Blessing The Sick, Why Doesn’t It Work?

Don - July 30, 2007

I was asked to administer to a lady we home teach. Whenever I finish an administration I always read to the individual from James:
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Patience

Lamonte -

I am willing to admit, and my wife will attest to this, that of all my faults the greatest is my lack of patience.  I am impatient in traffic and in almost every other aspect of daily modern life.  I have become accustomed to immediate gratification of my every wish and when I don’t get it, I get frustrated.  I realize that my impatience hurts me more than anyone else and so it’s something I’m always trying to improve upon, but usually without much success.  (more…)

Best Ward in the Church

Rusty - July 29, 2007

Park Slope Ward, Brooklyn, NY

Distant second: 23rd Ward, Spokane, WA, circa 1992-1996

How were your teenage years in the church?

Susan M - July 24, 2007

I didn’t join the church until I was 18, so I never got to attend YW. My kids are teenagers now and unfortunately, they’re a lot like their parents—total misfits. My daughter’s always made an effort to go to her meetings and be involved. But she has very few friends at church, most of the kids don’t seem to be very friendly to her. My sons tend to avoid a lot of the activities because it’s just not stuff they’re interested in.

I used to try to force them to go but now I just kind of shrug and say whatever. Part of the problem is that most of the kids in our area have all grown up together, they live really close to each other, they see each other outside of church all the time. My kids are the outsiders. We don’t live near the other kids. They haven’t all been in classes together since nursery. Etc. And I think another part of the problem is just that kids are cliquey and snobby, it’s part of being a teenager. Which is really sad, because life after high school is nothing like that. I try to tell my kids all the time that high school is not like real life. Kind of hard to convince them, though, when it’s the only life they know!

So my kids all have non-LDS friends and I’m ok with that. I’m just wondering what others’ experiences have been like, being teenagers in the church.

(And sorry if this brings up a lot of bad memories!)

Mormon Trading Cards

Rusty - July 22, 2007

When I was a pre-teen my whole life was consumed with football and football cards. My evenings were spent reading the backs of each card learning all the statistics and necessary information of each and every player. I could tell you the rookie year of almost any player, the teams they played for and the college they attended. My knowledge was immense.

One day my sister lamented that they didn’t have cards for all the apostles and prophets in order for kids to learn their vital statistics and histories. Little did she know that not only were there cards of all the apostles and prophets but all famous Mormons. The following scans are of my favorites of my Mormon card collection. (more…)

Presiding Over Your Friends

Rusty - July 20, 2007

I have lots of friends in my ward. This surely has more to do with the fact that we have loads of friendly people than my own personal friendliness. But nonetheless, there are no less than 15-20 couples (and a handful of singles) that I would be happy to call to go out to dinner, go to a show or just hang out. Brooklyn seems to attract some of the coolest people I’ve ever known and I’m honored to be considered their friend.

But a couple of years ago I was called into the bishopric. (more…)

Parenthood

Lamonte - July 16, 2007

This past weekend I watched one of my favorite movies on TV.  The movie is called “Parenthood” and it was released in 1989.  (more…)

I wonder when…

Lamonte - July 12, 2007

It is not my intention to make this a right vs. left discussion and frankly, if it is possible, I would like to keep politics out of the discussion.  But I’m not sure that will be possible.  But I can hope for the best.

 

A couple of years ago my wife and I visited her younger sister and family who live in Ho Chi Minh City, in Vietnam.   “I wonder what it will take for Americans to feel shame.”  (more…)

My son’s the redhead.

Susan M -

I’m not very well-known in our ward, due to the callings I’ve had (nursery/primary) and the ward boundaries being shuffled around. But I have the perfect in with anyone I encounter. All I have to say is, “My son’s the redhead,” and they know exactly who he is, and therefore who I am.
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The New Gospel Doctrine Lesson Manual

Tim -

It will include the following lessons: (more…)

Men Are Not Equal to Women in the Church

Tom - July 11, 2007

We should just stop pretending. Let’s call a spade a spade: there is not equality between the sexes in the Church. (more…)

No Matter Which Way You Slice It, I’m A Jerk

Rusty - July 9, 2007

Awkward Question Series: 3rd and Final Round

Rusty - July 5, 2007

Is it ever acceptable to hit a female?

Why Do We Suffer?

Lamonte - July 3, 2007

I have a live album by Allision Kraus and her band Union Station.  One of my favorite songs is performed at the very end – as an encore – and is called “There is a Reason.”  The words to the song are these:

I’ve seen hard times and I’ve been told
There isn’t any wonder that I fall
Why do we suffer, crossing off the years
There must be a reason for it all

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No Respecter of Persons

Lamonte - July 2, 2007

One of the most comforting aspects of the gospel for me, or at least the aspect that I most identify with, is the idea that all area equal in the eyes of God.  In other words, “God is no respecter of persons.” Acts 10:34    Here in our mortal lives, we each come from a different station.  Some are wealthy; some are poor and some are in between.  And, of course, wealth is a relative thing for all of us.  Some have acquired education and some have been educated in the school of hard knocks and so our individual lives are unique according to our circumstances, our choices and our efforts.

 

But we are taught that in the life to come, the trappings of this life will be left behind and we will establish our place in the kingdom based on who we have become, or to what extent we have accepted the Lord’s invitation to follow Him and act accordingly.

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