Sunday, September 30, 2012

PICKING SIDES

Did you ever draw a line and dare someone to cross it?
Or warn them not to?
Or were you the one being challenged?
Did you dare? 

Did you ever get picked last for a team? 
Did you ever get to choose your team?  

George Albert Smith often quoted his grandfather, George A. Smith, who said, “There is a line of demarcation well defined between the Lord’s territory and the devil’s territory. ...

Which side of the line am I on?"  
Teachings of President's of the Church, 
George Albert Smith, Lesson 18, 

That is a soul searching question.
How can I know?

President Smith gave several suggestions.
"All safety, all righteousness, all happiness, ... all that enriches our lives and makes us happy and prepares us for eternal joy is on the Lord's side of the line."

He taught at length about the matter.
You can peruse that lesson at your leisure.
If you want to know more ...

And I already talked about sin.
(Sin or 'evil' is to deny ourselves blessings and happiness.
It may also be to try to take 'good' away from others.) 

Moroni 7:10-19 spells it out simply and specifically.
All things good are from God.
That which is evil cometh of the devil.

Moroni, (of whom it is written "if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto a Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men") explained in precise detail what each means and how to judge.  He said,

15 "The way to judge is plain ... as the daylight is from the dark night ...

16 "... the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil;

17 "... whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this manner doth the devil work, for he persuadeth no man to do good, no, not one; neither do his angels; neither do they who subject themselves unto him.

18 "And now, my brethren, seeing that ye know the light by which ye may judge, which light is the light of Christ, see that ye do not judge wrongfully; for with that same judgment which ye judge ye shall also be judged.

19 "Wherefore, I beseech of you, brethren, that ye should search diligently in the light of Christ that ye may know good from evil; and if ye will lay hold upon every good thing, and condemn it not, ye certainly will be a child of Christ."

I love the Book of Mormon.
It is so simple even children can understand.
Even a young child knows 'good' and 'bad'.

Which side of the line am I on?
Do I 'dare' be on Christ's side of the line?

I get to choose this team! 
I get to pick. 










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