The First Vision isn’t just a piece of history for us. It is a pattern for how we learn truth. Yes, we believe that The Bible is the word of God. We also believe that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. We have other scriptures too, but we do not use them as the sole guides for the decisions of our daily lives. For the more personal things, our spiritual practice is to pray about them and ask God what we should do.
Matthew’s death was sad and unexpected and it caused in me some deep reflection. He isn’t the first friend or family member I’ve known to have died. As I’ve prayed for his family and spent time in the temple over the last couple of weeks I’ve found comfort and peace.
When such things in my head are hymns, I’ve learned that these are opportunities for me to reflect on my life.
Something that I’ve known for quite some time but just came to the fore this last week is that I sometimes have a tendency to take beating myself up to an art form. 3 people like this post. Like Unlike
Sometimes, prayer isn’t a polite conversation with God, where we negotiate our desires and merely reason. Sometimes, it is an all-out struggle. Those kinds of prayers I think of as wrestling. I’ve prayed like that and prevailed.
Last Sunday, I gave a talk in Sacrament meeting. I tend not to speak from notes. when I have a talk written out, I tend to bow my head to read from the page rather than speaking to the congregation. That leads to droning rather than speaking and I feel my message gets lost. So, […]
I finally went to college in my forties and graduated at fifty. It’s an accomplishment that I claim some pride in, since I’m the first generation in all of my lineage to get a college degree. It felt good and it has been of great value to me. Be the first to like. Like Unlike
It’s the quintessential smalltalk question. “What do you think of this weather?” In Oregon, where I live, the weather lately has been pretty interesting. It’s mid-June and we’re still having temperatures like February. It’s certainly not uncommon for June in Oregon to be rainy, but it’s definitely strange for it to also be cold. Be […]