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God is the Lonely Cosmic Dancer Whose Routine is All Creatures and All Worlds

 

 

We know the current state of things is not right.  It has been brought about by a script for what supposedly constitutes a successful nation that has been playing out particularly the past few years. While it is granted that there are inevitable tragic aspects of life, knowledge of existence and nature is to be preferred to illusions. America is no longer a population building country and some might even say that it is overpopulated, which is why housing, cars, clothes, food, medical care, and legally assistance is so expensive. The symbols that used to guide our minds, hearts, and souls no longer sustain us as a people. We are waking up from illusion of material reality. People want things to go back to the way they used to be in the past when a person could work at a supermarket and could afford a brand-new house, car, and support a family on one’s salary. Because the United States of America has, in modern times, been outsourcing jobs and production to other countries, so that companies can earn more profits from lower labor cost, it has hurt America by creating huge deficits and suppressing the wages of American workers. The economy consists of millions of people engaged in many activities—buying, selling, working, hiring, manufacturing and so on. A closed economy is a self-contained economic unit that has no business or trading relations with anyone outside of that unit. This model is why the United States of America used to be so innovative and produced a large number of scholars and Academics, as we had to solve our own problems and produce future leaders, so people took education more seriously. #RandolphHarris 1 of 8

A closed economy does not engage in international trade in goods and services, nor does it engage in international borrowing and lending, which is why generations of the past could keep the national deficit low and traditional jobs, not just professional ones allowed people to ability to afford to live in their communities, as the closed system was characterized by a small amount of exposure to external markets, as opposed to the relatively open economy. As a nation, our economy used to follow the circular-flow diagram, where firms produced goods and services using inputs such as domestic labor, and capital (buildings and machines). These inputs are called the factors of production. Households own the factors of production and consume all the goods and services that the firms produced. Self-reliance means that the country does not have to worry about the global economy. A closed region is independent from other regions, so there is no fear of coercion nor interference. A direct result of not relying on other countries and regions is that the closed economic region is independent. An open economic region, or one that depends on importing and exporting, is susceptible to external demands that could weaken the region’s infrastructure, much like when OPEC manipulated that gas prices to cause fuel to cost three or four times as much as it used to, while you are still making the same wages before the cost of fuel skyrocketed. #RandolphHarris 2 of 8

Market manipulation in an open economy means you have less money to spend on others bills and goods and services, which could hurt your bottom line, or even cause your lifestyle to become unaffordable. This also may force businesses to sell good at extravagant prices just to cover transit, which can lead to weak sales. Much like how consumers and businesses now have to pay taxes on items they buy online, along with shipping, which will make the items much more expensive than the ones they buy in the store. Because of the increased costs, more consumers might return to shopping in the physical stores in the material World, which is the point, but this will also add to more cars on the road, and more people waiting in line at the stores, and that is a major disadvantage because time is money. When prices increase, it also may keep people from obtaining goods necessary for living, which can weaken the economy. Closing such regions economically eradicates high transit costs, leaving more money for the internal economy. This is why President Trumps is placing tariffs on foreign goods because many American companies are being shut down, as they cannot compete with more cost-effective products coming from other countries. Because we are importing so many goods and services, much of our money is being sent overseas, helping other nations develop faster, and is causing a national security problem. #RandolphHarris 3 of 8

The catch up effect, alternatively called the theory of convergence, demonstrates how poor or developing economies grown faster compared to economics with a higher per capita income and gradually reach similar high levels of per capita income. Basically, poorer nations are grow much faster because of higher possibilities of growth and over time catch up with the richer countries in terms of per capita income such that the divide between the two gets minimized. And that is why the trade deficit and national debt is a matter of national security. Because of opportunities of growth available for developing economics like access to technological know how from the developed Word and increasing returns to capital, they may one day become a World power, which puts the status of the United States of America in jeopardy. The US trade deficit is $46.2 billion, and the US national debt is $21.2 trillion.  If America loses its status as a World power, we could be occupied by another government and subjected to human rights violations, slave wages, loss of private property, slavery and more. Empirical evidence suggests that while some developing economics have been able to effectively tap the available advantages to grow faster and catch up with robust economies, this has not been true for a large part of the developing World, but with the United States going into so much debt and borrowing so much money for foreign sources, we are weakening America as a nation. #RandolphHarris 4 of 8

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Also, if we had a closed economy, we would have already figured out how to produce cars that run on other types of fuel, besides oil. And face it, no one, especially the youth wants to sit around charging a car for hours. We are already experiencing an over consumption of electric, which is why we had rolling blackouts a few years ago and the very reason power companies are asking you to use major appliances at night and not heat nor cool your homes as desired. As a result of high demand on electricity, the California Energy Department is placing restriction of all new homes three stories and less that they have to have solar panels, which will increase the cost of your home by at least $10,000.00 and there is no cap on that expense. As you know, prices of technology can rise overtime. And the federal government plans to hike interest rates four times this year to keep up with inflation, so the cost of the mortgage will rise even higher, making homes even more expensive than they are.  People are demanding more homeownership, family, and financial security. A desire for community and authenticity is strong and growing. Many individuals want what is real, and not just regularly scheduled programming and the constant onslaught of fame, wealth, greed, social propaganda, and survivalist tendencies it celebrates, and that is why we have to support goods and services produced domestically. #RandolphHarris 5 of 8

If you want your wages to rise to keep up with inflation, we have to start supporting American made goods and services, which will cost us more in the short term. However, as costs keep rising and more money is being spent in our domestic economy, in the long term it will also cause wages to rise so people can afford to buy the goods and services. However, if we keep sending our money overseas and buying foreign products, other nations will have caught up to America and surpass us, while we decline and the cost of living increasingly becomes unaffordable. Already, 43 percent of Americans are struggling, and experiencing food shortages, economical insecurity, and unstable households. Some people worry each month about paying their bills and as the bills keep going up and their wages are not, they fear they are being priced out of their homes, or eventually will be. Decreases in the money supply, cuts in government spending, and increases in taxes lead to lower inflations, but higher unemployment. Because we have been outsourcing labor, wages are suppressed. How many people do you know who can live off $10-$15 an hour, when rent for a one-bedroom apartment is on average $1,505.00 a month? An economist actually reported if minimum wage were keeping up with inflation, it would be about $28.00 an hour. And with the mandated increase in minimum wage to $15 an hour, many skilled workers will experience pay deflation, so something really needs to be done to correct this unstable market. It is not fair to work your way up to $20 an hour and a new employee with no experience comes in making $15.00. #RandolphHarrris 6 of 8

Because of how stressful life and the economy are for many is the reason a lot of people do not watch the news. No one wants to be reminded daily that they are being priced out of a country they and their ancestors helped build. However, when we feel far from God, we need only to make the decision to turn from sin and face the Savior, where we will find the Lord waiting for us, with his arms outstretched. God is here to guide us, and we are just one prayer away from receiving the guidance again. On matters of such supreme moment, the truth rather than fiction is the more fitting ideal of rational people. The power of God awaits our demand and reception. This promised blessing, claimed by faith, brings all other blessings in its wisdom. What an incomparable gift comes to those who put their faith in God. That gift is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God’s power in action, his active force. It is the vital, or animating, force in living creatures. God sends out his spirit by projecting his energy to any place to accomplish his will. The Holy Spirit inspires us, empowers us and guides our understanding. The Spirit touches our hearts and transforms us, renewing the image of God in which we were created. God wants us to have the Spirit’s gifts to build up the Lord’s kingdom. Miracles will be wrought, the infirmary will be healed, and signs and wonders will follow the believers. The Spirit is, as well, the ultimate solution for all our maladies and problems. Those who respond to the Spirit the Lord renews and transforms into the image of God. Guilt, stress, hostility, and a host of other problems melt in the presence of the Holy Spirit. Father, son, and the Holy Ghost are one Spirit. #RandolphHarris 7 of 8

Some may think we should not expect daily guidance from the Spirit. However, to live by the Spirit is a high privilege. It brings a sense of cam and certainty as well as the products of the Spirit such as love, joy, and peace. In many situations, being familiar with the voice of the Holy Ghost is a matter of spiritual life and death. Whoso will hearken unto the word of God, and hold fast unto it will never perish; neither can the temptations and the fiery darts of the adversary overpower them unto blindness, to lead them away to destruction. Following the feet of the people ahead of you on the path is not enough. We cannot just do and think what others are doing and thinking; we must live a guided life. We must each have our own understanding of faith. Then we may go to the Lord with humble confidence, knowing that he shall lead us by the hand, and give us answers to our prayers. Then we will achieve a realistic outlook on the World and will be freed from the knows of the heat and the identification of the self with the Spirit. Thus liberated we will perform our royal duties efficiently, like an actor on the stage. Following this example and the teachings in the scriptures, we will no longer be motivated by temptations and they will no longer possess us. Like a child playing alone, God is the lonely cosmic dancer whose routine is all creatures and all Worlds. From the tireless stream of the Lord’s cosmic energy these flow without end as God executes his graceful, repetitious movements. #RandolpHarris 8 of 8

 

 

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Maybe it is God’s Way of Choosing His Angels?

 

 

Supernatural knowledge and lights is so completely detached and removed from all the intelligible forms, which are objects of that understanding, that it is neither perceived nor observed. Nor is mystical insight a purely intellectual act, for the higher and more sublime the Divine light, the darker is it to our understanding. Union with God transcends all knowledge. The difficulty is increased by the doctrine that in mystical experience is increased by the doctrine that in mystical experience the subject-object distinction breaks down, and with it, naturally enough, go all our thought models for cognitive activities. Faced with the risk of complete failure in communication, the mystic usually resorts to a characteristic complex use of the language. This works in part by negations (not ordinary perception, not simply emotion) and in part by descriptions of one’s religious situations as one interprets it in metaphysical and theological terms, enhanced with poetical imagery; God now dwells in the individual, or has absorbed the person in the embrace and abyss of the Lord’s sweetness. The mystical experiences are objective and reliably cognitive in nature. However, sometimes it is suggested that the mystic’s language might by best understood not as a description of reality but as the expression of a state of mind. Yet, this does not imply that the mystic is psychotic. Some psychotic experiences are mystical experiences, but it hardly follows that all mysticism is psychosis. #RandolphHarris 1 of 10

The person’s basic motivations remain the same; that, for instance, one’s respect for life and human dignity is part of oneself, not subject to change. In the same sense we have faith in ourselves, we are aware of the existence of a self, of a core in our personality which is unchangeable and which persists throughout our life in spite of varying circumstances, and regardless of certain changes in opinions and feelings. It is this core which is the reality being our absolute knowledge of our own identity. Unless we have faith in the persistence of our self, our feeling of identity is threatened and we become dependent on other people whose approval then becomes the basis for our feeling of identity. Only the person who has faith in him or her self is able to be faithful to others, because only he or she can be sure that one will be the same at a future time, as he or she is today and, therefore, that one will feel and act as one now expects. Faith in oneself is a condition of our ability to promise, and human beings can be defined by their capacity to promise, faith is one of the conditions of human existence. What maters in relation to love is the faith in one’s own love; in its ability to produce love in others, and it its reliability. The critic could confine oneself to pointing out this disturbing parallel in the use of language: both mystical and psychotics use situation-descriptive language for what, in the latter case at any rate, is a serious misperception of one’s situation, a projection of inner disturbances upon the outer World. #RandolphHarris 2 of 10

Furthermore, the projection occurs, partly at least, because the disturbances are not understood for what they are, and there is a failure of insight, the critic might claim. However, it must be pointed out that to analyze one’s experience as a state of mind is not necessarily to discredit it. States of mine can be—and normally are—elicited by objective states of affairs, properly interpreted. People do, on occasion, fall victim to real persecution; their fears and anxieties can be very well founded. “Behold multitudes of people who have not fallen because of the great and terrible judgment of the Lord,” reports 1 Nephi 12.5. Enough people believe in God for God to be real. In most cases, 75-90 percent of people in developed nations believe in the Lord. In decisiveness, either in criticism or defense, is once more not to be had. Of course one’s fears can be well-founded, but a person who says he or she does not really exists any more must be deluded. Significantly, as soon as such remarks verge on the paradoxical, we cease to take them at their face value and treat them as certain signs of disorder. The mystical experience is characterized by loss of individuality and dissolution in a limitless divine totality, little or nothing has been said from a philosophical or psychological viewpoint. “The Holy One shall execute judgment in righteousness,” reports 1 Nephi 22.21. Maybe it is God’s way of choosing his angels. God’s ways are not our ways, they are better than our ways. Thus, a revelation fills the gap left by philosophical skepticism. #RandolphHarris 3 of 10

Maybe what is gone today will steer us from danger. Maybe you were told how the closing moments would unfold. Logical principles (and even pure Reason), are necessary but not sufficient instruments for acquiring knowledge or discovering truths about reality. Keep in mind, all claims to knowledge, even those most impressively supported by evidence and experiment, are subject to revision or rejection in the light of new advances in knowledge. Contingency is a real trait of nature and fallibility as an inescapable future of human inquiry. God is the Father, lovingly merciful, omniscient, almighty, our eternal contemporary, the great companion who understand. Individual souls enter the World mysteriously; by God’s power we may be sure, but how or for what reason we are unable to fully explain. Given the human mind it its normal condition, the World appears as we see it. However, we have no right to infer from this that reality is in itself the ways it so appears. We assume the World we see to be in itself as we see it whereas in actuality it is a correlate of the particular psychophysical condition our minds are currently in. To change the metaphor, our sense receptors pick up only those wave lengths to which they are tuned. With the assistance of amplifiers and microscopes we pick up other wave lengths, but it is only when we rise to the condition of superconsciousness that we know reality itself.  When the Spirit touches the heart, hearts are changed. #RandolphHarris 4 of 10

In superconsciousness our receptors cease to reflect, like a prism, the pure light of being into the spectrum of multiplicity. Reality comes to us at last as it actually is: one without a second, infinite, unalloyed. These blessings should not be taken lightly. “Trifle not with sacred things,” reports Doctrines and Covenants 6.12. The temple and the holy ordinances are indeed sacred, and we should be spiritually sensitive to them. It is a sacred blessing to attend the temple to worship the Lord. There is a difference in just attending the temple and having a rich spiritual experience. The real blessings of the temple comes as we enhance our souls. To do so, we must feel a spirit of reverence for the temple and the spirit of worships.  All who should attend the temple or a living memorial should remember the counsel of the Lord when he reported in Leviticus 19.30, “Reverence my sanctuary.” Reverence is an expression of a deep respect, honor, and adoration for the Lord. It is having reverence for the Lord’s name, the Lord’s words, and for the Lord’s ordinances and covenants, for the Lord’s spiritual council, and for God’s temples and chapels. It is an outward indication of an inner feeling that we have for God. We should always remember that it is by God’s invitation that we come to his holy house, the temple of the Lord. We should respond to God’s invitation by being worthy, being prepared, and by having the temple as a priority in our lives. While in the temple, we should act as if we are in God’s holy presence. #RandolphHarris 5 of 10

Alchemy of the soul is a spiritual practice carried out for the benefit of the soul. When individuals, both members and investigators, feel the Spirit working with them, or when they see the evidence of the Lord’s love and mercy in their lives, they are edified and strengthened spiritually and their faith in God increases. To be reverent is not just to be quiet. It involves an awareness of what is taking place. We must have a divine desire to learn and to be receptive to the promptings of the Spirit. With this reverence, we are to strive to seek added light and knowledge. When a person is willing to experiment upon the word of God, these experiences with the Spirit follow naturally. This is how we come to feel the gospel is true and understand the role of everyday work in the soul by looking more closely at the revelation of God’s Kingdom. The Lord is our secret weapon. We are not bound by rigid rules. We have unlimited flexibility and are entitled and have the privilege to have our prayers answered. God’s great work of brining to pass the immortality and eternal life to all of his children is the Lord’s official goal. Let us all work harder to enjoy the companionship of the Spirit and bring about deeper spiritual conversation. However, the great wicked one is unleashing vulgar, revolting, violet, and sleazy filth with the design to destroy the spiritual sensitivity of our Father’s children. We are truly at war with those who mock God and shun the truth, so let us keep our covenants. #RandolphHarris 6 of 10

 If what we do or make is not up to our standards and does not reflect the attention and care when we stand back and look at it the soul suffers. Not understanding soul, some people look to other cultures and try to mimic their methods. However, it may not be enough to copy surface strategies, ignoring the deeper evaluation of the feeling and sensibility that gives work grounding in the human heart and not just in the brain. Irreverence is not only an act of disrespect for God, but it makes it impossible for the Spirit to teach us the things that we need to know. It is in the temple that we must speak in reverent tones. Reverence is no minor nor mundane matter. It has eternal consequences and should be treated as divine in nature. To be reverent in the temple, we must sense it to be a place of purity and a place of holiness. The temple is a place of purity. It is of the utmost importance that we keep the temple pure and holy. The Savior promised “And inasmuch as my people build a hose unto me in the name of the Lord, and do not suffer any unclean things to come into it, my glory shall rest upon it. Yeah, and my presence shall be there, for I will come into it,” reports Doctrines and Covenants 97.15-16. God creates the cosmos, we create the microcosmos, the human World. Entering our fate with generous attentiveness and care, we enjoy a soulful kind of creativity. This is an extension or reflection of yourself. #RandolphHarris 7 of 10

Those who enter the temple should prepare both their hearts and their minds. They should be able to answer in the affirmative to the questions asked by Alma. “Can you look up to God at that day with a pure heart and clean hands? Can you look up having the image of God engraven upon your countenances?” reports Alma 5.19. When we go deeper than intellectual abstractions, we move closer to the soul’s work. As we are reverent in the temple, we help to create an atmosphere that is pure and holy, free from distractions and offenses to the Spirit. We must remember to say nor do anything that would be offensive to the Lord. Reverence is a supernal form of worship. It is the form of worship that is found in the celestial kingdom. Leave the World behind and feel what it will be like when we enter the presence of God. We may consider what thoughts we would think and what communications we would have in God’s holy presence. If we can catch the visions of this eventual event, it will help us in preparing to enter God’s presence. This is an ancient idea: ordinary life is the means of entry into higher spiritual activity. Or we could say that at the very moment we are hard at work on some spiritual endeavor, we are also working on a different plane. Without knowing it, we are engaged in the labours of the soul. Many of us put a great deal of time into our spirituality because it is essential to the soul. We are crafting ourselves. We must move forward with the promise that the Spirit will bless us to know what to say as we assist those who are seeking truth. #RandolphHarris 8 of 10

Gaining added light and knowledge is not a passive process. It involves focusing on the things of the Spirit and seeking the spiritual lessons to be learned. “And if your mind’s eye be single to my (God’s) 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 comprehends all things,” reports Doctrines and Covenants 88.67. It is during these times that we see the relationship between the Earthly and the eternal. And the Spirit can only teach those who are willing to learn. We work on the stuff of the soul by means of the things of life. Are we ready and willing to go through thick and thin for the cause which we are engaged? Do we reflect in our countenances the joy of living the gospel of the Lord as true disciples should? Everyone must come to understand that the doctrines of the Restoration are true and of great value. And everyone who accepts the message must strive to live the gospel by making and keeping sacred covenants and by participating in all of the ordinances of salvation and exaltation. We often think of conversation as applying only to the investigators, but there are some members who are not yet fully converted and who have yet to experience the mighty change of heart described in the scriptures. Let us go forward with ore faith, never forgetting that the will help as we turn to God in mighty prayer. Our Heavenly Father lives and loves each of his children. #RandolphHarris 9 of 10

The Lord has called for cheerful hearts and countenances. He also has asked us to so speak and act that we edify or build one another and has indicated that things which do not edify are not of God, and is wicked. The Holy Ghost is listening to the promptings of the Spirit and we should speak with the tongue of angels. If we enter the temple seeking added light and knowledge, we can learn and understand something new during the temple experience. “That which is God is light; and one that continues in God, receives more light; and that light grows brighter and brighter until the perfect day,” reports Doctrines and Covenants 50.24. This attitude of mind and heart includes a desire to know the truth and a willingness to act for that desire. Every day each of us is implicated in obscuring the light or in chasing away the darkness. We have all been called to invite the light and to be a light, to sanctify ourselves and edify others. God uses words on the basis of our redemption, to create something in those who listen which otherwise could never have been created. When we speak and act, we should ask whether our words and expressions are calculated to invite the powers of Heaven into our lives and invite all to come to the Savior.  We must have absolute faith in God and the Lord’s goodness. By going through the trial, we learn to know God better. #RandolphHarris 10 of 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God is a Blinding Light—God Expects the Work of the Holy Spirit to be Exhibited in Us

Most individuals find God in the World of everyday affairs as readily as anywhere. Great things are brought about and burdens are lightened through the efforts of many hands anxiously engaged in a good cause. Work is a staple of human life, and the impulse to work is psychologically, not economically, motivated. Through the human intellect, we have an affinity with God; and through the contemplative life, we can in principle attain a state where one can see God’s essence. Even people who are born into the leisure classes love to work because, not only does it set the passions of life into motion, but it also allows one to give back to the World and help others. As we learn the secret of work by which every movement can carry us Godward, things are being accomplished on human and spiritual level.  The point of life is to transcend the finite self by shifting the center of interest and affection to a personal God experience as distinct from oneself by identifying our being with the impersonal Absolute God that resides at the core of our beings. However, forced to be idle, most people become irritable; even in retirement people take on hobbies like restoring classic cars, gardening, or writing to take the place of their former career. When we wisely give our heart and soul to our occupations, it will bring us the highest rewards and not just monetary compensation, as we concentrate on the cultivation of the sense of divine presence. #RandolphHarris 1 of 6

Every act of our diurnal routine is performed without concern for its effect upon oneself is performed as a service to God; it is regarded as prompted by God’s will, executed for God’s sake, and transacted by God’s own energy which is being channeled through the devotee. We are the doer and God is the instrument. Each task becomes a sacred ritual, lovingly fulfilled as a living sacrifice to God and his glory without thought of profit that might be redound to the individual. Thus, we shall be free from the bondages of actions that bear good and evil results. The Savior’s words are simple, yet their meaning is profound and deeply significant. We are to love God and to love and care for our neighbors as ourselves. If we join together, united as followers of the Lord, imagine what good we can do in the World, anxiously and busily responding to the needs of others around us—our families, our friends, our neighbours, and our fellow citizens. What would be the cumulative effect of millions of small, compassionate acts performed daily by us because of our heartfelt Christian love for others? Over time, this would have a transformative effect upon all of our Heavenly Father’s children through the extension of the Lord’s love to them through us. Our troubled World needs this love of God today more than ever, and it will need it even more in the years ahead. #RandolphHarris 2 of 6

There is power in our love for God and for the Lord’s children, and when that love is tangibly manifest in millions of acts of Christian kindness, it will sweeten and nourish the World with the life sustaining nectar of faith, hope, and charity. Surrendering ourselves to the Lord of all, we remain untouched by the uncertainties of life over which we have no control. As a result, many never grow discouraged for we do not ask to win; we ask only to be on the side where we belong. Work as a path toward God takes a different turn for persons whose dispositions are more reflective than emotional. It is true that the Apostle Paul underwent a powerful experience of being caught up in the third Heaven, which could have had a mystical character, although it is also reminiscent of certain prophetic experiences, such as those of Muhammad. Only when our testimony transcends what is in our mind and burrows deep into our heart will our motivation to love and to serve become like unto the Savior’s. It is then, and only then, that we become deeply converted followers of God empowered by the Spirit to reach the hearts of our fellow beings on Earth. The Holy Ghost is our constant companion, and the doctrines of God are distilled upon our souls as the dews from Heaven. #RandolphHarris 3 of 6

As we assimilate the scriptures deep within our hearts and our souls we will act and live consistently and with integrity in accord to what we profess to believe. This integrity simplifies our lives and amplifies our sensitivities to the Spirit and to the needs of others. It brings joy into our lives and peace to our souls—the kind of joy and peace that comes to us as we repent of our sins and follow the Savior by keeping the Lord’s commandments. The cultivation of the spiritual life, whereby a foretaste of the beatitude of the blessed in Heaven can be gained is the ultimate destiny of human beings. It is important that in our morning prayer each new day that we ask the Heavenly Father to guide us and to helps us recognize honest opportunities. Then we must go throughout the day with our hearts full of faith and love. This will allow our spiritual sensitivities to be enlarges and we will discover opportunities to serve that we never before realized were possible. Our true selves are vastly more wonderful then we realize and a passion for direct experience of their full reach will allow us to bring the Light of God to this ever-darkening World. Bound together, we will being love and compassion to our own family and to the lonely, the poor, the broken, and those of our Heavenly Father’s children who are searching for truth and peace. The personality will be able to absorb and integrate the new forces that are being tapped and will experience an almost superhuman degree of self-awareness and masterful control. #RandolphHarris 4 of 6

We must not worry about how inexperienced we are or think we are, but think about what, with the Lord’s help, we can become. The intent is to drive our psychic energy into the deepest part of our being and activate the lost continent of our true selves. Philosophers tend to find the idea of Infinite Being a the center one one’s self more meaningful than the thought of a personal Heavenly Father who stands over and above people and the World ruling them wit a love that is eternal. This perspective allows them to experience a remarkable expansion of their powers, and a vivid refreshening of life. If we could resurrect something forgotten not only by ourselves but also by humankind as a whole, something which provides the clue not simply to our private compulsions and idiosyncrasies but to all life and all existence, what then? Would we not have discovered something of historical moment? Would we not become truly devoted to humanity? Because a veil of forgetfulness was placed over our minds at birth, we have had to find a way to relearn in this life what we once knew and defended. Part of our preparation in this life has been to find that precious truth so that we can then recommit to it by covenant. That has required faith, humility, and courage on our part as well as help from the people who had found the truth and then shared it with us. For us to qualify for eternal life, our service in this life must include working with all our heart, might, mind, and strength to prepare others to return to God with us. #RandolphHarris 5 of 6

The laws of logic work admirably for every situation where multiplicity is present, and this may leave us with a discomforting worry. The responsibility to endure is uniquely ours. However, we are never alone. The lifting power of the Lord can be ours. We must be alert about the things that may appear to be the least likely to tempt us, and beware of thinking that the areas of our life where we have experienced victory in the past are not the least likely to cause us to stumble and fall. It is in the aftermath of a great spiritual event that the least likely things begin to have an effect. They may not be forceful and dominant, but they are there. And if we are not careful to be forewarned, they will trip us. Whatever our work may be, endure at the beginning, endure through opposing forces along the way, and endure to the end. Any job must be completed before we can enjoy the result for which we are working. We must stick to our task until we can do it with least effort. Beginners are many, but enders are few. Honor, power, place, and praise will always come to the one who stays. Most often, intense physical challenges are accompanied by spiritual challenges as well. The Lord’s ultimate concern is for the salvation and exaltation of each individual soul. What if the Apostle Paul’s conversion hand not been enduring? He never would have testified as he did at the end of the ministry: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept my faith.” This is how we achieve the blessings of immortality and eternal life. #RandolphHarris 6 of 6

Divine Promise in Gracious Hands of God

 

We each belong to and are needed in the family of God. All of us dwell on the brink of the infinite ocean of life’s creative power. We all carry it within us; supreme strength, the fullness of wisdom, and unquenchable joy. It is never thwarted and cannot be destroyed. We seek the infinite and religious truth not to simply increase our store of general information, but as a way to access the profoundest vault of our being, as a means to guide us to a higher state of being. The religious person is one who is seeking to transform our nature, remake it into a superhuman pattern through which the infinite can shine with fewer obstructions. The goal is to dedicate our commitment to freedom, truth, and justice. In the premortal realm, we learned that we are all spirit sons and daughters of God and worshipped the Lord as our Eternal Father. In that realm, we learned about our eternal identity, and knew that we were each a beloved child of Heavenly parents. Our mortal journey to Earth did not change those truths. We each belong to and are needed in the family of God. Earthly families all look different. And while we do our best we can too create strong traditional families, as membership in the family of God is not contingent upon any kind of status—marital status, parental status, financial status, social status, nor even the kind of status we post on social media. Only in this way will justice be introduced into an unjust society. #RandolphHarris 1 of 6

Religion is meant to enlighten us and unite our spirits with God who is manifested everywhere. The whole course of events subsumes under the evolution, which is the expression of God’s purpose and embraces all that has been and all that will be brought about in the course of evolutionary advance. Evolution is a mystery, unexplained and inexplicable except, perhaps, to God. Religion is always more than morality, but if its structure is to stand it has to be built on a strong moral base. We must seek to cultivate habits and practices such as non-injury, truthfulness, non-stealing, self-control, cleanliness, contentment, self-discipline, and a compelling desire to reach the goal. “We must love God with all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our mind,” reports Matthew 22.36-37. Spiritual aspirants who have a strong intellectual bent, are on the path to oneness with the Godhead through knowledge. The person is a spiritual being, subsisting by its adherence to a hierarchy of values freely adopted, assimilated, and lived through, thanks to a responsible commitment and a constant process of conversions. The wise use of our freedom to make our own decisions is crucial to our own spiritual growth, now and for eternity. We are never too young to learn, never too old to change. Our yearnings to learn and change come from a divinely instilled striving for eternal progression. Each day brings opportunity for decisions for eternity. #RandolphHarris 2 of 6

The scripture teaches that the body and the spirit are the soul of each person. As a dual being, each of us and thank God for the Lord’s priceless gifts of our body and our spirit. Many medical professionals have a profound respect for the human body. Created by God as a gift to us, it is absolutely amazing! Incredible things can be done with the body if this is what interests us and we are willing to give our life to it. The brain lets us learn, think, and reason. Our eyes allow us to see, ear allow us to hear, and we have hearts that pumps tirelessly day and night, almost without our awareness. Our body protects itself. Pain comes as a warning that something is wrong and needs attention. Infectious illnesses strike from time to time, and when they do, antibodies are formed that increase our resistance to subsequent infection. The body can repair itself. Cuts and bruises heal. Broken bones can become strong once again. There are just but a tiny sample of the many amazing God-given qualities of our body. However, sometimes stellar spirits are often housed in imperfect bodies. The gift of such a body can actually strengthen a family as parents and siblings willingly build their lives around that child born with special needs. With our bodies being such a vital part of God’s eternal plan, it is little wonder that it is the temple of God. Each time you look in the mirror, see your body as your temple. #RandolphHarris 3 of 6

When we focus on our bodies as our temple, that truth refreshed gratefully each day can beneficially influence our decisions about how we will care for our body and how we will use it. And those decisions will determine our destinies. How could this be? Because our body is the temple for our spirit. And how we use our bodies affects our spirit. Our spirit is an eternal entity. “The Lord’s Spirit dwells not in unholy temples,” reports Helman 4.24. Love also allows people to see the true angelic nature of another person, the halo, the aureole of divinity. Love brings consciousness closer to the dream state. And it is love that find the body and our humanity as a route toward eternity. As a good actor gives his or her best to one’s part, we too should play ours as close to perfection as possible. We must never lose sight of the distinction between our true self and the veil of personality that can become a costume. God is incomparable and unclassifiable. The mind that controls the senses when they disciplined is in the reins. The decisional faculty of the mind is the driver, and the master of the chariot who is in full authority, but need never life a finger is the Omniscient Self. Our Heavenly Father has known us for a very long time. As his son or daughter, we were chosen by him to come to Earth at this precise time, to be leaders in his great work on Earth. We were chosen not for our bodily characteristics, but for our spiritual attributes, such as bravery, courage, integrity of heart, a thirst for truth, a hunger for wisdom, and a desire to serve others. #RandolphHarris 4 of 6

The purist of works (religious and moral duties) need not bind one to the World if they are performed in a spirit of self-surrender to God; the way of works should be seen in the light of the way to devotion. The higher form is the vision of the personal God, in which the soul is in a state of loving dependence on the Lord. The worshipper has a strong sense of the majesty and glory of God, and thus of the difference between oneself and the object of worship. Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible. There is no glory for God in that which is humanly possible. Faith beings where humankind’s power ends. For instance, Abraham’s unwavering faith arouse from his great thoughts of God. Abraham was ninety-nine years old when the Lord appeared to him again and reported, “I am God All-Powerful. If you obey me and always do right, I will keep my solemn promise to you and give you more descendants than can be counted.” Abraham bowed with his face to the ground, and God reported: “I promised that you will be the father of many nations. That is why I now change your name from Abram to Abraham. I will give you a lot of descendant, and in the future they will become great nations. Some of them will even be kings. I will always keep the promise I have made to you and your descendants, because I am your God and their God. I will give the whole land of Canaan to your family forever, and I will be their God. Abraham and all of his future family had to promise to obey God.”  In return, God would guide them and protect them and give them the land of Israel. #RandolphHarris 5 of 6

 Abraham kept saying to himself, “God is able, the Lord is able.” He knew that God would not have said what he could not perform. Abraham knew that no word of the Almighty was destitute of power. He fed his faith by cherishing lofty and profound thoughts of God’s infinite resources. There rang in his heart the assurance. The promise was fulfilled at the end of the Exodus from Egypt. Deuteronomy 1.8 reports, “See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land that LORD swore he would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—and to their descendants after them.” The life of faith is not a life of mounting up with wings, but a life of walking and not fainting. Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading. God implanted strong appetites within us for nourishment and love, vital for the human family to be perpetuated. When we master our appetites with the bounds of God’s laws, we can enjoy longer life, greater love, and consummate joy. It is not surprising, then, that most temptations to stray from God’s plan of happiness come through misuse of those essential, God-given appetites. Controlling our appetites is not always easy. Not one of us manages them perfectly. Mistakes happen. Errors are made. Sins are committed. What can we do then? We can learn from them. And we can truly repent. Almighty God holds our future in his hands, goes before us, fights our battles, and makes crooked places straight. God promises if we stay in faith, he will bring us through every challenge. #RandolphHarris 6 of 6

 

 

 

 

Give Me Something to Desire

 

Conditions that work against happiness may work for, not against, the developing, trying, and testing of the moral fiber. Love is not primarily a relationship to specific person; it is an attitude, an orientation of character which determines the relatedness of a person to the World as a whole, not toward one object of love. If a person loves only one other person and is indifferent to the rest of society, his or her love is not love but a symbiotic attachment, or an enlarge sense of pride. When we reflect on the tragedies or our own loves, when we slowly find our way through their miseries, we are being initiated into the mysterious ways of the soul. Love is the means of entry and our guide that keeps us on our path. If we can honor love as it presents itself, taking shapes and direction we would have never predicted or desired, then we are on the way toward discovering the true meaning of soul, where honor and value reveal themselves meticulously and paradoxically. This is the shortest path to divine realization. It requires a rare combination of rationality and spirituality. Life is not motored so much by reason as by emotion, and of the many emotions that crowd a person’s life, the most powerful and pervasive is love. Even hate can be interpreted as a rebound from the thwarting of this impulse. Moreover, we tend to become like that which we love, and God lies at the base of every heart. #RandolphHarris 1 of 6

If we shift our attachment to God, we will reach him in no time. The moral life is not a mere conforming to given static principles and rules but it is directing the moral agent along certain paths of self-development. There is development within the moral ideal: We discover tomorrow that today’s ideal has more in it than we had supposed. Our goal is to adore God with every element of our being. The normal object of human love is personality, however exalted its attributes of wisdom, compassion, and grace may be. All we have to do is to love God dearly—not just say we love him but love the Lord in fact; love him only (loving other things because of him), and love our Lord for no ulterior reasons (not even from the desire for liberation) but for love’s sake alone. Insofar as we succeed we will know joy, for no experience can compare with that of being authentically and fully in love. Moreover, every strengthening of our affections toward God will weaken the World’s grip. The stain may, indeed will, love the World far more than the addict, but one will love it in a different way, seeing in it the reflected glory of the God one adores. How is this love of God to be developed? Obviously the task will not easy. The things of this World clamor for our affection so incessantly that it may be marveled that a Being who can neither be seen nor heard can ever become their competitor. #RandolphHarris 2 of 6

However, we must keep our faith and yield our hearts to God. When we open ourselves to the Spirit, we learn God’s way and feel his will. These magnificent symbols and rituals keep turning night and day like a never-ending prayer wheel. As our trust in God grows, we open our hearts, seek to do the Lord’s will, and wait for answers that will help us understand. And the Lord will forgive our sins that are due to our human limitations. Purposeful, valuable activity produces an extension of our conscious present; it delivers us from the dullness of one thing after another. The value of faith lies in the power to recall our minds from the World’s distractions to the thought of God and thereby progressively to his love. In singing God’s praises, in praying to him with wholehearted devotion, in meditating on his majesty and glory, in reading about him in the scriptures, in regarding the entire Universe as his handiwork, we move our affections steadily in his direction. The cause in this development is well expressed by the account of eternity—the complete and simultaneous fruition of life without bounds. Search diligently, pray always, and be believing, and all things shall work together for your good. This does not mean all things are good, but for the meek and faithful, things—both negative and beneficial—work together for good, and the timing is the Lord’s. #RandolphHarris 3 of 6

We wait on God, sometimes like Job in his suffering, knowing that God makes the sore bind itself: one who is wounded, God will make whole. A meek heart accepts the trail and the waiting for that time of healing and wholeness to come. When we open ourselves to the Spirit, we learn God’s way and feel the Lord’s will. When we are yielded and still, our minds can be directed to something more we may need to change—something that is reducing our capacity to receive spiritual guidance or even healing and help. For example, perhaps I have a carefully guarded resentment toward someone. When I ask if there is more to confess, that secret comes clearly to my memory. In essence, the Holy Ghost is whispering, “You honestly asked if there was more, and here it is. Your resentment diminishes your progress and damages your ability to have healthy relationships. You can let this God.” Oh, it is hard work—we may feel quite justified in our animosity—but yielding to the Lord’s way is the only way to lasting happiness. The healing of our heart begins when we submit to and worship God. When our hearts are right, that is when true worship begins. What is our heart condition today? Paradoxically, in order to have a healed and faithful heart, we must first allow it to break before the Lord. “You shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit,” the Lord declares. #RandolphHarris 4 of 6

The result of sacrificing our heart, or our will, to the Lord is that we receive the spiritual guidance we need. This frequent service of the will becomes a constant, warming presence that imperceptibly becomes a genuine appeal of the heart and soul. Keep the faith in God spinning in the midst of all your activities and one day you will see your wildest dreams come true. It will be a lot like playing the slot machine in Vegas, when all the symbols come together and you win the jackpot when you least expected it. When the full bounty of the Lord is poured out in your life, the light will come back into your eyes, your soul will shine, and you will have a sense of well-being that you had not experienced since you were a child. These verbal droplets of faith and aspiration will soak down into the subconscious, turning the total self towards the divine. We come finally to worship God in the form of one’s chosen ideal. The more sense is also an influencing motive in our pursuit of virtue and our avoidance of vicious behavior. With a growing understanding of the Lord’s grace and mercy, we find that our self-willed hearts begin to crack and break in gratitude. In our brokenhearted reaching and yoking, we receive new hope and fresh guidance through the Holy Ghost. God’s way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the World to come. We believe in the providence of God, the immortality of human’s soul, and divine retribution in a future life.  #RandolphHarris 5 of 6

Virtue consists in pursuing what seems to be in accordance with right reason, but both our capacity to discover what actions accord with reason and our inclination toward those actions flow from a sort of forth dimension: a body which contains a spirit and has a certain spissitude, or density of substances. Some many think that they have failed too many times and feel too weak to change sinful acts or Worldly desires of the heart. However, as a covenant with God, we do not just try and try on our own to change. If we earnestly appeal to God, the Lord will take us as we are—and makes us more than we ever imagined. A healthy longing to improve balanced with the spiritual assurance that in and through the Savior, we are going to make it. With such an understanding, we can honestly say to the Heavenly Father: So trusting my all to thy tender care, and knowing thou loves me, I will do thy will with a heart sincere: I will be what you want me to be. The removal of all struggle and all insecurity would logically and psychologically lead to the prayer: give me something to desire. The term pleasure embraces everything from scratching an itch to enjoying eternal bliss with God. With God, pleasure is a state ad pleasure is a motion. Hence health is a true pleasure. We belittle neither the joy arising from conferral of benefit, not the testimony of a good conscience as the reward for deeds, nor the importance of mental pleasures. Pleasure be natural so that no pain follow the pleasure of the chosen, and that no greater pleasure be lost, and that no social harm results. #Randolphharris 6 of 6

 

The Lord Will be Your Light in Wilderness

 

Life needs some blueprint, some map the mind can trust to move ahead. There is no more beautiful sight than a person who glows with the light of the Spirit, who is confident and courageous because one is virtuous. Tremendous stress is laid on the human will. Anyone who is serious about improvement will have to exert oneself enormously. There are virtues that must be developed, passions to be curbed, and evil mind states to be transcended if love and honor is to have a chance. If one understands moral rules as commands, one may argue to the existence of a commander. The commander cannot be the individual human moral agent, for what today I command myself to do, I can tomorrow command myself not to do. I can have absolute moral obligations only if God exists to command them. Because I do have absolute moral obligations, it follows that God exists. The Lord has blessed us with a very clear understanding of who we are and why we are here on the Earth at this time. God loves us, and we love him. It shows in our countenance, in our modesty, and in our commitment to remain virtuous and pure. Whether or not our reason has the power to pull life in the direction it envisions, it clearly holds the power of prohibition; let it not believe something and it will be impossible for the individual to move wholeheartedly in that direction. If we recognize moral authority, we must ipso facto recognize the existence of God as alone able to confer that authority. #RandolphHarris 1 of 7

We judge that the moral law retains its authoritativeness whether particular human wills are at any time actually accepting its rules and principles or not; therefore, the source of its authority must lie altogether outside those human wills. Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goes. You are not alone. You can rely on the strength of the Lord. We must sanctify ourselves: for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among us. We simply cannot do the work we have been reserved and prepared to do unless we can access the strength and confidence that comes by living a virtuous life. We are people of great faith. When we came to this Earth, we brought faith with us. The notion of moral law itself is incomplete without reference to God, for law implies lawgiver, a divine legislator. Our very acknowledgment of a moral law, therefore, presupposes theism. We have fought with our faith and testimony to defend the plan that was presented by God. We knew the plan was good, and we knew that the Savior would do what he reported he would do—because we know the Lord! We stood with him, and we were eager for our opportunity to come to Earth. We knew what was going to be required of us. Even though we knew that life would be difficult, we had the confidence that we could accomplish our divine mission and make a difference. #RandolphHarris 2 of 7

People who achieve greatness are almost invariably passionately interested in some one thing. We are choice spirits who were reserved to come forth in the fulness of times to take part in being architects of the foundation of God’s Kingdom on Earth. God has written his laws in our hearts. We are under moral obligation to perfect ourselves and to attain a highest good (summum bonum) that is manifestly unattainable in a life lived under the conditions we know here and now. We can, at best, make a start to moral development that requires very different conditions for its completion. However, since that complete development is demanded for us as duty, it must be attainable. God and immortality are thus presupposed in our actual moral existence. When we seek liberation with single-mindedness and intensity of this order, when we focus our energies on overcoming life’s dislocation, we may expect our steps to turn from a slippery sandbank scramble into strides. We now begin to reach down and take hold of the control mechanisms in our lives. No wonder the wicked have increased the intensity of their attacks on our identity and virtue. If we can be dismayed, discouraged, distracted, delayed, or disqualified from being worthy to receive the guidance of the Holy Ghost or to enter the Lord’s holy temple, the great wicked one wins. An immature moral agent may see one’s duties as commands (parental, for example); but the mark of mature moral judgement is self-commitment to a policy on which one has deliberated. #RandolphHarris 3 of 7

This moral policy may or may not be in harmony with someone’s command; in any case, it does not owe its authenticity to its being commanded.  Because God is a celestial being, if he commands what is right and obligatory, that is cause for thankfulness, and we should be thankful over a truth of logic. Words carry an immeasurable significance: by his word, God created the World, and by our words we worship God. Language furnishes both an indicator of our character and a lever for shifting it. We will do well to begin with language as indicator. Our first move is to become aware of our speech patterns and what they tell us about ourselves. Instead of starting with a resolve to speak nothing but the truth, let us say—a resolve which is likely to prove ineffective anyway at the outset because it is too advanced—we will do well to start further back with a resolve to notice how many times during the day we deviate from the truth and follow this up with an inquiry into why we did so. The same with the lack of charity in our speech; begin not by determining to speak only charitable words but by determining to watch our speech until we are more aware of the motives that prompt the lack of charity in what we say. Deceit is bad because it reduces one’s being. We must choose to heed prophetic counsel, recognize and act upon spiritual promptings, be obedient to God’s commandments, and seek personal revelation. “Let us walk in the light of the Lord,” reports Isiah 2.5. #RandolphHarris 4 of 7

Apostolic voices urge us to prepare ourselves with the powerful light of spiritual strength.  “The Lord will be light unto them that hear his words,” reports 2 Nephi 10.14. God is the authorizer of all our moral judgments—otherwise they would carry no authority; and we find, contrariwise, that God can play the role of authority only if we are able to make certain moral judgments without appealing to any external authority whatsoever. The value of truth is not moral but ontological. People deceive because behind their arguments and defenses the motive is almost always a fear of revealing to others or to themselves what they really are. Each time one gives in to the motive they protect their id and in so doing they move themselves further from life and the long-range prospects of happiness. Speech should move toward being kind and honest. Bearing false witness, idle chatter, abuse, and slander are to avoided not only in their obvious forms, but also in their covert ones, for the latter—subtle, belittling, accidental tactlessness, poisonous with—are often more vicious precisely because their animus is concealed. Understanding one’s behavior is more objectively a prerequisite to improving it. The trainee is to reflect on the things he or she has done, with special focus on the motives which prompted them. In the end, how much kindliness was involved and how much self-seeking? As to direction in which change should proceed, the answer again is given in terms of selflessness and charity. Do not kill. Do not steal. Do not lie. DO not be unchaste. Do not drink nor inhale intoxicants. #RandolphHarris 5 of 7

In our lives, the extended hand of the Savior may take the form of help from a trusted friend, leader, or loving parent. While we are struggling in the darkness, there is nothing wrong with relying temporarily upon the light of those who loves us and have our best interests at heart. When we are struggling and receive a helping hand, it is a lot like a person who has a gas lamp in his or her room, but now uses electric light. They will experience for a long time a definite feeling of please when one pressed the electric light button; this pleasure continues as long as that moment one remembers the complicated arrangements necessary to light the gas lamp (which represents life). The economy which impressed us is an important item in the psychological conception. However, we cannot rely on the light of others forever. The Lord teaches, “Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and you shall find me; ask, and you shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” We must act, expecting that the Lord will fulfill his promise to lift us from the darkness if we draw near unto him. The adversary, however, will try to convince us that we have never felt the influence of the Spirit and that it will be easier just to stop trying. However, doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith.  There are things many have felt that they cannot explain in any other way except that they are of God. This is spiritual integrity. #RandolphHarris 6 of 7

When faced with questions or tempted to doubt, we should remember the spiritual blessings and feelings that have penetrated our hearts and lives in the past and place our faith in Heavenly Father. Do not doubt the Lord nor his goodness for we have proved in in days that are past. To ignore and discount past spiritual experiences will distance us from God. Our quest for light will be enhanced by our willingness to recognize when it shines in our lives. Modern scripture defines light and gives a promise to those who accept it: “That which is of God is light; and one that receives light, and continues in God, receives more light; and that light grows brighter and brighter until the perfect day.” Like the light at the end of the tunnel, God’s influence will bring us confidence, determination, comfort, and—most important—the power to know that God lives. There is no darkness so dense, so menacing, or so difficult that it cannot be overcome by light. As evil increases in the World, there is a compensatory spiritual power for the righteous. As the World slides from its spiritual foundation, the Lord prepares the way for those who seek him, offering them greater assurance, greater confirmation, and greater confidence in the spiritual direction they are traveling. The gift of the Holy Ghost becomes a brighter light in the emerging twilight. “The Lord will be your light in wilderness,” reports 1 Nephi 17.13. #RandolphHarris 7 of 7

The Idea of a Universe without God is Effroyable–True Beauty is to Behold and Reflect the Beauty of God

 

The soul exits beyond our personal circumstances and conceptions. We must always keep in mind that God’s greatest gift is eternal life. If you want peace, yours is the responsibility to obtain it. There can be no real happiness without peace, yet honest men and women in all parts of the World are seeking personal peace and know not where to find it. It is the peace that makes us really appreciate mortal life and enables us to bear heartbreaking tribulations. “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God,” reports Matthew 5.9. Aesthetics and psychology are closely related. There is a clear distinction between beauty and metaphysical perfection: beauty is an inferior, subjective kind of perfection. Metaphysical perfection consists in unity in a multiplicity. Aesthetic perfection arises out of the limits of human understanding. Humans are unable to conceive, as God can, the real, supreme unity in the enormous variety of things. They must therefore content themselves with introducing an artificial unity (uniformity) into some objects in order to be able to perceive them as wholes; and this is beauty. A beautiful object is not necessarily perfect in itself, but must be perfect in its capacity to be perceived. We all vibrate sympathetically like different octaves of the same tone, our human hearts pulsing in the same rhythms as those of the material and spiritual World. The perception of beauty strengthens the representative activity of the soul and makes it more perfect, thus causing a feeling of pleasure. #RandolphHarris 1 of 7

God created the World to put his beauty of display. The perception of beauty causes intuitive knowledge; in its highest stage it becomes the aesthetic illusion in which, for example, fable appears as reality. If we subject it to a process of analysis and definition, the beauty of an object escapes us; therefore, experience of the beautiful cannot be an object knowledge. Even if we do not possess the object, a beautiful object gives us aesthetic pleasure; thus, the approval of beauty must be distinct from desire. The aim is to portray psychological states that everyone experiences. Beauty is not produced by genius. Genius does not imitate nature, but idealizes it; that is, it exhibits natural objects as God would have created them if his aim had been aesthetic and not metaphysical perfection. Genius is independent of rules because it establishes its own rules. A genius’ procedure is instinctive. Because we were created in God’s image, we were made to notice and desire beauty because God is the architect of beauty. Therefore, the beauty of God is as pervasive and practical as the glory of God. If we admire the glory of God, we are admiring God’s beauty. The existence of God and the immortality of the soul can be demonstrated because it is the radiance of the glory of God. The soul is a simple substance and therefore indestructible. Terms such as eternal, simple, and immaterial can be univocally predicated of God. Thee soul might nevertheless lose its consciousness, but the divine wisdom and goodness of God would not allow this to happen. #RandolphHarris 2 of 7

Whenever anything lives, there is, open somewhere, a register in which time is being inscribed. Spirit testifies unto you even so we should do all holiness of heart, walking up right, and considering the end of our salvation, doing all things with thankgiving and prayer that we may not be seduced by evil spirits nor the doctrines of the wicked. God created the glory of light, he prefigured what he would do in the new creation of human hearts. God said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” and it has shone in our hearts to give the light of knowledge of the glory of God in the World. In the new creation, we see the beauty of God in our daily lives. In the old creation, we see the beauty of God in the Heavens and the Earth. The body is not just an object among objects; nor is it just a contingent fact that our perceptual experience is specially conditioned by what occurs in one particular sector of the physical World. Instead, it is precisely because consciousness has a locus within the World that our knowledge of that World has the perspective and uncompletable character. The function of the human body itself, at least at its higher levels, can be understood only is we attribute to it the intentional structures that are reserved for pure consciousness. God is the cause of good in each genus, he called be called by the name of the perfection in these good. God is to human beings as the shepherd is to his or her sheep. Religious language is symbolic, and in fact all statements about God are symbolic, except one—that God id being itself or ground of being. #RandolphHarris 3 of 7

 Metaphysics is an analogical way of thinking, which generalizes from some form of intellectual or spiritual relationship judged to be significant. You cannot pick up the celestial massage, the bread of life, the word of God, with rabbit ears on your human mind, your human body; the message ill not be clear. Metaphysics must be vitally metaphorical; that is, it must preserve the stereoscopic vision necessary to creative thought, if it is to overcome such puzzling dualism as mind-body, without losing the identity of the terms. It is important to keep the mind clear and focused on the Heavenly message. It takes time to plan and install in the human heart and mind an antenna to pick up spiritual revelation and inspiration from God. We must be in tune. If we are out of tune, we are out of harmony, and static and wrong impression come from the wicked adversary and Worldly sources. We can receiver eternal life and salvation from knowing the only true God. Many believe that there is a God, many say that they know there is a God, but many do not act like they know God. There is a great difference in believing or knowing that God is there and in knowing God. When we claim that we know God, it bears great responsibility. And hereby of we keep his commandments, we do know that we know God. People who say that they know God, and keep not his commandments, are liars, and the truth is not in there. One that says he or she abides in God ought himself or herself also should obey God and be righteous. “Thou believe that there is one God; thou does well; the wicked also believe, and tremble, reports James 2.19. #RandolphHarris 4 of 7

The weight of the testimony required must depend on the apparent credibility of the events reported. If the events are in some way marvelous and rare, then the testimony for them has to be treated with more circumspection than the witness to everyday occurrences. Knowing God is related to keeping his commandments. Knowing God must come by direct revelation from God. We cannot know by the power of flesh and blood. If anyone shall say that miracles can never be known for certain, or that the divine origin of the Christian religion cannot properly be proved by them: let him or her be cast out (si quis dixerit aut miracul certo cognosci numqum posse nec iis divinam religionis christianae originem rite probari: anathema sit. The Lord has indicated that the gates of Hell cannot prevail against revelation from him to anyone of his children who desires to know the living God. This is available by divine commitment and by divine will, that for anyone desiring to know God the Eternal Father, God is under commitment and the gates of Hell cannot prevail against that commitment and it will be revealed through the power and principle of revelation direct from God to the one desiring to receive that information. Nature is the will of God and hence that a portent is not contrary to nature, but contrary to our knowledge of nature (Protentum ergo fit non contra naturam, sed contra quam est nota natura. Knowing God does not solve all of life’s problems, but it gives purpose and strength to master them. #RandolphHarris 5 of 7

In order to know God the Eternal Father, we must receive that knowledge through the program of the scriptures. This logic is based on ancient authority and rational or experimental grounds. The light of life is divine light that permeates and radiates in the human soul and brings out the Godlike qualities and attributes of righteousness. The light of life is love. The light of life has within it the glorious promises from God of eternal life in his Heavenly kingdom. The light of life will bring divine truth and happiness and peace into a troubled heart. The light of life brings divine light into the problems and troubles of this life and helps to turn life’s problems into steppingstones to eternal progression and developing Godlike character. “Light is to come into the World, and some people love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil. For everyone that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, least his or her deeds should be reproved. However, one who does truth comes to the light, that his or her deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrong in God,” reports John 3.19-21. To know God, we must walk in the light of life. To know God as a living child of God, we should know our relationship to him, our divine potential, and we should know that in knowing God there is a great responsibility to respect and love and follow his counsel and his doctrines and his commandment and to grow as a child to become more Godlike. #RandolphHarris 6 of 7

If bad money finds wide circulation, good money will go into hiding. The fake person can do anything: he or she can sin, and can atone for it, but sinning makes one no worse and atoning no better. “One who remains and dies in sin receives the wages of everlasting punishment,” reports Mosiah 2.33. The World demands that we be responsible to it, not to ourselves. A political system which seeks freedom through force can easily get stuck halfway; whereas that which seeks license through liberty always attains its goal. The idea of a Universe without God is effroyable. The loving creator has a purifying program and law for cleansing the human mind and body from weakness, imperfection, and sin. Repentance makes it possible for us to progress toward God’s greatest gift, the gift of salvation and eternal life. Repentance is a refining influence, a principle provided through the atonement and the sacrifice of the Savior to help us purify our mortal minds and bodies and to bring out our divine nature and Godlike qualities and character so that we can live in the presence of God in his celestial kingdom. In addition, research has proven the people who believe in God, on average, life four years longer than those who do not because Christian principles, well engraved in the minds of the people, is far more conducive and honorable. It is not possible to choose God’s way of life and to know God unless we know his program. “Blessed are the people who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God, reports Luke 14.15. #RandolphHarris 7 of 7