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Why do you have what you have?

Neal A. Maxwell reminds us that everything we have and are comes from God. There is only one truly unique gift we have to give God and that is our will — our broken heart to lay everything he has already give us on the alter, including our ego (the animal within), to do his will and become like him. So,

why do we have everything God has given us?

“No being possesses intelligence, in any degree, that he has not received from the God of heaven, or, in other words, from the Fountain of all intelligence, whether he acknowledges his God in it or not. No man, independent of the Great Ruler of the universe, is capable of devising that which we see and are well acquainted with.

All mechanism, good government, wholesome principle, and true philosophy, of whatever name or nature, flows from God to finite man. What for? To determine what he will do with it.

It is for his improvement and advancement in the arts of civilized life, morality, and true religion. This has been taught you from the beginning as the unmistakable features of our holy religion.”

Source: A Sermon by President Brigham Young, Delivered in the Tabernacle, Great Salt Lake City, May 22, 1859. Reported By: G. D. Watt.


One striking example of this recognition is Srinivasa Ramanujan. He was an Indian mathematician and autodidact. Though he had almost no formal training in pure mathematics, he made extraordinary contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions. Ramanujan initially developed his own mathematical research in isolation; it was quickly recognized by Indian mathematicians.

During his short life, Ramanujan independently compiled nearly 3,900 results (mostly identities and equations). Nearly all his claims have now been proven correct. His original and highly unconventional results, such as the Ramanujan prime and the Ramanujan theta function, have inspired a vast amount of further research.[3] The Ramanujan Journal, a peer-reviewed scientific journal, was established to publish work in all areas of mathematics influenced by Ramanujan.

Deeply religious, Ramanujan credited his substantial mathematical capacities to divinity:

“An equation for me has no meaning,” he once said, “unless it expresses a thought of God.”

His dedicated life to God is was detailed in the book The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan and movie.

How do you express the meaning of everything you are and have?

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