Posted 18 July 2012 - 03:37 AM
Years ago, I attended a region conference at Salt Lake Tabernacle. President Gordon B. Hinckley, then a counselor in the First Presidency, spoke of the hardship that saints in some primitive, developing area of the Church had endured just to make a one-time visit to a temple. He then observed that we had traveled in our air-conditioned cars over a well-constructed freeway for about 20 miles to arrive at the conference.
"Thank you for your sacrifice," he said.
The experience has had a continuing impact on me.
Were I in the position of these Provo homeowners, I think I would not need to be invited to support the Brethren in this effort to further the work of proclaiming the gospel globally and bringing souls to Christ. Doing without a totally unobstructed view of the mountains strikes me as a small sacrifice given the covenant of consecration I have made.
Edited by Scott Lloyd, 18 July 2012 - 04:17 AM.
To whom it may concern: If you feel inclined to do anything for or in behalf of me after I die -- or even while I'm living, for that matter -- that is comparable in intent to Mormon vicarious baptisms or other ordinances for the dead, feel free. I would even regard it as a magnanimous gesture. I would appreciate the thought in any case.
Nobody gives you all the facts all at once, leastwise anti-Mormons and hostile critics. If selective focus or emphasis amounts to deceit, they are the worst of offenders.
If I detest anything as virulently as anti-Mormons obviously detest Mormonism, feel free to label me as "anti-" the thing I detest. I won't mind in the least.
An author who undertakes to criticize publicly another's religious faith and practice has the obligation, in the first instance, to understand it.
... and the anti-Mormon saith unto them: I am no anti-Mormon, for there is none — and thus he whispereth in their ears.