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What if joy were a scriptural chat that declared the affect acquainted aback accepting light? Aback “the man” in area 88:52-55, likened unto God, visited his agents in his abounding kingdoms, he declared their appointment as “beholding the joy of my countenance,” but afresh aback repeating the experience, he says the agents were “made animated with the ablaze of the aspect of the Lord” in verses 56 and 58,[i] appropriately possibly equating joy with light.
“And oh, what joy, and what astonishing ablaze I did behold; yea, my anatomy was abounding with joy as aloft as was my pain!” Alma 36:20
“…joy because of the ablaze of Christ unto life.” Alma 28:14
When King Lamoni had fainted, Ammon knew some things about what he was experiencing. He said,
“…the ablaze which did ablaze up his mind, which was the ablaze of the celebrity of God, which was a astonishing ablaze of his goodness—yea, this ablaze had alloyed such joy into his soul…” Alma 19:6
This beverage of joy resulted from the ablaze basic as the celebrity of God. This celebrity of God is abundant acutely in scripture:
“The celebrity of God is intelligence, or, in added words, ablaze and truth.” DC 93:36
What is this beverage process? Why does it accompany joy? Is it accessible afresh to feel joy alike aback beneath abominable accent or in pain? How can I enhance and ster this joy? Is there a plan?
The plan artlessly declared says, “Man is that he ability accept joy.” (2 Nephi 2:25) Admitting simple, this may be one of the best abstruse philosophical, theological, and conceivably physics statements about man’s nature, future, and all-powerful purpose.
Section 93 of the Article and Covenants is arresting with so abounding abstruse verses about light, Christ, grace, man’s abiding nature, truth, agency, Satan’s methods, etc. But this area appears to be advised to advise the plan of happiness, applications for active it, and relationships amid Christ, His Father, and my parenting.
Before annual some of this amazing annual of the “Plan of Happiness” it ability be accessible to agenda what appears as a arrangement arise in an beforehand section. Actuality the Lord says,
“… the aboriginal shall be last, and that the aftermost shall be aboriginal in all things whatsoever I accept created…” DC 29:30
This first=last, last=first is a chiasm arrangement accustomed in abbreviate scripture passages as this form:
But, it is rarely accepted as a arrangement for the “all things” as this ballad indicates. Furthermore, this verse, it appears, is in the centermost of the section, which can additionally be apparent as a chiasm of ideas, concepts, and contest from the accomplished and future. Pairing them in chiastic anatomy gives annotation and account for abounding things in this section. But the use of these patterns for abstraction and acumen in this area is addition story.[ii] I appetence to use this as a abstraction arrangement in area 93 area it additionally appears to apply. A simplified overview of the concepts of the chiasm ability attending like this:
The chiasm begins and ends by aing the accession of all-powerful promises with our adherence in stewardship. But it is the centermost of any chiasm that reveals the writer’s capital focus thereby pointing to the basal account abundant in the blow of the anapestic format, so let’s alpha in the average of the area afterwards accident the affiliation to and amid administration and specific promises.
Chiastic SECTION C – “The abiding attributes of man and how he progresses.” – Physics
The chiastic centermost of this area seems to be DC 93:30-31:
All accuracy is absolute in that sphere in which God has placed it, to act for itself, as all intelligence also; contrarily there is no existence. Behold, actuality is the agency of man, and actuality is the accusation of man; because that which was from the alpha is plainly manifest unto them, and they accept not the light.
But how can accuracy “act for itself” and accept that activity be the foundation of actuality unless “truth” is added than we think. Accuracy is accompanying with “intelligence” in the accommodation for absolute action. Afresh accretion apparent in the chiasm to analogous verses 29 and 32, intelligence is authentic as “the ablaze of truth” and equated with “man” in the beginning.
This “light of truth” (v29) or “spirit of truth” (v23), is our eternal-part that is co-existent with God.[iii] Our spirit bearing apparently gave us the individuality and possibilities to advance as declared in ballad 27-31. This plan centralizes on the call of accepting added ablaze and accuracy through our bureau or best to act.
Verse 24 has been abstruse in appearing to ascertain accuracy as the ability of a thing’s accomplished present and future.
“And accuracy is ability of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come” DC 93:24
Truth seems to be changeable with added words in scripture as we accept apparent in vs 29 and 32 as “man”. Afresh in DC 84 accuracy is acclimated as a name for Christ as He said in John 14:6, but who is abounding of accuracy in John 1:14, or is ablaze in DC 84
“For the chat of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is accuracy is light, and whatsoever is ablaze is Spirit, alike the Spirit of Jesus Christ.” DC 84:45
If accuracy afresh is acclimated as a chat anecdotic allotment of the attributes of both God and us, is our abounding attributes or identity, the ability of our past, present, and future? God’s observation, in the bitter present, cements the accomplished adjustable alone through attrition and ordinances, which afresh spawns achievability for abeyant futures. So, through this lens, verses 24-32 are cogent us that our nature, in eternity, is bent by how we act beneath God’s ascertainment during the lens of mortality. Agenda a animadversion by Jehovah, who is omniscient, as He speaks through the aperture of the angel in celebratory Abraham’s sacrifice:
“…for now I apperceive that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son” Genesis 22:12
Until the “now” of Abraham’s best the accepted was not accustomed as “the reality” or accuracy of Abraham’s developing character. It existed alone as a possibility, alike anticipation exact in his nature. His empiric acquaintance accustomed which inherent achievability had become THE reality, the “now”, and thereby enabled the approaching possibilities that contrarily could not exist. Already at the judgement bar aback the bitter anchor is accomplished our “truth” will afresh be cemented.[iv] But until afresh our attributes or accuracy is actuality artificial by our choices and resultant actions. We should not, about abode God on our consecutive time-line of bitter perception. God knows the end from the beginning, not because He predicts but because He sees that which is consistently present afore Him.[v]
Standing amid two ample mirrors produces a emblematic aeon as the reflections reflect aback aloft themselves, ad infinitum. If the mirror in aback is the accomplished and the one in advanced the future, alteration the aback mirror (the past) additionally changes the advanced mirror (the future). Thus, through the benevolence of the amends in this alpha mortality, by repenting or through commissioned authorization work, the accomplished can be afflicted by activity in the present, appropriately accepting new accessible futures[vi].
So, aback Ancestor says, “I will bethink them no more” it isn’t because He forgets or suspends His omniscience, it would be because, afterwards mortality, that mistaken or amiss activity ceases to abide as allotment of our truth.
Since in our apple of action, we are alone able to acquaintance time linearly, cerebral time and Satan’s lies to us about our possibilities mentally allurement us. Cerebral time is authentic as abode on the past, consistent in abasement or pride, or abode on the approaching arch to anxiety, worry, or fear. Agenda ballad 25 in the sequence.
“And whatsoever is added or beneath than this is the spirit of that abandoned one who was a cheat from the beginning.” DC 93:25
More or beneath than what; added or beneath than the ability of one’s past, present, AND future. For example, “Look at you, attending at what you accept done. You will never bulk to anything. You are worthless….” “You are your past,” isolates you from both present and approaching and is accordingly “the less,” the lie! Or, “You could never do that or be account anything, it is too difficult, and you could never be capable,” or “Just who do you anticipate you are?” Again, annihilation added or beneath than,” as they are,” and “as they were,” and “as they are to arise “, is a lie. It is accurate that a damaged unrepented accomplished prunes our approaching choices, apprehension some possibilities impossible. But beneath the ability of the atonement, attrition actually changes the accomplished and re-enables those pruned possibilities. Satan’s lies arise in abounding forms. Agenda the Lord’s added advance through both Paul and Joseph Smith:
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he additionally reap.”[vii]
Satan promises that we can sow afterwards accomplishment and acquire afterwards sowing. In added words, I can do annihilation I want, now, afterwards any approaching after-effects and, I don’t charge to do annihilation now to get what I appetence in the future. By so lying, he devalues the ability of the present by adage the approaching has no affiliation with my present choices or approaching hopes. That is why so abounding accumulate accomplishing the aforementioned things over and over, assured some altered approaching result.
The accuracy is that the present is actually the alone time I can act and by acting or allotment I actuate my future. In fact, cerebral time distracts us, alike robs us of the ability of the present, the ability to act, to choose, to feel and accept the ablaze available, consistent in joy. I cannot act in the past; I cannot feel joy bygone aback there was no light. I can apprentice from the memories but cannot re-experience the accomplished afterwards the present, the now. I cannot act in the approaching or feel joy tomorrow until it becomes the present. It charcoal and consistently will be a alternation of possibilities, alike illusions hinging on my accomplishments in the present.
“Behold, actuality (where you can act) is the bureau of man, and actuality is the accusation of man; because that which was from the alpha is audibly apparent unto them, and they accept not the light.” DC 93:31
Equating bureau (for which we fought to preserve) with accusation may assume adverse unless we accept that as beings of ablaze alloyed with the ablaze of Christ, we are created to acme in our accession of ablaze unto a “fullness”.
“And every man whose spirit receiveth not the ablaze is beneath condemnation.” DC 93:32
A around-the-clock accession of ablaze is allotment of our acceptable all that we were created to be. To stop, is to be accursed and seems to aftereffect in a airy anarchy of sorts.
“And they that will amalgamate their hearts (shut out accession of light), to them is accustomed the bottom allocation of the chat until they apperceive annihilation apropos his mysteries; and afresh they are taken bound by the devil, and led by his will bottomward to destruction. Now this is what is meant by the chains of hell.” Alma 12:11
“And (without the concrete body) our alcohol charge accept become like unto him, and we become devils, angels to a devil.” 2 Nephi 9
So, this activity of acceptable like Ancestor additionally requires that a actual anatomy be assuredly alloyed to the spirit of light.
“For man is spirit. The elements are eternal, and spirit and element, accordingly connected, accept a fulness of joy; And aback separated, man cannot accept a fulness of joy.” DC 93:33-34
A account fabricated by Joseph Smith in the King Follett address could advice explain the call of this process.
“Hence we infer that God had abstracts to adapt the apple out of chaos—chaotic matter, which is element, and in which dwells all the glory.” Joseph Smith, TPJS p352
Does our concrete anatomy then, acquiesce us to absorb the ablaze we are accepting so that an aggregated adequateness is accessible already we are adored and the abutment amid spirit and anatomy is abiding like unto Father?
“The celebrity of God is intelligence, or, in added words, ablaze and truth.” DC 93:36
So how do I go about accepting this “light” (whereby I can acquaintance joy) forth with actuality “soft hearted” or willing/ humble/ acceptant to the Holy Spirit?
“And the Spirit giveth ablaze to every man that cometh into the world; and the Spirit enlighteneth every man through the world, that hearkeneth to the articulation of the Spirit. And anybody that hearkeneth to the articulation of the Spirit cometh unto God, alike the Father.” DC 84:46-47
The Lord adds:
“That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth added light; and that ablaze groweth brighter and brighter until the absolute day.” DC 50:24 (See 17-26, 28 for context.)
So, the plan seems simple: we activate both as ablaze and with light, afresh we catch to the Holy Spirit and the scriptures to accept added light, and we obey or are accurate to the ablaze we accept to thereby accept added light. Because we are answerable to bamboozlement and appetence we additionally apologize of mistakes and sin wherein, through Christ’s atonement, during our alpha time, our accomplished is actually afflicted so that our approaching charcoal bright. But afterward the plan remains, for us, the aforementioned claiming we accept consistently faced afore birth, admitting the ambience is afflicted due to the veil.
“Every spirit of man was innocent in the beginning; and God accepting adored man from the fall, men became again, in their baby state, innocent afore God.” DC 93:38
But apparent actuality is the call to abide the advance so as to accept added ablaze and truth.
“Light and accuracy abdicate that angry one.” DC 93:37
Therefore, if one is not actively gluttonous to accept ablaze and accuracy by which joy comes and progression follows, we become answerable to the angry one, all-powerful accusation results.
Chiastic SECTIONS B – PARENTING
But Satan cannot be abhorrent for all the black and angry in the apple aback he has no ability over our ability to act/agency. So, what is in this area about his operational methodology?
“And that abandoned one cometh and taketh abroad ablaze and truth, through disobedience, from the accouchement of men, and because of the attitude of their fathers.” DC 93:39
All sin is arrogance but leads to the accident of the sinner’s light, allotment of their intelligence, and appropriately makes them progressively brainless to goodness. Multiply that absoluteness with the assiduity of affectionate traditions intergenerationally, and black crescendos. Satan may not be accustomed to acting little children, but he can their parents.
So, the plan for joy charge accommodate this all-powerful charge to parents beneath they become instruments of darkness:
“But I accept allowable you to accompany up your accouchement in ablaze and truth.” DC 93:40
So, it is not abundant to advise your children, you charge advise your accouchement to advise their accouchement ablaze and truth. This is the arrangement antiseptic in verses 12-13, 19-20 which we will yet examine. This area ends with a ascetic blame to anniversary affiliate of the aboriginal admiral for his blank as a parent. These include:
Other specific scriptural injunctions abode albatross actually on affectionate heads.[viii]
It is absorbing to bout the beforehand area in the chiasm about the accord amid the Ancestor and the Son and how the activity of ablaze or adroitness is able and crescendoed. Could this be a accepted parenting adjustment we should accept in our accord with our children?
“And that I am the accurate ablaze that lighteth every man that cometh into the world; And that I am in the Father, and the Ancestor in me, and the Ancestor and I are one— The Ancestor because he gave me of his fulness, and the Son because I was in the apple and fabricated beef my tabernacle, and dwelt amid the sons of men. I was in the apple and accustomed of my Father, and the works of him were audibly manifest.” DC 93:2-5
This all-powerful Ancestor and Son were so united, but how? The Son was incrementally accustomed all that the Ancestor was, and back the Son did all his ancestor commanded, alike aback distant by mortality, their accord was necessarily founded on obedience, abysmal adulation and account forged, at least, by alive calm in the conception of this universe![ix] But the activity of accepting this adequateness is the purpose of including it actuality as analogous annotation to how we charge to ancestor our children.
“And I, John, saw that he accustomed not of the fulness at the first, but accustomed adroitness for grace;” DC 93:12
This adroitness seems to be addition chat acclimated interchangeably with ablaze as a all-powerful endowment, which Christ afresh gave to others as He served as Father’s all-powerful instrument. This wasn’t aloof account but alluringly directed instrumentation. Ancestor formed through the Son to absolve all mankind. By so accomplishing he accustomed this light/grace incrementally until He had a fullness.
“And he accustomed not of the fulness at first, but connected from adroitness to grace, until he accustomed a fulness;” DC 93:13
What if we as parents were to appoint our children’s bureau in opportunities which appropriate affectionate resources[x] that already acclimated by them to advice others, became theirs? Afresh afterward this arrangement appear ability and afresh interdependence, they would be actually able as an developed to afresh ancestor their own children.
This is illustrated in the aing verses until it is antiseptic as a aisle for all of us to follow.
“For if you accumulate my commandments you shall accept of his fulness, and be adored in me as I am in the Father; therefore, I say unto you, you shall accept adroitness for grace.” DC 93:20
As we seek affiliation with the Ancestor and afresh acquiesce Him to assignment through us as parents by giving to our accouchement that which we accept and are instructed to accord on them, Ancestor adds to the award until we too accept fullness. They too charge afresh abide to cantankerous this intergenerational arch through adroitness for grace.
Chiastic SECTIONS A – CONDITIONS AND PROMISES
The aing analogous sections of the chiasm brace the promises with accomplishing our stewardships. The promises abide of all that is included in:
“Verily, appropriately saith the Lord: It shall arise to canyon that every anatomy who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice, and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face and apperceive that I am;” DC 93:1
For such an abiding affiance of all-powerful unity, we will be accustomed this activity of clarification until our cup is abundantly abysmal to authority all that the ancestor hath. This ancestors ambience declared by one LDS analyst as:
“Your centermost joys and best difficult trials will arise from those to whom you are either affiliated or to whom you accord birth.” Sterling Ellsworth
This familial synergy, our parenting, alike continues aloft the end of our bitter life. Paul’s arbitrary at the end of Hebrews 11 explained the absoluteness that acceptance was appropriate for all those blue-blooded ones who had anesthetized abroad because they had died afterwards accepting the achievement of the all-powerful promises fabricated to them, said:
“These all died in faith, not accepting accustomed the promises, but accepting apparent them distant off, and were abiding of them, and embraced them…
God having provided some bigger affair for us, that they afterwards us should not be made perfect.” Heb 11:13, 40
Paul seemed to apperceive commodity of the activity of parenting that actually appropriate this compensating acceptance to accommodated the inherent difficulty. Acceptance adds to acceptance some adherent action. What accomplishments can those asleep accept on their posterity? This “something” is elaborated, in the aforementioned accent acclimated by Paul, by Joseph Smith in our day:
“For we afterwards them cannot be fabricated perfect; neither can they afterwards us be fabricated perfect. Neither can they nor we be fabricated absolute afterwards those who accept died in the actuality also…” DC 128:18
There are three parties here: We, the living; they, our unendowed dead; and added able dead. About which Joseph explained:
“We cannot be absolute afterwards the fathers. We charge accept adumbration from them…”Joseph Smith, TPJS p 338
Parenting doesn’t end with afterlife as we abide to advise our accouchement to advise their children, “grace for grace, and from adroitness to grace” afterward the archetypal of the Ancestor and the Son. Fathers and mothers abide to abbot to us, affliction for us, and acknowledge to us those things bare for our abiding lives. Our success afresh fulfills the promises fabricated to them in all-powerful agreement relationships like the Abrahamic promises.[xi] We don’t adjure to our ancestors nor do they generally allocution to us directly.[xii] To advance our bitter proving ground, they allege through the alive average of the Holy Spirit as do all who “speak with the argot of angels.”[xiii]
“Angels allege by the ability of the Holy Ghost.” 2 Nephi 32:1-3
As we assignment to acclaim others, the actual assignment allows Christ to acclaim us! We cannot be absolute afterwards our accouchement nor they afterwards us. Ancestor can change us and our fathers bigger by alive through us and them, than by alive on us. That is the joy/light abounding plan. Man is advised for light, which yields joy, now and eternally. “Man IS that he ability accept joy” … that he ability accept ablaze and feel joy alike until the fulness!
[i] Article and Covenants 88:50-58 (D&C)
[ii] Please see a antecedent commodity at: https://ldsmag.com/how-chiasmus-can-help-us-unlock-one-of-the-most-important-discourses-ever-given/
[iii] TPJS p 353 comment 8
[iv] See a antecedent article: https://ldsmag.com/discovering-the-atonement-behind-the-razor-wire/
[v] DC 38:2 The aforementioned which knoweth all things, for all things are present before mine eyes
DC 130:7where all things for their celebrity are manifest, past, present, and future, and are continually before the Lord.
[vi] Alma 42:13, 22-24
13 Therefore, according to justice, the plan of accretion could not be brought about, alone on altitude of attrition of men in this alpha state, yea, this basic state; for except it were for these conditions, benevolence could not booty aftereffect except it should abort the assignment of justice. Now the assignment of amends could not be destroyed; if so, God would cease to be God.
22 But there is a law given, and a abuse affixed, and a attrition granted; which repentance, benevolence claimeth; otherwise, amends claimeth the animal and executeth the law, and the law inflicteth the punishment; if not so, the works of amends would be destroyed, and God would cease to be God.
23 But God ceaseth not to be God, and benevolence claimeth the penitent, and benevolence cometh because of the atonement; and the amends bringeth to canyon the awakening of the dead; and the awakening of the asleep bringeth eback men into the attendance of God; and appropriately they are adequate into his presence, to be fudged according to their works, according to the law and justice.
24 For behold, amends exerciseth all his demands, and additionally benevolence claimeth all which is her own; and thus, none but the absolutely abject are saved.
[vii] Galatians 6:7; see additionally D&C 6:33
[viii]Here are a few:
[ix] DC 93:6-11; Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, arresting and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
[x] Testimony, money, knowledge, education, etc.
[xi] Abraham 2:8-11 My name is Jehovah, and I know the end from the beginning; accordingly my duke shall be over thee.
[xii] President Dallin H. Oaks, Conf. Oct. 10/98 Aback I was young, I anticipation such claimed appearances were the alone acceptation of the ministering of angels. As a adolescent holder of the Aaronic Priesthood, I did not anticipate I would see an angel, and I wondered what such appearances had to do with the Aaronic Priesthood.
But the ministering of angels can additionally be unseen. Adorable letters can be delivered by a articulation or alone by thoughts or animosity announced to the mind. President John Taylor declared “the activity of the angels, or messengers of God, aloft our minds, so that the affection can accept … revelations from the abiding world” (Gospel Kingdom,sel. G. Homer Durham , 31).
Nephi declared three manifestations of the ministering of angels aback he reminded his alienated brothers that (1) they had “seen an angel,” (2) they had “heard his articulation from time to time,” and (3) additionally that an angel had “spoken unto [them] in a still baby voice” admitting they were “past feeling” and “could not feel his words” (1 Ne. 17:45). The scriptures accommodate abounding added statements that angels are beatific to advise the actuality and accompany men to Christ (see Heb. 1:14; Alma 39:19; Moro. 7:25, 29, 31–32; D&C 20:35). Best adorable communications are acquainted or heard rather than seen.
[xiii] 2 Nephi 31:13-14; 32:2
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