Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Doctrine and Covenants 101

(November 24, 2015)
                The old canard about lawyers is really true (straining a gnat and swallowing a camel), but at times the problem isn’t so much straining the gnat (no one wants a cup of soda full of gnats).  The problem is when we allow our intellectualism to be misappropriated into swallowing camels, and not when we are able to strain a gnat along the way (or, at least, that is the way that I understand things).

                With that in mind, I was struck by something as I read through this Section.  It was one word, and focusing in on that word made a substantial difference in my understanding of what was being said.  The Lord taught us that if we cannot endure chastening, we cannot be sanctified.  Not will not be sanctified – cannot be sanctified.

                That cannot (as opposed to will not, or anything similar) is informative.  It shows us that the process of sanctification has, as a necessary component, both chastening and the necessity that we endure that chastening.  There is no other way (cannot, not will not) – if we are seeking a comfortable route to Exaltation, this is another reminder that we are not going to find it.

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