Friday, October 20, 2006

D&C 88:29-33

"Ye who are quickened by a portion of the celestial glory shall then receive of the same, even a fulness.
And they who are quickened by a portion of the terrestrial glory shall then receive of the same, even a fulness.
And also they who are quickened by a portion of the telestial glory shall then receive of the same, even a fulness.
And they who remain shall also be quickened; nevertheless, they shall return again to their own place, to enjoy that which they are willing to receive, because they were not willing to enjoy that which they might have received.
For what doth it profit a man if a gift is bestowed upon him, and he receive not the gift? Behold, he rejoices not in that which is given unto him, neither rejoices in him who is the giver of the gift."
D&C 88:29-33

I went to this meeting with the Stake Sunday school leaders last night, and (brace yourselves) I didn't want to go.   I didn't think that I would get anything out of it... I was tired, I was hungry... I had a thousand excuses.   I went anyway... and it was great. :)  The Stake Sunday School president discussed a talk from conference called "Receiving By the Spirit."   Not the only reason it was great, but that's the one I am going to touch on today. :)
I have long been a believer that students are responsible for their education as much as teachers are. When I was teaching at a University a couple of years ago, I heard of some students that were suing the school because they hadn't gotten the education they paid for.   I'm not really arguing other possible merits of the case, but the idea that the school alone bore the responsibility for the education was an interesting one.  Just as the teacher has the responsibility to teach, the students have the responsibility to learn... the old "you can lead a horse to water" idea.
Until last night though, I don't think that I realized how hypocritical I have been.   I believed that wholeheartedly about teaching, but I hadn't really taken my idealistic idea out and applied it to myself, other than in a brick-and-mortar "school" context.   All of life is a teaching experience... God as teacher, and we as students.  He offers us lessons and gifts (maybe they are the same thing), and it is up to US to accept, incorporate, and *receive* those gifts... to learn from them, to change because of them.

In the scripture above, we basically look ahead to "judgement day" and find out what will happen. ... those who are willing to receive, who take an active part in this Earthly education, will receive all that they can learn, and become all that they can be.  However, if we just stand around wondering why God isn't spoon-feeding us, then we'll be a lot less happy. ... We're basically being showered with gifts, all the time.  And unfortunately, we look around, and pick the shiniest one, and reject all the rest.   There are hundreds, thousands of lessons that we can pick up and run with every day... but normally, we wait until the teacher threatens to paddle us before we even try to listen. ... And maybe it isn't "we" but just me. ... Nevertheless, let's all look around us today for the gifts that our Father has given us, and work on our side to receive them, to embrace them, and to learn from them, even the less shiny ones. :)

And here's a link to that talk, if you'd like to learn from someone a lot wiser than I:,5232,23-1-646-33,00.html

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