Friday, March 28, 2014

If You Could Hie and Die....and Not Be Miserable

I'm challenging myself now to read my scriptures three times daily - morning, noon and night - for one year.  Maybe I could set it for one decade or even a century but a year seemed like a reasonable step.

It actually started as just reading in the morning but I quickly found I needed more and since I read on my lunch break as well, it seemed natural to add a personal study in the evening alongside family scripture study.

It has an amazingly positive impact on me.  I think that perhaps scripture study and personal prayer are the most important things we have been commanded to do.   The highest blessing available are given by prayer - so says the bible dictionary and so say the prophets.   The church is *still* under condemnation for not reading the Book of Mormon as they ought.

And so, I'm reading.

Lately I've been reading the Pearl of Great Price.  What's interesting is if you read the Apocrypha, Adam and Eve were miserable - suicidal even - after being driven out of the garden.  They had the veil, it is true, but they stood in the presence of God daily, and to lose that - well - we are more blessed than they in terms of our trials because they had something much more to compare them to.  It was interesting to me as we read in Moses 5, despite Adam and Eve's joy in their redemption, neither of them expressed having had joy in this life, and even Adam's reference to it was future tense - something that he would have in the future:

 And in that day the aHoly Ghost fell upon Adam, which beareth record of the Father and the Son, saying: I am the bOnly Begotten of the Father from the beginning, henceforth and forever, that as thou hast cfallen thou mayest be dredeemed, and all mankind, even as many as will.

 10 And in that day Adam blessed God and was afilled, and began to bprophesy concerning all the families of the earth, saying: Blessed be the name of God, for because of my ctransgression my deyes are opened, and in this life I shall have ejoy, and again in the fflesh I shall see God.

 11 And Eve, his wife, heard all these things and was glad, saying: Were it not for our transgression we never should have had aseed, and never should have bknown good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient.

 12 And Adam and aEve blessed the name of God, and they made all things bknown unto their sons and their daughters.

They were miserable!  It was a heavy and terrifying burden for them to be cast out of the garden, and many times they tried to enter back into it and longed for it. 

I also found it interesting that Kolob, the star nearest the throne of God (And the Psalms tell us the stars have names) is given to govern the order of the planets like the earth, whether that means mortal fallen earths, or earths in general I do not know, but I do know that God's wording is precise, and therefore there are other stars that govern other orders of planets (unless it is something else that governs them) in Abraham 3: 

And thus there shall be the reckoning of the time of one aplanet above another, until thou come nigh unto Kolob, which Kolob is after the reckoning of the Lord’s time; which Kolob is set nigh unto the throne of God, to govern all those planets which belong to the same border as that upon which thou standest.

Also interesting that the notion of "in that day" Adam would die for his transgression - it was within a day of God's time - not man's - therefore 1,000 years in Abraham 5:  13 But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it; for in the time that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die. Now I, Abraham, saw that it was after the Lord’s atime, which was after the time of bKolob; for as yet the Gods had not appointed unto Adam his reckoning.

Just a few things I noticed.

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