Thursday, August 16, 2012

Behold It Was By Faith

Moroni continues his lecture on faith, listing miracles that happened as a result of it.  Since faith leads to obtaining the heavenly gift (the shalem experience at the veil), we shouldn't be surprised if there is a temple flavor to what Moroni reports... and there is.  Without going through it exhaustively, consider the list: priests of the order of Melchizedek were called; the law of Moses was received (on Mount Sinai, remember, a temple experience), and Christ also prepared a "more excellent way"; prison escapes and baptisms by fire; the three disciples are promised that they will not taste death, and the brother of Jared could not be kept from behind the veil, "for so great was his faith in God."

This last note is particularly interesting, since the earlier account clearly says that "because of the knowledge of this man he could not be kept from beholding within the veil."  I don't think we've thought hard enough about the spiritual gifts of faith, hope, and knowledge.  They're clearly temple gifts.

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