January 22 2018 3 Nephi 15-17 by Nancy Baird

Joseph Smith said in a letter dictated from the dungeon of Liberty Jail after he had been there for 5 months:

“Thy mind, O Man (and we may add O Woman as well), if thou wilt lead a soul unto salvation, must stretch as high as the utmost Heavens, and search into and contemplate the …darkest abyss and the broad expanse [of eternity]…”

John Welch, BYU Studies 50, no, 3 (2011),66.

Years before C.S. Lewis, the great theologian, became a Christian, he was strolling with his friend J.R.R. Tolkien, a devout Catholic and creator of “The Lord of The Rings.”  After listening to Lewis voice doubts about faith, Tolkien stopped and looked at him.

“Jack,” he said, “failure to believe is simply a failure of imagination.”

He was talking about “spiritual imagination,” of course.

The imagination that can comprehend a reality beyond the realm of senses.

from article by Jerry Johnston, Sat. May 15, 1999, Des News.

“Children are always on the edge of committing an act of kindness, always ready to go in that direction.”

“I’ve never seen a young child be anything other than very interested in what other children look like, do, say, how they behave – they’re fascinated.  They have a tremendous, almost scientific interest in each other.”

Vivian Gussin Paley, Kindergarten teacher, The Kindness of Children.

“We think of children as vulnerable.  In my experience they are giants.  Their bodies and souls are amazingly resilient.  What we often mistake for fragility is their openness.”

Fred Epstein, pediatric neurosurgeon