Saturday, November 16, 2002

Alma 12:14

"For our words will condemn us, yea, all our works will condemn us; we shall not be found spotless; and our thoughts will also condemn us; and in this awful state we shall not dare to look up to our God; and we would fain be glad if we could command the rocks and the mountains to fall upon us and hide us from his presence."
Alma 12:14

This isn't meant to depress you all this morning. :)  I picked it because it mentions three things that will condemn us... if we haven't gotten those three things into line.  Our words, our works, and our thoughts.  Those are areas where we could probably all use some work.  Today, let's try to practice in one of the areas.  For instance, our words.  No cussing or disparaging anyone.  We might be better at one of the three than the others, and if so... that is a good place to start.  Eventually, of course, we'll have to master all three... but they are so tied in together, that as we work on one, it is bound to have an effect on the others.  The less we let bad thoughts fly out of our mouths, the less we'll put them into action, and the less we will have them.  The less we commit bad actions, the less we'll have to remember, and the less we'll have to talk about.  The less bad thoughts we think, the less we'll be tempted to talk about or act on them.  As long as we are working on ourselves, we can start anywhere.  ... we just can't think that one makes up for all the others. :)  So, let's go to work... because it is obviously much better than being so depressed we want a mountain to fall on us. :)

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