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"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. 4: There will be an endowment resulting from His servants and His people, under divine guidance, finding the places where they may best work. In this there is wisdom. In this lie fine possibilities of greater individual achievement. In this greater resources of personality and individual power shall be opened up. In this lies much of the hope and the possibility of the fuller achievement of Zion. In this, as well, lies much of the working out of the last great movement of prophetic warning ere the end shall come Verily, the possibilities of this particular kind of endowment are so deep and profound, and sweeping, that they may only now be expressed and understood with difficulty. This kind of endowment shall be for both ministry and people. By this kind of endowment, increasingly, shall all the life be hallowed. It is only thru this kind of endowment that there shall come an inspired and inspiring organization of brotherly cooperation which will make possible holy and sacred communities of gathering. Many, many times have you heard the question asked, "How may I help to achieve such a noble goal as Zion?" I call you to witness that, almost without exception, the answers that you have heard are almost utterly inadequate. Because you do not see the answer to this and like questions, the cause of Zion languishes, and God's people come out of Babylon and her worldly ways with very great difficulty, since there is as yet so little to which they may turn. Outstanding achievements in the affairs of men are made possible, most of all, only as human personality and resources are organized. The great machines which soar and hurtle thru the skies with such amazing swiftness are produced by the talents of ordinary people. These people have been placed by human wisdom in that work or place where they can best help. Likewise in the production of steel, or fast-moving autos, or the throwing of massive bridges across chasms, or rivers, or bays. Likewise your governmental, or educational, or other systems are organized. In all these, with few exceptions, men are motivated by the money that shall result from their labor. Mostly they care little about the social results of that which they do, and even their best aims and hopes and goals are selfish. Now the great works, the high goals, the supremely worthwhile objectives of the Almighty Father must also be organized if they are to be realized, but in a far finer, nobler, selfless manner. They must be organized more intelligently, with a much better discernment and evaluation of personality resources and potential abilities of all who will co-labor with God to do great things. Manifestly, all this is not the work of a moment. How then may this endowment of inspired placement of human personality be worked out? FIRSTLY, There needs to be a growing realization that the loving Creator of stupendously vast universes has immense reservoirs, as it were, of intelligence, of spiritual illumination, of highest motivation, of keenest analysis, of far-sighted perception and abilities to plan. These resources He would gladly make available to those who would love Him. Gladly would He open the flood gates that restrain the flowing forth of these crystal streams from His presence, streams such as bring life to the barren plains of human life. Boundless available resources are His. Have you not prayed for ages concerning the coming of His Kingdom-- Thine is the power and the glory to bring this kingdom to pass. God would have you know now that this is true to the uttermost. He would have you, in great faith, to ask and move out accordingly. It is not meet that His servants and His people should dwell so far out on the fringe of prophetic enlightenment. In finer, deeper, more radiant ways than you have known, this marvelous being will be your Father! How may these things be? SECONDLY, Under the providence of the Almighty men who see the realized possibilities of this kind of endowment, men who are coming increasingly closer to the great source of glowing, radiant, spiritual light, men whose gifts of personality, either trained or potential, make it possible for them to serve in these ways-- this kind of men must be brought to the fore. There must be pioneers. There must be inspired men who think these things thru. There must be those whom God can lift up to the high places of vision-- good men, noble men, practical men, men who can translate prophetic insights and foresights into flesh and blood enterprises for the thousands upon thousands who want to see and help. Some of these men already exist among you. Others may be stimulated by the example and influence of pioneers and by leadership. As all such move out, working on simpler problems at first, and learning how to secure the enlightenment that comes from above, they shall be enabled to pilot the way, they shall be able to lift up a standard around which all who will may rally. If any be of little faith in this matter, let them consider what is being done already in this your land by men who labor largely for money and glory, and who labor in their own strength. You who may become pioneers of this sort have not alone your natural gifts and wisdom, but you will notably have powerful spiritual forces to compliment that which you have in your own native abilities. Besides this, you will be laboring for the greatest idea, ideal, and project ever presented to the mind of men. Yet, notwithstanding this, the way will be fraught with difficulty, for the placing of men and women in the working out of God's great projects will require great wisdom, not only bringing the right person to the right task, but also thus, in the spirit of brotherhood and under the finest concepts of human agency. How may these things be? THIRDLY, You may consider these matters individually, or you may study about them in groups, as in a future school of the prophets. You need first to set up, as completely as you can see, the main projects of effort needed to make the ideals of the kingdom actual. Then divide these again into their main divisions, then sub-divide and break down until projects of effort become of such size that the average individual can handle them. Some help as to techniques of possible procedure may be won by perusal of books that are used to train men of industries in such matters. To your wisdom the Lord will add. As you thus outline what is needed, even difficult problems and projects will be found solvable and possible. Moreover, as you thus outline in detail, the gifts of intelligence, discernment, and wisdom will suggest the characteristics of personality, the qualities of mind and spirit, as well as the training and skills which each detailed part of each project will need. These outlines of needs will also enable eager, inquiring minds to consider, weigh, and choose as to ways they may serve in working out God's high purposes for His cause and people. How may these things be? FOURTHLY, God can, and will, work with His servants and His people who shall undertake these things. He will use His gifts of prophecy, of spiritual impression, or dreams and visions, of special enlightenment, of spirit-guided study, of special gifts of knowledge and wisdom to prepare many individuals to help. Besides this, if you will have faith, angels would gladly minister in guidance when they can assist in achieving God's great goals! Ministry, local and otherwise, can be trained as pioneers, as counselors, as guides and as exemplars to push forward toward this endowment of inspired placement of human personality in the many projects which, added together, shall mean eventually, the total establishment of the Kingdom. A general sort of help may increasingly come also as patriarchs and evangelists shall catch the vision of these things and, responding to the spiritual guidance, shall point young people, in particular, toward God's high goals for them. Oh my people, this is a tremendously serious part of the endowment, a part for which you may increasingly labor, even day by day. The great projects of the Kingdom wait upon your thus uniting the abilities, the development of knowledge, the skills, the idealism of men and women, with the guiding and the organizing powers of God's glorious intelligence.

 

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