I hope I didn’t oversell that conversation as more profound than it was. A few scriptures I knew listed knowledge and certainty as the outcomes of doing God’s will and of asking earnestly. So, having persistent doubts made me feel as though I wasn’t making progress. My branch president said that while he didn’t have many doubts, he knew that a lifetime of doubts await some of the righteous and sincere. He thought that wasn’t necessarily a tragedy, because however much evidence one has witnessed and whatever level of certainty one feels, belief is still a choice that one has to make. (That line, I recognized even at the time, depends critically on the definition of belief.)
I didn’t finish the conversation convinced of anything, but I remember developing a sense that things would work out. The conversation gave me confidence that I’d be judged for the choices I make rather than the testimony I receive. I felt comfort realizing that to find who and if God is might take decades. I’d be patient; everything would be fine.]]>
Brian, if you care to summarize that conversation, I’d love to hear it.]]>
1. You lived before you were born, you are here for a reason and you will still be alive after your mortal body dies.
2. Life isn’t fair and your time in mortality is supposed to challenge you. It’s in the way of things. Bad times pass and so do good times. Keep this always in your mind.
3. God and His son, Jesus Christ, will have your back more than you’ll realize. Work on being close enough to Him to recognize this.
4. Reading the scriptures and praying every day seems like a pain and maybe even boring, but you’ll be glad you did.
5. Cultivate your neighbors. Family’s important, but neighbors can save your life.
6. Enjoy as much as you can of every day. It’s okay to have fun and will, in the long run, bless other’s lives as well.
7. Get the epidural.
That last one, Mcq, I’m not trying to be funny. I shove this down everybody’s throat.]]>
(I just hate great posts like this hanging around without comments as if nobody had read them, and wanted you to know I’m thinking about it.)]]>