I’ve been trying to write all night.
Since the new March Issue of the Ensign came out online last night and broke the Internet, (at least the LDS corner of it), The article in question, titled “When Doubts and Questions Arise” wasn’t that bad. I got what he was trying to say…. I just don’t wish he had said something other than “doubts”. “Questioning is fine,” he said, but if a person has doubts that means they refuse to even try the Lords’s way just like Korihor in the book of Mormon. Yup he went there. He compared good members of the Church who maybe have had their testimony rocked a little. Sure they may have doubts about the Gospel, they probably have doubts about themselves, and he compared them to an Antichrist. I somehow don’t think that is going to give a lot of comfort to anyone who is uncertain. Maybe the author’s only intent was to comfort those who haven’t ever had doubts? “Look at us we are being so kind and forgiving to let you have questions, just as long as you don’t ever doubt…oh no don’t do that, because once you doubt you are a son of perdition. Yea I think he could have worded it better. Sooo….
I have sat in front of my computer fighting to write this article. I don’t honestly know how many of you are deep into the Bloggernacle, and in truth it doesn’t matter to me, because I am grateful that you like to come visit my little corner of it sometimes and keep me company. I, personally remember a time before we started calling it the Bloggernacle. I wasn’t an active participant at that time. I was afraid of including my voice, even in comments, because I didn’t think that anyone would be interested in my voice. I still don’t I’ve just gotten old enough at this point to not care.
Continue reading Continuing Revelation – Leaders Are Called of God – Leaders are called by God Part II
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.
Continue reading “Come, Join With Us” but why? President Deiter F Uchtdorf
I 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.
Continue reading “Come Join With Us” by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf