Monday, March 24, 2008

Absolutely

Just read a quote I really liked from Boyd K. Packer in the most recent Ensign.
I seldom use the word absolutely. It seldom fits.
I like the humility in that statement--tacitly admitting that there's a lot we don't know for certain. And at the same time, it also expresses conviction that there also are some absolutes, some certainties to be found in this life. For example, in the Ensign article it's from, Who Is Jesus Christ?, he immediately goes on to use the word 'absolutely' twice in talking about the necessity of the atonement. I think the acknowledgment that there are few absolutes makes those few all the more precious. There may not be many absolutes in life, but the ones that we do have are firm.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Delight

In Sunday School last week we read one of the scriptures where Nephi says his soul delights in x. I realized that he uses that phrase a lot and I did a little search of the scriptures to see what he delighted in, and it was quite the impressive list, I thought.


  • 2 Ne. 11: 2, 4-6

    • 2 And now I, Nephi, write more of the words of Isaiah, for my soul delighteth in his words...
    • 4 Behold, my soul delighteth in proving unto my people the truth of the coming of Christ...
    • 5 And also my soul delighteth in the covenants of the Lord which he hath made to our fathers; yea, my soul delighteth in his grace, and in his justice, and power, and mercy in the great and eternal plan of deliverance from death.
    • 6 And my soul delighteth in proving unto my people that save Christ should come all men must perish.


  • 2 Ne. 25: 4-5, 13

    • 4 ... for behold, my soul delighteth in plainness unto my people, that they may learn.
    • 5 Yea, and my soul delighteth in the words of Isaiah...
    • 13 ...Wherefore, my soul delighteth to prophesy concerning [Christ], for I have seen his day, and my heart doth magnify his holy name.


  • 2 Ne. 4: 15-16

    • 15 ... For my soul delighteth in the scriptures...
    • 16 Behold, my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord...


  • 2 Ne. 31: 3

    • 3 For my soul delighteth in plainness...



Nephi was a pretty optimistic guy, I guess. I wish I could be so positive! Also, I found it very interesting that all of the references say "my soul delighteth..." In my scripture search, I almost included 2 Ne. 9: 49 which says "my heart delighteth in righteousness..." (emphasis mine), but then I realized that Jacob, Nephi's brother, is the one speaking in that chapter. So clearly this proves that the Book of Mormon was the product of multiple ancient authors. Q.E.D. Ok, I wouldn't put it forth as ironclad evidence, but I did think that was cool.

The point is, let's all try to find a bit more happiness in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Wouldn't that be wonderful?