Skip to main content

The Church (LDS)

Quickly forgotten by those who are offended is the fact that the Church is “for the perfecting of the saints” (Ephesians 4:12).  It is not the well-provisioned rest home for the already perfected.  Likewise, unremembered by some is the reality that in the kingdom we are each other’s clinical material; the Lord allows us to practice on each other, even in our imperfections.  And each of us knows what it is like to be worked on by a “student” rather than senior surgeon.  Each of us, however, unintentionally, has also inflicted some pain.

Neal A. Maxwell, “Ensign” May 1982, p. 38

We are Christ’s kingdom builders.  Those who build the heavenly kingdom have always made nervous people who are busy building worldly kingdoms.  Noah’s ark-building was not politically correct… The reactions to us will vary: there will be almost Agrippas, the puzzled Pilates, the timed Van Burens, and the stout Colonel Kanes, and, of course, there will be some scorn and some rage.  But deep within the rage and scorn, if one listens closely, are sounds of profound pain, hushed hope, and of doubt beginning to doubt itself.

Neal A. Maxwell, “All Hell Is Moved” p. 178-79

The Church does not become more true when people join it (only more glorious in scope)—nor does it become less true when some chose to leave it.  Validity has nothing to do with numbers, as the eight on the ark and the three who successfully fled Sodom testify.

Neal A. Maxwell, “Wherefore, Ye Must Press Forward” p. 20


Popular posts from this blog

Every person wields an influence (McKay)

“Every person who lives in this world wields an influence, whether for good or for evil. It is not what he says alone; it is not alone what he does. It is what he is. ...Every person radiates what he or she really is. ...It is what we are and what we radiate that effects the people around us.” 

~President David O. McKay

Other Books Will Come Forth (Welch)

Let me share a personal story to illustrate this point. During my time in law school at
Duke University, I attended a class in the Duke Divinity School from James Charlesworth. He was a very prominent Dead Sea Scrolls scholar working at that time on a translation of Jewish and Christian texts from around the time of Christ that had never been translated and published in English.

In this class, we were charged with reading a certain text. Charlesworth presented it as one of the most puzzling texts he had ever run across. His question was: Is it Christian or Jewish? He had no idea where it might have originated, because it was quite unlike anything else that he had ever seen.

He explained to this seminar that it tells a story about a man named Zosimus who leaves Jerusalem. He goes out into the desert, wanders and gets lost in a big mist of darkness. He then arrives at the banks of a big ocean or river. He cannot move. He is afraid because he wants to know the way to a life of righteousn…