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  1. I’ve often used the phrase “joining Him in His work” to characterize how I understand exaltation. I certainly have never believed we are to replace or supersede Him.
  2. I will forever be grateful for the example of Todd Beamer, other passengers on Flight 93 and many in NY and DC, who refused to be paralyzed by doubt and fear and instead invoked the aid of Deity, made a plan, and executed that plan with focus and resolve. It reminds me that, even in our darkest moments, if we refuse to be victims, we can have clarity of thought and purpose and do heroic things.
  3. My comment was on where, historically, the focus of the father and mother has been. I didn’t mean to convey that the two roles are mutually exclusive. I know that as a father, I’ve never believed my efforts to provide temporally for my family were anywhere near as important as my role in nurturing my children, even though my nurturing efforts have always paled in comparison to those of my wife. I agree with the idea that fathers and mothers are both deemed by God to be important in the family but don’t believe God places equal value on temporal and nurturing efforts.
  4. The traditional role of the father in a family has focused on the temporal, the mother on nurturing, in all its aspects, including spiritual. As between the two, it’s clear which one God deems of greater worth, regardless of how many mortals choose to more highly esteem the temporal and temporary.
  5. I am sorry if Ms. Riess’ life experience has given her such a low opinion of women. It seems she believes women make no important decisions, have no lasting influence, are inconsequential in the lives of men. My experience has been different. The two most consequential people in my life are both women. I esteem them more than any prophet or bishop. Their counsel and guidance have played a central role in shaping me, certainly a much larger role than any of the fine prophets and bishops in my life. And I have no doubt that not only are the Prophet and bishop ok with that, they would tell me that’s the way it should be. And God would agree. The Church and it’s leaders serve their limited purpose in mortality, family units are eternal and in my family (and many others) women are the core of that eternal bond.
  6. I’m interested in your thoughts on the Greek woman who Jesus compared to a dog (Mark 7; Matt 15). Would she have been justified in believing Jesus had cast her aside with his words? Why do you think she chose not to come to that conclusion? Do you think those who feel they’ve been cast aside might find hope in this scripture? If so, how would you invite them to act on that hope?
  7. A few invitations. First, ponder the idea of “this work” in the context of God’s declaration regarding His purpose “this is my work...” a qualitative measure of whos, not what’s, and a work we are all necessarily involved if we are to partake in the eternal life He desires for, but won’t force upon, each of us. Second, while we are not adverse to using quantifiable measures when thinking about our spiritual progress, it’s clearly not the aim of our existence. In fact, when the Savior described how we can individually progress He used subjective, not objective measures: peacemaker, meekness, poor in spirit, hungering and thirsting after righteousness, pure in heart, etc. Similarly, you no doubt recall the emphasis of modern prophets on “becoming”... another subjective measure. So, I’d suggest a focus solely on quantitative measures is contrary to God’s ultimate measure of His children...our hearts. God doesn’t have a quota for exalted offspring. His promise is to love each of us, impart knowledge and wisdom to all who ask Him for such with the requisite intent, and honor each child’s agency. Finally, don’t take my word for any of this. I was reminded again recently that we value much more those things we discover with Divine input above those things we are told, even if we believe them when we are told. I know that’s been my experience so I invite you to ponder this issue if it’s important to you, consult Deity, and discover. Godspeed to you in your efforts.
  8. Perhaps it’s a question of who is accelerating. I believe we’ve all been invited, by the Savior and His prophet, to accelerate our efforts. I see many around me who have accepted that invitation. I believe we would all do well to join them.
  9. Thanks for these thoughts CB. l’ve always invited those worried about a “cafeteria approach” to envision a cafeteria with only two entrees: love of God and love for our neighbors. Think of all who could agree on how perfect those entrees are and how much good could be done if we spent less time focused on what others might choose for dessert and more time going back for seconds and thirds on the two entrees.
  10. If that troubles you, I trust with sufficient pondering and prayer you can receive an answer to any inconsistencies you might perceive between that verse and the numerous contexts in which we’re invited to use His name (e.g. every prayer, ordination, setting apart, talk, testimony, blessing etc.) and our covenant to always remember him.
  11. I didn’t characterize anyone as a bad guy. There are plenty of folks today who self describe as drowning. It’s too late for us to help those who drowned in Noah’s day, not too late to try to help those who feel like they’re drowning today.
  12. I suspect the people in Noah’s time, as they were drowning, may have thought that perhaps the prophet wasn’t overreacting as much as they had believed when they failed to heed his warnings, and that God was too easily offended.
  13. Or perhaps the real cause of concern is that we are so prone to bristle at the invitation to always remember Him, to have His name continually on our lips, and so apt to spend more time and attention on church administration than discipleship and communion. The bristling and second guessing are certainly wasted time. Heeding an invitation to remember whose we are and at what price we were bought is central to the purpose of mortality...hardly wasted time. That Prophetic invitation is all I heard, the rest is just noise.
  14. Hamba, I aspire to be wherever you are in the eternities as I am confident that wherever you are you will make that place heavenly for those around you. Godspeed to you.
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