Tuesday, February 8, 2000

Doctrine and Covenants 93:28-31

"He that keepeth his commandments receiveth truth and light, until he is glorified in truth and knoweth all things.
Man was also in the beginning with God.  Intelligence, or the light of truth, was not created or made, neither indeed can be.
All truth is independent in that sphere in which God has placed it, to act for itself, as all intelligence also; otherwise there is no existence.
Behold, here is the agency of man, and here is the condemnation of man; because that which was from the beginning is plainly manifest unto them, and they receive not the light."
Doctrine and Covenants 93:28-31

This is good stuff.  Continuing on with our Light and Truth theme, today we add intelligence to the mix. :)  First of all, it says that if we keep the commandments we keep filling up with light and truth, until we eventually know *everything* ... which would be amazingly cool right there. :)  I get so frustrated with myself sometimes when I can't figure something out... and to imagine that someday I will know ALL of it... wow.  that would relieve some stress. :)  Then, it says that intelligence the light of truth.  interesting.  A few verses earlier God explains what truth is, and says that he is the Spirit of Truth... more and more interesting.  Then we go on and it says that all truth is independent, to act for itself... the same with intelligence.  Hmm.  So, if the light of truth IS intelligence, and *we* were intelligences before the world was, like it says in Abraham... isn't it talking about us right here?  that we wouldn't have existence without independence/freedom?  I think that is interesting.  But again, if that is true... then it also means that part of the very nature of who we are is truth... which is a great lead-in to the next verse.  if truth cleaveth unto truth, and part of who we are is intelligence, light, and truth... then some part of ourselves recognizes that light and truth immediately when it comes around... next verse says that that which was from the beginning is plainly manifest unto us, and we receive not the light... maybe we block ourselves off from the truth sometimes... but because part of who we are is truth, we are also denying ourselves when we do that.  What God says to us is always plainly manifest unto us... easy to comprehend, because it is part of who and what we are... the trick is to remove the barriers that we have built within ourselves.  our souls sing to us of light and truth, and many times we try to smother the song, because it is too hard to listen to... we are trying so hard to make another song for ourselves, and we sing it louder and louder, trying to deny the original song... but I think that if we would just listen well, we would find that it is beautiful... and that it cures so much of the amnesia of our earth lives... and no matter how complex and intimate the new song, it sounds like a funeral dirge compared to the original.  If we would write some music that goes along with the first song... enhance it, complement it... that would sound a lot better than the war within... each trying to drown the other out.

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