Monday, December 5, 2016

Practical thoughts on the white stone given to inhabitants of the celestial kingdom

8 The place where God resides is a great Urim and Thummim.
9 This earth, in its sanctified and immortal state, will be made like unto crystal and will be a Urim and Thummim to the inhabitants who dwell thereon, whereby all things pertaining to an inferior kingdom, or all kingdoms of a lower order, will be manifest to those who dwell on it; and this earth will be Christ’s.
10 Then the white stone mentioned in Revelation 2:17, will become a Urim and Thummim to each individual who receives one, whereby things pertaining to a higher order of kingdoms will be made known;
11 And a white stone is given to each of those who come into the celestial kingdom, whereon is a new name written, which no man knoweth save he that receiveth it. The new name is the key word. (D&C 130:8-11)

I love these verses that promise a personal Urim and Thummim to those who come into the celestial kingdom. I love that it becomes a means “whereby things pertaining to a higher order of kingdoms will be made known.” (v10)

It struck me recently that although we do not have these white stones yet, many of us have little personal electronic devices that we can use to search for information. It seems to me these devices can be a way we prove ourselves or prepare ourselves for that white stone.

The principle of using the white stone is that it is to be used for learning things of a higher order of kingdoms. So we can apply that principle today if we use our devices to learn things that help us be better, or use applications that bring greater order and efficiency to our lives. If we use them that way, they can be instruments of revelation. Then, in the next life, when we get that white stone, we will know exactly how to use it to its greatest advantage because we will have been practicing that principle all along.

Who would have thought that this scripture could have such practical application in mortal life?