NOTICE: This is the gospel according to Mike. I do quote some scriptures, etc, but like Nephi says, “for I did liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning.” 1 Nephi 19:23. This is my interpretation, and what I feel they mean at my current time in life.
10 In the midst of this WAR OF WORDS and TUMULT OF OPINIONS, I often said to myself: What is to be done? Who of all these parties are right; or, are they all wrong together? If any one of them be aright, which is it, and how shall I know it?
17 It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose BRIGHTNESS AND GLORY defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him! — Joseph Smith History 1:10, 17
Like in 1820, when young Joseph knelt in prayer in the sacred grove, we are currently experiencing a “war of words and tumult of opinions”. And like Joseph did, I have been pondering what are we to do, and what can be done to save our Country. How can we stop the decay that many of us are seeing in the new generation. How can we move them from a path of pride and selfishness?
While I have been thinking about this, I remembered the war in heaven. And the struggle that must of been faught there, not just to save a single generation or country, but to save all of Gods children. And then I thought about the two opposing plans.
In the book of Moses 4:1-2 reads:
1 And I, the Lord God, spake unto Moses, saying: That Satan, whom thou hast commanded in the name of mine Only Begotten, is the same which was from the beginning, and he came before me, saying—Behold, here am I, send me, I will be thy son, and I will redeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost, and surely I will do it; wherefore give me THINE HONOR.
2 But, behold, my Beloved Son, which was my Beloved and Chosen from the beginning, said unto me—Father, thy will be done, and THE GLORY BE THINE forever.
I started to wonder, why was it that Satan only wanted God’s Honor? Of all the things that he could of wanted, “thine honor” was the thing that he wanted the most. He did not ask for riches, but he asked for God’s Honor. Why did he do that? (Remember, this is my interpretation)
First, Satan knew what the plan was, he also knew that if we followed the plan, we would eventually receive all that Heavenly Father has. (D&C 84:38). But I also think that he knew that we would never be able to achive the same level of Honor or Glory that Heavenly Father has, and will have.
I think I need to explain this a little bit more. My understanding is that as a child grows, and does good works, the glory/honor that that child receives is also added unto the parents honor and glory. Having said that, I don’t believe that we will EVER be able to match the glory/honor of Heavenly Father. The reason is, as we do what we are suppose to do, and we do it with the correct mind set (“eye single to the glory of God“), we are adding to the glory and honor of our Heavenly Father. We will receive the Power and Knowledge that he has, but we will never equal the Glory or Honor that He has. I also think this is why they call it the degrees of Glory. Each of us will receive a place in God’s kingdom based on what we did in this mortal state. Christ himself said that there are “many mansions” in the Kingdom of God. There is even a place prepared where there is no glory. And we also know that progression is only possible in the highest degree of the Celestial Glory (D&C 131:1-4).
I think that this desire for glory and honor is also still imprinted on all men. It is evident from the smallest child that tries to get honor and acceptance from their parents from a very young age. This was also the main desire of Satan, and I think he still tries to have men seek honor and glory about all other things.
The problem is this. Honor and glory is the answer. All men should seek honor and glory. It is the one thing that God cannot just give to us. It is something that we have to work out for ourselves it is something we have to work on to obtain. So we all have a desire to receive glory and honor. But Satan, being the cleaver person he is, has twisted it, so instead of trying to receive glory and honor for God, we are suppose to receive the glory and honor for ourselves. See how that was exactly the plan that Satan had in the beginning! Give me Thine Honor.
In order for us to fix the problems in the world, we need to follow the commandments and add to the glory and honor of God. We should not be seeking the glory and honor for ourselves, but seek to add to the Glory and Honor of God.