Monday, November 4, 2013

Sometimes We Ask Too Many Questions

[I just noticed that this is the 1700th post I have written here.  I have a hard time fathoming that, and I never dreamed when I started that I would reach that number of posts.

I once listened to a conversation between a couple of men who had been in the LDS Church for multiple decades - two men whom I admire greatly.  One of them asked the other one the following question - to the best of my recollection:

What should we do if there is something in the Church Handbook of Instruction that isn't clear - if we aren't sure exactly what it means or what we should do? 

His answer surprised me, but I agreed totally when I thought about it.  He said - again, to the best of my recollection:

If it isn't spelled out, it isn't spelled out - so, by all that's holy and intelligent, don't ask someone to spell it out. There are lots of things we need to figure out on our own - through the Spirit and through our own intelligence and best efforts.
Sometimes we ask too many questions.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ha! I think sometimes we forget how far the church has come in a generation. As a child there was constant debate and disagreement about what we should and shouldn't do on a Sunday etc.etc. we don't see too much of that nowadays, I really think there is a new maturity and it heartens me.
Unfortunately my children only remember that time, and I have to constantly remind them that we worked hard to think for ourselves as parents and encouraged them to do so. It can be tempting for our youth to throw the baby out with the bathwater when we get over proscriptive with them, with the best of intentions.