Friday, January 6, 2017

D&C 122:2 -- On the Source of Our Blessings

"While the pure in heart, and the wise, and the noble, and the virtuous, shall seek counsel, and authority, and blessings constantly from under thy hand."
D&C 122:2

Most verses of scripture are understood best in the context of the other verses around them, and our understanding is benefited by the historical background about when they were given.  In this case though, I found that the verse struck me as significant precisely because I found it while doing a search, and reading it alone made it stand out, when I had always glossed over it before because of the distraction of the context.

The "thy" here is referring to Joseph Smith, but in a gospel sense I think it also refers to all prophets as well as God himself.  As we seek purity, wisdom, true nobility (in the sense of being highly principled, not inheriting power), and virtue, we will seek counsel from God's word through his prophets, through the scriptures, and through prayer.  Authority and blessings flow from him, and God blesses those that diligently seek him.  Today, let's do so.  Let's work on being pure and wise, and let's turn to God, who is the source of all the good that we seek.

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