A buddy and I went out and visited a friend. We had a great time! It was a very animated conversation, and we might be able to teach her non-member husband!
I was thinking this morning: I feel that my downfall in the past has been how I have satisfied my curiosity. My degree is in research. I enjoy looking things up. I love school.
The reason that I enjoy going to church for three hours every Sunday is that I enjoy the learning experience. I am learning how to be a god. Do you think that it takes only an hour a week to learn to be a god? I don’t think so. It takes a lot of time and dedication, and the ability to confess that I made mistakes in the past.
Back before I knew about the gospel principles, I would satisfy my curiosity without following any rules, and I would get into trouble. Now that I know gospel principles, I can satisfy my curiosity, with wisdom. I can learn to research those things which are most profitable, and spend my time and efforts more wisely.
While I am doing this, I am being more industrious, just like the people in 2 Nephi 5:10-17:
“and we did observe to keep the judgments, and the statutes, and the commandments of the Lord in all things, according to the law of Moses.
And the Lord was with us; and we did prosper exceedingly; for we did sow seed, and we did reap again in abundance. And we began to raise flocks, and herds, and animals of every kind.
And I, Nephi, had also brought the records which were engraven upon the plates of brass; and also the ball, or compass, which was prepared for my father by the hand of the Lord, according to that which is written.
And it came to pass that we began to prosper exceedingly, and to multiply in the land.
And I, Nephi, did take the sword of Laban, and after the manner of it did make many swords, lest by any means the people who were now called Lamanites should come upon us and destroy us; for I knew their hatred towards me and my children and those who were called my people.
And I did teach my people to build buildings, and to work in all manner of wood, and of iron, and of copper, and of brass, and of steel, and of gold, and of silver, and of precious ores, which were in great abundance.
And I, Nephi, did build a temple; and I did construct it after the manner of the temple of Solomon save it were not built of so many precious things; for they were not to found upon the land, wherefore, it could not be built like unto Solomon’s temple. But the manner of the construction was like unto the temple of Solomon; and the workmanship thereof was exceedingly fine.
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did cause my people to be industrious, and to labor with their hands.”
I have become much more industrious as a result of obeying the commandments.
This is what I wrote previously after reading 2 Nephi 5: The Lord’s Covenant