Thursday, October 3, 2013

Shall be Scripture

My institute class this semester is titled, "Scripture Study: The power of the word",  and I have absolutely loved every minute in that classroom!!! There are so many incredible insights and tools that we have.  In the first couple of days, we tried to answer the question: "What is scripture?" At first, everyone thought... DUH, the four standard works! The Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, and the Bible!  But when our teacher brought up things like General Conference,  the Strength of Youth Pamphlet, etc... we came up with a new definition of "scripture": Anything that comes from the Lord or from one of His prophets!! Sounds good enough right?  That's what we thought anyway... Then Brother Simms showed us a scripture in the Doctrine and Covenants 68:3-4:

3. And this is the example unto them, that they shall 
speak as they are moved upon by the Holy Ghost.
4.  And whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon 
by the Holy Ghost shall be scripture, shall be the 
will of the Lord, shall be the mind of the Lord, shall 
be the word of the Lord, shall be the voice of the 
Lord and the power of God unto salvation.

What does this mean you may ask??  It means, any words that the Holy Ghost has influence on is scripture.  It means that blessings from my dad are scripture.  It means that personal promptings that I receive are scripture.  It means that if a missionary is teaching a discussion, what he or she says, is SCRIPTURE!!! exciting huh??? I thought so :)

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