Friday, March 30, 2012

Some thoughts before conference

I came to campus to write. I came to the music and dance section of the library to find the window view that inspired me last time. I came to sit and dash off the multitude of thoughts and feelings in me so that they might weave a blend of truth that I can rely on. I came so that blend could make it to this blog and go just a bit further than myself.

It's imperative that I do this, but I feel selfish with my thoughts right now. Selfish because there are feelings in me of peace and understanding that are only complete in the whole story, and I cannot give anyone the whole story. God hasn't given even me the whole story of things. Occasionally though, He reminds me that there is a whole story. He is pulling it out of me bit by bit, as angels come and go.

He has these "divers angels, from Michael or Adam down to the present time, all declaring their dispensation, their rights, their keys, their honors, their majesty and glory, and the power of their priesthood; giving line upon line, precept upon precept; here a little, and there a little; giving us consolation by holding forth that which is to come, confirming our hope!"

This weekend, we'll hear from some of those angels as we listen to General Conference. This is a time to hear what we need to do and what we need to believe. I need that because sometimes I forget it in the wake of the pressing concerns of the world.

It occurred to me today that I have little to fear because God has promised me the best of blessings conditioned upon my faithfulness. They only way they won't be fulfilled is if I let myself lose faith in God by worrying and fearing that they won't come. It's strangely paradoxical: what I'm afraid I'll lose I can lose by being afraid I'll lose it. Christ truly is "an high priest of good things to come."

I love the Lord's rebuke here: "Who am I, saith the Lord, that have promised and have not fulfilled? I command and men obey not; I revoke and they receive not the blessing. Then they say in their hearts: This is not the work of the Lord, for his promises are not fulfilled. But wo unto such, for their reward lurketh beneath, and not from above."

It's an easy mistake to make, but let's not make it.


  1. Wow, this feels very pertinent for me right now. Thank you for it. I am very grateful that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have made it so simple for us to succeed. We need to remember to trust that good things will come. That seems like a very sweet and simple thing to ask for all we've been given.

  2. I'm glad you liked it. I think it's a big part of the whole idea that He didn't send us here to fail. He sent us here to send us good things. If we're doing our best, our lives will be good, not just in righteousness, but as in filled with great things, maybe not all at once, but still there somewhere.


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