Nov 8 2011 3 Nephi 8-11 by Nancy Baird


“Suddenly there is a point where religion becomes laughable.  Then you decide that you are nevertheless religious.”
Thomas Merton, Trappist monk, mystic,1968, in Annie Dillard, For the Time Being, 77.)

“Day by day [Latter-day Saints] move closer to the Lord, little realizing they are building a godlike life.  They live quiet lives of goodness, service, and commitment.  They are like the Lamanites, who the Lord said “were baptized with fire and with the Holy Ghost, and they knew it not.”
President Ezra Taft Benson, “A Mighty Change of Heart,” Ensign, Oct. 1989, 5.

“Some things lie too deep for tears.”
Wordsworth, “Ode to Duty”

“When you walk across the field with your mind pure and  holy, then from all the stones, and all growing things, and all animals, the sparks of their souls come out and cling to you, and then they are purified and become a holy fire in you.”
Baal Shem Tov, Jewish Rabbi, mystic, 1760, in Annie Dillard, For the Time Being, 137


Malachi 4:2     “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in his wings.”

Isaiah 57:15
    “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit…”

Isaiah 61:1    “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted…”

Isaiah 64:6    “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

Matthew 11:29 
   “…I am meek and lowly in heart.”

Ether 12:39
     “And then shall ye know that I have seen Jesus, and that he hath talked with me face to face, and that he told me in plain humility, even as a man telleth another in mine own language, concerning these things.”

John 6:26    “Ye seek me, not because ye saw miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves and were filled.”