Thursday, August 30, 2018

Things to hang on your wall if you want a happier family

Two things that you might want to consider hanging on your wall and living by to improve the happiness of your family:

1.   D&C 121:

39 We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.
40 Hence many are called, but few are chosen.
41 No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood (or manhood or womanhood or motherhood), only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned;
42 By kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile—
43 Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy;
44 That he may know that thy faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death.

2.  Matthew 6 (with one little addition from me):

14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
I must forgive you to be forgiven, but that does not mean that I get to demand that you forgive me.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Some thoughts on a temple

1. We don’t know how much it will cost

2. If there’s no location and no blueprints there’s no invitation

I’m not a sensitive horse--maybe the place and blueprints are already out there for those with ears to hear.

 The hard part is getting people whose hearts are right.  God can’t force that.  He can build buildings very easily.  The world has the resources to build amazing buildings, and God has more resources than the world.

But he can’t change our hearts against our will.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Two ways to have a working Zion

Zion, seems to me to be a society of people who live in peace.

I can see precisely two ways this society happens:

  1. People who never act like assholes.
  2. People who unilaterally forgive each other when they act like assholes.
Which one do you think will be easier to achieve?