Is part of the gift of faith about forgetting?

President Kimball once taught that the most important word in the English language was

REMEMBER

I agree.

We are all given those incredible moments where what was fuzzy becomes crystal clear, and we understand.

Even if we can’t put words to adequately describe it, it makes sense to us and is, at once, both miraculous and simple.

busy peopleBut then tomorrow comes, along with all the headaches of the hectic lives we run to keep up with, and soon the vast amount of what we don’t understand overpowers that brief moment of clarity.

It becomes pretty easy to forget if we don’t actively work to remember.

Hence, the critical importance in this one word and its need for permanence in our lives.

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Neither condemning nor condoning: the fine line of unconditional love

I wonder how often we stop to think about why we support the things we choose to support.

I mean really think about it.

Political correctness? Cause celebre? Zeal of wanting to change the world? Self-righteous superiority?

demonstrationObviously there are those who have lost focus of the actual issues in the melee of the fight for victory. It becomes all about winning the battle rather than understanding the overall reason we are at war.

And what the real outcome must be.

I guess it’s just part of human nature to immediately assume that we know more about an issue than those who are trying to guide us through it. Just flip the channel to any 24-hour news station and you’ll see what I mean.

But the vast majority of the time we simply don’t have the ability, or resources, or edification to see and understand the whole picture.

We make our judgements based on the few pieces of information we have acquired here and there.

So who does see and understand the whole picture?

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It’s raining on the inside

I’ve heard from some of the people who read these crazy thoughts and feelings on our blog that they can relate to a lot of what is said.

That’s a good thing; it’s kind of the whole reason for doing it.

Some of the thoughts running through my marathon mind lately may also be things that many others can understand from first-hand experience.

If so, I hope that these ramblings will help you get through.

prayer2Ann and I have talked about how things are slipping a bit in the wrong direction lately with this whole bipolar/OCD/psychosis thing. I won’t bore you with a rundown of the specific symptoms. I don’t think it really matters.

The other night while just kneeling by the bed in wordless prayer, I tried to listen carefully to the thoughts, feelings, and impressions that crept into my mind. I scribbled down the concepts as they came so that the next day I could try to digest them in the light.

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Are we choosing our battles wisely over the marriage debate?

I saw a report of a county clerk who was refusing to issue any marriage licenses at all, stating that to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple went against her religious beliefs.

It’s possible that this situation could help us dig down and define just exactly what it is we are debating.

Of course, I could be missing it entirely, but I think it’s worth taking a closer look.

Here is a list of facts surrounding this particular case:

check3The first amendment guarantees us that congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

check3The Supreme Court has just issued a ruling that same-sex marriages are legal and to be recognized in all 50 states. It is law and most realistically will continue to be.

check3People of deep faith have a different understanding and reverence for marriage than those who view it more as a civil union performed by a magistrate.

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There are those from both the extreme right and left who feel those on the opposing end of the spectrum should be eradicated along with their respective ideologies.

check3We are all citizens of the same country, and therefore afforded the same rights and freedoms.

 

So, where does that leave us?

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