Tuesday, July 4, 2017

D&C 93:29-30 -- On Light and Truth and Independence

"Man was also in the beginning with God. Intelligence, or the light of truth, was not created or made, neither indeed can be.
All truth is independent in that sphere in which God has placed it, to act for itself, as all intelligence also; otherwise there is no existence."
D&C 93:29-30

I think it is so interesting and cool to think that we, or at least some part of ourselves, even if not exactly the way we think of ourselves now, were in the beginning with God, and that in some way we have always existed.  To me, it seems to make so much more sense than if we just appeared out of nowhere.  God, of course, is still truly our creator in so many senses, because he took that intelligence or spirit of ours and he made a spirit body for us, and then a physical body for us when he sent us to earth, but there is that core that has been around for a very long time.

Not only does this mean that we have a deep history waiting for us when the veil is drawn, but it seems to mean that freedom / agency isn't just an earthy thing, but an eternal one--an immutable law.  That is especially interesting if you consider Satan;s proposal in the War in Heaven.  Did he know what he was proposing was so contrary to the nature of... everything?

It is interesting to say that truth and intelligence act for themselves.  And that intelligence *is* the light of truth.  Some truth doesn't seem very "light" or hopeful, so I wonder if the light of truth refers to the good part of it, or if all truth is good because it is truth/it is real, and it has light because of its inherent goodness and shininess.  Or, you know, option 3 where it is neither or both in some way, since God's thoughts are way, way above mine. :)

Today, let's remember that light and truth are an eternal part of us, and things that we have an internal affinity for.  Let's stay tuned in to that, and not deaden it with sin, darkness, or lies.  Let's rejoice in our independence, and act for ourselves, in good ways that lead us and others to God.

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