Thursday, December 9, 2010

"Small Things" - Nauvoo DC 21

" Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great." (Utah DC 64:33, Nauvoo DC 21)

Utah DC 64 is a part of scripture that many of us are familiar with, as Elder Strang often referred to it while making a case for his appointment and ordination. This was one of the portends of great glory and majesty that was sadly not meant to last in this world. It is indeed true the Kingdom is in a diminished condition today and I think all of us are preoccupied with trying to follow the Prophet's last instructions for "every man to take care of his family and do the best he could until he found out what to do.”. Nonetheless, there is nothing wrong with this and by doing the "best" we can we are as much on the Lord's errand as if we were living Zion right now.

I have sensed some level of despair among the Saints and Elders as conditions in the world seem to deteriorate and it remains insensate to even the basic principles of the Gospel. This can - and has - led Saints throughout the last dispensation to mentally and spiritually flagellate themselves to a degree that the Good News becomes a tiresome burden as opposed to the words of life that they are; words of freedom, justice, brotherhood, and great joy. In the Book of Mormon, laid up for these last days, King Benjamin said...

"And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order." (Mosiah 4:27 Utah)

The Heavenly Father understands that human hearts and souls can only do what he desires when under the influence and control of his Holy Spirit. The gift of the Holy Ghost has given us the strength to run as fast as we can, but it does not ensure that the course we run to obtain the prize is going to be level and straight or that we will obtain it quickly. What is required of us to get it is wisdom, diligence, and order. The foundation of these qualities are study of the scriptures, the pursuit of personal revelation through worship and fasting, and attending to the needs of the weak, sick, and poor. This is the "well-doing" that, given our dispersed condition, is probably a small thing in the aggregate but also lays the foundation for the work of Christ - the salvation of our souls and redemption of Zion. In Jesus' name......