Sunday, December 9, 2018

My Weekend Joy of Life, Sunday, December 9, 2018

What do you do when you're feeling down? When you know you have no "reason" to be feeling bad, but you feel bad anyway? When you just want to crawl into bed (or, as Amanda says in "The Glass Menagerie," "just want to find a hole somewhere and crawl into it and stay there for the rest of my entire life")?

I felt that way yesterday, and then the latest issues of the church magazines arrived, and I sat down to glance through The Ensign. I was filled with peace and joy as I read the articles there. I don't even know where to start with examples, so I'll just include here the link to the whole issue and hope that you Dear Readers will follow this link, to find that joy and peace for yourselves.

Oh, here's one, because Jeff and I are writing a book about science and religion. In the course of contemplating our own work and the writings of many scientists, from Darwin back to Aristotle and forward to the present, we've tried to explain (to ourselves, as well as to readers) what kinds of questions can be answered by science and what kinds of questions can be answered by religion. So, here's a great article in this Ensign about how an Egyptologist figures out what questions can be answered by historical research and what questions can be answered through revelation.

I love the illustrations that come with this article, with the priests getting ready to kill Abraham, and the surgeon evaluating the author's painful knee. So, if you don't follow the link, please do at least enjoy these pictures, and this quote from the article:

In my years of research, I have found academically satisfactory answers to most questions that have arisen surrounding the book of Abraham. Carefully examining assumptions and pursuing knowledge—while placing a premium on revelation as the most trusted source of truth—have helped me find answers to those things I have carefully and painstakingly investigated. I still have a few questions about the book of Abraham for which I have not yet found an academically satisfying answer, based on the current state of Egyptology. But I am not concerned about this. I remember what God told Oliver Cowdery: “Behold, I have manifested unto you, by my Spirit in many instances, that the things which you have written [or, in my case, read] are true; wherefore you know that they are true” (D&C 18:2; emphasis added).      I know, through the same kind of revelation Oliver Cowdery experienced, that the book of Abraham is inspired. I trust that sooner or later the academic process will catch up, and I will find satisfactory answers to all my questions. I have seen this happen numerous times throughout my life and have full confidence that it will happen again in the future. I can expect this not only because of my past experience but also because I trust so fully the revelatory method of learning. I recommend this as a model in everything we do.

Abraham about to be sacrificed on altar

man on hospital bed talking to doctor

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