Thursday, November 19, 2009

2 Nephi - Chapter 12

I love all of our temples.  My own local one, in Vernal, Utah is very special to me.  But, there is something about the Salt Lake Temple and it's fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy that makes it extra special.  It has a majesty, history and uniqueness that is unrivaled as yet.  A am so thankful that the Lord has provided a way to buffer it from encroaching Babylon, by allowing the Church to acquire and beautifully develop attractive, useful and quiet properties surrounding this sacred place.  Of course one of this Temple's great functions is to host the meetings of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve.  Marvelous revelation continues to come forth from within those hallowed walls.

If you have not seen the movie The Mountain of the Lord, about the creation of this beautiful edifice, you simply must.  I've embedded part one of eight right here so you can.

One has only to travel on America's highways to see the fulfillment of Isaiah's observation of there being no end to their chariots; or to drive our neighborhoods to observe no end to their treasures.

It has to be obvious then, that what he observed about the day of the Lord, must also come to pass and that for the wicked it shall indeed be dreadful. Hopefully, for me that day will not be dreadful, but great! I think the difference lies not in whether or not we have cars and possessions but in how we see them. Do we claim our stuff as our own? Or do we see those things as stewardships from God with which we might accomplish His mighty work in building Zion. Same stuff, big difference.


di said...

thank you for the video. It helps to be reminded of the importance of the temple, both in its beginnings and its role in our personal lives today.

D1Warbler said...

I love the Salt Lake Temple -- and, especially, the chance to occasionally partake in a live endowment session, but I also think the Vernal Temple is very special. It is a gem -- or a "treasure" if you will, in the desert. You are blessed to be able to access it easily.

D1Warbler said...

I just finished watching the video, The Mountain of the Lord, since it is possible to watch all eight segments in succession, which you embedded in this website today. Thank you so much.

It is so lovely to hear the words from Isaiah 2:2 at the end of the film: "And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it," and to realize the truth of that scripture.

It was also wonderful to be reminded that the Lord can take the desires of wicked men and turn them for His and our good. (I.e., the Senator’s insistence on naming the Saints' state of Deseret, "Utah" -- thinking to insult the Latter-day Saints in the process, while not realizing that that Ute word meant, "top of the mountains" thus exactly fulfilling the words of Isaiah.

I never get tired of understanding just how well the Lord can do His own work!

Love Life and Learning said...

Today, I just want to say thanks for all the uplifting and thoughtful comments. I am really enjoying this online Book of Mormon group. I look forward to each day and the comments that are shared. THANK YOU!

Candleman said...

I agree! Every comment enriches me. I so look forward to each of your insights. I've grown to count on di and D1Warbler, who in my mind have made the project worth doing by themselves. Thank you all so very much.