Stand for the And

“Stand for the AND”

This statement is often heard within the personal develop world concerning the power of the mind, believing you can receive both items (things, service, place, etc.) you desire rather than one or the other. I’d like to look at this statement in a scriptural context.

When Oliver Cowdery asked the Lord if he could have help “concerning the engravings of old records” the Lord answered, “I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost.” (D&C 8:2, emphasis added) Christ asked him to feel the answer in his “mind” AND his “heart.”

“Mind” can be substituted for anything found on the head, for example, “My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.” (Psalm 49:3, emphasis added) or “The multitude did hear and do bear record; and their hearts were open and they did understand in their hearts the words which he prayed” (3 Nephi 19:33, emphasis added) The mind is associated with seeing, hearing and speaking and also with reason, intellect and knowledge.

When speaking of understanding you’ll often find the word “heart” as in this proverb, “So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding” (Proverbs 2:2, emphasis added)

David Bednar said, “When the Holy Ghost confirms in our hearts as true what we know in our minds, understanding occurs…A confirming spiritual witness in our hearts concerning the truth of what we have come to know in our minds is obtained through the process of revelation.”

When Nephi was commanded to build a ship his brothers lacked the faith necessary to do the task and began to murmur. Nephi talked to them about the importance of reason (mind) and revelation (heart.)

“Ye are swift to do iniquity but slow to remember the Lord your God. Ye have seen an angel, and he spake unto you; yea, ye have heard his voice from time to time; and hath spoken unto you in a still small voice, but ye were past feeling, that ye could not feel his words.” (1 Nephi 17:45) Laman and Lemuel had received the knowledge but had not “applied their hearts to understanding” (Mosiah 12:27.) They were blessed with knowledge, but had not allowed their feelings to penetrate their hearts. They did not “Stand for the And” and allow God to reveal a spiritual witness into their minds and their hearts with understanding.

The Holy Ghost speaks to us in our minds and hearts. Satan can mimic the feelings of the mind and of the heart, but he can not do them at the same time. Only the Holy Ghost can bring a witness to both the heart and the mind. So “Stand for the And” and receive the revelation God is waiting to give you in your mind and in your heart.

With One Heart on a Thursday

We are the only nation that celebrates our holy day on a Thursday. As I listened to “They Saw our Day by Lance Richardson of the American Family Institution I heard him talk about a specific quatrain of Nostradamus where he mentioned a nation that “will celebrate Thursday as his holiday.” Lance researched the other nations and could not find any other nation that celebrated on Thursday other than The United States of America. The quatrain continued saying that America will “bring trouble to” or come out conqueror against “the East” Europe, Asia and Africa. This idea of being the only nation that celebrates on a Thursday intrigued me, so, of course, I researched it.

I discovered that the Council in 1676 sent out a proclamation setting apart the 29th of June as a day of giving thanks. Then George Washington, as president, in 1789 wrote the “Proclamation. A National Thanksgiving … assigning Thursday the 26th of November to be devoted … to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.”  Then in 1863, Abraham Lincoln wrote the “1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation.” which states:

It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.

Whether or not Nostradamus’ prediction was about America and her Thursday holy day I believe God had his hand in selecting this day. How grateful I am for amazing national leaders that set apart a special day for us to gather as with one heart and one voice to give thanks and “supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions.”

May we as a nation remember the providence of God in our individual, family and national lives.

Happy Thanksgiving!

With Love,

Tresta Neil

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