Thank you, Jim, for putting this out here. I love to read the Discourses of Brigham Young This book has been a great comfort to me and I have learned so much from it. Each time I read it again, I learn something new (hmmm, go figure). This particular passage is full of hope--it is beautiful and really leaves one with a sense of "duh"--you know, like "of course there is more out there" and it all seems to make more sense. It makes me feel like a real part of that big eternal plan.
Somehow, when I read the words of BY, everything is clearer and I don't worry about the future or seeing my dear husband again. It is when I get away from it (meaning scriptures/teachings in general) that I sink into the depths of depression. I needed this pick-me-up today--first holidays and all. Thanks again, Jim. your sis in Mishawaka val On Fri, 29 Nov 2002 21:55:38 +0000 Jim Cobabe <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes: > > Now a few words to the brethren and sisters upon the doctrine and > ordinances of the house of God. All who have lived on the earth > according to the best light they had, and would have received the > fulness of the Gospel had it been preached to them, are worthy of a > > glorious resurrection, and will attain to this by being administered > > for, in the flesh, by those who have the authority. All others will > have > a resurrection, and receive a glory, except those who have sinned > against the Holy Ghost. It is supposed by this people that we have > all > the ordinances in our possession for life and salvation, and > exaltation, > and that we are administering in these ordinances. This is not the > case. > We are in possession of all the ordinances that can be administered > in > the flesh; but there are other ordinances and administrations that > must > be administered beyond this world. I know you would ask what they > are. I > will mention one. We have not, neither can we receive here, the > ordinance and the keys of the resurrection. They will be given to > those > who have passed off this stage of action and have received their > bodies > again, as many have already done and many more will. They will be > ordained, by those who hold the keys of the resurrection, to go > forth > and resurrect the Saints, just as we receive the ordinance of > baptism, > then the keys of authority to baptize others for the remission of > their > sins. This is one of the ordinances we cannot receive here, and > there > are many more. We hold the authority to dispose of, alter and change > the > elements; but we have not received authority to organize native > element, > to even make a spear of grass grow. > > We have no such ordinance here. We organize according to men in the > > flesh. By combining the elements and planting the seed, we cause > vegetables, trees, grains, etc., to come forth. We are organizing a > Kingdom here according to the pattern that the Lord has given for > people > in the flesh, but not for those who have received the resurrection, > > although it is a similitude. Another item: We have not the power in > the > flesh to create and bring forth or produce a spirit; but we have the > > power to produce a temporal body; the germ of this, God has placed > within us. And when our spirits receive our bodies, and through our > > faithfulness we are worthy to be crowned, we will then receive > authority > to produce both spirit and body. But these keys we cannot receive in > the > flesh. Herein, brethren, you can perceive that we have not finished, > and > cannot finish our work, while we live here, no more than Jesus did > while > he was in the flesh. > > We cannot receive, while in the flesh, the keys to form and fashion > > kingdoms and to organize matter, for they are beyond our capacity > and > calling, beyond this world. In the resurrection, men who have been > faithful and diligent in all things in the flesh, have kept their > first > and second estate, and are worthy to be crowned Gods, even the Sons > of > God, will be ordained to organize matter. How much matter do you > suppose > there is between here and some of the fixed stars which we can see? > > Enough to frame many, very many millions of such earths as this, yet > it > is now so diffused, clear and pure, that we look through it and > behold > the stars. Yet the matter is there. Can you form any conception of > this? > Can you form any idea of the minuteness of matter? 15:136. > > > (Brigham Young, Discourses of Brigham Young, selected and arranged > by > John A. Widtsoe [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1954], 398.) > > ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ///// > /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// > /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// > ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// //// > > > > .:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:. 互户互户互户互户互户互 [Non-text portions of this message have been removed] ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ==^^=============================================================== This email was sent to: email@example.com EASY UNSUBSCRIBE click here: http://topica.com/u/?aaP9AU.bWix1n.YXJjaGl2 Or send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] T O P I C A -- Register now to manage your mail! http://www.topica.com/partner/tag02/register ==^^===============================================================