"Yea, Lord, thy watchmen shall lift up their voice; with the voice together shall they sing; for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion." - Mosiah 15:29
This last week we finally got our iPads. During the training President Craven shared the scripture that is the title of this email and said that, by using iPads in these latter-days -- and Skype/Facetime -- we are now, indeed, able to talk eye-to-eye with people all over the world.
Having never particularly been gifted in the technology department, the iPads have been a bit confusing for me to use at times. But when someone asks you why you don't believe in the Trinity, it is extremely handy to be able to readily whip out Elder Holland's thoughts on the subject.
iPads also allow us to check Facebook more frequently, not have to wait for library computers to open, and make it so that we don't have to bring scriptures and Preach My Gospel to meetings anymore. My man-purse is much lighter to carry now.
The only hitch is that we now must go through the process of taking the papers in our Area Book and putting them into the iPad's Area Book, a process which will continue to go on for the next few weeks. There are times when I'd much rather just write things down on paper.
We were in a lesson with an investigator who asked us why we needed the Book of Mormon. As this was a family we were teaching, I came up with an analogy that I will share with you.
When a couple gets married, they are happy just the two of them and don't feel a need for anything else. Then they have a child. Having the child teaches them things they didn't know before and brings them greater joy than they had just the two of them. But again, they don't feel a pressing need for a second child. When the second child comes, they again receive greater knowledge and increased happiness. The arrival of a second child doesn't make them love the first any less.
Finally, in a family with multiple children, it is clear that the parents love all of the kids equally. They were definitely happy just the two of them, and later they were happy with one kid. Nevertheless, they have experienced the greatest joy with multiple children and would not give any of them away. They are also much wiser than they were at the beginning.
Compare this to scripture. People are indeed happy with the Bible and learn a lot from it. They may feel that they don't need anything more. But God has given us another testament, the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon gives us increased knowledge and love of God, but does not cause us to respect the Bible any less than we did.
Perhaps in those early days of the Church people were happy with just the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Getting the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price does not make those first two books any less important. Collectively, we are able to learn so much more having all of them than we ever could have learned with just one of them. This deepened knowledge brings us greater comfort and reassurance. While we were indeed happy with just the Bible, we can get so much more with modern-day revelation.
And we're still looking forward to many more great revelations that Heavenly Father will see fit to give us in the future. Modern-day prophets are awesome.
I am excited for another transfer here in the Lakefield ward with Elder Mejia, my first companion in a long time to last longer than a transfer. I love you all, and I love this work. Hurrah for Israel!