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I just read this interview with Sahar Qumsiyeh, a Latter-day Saint in Palestine.

This was published nearly a week ago, which seems like eons in internet time, but for anyone that may have missed it, it is well worth reading.

The faith and diligence of pioneers like Sahar is inspiring to me. As I consider the struggles that such saints have faced and overcome, it makes me feel spoiled but grateful to have a church meetinghouse within walking distance of my home and to be surrounded by many other members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

At the same time, it reminds me that my blessings also bring added responsibility.  The very same blessing of living in a very active LDS community can easily become a stumbling block to personal progress if I allow myself to become slothful and complacent.