Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Symbolism


The problems I have with starting a Blog is that posts seem so permanent. I mean, they are words, they are static and non changing, whereas my thoughts and my self concept are constantly changing. I have noticed that in the past I have only written things that I find to be very meaningful and static in my life, (My feelings towards the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and towards Light) but I have so much more to write about, to share. I will be sharing and writing new posts each week based upon observations and things that have been going on in my life.

I want to share the thoughts that I have on Symbolism.

I gave a short spiritual thought yesterday to a group of kids my age yesterday, my thought was based on a quote from Truman G Madsen. He said (and I am paraphrasing) that the reason the Jews of Jerusalem crucified Jesus, is because they did not understand the symbolism of the Law of Moses enough to notice the Messiah when he came. that struck me pretty hard, and I began to think of symbols that are present in the "higher law" that I have not been paying attention to. at first my thoughts went towards the fasting and keeping the sabbath day holy. fasting has always been fascinating and important to me, it symbolizes that we are willing to put aside food and water for 24 hours, things that we need to survive, to prove to our Lord that we care more for Him that our physical body. I wasn't sure how symbolic sanctifying one day of the week was, but the more I thought about it, it points back towards the creation and towards the rest we need from the "creation" that we do each week. as I was sharing my thought I asked others what symbols that they saw or noticed in our religion. One said partaking of the Sacrament each week, another said everything in the Temple points toward Christ. I agreed and the thought came to me of the Statue of Moroni on top of each of our temples. He is at the topmost steeple of each temple and is always facing east. According to the book for Revelation (and modern revelation) when Christ comes he will come from the East. I LOVE that! the highest point of the place I hold to be most Holy is pointing towards the Man I hold most Holy! I pointed out that we as a church is pointed towards the coming of Christ, everything we do, everything we teach, everything we believe points to the Return of the Savior. Like the Law of Moses pointed towards his first coming. I am extremely grateful to have been born into this church, and I am so grateful for all of the symbolism and truth that is taught. I write these things, as I live, in the Name of Jesus Christ. So be it.

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