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The Golden Question

The Golden Question

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Published by Anthony E. Larson
Following Enos’ example in the Book of Mormon we have the right and opportunity at every hand to explore how things happen and why. James E. Talmage gave us a vital clue when he taught that miracles are performed by natural law that we may or may not understand.

• For more essays from this series: http://mormonprophecy.blogspot.com/

• For online classes, videos, newsletters and published books exploring this material in depth:
http://www.mormonprophecy.com/prophecy,_ancient_history_and_the_restored_gospel_002.htm

• Your questions or comments are welcome: anthonyelarson@gmail.com
Following Enos’ example in the Book of Mormon we have the right and opportunity at every hand to explore how things happen and why. James E. Talmage gave us a vital clue when he taught that miracles are performed by natural law that we may or may not understand.

• For more essays from this series: http://mormonprophecy.blogspot.com/

• For online classes, videos, newsletters and published books exploring this material in depth:
http://www.mormonprophecy.com/prophecy,_ancient_history_and_the_restored_gospel_002.htm

• Your questions or comments are welcome: anthonyelarson@gmail.com

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THINGS AS THEY ARE, WERE ARE TO COME

The Golden Question
ANTHONY E. LARSON

James E. Hold infinity in the palm of your hand. And a heaven in a wild flower. where most stop. Talmage gave us a vital clue when he taught that miracles are performed by natural law that we may or may not understand. as in the classroom. To see a world in a grain of sand. WERE � ARE TO COME Following Enos’ example in the Book of Mormon we have the right and opportunity at every hand to explore how things happen and why. yet it is in just such a probing inquiry that the most valuable wisdom is often found. Too often in life. Learning means asking questions. William Blake rue insight comes of pursuing a question or an idea beyond the first impression or answer. if not all of them. This is nowhere more true than in our gospel study. Perhaps the most explicit example of the profound value in inquiring beyond the superficial is found in the story of Enos from the Book of Mormon. We almost never pause to look beyond that first blush of information or results. Joseph Smith noted that the most profound revelations of this dispensation. It requires earnest searching on one’s part. looking deeper than the surface. After praying at length for forgiveness. Our curiosity almost never extends beyond what we see on the surface. T Auguries of Innocence. his petition was . And eternity in an hour. Larson THINGS AS THEY ARE. we are satisfied with an immediate response to a question or the most evident outcome of an inquiry. came as answers to questions he took to the Lord. and probing further to discover more than most will see.The Golden Question Copyright © 2006 Anthony E.

as Blake wrote in the poem quoted above? Elder James E. satisfied that our prayer had been answered.) This would be a remarkable moment in anyone’s life. we would have dropped to our knees. In Enos’ place. how is it done?” This was someone whose curiosity was not easily satisfied. who could ask for more than to be saved from one’s enemies and certain death by safe passage through the Red Sea? Had we been there. but are wrought through the operation of laws not universally or commonly recognized. But that should not be enough. and thou shalt be blessed. For example. After all. shout for joy and head for home. “Miracles cannot be in contravention of natural law. But which of us does so? Who among us takes the time to understand why Joseph Smith wanted to obtain those Egyptian papyri so he could study them? Which of us has sought to understand the meaning of his explanations . We can rightfully look beyond the miraculous as well as the mundane in order to understand the mechanisms or methodologies underlying it. most of us would have been more than satisfied with that answer. After all. Talmage.” (Enos 1:5. 148. how this or that is possible? Isn’t there more to be known by looking beyond the moment or the miracle. what more could we want than to have our slate wiped clean? We would leap to our feet. kissed the ground. we ought to ask how it was done.The Golden Question 3 granted.) This truth means that there is nothing mysterious in miracles or in the gospel. Like the prophets. thanked the Lord and went happily on our way. But not so with Enos.” (Jesus the Christ. “And there came a voice unto me saying: Enos. “And I said: Lord. thy sins are forgiven thee. most of us are content to read how Moses led the Israelites out of bondage through miraculous means without looking further. he had an inquiring mind. This is a model for our own inquiries into the restored gospel. He asked the golden question: How? How is it that such a thing can be done? How does the Lord accomplish such a miracle? The result was that he gained further insight and a blessing that he might never have had otherwise. p. an early apostle and recognized doctrinal authority in the church wrote.

seemingly not found elsewhere in the gospel? Do you inquire further as to their possible meaning? Or.com/ Your questions or comments are welcome: anthonyelarson@gmail. we would certainly receive more than the simple blessings for which we typically ask. If we were to do so.com/ For online classes.blogspot.The Golden Question 4 of them as recorded in the Pearl of Great Price? We regard them as mere curiosities. you may have missed a glorious opportunity to learn.com . novelties that once captured the interest of a prophet. like Enos. newsletters and published books exploring this material in depth: http://www. except to notice that they are oddities. did your reading raise questions in your mind? If you have Enos’ mindset. Do the symbols on the Nauvoo or Salt Lake temples hold your interest. to ask questions and seek answers to much of what we take for granted.mormonprophecy. It would behoove each of us as believing Latter-day Saints to be more discriminating and inquisitive where the gospel is concerned. it did. videos. do you suppose that the architects placed them there as mere decorative features? Do you ever stop long enough to ask how these relate to the restored gospel? Even more fundamentally. For more essays from this series: http://mormonprophecy. do you take the scriptures at face value? Do you “search” them and scrutinize them as we have been counseled to do? When asked recently by the Brethren to re-read your Book of Mormon. If not. so we pass them by without inquiring further. They seem to hold little of spiritual value.

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