I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love to read and study the scriptures. I love to search ALL ancient texts, including the Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, etc.. “There are many things contained therein that are not true, which are interpolations by the hands of men. …Whoso readeth it, let him understand, for the Spirit manifesteth truth; and whoso is enlightened by the Spirit shall obtain benefit therefrom; and whoso receiveth not by the Spirit, cannot be benefited.” (D&C 91) The Spirit testifies of the truths contained in it. I have found that it is also true that the Spirit manifests truth in all things. This I know as I read and study even history and science. Brigham Young once said, “Our religion embraces all truth and every fact in existence, no matter whether in heaven, earth, or hell. A fact is a fact, all truth issues forth from the Fountain of truth…” (BY,Journal of Discourses, 14:117)
Lately, through my scripture study, I have been drawn to learning about “light”. We know through the scriptures that each of us is born with a portion of the Light of Christ in us.
“I am the true light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world,” Christ said.”The light which is in all things, which giveth life to all things.” This light is that which “inviteth and enticeth to do good continually” and is “given to every man, that he may know good from evil.” (John 1:9; Moroni 7:13; Moroni 7:19)
D&C 93:36,37 tells us that, “The Glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth. Light and truth forsake that evil one.” In the New Testament, John tells us, “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”(1 John 1:5)(emphasis mine)
Through study, I have learned that we can receive more light through prayer, meditation, studying the scriptures, fasting, as well as from serving, living the gospel and obeying the commandments. “He that keepeth his commandments receiveth truth and light,” said the Lord, “and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.” (D&C 50:24)
D&C 84:45 teaches us, “For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light, and whatsoever is light is Spirit, even the Spirit of Jesus Christ.”
Jesus is our perfect example. Through His atoning blood, He makes it possible for us to receive light. He said, “for I, the Lord, the king of heaven, will be a light unto them forever, that hear my words.” (2 Nephi 10:14)
John tells us in the Doctrine & Covenants, section 93, that “I saw His glory, that he was in the beginning, before the world was…” that “He is the Light and Redeemer of the world, the Spirit of truth, who came into the world…and in him was the life of men and the light of men.” John also said, ” And I, John, beheld his glory as the Glory of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, even the Spirit of truth…” But He received not a fullness at the first, but continued until he received a fullness, and after he was baptized the Holy Ghost descended upon him and he received a fullness of the glory of the Father and he received all power both in Heaven and on earth, and the Glory of the Father was with him…”and if we are faithful, we too can come unto the Father in Jesus’ name and in due time receive of His fulness. The scriptures say, “For if you keep my commandments you shall receive of his fulness, and be glorified in me as I am in the Father; therefore, I say unto you, you shall receive grace for grace.” (D&C 93: 20)
So as we journey on this earth, we learn to seek Him. To seek more light. To come to know Jesus Christ and follow him and do those things which He has commanded us, which gives us the opportunity to receive more light, grace upon grace.
As we come unto Christ and desire to become one with Him and the Father, we will continue to be filled with more light. “And if your eye be single to my glory, your whole bodies shall be filled with light, and there shall be no darkness in you; and that body which is filled with light comprehendeth all things.” (D&C 88:67.)
Colossians 1:10-12 says, “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in Light.” (emphasis mine)
And remember that Joseph Smith said, whatever principle of intelligence (or light) we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection. This I feel pertains to the degrees of Glory after the resurrection.
Therefore, I am a seeker of “Light”.
My love of the scriptures comes from the desire for more light and knowledge. I have come to know that as we seek more light, we feel more joy, true joy, even amidst the turmoil of this life. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I also believe the Bible to be the Word of God.
I hope to be able to share with you some of the things I am learning. If you have sincere questions about my beliefs, I will respond. I will not, however, post or respond to comments that I feel are just the same old anti-mormon diatribe. I will allow thoughtful discussion.
Thanks for reading my blog!