Friday, December 22, 2000

3 Nephi 17:2-3

"I perceive that ye are weak, that ye cannot understand all my words which I am commanded of the Father to speak unto you at this time.
Therefore, go ye unto your homes, and ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and prepare your minds for the morrow, and I come unto you again."
3 Nephi 17:2-3

I love this.  Christ talks to the Nephites, and he says, listen... I know that it is hard for you to take in all of these things that I am saying... pretty deep conversation. :)  so, go home and rest, think about it, and pray about it, and then we'll talk tomorrow. :)  I think he does the same thing for us in our everyday lives too... he gives us some truth to chew on for a while, something to ponder and pray about, and then he returns to the subject when we are ready to talk about it again.  Our job is to actually prepare our minds for the morrow... to ready our hearts and our souls to receive the next lesson.  sometimes the lessons are hard to understand, hard to accept... but we always are given time to think, ponder, and pray... to gain a personal testimony of the latest piece of the gospel that we have been given.  The trick is to actually take those pieces and fit them together in our own minds, to build our puzzle.  not everyone has been given the same pieces, and sometimes we can help each other figure out how things fit together... but if we just give up on the puzzle, or throw out some of the pieces, we'll never find the whole... the picture and the truth that we are looking for.  sometimes, when you fit in a new piece, you catch a glimpse of a little more of what the whole must look like... and it looks more beautiful, and promises more than we could ever dream... but that corner of the puzzle isn't the whole thing, and if we stop with only part, then we rob ourselves.  Let's hang in there, keep at it.  Get a friend and a cup of hot chocolate and stay up into the wee hours of the morning.  This puzzle is worth it... and who knows, we might build some awesome friendships while we work together. :)

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