Friday, October 30, 2015

Ponder the Path of Thy Feet By President Thomas S. Monson

Find this talk here.

  • I suspect we left our Father with more than just "an overwhelming desire to return to Him." I suspect there were ordinances and covenants involved in ways we don't currently understand. To be clear, I have no reason to believe Pres. Monson disagrees with that assessment.
    • Ether 12 tells us Christ has given us weakness to teach us humility, and that we are supposed to learn to humble ourselves to allow Christ's grace to convert those weaknesses to strengths. So what were we like, I wonder, before Christ gave us weakness?
  • He talks of Christ's "lament over Jerusalem as He closed His public ministry." That's an interesting event we don't hear much about, and I'm glad he mentioned it. It reminds me of Mormon talking about "ye fair ones".
  • "We, as servants, can expect no more than the Master, who left mortality only after great pain and suffering." Lectures on Faith says much the same thing, that if Abraham was required to sacrifice his only son to gain salvation, we can hardly expect to gain salvation ourselves without a similar offering on our part.
    • Those who blithely suggest they're saved simply because they've been endowed and sealed -- and those who suggest I must be damned because I openly question the validity of those ordinances -- demonstrate woeful ignorance of scripture and dearth of thought.
  • "Let us remember that the end result of disobedience is captivity and death, while the reward for obedience is liberty and eternal life." True enough, but what sort of obedience are we concerned about? Put another way, as we're striving to be obedient, do we focus on the most important things? Or do we "pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and [omit] the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith"? It's most important to recognize and obey the Spirit, but if you listen to conference you'd think avoiding doubt and pornography are the most important things.
  • "His parables teach with power and authority." I sometimes wonder what that actually means.
  • "With the parable of the lost sheep, He instructs us to go to the rescue of those who have left the path and have lost their way." No mention of how to identify the path and those who aren't on it.
  • I'm grateful to see another conference talk that talks about Christ. I wish his testimony of Christ resembled that of Joseph Smith's. There's lots of power in hearing a credible witness testify they've seen Christ.

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