As I was reading through this e-mail I could not help but think, “Man, I sure do a lot of counseling!” My next though, “Am I really such a prideful know it all to presume to know all things?” I sure hope I don’t come off as prideful and arrogant in the things I write and say Brad. If I do, I am sorry. I don’t think I do. If you forwarded my thoughts on to the niece of Uncle, she must think I am an arrogant, prideful fool to say such things without knowing Uncle.
You asked what if people are not humble and accept the truth. The first scripture that comes to mind, “And ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect; for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts:” (D&C 29:7). “And a commandment I give unto thee – that thou shalt write for him; and the scriptures shall be given, even as they are in mine own bosom, to the salvation of mine own elect: for they will hear my voice, and shall see me, and shall not be asleep, and shall abide the day of my coming; for they shall be purified, even as I am pure” (D&C 35:20-21).
It is our job to be messengers. It is up to them to be not asleep and seeking. They will recognize the Spirit when it comes upon them. “And even so will I gather mine elect from the four quarters of the earth, even as many as will believe in me, and hearken unto my voice” (D&C 33:6). “And even so will I cause the wicked to be kept, that will not hear my voice but harden their hearts, and wo, wo, wo, is their doom” (D&C 38:6). The Lord makes it clear. We are to be instruments I his hands and carry his Spirit to others, but what happens on the other side has little or nothing to do with us. We can be prompted to plant a seed, to testify, but the rest happens in the heart and mind of that person. “And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them” (Ezek 2:5). “What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice of by the voice of my servants, it is the same” (D&C 1:38). “…but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, if they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead” (Luke 16:30-31).
I wanted to correct one point you made in reference to Adam and Eve. The man does represent the Lord has husband and father. He must act in faithfulness and righteousness, otherwise he is not to be respected or obeyed (all according to the Spirit, not personal whims). The Lord’s way has always been in counseling and working through that means. All husbands have much to learn from this pattern. Even the revelations which came to us appear to be very dictatorial of the Lord, but not if you understand under what circumstances they came. Joseph always sought the answer, counseled with friends, sought the answer and then petitioned the Lord. Sometimes the Lord answered, other times he did not. We do not ever see the example of a dictating God, nor should any husband thing that his wife’s obedience should come from his own dictates. Love, persuasion, and loving kindness are the keys. We have our ultimate exemplar in Christ.
Just because Eve partook of the fruit first does not mean she was demoted in any fashion whatsoever. Adam was made Lord over the whole earth and Eve the mother of all living. Lord did not mean the ruling tyrant who ruled with blood and horror. But the good Lord, one who watched over, protected, and prepared for the well being and felicity of those under his stewardship. He was our physical facilities maintenance and overseer. Even on the other hand was the nurturer, the one who keeps things operating smoothly. These seem like very noble roles, for both of them to me. Where do we ever get the idea that being the mother of all is something less. Like the kingdom would be of any value without its occupants, human, animal, or plant kingdoms. Wives are for much more than just having children. She is a helpmeet in meeting the needs of the entire kingdom. Not just in expanding the kingdom, but in helping the already existing kingdom. These feminists which are in our midst are so very short sighted and narrow in their views.
One last thought in regards to the temple from your e-mail. I don’t know where the notion that we go to the temple for revelation comes up. I have not researched this one in the scriptures as much, but it seems to have some problems. Why isn’t there a room in the temple where you can write down your thoughts? Why can’t you really even take anything with you into the temple? That is not the purpose of the temple. It is the Lord’s house. We are invited to come there as often as we would like and to participate in the work. We are guests there. First, we go there for ourselves. Then we take others with us every time we return. Also important is that this is the Lord’s house. He is our exemplar and the one to who we are to look for everything. It is not enough for us to follow his example, but we need to make his surroundings as his are. We are taught there the true order of heaven. We are taught how to receive inspiration. We are taught how to pray. We are taught the proper order of houses of God, of families, and how to put them in order. Should not we take these things away? Should not we follow the example and do the same with our lives? Should not our homes have a sanctuary of sorts, a holy of holies, for receiving inspiration? It is to teach us how to be godly and how to organize our homes. You don’t go to your neighbors to speak with them and learn of their ways, to go into one of their side rooms to take notes. How absurd is that? Go home, and do in your own home what is good and right. You hit it right on the head. The temple classroom should be happening at home with the scriptures. Our homes should be temples away from the temple.