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Moses 4:3 Wherefore, because that Satan rebelled against me, and sought to destroy the agency of man, which I, the Lord God, had given him, and also, that I should give unto him mine own power; by the power of mine Only Begotten, I caused that he should be cast down;Satan does this by binding us in small ways, with thin cords, until one day these thin cords have worked together to form one strong cord which can hold us forever.
2 Nephi 26:22 And there are also secret combinations, even as in times of old, according to the combinations of the devil, for he is the founder of all these things; yea, the founder of murder, and works of darkness; yea, and he leadeth them by the neck with a flaxen cord, until he bindeth them with his strong cords forever.God desires to give us principles and let us govern ourselves. He would love if he could give unto us the two great commandments (which are principles) and that would and should tell us all we need to know about God's will and how we should behave in accordance with it.
Matthew 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.Should this not tell us all that we need to know. If we are blessed with the Holy Spirit to teach us all things then truly we would not need further direction.
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.But we are weak and like a little child and therefore God does also give us some rules. He does this for the same reason a parent does the 5 year old with the car, because we are not yet able to understand that which we should.
D&C 89:3 Given for a principle with promise, adapted to the capacity of the weak and the weakest of all saints, who are or can be called saints.But this is not how God desires to lead us:
D&C 58:26 For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is compelled in all things, the same is a slothful and not a wise servant; wherefore he receiveth no reward.What do the powers of influence sound like, feel like, look like? God has told us. All that God does he does through the power of the priesthood, this is his power. Therefore he has told us:
D&C 121:41 No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned;
42 By kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guileWhat a wonderful answer! We need look no further for how we are to act towards one another when we desire to impact the life and behavior of another.
Influence is in harmony with the motivation of Love.
Control is in harmony with the motivation of Fear.
2 Nephi 27:23 For behold, I am God; and I am a God of miracles; and I will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and I work not among the children of men save it be according to their faith.I have seen so many miracles in my life that it is daunting to imagining listing them all. And as I continue to relinquish my own designs of what I think I might make of my life, and turn the reigns completely over to God and trust in him more miracles come. This is not to say that life gets easier. I believe that for most of us life never gets easier, rather it flows between time of hardship and relief, and sometimes the moments of either of those is long, or short. But life does get more grand in the hands of God, the understanding gets deeper, the miracles more holy, especially amidst the sever trials of life.
Mormon 9:19 And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles.What is a miracle I ask you? Simply put, it is an act of God. It is when God reaches down from the heavens and touches this world or the inhabitants of it. Need it be large or small to quality? Certainly not. I have watched and witnessed and been the recipient of God touching life on the earth. I testify that I have stood time and time again watching the natural momentum of things in this world which would, without a doubt, result in a given outcome, be turned in their course against the forces of the world, to result in a blessing of the most intimate and holy type that to give credit to anything other than the divine grace of God would be blindness.
Mosiah 24:14 And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.I have watched my baby girl , struggle for life, without air, being afflicted with a rare disease ravaged by chemotherapy with little immune system wherein pneumonia was contracted on top of it all, and as the minutes went by with her lacking air, the doctors telling us that brain damage would occur if not death in addition to the sever life long damage of her lungs because of the saturated fluid in her lungs that made her lungs impossible to detect on an x-ray and they prepared us to be in the hospital with her for many months if not even a year or more. We prayed, trusted, hundreds of people prayed and fasted, I gave a priesthood blessing to her, and I stood in that moment and in the presence and strength of angels I knew that my little girl dying was not my life, and less than two weeks later my baby girl was home smiling, breathing, growing, living.
I testify that God is real, that he loves us, and that we are in his hands and if we invite him to do so, he will lead us along, line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, there a little, until the day that we understand all and have recieved all of his gifts.Abraham 3:11 Thus I, Abraham, talked with the Lord, face to face, as one man talketh with another; and he told me of the works which his hands had made;12 And he said unto me: My son, my son (and his hand was stretched out), behold I will show you all these. And he put his hand upon mine eyes, and I saw those things which his hands had made, which were many; and they multiplied before mine eyes, and I could not see the end thereof.22 Now the Lord had shown unto me, Abraham, the intelligences that were organized before the world was; and among all these there were many of the noble and great ones;23 And God saw these souls that they were good, and he stood in the midst of them, and he said: These I will make my rulers; for he stood among those that were spirits, and he saw that they were good; and he said unto me: Abraham, thou art one of them; thou wast chosen before thou wast born.24 And there stood one among them that was like unto God, and he said unto those who were with him: We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell;25 And we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them;26 And they who keep their first estate shall be added upon; and they who keep not their first estate shall not have glory in the same kingdom with those who keep their first estate; and they who keep their second estate shall have glory added upon their heads for ever and ever.
Moses 6:32 And the Lord said unto Enoch: Go forth and do as I have commanded thee, and no man shall pierce thee. Open thy mouth, and it shall be filled, and I will give thee utterance, for all flesh is in my hands, and I will do as seemeth me good.
Isaiah 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: