Every married person was once a single person and is likely to be again. It’s rare that a married couple die together.
For me, that epitomizes the nature of my childhood. There was nothing that could be done to me that was bad enough to overwhelm the love I felt from God. It didn’t really lessen the pain of things like having a lit cigarette touched to my arm or the shame of being forced to perform sexual acts. Those things were as painful and degrading as they would have been for anyone, but thinking of Jesus could soothe anything for me.
I still think that the first thing a man thinks when another man is stumped by, “What did you think of the game yesterday?” is “gay.” It may not be true, but that’s my worry.
I once heard in an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, where I was attending as a support to a client, that alcohol is cunning, baffling, and powerful. I’ve heard the same thing in other twelve-step groups I’ve attended. I am certain that the same could be said of sexual addiction. Looking way back to the days when […]
In order for any of this to work, we have to be willing to learn. I find that the most change-resistant personality is the one who operates in his world with inflexibility. I don’t think that the quote about insanity is accurate. I think it is more accurate to say that the definition of stubbornness is always doing the same thing the same way and expecting God to alter the universe to accommodate what you insist on repeating.
Though acting in behavior does not generally fall into the category of sins that would require full confession to a bishop, many of those behaviors are damaging to the person doing them and those around him. They lead to abuse, judgmentalism, fanaticism, and violations of the free agency of others. These, to me, seem to be as serious as they can be.
The devotees to the ideas of man may think this is foolish, but no other way could work for me. These other ways of thinking can probably solve most problems in my life if the only thing I care about is my humanity. In fact, no other method than faith in the Lord Jesus Christ has the potential to save what is most precious to me, which is my soul, and so, it becomes most important to me.
Yesterday, I had a good experience in Gospel Doctrine class. The subject was the book of Job. I had many opportunities during the hour to reflect on the role of suffering and opposition in my life. There came a moment when the teacher asked for someone to read Job 19:25–27. I raised my hand and […]
One of my favorite vignettes from the Book of Mormon is the story of Zoram and Nephi outside the gates of Jerusalem (1 Nephi 4). To me, it is a great example of the declining art of integrity and trust. It holds many lessons for those who struggle with difficult challenges with relationships. 4 people […]
It has been a very long time since I was baptized, almost 47 years now. My memories of the day are faded. I know it happened in the Norwalk Stake Center in Norwalk, California. That stake center is now gone as far as I know. I tried to find it once. The current stake center […]