprised me even further was the idea that the fear of God offers greatest Comfort.

Our traditions have failed us once again, thinking that comfort is a lullaby, to lull us into sleep. We have confused sleep with Comfort. Many who desire to avoid seeing the truth in their history, close their eyes, suck on their thumbs, and repeat the words in their minds, “Just go to a happy place, go to a happy place!” In our state of ignorance, we’d prefer to close our eyes and our minds, to not understand what’s wrong, so that we aren’t so uncomfortable. The Lord calls this sinning a grievous sin, walking in darkness at noonday (D&C 95:6). Our darkness keeps us asleep, ignorant of our surroundings, and afraid of what we don’t understand. As light enters, darkness is dispelled. Those who will not awake and arise, will lull themselves to sleep, and will not awake and arise.

Only when I discovered that Comfort was given through light and truth, did I see the pattern of increasing light with each comforter. Comfort is nothing more than light and truth. It is given only as you are able to bear it, or as you desire it. The Holy Ghost is the first comforter. Those who receive the Holy Ghost, seek diligently light and truth. Light dispels darkness, filling what seems to be empty space with understanding. Light and darkness cannot occupy the same space. One must govern, and the other must leave. You choose which will govern you. Since the role of the Holy Ghost is pure knowledge, receiving the Holy Ghost is to receive more light and truth, while dispelling darkness. It is called the first comforter because pure knowledge is the beginning of Comfort. The second comforter is Jesus Christ. And what does His presence bring? It brings further light and knowledge, or more Comfort. There is a maturity that is required as light and truth are increased, and that maturity is simply being willing to cast out darkness, letting go of false traditions of unbelief, to make room to be filled with light.

What surprised me even further was the contrasting idea that the fear of God offers greatest Comfort. It seems contradicting that any fear offers Comfort, but God is funny like that. You cannot receive a fulness of light, unless you receive all the light and truth God offers. Fearing God is to keep His commandments. The Lord taught that “…in nothing doth a man offend God, or against none is His wrath kindled, save those who confess not His hand in all things, and obey not His commandments.” (D&C 59:21). God reveals Himself through His commandments. The commandments are intended to move our lives into harmony with God, with higher intelligence. We cannot be in tuned with higher intelligence without first bringing our own lives into conformity with something higher. Commandments are the guide, and within the scriptures are where we learn how to receive and keep commandments. Thus, the fear of God is nothing more than fearing being left out of God’s presence. The third comforter is never mentioned as this, but my mind seems to think that if the Holy Ghost is the first comforter, Christ is the second comforter, …than the Father must be the third comforter. I have said this before, and it is good to repeat it, …there is only one revelation, …and it is God.

Conclusion: To receive the Holy Ghost requires that you open your eyes to the awful situation which we find ourselves in, in darkness, without much light at all. Our day is prophesied of by the ancient fathers to be likened unto the days of Noah. There are two angles to see the days of Noah. One angle can describe the wickedness and darkness, such that the whole earth would be better off sweeping off the wicked. Another angle can also describe the offering of a covenant. Those who would receive Comfort through the darkness are offered a place in the ark, through a covenant. It is the only Comfort available in the storm to come, but you must put off your traditions, receive the light being offered, and enter the ark. The tares are ripe. All that the Lord needs is for the wheat to ripen, so that the tares can be bundled and burned. You are the wheat, but you must awake and arise, otherwise be confused with the tares.

The Lord’s Rest (1103 Words)

I have learned, through the scriptures, things aren’t as they seem. The Lord’s Rest is no exception. The two comforters are gifts offered for your progression, to increase your faith, making you into something you were not.

Things, …especially in the scriptures, …aren’t ever as they seem. A body of water seemed to be a barrier for the children of Israel, but Moses did what seemed impossible, and parted the Red Sea. Enoch ran from his enemy, and the enemy took courage, until they saw Enoch move a mountain in front of them. If Enoch could move mountains, then who really should be scared, Enoch or the army chasing him? The army of Giddianhi attacked Gidgiddoni, thinking that the people were praying in fear because of the terror of Giddianhi’s army. The Nephites feared God, not the army. The outcome of the war was not as it may have seemed at first. We would learn a great lesson NOT to underestimate anything by what it seems. A career might seem promising, at the expense of true happiness. Bearing and raising twelve children might seem crazy, only to prove most rewarding in the end. When it comes to God, things are never as they seem.

The Lord’s Rest is no exception. Traditions have defined The Lord’s Rest as walking through the pearly gates, and all your troubles melt away, leaving you to live an eternal life of …happily ever after. That isn’t the case at all. Again, things aren’t as they seem. The Lord’s Rest is a confidence THROUGH the trial, knowing, not merely believing that the path you are on is acceptable to God. The temple requires fulfillment of a covenant THROUGH SACRIFICE, …and not merely a covenant TO SACRIFICE (a promise for some later date). The greatest blessing of this life is the opportunity we have to sacrifice all things. Through the sacrifice of all things you will loose your life, and for doing so, you will have gained your life. You see, having a relationship with God doesn’t remove difficulty. Although Isaiah ascended, entering into the Lord’s rest, he was still sawn in half, Peter was crucified upside down, Abinadi was burned, and the bitter cup was not removed from Christ at Gethsemane. The Lord’s Rest offers no relief through the pain, only a bright promise after the price is paid. It’s a confidence to know that what you are doing is God’s will. A religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things has NOT the power to develop faith unto life and salvation! Knowledge is the “KEY” component to it all.

D&C 130:18-21

“18. Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection.

19. And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come.

20. There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated

21. And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.”

Two comforters were offered for progression to increase your faith THROUGH THE SACRIFICE, …making you into something you were not. The first comforter is the Holy Ghost. That comforter’s role is pure knowledge. It is the spirit within you, when you are tied into the mind and will of the Father. The scriptures teach how to recognize that spirit, to know God. The only way to understand the scriptures is to read it with the same spirit that the author used to write it. It is the duty of the Holy Ghost is to fill you with the knowledge of God, bringing you to know the truth of all things (Moroni 10:5), even the record of heaven:

Moses 6:61

“61. Therefore it is given to abide in you; the record of heaven; the Comforter; the peaceable things of immortal glory; the truth of all things; that which quickeneth all things, which maketh alive all things; that which knoweth all things, and hath all power according to wisdom, mercy, truth, justice, and judgment.”

The first comforter provides a confidence in knowing the Lord. With this comforter, Satan looses his grasp on your mind, unable to manipulate your actions with a  bruised heel. You are able to act, rather than being acted upon. The momentum of the world, the glory of men, the riches offered by men, loose their luster, become dark, loathsome, and meaningless, when you are in possession of the first comforter.

The second comforter comes through your application of knowledge (taking action). The sacrament prayer tells of the second comforter, requiring being willing to take upon us Christ’s name, always remember Christ, and keep Christ’s commandments, so that Christ’s spirit will always be with you. Christ is the second comforter. Your experience of acting upon the knowledge you have obtained with the first comforter, provides you with greater wisdom through the sacrifice, as Christ leads your offering, in wisdom. When the second comforter finally appears, it will be because you need comfort in the sacrifice, and can find it in no other place but through the one who performed the ultimate sacrifice, the atonement.

Each of these comforters were intended to progress your faith from knowledge, into wisdom, into experience. Those willing to endure that process becomes witnesses and servants of Christ. That faith offers a presence with Christ in the flesh, during your mortal life. Faith takes real WORK, it doesn’t increase into God-hood by the sprinkling of pixie-dust.

Conclusion: The alignment of planets and stars yesterday was a sign. A covenant is offered, to those who will live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. That requires you to:

  1. Know the words of Christ
  2. Not only to say, but to do (action) as you know.

The Lord’s Rest offers both comforters, the Holy Ghost and Christ, to know and do as you know. It provides all the knowledge necessary to endure to the end, but still requires your understanding to be depended upon to do the enduring. Without The Lord’s Rest, it is not only impossible to endure to the end, it is also impossible to please God.

Start now, commit to a serious effort of scripture study. Seek diligently the same spirit to animate your mind as you study, that animated the minds of the authors of the scriptures you are reading. Plead with God to provide you the second comforter so that you can apply what you have learned, increasing your wisdom.