Saturday, January 30, 2016

He who hath ears to hear...

          Throughout Christ's ministry on the earth, He taught in parables. Why? In Matthew 13:10-12 we read, "And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?...He answered and said unto them, Because it is give unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given...For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath." What does this mean? At first, I wondered why some people weren't given that chance to know the mysteries of God but with further studying I found the following: For these verses the Joseph Smith translations reads, "For whosoever receiveth, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance; but whosoever continuity not to receive, from him shall be taken away even that he hath."

             So what does it mean to receive? In October 1961 General Conference, Elder Seymour Dilworth Young gave a talk titled, When the Spirit Speaks. He quoted Marion G. Romney saying, "Yesterday Elder Marion G. Romney mentioned the matter of the Holy Spirit and said that one does not hear it with his ears. May I read to you a verse of scripture which verifies that. Nepali was rebuking his two brothers who were intent upon killing him as they journeyed toward the Promised Land. He reminded them that they thought to murder his father, but also their intent was to murder him, and therefore in their hearts they were murderers. Then he reminded them of the times which the Lord had tried to impress them in these words: "Ye have seen an angel, and he spake unto you; yea, ye have heard his voice from time to time; and he hath spoken unto you in a still small voice," and this is the part I would like to have you hear-"but ye were past feeling, that ye could not feel his words". I used to wonder why Nephi didn't say "hear his words." Now I know that one doesn't hear them with his ears, as Brother Romney said. But into a person's mind there come words. These seem to be his own words, but with the Spirit upon him, are not his words. With these words comes a feeling. One actually feels the words, just as Nephi said. These brothers had lost that feeling, and therefore could not detect words given by the Spirit as apart from their own thoughts. This "feeling" comes to all who will hear. One's first experience in this likely is akin to those of all converts to the Church when they read what Moroni said. He told them that after they had heard these things, if they would ask God they would know of their truth. I believe that James was referring to this fundamental truth when he wrote these words, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God". The Prophet Joseph, reading, was impressed to go to the woods and pray. Anybody who cannot learn to hear by feeling will not go very far in the Church, in my humble opinion, for I believe that to be the way the majority of us know if these things are true. "

              If we are humble...humility means our hearts and minds are opened to the whisperings of the Spirit...then we can truly "hear", or "feel" what the Lord is trying to teach us. This is what is meant by "He who hath ears to hear, let him hear". I hope to always have the ears to hear. I hope to always have my mind and heart directed to the Lord and the things He would have me learn so that I may progress in life and grow closer to Him.


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