The Importance of Advocates - Jason K (By Common Consent)
“It Would Be Safer and Cause Less Suspicion”
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(I) talk of Christ . . . and (I) write according to (my understanding), that (my) children (and friends) may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins. (2 Nephi 25:26)
There were some kinds of challenges that President Kimball had that were very, very difficult and it came to a point of sometimes weighing church membership in the balance and he had to make the decision. And it was on the basis of his decision that the first presidency of the Church would act at the time, because this was when he was an apostle.
President Kimball under those circumstances would say that sometimes lives are so complex, conditions are so incredibly confused, guilt and responsibility are so diffused in so many ways that it is very, very difficult and it is not a clear cut issue of right and of wrong. And he said that frequently with some of these more difficult problems he would pray mightily unto the Lord and ask for His guidance and direction and sometimes would not receive a clear cut answer as to the direction that he should proceed and that when that would happen, he would stop and ask himself the question:
“What is the loving thing to do?”
And he said, "Some day I know that I will stand before the judgment bar of God, and some of the decisions I made will have been wrong. I will have erred. I will have made a mistake that maybe the decision should have been another way."
And the Savior will ask me:
“Why did you make that decision? That was not the correct decision.’"
And I will say with the integrity of my heart:
"Lord, I did that because at the time I wasn’t sure what was the direction that I should go and so I made what I thought was the loving decision.”
I am confident that God will look down upon me on those occasions and forgive me of my error."
"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things." (verse 11)
When my wife and I got married, we agreed that I would make all the important decisions and she would make all the unimportant ones - since she already had made the most important decision in my life by agreeing to marry me.
28 years later, can you believe there hasn't been a single important decision since then?
The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth.
"That's not how I interpret that scriptural passage, so you must be relying on the philosophies of men."
"Regardless of these natural responsibilities we inherit due strictly to biology and culture, the ideal marriage is one where such distinctions are erased - where each partner shares the other's responsibilities to some degree and acts as an equal partner with the other overall."
I remember when my youngest turned 8, and we began to talk about baptism. We asked him when he would like to be baptized (his birthday is in May), and he said:
“I think . . . . . . November.”
We were a little curious as to what significance that had, but when asked he replied with a cheery smile:
“I want to live a little first.”