Elder Taylor Dearden
South Carolina Columbia Mission
110 Oak Park Drive, Suite B
Irmo, SC 29063

taylor.dearden@myldsmail.net


Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas 2015

Wow, Christmas is already gone. I'm having weird awakening moments
when I realize that 2016 is around the corner. 2014 was always the big
year in my head, that being when I graduated. But now.... 2016? That
is just way to weird. I'm going to turn 20 this coming year....that's
not good.... I'm still the same height I was when I was 14....I
sometimes mentally want to tell people that I'm 16... I'm having a
hard time coming to grips with how fast time is moving! And they tell
me it is only going to go faster! Dang it!


We still had a few lessons last week, but the Holidays took up lots of
people's time so it was a bit slow otherwise.

Christmas was great talking to family. However, I was sick from
Christmas Eve, until the day after Christmas....Had a nasty cold. But
I'm doing great now.


Talking over Skype was really fun, I enjoyed it. It always feels
strange to do it, because we get so blinded from the outside world
here in the mission field. It's refreshing to remember that other
people do exist haha.

THANKS TO ANYONE AND EVERYONE WHO SENT ME CARDS AND STUFF! I GREATLY
APPRECIATE IT!! MEANS A LOT TO ME!

I don't have much else to say. Life is good!

Elder Dearden

Skyping on Christmas!

Taylor sent me (Stacie) this Piano, he painted!

District Pic

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Light of Christ

Hello everyone!

I'm doing fantastic. Last week was sort of slow. Nothing much happened. Lots of people have either been really busy or out of town. We had a few lessons with some people, but nothing groundbreaking. 

This week will be great, I am super excited to skype home on Christmas! I always love doing that! I feel a little nervous, I've realized my personality has changed a bit the past 7 months and It might be awkward for a few minutes adjusting to conversation with family. 

THANKS EVERYONE who sent me letters and stuff for Christmas! I so appreciate it!

Hey I was super excited to get pics of Nicole and Coert! What an amazing day!! It doesn't ever get better than the temple! I am so grateful to have such amazing extended family! 

I had some interesting thoughts come to me about the Light of Christ last week. I figured I would share them with ya'll. 

The Light of Christ


Over the past week I have felt some very interesting impressions.
One of which instructed me in the doctrine of the Light of Christ. My mind's eye was opened to see in more clarity the meaning, purpose, and functions of the Light of Christ and it's relation to the Atonement of our Lord.

We are taught by Moroni that the Light of Christ is given to every man who is born on this earth. Moroni instructs us that we must "... search diligently in the light of Christ that ye may know good from evil; and if ye will lay hold upon every good thing, and condemn it not, ye certainly will be a child of Christ." (Moroni 7:19)
Moroni defines the Light of Christ as something that "... inviteth andenticeth to do good continually". (Moroni 7:13)

During the Atonement, Christ was able through divine power to descend below everything, to comprehended everything, and ultimately to literally have influence in all things. One of the effects of His atonement is this influence called The Light of Christ. Which according to the guide to the scriptures is, "Divine energy, power, or influence that proceeds from God through Christ and gives life and light to all things." 

D&C 88: 6-7
"He that ascended up on high, as also he descended below all things, in that he comprehended all things, that he might be in all and through all things, the light of truth; which truth shineth. This is the light of Christ."

The above verse says that when Jesus Christ performed the Atonement (he descended below all things, in that he comprehended all things) in order (that he might be in all and through all things, the light of truth). 

The doctrine is straight forward, the Light of Christ would not have been "given to every man, that he may know good from evil" (Moroni 7:16) had the Atonement not been accomplished.

The Lord Jesus Christ was born on this earth, he remained completely faithful to the Truth and Light of his Father. He never fell. He and the Father were one in Light and Truth. He was the only one who lived that was able to maintain this perfection. Jesus loves us, so he chose to accept the Fathers invitation to descend below all of us, so he could comprehend and know how to succor his people. He performed the Atonement in which He descended below all things (experienced all pain, suffering, any form of negativity). Because of this he literally felt everything that could be felt, thought everything that could be thought, experienced everything that could be experienced, in totality He went in and through all things. In going through all things he confronted all darkness and chaos, conquered it with the Truth and Light of His Father's Love, through his suffering which caused him to bleed at every pore, he invited all things to return to Heavenly Father.
His influence, invitation, and enticement to all things is the profound effect of the Atonement in which all things that exist may know that they are loved. 

"Everything which inviteth and enticeth to do good, and to love God, and to serve him, is inspired of God" (Moroni 7:13). 

Our souls are given options of action from only two sources. One is our Heavenly Father, the Other is our fallen brother. If we will pay close attention as we experience every moment of every day, we will recognize that there is a distinct judgement that occurs in our soul between Good and Evil. The only reason this occurs is because we are constantly presented two options.

Take a second to realize that whenever you have done anything good, you were first invited to do so by the Light of Christ. The origin of any good thought is from the Light of Christ, which is in turn from the Atonement of Christ. Father Lehi gave a sermon to his Children reminding them that "man could not act for himself save it should be that he was enticed by the one or the other." (2 Nephi 2:16

With these scriptures in perspective we can draw an absolute conclusion that no man would have the power to do anything good without the influence of the Light of Christ. We are fallen from the presence of Heavenly Father whose Glory "is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth".  Through Christ we regain access to that glory.

The Light that proceeds from Christ is the power that first illuminates what is good so that we can discern between the good and bad. Without this Light effect of the Atonement, we would be left to ourselves, knowing only bad, never tasting the truth.

There is a false notion among mankind that they alone have power to do good. It being true that the Light of Christ is the source of ALL that is good, and it being given because of the Atonement, the idea that man has power unto himself to do good crumbles. Agency never meant that we could chose what was right and what was wrong, we were given the power to chose between options. Agency would collapse if we removed the atonement from the picture. It is the very act of the Atonement that even gives us the possibility to even discern what is right! How else could we do what is good if we first didn't even know what 'good' was? The blessing of the Atonement extends to us the power to judge between good and evil.

What a humbling realization it is to recognize that we personally cannot act for ourselves in goodness without the Atonement of Jesus Christ! Let all the world hear it! For those who think that they can "change" and become a good person without the Light of the Savior, let their reasoning be consumed in the Glory of God, that they may see that they wouldn't even have the desire to do good had Jesus Christ not performed the Atonement! 

Without the Light of Christ, we would be left with only with the Lies from the fallen one, being led into unreliable distortions and false reality. No matter the belief, the opinions, the religions, or confusions of man, the Lord of all, Jesus Christ through His light, is the source of all that is good. You can be a muslim and still your desires for good originate from the Holy One of Israel. You can be a buddhist, but still your desires wether or not you know it, come from the Prince of Peace! The Day will come, when every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ. All shall bear witness that they could have accomplished no good save it be for the atonement of our Elder Brother.

The Light of Christ is the beginning of experiencing the Power of His Infinite atonement. It is the recognition of the need for repentance. It is the mysterious influence that shows us in clarity what is right and wrong. 

What a beautiful gift! The Son of God descended below us all, walked our paths, felt our pains, our griefs, our infirmities, our sicknesses, our sorrows! While literally experiencing our life with us, bleeding and crying, His spirit reaching in love and his Heart breaking, he simply Invites us to do better! He pleads to us every moment our of existence. What does he say? He tells us what is right and what is wrong, then he asks us to chose the better part. This is the Light of Christ.


D&C 50:24
"That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day."

D&C 88:11-13
"And the light which shineth, which giveth you light, is through him who enlighteneth your eyes, which is the same light that quickeneth your understandings;  Which light proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space--The light which is in all things, which giveth life to all things, which is the law by which all things are governed, even the power of God who sitteth upon his throne, who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in the midst of all things."


2 Nephi 2:26
"And because that they are redeemed from the fall they have become free forever, knowing good from evil."

Ya'll have a great week!

Elder Dearden



Monday, December 14, 2015

18 Months!

So, last week lots of stuff happened. The First was going to
Orangeburg to interview a man for Baptism. It is always a special
experience to feel the spirit witness during a baptismal interview. Oh
ya! Before I went to Orangeburg I was asked last minute to play the
Organ at a funeral in another stake. So we traveled with a Bishop to
an area that is called Winsor Lake.

While I was at the funeral my mind remembered Grandpa Dearden's
funeral and how many people came to it. I've been to a lot of funerals
here in the South, but none of them have matched the amount that
attended my Grandpas. I feel a great sense of gratitude for my Grandpa
Dearden and the heritage he left behind.

Second, on Wednesday we had Zone Conference. President Turner
introduced a program that our Area Seventy, Elder McArthur has invited
the state to participate in. It will be called, "The South Carolina
Initiative". This plan includes helping missionaries and ward councils
work closely to identify less active and part member families that
have potential to receive more ordinances. It was really exciting and
I'm excited to see it roll out at the beginning of 2016.
on Friday, I had my 18 month mark....that was weird. I can't believe I
have only 6 months remaining. I'm trying my best to make it count.

Also on Friday we had a ward Christmas dinner party! It was super fun,
lots of great southern food. Our investigators Brian and Sonya really
enjoyed it. They have made lots of Friends with the members at Church.
It's going really well. They both came to Church on Sunday.
I'm still playing the Organ during Sacrament, it's fun!

I don't have much else to say, But Ya'll have a great week!

Elder Dearden

Monday, December 7, 2015

Funerals, Birds, and Hallelujahs!

Hello people!

I'm doing fantastic! Things are just going great. Our investigators are still doing great. I'm so happy to see their progress.


This past week I was able to play the piano and organ a bunch. The First time was for a funeral, I was called last minute to play a special music number and do the organ for the meeting. It was fun, the Sister in the ward I did the musical number with, Sister Bergivin, had an amazing voice. We did, "How Great thou art". 

2 weeks ago I forgot to write about this experience I had....So I got a phone call from another bishop in the stake, he heard that I played the organ and piano, he said he had a member that was having a funeral for her son, who was not a member. I told him I would play for the service. Well, this funeral was an African American Funeral....The bishop and us were the only white people there. The mother of the man who died was the only member in the family, so none of those who attended were members. She had invited her sons pastor to also speak at the funeral. So our bishop presided and conducted the meeting, but we had a baptist pastor speak...haha. It was very interesting. Lets just say there were hands in the air, shouts of priase, AMEN! AMEN! Hallelujah! President Turner has a policy that we don't attend other churches, so this was a weird experience, because it was an LDS funeral service, but included baptist elements! Haha, I will never forget it. I just sat there and smiled at the congregation, I didn't know how to react! But it makes for a great story.

Yesterday I played for Sacrament again, but I also was asked to play for the primary, it was super funny. I hope I get another chance to do that again.

I'm doing really well. This week will be Zone Conference and President Turner will be teaching us. I'm super excited!

Today I went to the Zoo before emailing and I had birds all over me, I have a short video of it, I think my mom can add it to the blog page.

Anyways, Ya'll have a great week!

Elder Dearden!





Monday, November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015!

Hello people!

I really wish I had some fantastic story this week. But honestly,
nothing super new. Just the same routines.
Thanksgiving was great, we ate with a big family that has lots of
realtives in the ward. It was super tasty, I love the southern cookin!
It was good stuff. We had lots of fun eating with other members of the
ward throughout the week.

Our awesome bishop takes us out to eat every Friday, he likes to take
us to the really good southern restaurants. Honestly, I think this was
the most unhealthy week of my life, I ate so much fried food, and lots
of stuff with butter in it.  I probably ate an entire chicken, if I were to add up all the fried
chicken I had. Unfortunately I also don't have any pictures...

However, today after I am doing emailing my district is getting
together in the middle of nowhere at a farm 1 hr south of here to
record our christmas video. Each Christmas President has us either do
1 of 3 things. We do a live skit (usually funny), or a Video, or a
musical number. Last year I did a musical number, but this year we are
making a movie for the mission christmas party. It is always really
fun to watch all the other disticts and their videos and skits. I'm
excited. If our video ends up being funny enough I will send it home.

I'm excited that it is already December! I can't believe the weather
though, it is 72 degrees right now! It feels amazing.

Ahh, Life is good! Southern Food, awesome Bishop, Great companion,
perfect weather, good times!

Ya'll be good...(that's what everyone says here)


Elder Dearden

Monday, November 23, 2015

Deep thoughts from the Deep South.......


This week was a great week. Nothing crazy happened though.

We meet lots of people, not to many of them seem interested though. However Brian is still awesome and came to church again yesterday.

Last pday we went bowling and that was fun. I enjoyed it.

Since I don't have much else to say I figured I'd share some thoughts that I have been having lately.

I was pondering how having a correct understanding of the Character of God motivates us to repent. I mentioned my thoughts on the character of God several weeks ago, the week after General Conference. 
But I have also been pondering what drives me to be a better person and what leads me to do my best. I asked myself the question, "What motivates me to follow God?"
I wrote down 4 things that Motivate me:
- A desire to strengthen my relationship with God. To Grow in Greater Love for God.
- A desire to strengthen my relationships with others. To grow in greater Love for others. 
- A desire for knowledge, understanding, and intelligence.
- A desire for Power and ability.


A desire to strengthen my relationship with God. To Grow in Greater Love for God.
When I "Remember Him" I experience an emotion that seems to fill all my senses. I am always baffled when I realize how much Love Heavenly Father and His Son have for me, I feel inadequate when I realize I don't respond with equal love. This leads my mind and thoughts to desire a greater capacity to love my God. This can be accomplished by keeping his commandments with exactness.

A desire to strengthen my relationships with others. To grow in greater Love for others. 
This is similar to the above thoughts. I am so grateful for all the amazing people that are involved in my life! A similar emotion comes when I remember all my family, extended family, and the eternal friends I have. I have noticed that those who are the most happy, are those who have the best relationships with others. Along with that, those who have the best relationships with others keep the commandments the most. So, in recognizing that... I have a desire to live a better life each day because I know that will bless those around me and ultimately lead to relationships that bring the most happiness.

A desire for knowledge, understanding, and intelligence.
I have become addicted to the sensations and experiences outlined in Alma 32! I'm hooked and I don't think I can break the habit. I love the swelling in the chest and the expanding of the mind. No better way to start feeling good than to read inspired words for the ancient prophets and to have the Holy Ghost reveal truth. I have noticed that the ability to learn from the Holy Ghost is greatly enhanced when I am focused on keeping the commandments.

A desire for Power and ability.
Heavenly Father endows us with power when we keep his commandments.
"When obedience ceases to be an irritant and becomes our quest, in that moment God will endow us with power” - President Benson
Power is ability to do something. It is the strength and energy through which things happen. If we desire to be able to do great things, we must turn to the source of all power. He will give us added strength and ability to do above that which we imagined.

Anyways, there are my thoughts lately. 

I hope ya'll have a great week.

Monday, November 16, 2015

American River Festival!

Hello people!

Life is fantastic! Things are going great. 
Brian and Sonya were at church again yesterday and it was so great to see them! I love their family! Great people!  Brian comes with us to the book of mormon class every week now and it has became my favorite part of the week. Nothing is better than reading the book of mormon!

So fun story....


Two days ago on Saturday there was Cherokee Native American River Festival! (That's what they called it) Elder Pace and I saw a sign so we hunted the place down so we could take a look. We found it and just started walking around looking at all the booths with native art and taking to people. We found a member of our ward there, Sister Purser was helping with some stuff. It was fun to see her there. There was a circle in the middle of the festival where some people were performing flute solos and drumming. One of the guys that was going to do a solo was also giving a little speech about native beliefs, and in the middle of his speech we hear over the loud speakers, 
"I'm glad to see that the Elders are here, I really appreciate the Elders." At first we didn't think he was talking about us, but he went on mentioning how he spent a good ammount of time in Utah and was well acquainted with Mormons and respects the Missionaries. We then realized he was talking about us....we felt kinda funny because a couple hundred people turned their attention to us, we just smiled :D.

He then went on to explain how Mormons are Christians and that the song he was going to play was dedicated to "Christian Faith". It was a cool flute solo and It was very kind of him to do that for us.
I was very happy about that because most people here in the South honestly are convinced that Mormons are not Christians, Probably one of the most frustrating delusions that the pastors teach down here. Anyways it made me really happy to have this native guy announce to everyone that we were Christians and that he appreciates us!  We found him afterwards and he introduced himself, "Hi, I'm a Lamanite"...HAHA, he is actually a member! We found out that he grew up in Utah. His name is Emerson, and his Brother, Lowery was there with him too. I got some funny pictures with them. They are so cool. 

They travel around to festivals across the united states and were recently in Knightsville, Tennessee and Florida. I found out that they live near Chaco Canyon and I exchanged some information and they said they would meet up with me this coming summer and give me a tour of Chaco and teach me some stuff. It was really fun because we had some conversations about the Medicine Wheels and other things. I think they will be great friends when this whole mission experience is over with! We also talked about the Book of Mormon and how the seed of Jacob, the descendants of Lehi will rise up in the last days. Good stuff :D
Anyways, it was a fun Saturday. 

We got new Spanish Elders in our apartment. Elder Millet and Harris. They are really cool people. Elder Harris is Training Elder Millet.

Btw, Elder Neilson (I sent a picture of him a 7 weeks ago of us at the state house) He was transferred into my district again in Orangeburg. I was really happy about that, he is a good friend and I'm excited to work with him again!

I hope ya'll have a fantastic week! - Elder Dearden

Here is a video of the kids dancing at the Pow Wow.

Monday, November 9, 2015

November Epistle

State Museum
Cotton Field
Elder Dearden's Epistle from the Southern Confederate States of America:

Last week we went to the State Museum and it was super fun. I love history! They had lots of cool stuff there. I have a pic with me by a cool painting.

Our area is still rolling along just great. Brian is doing fantastic. We will be with his family again this week and also at a book of mormon class. We have met lots of cool people this past week, I am anxious to see where it goes from here.

Transfers were announced on Saturday and Elder Pace and I are still together for at least 1 more transfer. I'm excited, we get along great and It's a good adventure for both of us.

We did some service on Saturday and pulled down a tree, that's always fun, reminded me of my young men boy scout adventures, we always seemed to find a tree to pull over haha.

The weather has been really wet and rainy here, not to cold, just wet. I haven't seen the sun for a good # of days....hopefully that changes!

I play the Organ every other Sunday in our ward here. It has been so much fun to apply the stuff Elder Parker taught me about the Organ, I think I have a good handle now on which stops and buttons work together best. The weeks I don't play they have a YSA sister who comes in to play.


Yesterday I played the Organ and gave a talk too. I discussed the
doctrine of Repentance and Baptism. Honestly, those doctrines are 2 of
the most important. I've already gone on a rant about repentance a few
months ago, so i'll save ya'll from another one of those. But I really
enjoyed giving the talk.

I hope ya'll have a fantastic week. I am expecting a great week!

Elder Dearden

Monday, November 2, 2015

November Already?

Hi Family and Friends!

So our Friend Brian and his family came to our ward party last week.
Here is a pic of them. Brian is like me and we both have a tendency to
just ramble on and on about anything.

It was also great to see Brian at church yesterday.

Can I just say, the Southern culture is thick in our ward. I think
this is the richest taste of the south I have gotten yet! They feed us
a lot here and we eat good :D.

I am doing great, things are going well for us! We have met so many
people this last week with so much potential. We will see where it
goes.

During my lunch hours I have been watching the "Joseph Smith Papers",
you can find them in the gospel library app. I love them! As I have
been watching them my love and respect for Joseph the Seer has grown
so much! It is truly amazing the events that took place in Josephs
Life! I don't understand how anyone can see his history and then doubt
that Heavenly Father is behind it all!

I don't have to much else to say, other than Holy Crap! It is already
November!? What happened? I can remember a year ago being in my
Greenwood family ward and having such a great time teaching. I miss
those days! I am getting nervous as I realize that I don't have very
much time left now. Realizing that Doug Graff has finished up is
crazy, I don't know where time has gone!

Anyways, Love Ya'll!

Elder Dearden

Monday, October 26, 2015

Parties, Wheel Chairs, and Pots!

Hey Family and people!

I am doing fantastic! This past week was a fun one!

On pday last week we had a "house warming" haha! We invited all the senior missionaries from the office! We had 3 sets of couples and a Senior Sister with us. We had pork roast and made tacos out of them!  It was super fun and the food was great! We did that to thank the office missionaries for all the hard work they did to get us into our new apartment! Great memories!
Our area is going great, we are meeting lots of cool people. Our area
has a great mix of country and city. My favorite is to go knocking on
doors in the country. The people out there are so kind and you can
talk to them about anything!

We had interviews with President Turner on Wednesday, I always love
meeting with him and feeling the power of the keys and inspiration he
has for this mission!

On thursday last week, we went to the State Fair for a service
project. We pushed people in wheel chairs around for a couple of
hours. It was really fun to take them around to see the animals and
all the festivity happening. They had an elephant at the fair, you
could pay $6 to ride it. I WAS SO TEMPTED! I wanted so bad to ride the
elephant and get a picture. But then, I thought about it, and I don't
think President Turner would be to happy if he found out a missionary
was riding an elephant...haha!

I made this cool ceramic pot a few weeks ago for pday. Sister Ammer
fired it up in the kilm last week. We put some gold on it and it looks
really cool. It reminds me of Hopi land!



I can't believe that Doug is finished with his mission! Holy Cow! It seems like
yesterday that he left!

I am excited for this week, good things should happen!

Elder Dearden

Monday, October 19, 2015

Floods, Taco's, and Potatoes


Hello!

So much has happend! Wow!

Last week we did lots of service. We also got to do lots of regular
missionary work again. Things are finally returning to normal.

The area we did service in was so sad! The homes had about 5 feet of
water when the floods where there. We went to a place where people had
been rescued by boats. It was so sad to see people and all the things
they had lost. Virtually everything in their homes were destroyed
except the framing. We had to chuck everything else, furniture, dry
wall, anything paper, cloth, or wood based.

It just broke my heart when we went to do more service at this
apartment building where there was this little family with a single
mom living there in Columbia. Their bottom floor had been completely
destroyed, they were still living in the upper part of the home. They
were in so much shock they hadn't done anything. Mold was growing and
the place was stinking. There was a young boy, probably 11. He had a
lot of fun with us using the hammers to brake down the walls. But It
was so sad to see that he had lost his home and didn't know where to
go.

On a happier note, yesterday we had an investigator at Church, his
name is Brian! He is so cool! He really enjoyed it, he had been before
a few times, but I am so excited to be working with him!

I have some pics from a few weeks ago with the Mechams, we went and
got icecream one day for lunch.

Today we are going to have a fun "house warming" haha. We invited all
the office missionaries to our new apartment for dinner to celebrate the new and fantastic place to live! It will be fun, next week I'll
have pics! We are doing a taco bar!

We have been meeting lots of cool people in the Congaree ward area.
I'm so excited for the future!

Love Ya'll

Elder Dearden

Elder Dearden mailed a potato to Chandler for his birthday.  He mailed it through the  USPS with stamps and an address attached directly to the potato. 



The potato arrived 5 days later on our front porch.  I wish I could have seen the mailman deliver it... ha ha ha.  

Monday, October 12, 2015

Congaree!

Hello people!

Life is going great here in Congaree! Our ward was so blessed to not
suffer any damage! However, only 15 miles away many places were
submerged and flooded severely. We are grateful that we were spared in
this area. Last week we returned to our apartment and discovered it
was no long inhabitable. The place needed to be dried out for a week.
So the mission office couples performed a miracle and got us a new
place! It is super nice, it is actually a town home and is just as nice
as my previous place in Dutch Fork!

So we got to do service last week, we helped a guy start cleaning out
his business in Elgin, it had flooded 2 feet where he was and we
helped rip out all the dry wall and stuff. It was really fun actually.
I enjoyed smashing stuff and throwing it away haha. We are hoping to
do lots of more service this week too.

The Church has sent lots of supplies and our building is where
everything is being kept. The Columbia Stake Center flooded out so our
building is being used a lot. We should be doing tons of service over
the coming weeks as things get more organized.

I'm super excited to be here in Congaree, there are so many great
things that will happen. We have some amazing people we are working
with. I believe Baptisms will occur here!

I have been "Ponderizing!" I love it! I'll share with ya'll the verse
I ponderized last week!

MOSIAH 4:9

Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things,
both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all
power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not
comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend.

_______________________
I take note on my thoughts as I ponderize, here are some of the
thoughts I had last week about the verse.
_______________________
I have chosen to Ponderize this Scripture over the coming days because
it has an emotion of Faith that enters my heart and mind when I read
it. The words denote a complete confidence that Heavenly Father can
accomplish whatever is needed and that He is completely in charge.

Belief in the following:

* That 'HE IS" - This means that we acknowledge that His existence is
absolute, "is" means a state of existence. Therefore, believing that
He Is, means to acknowledge this complete and perfected existence,
there is no missing piece, no degree of doubt that his existence is
absolute.

* That "HE CREATED ALL THINGS" - The word create has a meaning that
something was organized in thought, preplanned, and then executed so
that physical things are organized to produce the preplanned thought
or idea. No where has create ever meant to produce something out of
nothing. That has never happened, and never will. All things have
always been and always will be, they cannot spring into existence out
of nothing, but rather all things can be continually organized into
various forms. This can be compared to manipulating play dough. With
those thoughts in mind, we can conclude that the meaning that God
Crated all things, means that he preplanned, and thought through all
things that have existence, and that through the intelligence and
perfected power in Him, he executed a perfected process of organizing
existing matter into the reality of His Genius Plan to bring forth
Endless happiness for all His Children.

* That "HE HAS ALL WISDOM" - Wisdom is the quality of having
experience. Therefore, Heavenly Father has "all experience". He not
only 'knows', but has 'experienced' all things. Therefore, anything
that one can experience, the Father has.

* That "He has all power" - Power means, ability to do something.
Hence God has the ability to do anything, and everything. He is not
bound by any lack of ability. Now, this means he has power to commit
sin if He really wanted to, but he never will because he has perfected
wisdom, he knows the outcome of all things and will never commit sin
because of negative outcomes. He has power to do anything, but will
only do what is right, he could do wrong, but never will.

* That "Man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can
comprehend"- This means that we don't comprehend on the same level
that Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ do. There are two
meanings of the word comprehend. The First is to grasp mentally and
understand. The Second is to encompass. This leads to the conclusion
that we cannot encompass (See the full picture) of the things in our
mind that God can. He has a perfected superior ability to mentally
grasp all things.

Something interesting I just realized is that I haven't always
accepted all those points perfectly. For me, it has been easy to
accept that He created all things. I haven't ever pondered to much on
the idea that He has all Wisdom - or the quality of being experienced.
I have always known and accepted that His Son Jesus Christ did,
because of the atonement, but I never really connected the dots to
realize that the Father has the same experience.  (John 5: 19) "Then
answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The
Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for
what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. "

I have always assumed that Heavenly Father has all Power, or ability
to accomplish whatever He desires. However, my mind also never really
has dwelled the on the concept that He comprehends all things. It is
exciting to be assured that He indeed knows me perfectly and
comprehends me.

With all these amazing concepts that derive from this scripture that
describes the qualities of God, my soul is filled with desire to know
Him more.

Both in Heaven and in Earth

What does that mean? In the Scripture it mentions it 2 times in the
verse. "BOTH IN HEAVEN AND IN EARTH"

When I think of that phrase my mind is directed to the temple, where
"Heaven and Earth come together". Heaven is a place of perfection
filled with the government and order of God. There isn't anything
temporary in the Heavens, all things are eternal in perspective there.
Verses Earth, where all things are temporary and are tremendously
influenced by Satan. Satan after all is "the god of this world".

Why is that phrase used then, "BOTH IN HEAVEN AND IN EARTH"? Perhaps
it is reminding us that Heavenly Father isn't limited by location, for
he did create after all , all things, both in Heaven and in Earth.

Anyways, thanks ya'll for your prayers!

Elder Dearden


West Columbia Zone