Sunday, May 12, 2013

Letter from mission president to all missionaries

May 6, 2013

This is the only picture I have of President Packard and his wife
Dear Elders and Sisters,

Moses Chapter 1 is one of those “must read” chapters in scripture. It is a chapter that keeps giving and giving. I studied this chapter carefully this week and was impressed with a host of things. I would like to share one of those impressions with you today.

When Moses was carried away onto a high mountain, he talked with God face to face. During that experience, his mind opened in a truly extraordinary way. The scripture says: “Moses cast his eyes and beheld the earth, yea, even all of it; and there was not a particle of it which he did not behold, discerning it by the spirit of God. And he also beheld the inhabitants thereof, and there was not a soul which he beheld not, and he discerned them by the spirit of God.” (Moses 1: 27-28). Think about it! He not only saw the Glory of God, he was able to see things, at least briefly, like God sees them, and he actually developed God-like comprehension of the entire earth, every particle therein, and every person on the earth. He didn’t just see all of the earth – like we would see a panoramic picture or even a movie—he comprehended every particle of the things he saw. In other words, it was not just the scope of the knowledge that made Moses’ experience so impressive, it was the depth as well.

We can have the same experience, at least in kind if not in degree. When we comprehend things by the Spirit, we come to understand the height, width, breadth and depth of things. When we discern things by the Spirit of God, we don’t just learn more things, we learn them in a completely different way. Consequently, both the quantum and the quality of the knowledge are different. Understanding this process is critical. If we want to discern things by the Spirit, we can’t study the Gospel the way we study chemistry. We must pray, ponder, meditate and search within ourselves. We must also be patient because the things of the Spirit cannot be forced and cannot be placed on a schedule.

Sister Packard and I may not comprehend every particle of the earth, but we do comprehend love in a profoundly different way than we comprehend other things. This is because love is comprehended through the Spirit. Please know that we love you, and we pray for you every day. Have a great day!

President and Sister Packard

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