The five wise virgins in D&C 45

We read

D&C 45:56 And at that day, when I shall come in my glory, shall the parable be fulfilled which I spake concerning the ten virgins.

57 For they that are wise and have received the truth, and have taken the Holy Spirit for their guide, and have not been deceived—verily I say unto you, they shall not be hewn down and cast into the fire, but shall abide the day.

The description here should make us tremble and shake. It says that that those that are wise were those who “have taken the Holy Spirit for their guide, and have not been deceived”.

Now sure, every member of the church has been given the gift of the Holy Ghost.

But as to members that are experiencing, or even seeking for, the Holy Ghost as an actual guide in their life who “will show them all things what they must do” to gain eternal life that is another matter. So much so that we are moving more and more to substitutes for the Holy Ghost in its place.

There are those among us who are simply discarding truth itself, even reality itself, rejecting the immutable reality that God’s children are either boys or girls. Such are among the “most bitter fruit” that will certainly find themselves cast off quickly if they don’t repent. Most are such bitter fruit they will take themselves out of the church before the church itself determines to address their apostasy.  They cast themselves off as untimely figs.

Then there are those who are members of the church, but want something “safer” than the Holy Ghost. These are obsessed with official doctrine, church manuals, and church handbooks. They catalog the statements in general conference as if that was the repository of all truth.

While a study of general conference teachings can be extremely valuable, that is very different than using your collection of quotations as a checklist used to set up bounds for the almighty. These people want something safer than revelation.

But, as Harold B Lee pointed out, the only safety lies in living so that we can have the guidance of the Holy Ghost.

Someone will say I am accusing our members of not feasting on the scriptures and not taking the Holy Ghost as their guide. Are you kidding? We accuse ourselves. We know better than to count on anything better. Why do we have manuals and letters and articles and official publications attempting to fill in every possible detail and address every circumstance? Why do we find it necessary to fill in yet more and more basic doctrine “officially”? We accuse ourselves. We do not count on our members knowing the scriptures, or being close enough to the Holy Ghost to discern either truth or proper action by those means.

By the Holy Ghost, we can know the truth of all things. The Holy Ghost will teach us all things what we must do. If we treasured up in our minds continually the words of life, then it would be given in the very hour that portion that should be meted unto every man.

Two of my children were told in a Sunday School lesson that if they had to teach a lesson in the wilderness, and they could only take one thing with them, they should take the manual, not the scriptures.

Our manuals, our articles, our official publications. We are trying to keep together a building by using marshmallows for stone and jello for mortar instead of the scriptures and the power of revelation through the Holy Ghost in the lives of the members. We heap on more marshmallows and slosh on more jello hoping to bolster the structure further.

This is not the fault of our prophet and apostles. What can you build with marshmallows and jello to work with? Can a temple to the most high rise up built from such materials?

What we need is feasting on the scriptures, lives committed to decency and virtue, keeping all the commandments of God, and then the Holy Ghost can begin to teach us in earnest. Then the souls of our saints can bear a load without shifting and groaning their ire. Then they will not tremble and find offense if they even hear such basic truths as were laid out by the Father in the garden of Eden. Then they will become stones instead of gummy instability, for they will be built on the rock. Then they will all stand together as one, for their unity will be the unity of those who live, act, and know by the power of the Holy Ghost. Then our leaders can speak and the church become a temple to God. Then, in time, the Lord God will come to that temple, even the messenger of the covenant, the gospel having prepared the way before him.

And such will be found wise virgins when the Lord comes, for they will have taken the Holy Spirit as their guide and will not have been deceived.

 

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John Robertson

I am nothing more than a regular member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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