You're 11, 10, 7, and 5 right now. It has been several weeks since I decided I couldn't bear supporting the church and faith of my childhood financially or otherwise. It broke my heart and it was the last of a series of heartbreaks that your mother could take from me. I'm writing because there's [...]
This has been something on my mind for the last several years. I've watched my young ones grow up - my youngest isn't a baby anymore - and I'm realizing my parents won't be around forever. The immortality that I felt as recent as ten years ago was really just the vision of the shortsighted. [...]
While the church is quickly approaching nearly two hundred years, I have only been alive one-sixth of that time; yet here we are. Tell me how.
Our condemnation hasn't been lifted - in fact - it has since been reiterated by our leadership that it is "continued." It means that generation after generation has passed with our people living under this condemnation. In short, most of us throughout our history have been brought up in the faith not knowing any different. Minimally, the preaching, passion, and patterns of those who have gone before us haven't brought us out of the condemnation. In more speculative words, the faith of our fathers is probably not the faith that will prepare our people to receive the Savior at His coming.
You see, each of us being carefully placed individuals with circumstances well understood and predicted by our Father, are going to have different 'hearts' and unique souls. This is no accident, not something to hide, but rather something for us to yield to the Lord so that He can make it sing! So that He can make us roar! So when we all roar it isn't going to be powerful because we're all roaring the single, same, exact words, its going to be powerful because we're all roaring different aspects of the exact same message that we have each experienced individually.
So, just to keep the simplest things simple. There was a concern someone brought up to me that I'd like to address: I'm not interested in gathering a following of any kind. If I am right, which I have been assured on enough occasions I am not, then we simply need to learn to engage [...]
I had a friend ask to see my outline and who was inquiring about the response. So I wrote this up so that I would be able to remember what I shared as well as share it with him. Backstory: When I got the assignment to speak for 10 minutes on "Agency, a blessing and [...]