Christian Center for Book of Mormon Study and Research

"The Endowment"

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Introduction

General Statement
Prayer of Inquiry

QUESTION NO 1: When shall the Spiritual Endowment be?

When shall these things be?
When shall these things be?

QUESTION NO 2: How may we prepare ourselves for the Endowment?

How shall you individually prepare?

QUESTION NO 3: How may the church advance in these ways?

QUESTION NO 4: Must the people and ministry pass thru a time of great trial?

QUESTION NO 5: What are the characteristics of the Endowment?

Preface to set of 10 Characteristics

Characteristic No. 1: Spiritually won knowledge

Some of the possible ways are these

Characteristic No. 2: Shared spiritual experiences

With whom among you shall He thus move?

In what ways will you be prepared for this sharing?

How shall you seek, ask, and knock?

How can the Lord say more than this?

Characteristic No. 3: Special light on difficult problems and projects

Characteristic No. 4: Finding the places where people may best work

How then may this endowment of inspired placement of human personality be worked out?

How may these things be?

How may these things be?

How may these things be?

Characteristic No. 5: An outpouring of spiritual gifts, help, and guidance

Characteristic No. 6: Ministry of angels

Characteristic No. 7: Ministry of those who have tarried

Now, why will the Lord bless the time of endowment with this visitation of those who have tarried?

Characteristic No. 8: Purification of mind, spirit, and purpose

Characteristic No. 9: Special appearances of Jesus Christ

What shall this day be like when He shall suddenly come to His temple?

Characteristic No. 10: Christ shall delegate and bestow spiritual power

QUESTION NO 6: What shall Thy servants be, do, and say?

QUESTION NO 7: Will there by many whom Thou canst endow?

QUESTION NO 8: Shall this endowment be for everyone?

QUESTION NO 9: Are there other ways we can be aroused to move toward the endowment?

Yes, there are other ways

QUESTION NO 10: How can humble people do our part to hasten the day?

Now, what can you do?


"The Endowment"
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 achievement. 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 environment. 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 responsibilities, and projects 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. Rather, He wants you to go as far as you can under His gracious spiritual illumination. He wants you to wrestle with your problems, your difficulties, 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 of comprehension, analysis, and solution. 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.

 

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