Good Friends, the Sabbath and Articles
“Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.”― Dinah Maria Mulock Craik, A Life for a Life
"If God were always visible, humans could not exist at all. “No one can see Me and live,” says God. “If we continue to hear the voice of God, we will die,” say the Israelites at Sinai. But if God is always invisible, hidden, imperceptible, then what difference does His existence make? It will always be as if He were not there. The answer to this dilemma is holiness. Holiness represents those points in space and time where God becomes vivid, tangible, a felt presence. Holiness is a break in the self-sufficiency of the material world, where infinity enters space and eternity enters time. In relation to time, it is Shabbat. In relation to space, it is the Tabernacle. These, in the Torah, are the epicentres of the sacred. We can now understand what makes them holy. Shabbat is the time when humans cease, for a day, to be creators and become conscious of themselves as creations. The Tabernacle is the space in which humans cease to be masters – “fill the earth and subdue it” – and become servants. Just as God had to practise self-restraint to make space for the finite, so human beings have to practise self-restraint to make space for the infinite. The holy, in short, is where human beings renounce their independence and self-sufficiency, the very things that are the mark of their humanity, and for a moment acknowledge their utter dependence on He who spoke and brought the universe into being. The universe is the space God makes for man. The holy is the space man makes for God. The secular is the emptiness created by God to be filled by a finite universe. The holy is the emptiness in time and space vacated by humans so that it can be filled by the infinite presence of God.”
"If you're not careful, you'll live your life from front to back. You'll start at the beginning and stop at the end. Drawn along by your hopes and fears you will spend your whole life waiting to see how your life is going to end. Will you get what you wanted?...Will you make it into the Celestial Kingdom? Will you be saved? Your life will turn into a waiting room.
Don't live like this. God doesn't want you to live time in order. He doesn't want you to wait until the end to be happy.
This is what the Sabbath is for. The Sabbath is Gods way of interrupting our lives. It's his way of interrupting time or breaking it's spell. God introduces a hiccup into time, a beat of stillness, a little pocket of eternity."
Adam Miller, LETTERS TO A YOUNG MORMON
***Please remember as you read information that you separate the wheat from the chaff. There is truth in these and there are also just opinions. Ponder, pray, take it to the Lord and then through the influence of the Spirit, figure out what is important for YOU.
Article on the Celestial Kingdom