Saturday, September 26, 2015

Luke 2:46 -- On Questions

"And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions."
Luke 2:46

This story from Christ's life has always been interesting to me.  Jesus doesn't follow his parents back home after their trip to Jerusalem, but instead stays behind in the temple, conversing about the gospel. And I can't help but wonder, what were the questions that he was asking?  Sometimes the questions that we are asked in life are the reason that we learn.  We don't know the answer and so we dive in, realizing that it is important to us, that we really want to know.  Questions can be life-changing.  I imagine that the questions that Christ was asking were that sort.  The ones that make you think, and change, and act, and become more than you have been.  Questions like "who am I," "what is my purpose in life," "Who is God," "What is Faith," and so many others that, in pondering, we can learn so much.  And I imagine the questions that Christ was asking were much better than mine... tailored to the individual, helping people realize or understand things that they had been pondering for a long time.  As the Joseph Smith translation mentions, they were also asking him questions.  Even at such a young age, Christ's divinity was changing lives.
Today, let's think and ponder... let's not just consider questions that matter philosophically, but also the ones that have deep meaning to us as individuals.  Like the doctors, we can ask God our questions through prayer, and like them, we can also be questioned.  The questions that come into our hearts today... let's think about them, and what we can learn from them.  As the different sessions of General Conference approach, let's think about the questions that the speakers pose out loud, and the ones that occur to us as we listen.  Let's let the spirit of the Lord in, and by pondering and acting on these questions, allow it to change our lives for the better.  Let's not stand still.  Let's determine now to find the answers and to be different and better because of the questions we encounter.

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