Stephenson Family Ties The Barn Burnt Down
And Now I See The Moon

Day 5

We live in a universe whose age we cant quite
compute, surrounded by stars whose distances we
dont altogether know, filled with matter we cant
identify, operating in conformance with physical
laws whose properties we dont truly understand.
from: A Short History of Nearly Everything
by: Bill Bryson

*A remarkable and radiant mother once said to me, "Love is a wave on the ether."  She meant that it flows, pours, saturates and like light, can be described both as a wave and a "corpuscular" thing.  Love centers in God and radiates from Him.

I rejoice in the the wonder of the Propeht who sought words to designate the glory and brightness of God:

His later key sentences such as:
 "Our God is a consuming fire."
"Our Father dwells in everlasting burnings."
"His eyes were as flames of fire."
This is not a glaring, nor unpleasant kind of fire, not the fire that scorches and lays waste.  Instead, it is a heightening, shadowless, intensifying. It melts and refines and hallows.  SO when Nephi says, "He filled me with his love unto the consuming of my flesh," he is also saying he has been filled with the Spirit of God.

When Joseph Smith says, "My soul was filled with love for many days, and I could rejoice with great joy, and the Lord was with me," he is basking in the reflected glory of the Lord's love.

And when President McKay said love is "the divinest attribute of the human soul" he is saying we can become love-receptive, so much akin to God that we individually generate and call down such love by our very nature.

*Truman Madsen

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