So, this week I reflected on geology. I was recently able to go and visit Seven Sisters, which in basic terms is a big cliff made out of chalk that is on the southern side on England, right on the coast. It has some pretty breathtaking views and was a good day. I got chalk all over my shoes, trousers, and hands. It took a while to clean myself all up afterwards.
Something that I saw that I thought was really cool was that when the tide is down you can walk along the coast at the bottom of the cliffs, all the rocks there are made of chalk and have a green slippery moss on them that isn't the most attractive but this area creates a nice place for a bunch of small sea creatures to live. I was hopping from rock to rock when I saw one of the rocks had split down the middle. This is a picture of it:
As you can see the outside is pretty gross while the inside is bright and shinning white. This rock is equally as white on the inside as the rocks that are still up on the top of the cliff side. A popular scripture comes to mind from the Book of Mormon which says:
"For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.
But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this manner doth the devil work, for he persuadeth no man to do good, no, not one; neither do his angels; neither do they who subject themselves unto him."
I was honestly a little bit surprised to see how white and clean looking the rock was on the inside despite the circumstances it was in. That even though it was in conditions that would easily lead to becoming covered in grime and moss, it was still shockingly white.
There is a way that we can keep ourselves pure despite bad circumstances. This is to follow "the spirit of Christ" and to follow what we know to be right. When we do this, we can find stability and blessings. The quality of our lives will improve here and now. These blessings are immediate as well as long lasting. They increase as time goes on and help confirm to us that what we are doing is right.