“…the Latter-day Saints, who lean too far in the other direction, giving their young and old awards for zeal alone, zeal without knowledge-for sitting in endless meetings, for dedicated conformity and unlimited capacity for suffering boredom. We think it more commendable to get up at five a.m. to write a bad book than to get up at nine o’clock to write a good one; that is pure zeal that tends to breed a race of insufferable, self-righteous prigs, and barren minds. One has only to consider the present outpouring of “inspirational” books in the Church that bring little new in the way of knowledge: truisms and platitudes, kitsch and clichés have become our everyday diet. The Prophet would never settle for that.” --Hugh Nibley
2nd Nephi 4:34
O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm.
I've been on a journey that started last June when I was given a book to read called The Last Days: Types and Shadows of the Bible and Book of Mormon. It has lead me on a strange and wonderful journey in to the world of Isaiah and in questioning my beliefs, my preconceived beliefs and my current life style. I've long been a fan of music and TV, spending way too much time on both. I realized that I was following idols. TV is beyond corrupt, certain kinds of music are an opiate to the soul numbing and dulling the spiritual sensitivity we all need to receive personal revelation from the Lord.
I have been determined to follow the teachings of Christ more fully in my life. It has been difficult in giving up something that has been a huge part of my life for so long. I however have found that it has lost the same appeal and that my mind is much more clear. I can more easily discern between the evil designs of men and what is truly form God.
This is a personal journey for me that occurred at a time that was right for me. The person that introduced me to this book, I believe was inspired to do so. He warned me that once I read it there was no going back. That certainly is true. When we understand our purpose in the life, we are forced to make a choice. God or the father of all lies. Seems like an easy choice but as I am finding the battle seems to be just beginning.
Television is our Telestial urim and thummim