I live in a mansion. There are so many rooms, and so many doors, that it would take more than a lifetime to explore what is in them all. From one room, I can explore the sciences, and watch the progression of the stars and planets. I can chart the known universe and discover things that it has taken mankind centuries to understand.
From another, I can learn the religions of the world, make connections with things divine, and come to a deeper understanding of why people are the way they are.
From another, I can become my own symphony, and follow the practices of the master composers. I can perfect the principles they have learned and carry them on to new levels.
There is a room in my house where I can practice medicine and learn how the human body works. In this room, I can also learn how to strengthen the powers within my own body through exercise, activity, proper nutrition and rest.
In one of the larger wings of my mansion, I can enter a fantastic world with creatures and people that most people only meet in dreams and movies. I can converse with them, and in essence, leave the world entirely through time machines and spaceships.
I have rooms that bare the perfect resemblance of locations all around the globe. I have been to Egypt, China, South America, and Africa without having to leave my home.
In my favorite room, I have met the Savior and His prophets. I have come to know God, and converse with Him regularly. I have met Adam, Enoch, Abraham, and John the Baptist. I have met the reformers and those who took part in the great restoration of the Gospel.
I have visited many of the rooms in my mansion, and plan to visit many more.
My house is small, and my means are meager. But in every room, there are books.
It was a very dull day at at the bookstore as I leaned against the counter, chin in hands, waiting for something to happen. One of my coworkers stood only a few feet away, bored as I was.
“So,” I said, trying to break the monotony, “What should I do to revolutionize the course of the world today?”
He thought a moment. “Got any bombs? You could always blow up an important building somewhere.”
“That’s true. But I don’t have any bombs. Besides, that’s a bad thing, and there are plenty of bad things going on all the time. I need to find something good to do.”
“That’s true,” he replied. Then we both fell back into silence.
I began thinking more about our conversation. What could one do to revolutionize the course of the world? What about the universe? Could one person effect the destiny of the universe?
There have been many people who have changed the course of life on this planet; Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. George Washington led a revolutionary war that led to the foundation of what might be considered the most powerful nation in world history. But did those things change the destiny of the universe?
It occurred to me that the person who best fit that description would have to be Jesus Christ. Not only did he save the destiny of every person who would ever live, but He provided a way for us to become like His Father.
Now there’s a new approach to the question. If I have potential to become like my Father in Heaven, then certainly I have power to effect the destiny of the universe.
So I guess the next question would have to be, what can I do today to best effect that progress? Of course, a response as broad as “live the gospel” wasn’t really a sufficient, since I had been striving to do that my whole life.
Then I realized that I was in the process of beginning one of the major aspects of the perfecting process. I was about to get married in the temple. I decided that maybe the best thing I could do to work toward that goal would be to strengthen my relationship with Jenni. How could I do that? That question is easy. I could be kind and loving to her.
I looked around the store. Everything was quiet, normal, ordinary. Customers came in and left. Employees straightened bookshelves or stood patiently waiting for something to happen. I had a date with Jenni scheduled for that night. I decided that tonight I would change the course of the universe – I would show love and kindness towards her.
Many kids have an imaginary friend. Sometimes this imaginary friend will have special things they can do, like run super fast or hide really well.
I had an imaginary world with an imaginary species. In fact, I was one of them.
I would like to introduce you to the Fang Creature.
This was an approximately twelve foot long lizard with massive saber teeth at the back of its mouth.
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