Junior Ganymede
We endeavor to give satisfaction

The Spirit Giveth Life

September 16th, 2013 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life.

You wonder why the Stake Presidency is all on the stand. They release your father as Bishop. You are embarrassed that your first reaction is a sense of loss of consequence.

The baby isn’t moving, your pregnant wife says. [You are relating this not for sympathy but because it has to be told as part of the sweetness]. She goes in to a doctor. No heartbeat. An ultrasound. No heartbeat. The remains must come out via surgery. Friends pour in to the hospital room.

Post-op, back home. Friends bring meals and babysit. The Relief Society, your Catholic neighbors, your radical low church neighbors, your ex-Mormon shading into anti-Mormon neighbor. The Elders Quorum President comes to your Scout camp departure point to go in your place, he says.

The prayers of many buoy you up.

You administer a blessing to your wife. “Every wrong will be righted,” you hear yourself say. “Every family will be whole.”

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September 16th, 2013 12:02:02

September 17, 2013

[My wife suffered at least two miscarriages before we were done. The first time I blessed here that she would be able to have the baby. It was a painful lesson in human presumption and the powers of Heaven.

The second was an ectopic pregnancy. It did not resolve on its own and surgical intervention was necessary. In the rush it did not even occur to me that, technically, this was an abortion and I ought to consult with my bishop first. He was okay with it but I felt badly for some time.

I look forward to that great day of restoration. At least, I think I do. Yes.]

Adam G.
September 18, 2013

Better to have presumed. Lack of presumption is close kin to lack of faith.

September 18, 2013

Do you mean this happened to you, Adam?

September 18, 2013

[For the benefit of any newcomers:

I am not Adam G. I am a real person distinct from the other “characters” on this blog, who normally posts as Vader because my employer demands a certain level of anonymity in my Web activities.

When I feel like I just have to post something that requires me to break character as Vader, I put it in brackets.]

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