Tuesday, January 30, 2001

Doctrine and Covenants 109:7

"And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom, seek learning by study and also by faith."
Doctrine and Covenants 109:7

 This is interesting to me today in a couple of ways.  First, I think it is amazing, as usual, how intertwined our lives are, how tag-team salvation really is.  Ultimately, we all have to "work out our own salvation," but we are here together so that we can help each other learn *how* ... you know?  So, we need to seek wisdom ... read the best books (some of which, of course, are the scriptures) ... and the other interesting thing is that it lists two different ways to learn.  Not necessarily limiting us to those two, but opening up one possibility that we don't usually consider.  We are used to seeking learning by study... but how often do we seek learning by faith?  So, we know by this scripture that study is good, that it can help us learn... but faith can too.  So, how does that work?  Like Alma 32, comparing the word to a seed... if you give place for it to be planted in your heart, then it will grow?  Probably... and probably other ways which we don't really understand yet.  Maybe we start out with simple things, like praying to be able to find our car keys... and it works, and so we try again, and amazingly... it works every single time.  And we begin to learn faith... and the miracles it can do.  Even the brother of Jared, who moved a mountain with faith... or Moses, who parted the Red Sea through faith... they had to start somewhere. :)  So, today... in addition to seeking learning by study... try to seek some learning through faith.  I think we are all severely undereducated in that regard. :)

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