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Seems like the scriptures support ranking of certain things like sins (murder, sexual sin, etc.), which to me seems to suggest a specific amount of suffering required by the Savior in order to satisfy justice and provide forgiveness.
And in prayer: seems like our ancestors whose Temple work we give them the option to accept, can pray with more faith and more power after we complete their Temple work and they choose to accept it. No?
Seems like service (operationalized in the form of callings) might also be rank-able and quantifiable.
(Perhaps framing it as an objective event like the Second Coming would help: "Wickedness will not hasten it. Righteousness will not postpone it." - since service is an eternal process not an event, though - gives me another disconnect...
It is confusing to me then to realize that callings are not ranked and the fact that none of us "advance" in callings but instead, we progress in a nonlinear, individual path.
My wife said this is the case because we all come to earth to learn the same lessons but we learn them in different ways.
As a loyal spouse, I'm not allowed to question nor accept her advice on face value....but it seems to explain the disconnect my neurons so often confront.
Her ancestors who held callings for 20+ years, I suppose, simplified things: I was called to do x. That's what I'm doing until I'm released.
If any of you beautiful people could expound on these disconnects and my wife's wisdom, I'd be much obliged.
I thought it might be fun to keep a running list of services and outreach that are being done by LDS Charities or members (stakes, wards, youth groups, RS, quorums, etc) working on their own. I think all too often we, as church members, are not aware of what happens. So maybe people here will feel inclined to post links whenever they happen to come across them so that we can all read and be edified (and keep a history).
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Whoopi Goldberg Attempts A "Gotcha" On Ann Romney About Mormons And Military Service. Ann Saves Her Bacon Anyway.By BCSpace
Watch the video. I think Ann knows what Whoopi attempted to do, realized Whoopi had botched it, and saved her from continuing embarrassment by taking over the issue. Much more of her response on the video than the transcript above. It's a really great response.
Happy New Year Friends & Friends that are Family! This morning I had some time before church and wanted to share something … some kind of message about the New Year. First of all, it’s not the car you drive, the house you live in or the things you have. It’s not about the trendy job you have, the fancy neighborhood you live in, or having the latest and greatest, and nothing but the best, of everything! It’s about what you do with your talents, skills and education. 1) Do you provide for yourself and your family? 2) Do you have compassion for those that are down on their luck? 3) Do you help someone with something in someway? My promise to you is that if you do more of the three listed items above, this year will be better than last year! Also, one more thing I have found that made my 2010 a great year – I’ve learned to forgive better, and more deeply, than I have ever done before. May life grant you true happiness, no matter where you go or how you live.