Tue - Mar 08, 2011 : 12:20 pm
3 Nephi : 30
So, I'm pretty sure these words are being spoken to us, the Gentiles, and they are meant for people living now. The last chapter was spoken to those who would be alive during the coming of the Book of Mormon, and it doesn't seem like this chapter deviates from that.
Interesting that included in the list of "wicked ways" is the word "strifes". I never thought of strife as being a sin, or considered wicked.
Pretty short chapter. That said, I'm pretty sure I consistently under-estimate the importance of "being filled with the Holy Ghost" Being a confirmed member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and should I find myself worthy, I have the right to the company of the Holy Ghost all the time. Indeed, I have a need to repent. I wonder what it would be like to be filled with the Holy Ghost all the time. Of course, I realize that being human means I'm gonna sin, but even when I'm not sinning, I really don't ask God nearly enough for the companionship of the Holy Ghost.
Take today, for instance. Today I haven't done anything really wrong. Haven't thought bad thoughts, or found myself in any dark situations. Yet I didn't really "feel" the companionship of the Holy Ghost until I prayed and asked for it, and began reading my scriptures. Right now, I feel the Holy Ghost dwelling inside me, and it feels wonderful. It feels joyful and content, and mostly, it feels peaceful. It makes me feel peaceful. What a blessing, especially in today's society, a rare blessing to feel "at peace". The thought occurred to me, as odd as it may seem, that people who are drunk, or are high might experience the same feeling. I don't know, because I've never been there, but then the thought came that there is a difference between being "care free" and being "at peace". Being at peace means that I am okay with my life at the present moment, and I know God is feeling the same way. Being high, or drunk would probably be defined as "being okay, because reality isn't part of the equation right now." That care-free feeling probably lasts as long as the trip does. Being "at peace" has the potential to last an entire life-time, and beyond.
Wow.. I had no idea I would talk about being at peace, and being drunk in this entry. Ah well.. I love being peaceful, and feeling at peace. The Holy Ghost brings true peace, and we feel the Holy Ghost when we are obeying God's commandments. Thus, obedience = peace.
I love the Gospel.