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Ponderize D&C 107:27 - Unanimity, Presiding, and Counseling Together

Recently I had an experience that caused me to reflect on this idea of unanimity, presiding, and counseling together.   As I searched the scriptures and conference talks related to this topic I came up with several quotes.  These quotes are below, followed by some of my own thoughts.

     "It is possible to rise to the lofty standard set by the Lord for priesthood holders in making decisions in quorums. It is possible when there is great faith and love and the absence of contention. Here is the Lord’s requirement for His endorsement of our decisions: And every decision made by either of these quorums must be by the unanimous voice of the same; that is, every member in each quorum must be agreed to its decisions, in order to make their decisions of the same power or validity one with the other-- D&C 107:27” (Henry B. Eyring, “Learning in the Priesthood”, April 2011 LDS General Conference)

This idea of unanimity in counsels intrigues me.  How does counseling together until una…
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Ponderize Luke 14:28 - Counting the Cost

Goodreads is a great web site for me to select good books to read and to track my reading.  Each year they have a reading challenge.  Members of the site are encouraged to set a reading goal for the year and post that goal on the site.  I participated in 2016.  At the end of the year I noticed that the percentage of those who finish their goal is very small.  Here is the site and the statistics.  
https://www.goodreads.com/challenges/3890-2016-reading-challenge
You will notice that only about 1% of the people completed the challenge that they set for themselves.  So, do we say that 99% of the people failed?   I don’t think so.  If you look, there were nearly 40 million books read.  3 million people read 40 million books last year.  This is fantastic!  I wouldn’t call anyone a failure that set a goal, read some books, and came up short of their goal.  The real failure would have been not starting at all.  Perhaps the average goal of reading 46 books in a year is much too high.  Many peo…
As I read D&C 133:57-59, I asked my self what it means when it says that "two shall put their tens of thousands to flight"
 57 And for this cause, that men might be made partakers of the glories which were to be revealed, the Lord sent forth the fulness of his gospel, his everlasting covenant, reasoning in plainness and simplicity—  58 To prepare the weak for those things which are coming on the earth, and for the Lord’s errand in the day when the weak shall confound the wise, and the little one become a strong nation, and two shall put their tens of thousands to flight.  59 And by the weak things of the earth the Lord shall thresh the nations by the power of his Spirit.
What does this passage of scripture refer to?  Is this a specific event or a description of the Lord's support of his children in the latter-days?  What can I learn from this?  As I thought about these question I remembered a phrase from 2 Kings 6:16 that there are more that be with us than be with …

Ponderize D&C 89:18-21 - Am I receiving all the blessings of obeying the Word of Wisdom?

The last 4 verses in the 89th section of the Doctrine and Covenants it provide a set of promises to those who obey the principles contained in the Word of Wisdom.
18 And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones; 19 And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; 20 And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint. 21 And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them. Amen.
I have always taken a very pragmatic approach to obedience and blessings.  Using D&C 132:5 as my reference, I feel that you should be able to easily tie blessings that are specifically promised to the commandment you are obeying. 
5 For all who will have a blessing at my hands shall abide the law which was appointed for that blessing, and the conditions thereof, as were institut…

Ponderize 2 Timothy 1:7 - The Sprit of Power

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

As I thought about this idea of spiritual power and how we can obtain it, my mind was turned to the first chapter of Moses where it describes how the creation was accomplished.  

     "And by the word of my power, have I created them, which is mine Only Begotten Son, who is full of grace and truth." (Moses 1:32)

I have often thought about that phrase “the word of my power”   It is used again in Jacob 4:9.  This verse seem to explain it more clearly.

     "For behold, by the power of his word man came upon the face of the earth, which earth was created by the power of his word. Wherefore, if God being able to speak and the world was, and to speak and man was created, O then, why not able to command the earth, or the workmanship of his hands upon the face of it, according to his will and pleasure?" (Jacob 4:9)

All of the things that God has created are obed…

Ponderize Job 31:1 - I have made a covenant with my eyes

The first phrase of Job 31:1 is very interesting.  It says:      I made a covenant with mine eyes; . . .
We all know that a covenant is a sacred agreement between God and a person or group of people. God sets specific conditions, and He promises to bless us as we obey those conditions. When we choose not to keep covenants, we cannot receive the blessings, and in some instances we suffer a penalty as a consequence of our disobedience.
So, how do we make a covenant with our eyes? Are you really making a covenant with your eyes, or are you making a covenant with God about what you will do with your eyes? There are multiple times in the scriptures where the Lord addresses this topic of wandering eyes.  Here are just a few.  
23 And he that looketh upon a woman to lust after her shall deny the faith, and shall not have the Spirit; and if he repents not he shall be cast out. (D&C 42:23)
16 And verily I say unto you, as I have said before, he that looketh on a woman to lust after her, or if a…

Spiritual Spectators

As LDS General Conference approaches this week I've been thinking about spiritual spectators.  Have some of us turned our personal spirituality into a spectator sport?  Do we, marvel at the demonstration of spiritual power during general conference by those we view as spiritual superstars and then lounge on the couch of spiritual listlessness? 
     Ponder this analogy. There are those who showed great athletic promise in high school but completely abandoned physical exercise somewhere in their 20's.  These Monday morning quarterbacks sit on the couch through the weekend watching college and professional sports to re-live what they perceive as their glory days.  They know all the plays, all the moves, their favorite athlete's statistics, and their training programs, yet they never apply any of that knowledge to their personal life.  Likewise, there are many returned missionaries in the Church who have spiritually done the same thing.  They spend their life re-living th…