I was so excited to visit with a young couple who is waking up (thanks to Visions of Glory - and other promptings they have been receiving).
You could literally see the scales coming off their eyes as they realized there is what the masses see in the Church - and then there is the message that those who have eyes to see and ears to hear are receiving. The exact same message - just how you happen to wear your glasses.
12For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Mine was an agonizingly slow journey that has taken decades - but the rise of this wife in particular is awesome. Much like many of us who entered the MTC and began to really dig into the Gospel and feast on the word for the first time in our lives. Fantastical transformations for many.
She has been reading John Pontius' books and it is all coming together for her. So exciting. As exciting as watching a new convert pick up principles in the Gospel - but the difference is that she is a new convert from institutional Mormonism to the Church of the Firstborn. For those who have not read the free book - There Are Save Two Churches Only - (click link) you will know what I mean.
I think for many women who are at home with young children, they go through a hungering phase that hits around the start of the 30's. It is some kind of a phenomenon similar to the "questioning phase" that hits in the 18-25 time frame where so many young adults enter into the Church; or, as the case may be, leave the Church depending on several factors of nature and nurture. In the case of the young mother, it may be the reality of being in it for the long haul with little or no mental stimulation for long periods of time that drives it. One of the best things a young husband can do is bring the mental stimulation from work home to share - and make sure that there are ample opportunities for the wife to get to things like Education Week. As hard logistically, as it would to be able to do that stuff....
Anyway - time is short. We all have to cast the shackles we are currently under of sin, pride, ignorance, laziness, faintness of heart, false traditions and break free. Those who have managed to do so - will make it. The shorter the timeframe, the steeper the climb - so let's all get to it!
The best part was getting pulled over at 1am this morning in Ruth (the subaru; she goes by her middle name. First name Suba) with a burned out low beam and not having a license, no proof of ownership of the car and no proof of insurance (I had all that stuff - just not on me).... So, I had my license number memorized and I repeated it to him, but I was so bloody tired from being up til 4am 88:81ing a nice Christian fellow I met at the gym Saturday night, that the State Patrol guy asked if I had been drinking.... My response; "Oh the slurred speech? I am a Mormon and I do not drink alcohol - except for a sip of beer as a 5 year old. I just never get any sleep!". He let me go - how do you respond to that one...?
It was one of those lolzing moments.....