means to listen and obey.
It's also the first word of Doctrine and Covenants. (If you haven't read your scriptures yet today, putt out your D&C and read section 1 with me!)
I wasn't sure today what I was going to read. I started at the end of Moroni because that's where we were in Gospel Doctrine. I thought I could either start the Bookof Mormon over, or just stick with the GD lessons. Since it's been a while since I've read D&C, I decided to go with that.
As I was reading, my mind wandered to the differences between the Book of Mormon and D&C. I think the main difference is the focus on missionary work in D&C.
Just in section 1, there's "the voice of warning shall be unto all people, by themouths of my disciples,"..."they shall go forth,"...."they shall proclaim these things to others,"..."that the fulness of my gospel might be proclaimed," and it's not even 40 verses.
God also commands us to "search these commandments, for they are true and faithful." --> I suppose that gives me more reason to study it right now!
Also, vs. 35 talks about the hour being nigh at hand when peace shall be taken fromt he earth, and the devil shall have power over his own dominion. Is this referring to the millenium, when Satan will be bound by our righteousness, and then loosed, or is it talking about before the 2nd coming?
The next verse says the Lord shall have reign over his saints, and shall reign in their midst, and come down in judgement upon the world. This verse doesn't exactly clear it up for me. Could be talking about either time. What are your thoughts?
Verses 18-23 talk about the mission of the Restoration: that faith might increase on the earth, that the everlasting covenant be established (which I interpret as temples), and that the fulness of the gospel be proclaimed.
What am *I* doing to further this mission? I'm trying to increase my faith by studying daily. I have goals of better temple attendance, but I think they need to be more definate. And I live in Utah, so missionary work is a challenge for me.
I wish I had served a mission sometimes. I always thought I would. It obviously was not part God's plan for me to go as a young woman, but I still wonder sometimes where I might've gone, what it would've been like. I of course love my life, but I get a little envious when other women talk about their missions. (What about you guys? Been on a mission? Wanted to go but got married?)
Of course just because you've gone on a mission doesn't mean you've filled your quota of missionary work for the rest of your life. What can I do to be a missionary now?
I really don't know. I'll have to work on that one.
So what did you read today? Thoughts on all this? Missionary work? Peace taken from the earth before or after 2nd coming, or both?