01 July 2016

Morality

While re-reading Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith I came across this profound and timely passage:
Mma Ramotswe knew that there was a great deal of debate about morality, but in her view it was quite simple. In the first place, there was the old Botswana morality, which was simply right. If a person stuck to this, then he would be doing the right thing and need not worry about it. There were other moralities, of course; there were the Ten Commandments, which she had learned by heart at Sunday School in Mochudi all those years ago; these were also right in the same, absolute way. These codes of morality were like the Botswana Penal Code; they had to be obeyed to the letter. It was no good pretending that you were the High Court of Botswana and deciding which parts you were going to observe and which you were not. Moral codes were not designed to be selective, nor indeed were they designed to be questioned. You could not say that you would observe this prohibition but not that. I shall not commit theft--certainly not--but adultery is another matter: wrong for other people, but not for me.
Most morality, thought Mma Romatswe, was about doing the right thing because it had been identified as such by a long process of acceptance and observance. You simply could not create your own morality because your experience would never be enough to do so. What gives you the right to say that you know better than your ancestors? Morality is for everybody, and this means that the views of more than one person are needed to create it. That was what made the modern morality, with its emphasis on individuals and the working out of an individual position, so weak. If you gave people the chance to work out their morality, then they would work out the version which was easiest for them and which allowed them to do what suited them for as much of the time as possible. That, in Mma Romatswe's view, was simple selfishness, whatever grand name one gave to it.
Wise! Very wise. 

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13 May 2016

Follow-Up to Evolution

This little gem came with my YouTube suggestions.


From the Book of Mormon we have Lehi's testimony:
". . .for there is a God, and he hath created all things, both the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are, both things to act and things to be acted upon."                                                                  (2 Nephi 2:14)

18 April 2016

Creation vs. Evolution

Somehow I stumbled onto a film called Evolution's Achilles Heels and ordered it. I watched it alone the first time and was so excited about it that I told my husband we had to watch it for Family Home Evening, soon. The presentations by these 15 PhD scientists validated everything I've believed about the earth. I just didn't have any scientific proofs to back up my beliefs. just spiritual feelings. Now I have the proofs!

Our youngest son has adopted evolutionary beliefs which worries us because those beliefs lead people away from God. We watched the film last night and had to pause it several times as he exploded in disbelief, which is what happens when deeply held beliefs are challenged. But. We made it through the film and I'm hopeful that seeds were planted that will bear fruit in the future.


11 April 2016

After General Conference

It's been a week now since General Conference. The glow and delicious peace is beginning to fade as the realities of life continue.

I'm attempting to make this year different by studying each talk and writing quotes in a journal dedicated to recording the answers to my conference questions.

My thinking is that by writing down the answers I'll see what actions I need to take to change. For the better, I mean!

The first talk I studied was President Henry B. Eyring's Saturday morning address. I felt so grateful (and got real teary) that I am not alone in my feelings of loss of joy. His counsel was timely and welcome.
"Where and when we feel the closeness of the Savior depend on each of us."
"All us of have had our faith tested by . . . selfish interests that reduced our efforts to cultivate and soften the spiritual depths of our hearts."
". . . make the choices that will create in your heart a more fertile ground for the good word of God to grow and be fruitful."
 ". . . pray with full purpose of heart . . ."
I next chose Elder Steven E. Snow, of the Seventy, whose talk is titled Be Thou Humble.
"Humility is essential to gain the blessings of the gospel."
Towards the end of his address he quotes President Spencer W. Kimball (1895-1985, President 1973-1985).
"How does one get humble? To me, one must constantly be reminded of his dependence. On whom dependent? On the Lord. How remind one's self? By real, constant, worshipful, grateful prayer."
I want to improve! I want to feel joy. I know change is not easy, but I can't reach my goals without it. Following the counsel from leaders gives me a good place to begin.