School of the Prophets in the N.K. Whitney Store
(Side Note - When looking at my pictures, please keep in mind how sick I was.)
It was in the upstairs of the Newel K. Whitney Store that the Prophet Joseph Smith received a revelation known as the Word of Wisdom. We know this to be a health code that instructs us on those things that are good for our bodies and those things that are harmful, tobacco being one of the no-no's. Well, in case you didn't know, in the School of the Prophets 20-25 men would meet together and all but two of the men would smoke and chew tobacco. So the Prophet walked into that room to read this revelation to these men, his friends. And what did they do? They broke their clay pipes and threw them into the fireplace! They didn't hesitate, didn't think for a second, they acted immediately. But why? They didn't know the health risks in the 1830's, so why were they so willing to give it all up? Because they had complete faith that what Joseph told them wasn't coming from him, but from the Lord. Which makes sense because a Prophet is a man called of God, chosen to declare God's word among His people (just like in ancient times!).
As I watch General Conference, I think of the example of these faithful early Saints. Do I listen to what is being said by these servants of God? Not just listen, but take it into my heart with the intent to act? Am I quick to heed the Prophet's advice? I should be and here's why. ->D&C 50:36 teaches us (this is the Lord speaking), "...blessed are you who are hearing these words of mine from the mouth of my servant...". We have a living Prophet on the earth today (because Heavenly Father loves His children), Thomas S. Monson who teaches us how to find joy and peace in this life and for forever! Let's not take it for granted. And if you have NO idea what I'm talking about, click on "General Conference" at the beginning of this paragraph, you won't regret it.
& that's my Kirtland lesson for the day.
A most happy birthday to my beautiful Nana!!