A Place of Pondering

2 Nephi 12:3 (Isaiah 2:3,5) Let us go up to the mountain of the Lord… he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths.

vs. 5 Come ye and let us walk in the light of the Lord.

By faith, we experiment to find intelligence. Once found, we must act and follow the intelligence we have received. This is repentance, making changes so as to come closer to God. Those who repent, continue on this path to greater light and knowledge or intelligence.

Doctrine and Covenants 1:33 (Doctrine and Covenants 93:39) Those who repent not shall lose the light (intelligence) received.

By repentance (coupled with baptism) we are cleansed from the corrupted intelligences and hold fast to the light. This is the path to exaltation or receiving of all intelligence as The Father has.

Just like in Alvin Maker, by Orson Scott Card, when he “baptizes” his friend, the black boy, to wash away the marker, the way that “Satan” recognizes and searches for him. All impurities were washed away with this “baptism”. Hence our sins are washed away with baptism.

Fasting is also a principle of intelligence. By fasting, we are helping our bodies and spirits to re-align with the Savior. The fasting process opens us up to using the chemicals and intelligences (this ability is provided through the Saviors atonement) to remove some bonds and strengthen others, just as fasting re-freshens and purifies my system. It is important then, while fasting, to have heart and mind focused on Godly things and to allow all other thoughts to fade out of thought.

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