Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Apostles of the Lamb

Today we had a wonderful sacrament meeting. Our neighbors the Ensign's spoke. First Lisa gave a wonderful talk - I wasn't able to take notes because I had two little girls on my lap and Corey was home sick. But I remembered her sharing that she was talking to some youth, family members I think, who were not on the side of the church with regards to recent policy changes. Lisa defended the church so much so that they apologized for making her mad. She said "I'm not mad, I'm terrified!" She is passionate because she is terrified that the adversary is leading away these loving and tender hearts from the truth because of their desire to show tolerance and not offend. They are trying to love the best they know how, but they need to hold to the rod and not leave the church or fight against the Lord's apostles. She then share how she recently learned something new from the story of the tree of life. She used to think the great and spacious building represented the pride of the world. But there is a reoccurring phrase from 1 Nephi 11 that gave more insight as to what the building represents:

34 And after he was slain I saw the multitudes of the earth, that they were gathered together to fight against the apostles of the Lamb; for thus were the twelve called by the angel of the Lord.

35 And the multitude of the earth was gathered together; and I beheld that they were in a large and spacious building, like unto the building which my father saw. And the angel of the Lord spake unto me again, saying: Behold the world and the wisdom thereof; yea, behold the house of Israel hath gathered together to fight against the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

36 And it came to pass that I saw and bear record, that the great and spacious building was the pride of the world; and it fell, and the fall thereof was exceedingly great. And the angel of the Lord spake unto me again, saying: Thus shall be the destruction of all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, that shall fight against the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

The great and spacious building represents those who fight against the twelve apostles of the Lamb. And the great fall of the great and spacious building was a representation of the destruction to come upon all nations, tongues, and people that fight against the twelve apostles of the Lamb. Don't fight against his apostles. I guess I was thinking of Mr Snuffer and Mr. Malone again and how they believe Joseph Smith was a prophet, but the heavenly gift has since been lost and we are not led by a living prophet anymore. I don't know if their opinions constitute fighting against the apostles, and I don't follow their blogs now, but do still pray for them to return to full fellowship with the Saints.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

BYU Devotionals

Have I ever said how much I love watching the 11 o'clock devotionals? (I love them.) I loved these two devotional talks today - both were awesome and it was the first time I'd heard both of them, which was a treat. Many times the devotionals are repeats of one's I've already heard, so I really enjoyed these. First was:

R.Bruce Money - "The Lord's Country and Kingdom - Your Passport" Read here, watch below.

And right after that was this great talk by David Hart entitled "Be Excellent: Becoming Who You Are in Today's World." Read here.

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