Thursday, April 21, 2016

D&C 107:56-57 -- On Further Revelation

"And Adam stood up in the midst of the congregation; and, notwithstanding he was bowed down with age, being full of the Holy Ghost, predicted whatsoever should befall his posterity unto the latest generation.
These things were all written in the book of Enoch, and are to be testified of in due time."
Doctrine and Covenants 107:56-57

I really like that God tells some of the prophets EVERYTHING.  From the beginning to the end.  I think the only record we have where some of it was written and we still have it is John, who wrote of the end of the world in Revelations, in a very symbolic way.  But later, we'll have the Brother of Jared's account (the sealed portion of the Book of Mormon), and also Adam's account, and maybe even others.  Pretty cool. :)

We question a lot why we can't have some of this stuff NOW though, right?  As we've discussed, we aren't typically very patient.  The second verse in this selection tells us that it is up to God... "due time" usually means he knows the timing better than we do, and we need to be patient. :)  But Ether 4:6 gives us a little bit more insight at least into the Brother of Jared's version: "For the Lord said unto me: They shall not go forth unto the Gentiles until the day that they shall repent of their iniquity, and become clean before the Lord."

The Lord teaches us line upon line.  It's like school.  We typically need to go through kindergarten before we're ready for first grade.  Even when we skip grades, we usually have to catch up socially a little, or even physically.  And it is the same with the gospel... and all of life.  We might be at kindergarten level with our faith, but third grade level with our church attendance.  We don't all learn at the same pace, or even in the same order, and some things are easy for us, and some are hard... but what *is* the same is that we all learn step by step, and we all eventually learn all the same lessons.  We don't learn them the same *way* of course, but we all learn faith.  We all learn hope, charity, happiness, love... and we progress as fast as we learn the prior lesson in that area.

The reason that we don't have this further revelation is that we just aren't ready for it as a people yet.  But the cool thing is, the more we as individuals learn, and the more we help, lift, and teach others about God and happiness and faith, and every other little lesson, the more we will move closer to that mark, of being able to know all of it, or at least all of it about this life. :)  Today, let's learn.  Let's soak it up.  Let's work on getting out of the little ruts we get into with different lessons, and see if we can talk to God and start moving forward in that area again.  Let's make ourselves better so that we can all become better as a society. :)

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