Loving Others and Living With Differences

Moroni 7:47 Charity is the pure love of Christ

When Differences Occur

If you love someone of course you are going to be kind even when your angry, or at least that is what I think most of us try and do. We all make mistakes and the hope of the Gospel is that through the power of the atonement we are forgiven, and so we forgive others. But what about when your husband did it on purpose and and your really mad? We all know that anger and wrath are never justified, especially in the home because of the eternal nature of the family. Plus the last thing I would want is him to bring up “that” moment for eternity. jk…..but not really. It can be hard in a relationship to be loving even when your partner, friend, or family member has wronged you, but you try to maintain that eternal perspective. Especially when you know that there is a huge difference between loving someone, and being loving.

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Loving Others and Living with Differences : Dallin H. Oaks

“As followers of Christ we should live peacefully with others who do not share our values or accept the teachings upon which they are based.” Dallin H. Oaks Quorum of the 12 Apostles

This is the one I will be talking about for the next couple of days. While I will try to stay away from the touchy subjects I hit on with my last post, this talk definitively hits on some of the points that are an issue with me, and more importantly the things that I need to do better.

Continuing Revelation – Profound and Personal (President Henry B Eyering)

“Human judgment and logical thinking will not be enough to get answers to the questions that matter most in life. We need revelation from God.” President Henry B. Eyering, First Counselor in the First Presidency October General Conference 2014 Sunday Morning Session

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was founded by a young man seeking personal revelation. He believed the Apostle James when he testified in the scriptures that  “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5

For most members the belief in revelation is  almost 2nd nature. Most members accept without much hesitation that The Prophet receives revelation for The Church. They understand and know that the their Stake President guides the Stake he is High Priest over, through the power of revelation. We know that the Bishop extends callings to individuals though revelation. Mother’s and Father’s receive revelation for their children. Elder’s Quorum and Relief Society President’s receive revelation for those they are called to lead. Individual teachers receive revelation regarding what parts of the lesson they should emphasize, what questions the should pose to the class, and who they should call on to speak.

We ask for revelation about where we should go to school, if we should serve a mission, who we should marry, if we should accept a specific job offer, and every other major decision that may be made in someones life.

We ask for simple (can you really call any revelations for God simple? 🙂 ) revelations, such as God leading us to someone who we might be able to serve,  to find someone who is prepared to accept the Gospels good news, or who might need a hug or phone call, so that they know they are loved.

Unlike many Churches we believe that Revelation from God to His children, to His Church, is not something that ended. It is not something that was left in the past at the death of the Christ and his Apostles, but is in fact something that is alive and well, occurring throughout the World today as you read this. 

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“Come, Join With Us” but why? President Deiter F Uchtdorf

I have often been asked why LDS people are so intent on missionary work and getting people to join the Church. I I think that my answers have often lacked something…..vital, living, meaningful? I get asked that question and a million reasons pop into my head and so I end up stumbling over words that just then become confusing. I might end up talking about “Church callings, home and visiting teaching, full-time missions, weekly family home evenings, temple work, welfare and humanitarian service, and assignments to teach,” I might even bring up, “family history, youth camps, devotionals, scripture study, leadership training, youth activities, early morning seminary, … the Lord’s law of health, the monthly fast to help the poor, and tithing.” These are all wonderful parts of Church that most members’s do, and do joyfully and willingly, but they aren’t the WHY.

They aren’t the reason that the Church now has over 15 million members. It isn’t the reason that “at a time when many churches throughout the world are experiencing significant decreases in numbers, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – though small in comparison to many others – is one of the fastest growing churches in the world.”

The real reasons that people join the Church, the reason that through all of the adversity of the last few years I have fought to come back to the Church and follow the Lord’s commandments, are actually fairly simple (though tremendously profound) and are outlined so beautifully by President Uchtdorf. That is what I will be focusing on this week.

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“Come Join With Us” by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

AwesomeI think we can all agree the President Uchtdorf is awesome!  I can never decide weather I look more forward to hearing him talk or Elder Holland. And I had every intention of covering this talk at some point in the next couple of months. I actually had a totally different plan for this and the next few weeks but because of some very specific experiences over the last few days, the Spirit made it really clear to me that this was the talk I needed to study.

Fortunately this talk is broken up in amazing sub-headings that I will cover one or two each day this week. But let me explain this week and why I was drawn to this talk specifically.  I can’t count how many meme’s I have seen in the weeks since conference quoting in some form or another, “First doubt your doubts, before you doubt your faith.”

I have personally struggled with doubts and weakness in my life. I am saddened, but not ashamed to say that I have doubted my Savior’s love for me, I have doubted if the Atonement applied to me, and I have doubted if I could endure to the end, instead of falling at every challenge and difficulty.

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