I read the response from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints about a petition from the Human Rights Campaign regarding same-sex attraction. There were of course the accompanying articles of people with differing points of view. The one I read was very well written and without animosity, which I appreciated.
However, it very logically went through point by point how hypocritical the Church was in its position. One of the responses to this opposing view was “I would hope that the Church will listen” which was followed by another response of “Maybe God should listen.”
You know me, it made me think.
Perhaps it is these two quick responses to an article that sum up what is really the issue here.
Continue reading But religion IS a choice, isn’t it?
One billion dollars.
The current price tag of getting elected as president of the United States is one billion dollars.
Something is seriously wrong.
For a while I was naïve enough to believe that the candidates set up their own platform on specific problems with corresponding solutions. Then our job was to read up on each candidate’s history, viewpoints, and vision for the future and then make our choice.
I’ve come to understand that we don’t elect a public official anymore.
We elect a political party.
Continue reading Is the party over… or just beginning?
For the vast majority of history, society has depended largely on the religious obedience of the individual to keep lawlessness and violence at a minimum.
Otherwise, how could a relatively small police force protect the citizenry as a whole?
Civil peace found its foundation in the individual’s personal commitment to obey the laws of God which flooded over into the same personal commitment of obedience to the laws of government.
You know, people just did what was right because it was the right thing to do. They didn’t need to have the reasons explained why speeding through a neighborhood, or breaking into your neighbor’s home, or embezzling from the company were against the law.
They were more focused on following their own personal understanding of what God wanted them to do. Knowing what was right also let us know what wasn’t right.
Not so much anymore.
Continue reading Do we really need to have a reason before we choose to do something good?
It’s pretty common to hear people talk about their trials.
Everyone has them.
Yet, when we combine the unique set of circumstances, and history, and severity, and emotional strength, and physical endurance (you get the idea), then each trial is different.
It really comes down to the fact that each of us is a unique and important child of our Heavenly Father.
We can understand that our trials are almost personalized, just right for us.
Continue reading Do my choices bring me peace?
This is part 4 in a series on The Family
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It’s surprising how often it is the first word a small child will speak.
Well, maybe not that surprising considering it could be the word they hear the most throughout the day.
No, don’t touch that hot stove.
No, you can’t have that sharp knife.
No, don’t hit your sister and make her cry.
These aren’t parents using bad skills; they are good parents trying to keep up with the whirlwind that is a child reaching and touching and exploring more quickly than anyone can keep up with.
And, they are trying to teach a child that there are things that are okay, and things that simply aren’t okay.
They are teaching a child to choose.
Continue reading I love you enough to say No