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This past Sunday was Fast Sunday for us. So, as usual I get a knock at the door and I think, "it must be the deacons collecting fast offerings". Well, I open the door to find one deacon, and one beehive!
I've never seen this before. Has anyone else noticed this? Is this a change in things?
This morning I came across a notion expressed by an LDS member, positing that the poor have a better chance at learning wisdom and love because of their economic and social position.
I would like to respond to that idea here.
As much as the idea of the noble, happy poor is appealing to me and as much as I hope for the happiness of the vast majority of the world's population living in relative poverty, I think the idea that having no social or material capital helps us misses the fundamentals.
On the contrary, it is agency that opportunes us to choose wisdom and love, and in many cases poverty has a strong inverse relationship with agency.
Think about the majority of impoverished globally, who wash their own clothes by hand: what happens to the mother who can use a machine? She has more time, her family has more time. Maybe she can read and then change her world with what she reads.
Before she has a machine she has less choice and after she has a washing machine she has more choices. She now has to trade off less of material advantages and necessities if she chooses to spend time reading, to herself or anyone else.
Thus material advantages allow a person the chance to make more decisions, to exercise power in more ways, for good or bad. And the fruitful exercise of agency produced more opportunities for fruit-bearing agency.
In other words, without agency, the righteous exercise of power--or in other words, virtue--is impossible.
I believe that Christ expects us to love "the least" because, in part, He wants all of us to experience opportunities of power and thus develop virtuous personal qualities grown from righteous exercise of power, virtues by virtue of virtue.
By Super Mom
We are currently living in Europe and do not speak the language in our ward. Almost all the adult members speak English, to a degree, but all the meetings are held in another language with translation offered to us. My husband and I both serve in the ward and we attend every Sunday.
The problem is that our daughter is now old enough to attend Young Women. The girls her age do not speak English but are nice enough. She is already an introvert but the language issues make it worse. She does not want to go to the weekly activities or even to church on Sunday. This is having a major impact on her testimony and, in my opinion, she needs more interaction with English-speaking LDS girls and youth leaders. I have looked online for a Skype YW class or Skype Sunday School Youth class, but have found nothing. I know that our Farsi friends in our ward meet weekly on Skype for Sunday School, but I have not found anyone meeting in English. I have contacts in the U.S. I could ask for their YW and youth classes to Skype with our daughter, but then there would be time zone issues. Has anyone heard of an official (or unofficial) Skype class for expats? Or for YW who are home bound? Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
Last week Jana Riess published this guess post by Mette Harrison on her Flunking Sainthood blog. It's a letter from a mom to her daughter's seminary teacher.
In the letter she discusses six topics and how they are addressed in seminary:
LGBT issues Faith and Intellect Identity MIssion Marriage and Family Exposure to other religions Yesterday Riess published a response from a seminary teacher (not the actual seminary teacher the letter was written to). Here's the great response by this teacher. You kinda have to read the first letter for the response to make sense. But, I think it's worth it... his responses are insightful.
Can anyone give me some perspective on Luke 8:46? From an LDS perspective, what Virtue did Jesus percieve had left him when he was touched? Almost everything I can find, from LDS sources, seems to focus heavily on the virtue of chastity. I assume the virtue Jesus felt was a loss of power within himself? The power was gained by being the perfect example of living all the virtues combined? And there is some link between virtue, healing and Melchizedek Priesthood? Can anyone help enlighten me on this?