The account of Joseph Smith’s First Vision, found in the Joseph Smith History included at the back of any Triple Combination worth it’s salt has a wealth of information for the avid scriptorian. We can discover so much about the boy prophet, our relationship with God the Father and His son Jesus Christ, as well as the reasons Joseph Smith was asked to restore Christ’s true church on the earth. But is there a pattern hidden within this revelation that can help us with our own “first vision” today?
For just about 10 years, I have been singing “I Am A Child of God” to sleepy little boys. Sometimes when I sing that song, it is filled with deep emotion, but other times, I have to admit, I am merely going through the motions in the hopes that by the time I hit verse three, my wild-child will be zonked out.
About a year ago, I wrote an article entitled The Case of the Mysterious Gift: Sherlock Holmes on Grace. After doing some research and doing some writing, I felt that I had come to understand grace just a little bit more. Yet, it still remained somewhat of an enigma–some fleeting thought that drifts across our path but is ever so hard to grasp. However, almost a year later, I think I may have discovered another key to unlocking the idea of grace even further.
Throughout history, symbols have been used on the battlefield to represent rallying points. In the Bronze age, field signs were used. During the iron age, war flags emerged in Asia. The first known standard used in ancient Rome is said to have been a handful of straw affixed to the top of a pole. In later years, the Roman standard evolved into a golden eagle perched on top of a staff with a banner waving underneath.
In order for muscles to grow, you must first tear the muscle tissue. This sounds counterintuitive, doesn’t it. But it is true. It isn’t until one hour after you work-out, however, that your body begins to repair the damage you inflicted on it at the gym. This period can last for up to five hours. During this time period, called the anabolic phase, it is important to fuel your body.
The Clark’s Grebe is a water bird with a curious mating ritual. When a female grebe thinks she might like to see what the male has to offer, she invites him for a walk. But this isn’t just any romantic walk, it’s…well, it’s a walk on water.