I will tell you of the wrestle which I had before God www.kevinhinckley.com
The Wisdom of Hollywood… So, where’s the Cannes Film festival being held this year? I get to go to lots of overseas places…like Canada. I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father. Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can’t help but cry. I mean I’d like to be skinny like that but not with all those flies and death and stuff… Smoking kills. And if you’re killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life. I think that the film Clueless was very deep. I think it was deep in a way that it was very light. I think lightness has to come from a very deep place if it’s the true lightness…
Eternal Pattern Serve and Endure to the End Endowed with Love and Charity Become a “New Creature” With more knowledge: A Spiritual Awaking Strive to keep commandments Taught the Gospel
Son of Jacob I, Enos, went about among the people of Nephi, prophesying of things to come, and testifying of the things which I had heard and seen I began to feel a desire for the welfare of my brethren (Nephites and Lamanites) And there came a voice unto me, saying: Enos, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed.And I, Enos, knew that God could not lie; wherefore, my guilt was swept away. I will tell you of the wrestle which I had before God, before I received a remission of my sins…And my soul hungered; and the words which I had often heard my father speak concerning eternal life, and the joy of the saints, sunk deep into my heart. my father…was a just man—for he taught me in his language, and also in the nurture and admonition of the Lord Serve and Endure to the End Endowed with Love and Charity Become a “New Creature” With more knowledge: A Spiritual Awaking Strive to keep commandments Taught the Gospel
President Benson Enos was spiritually healed. Through his mighty supplications to God, he experienced what the faithful of any dispensation can experience, do experience, and must experience if they are to see God and be filled with His Spirit. We should become acquainted with Enos and the entire Book of Mormon, the greatest book in the world—a new witness for Christ. (Come unto Christ, 90)
Bible Dictionary As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are his children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part. Many of the so called difficulties about prayer arise from forgetting this relationship. Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God, but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant, but are made conditional on our asking for them. Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them. Prayer is a form of work and is the appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings.
The words Enos used… “I will tell you of the wrestlewhich I had before God . . .” (Enos 1:2) . “I cried unto him in mighty prayerand supplication” (Enos 1:4) “All the day longdid I cry unto him” (Enos 1:4) “I did pour out my whole soulunto God. . .” (Enos 1:9) “while I was thus struggling in the spirit. . . (Enos 1:10) “I prayed unto him with many long strugglings. . .” (Enos 1:11) “After I had prayed and labored with all diligence, the Lord said . . .”(Enos 1:12) “I cried unto himcontinually . . .” (Enos 1:15)
Esau Moments And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the LORD which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee: I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; … Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children. And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, … and sent them over the brook... And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.. And [the man] said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. Question: Why was Jacob worried about going home?
The Result? And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men… And he … bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.
Elder Groberg A young man in Tonga by the name of Finau had heard the missionaries and believed their message and wanted to get baptized. He had a concern, however, as his father was adamantly opposed to his "becoming a Mormon." … Since he was past "legal age" he did not need his father's permission to get baptized, but he loved his father and wanted to show respect for him. Unfortunately, every time he talked to his father about getting baptized his father beat him. … After several months it became evident that his father would not give his permission, so Finau felt he had no alternative but to get baptized without his father's blessing… There was still some fear and trepidation on the part of the missionaries, as they knew of his father's anger, but as per prior arrangement they met Finau late one Friday evening on a secluded section of beach. They were all dressed in white and together waded out into the ocean to get to a spot deep enough to perform the sacred ordinance of baptism. Even though others were not told of the time or place, in some way the word had gotten to Finau's father several hours before, and in anger or desperation or both, he told his oldest son to "teach Finau a lesson." Encouraged by his father and drunken with anger, Finau's older brother got a large stick and headed for the beach. He arrived at the beach just as the baptism was finished and Finau and the two elders were wading back to shore. In an anger-emboldened rage he uttered a blood-curdling scream and headed straight toward the threesome,.. The two elders heard the scream, looked up, saw the stick and the charging brother, and quickly ran away. They yelled at Finau to follow them, but he quietly shook his head and simply stood there, his eyes full of peace. He raised his head and looked straight at his brother. … When the brother saw that Finau would not run but waited calmly for him with a look of perfect serenity, he hesitated for a moment-but only a moment. Then with a curse of anger he took the last couple of splashing steps, lifted his large stick, and sent it crashing across Finau's back. Finau still did not move. Again and again the stick smashed into Finau's back, …. At last an extra heavy blow crumpled Finau to his knees, then another…left him sprawled face down in the water. An exultant cry rent the air, and a man drunken from anger staggered to shore and disappeared uncertainly down the trail. He had "taught his brother a lesson" and left a seemingly lifeless form floating partially submerged in the ocean. The two elders who witnessed all this came from their hiding places and, somewhat embarrassed and very concerned, ran quickly to where Finau lay in the ocean, barely moving. They were grateful to see he was still breathing. They lifted him from the water and were sickened by what they saw. …
Elder Groberg Continues Finau could hardly move, so they each took an arm and lifted him up and dragged him stumblingly to shore. As they got well onto land, Finau spoke for the first time and asked where they were going. "To the hospital, of course," they replied… "No," said Finau. "Not yet. I have only been baptized. I have not received the gift of the Holy Ghost nor been confirmed a member of The Church … See that log over there? Take me to it, sit me down, confer upon me the gift of the Holy Ghost, and confirm me a member of the Church. I want to be part of God's kingdom now." "We'll do that tomorrow. You need to get some medical treatment now." "No," Finau replied firmly. "Do it now. Who knows, you may be right, there may be serious physical problems. I may not even make it to the hospital or I may not be alive tomorrow. Of course, I am in pain, but mostly I just feel numb. I am, however, in full control of my feelings and I want to become a member of God's kingdom now-please." The two elders looked around, sensing possible danger. They saw no one else, however, so they looked at each other, then at Finau, who was patiently waiting. They saw such a fire of faith and determination coming from his eyes that they sat him down on the log, laid their hands on his head, and by the power and authority of the priesthood of God gave him the gift of the Holy Ghost, confirmed him a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and under the inspiration of God gave him a special blessing that no permanent physical damage from the beating would afflict his body. As they took their hands from his head there was calmness in their eyes-no more furtive glances at the surrounding bushes, only tears of gratitude for the faith of a committed Tongan Saint in these latter days. Finally they got him to the hospital, where he was checked, given some care, and released with the admonition: "You were lucky this time. You have no life-threatening injuries or broken bones, but don't get into a fight like that again." (The doctors and nurses were, of course, not aware of the details.) Finau stayed with the elders that night, but the next day he wanted to return to his home. They went with him and found his father, who, still filled with bitterness and anger, commanded him to leave home and never return. Finau's brother was nowhere to be found. The missionaries made arrangements for Finau to live with a member family. Many things happened subsequently, but in summary: Finau was eventually reconciled with his father and his family, many of whom (including both his father and his brother) later joined the Church. … He married, raised a wonderful family, held many positions of responsibility in the Church, and proved to be a blessing to thousands of people over decades of time.