About 10 years ago I finally began to really study the scriptures, rather than commentaries and lesson manuals.
Brother England here demonstrates one of the most exciting lessons I have learned: to look up the definitions of important scriptural words - in the dictionaries of the prophets who wrote them. The 21st century dictionary is of very little, or no value in understanding the Standard Works, though it’s great for General Conference, etc.
Happily, the 1828 Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language is free online to show us what Joseph Smith meant in the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price. It also serves for the Book of Mormon - although an expensive unabridged Oxford may be better.
For the Old and New Testaments, I use BibleHub.com, and click on the HEBREW or GREEK button to see a verse in the original language, then click on the Strong's Concordance number for the word I want to see. E.g. meek, repent, holy, sanctify.
When verse of scripture seems obscure, this is generally the simplest and most productive step to understanding. It's quick, cheap, and easy - and often dramatically clarifies the scripture's meaning.
I know the scripture are true but I worry that we move within the realm of being in a relay between each one of these worlds, sometimes daily. My hope is to be able to choose the highest realm and that I'll have the love needed to live it but wounder if I would want to be away of other love ones that may not have that love for others or will I be able let them go on their own and start a new in another higher world.
Perhaps another viewpoint of this is that fortunately, all receive glory. And fortunately it will be better than what we are expecting. And amazingly, those who understand and love God and Jesus Christ get to be with them forever. I believe these scriptures are there to explain that we start at the bottom and work our way up. And if we can receive more and more of his light we will receive more and more of his gifts. And, if we have bad things happen, perhaps it is in consequence to our actions or life circumstances. But even then, when we come to him Christ will make it all work out for us. He is amazing. Men are that they might have joy.
Great explanation! It is by love we can accomplish the work of the Father. And I find very intereting the real meaning of "recieve" - accept with all the heart. Thanks a lot!
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