Re: Chieko's Corner
Posted: 12 Aug 2014, 22:29
Hi Mom3. I love Chieko Okazaki. Thanks for sharing. I will see if I can find some of her quotes to add. Her writings are always uplifting and I think help us to be less hard on ourselves
Discussing Alternate Ways to Stay In the Church
There are times for all of us when we do not understand what is happening or why it is happening or what we are supposed to learn from it. Peace seems very far away. This is the time to be completely honest with the Lord in your prayers and trust completely in him.
-Chieko Okazaki, Disciples, p.4I'm not saying that we should deny our pain or pretend that things are rosy when they're not. We don't make things better by wearing masks. I'm just saying that we usually have a choice about our attitudes, and the biggest difference we can make is in where we choose to focus when something is hurting us.
-Chieko Okazaki, Disciples, p.53Our Father in Heaven does not want obedient slaves, anxious dependents,unthinking servants, loyal but incompetent children. He wants to give us all that he has. He wants to make us co-heirs with Christ. He wants us to become creators and peoplers of our own worlds, just as he is. In a word, he does not want inferiors. He wants partners. It behooves us, then, as disciples of Christ, to remove the obstacles in our own thinking and in our own traditions that may make it possible for us to look at any other brother or sister in the gospel and to think unkindly or demeaningly or uncharitably of them. Rather, let us say with Nephi and Jacob, 'The one being is as precious in his sight as the other'. Jacob 2:21
- Love this.In a word, he does not want inferiors. He wants partners. It behooves us, then, as disciples of Christ, to remove the obstacles in our own thinking and in our own traditions that may make it possible for us to look at any other brother or sister in the gospel and to think unkindly or demeaningly or uncharitably of them.
. I believe for me that is the hugest part of my personal faith crisis in the religion of my upbringing. Ironically, the first quote is still my goal.obedient slaves, anxious dependents,unthinking servants, loyal but incompetent children
Love is not just a nice feeling about someone. It is the pure and joyful pulse of the universe, and being in tune with it means you are in tune with the forces that bind together the stars on one hand and the atoms on the other. If we truly love each other, most differences become irrelevant and most forms of helping are pure delight.
Love literally has the power to cause change.
Chieko Okazaki - Lighten Up pg. 14
Ed and I are both converts. We had to decide on our own what kind of Mormons we were going to be and what kind of Latter-Day Saint home we would establish. We listened to a lot of counsel. We observed a lot of families. But we still had to make our own decisions.
What's the principle? Teach your children the gospel. And what's the practice? That depends on your needs and wants and your family's needs and wants....
These are practices, options based upon needs. You get to choose what works for you and your family. So lighten up! Lighten up about yourself - and about other people.
Brother Dyer and Brother Kunz had a comment about guilt I want to share with you: "Many couples still feel some what apologetic or guilty because, althought they are carrying out a Church program (raising their family), they are not doing it the 'Church Way' and feel that their families would work even better if somehow they could do it 'by the book'. They geniunely want to do everything the church teaches them to do, and they want to do it perfectly. Yet in (the families in the study) they do not feel paralyzed by the desire for perfection. The statistics and interviews paint a remarkable picture of being simultaneously contented with family strengths while never feeling they can say, "We've got it made.'
Chieko Okazaki - Lighten Up. pg. 25