Barriers Will Crumble
Barriers Will Crumble
Kindness Without Love is Not Kindness at All
Today’s episode is centered around a quote from Ezra Taft Benson. He said “Children, do you pray for your parents? Do you try to support them in their noble endeavors? They will make mistakes, like you, but they have a divine mission to accomplish in your life. Will you help them do so? Will you add honor to their name and bring comfort and support to them in their older years?”
Today’s episode is centered around a quote from the Ezra Taft Benson Manual. The quote is “Write thoughts and feelings that come to you from the Holy Ghost as you study. Underline passages you want to remember. Consider memorizing these passages or noting them in your scriptures next to related verses. Read a chapter or passage more than once so you can understand it more deeply. Ask yourself questions such as the following: How do President Benson’s teachings increase my understanding of gospel principles? What does the Lord want me to learn from these teachings? Share what you learn with family members and friends. Ask yourself how the teachings in this book can help you with personal challenges and concerns.”
In this episode I describe a new project where I will be attempting to introduce some of the recent materials published by the church. Some of sources I would like to cover are listed below
About 5 or 6 years ago, I began becoming increasingly interested in other religions and worldviews. Mostly I enjoyed hearing the stories and differing experiences that others have had. Sometimes, particularly in the church it can be easy to forget that we are not the only children of God, and that not only does he love all of his other children who are not in our church, which was evident as I heard the stories and experiences of others, but even that we are actually a minority in the world as members of the LDS church.
When I was younger I felt that the fact that I am a member of the church, while so many others in the church are not simply was evidence of how special I am, but as I have aged and come to a different understanding of the atonement, I am started to believe that although we do have an important role in the world, we are not the only people who will be able to benefit from the atonement.
Sister Okazaki has taught that “Christ did not come for a chosen few in favored circumstances. He is no respecter of persons. He has no quotas, no charmed circles, no special favorites. Each one of us is a precious and beloved daughter of God. Each one of us must meet and know and worship Christ as an individual, and each of us will eventually be called to account for our lives in situations where husbands and children and houses and jobs are just accessories to who we are as individuals.”
-Chieko Okazaki, Disciples, p. 91-92
Remember that old object lesson of taking one stick and breaking it, and then taking two or more sticks together and trying to break those, which becomes much more difficult. I have heard that lesson regarding scriptures as well as many other things, but I would like to relate it to all of our marital relationships.
I love the advice to always attempt to be on the same team, and although some of us may have differing strengths, both of us in a relationship have incredible value and import.
I believe it is important and interesting to look at the ways other relate to each other and through this I have learned a great deal. I have seen relationships that I feel are valuable, healthy, and worthy of emulation. Others have taught me behaviors that I do not want to have in my relationships.
With that said I believe there are wonderful teachings that can help correct misunderstandings. For example some believe that the man is more important in a marriage, and although most will deny this some of us act like that is true instead of following the truths of the gospel that I see teaching us that we all are valuable and that both man and women should work together side by side.
Sister Okazaki has taught that “Sometimes women think that their part of the partnership consists of being silent, sweet, and supportive under all circumstances. Well, I have trouble seeing the relationship between a doormat and a pair of muddy boots as a real partnership. Instead, I like to think of partnership as two hands, working together. There’s not much that one finger can do by itself. It can point or prod or poke. But to comfort or hold or lift, it takes all five. (That’s why Relief Society needs all the sisters, by the way!) And there’s virtually no end to the good that two hands, gripping the same burden, can do.”
-Chieko Okazaki, Disciples, p. 69