Act II, Scene I


EBS PEOPLE….this is an emergency broadcast…..this life is only a test.

I love people who do not take themselves too seriously.  Life is like a dramatic stage filled with actors playing different roles in each stage of our lives.  There are some actors who like to throw some of us off when they ad lib during their part in a scene.  Often times, these characters steal the spot-light.  I was one of them in last night’s performance as I surprised George Bailey, in It’s a Wonderful Life, by jumping into his arms and holding on tight.  He wasn’t expecting this and did not know what to do; the crowd went crazy! Luckily, George did not freak out and drop me or worse, quit the show.

The way we performed in the first act or in the pre-existence, determines much of the person we are in our second act which is our mortality.  How we handle circumstances and life’s challenges can truly make or break us, but if we can step out and away from our “role” and look at it from a spectator’s vantage point, we can see it for what it is….a test.

Our various stages in life confront us with many difficult challenges that can make or break our belief system.  In Act I or the pre-existence, we were faced with similiar choices as we are in Act II even to the extent, a third of the host of heaven did not choose to follow God’s plan of happiness.   These choices consisted of coming to earth to obtain a body and learn how to discipline it according to God’s laws of order.  Some people get so caught up in the emotion of this worlds ever changing trends, they become paralyzed and start spurning God and those who follow him. To spurn means: to refuse to accept or believe in someone or something because it does not meet your respect, attention or affection.

When life’s dramatic events change our fundamental beliefs and behaviors and we find ourselves spurning the very scriptures and once revered leaders, friends and teachers, the following scripture comes to my mind:  3 Nephi 29:

 And when ye shall see these sayings coming forth among you, then ye need not any longer spurn at the doings of the Lord, for the sword of his justice is in his right hand; and behold, at that day, if ye shall spurn at his doings he will cause that it shall soon overtake you.

 Wo unto him that spurneth at the doings of the Lord; yea, wo unto him that shall deny the Christ and his works!

 Yea, wo unto him that shall deny the revelations of the Lord, and that shall say the Lord no longer worketh by revelation, or by prophecy, or by gifts, or by tongues, or by healings, or by the power of the Holy Ghost!

 Yea, and wo unto him that shall say at that day, to get gain, that there can be no miracle wrought by Jesus Christ; for he that doeth this shall become like unto the son of perdition, for whom there was no mercy, according to the word of Christ!

Our script from Act I can stay in our spiritual memory bank so long as we keep God’s doctrine a part of our script in Act II.  This is the way we are able to handle lifes improvisation that may be thrown our way; like when George found me thrown in his arms.   Come what may as we perform and magnify our character’s role without taking it “too” seriously we realize  “this too shall pass”.   In her talk, Happiness along the Way,  Sister Mildred Barthel told the following, “From an eternal perspective, much of our impatience with ourselves and others is over concerns of this world”.

Our scripts or scriptures for Act II are equip with the proper cues necessary to help us gear up for extemporaneous acting and how to avoid acting paralysis or spiritual shut down.  What are some signals we might be slipping into an actor’s comma or spiritual paralysis? Joseph Smith gave councel in the following scriptures in Doctrine and Covenants 88:77 And I give unto you a commandment that you shall teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom.

 78 Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you, that you may be instructed more perfectly in theory, in principle, in doctrine, in the law of the gospel, in all things that pertain unto the kingdom of God, that are expedient for you to understand;

 79 Of things both in heaven and in the earth, and under the earth; things which have been, things which are, things which must shortly come to pass; things which are at home, things which are abroad; the wars and the perplexities of the nations, and the judgments which are on the land; and a knowledge also of countries and of kingdoms—

 80  That Ye may be prepared in all things when I shall send you again to magnify the calling whereunto I have called you, and the mission with which I have commissioned you.

118 And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith.

EBS PEOPLE,….this is an emergency broadcast…..this life is only a test     Once we learn how to “roll” with life’s uncertainties bearing a light heart, finding entertainment as we smile and laugh at ourselves more often, we discover that life’s plot is about having joy in one other.   Sister Barthel’s words hit home:  “Because I take life so seriously, it has taken me years to realize that a healthy sense of humor helps give perspective to the vision I have of my spiritual identity as a child of God striving to realize my celestial potential…When trials cool your ardor for life, snuggle into the warm companionship of friends and family. Be open to the humor that can bring light to the darkest night. When tumbleweeds blow about your winter evening, invent happy memories. Choose joy over sorrow. Be enticed toward happiness.”Happiness along the Way”  By Mildred Barthel

As we fulfill our capacity in our role as earthlings in Act II, let’s stop spurning the directors and their scripts, or “scriptures” when they follow them with exactness.  Let’s not get “caught up” in some of the “loud” characters who seek out the spot light and who advert our attention from the full picture because what we see is only a small portion of the broad drama authored and directed by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.   If our view is limited, we may not fully “get” or understand the comprehensive meaning of the play from Act I to Act III (Eternal Life); so, just remember to smile because this too shall pass: You will see the big picture soon enough…just hold on and endure with faith because it does end with a happy ever after for those who do.


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