Saturday, December 16, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: Nehemiah 6:2-3

Today's Favorite Verse: Nehemiah 6:2-3
"That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief.
And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?"

What a blessing to have the spirit to always be with you. I can see that the prophet Nehemiah was able to discern that these people wanted to stop the work on the temple walls, they wanted to get him into an argument and distract from the important work at hand. It made me think about the Book of Mormon musical that is offense to my faith. Yet the leaders of the church have wisely dealt with it. Let it alone and not have it stop the work we are about, sharing the gospel. They even placed an ad in the musical playbill saying "You've seen the play, now read the book." I have found great peace in my life when I don't worry about others impression of me, I have no desire to correct them. By my fruits people will know my heart.

Day 994

Friday, December 15, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: Nehemiah 5:1, 4

Today's Favorite Verse: Nehemiah 5:1, 4
"And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren the Jews.
There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king's tribute, and that upon our lands and vineyards."

The borrowing of money or mortgaging their lands brought the Jews into bondage. It was a great financial burden. I can understand financial bondage and the tears that come from it. I pondered on the council of the prophets to get out of debt. I must do better with this.

Day 993

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: Nehemiah 4:18

Today's Favorite Verse: Nehemiah 4:18
"For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me."

This chapter described how "the Jews enemies seek to prevent them from rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Nehemiah arms the laborers and keeps the work progressing."

It made me think of the opposition the early saints had in this dispensation trying to build the temple in Kirtland. Lucy Mack Smith recorded in her book "History of Joseph Smith by His Mother"

"But they suffered much pain, fatigue, and uneasiness, for as soon as the work was commenced, our enemies began to swear that we should not finish it. Still, the brethren were faithful to their charge, and they took turns keeping guard upon the walls every night. My sons also took their turns, standing upon the walls as often as three nights in the week. How many of those affectionate brethren spent days and nights watching for the enemy, lest they should steal into the town unawares and murder the Prophet and his council and tear down the foundation! But they clung fast by the walls and “gave no quiet sleep to their eyes, nor peaceful slumber to their eyelids, until they found a place for the Lord, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob."

Brigham Young described work on the Kirtland Temple as “a mere handful of men, living on air, and a little hominy and milk, and often salt or no salt when milk could not be had; the great Prophet Joseph, in the stone quarry, quarrying rock with his own hands; and the few then in the Church, following his example of obedience and diligence wherever most needed; with laborers on the walls, holding the sword in one hand to protect themselves from the mob, while they placed the stone and moved the trowel with the other” (JD 2:31).

Interesting parallel I hadn't noticed until now. "Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven."

Day 992

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: Nehemiah 3:1

Today's Favorite Verse: Nehemiah 3:1
"Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests, and they builded the sheep gate; they sanctified it, and set up the doors of it; even unto the tower of Meah they sanctified it, unto the tower of Hananeel."

This chapter lists all the people that are repairing Jerusalem. I wondered why their names and what they repaired would be listed? When a temple is built today do I see the names of all of those that worked on it? Then I realized that any work for the Lord is recorded in heaven. Every name is important and he won't forget them. Who am I to mock the importance of their work, for every contribution and effort is important to the Lord. This list became very holy seeing it with new eyes.

Day 991