So, I’m thinking that trying to summarize each section like I do with my kids as we read, is kind of much, particularly since it’s fairly easy for anyone to see what’s going on in this chapter. There are lots of ways you can draw out a comparison to our semi-annual general conference, where we gather to hear what our prophet and leaders have to say. For now, I’m just going to comment on what stood out to me this time:
“… for I have not commanded you to come up hither to trifle with the words which I shall speak, but that you should hearken unto me, and open your ears that ye may hear, and your hearts that ye may understand, and your minds that the mysteries of God may be unfolded to your view.”
That’s from verse 9 of Mosiah 2. A few weeks ago, a friend and I were talking about how strange it is that we take revelation for granted. We really do believe that God speaks today through His prophets as well as to our hearts. That should be a BIG DEAL, right? Why is it so easy to take what we’re given and set it aside? We say to ourselves, “Well that’s nice. I’ll think about it,” … and that’s if we even took notice in the first place. Why is it so hard to take heed?
Could it be that I’m paying too much attention to the other messages out there? As Elder Holland put it in this past conference: “If we teach by the Spirit and you listen by the Spirit, some one of us will touch on your circumstance, sending a personal prophetic epistle just to you.”
The “epistle” part had me visualizing my mailbox full of junk: ads saying I don’t have enough, magazines saying i’m not pretty enough, bills saying I need to pay more, credit card offers saying I can play today and don’t have to pay for a long, long time…. sounds like the messages I hear every day even without checking the mail! Wouldn’t a personal message from the One who loves me most be so much more than all that? Do I give the world’s messages to and about me equal weight with what I hear at conference, in the scriptures, or through the Spirit? Now that I think about it, … well… I do. Hopefully realizing that will help me work on booting those negative messages out and opening my heart and mind to the Spirit of truth.