Behold not the filthiness

by Rusty Lindquist on January 25, 2011 · 5 comments

Earlier, I’d posted “A quest for spiritual knowledge”, wherein I talked about Lehi’s grand vision of the tree of life. Still studying my way through that section of 1 Nephi in the Book of Mormon, today I stumbled accross the following passage that struck me as important, but that I’d simply read over countless times before.

Nephi had just returned from being carried away in the Spirit, receiving his own vision of the Tree of Life. Upon returning to his camp, his brothers, Laman and Lemuel began asking about the meaning of Lehi’s dream. They had just asked “What meaneth the river of water which our father saw?”

1 Nephi 15: 27

And I said unto them that the water which my father saw was filthiness; and so much was his mind swallowed up in other things that he beheld not the filthiness of the water.

It struck me that living in the world, we too are surrounded by filthiness, even as prominent as was this river of water in Lehi’s vision. But we can choose our focus. We can choose what thoughts occupy our minds.

Indeed, so much can our minds be swallowed up in the good that surrounds us, in the opportunities, in the service of others, and in the light of the Lord that we too can become impervious to the filthiness of the world.

At such a point, we live in the world, but not of the world. And then, our minds become single to the glory of God.

Doctrine and Covenants 88:67

And if your eye be single to my glory, your whole bodies shall be filled with light, and there shall be no darkness in you; and that body which is filled with light comprehendeth all things.

Therefore, sanctify yourselves that your minds become single to God, and the days will come that you shall see him; for he will unveil his face unto you, and it shall be in his own time, and in his own way, and according to his will.

Rusty

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1 Margaret November 3, 2009 at 8:34 PM

It is a HUGE challenge to be “in but not of” the world. Evil is subtle and sneaky and creeps in when we try so hard to keep it out. It takes constant hard work to keep it at bay. No one is immune, and if we let our guard down just a little we are in danger.

There is plenty of counsel and advice on how to keep ourselves safe. Study the scriptures, pray, attend church meetings, listen to our leaders, study and pray some more, follow all of the Lord’s commandments . If you ever think you are safe-watch out! That’s when you start having doubts and negative thoughts. Always be humble and try to find out what the Lord wants you to do. Listen to that still, small voice-the Spirit. Do all the good you can to build and lift others.

Now, if I could just follow that advice…..

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2 Rusty Lindquist November 3, 2009 at 8:52 PM

You’re absolutely right. It’s generally the moments when we feel the most secure, the most immune and impervious, that we are the most vulnerable and susceptible. When it comes to our eternal salvation, we must maintain constant vigilance.

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3 Persimmon November 3, 2009 at 9:56 PM

An excellent piece of scripture and use of it. Thank you.

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4 Eligbue chukwuma benjamin April 15, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Thanks for these words! It’s actually the most pertinent words i need as regarding the situation am facing right now. I am currently in an academic institution where living in consistent purity is a major challenge. I have deducted some major points from your article in living up to the standard of holiness. Thanks so much!

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