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Many “in the world” struggle with serious, obvious issues such as drugs and immorality. For most members of the Church, however, these and other sins of commission generally are not an issue. In a way, this distinction can lead to a false sense of security. Almost subconsciously, we may think that since we don’t struggle with the vices of the world that we “have it made,” and in this mode, we may feel little motivation to try to improve ourselves.
In my opinion, for many members of the Church, one of the greatest challenges we face is complacency. Nephi foretold that this would be one of Satan’s strategies in the last days: “And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well- and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them way carefully down to hell.” I believe that complacency leads to spiritual slothfulness and sins of omission- of not fully following the Savior and neglecting others for whom we have stewardship. Read the rest of this entry »
Last night, we received an unusual phone call. A neighbor called to ask something that I don’t think we’ve ever been asked before: Can you help our son with his homework?
Of course we agreed, and it was an interesting experience. The neighbor has the same math class (different time) as my son. We had just done the exact same assignment the night before, and it was a very frustrating event for me and my boy. He insisted that he knew how to do it, even though his answers revealed otherwise. His voice became elevated, and mine matched. He actually never finished the assignment at home but took it to school and finished it there. Read the rest of this entry »
The fact that I’m very much a novice blogger was thrown in my face last night. After spending too much time composing a post to introduce my blog, I tried to edit, then save, and *poof* it was gone. So, either I hit the wrong key, or the software has some bugs.
Rather than attempt to recreate a masterpiece (kidding!), I’ll settle for a condensed version, which is probably better anyway. My introduction to blogging began here. I enjoyed reading Brother Otterson’s posts but was often surprised that so many disaffected LDS would use that public forum to denounce the Church. There was little participation from active LDS, so as time allowed, I did my best to defend the beliefs that I cherish. It may not have made a difference to anyone else, but it was a very eye-opening and educational experience for me. Read the rest of this entry »
We woke up this morning to quite a snow storm. We shovelled, and shovelled, and shovelled some more. The snow continued to fall. We had still planned on going to church but received a call that meetings had been canceled. It is the first time that I can ever remember church being canceled, so it was a bit of a disappointment but was understandable as there seemed to be no end in sight of the storm, the roads had not been plowed, and people simply could not get out.
Today’s ad hoc “meetings” were an example of the church in action. Many calls were made to check on home teaching families and to make sure that ward members knew that meetings would not be held. The young men of the ward went around the neighborhood and cleared walks and drives. Neighbor helped neighbor. Much service was given, and many will have sore muscles tomorrow. It is comforting to belong to a church that is also concerned about and is equipped to assist with the physical/temporal welfare of its members. Read the rest of this entry »