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Pulling Down the Ladder

October 04th, 2016 by G.

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Elder Rasband gave an emotional talk this conference. I paid close attention. He was visibly concerned about one of my own private terrors.

He warned that “you can forget sacred experiences.” Even very sacred experiences.

One of the most surprising discoveries of my life is that your mind actively edits your past to fit with your current situation. If you are feeling full of beans, if you are whizzing with happiness, your life looking back is one long sunlit upland. The trials don’t seem real to you and you have trouble even bringing them to mind. When you are feeling bleak or angry, nature itself looks red in tooth and claw. The sympathetic fallacy is true inside our minds, and at its most true when it comes to the climate of our memory. This is why so many courtships or marriages fail with “I never really loved you.”

We must fight against this tendency. We must. When you are down deep in some hole of sin and depression, remembering that your state is temporary, remembering that you were once otherwise and can be otherwise again, is the only way out. If you insist that you have always been depressed or sinning, you are pulling down the ladder after you, the ladder that is your only hope of returning.

Elder Rasband recommended journals, family history, and keeping in mind the history and honor of our names.

With limited exception, this blog is my only journal. I have not posted much in the way of my own little miracles, because they usually aren’t fancy enough for my taste. But I fear that I have probably lost them in consequence. I need to change that.

Here goes one I completely forgot till my wife brought it up two days ago: when I was in the military, my wife moved out to be with me at a training. She could not find a job because the whole area was full of military spouses at loose ends. But then a position on post for a volunteer coordinator was put our for bids. My wife won the contract, which was for a period of time that fit closely with how long I would be training. And she loved the job and was good at it.

I invite comments on your own impressions from this General Conference.

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October 04th, 2016 07:30:30

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October 4, 2016

At least one of the apostles has said in the past “testimony has a shelf life.”

In this conference, I noted repetition of the basics: plan of salvation, the atonement, repentance. Also repeated was the topic of faith crisis/enduring to the end, specifically challenges from man’s philosophy/intellectualism and challenges from church history.

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October 6, 2016

For me, it’s some misplaced sense of “humility” (in quotes since I know it’s not the true humility God desires….) that leads me to say, “it’s presumptuous of me to assume _I_ would have a spiritual experience. I’m not important enough/desperate enough, and besides, I got myself into this mess, why would God get me out?” Even AFTER the experience I sometimes say that! “Oh, it wasn’t really God. I’m not the type of person that happens to.” I realized awhile ago that that was hardly the attitude to inspire MORE. So I’m now trying to give credit to God even when I’m still not sure it was him. Trying to err on the side of gratitude/awe.

I’ve had things happen I can’t explain any other way. Or, I could, but I’m trying not to. 🙂 A door opening when we knew we had locked it. Getting from point A to point B in 10 minutes instead of 30. Miracles. I need to make sure I record them also.

“I never really loved him” and “I never really believed” are two of the saddest phrases in the English language.

October 7, 2016

Quality comment, Marilyn. I agree with your last sentence strongly. Even when its coming from members about their former faith. I regret when they say things like “I used to be active in the X church, but it never really was spiritually satisfying to me.” What I’ve noticed is that I hear that most often from converts. As time goes on and they mature in their faith, I notice they start talking about their former faith that way less and start talking about it more as a preparatory ground.

Bruce Charlton
October 7, 2016

On the other hand… there are these last thoughts of William Arkle:

“My cup runneth over” and I am concerned to catch the valuable life experience and not allow it to go to waste doing the wrong thing at the wrong time. There are so many possibilities to choose from in my creative play.

You simply cannot do everything all of the time. Experiment and waste go together and lead to discovery, so don’t become anxious about results. Try to enjoy the process itself which allows for lateral thinking and lateral diversions.
The new things are not found where you expect them to be. We can’t live “new beginnings” without letting go of the “old beginnings” and allowing them to slip away. All that is really valuable will come back to you when it is needed. This is part of The Game of life which requires forgetting and letting go with good grace and a sense of non-importance of ones valuable Self. Do not fear to waste your time and energy, you will never run out of them and the “Crisis” in the World is only solved by those who follow the best instincts of their Spiritual Nature. As these work out all together, so each one of you finds yourself holding and demonstrating a bit of the necessary jig-saw puzzle of life coming into a new and better expression of itself, Myself-Ourself.


J. Smith
October 7, 2016

By proving contraries, truth is made manifest.

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