Sunday, October 22, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 26:12, 17

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 26:12, 17
"Among these were the divisions of the porters, even among the chief men, having wards one against another, to minister in the house of the Lord.
Eastward were six Levites, northward four a day, southward four a day, and toward Asuppim two and two.
At Parbar westward, four at the causeway, and two at Parbar."

A porter took charge of the doors or gates of the temple. I could immediately see this in my day. There is a temple recommend desk at every entry of the temple. I must pass by them in order to enter. I love seeing how the temple has been restored in my day. The only difference is the law of Moses is not longer practiced because it was fulfilled in Jesus Christ's ultimate sacrifice.

Day 939

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 25:1, 5

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 25:1, 5
"Moreover David and the captains of the host separated to the service of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and with cymbals: and the number of the workmen according to their service was:
All these were sons of Heman the king's seer in the words of God, to lift up the horn. And God gave to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters."

I had never thought about a musician prophesying until now. When I think about the Psalms of David there was prophesy in them. How many times have the words of a hymn been like a seer, opening up the visions of eternity to me. The one song that came immediately to my mind was "O My Father" written by the Eliza R. Snow, "Zion's Poetess". I can understand more so why Brigham Young called her a "Priestess, Prophetess, and Presidentess" of the church. As I sat and listened to this hymn I felt like I was in the presence of angels.

I reflected on my earliest memory of a hymn, hearing the Joseph Smith story told in "Joseph Smith's First Prayer" by George Manwaring.  As a small child it pierced my heart and I knew that story was true. I didn't have to be there to see it. The hymn takes me there.

Oh how my heart loves the hymns. They are a prayer unto God. It has been God's way of opening up his teachings to me.

Day 938

Friday, October 20, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 24:5, 19

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 24:5, 19
"Thus were they divided by lot, one sort with another; for the governors of the sanctuary, and governors of the house of God, were of the sons of Eleazar, and the sons of Ithamar.
These were the orderings of them in their service to come into the house of the Lord, according to their manner, under Aaron their father, as the Lord God of Israel had commanded him."

As I was reading this I kept picturing having to figure out the visiting teaching routes. Sometimes it felt like you were casting lots. Then later you would see how perfect the pairing of companions and sisters they visited would be. The Lord is in control and knows his sheep.

Day 937

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 23:30

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 23:30
"And to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord, and likewise at even."

As I read of the responsibility of the sons of Aaron it made me think of the scripture that has been on my mind a lot lately.

"Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God;"
(Doctrine & Covenants 88:119)

The Lord told the latter-day saint to prepare to build his temple. It too would be a house of prayer. After this perfect example I need to model my own home. When my house is in order light and knowledge of the Lord will fill it. That is what I am trying to do. I have found a pattern. As I establish my home to be a house of prayer, fasting, faith, learning, glory has filled it and enlightened our minds. Now we are purging and cleaning it and putting our things in order. We are becoming better organized. As the clutter is leaving light in taking its place. It feels so good to have this momentum going. I could not get my family on board to get it cleaned up until we established these other practices in our home first. I am so grateful for the temple and how it helps me find answers within the walls of my own home.

Day 936