My husband and I are learning to respect the paths we find ourselves in. We didn't expect to wind up where we are (though hindsight being 20/20, it is not unexpected). Because I have been focusing on the principle of Charity, and the 2 Great Commandments, I believe I am a better person. I also see that I have a LOT more to work on.Heber13 wrote: ↑11 Feb 2015, 21:46I liked that book.mom3 wrote: I read Tuesdays With Morrie.
I read that book and in the same week stumbled across Elder Oaks' talk "The Challenge to Become". It did make me ponder about how I want to conduct myself, who I want to connect with, and what things matter to me in this world.These words were meaningful to me.Dallin H. Oaks wrote:It is not enough for anyone just to go through the motions. The commandments, ordinances, and covenants of the gospel are not a list of deposits required to be made in some heavenly account. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a plan that shows us how to become what our Heavenly Father desires us to become.
I hope the importance of conversion and becoming will cause our local leaders to reduce their concentration on statistical measures of actions and to focus more on what our brothers and sisters are and what they are striving to become.
Our needed conversions are often achieved more readily by suffering and adversity than by comfort and tranquillity...
We do not obtain our heavenly reward by punching a time clock. What is essential is that our labors in the workplace of the Lord have caused us to become something. For some of us, this requires a longer time than for others. What is important in the end is what we have become by our labors. Many who come in the eleventh hour have been refined and prepared by the Lord in ways other than formal employment in the vineyard.
Instead of being judgmental about others, we should be concerned about ourselves. We must not give up hope. We must not stop striving. We are children of God, and it is possible for us to become what our Heavenly Father would have us become.
One of the key things I have learned this past year is that I CANNOT and SHOULD NOT judge another's path. If I have the relationship there, I can counsel them against some unhealthy habits - maybe - if I have the social currency and the wisdom for that and they are at a place where something might stick. All I can do is be the best loyal sidekick cheering from the side of the superhero(ine) in their story and be the best superheroine I can be in my own story.
While it is probable that President Oaks was referring to those people who are baptized later in life, in other circumstances can one arrive at "the 11th hour"?Dallin H. Oaks wrote:Many who come in the eleventh hour have been refined and prepared by the Lord in ways other than formal employment in the vineyard.