Sunday, September 24, 2000

Doctrine and Covenants 100:8

"And I give unto you this promise, that inasmuch as ye do this the Holy Ghost shall be shed forth in bearing record unto all things whatsoever ye shall say."
Doctrine and Covenants 100:8

This is interesting.  Every now and then, when I write an essay or a poem or even a story... I can feel this powerful emotion that I am trying to convey, or this huge thought that doesn't seem to come out in these narrow letters as full and rich as it is in thought.... and so, I have to ask God to please help me write it the best that I can, but also... to attach the emotion or the idea to the words, so that when people read them, it comes through.  Does that make sense?  The same thing works with speaking too... Sometimes when you feel the spirit so strongly, or have this mental image that you are trying to share with someone, or explain in a lesson... you don't really know how to express it in mere words (and I am not using "mere" lightly... words are incredibly powerful, just sometimes the idea or feeling is more powerful than you can explain)... and so, you can ask God to help the feeling or idea come through with the inadequate words, as part of the communication.  Anyway, I don't know if that makes sense... but I think that is part of what is in this scripture.  That when we do the things that the preceding verses (not included) talk about, that the Holy Ghost comes in and tells everyone that your words are right on track... truth truth truth... and adds some emotion and power to the communication.  And that's what makes God's words stand out.  They aren't just ink on a page.  They aren't just the traditional plot, beginning, middle, end.  They are living, growing language that jumps off the page and into your heart, into your mind.  Words that change the way you think, that get inside and attach themselves to everything that you do.  Words that you drink in, breathe in, and never get enough of.  They aren't the words in a newspaper, or on a business card.... no matter how clever.  They are alive, with feeling, with ideas... with depth and breadth beyond our small imaginations.  You never find the bottom.  They are words that you can dive into, swim in, and breathe.  They are the real world.  Instead of losing yourself in the fantasy world of a novel, you find yourself in the reality of God's words... his universe (for lack of a bigger, more all-inclusive word), the only real one around. :)

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