Sunday, July 13, 2008


Dear J.,

A thought has been in the back of my mind for a couple of days and I'd like to share it with you. It's a question and an answer.

Q: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints explicitly belongs to Jesus. Why not the Father? Jesus defers to the Father in almost everything, why not this?

A: The Church is the flock and Jesus is the shepherd. The Father is the destination toward which we are being led.

(This is also why the Doctrine and Covenants is mostly, or perhaps entirely, authored by Jesus.)


"The presentation or 'gift' of the Holy Ghost simply confers upon a man the right to receive at any time, when he is worthy of it and desires it, the power and light of truth of the Holy Ghost, although he may often be left to his own spirit and judgment." --Joseph F. Smith (manual, p. 69)

Be pretty if you are,
Be witty if you can,
But be cheerful if it kills you.

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