Sunday, January 27, 2013
Today, Brendon spoke in Sacrament Meeting. It was very different from the previous times he’s spoken. In the past, we worked together on his topic, and we pretty much wrote out everything he would say. This time, he researched his topic on his own, compiled his quotes and citations, lined them up in the order he wanted to, and just spoke from his notes and his mind.
Watching him up there, it made me feel really proud. Jodi said that he looked like a missionary. The talk flowed pretty smoothly all along, without any big gaps or stumbles. He didn’t even look all that nervous, even though I knew that he was feeling it that morning.
His talk was on the Godhead, and he showed some good research and understanding of the quotes and scriptures he cited. It was well-done, especially for a 15 year old.
The whole reason I’m mentioning it here is because, at the end, he cited one of my favorite scriptures: Moses 1:39 “This is my work and my glory, to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man”.
And, of course, since that’s one of my favorite scriptures, it was turned into one of my favorite cards. Two of my favorite cards, in fact: “The Work of God” and “The Glory of God”. One’s rule reads: “ABILITY: If this verse is in the same chapter as “The Work of God”, the chapter may be closed as a book.” The other is similar: “ABILITY: If this verse is in the same chapter as “The Glory of God”, the chapter may be closed as a book.”
So, all you need to do is to get these two verses into the same chapter, and you can close up a book. I did it this way because I felt it was interesting to think of how the Work and The Glory of god are so intertwined.
Here’s another interesting anecdote that I DIDN’T think of when I was creating the card. I made a deck with three copies each of these two verses. Then, I added in a lot of verses with the “Prayer” ability. That allows me to look at so many verses on top of my deck and pull one of them into my hand. It basically allows you to cycle through your deck faster. That way, you can get to these three verses quicker and make your short books, winning the game!
It didn’t occur to me until much, much later that I was using “prayer” to bring about “the work and the glory of God”!
Mark has a lifelong testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormon Church). Mark also has other sites and blogs, including MarkHansenMusic.com and his Dutch Oven blog.