Email Post from Hope of the World on Friday, June 11, 2021 :
Reposted from an email I received from Hope of the World: When a baby is born, his or her brain contains 100 billion neurons. Then the brain begins forming trillions of neural connections depending on the flood of information going on within it. The end result is that every brain is different having been molded by what we saw, heard, touched, remembered, or imagined. So it’s not just a matter of what kind of brain you have, but what you did with it. The Word of God tells us to put on the ‘mind of Messiah. Your brain actually changes depending on what you think about. The word for repentance in the New Testament, ‘metanoia,’ means to “change one’s mind.” It doesn’t matter if you have an impure mind – that can all change. Dwell on what is good – and you will end up with a pure mind. Choose to focus your mind on love, on salvation, on heaven, on God, and you’ll end up with a mind that is heavenly, loving, forgiving, and joyful. So you’re not happy with your mind? That’s okay. Start focusing your thoughts on God and the things which are above. And you know what? You’ll actually end up… changing your mind.
From Message #1081 – The Ten Minds
Scripture: Philippians 4:8
TODAY’S MISSION – Make up your mind today to memorize Phil. 4:8 – and think on those things instead of the impure.
My comments on this post:
It is mind bending to me how complex we are and how the systems in our bodies work together to allow us to move and think and choose. It is easy to get caught up in thoughts of sadness, or loneliness, but if we work on what we are thinking about and trust in God and think of how we can help others and seek for God’s guidance and love then we can allow God to pull us out of our negativity and into His light and allow Him to change our thoughts, our brains, and our nature. I like this quote from a previous LDS Church Leader, Ezra Taft Benson, that goes along with this post: “The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of people, and then they take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature.”
Philippians 4:8 says: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
So it encourages us to think on good things, to dwell on things that are lovely, honest and of good report. There is so much evil in the world and I think that dwelling on this will have an effect on us. I will try harder to only think on the good things of the world and the good things of God and hope that it will help lift my spirits and that it will in reality Change My Brain to one that is only focused on good and only desires to do good and to become like those people in the Book of Mormon that said the following: “Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty achange in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do bevil, but to do good continually.” (Mosiah 5:2)
Finally I would add what the Lord teaches us also in the Doctrine and Covenants, Section 121: “
“Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.
“The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever” (vv. 45–46).”
Quite a promise for focusing only on virtuous things. I hope this can be my focus from now on and that I can gain that confidence in the presence of God instead of always feeling unworthy of His love and help.