Thursday, September 15, 2011

Alma 40-42
Nancy Baird - September 13, 2011

Quotes Alma 40 - 42

"Either life is always and in all circumstances sacred, or intrinsically of no account; it is inconceivable that it should be in some cases the one, and in some the other."
Annie Dillard, For the Time Being, 160

"The whole history of the Christian life is a series of resurrections.  Every time a man bethinks himself that he is not walking in the light, that he has been forgetting himself, and must repent; that he has been asleep and must awake; ...every time this takes place there is a resurrection in the world.  Yes, every time a man finds his heart troubled, that he is not rejoicing in God, a resurrection must follow; a resurrection out of the night of troubled thought into the gladness of the truth...however much the souls on which it shines may be obscured by the clouds of sorrow, troubled by fears, or shot through with the lightnings of pain."
George McDonald, personal files of Nancy Baird

    "When you lay down this tabernacle, where are you going?  Into the spiritual world...where is the spirit world?  It is right here.  Do the good and evil spirits go together?  Yes they do.  Do they both inhabit one kingdom?  Yes they do.  Do they go beyond the boundaries of the organized earth?  No, they do not.  They are brought forth upon this earth."
Brigham Young, Discourses of Brigham Young, 376.

In the 16th century the great Kabbalistic rabbi Issac Luria presented a beautiful and mystical view of the creation of the world.What he said was that the world began when the vessel holding the source of all light broke open and the light of God was scattered throughout the universe into an infinite number of holy sparks.
These countless sparks of holiness are hidden deep in everyone and everything. The purpose of human life is to uncover these sparks of light and restore the world to its original wholeness.  Everyone and everything we encounter is a container for a hidden spark of holiness  Everything we do, he said, that is good and right, repairs and restores the world."
Rachel Naomi Remen, My Grandfather's Blessings, 326  (paraphrased)

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.  Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.  You are already naked.  There is no reason to not follow your heart."
Steve Jobs, address to Stanford graduates, 2005

Cross-referenced scriptures:

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith:  these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone."
Matthew 23:23

"If a man die, shall he live again?"
Job 14:14

"I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death..."
Hosea 13:14

"He will swallow up death in victory;  and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces."    Isaiah 25:8

"Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection.  If a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life...he will have so much the advantage in the world to come."
D&C 130:18,19

"...for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
Galatians 6:7

"Ye are all the children of light and the children of the day:  we are not of the night, nor of darkness."
Thessalonians 5:5
" are light in the Lord:  walk as children of light."
Ephesians 5:8

"And that wicked one cometh and taketh away light and truth through disobedience, from the children of men..."
D&C 93:39

"And now my son, I would that you should remember, that as much as ye shall put your trust in God even so much ye shall be delivered out of your trials, and your troubles, and your afflictions, and ye shall be lifted up at the last day."
 Alma 38:5

"...if the flesh should rise no more, our spirits must become subject to that angel who fell from before the presence of the Eternal God, and became the devil, to rise no more.
And our spirits must have become like him, and we become devils, angels to a devil, to be shut out from the presence of our God, and to remain with the father of lies, in misery, like unto himself..."
2 Nephi 9:8,9

"For man is spirit.  The elements are eternal, and spirit and element, inseparably connected, receive a fulness of joy;  and when separated, man cannot received a fulness of joy."
D&C 93:33,34

"For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth; And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God."
Job 19:25-26       

Alma 40-42 - Nancy Baird - September 13, 2011 (Audio)