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Help Me Be Self-Reliant

December 28th, 2009 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life.

Sacrament meeting. Speaker 1 beautifully interweaves themes of charity for the poor, Christmas, and our complete dependence on God for glory and salvation.

Speaker 2. Self-reliance is a hard topic, she says, so I pray the Holy Ghost to help me in this talk.

Speaker 3. Synthesizes Speaker 1 and 2.

Cross-posted at the Old Country.

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December 28th, 2009 12:59:52

Adam G.
December 28, 2009

Condensing the synthesis substantially, it went something like this:

Self-reliance is a means to the end of acknowleding our total dependence on God and submitting to him. Trying to be self-reliant is valuable because it teaches us how little we can do.

Self-reliance is an end that requires non-self reliant means. God and family and others help make us the kind of people that can be self-reliant.

December 28, 2009

Other excellent talks:

“Unselfishness: What’s In It For Me?”

“Making Your Wife an Equal Partner”

“Taking Pride in Building Humility”

December 28, 2009

In 1999 we had a wing-nut dry councilor who went 20 minutes overtime ranting on and on about how Y2K was going to be dogs and cats living together. It was almost compensated for by the youth speaker he brought with him, who was a relatively new college age convert who said “The first step toward self-reliance is absolute dependence on God.”

December 28, 2009

Since I’m utterly dependent on high-tech gadgets to keep me alive, I sometimes wonder what self-reliance should mean to me. In the apocalyptic scenario many Mormons seem to envision, where we all have to take handcarts (and a dog biscuit for the yellow dog?) back to Missouri, I’m basically dead as soon as the batteries run low.

I wonder what your Y2K dry councilor would recommend.

My reliance on my gadgets makes me that much more keenly aware of my reliance on God. That should make sense if you think about it a bit.

… Which I suppose means I’m toast. It was all Tarkin’s fault. The man was insane.

Man SL
December 29, 2009

What’s a dry councilor?

December 29, 2009

I also am totally dependent on Big Pharma — not like I’m dying the day my meds run out, but not so far from it, either.

I’ve thinking of how I could stockpile meds that I can only by in hundred-day doses, max? W/o them I’m bedridden within weeks, and then you know what happens: aterosclerosis, hypertension, diabetes etc. — not in that order necessarily.

The first step of self-reliance is, and I ain’t kidding, tithing. Years ago my mish companion said when he got a real fancy silk tie from his parents, “people who don’t pay tithing and don’t understand self-reliance are so ignorant of how to use money; look at this tie — besides, I don’t want to look like a peacock.”

I ended up wearing the tie for a while, coz I’m into bright colorful themes, but it got too rich even for me. (And people have told me that my ties are “trippy”)

How did I get to ties now? Yeah, right, tithing starts us on the road of realizing where we get anything. If someone says they’ve “earned” whatever they have, I’ll just ask who gave them the ability? It’s not like there’s a way to be sure that you won’t get sick, for example. You can be sensibly preventive, but never 100% sure.

December 29, 2009

Second para:”I’ve been thinking …


December 29, 2009

It okay.

Man SL: “Dry councilor” is a common Mormon perjorative for a high councilor who puts the congregation to sleep with a long boring talk.

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