Tuesday, May 5, 2015

God works by Small and Simple Means.

     I realized that this Telestial world is designed in a way that it is fallen, requiring humility to recognize God's hand in out lives. The word of God is a small and simple thing that can be disregarded very easily. The doubt and pride of the world can dictate the decisions of man, leading to a way of being acted upon and giving the choices of an individual to the ones that are esteemed as good according to philosophies of man. God let this world man have an ability to have their own opinion on the world. 

     Korihor preaches the doubt and pride of the world:
"O ye that are bound down under a foolish and a vain hope, why do ye yoke yourselves with such foolish things? Why do ye look for a Christ? For no man can know of anything which is to come. Behold, these things which ye call prophecies, which ye say are handed down by holy prophets, behold, they are foolish traditions of your fathers. How do ye know of their surety? Behold, ye cannot know of things which ye do not see; therefore ye cannot know that there shall be a Christ. Ye look forward and say that ye see a remission of your sins. But behold, it is the effect of a frenzied mind; and this derangement of your minds comes because of the traditions of your fathers, which lead you away into a belief of things which are not so. And many more such things did he say unto them, telling them that there could be no atonement made for the sins of men, but every man fared in this life according to the management of the creature; therefore every man prospered according to his genius, and that every man conquered according to his strength; and whatsoever a man did was no crime. And thus he did preach unto them, leading away the hearts of many, causing them to lift up their heads in their wickedness, yea, leading away many women, and also men, to commit whoredoms—telling them that when a man was dead, that was the end thereof... And it came to pass that he caused that he should be carried out of the land. And he came over into the land of Gideon, and began to preach unto them also; and here he did not have much success, for he was taken and bound and carried before the high priest, and also the chief judge over the land. And it came to pass that the high priest said unto him: Why do ye go about perverting the ways of the Lord? Why do ye teach this people that there shall be no Christ, to interrupt their rejoicings? Why do ye speak against all the prophecies of the holy prophets? Now the high priest’s name was Giddonah. And Korihor said unto him: Because I do not teach the foolish traditions of your fathers, and because I do not teach this people to bind themselves down under the foolish ordinances and performances which are laid down by ancient priests, to usurp power and authority over them, to keep them in ignorance, that they may not lift up their heads, but be brought down according to thy words. Ye say that this people is a free people. Behold, I say they are in bondage. Ye say that those ancient prophecies are true. Behold, I say that ye do not know that they are true. Ye say that this people is a guilty and a fallen people, because of the transgression of a parent. Behold, I say that a child is not guilty because of its parents. And ye also say that Christ shall come. But behold, I say that ye do not know that there shall be a Christ. And ye say also that he shall be slain for the sins of the world. And thus ye lead away this people after the foolish traditions of your fathers, and according to your own desires; and ye keep them down, even as it were in bondage, that ye may glut yourselves with the labors of their hands, that they durst not look up with boldness, and that they durst not enjoy their rights and privileges. Yea, they durst not make use of that which is their own lest they should offend their priests, who do yoke them according to their desires, and have brought them to believe, by their traditions and their dreams and their whims and their visions and their pretended mysteries, that they should, if they did not do according to their words, offend some unknown being, who they say is God—a being who never has been seen or known, who never was nor ever will be." (Alma 13-18; 21-28)
Alma explains the perspective of a disciple of Christ, recognizing the small and simple means that God works by his word, light, and spirit. 

"Will ye say, Show unto me a sign, when ye have the testimony of all these thy brethren, and also all the holy prophets? The scriptures are laid before thee, yea, and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator." (Alma 30:44)
 
     The Mormon Channel told some stories of small and simple means bringing forth great things preserving his greatest treasures. A man was invited a world convention on the family, and there was much anti family sentiment, and he was placed in a situation to become an influential advocate for the family unit. After a few conventions, an anti family campaign was gaining momentum, yet this Latter-day Saint man had to coveted final speaker position. Only four minutes remained for him, but he completely derailed the anti family campaign with his simple words. It did require the prominent world figures to hearken to his words, and they did. 
     Another sister was invited to participate in a television production. She thought that she would be involved in a medical procedure presentation. It was said by the producers that the procedure can restore virginity. The topic of premarital sex came to be a debated, and it was designed to be violent. The sister left to facilities to reconsider the situation, but she was prompted to return. During the debate, two of the three debating candidates were fulfilling their violent roles well, and the sister waited patiently. She doesn't remember much of what she said, but she asked how they understand chastity is important, when the situation cooled off. The debate resulted in the convincing of the participants that chastity is important. One debate candidate had a daughter and a son, and she expressed desire that that individual's children would be chaste. The episode of the television series had been reran many times as a cherished witness of the meekness of Christ's ways of purity.
 
D&C 64:33 Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great.
 
D&C 123:16 You know, brethren, that a very large ship is benefited very much by a very small helm in the time of a storm, by being kept workways with the wind and the waves.
 
The little things that we do are felt, and they are influential. It's about the little decisions. 

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