by Earl R. Curry
Characteristic No. 3: There shall be an endowment of special light on
difficult problems and projects.
As the servants of God move forward in the performance of their manifold duties,
many, many perplexing problems inevitably arise.
Also, the Lord has set before you projects of labor,
projects of demonstration which are as yet very far from the measure of
He has hope for His people.
Thousands have come together in the center areas of Zionic gathering,
yet they are far from being of one heart and one mind.
None among you say that this is Zion as it ought to be.
God's people work in the industries of the world.
They not only rise and fall with the varying fortunes of these industries,
but they must also partake of the very worldly environment that exists
in these places of labor.
Their peace and their spirituality are marred by this Babylonish
God's people are intended to be very largely independent of these worldly industries
and this Babylonish environment.
Basic industries which provide for the essential needs of life ought already to
have been established,
for the times of economic and
other kinds of collapse are not far from your doors.
The great Father would provide for you thru
farsighted action and accomplishment on your part.
Yet the years go by and so little is done, when compared with what ought to be.
You lack wisdom and
foresight in these matters, and
you scarcely try to find the wisdom
that your loving Father would give to you
were you to cease trusting so much in your own selves, and
were a faithful body of men,
deeply concerned about this lack of progress,
to come together,
asking for their eyes to be opened that
they might see how to do these things,
even under the difficulties of this present hour.
Moreover, more than one hundred years ago you were commanded to
lift a warning voice to the world,
setting forth clearly and understandingly
the desolation of abomination of these last days.
This has not been,
and is not being done with the strength, the intelligence,
the prophetic insight and foresight,
or even as with a loud voice,
which these days of increasing commotion demand.
Very few see deeply concerning this warning.
Very few understand that which the Lord has caused to be written
concerning the last days.
Very few even ask to be shown what lies ahead.
And so, the warning voice that you lift is feeble indeed.
You are fearful of wild and extreme interpretations.
You seem to have lost confidence that your Lord and your God knew
what He was talking about when He inspired His prophets to place
His warning word in the scriptures.
All this can rapidly change when you will
come together and
ask to see truly that which was in the heart of your Lord
when He caused His words concerning these last days to shine forth.
This you ought to do.
This you must do if you would discharge the responsibility
that has been placed on you.
Many churches who
do not have and understand the light of prophecy and
to whom the Lord cannot reveal himself,
try to hold these things before the world,
but they cannot because
they do not comprehend and
are not commissioned to do it.
You can comprehend,
you can have prophetic light shine upon you,
and you are commissioned!
Surely as God lives,
every effort that anyone may make, or that many may make
in this direction of seeking an endowment of special light on
difficult problems, and
will be richly rewarded.
The preceding are but two of many problems and situations upon which the
marvelous light of the Eternal Father needs to shine.
In the school of the prophets and the endowment shall your needs be met.
Behold, now, how divinely humble and graciously considerate is the Lord of light,
intelligence, and power,
in that He does not seek
nor even slightly desire to overwhelm you with His glory.
He wants you to go as far as you can under His gracious spiritual
He wants you to wrestle with
your needs, even as Jacob of old wrestled with the angel.
Then, when you cannot succeed, because of the vastness and the complexity of that
which is before you,
if you then will call upon your Heavenly Father for help,
seeking in great faith and mighty prayer,
verily, He holds himself bound to share with you the glories of His supreme powers
How full of gratitude shall be your hearts, that the Lord of Hosts,
notwithstanding His majesty, His exaltation, His power,
thus respects your personality and individuality.
Who among you will join with Him in demonstrating,
step by step, the expanding possibilities of this kind of endowment?
Furthermore, revelation, in general, comes to those who are seeking the added high
vision that only the Lord can give.
Is it not true that many of the revelations in the D.&C. came in response
to urgent seeking on the part of the elders?
The Holy One of Israel delights to reveal truth to His servants,
particularly when that truth will be used.