If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:3-5
The Christian is to be built up as a "living stone." But how can a stone live? In the games of our childhood we used to play a guessing game with old postcards. The pictures stood for either "animal, vegetable, or mineral", and a correct guess earned the card to keep. All the dead objects were "minerals". In Arabic, however, it is possible to speak of both living and dead stones.
An Arab pastor once explained to me as we went along the
Using this cultural background, it is interesting to think of Joseph Smith's description of himself as a "rough stone rolling"--being shaped and smoothed by his life circumstances. And Christ described himself both as the Stone of Israel and the cornerstone which was rejected by the builders of the Temple. Later this week, I will post some more of my favorite "stone" quotes.