Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Tongue of Angels

In the spirit of of the Sabbath day (day of rest), I'd like to share a few thoughts that I had in my elders quorum (church meeting) this morning.

2 Nephi 32: 2-3 reads:
2 Do ye not remember that I said unto you that after ye had received the Holy Ghost ye could speak with the btongue of angels? And now, how could ye speak with the tongue of angels save it were by the Holy Ghost?
3 Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.
A thought came to my mind. We often think of the words of Christ (or the tongue of angels) as specific good things that we should say. However, I've come to realize that this principle also applies to certain things that we shouldn't say. As Elder David A. Bednar (a member of the quorum of the twelve apostles) remarks in his talk, That We May Always Have His Spirit To Be With Us,
The standard is clear. If something we think, see, hear, or do distances us from the Holy Ghost, then we should stop thinking, seeing, hearing, or doing that thing. If that which is intended to entertain, for example, alienates us from the Holy Spirit, then certainly that type of entertainment is not for us.
Basically, the thought that I had is that part of speaking the words of Christ is also to not speak the words that He wouldn't. For example, He probably wouldn't say mean or hurtful things behind another person's back. But He would, however, say kind and uplifting things and not hold such words back.

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