Heaven is a Library – Check out More Books

Heaven is a Library - Returned Missionary

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I am a huge fan of libraries. Yep, that old place where tons of paper books are stored and lent out to those who are seeking knowledge. In this digital age, some people have said that libraries with paper books are going the way of the buffalo. I sure hope not. I think books should be reverenced and there is something about holding a book with pages in your hands that is very different from holding an iPad or a kindle.

I recently read a book by Elder Clayton Christensen about being everyday missionaries. In the book he referred to heaven as an immense library that was full of books and that those books had the answers to all questions. Yes, ALL questions. We just had to request the books and we could find the answers. He used this example to teach about the restoration of the gospel – that up until the time of Joseph Smith, no one believed that we could ask questions because they supposed all the answers had been given. So people stopped asking questions. And they stopped receiving answers.

Then Joseph asked.

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He checked out a book from the Great Librarian. And oh what a book he received. And he didn’t stop with one book. He returned to the library of heaven often. Joseph probably went to the library more than any other living human in this dispensation.

Think about that for a minute.

When was the last time you asked God a question?

When was the last time He answered?

I don’t think we ask enough questions. Most of the time when I have a question about something, my brain automatically reverts to Google. I whip out my smartphone or hop on an internet browser and I add to the 4 billion queries that happen on Google’s website each day. And I often find an answer. And I’m not alone. There are tens of thousands who do the same thing. Check this out:

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I find this fascinating that people turn to Google instead of just asking God. I mean, I do it too, but what if all these people knew that there was actually a library that is a billion times larger than that what is stored on the Google servers? That there is an actual library that you can go to and that there is information just waiting to be checked out or in our digital lingo, queried. We cannot ask too many questions nor can we query heaven too much. There is no heavenly query limit. No server downtime. No system errors and we all have free access to the largest database of information in the universe. Do we believe this? Because this is true. There is no limit to the revelation that we can receive from heaven.

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Ask God, not Google

Google Server Farm – photo courtesy of Google – Connie Zhou

As a missionary, I would ask random people on the streets of Chile this question: “If you could ask a man who can talk to God any question today, what would you ask him?” The people who took that question to heart came up with some very soul searching questions (mostly very personal). You may have asked similar questions to your investigators. We need to remember that we are and always will be God’s investigators.

So, what would YOU ask a prophet? Going a step further, what if YOU could talk to God Himself? What would you ask HIM? The little voice inside your head probably just said the same thing it said to me the first time I really thought about that question: “God is probably busy with other people, I mean, He is God and why would He answer my stupid question about me?” Okay so that little voice does have a point, God is God, and He is concerned about everyone else,….but I want you to know that He is never too busy to answer your sincere question. Never. God is the Great Librarian who is willing and ready to gather all the books from the library of heaven that will answer your question. He is ready and waiting.

So ask Him.

And let’s say He is busy. He has set up an incredible system of His messengers to “show us all things which we should do.”

What question do you have right now? Do you have faith that He will answer if you ask? Is it a question relevant to your coming closer to Him?

Remember this when you ask your questions:

“Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He can deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, and pour out peace.” 1

You can still ask any question you want to ask. You are not limited. Just know that the purpose of prayer is not to get God to give us what we want, but to help us become more like Him. So answers may come in interesting ways, but they will come.

Never Stop Asking

Just remember that there is no limit. There is no heavenly query overload like on a computer. Why do you think Joseph Smith got so many answers? He just kept checking out more and more books – he never stopped asking for more. Here are a few quotes that make me want to ask more:

“There is no limit to the revelations [we] may receive.” 2

“If thou shalt ask, thou shalt receive revelation upon revelation knowledge upon knowledge, that thou mayest know the mysteries and peaceable things–that which bringeth joy, that which bringeth life eternal.” 3.

“He that will not harden his heart, to him is given the greater portion of the word, until it is given unto him to know the mysteries of God until he know them in full.” 4.

“God hath not revealed anything to Joseph, but what He will make known unto the Twelve, and even the least Saint may know all things as fast as he is able to bear them.” 5.

Go to the Library

Ask God your questions of the soul instead of Googling it. Make sure you have a pen and a notebook so that you are ready when He sends you the answers. Keep them safe. Keep them sacred. He will send more if you do. I have created a sacred binder where I keep the answers I receive. I treasure it above almost any other earthly possession and as you create your own book of revelations it will become the same for you. There is much more that can be said about this, but for now, go to the Library.

 

  1. Ezra Taft Benson
  2. Bruce R. McConkie – A New Witness for the Articles of Faith (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1985), 490; emphasis added
  3. D&C 42:61
  4. Alma 12:10
  5. Joseph Smith – HC 3:380

avatar Andy Proctor (42 Posts)

Andy is the creator of T​he Returned Missionary (this blog)​, encouraging the tens of thousands of LDS missionaries who come home every year to continue to be productive, hardworking, faithful, and happy long after their full-time mission has ended. His goal with this blog is to help people know how they can live the gospel while living their dreams. He just launched his first book for RMs, called ​Live Your Mission: 21 Powerful Principles to Discover Your Life Mission after Your Mission, which is the first book in the L​ive My Gospel​ book series. He also owns and manages the LDSmissionaries.com blog. He is a regular contributor to Meridian Magazine and has been featured on the Mormon.org blog as well as LDS Living and Deseret News.


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