You should pray,
night and day,
and breakfast, lunch,
You should pray,
Today in testimony meeting. A brother says, “I spent too much of my life trying to please God without offending the devil.”
I went to bed last night grim and low in spirit. I woke up this morning with a light heart humming a refrain: “He only is holy, He only is one.” I believe its the closing lines of a hymn I’ve heard before, but I can’t remember what hymn. I’m not certain that the lines are exactly as I remember them. The last phrase might be ‘He only is Lord,’ for instance. If you have a notion, please help.
This is a moving testament by a same-sex attracted man to the sweetness of surrender to God and to the embrace of the Mormon community.
No marriage can survive an examination of the spouse’s faults, without equal or more time spent on the partner’s good qualities. This is true even if the examination is fair-minded and gives due weight to extenuating circumstances, excuses, and justifications. (more…)
Let us suppose that you in your wisdom bought 8 helium balloons for oldest daughter’s 8th birthday. Let us also suppose that your daughters have decided that this is a new family tradition for every birthday. It will be rigorously observed, they decree, if you love them.
Let us suppose that you do love them. (more…)
On the sweetness of Mormon life– (more…)
Our Bishop pointed out to us that modern tithing settlement doesn’t have much of a practical purpose. Back in the day, dropping off some fraction of a beef cow in a tithing envelope every Sunday was impractical, so you needed some settling up where you brought in two steers and a heifer, and the Bishop gave you back a lamb and a few bales of hay to make it all square. Tithing settlement is a boost for the Bishop since he gets to interact with his non-”problem” members, but that’s about it. Instead, tithing settlement has–dare we say it?–a liturgical value. (more…)
We were in a South American mission. I was the District Leader of a remote district, hours away from the mission office and any other district. (more…)