Let Virtue Garnish Thy Thoughts Unceasingly

The scriptures are filled with wonderful word phrases that grab our attention and lift our minds to greater heights. For example, “Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly”. This phrase appears once in scripture. It is found in the D&C.

“Real intent”, is only two words, but it says so much. This combination of words is found five times in scripture, all in the Book of Mormon.

“Full purpose of heart”, draws our minds to a time when we were children. A time before our fallen natures reached maturity. This phrase is found six times in the Book of Mormon, and three times in the D&C.

“Cleave unto God as he cleaveth unto you” brings into focus the love the Lord has for us, his children. It also teaches us about the quality of love we need to strife for. This exact phrase is found in the Book of Mormon. Using similar words, this phrase is also found in the Old and New Testament.

“This people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me”. This combination of words helps us understand the hypocritical nature of fallen man. It draws our minds to not only how man treats God, but it also illustrates how some in powerful position in business and government give lip service to ethics and the US Constitution. It is found in the Old Testament and the Book of Mormon.

“They desire to know the truth in part, but not all” is found in the D&C and is a strong statement that explains why there are “degrees of glory” in the heavens.

Lastly, the following verses are directed to David Whitmer. But I think they apply to everyone who hasn’t arrived at the blessed state of having virtue garnish their thoughts unceasingly.

BEHOLD, I say unto you, David, that you have feared man and have not relied on me for strength as you ought.
2 But your mind has been on the things of the earth more than on the things of me, your Maker, and the ministry whereunto you have been called; and you have not given heed unto my Spirit, and to those who were set over you, but have been persuaded by those whom I have not commanded.
3 Wherefore, you are left to inquire for yourself at my hand, and ponder upon the things which you have received. (D&C: 30:1 – 3)

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