The First Vision
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The First Vision
This post is a 1 min read I was looking through my poetry journal today when I came across a note I wrote a year ago. I hope you feel better! Gatorade helps! (roughly July 2k17) I wrote this to a coworker of mine (whom I really loved) and she wasn’t feeling that great that … Continue reading It’s the LITTLE things that count
It is now midnight, and I’ve just began my writing journey- again. I’ve been trying to write in this blog for half a year now, to little fruitition. I really hope I can continue and be a good blogger. I hope I can share things that are really going to help you guys! So, as … Continue reading 20 Things about ME
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March 14, 2018 8:46 PM:
Oh. My. Goodness. I haven’t written in forever!
Work has been a bit crazy, and so has institute, FHE commitee, tutoring, self reliance, and socializing. So….you could say my hands have been full. Luckily, I’ve been able to finally get a firm hold of my schedule and plan out everything much, much better. I now have time to blog again!!!! YAYYYYY💕
These chapters I’ve chosen are all from a current institute reading assignment. I missed class, so I decided to just read at home! I wanted to really, deeply study the scriptures in a way I haven’t done in a while (my thoughts intertwining with the Lord’s through prayerful and studious research) and felt this would be a great addition to the blog.
Before I head into the article, I want to make it clear that everything I say is all personal insight and interpretation, unless otherwise noted, or is known as common knowledge. Ex: “Paul was an apostate turned apostle.” vs. “Paul was possibly the only apostate turned apostle in Greece.” Fact, vs. opinion.
In verse 17 Paul says: “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words…” and I cut it off there.
I never fully understood what the scriptures meant when wisdom was portrayed as something bad, until I thought about how simple the Gospel is. Nephi said: “For my soul delighteth in plainness; for after this manner doth the Lord God work among the children of men.” (2 Nephi 31:3)
In this scripture, Nephi explains that “plainness” and simple explanation comes most naturally to us. “…according to their language…”, as he says later on in the verse.
So, when someone in the scriptures uses ‘wisdom’ in a bad context, they must be citing that it takes away from the Lord’s work, and is therefore, selfish. It isn’t wisdom at all, but folly. (Ref. verses 19-23)
In verse 21 it says: “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching [Gospel] to save them that believe.“
By the way, these:  indicate a personal note.
I think that when Paul is saying this, he’s explaining that the world, this age, will deny the wisdom of God, and preach “gospel” or their own wisdom to save those that believe in it. It’s almost like they’re creating rules to help a certain party in a game. Or these can also be known as, shifting values to bias a certain race, gender, nationality, belief, standard (or lack thereof), religion, political group, social group, or ethical or moral stance. This is “wisdom” in poor context. For the Jews, it was a “stumbling block.” For the Greeks, “foolishness”. But these were nonetheless seen as a token of wisdom to have- the ruminating of the Jews, and the discernment of the Greeks (ref. verse 23).
“God has often chosen the ordinary to accomplish the extraordinary.”
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In verse 26, Paul explains that not many “wise men after the flesh”, mighty, or noble are called. Obviously this means called to the work of God.
- “God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.” (verse 27)
- “..God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.” (verse 27)
- “…base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:” (A.K.A., the flip side- the mighty may, at times, confound the mighty as well) (verse 28)
And this, He has done many times. Examples are found with Nephi, the youngest (and righteous) brother chosen to be a “ruler and a teacher” over his 3 older brethren. (1 Nephi 2:22) Or Moses, a murderer who had a speech impediment, and was the illegitimate child of the Pharaoh’s daughter whom led millions of God’s chosen people to a land where they would be free to worship Him. Or Abraham, a man who almost had to sacrifice his own, beloved son, for goodness sake! (literally)
I’ve heard the above quote somewhere during sacrament meeting before. It states that any ordinary person- in this case the prophets, apostles, and disciples in the scriptures and modern day-can typically perform extraordinary things and miracles. All with God’s help and influence, that is.
“…that no flesh should glory in his presence”. His being God’s. That those who rely on man, human, mortality, flesh, and wish to glorify and worship and praise, simply cannot praise God as it ought to be because they’re confounded and skewed by their misguided marvel. It’s folly, as I’ve said before. The only true, and meaningful, and purposeful glory can be in God’s glory. Relying on Him, God, the Eternal Father, and eternity.
30-31 states: “But of him ye are in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and in righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
“That according as it is written, He that giveth, let him glory in the Lord.”
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Book of Mormon Scripture Journal Reading; Day #5
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November 28, 2017 1:09 PM:
1 Nephi Chapter 1:
So, the first chapter of 1 Nephi kind of introduces us to Lehi and his family, and Lehi’s calling to be prophet. It’s a simple back story, involving the visions he saw and what he heard, leading him to being called of God. In verse 6 it says [paraphrased]:
And it came to pass…there came a pillar of fire and dwelt upon a rock before him; and he saw and heard much…
Sound familiar? Lehi’s account is similar to Moses’ on Mount Horeb when Moses was suddenly confronted by the Lord from a burning bush. In this time, the Lord told him he was meant to lead the children of Israel out of the hands of the Egyptians (Exodus 3).
The many things Lehi “saw and heard” [verse 6] were not recorded, but when he returned home, it is recorded what he saw in a second vision from God:
7 And it came to pass that he returned to his own house at Jerusalem; and he cast himself upon his bed, being aovercome with the Spirit and the things which he had seen.
8 And being thus overcome with the Spirit, he was carried away in a avision, even that he saw the bheavens open, and he thought he csaw God sitting upon his throne, surrounded with numberless concourses of angels in the attitude of singing and praising their God.
9 And it came to pass that he saw One descending out of the midst of heaven, and he beheld that his aluster was above that of the sun at noon-day.
10 And he also saw atwelve others following him, and their brightness did exceed that of the stars in the firmament.
11 And they came down and went forth upon the face of the earth; and the first came and astood before my father, and gave unto him a bbook, and bade him that he should read.
12 And it came to pass that as he read, he was filled with the aSpirit of the Lord.
13 And he read, saying: Wo, wo, unto Jerusalem, for I have seen thine aabominations! Yea, and many things did my father read concerning bJerusalem—that it should be destroyed, and the inhabitants thereof; many should perish by the sword, and many should be ccarried away captive into Babylon.
Hint: The little letters next to the words in the quotes are footnote holders; you can click on them in your own studies, and will find that they lead to further definition and study of the verses, words, and phrases.
For Lehi, the Lord was commanding him to warn the people of Jerusalem of their imminent destruction if they didn’t repent. So he did as he was told. Lehi went out like many of the other prophets and “…began to prophesy and to declare unto them concerning the things which he had both seen and heard.” [verse 18] But he was soon ridiculed for his actions. The Jews mocked him because he was bringing their wickedness to light. [verse 19] The people of Jerusalem got so angry, that they even “…sought his life, that they might take it away.”, just as they had done the prophets of old. [verse 20]
Lehi was dealing with something very serious. He was dealing with a life threatening mission that could have even affected his family. But he had such immense faith that he continued anyway.
Let me ask you a question: Do you think that Lehi was so intent on telling these people to repent because he thought they were wicked, and needed to know? Do you think he told them because he feared the Lord? Or do you think that he told them because he loved them?
Love is often a weight that helped prophets of old continue on in their duties to the Lord. Whether it be love of the Lord, love of the people, or both, it was a motivator. Lehi warned the people because they needed to be aware of their actions and because he loved the Lord. But it must have been love of the people and their eternal destination that pushed him to keep going even after he went home at the end of the day upon meeting death threats from his friends and neighbors.
At the end of the chapter, Nephi (Lehi’s youngest son and also the one who has compiled Lehi’s writing along with his own record) consoles us with a message that pierces through the ages:
20. …But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender cmercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of ddeliverance.
I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Thank you for tuning into my post! Even though I’m not incredibly consistent, I try, and I appreciate that you all still read my posts!! I will continue to write and pan out chapters of scripture, talks, and more on this blog! 💕💕💕