This past fast and testimony Sunday much like many others--- a barrage of, I kid you not, 12 kids lined up to deliver the tried-and-true line "I know the church is true". Cute little things.
What we have through the resources of the restoration brought forth by Joseph Smith is amazing.
Being "knit" / yoked to Christ AS he manifests himself in the Church without a question of thinking IS beneficial. Juliet, lets have fun for second
I'm going to throw out this wild hypothetical----- lets say you were stranded on a desert island with the amenities of food enough survival accoutrements ---like until you died---
. I tell you with great confidence --If all you had was prayer you would be able to thrive in the goodness of Jesus. If you had all the above-mentioned stuff plus the Book of Mormon. Wow... holy and sacred would that church be where Juliet offered up / consecrated her faith and soul to Jesus living on that there island. As you moved forward exceedingly great faith in that isolation Every Blessing mentioned in the Book of Mormon would be offered you eventually. You would learn much like Nephi and Alma and very many blessed people in the Book of Mormon that you were not alone that Angels would attend and be companions with you on sacred occasions. Yes, it's totally safe to say that your heart's desire to be administered to by Jesus similar to the brother of Jared would occur... leading up to this experience you will would have been born of God and filled with the fire and joy and great love that comes through receiving the Holy Ghost. The gifts of the Spirit through your steadfast prayer and Devotion to Jesus as you understand it through what you read in the Book of Mormon / personal revelation would aid you tremendously in your unfortunate yet fortunate circumstance of being alone on this island . The purity of your worship to Jesus Christ and his love and goodness in your life would cause you maybe at some point to say "wait a minute where is that church which is the byproduct of these blessings. Then you would rejoice with amazement and joy and probably say something like "hold on--- Jesus ---Jesus is my Lord my savior my my rock my sure Foundation and friend he is The Giver of this goodness of my pretty incredible ability to Joy in this interesting journey..."
That is and would be a saweet testimony of TRUTH gained! We all will have these sweet blessings in this life or on our island of isolation llike imagined up scenario Juliiet on her deserted island if we would be devoted and believing. Where Jesus is--- be it in our prayer closet or church or Juliet's Island or work and play etc where He is ----there his desired for blessings will be.
Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing, and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God;
9 That your incomings may be in the name of the Lord, that your outgoings may be in the name of the Lord, that all your salutations may be in the name of the Lord, with uplifted hands unto the Most High
I got to figure out a good little jingle to Gilligan's / Juliet's Island now.
And yes you are welcome for the sufficient amount food and survival gear at your disposal for you!
Had to put this cool quote in as well. I think it applies nicely...
Thomas Griffith, an editor for Time magazine some years ago, wrote of our era: “We are so caught up in the complexity and clamor of our way of life that we do not realize how much all of these powerful efforts to attract or divert us are a tax on our spirit: they do a double harm, in the triviality of what they offer and the fatigue which they engender, that keeps us from doing something more profitable with our time. Even to screen out that portion of our culture that we do not want becomes an effort of will. Simplicity of life is no longer ours to begin with, as it was in the days of remote farms, and of school lessons written on the back of a shovel. In a world of congestion, shattering noise and an infinity of seductions, we must, in the midst of a carnival, find and insist upon our own decent simplicity” (The Waist-High Culture , 188).
Negative thoughts produce negative words which produces negative actions. Purge the negativity. Dwell in Christ, and reflect his bidding: Moroni 7:45-48.