Many of us, I’m sure, will remember playing with the iconic Magic 8-Ball as a little child. You would shake it up, ask it your ever-so-important question, then turn it over and read the response. Whenever it told you what you wanted to hear, you would accept its reply as gospel. If you didn’t like the reply, well, you just had to ask again until you got the desired answer. Ever since the days of the Magic 8-Ball, many of us have continued searching for the perfect seer stone for our lives…or our very own crystal ball.
Going through my teen years during the 70’s, I really enjoyed what we called Rock & Roll music. It was a genre that delivered many messages – some good, and some not so good, and some downright bad. The music still lives on, only that our children now endearingly refer to it as Classic Rock. A favorite song of mine from the 70’s is Crystal Ball by the band Styx. Some of the soul-searching lyrics from that song include: “I wonder what tomorrow has in mind for me?”; “Perhaps I’ll get a chance to look ahead and see.”; and “Tell me where I’m going.” Wouldn’t it be fantastic to have such a crystal ball, and receive important guidance in our lives!?!? Our souls ache, just as the song says, “I’ve just got to know!”
Our loving Heavenly Father has actually provided us with our very own crystal ball. He shares insight with us through the scriptures and His holy prophets. Instead of reading them solely as a historic account, we can read them with our spiritual eyes, and apply them to our life in our time. We can learn from what these past generations did right, and also from what they did wrong. There are many, many valuable lessons to learn and examples to follow, as recorded in the scriptural records from around the world. One of these records is the Book of Mormon, which details many of the dealings of the ancient inhabitants of the American Continent after leaving Jerusalem and the Old World.
In the early chapters of the book, we even read about Lehi and his family being lead through the wilderness and hard times by the assistance of the crystal-ball-like Liahona. This director worked according to the family’s faith and adherence to God’s commands, and was certainly a valuable tool for their days. As we look into our crystal ball – the Book of Mormon – we must pay it the same attention…faith and obedience…in order for it to be our own valuable tool.
Over the summer, we have been familiarizing ourselves with this insightful book of scripture even more, while preparing to study it in depth throughout the coming school year. Cast aside your mortal eyes, and read this account with your spiritual eyes. Ponder the words you read, and visualize how they can apply to your life today. Every chapter that I’ve been reading has seemed to have an application to my daily life. My relationship with my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ, is becoming so much clearer to me, simply by opening my mind and using my spiritual eyes.
We have two more weeks of our summer break to enjoy before returning to class. Besides satisfying the hungers and needs of your body during this break, remember to do the same with your spirit…your soul. A well-nourished soul is a valuable tool to mankind. In a world in which evil is corrupting many people, governments and organizations around us, we need a lot of goodness to counter such a bad influence out there. As we read again and again in the Book of Mormon, this land is a choice land as long as the inhabitants don’t forget their God. In our day, we are witnessing the adversary’s efforts to just rip God and Jesus Christ from the roots of this country. He is very cunning in the ways he enlists man’s help, and he is certainly making progress, a little at a time. Our well-nourished souls are the best defense that we can use to thwart his plan. The crystal balls called the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Book of Mormon, among others, are certainly worth turning to in order to learn more about how we can go about doing good, rather than evil.
Please continue to read the book, or start it now if you already haven’t do so, and broaden your horizons; enlarge your perspective; take joy in the good things around you. Understanding God’s relationship with the Jaredites, the Nephites and the Lamanites will help you improve your relationship with Him. This crystal ball is of a value beyond anything of this world, and it would be a shame if we just set it aside for another day. One chapter a day, one page, one verse…any daily dose will do you good! You just have to open the book and read.
Lyrics of Crystal Ball, by Styx (Also, listen to the song being performed by Styx; it is listed in the links at the upper right section of this page.)
I used to like to walk the straight and narrow line.
I used to think that everything was fine.
Sometimes I’d sit and gaze for days through sleepless dreams.
All alone and trapped in time…
All alone and trapped in time.
I wonder what tomorrow has in mind for me?
Or am I even in its mind at all?
Perhaps I’ll get a chance to look ahead and see.
Soon as I find myself a crystal ball…
Soon as I find myself a crystal ball.
Tell me, tell me where I’m going;
I don’t know where I’ve been.
Tell me, tell me, won’t you tell me,
And then tell me again?
My heart is breaking, my body’s aching;
And I don’t know where to go.
Tell me, tell me, won’t you tell me?
I’ve just got to know.
There’s so many things I need to know.
There’s so many things I’ve got to know.
Won’t you tell me please before I go?