Favorite scriptures and quotes from Church leaders and other wise men and women
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The favorable and the unfavorable (Kimball)
“[Someday] from the vantage point of the future, we shall be satisfied with many of thehappenings of this life that are so difficult for us to comprehend,” … “We knew before wewere born that we were coming to the earth for bodies and experience and that … after aperiod of life we would die. We accepted all these eventualities with a glad heart, eager toaccept both the favorable and unfavorable. We eagerly accepted the chance to comeearthward even though it might be for only a day or a year.”
-Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball(2006), 20
“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.”
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…