Sunday, March 25, 2012

"That is a very productive church!"

I used to be very confused about why we call our complete standard works published in one colume a quad. After all it contains: the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. And that seems to be five books in my mind, but a quad implies four. Why don't we call it a quint? (I eventually figured out that when we call it a quad, we are counting the entire Bible as one book.)

Well, during High school I attended a thing at the Universit of Utah called Math Circle, and all of the people there loved numbers to a similar degree that I did. So, one day I asked some of the smartest people there about it. I had assumed at they were LDS also, but I was wrong, and they didn't even know what I was talking about.

But when I had explained the situation that there are originally two books and that through modern day revelation we had three additional books. Their response was, "That is a very productive church." That sentence has stuck with me since then.

I was thinking abiut that sentence nd how wonderful it ia to live in a very productive church, when I realized that modern revelation isn't limited to the quad, but every six months our prophets speak to us, and we get taught on high. Not only have we added three books to the original two, but we also have the archives of all of the conferences for many many years. I love being a part of a work that is directed by God!

The Bible says that ye shall know them by their fruits, and normally we interpret it to mean the Book of Mormon, which is amazing and wonderful and God's proof to the world that the Book of Mormon is true.

But perhaps it also refers to all of our fruits. We have more scriptures and revelations and wisdom from God than most people could even imagine. Ours is truly a productive church. If you were to try to count our fruits, you would discover that our tree of revelation is a very productive tree.

So enjoy conference weekend everybody, and think about how thankful you are to live in a "very productive church!"

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