Saturday, May 17, 2008

I See... Becoming a Know-it-All

What is the surest, safest way to become a know-it-all? To know everything? It’s not that hard.

According to truth as revealed through the prophets of God, all we have to do is live up to our covenants, rise in the First Resurrection, then be hanging around when the Millennium opens. Then we’ll get to know everything:

“Yea, verily I say unto you, in that day when the Lord shall come, he shall reveal all things--
Things which have passed, and hidden things which no man knew, things of the earth, by which it was made, and the purpose and the end thereof--
Things most precious, things that are above, and things that are beneath, things that are in the earth, and upon the earth, and in heaven.” (Doctrine and Covenants 101:32-34)

Several years ago, when I started treating this sure promise seriously, and based on the shaky assumption that I will live right enough to survive this final Last Dispensation of the Fullness of Times and usher in the New Millennium, I started making a list in my planner of things I wanted to know when that moment comes. I’ve separated them into two top ten categories: Merely Curious, and Really Important, in no particular order:

Merely Curious:

1. What would it be like to be wealthy?
2. Do the products advertised on TV infomercials really work that well?
3. Why do generally ugly people (you know who you are) all look so good in the temple?
4. Where were the lost ten tribes hiding?
5. In the Millennium, will we sing hymns from the sealed portion of the Hymnbook?
6. If I love my job, why do I hate Mondays?
7. How many fast food delicacies have I consumed that have been intentionally poisoned first by the marginally functional human robots behind the counter that prepared them?
8. I knew elders on my mission who broke a lot rules but were privileged to teach and baptize many more of the pure in heart than me. Why?
9. Are there Democrats in Heaven?
10. Someone tell me how Moses-led Israelites could witness so many miracles yet still be unable to fully obey his inspired counsel?

Really Important

1. (Sorry, this one is too personal!)
2. I don’t understand people who can be nice to their pets but mean to their family (or vice-versa).
3. Why can’t I get a calling in the nursery?
4. Years ago, my oldest sister, a young model mom, died quickly from cancer in her mid-thirties. Why?
5. What wonderful deed did I do to deserve my wife?
6. How exactly does the Atonement help us to repent of our sins and endure our sorrows?
7. Why is life so unfair?
8. What were the Jews in the Savior’s day thinking when they crucified him?
9. I would like to learn the details about how my Tait family ancestors first joined the church and became converted.
10. How exactly does God judge the thoughts and actions of those afflicted with emotional, mental and physical disabilities?

I know that most of the readers of this blog are a lot closer to Heaven than I am, and most certainly will be resurrected before me, so I’m asking you... What would you like to know?


  1. 1-knowing there wasn't spiritual death before the fall, was there physical death?
    2-what was the exact method for the translation of the plates?
    3-when will the second coming be?
    4-what makes women think the way they do?

  2. What a great post...something I really need to think about. Thanks!

  3. Great post.
    The top of my list always seems to be "what's the next thing I should wonder about?"

    Other questions:
    How do I let my light shine and remain humble?
    Where's the line between being a positive influence and being pushy?
    Where's the line between being laid back and being too indulgent?

    And others..