Whenever I see fml I think it stands for feed my llama and it either makes the post confusing or awesome.
This is making me picture an Inca Jesus. “If ye love me, feed my llamas.”
Epistle to the Ephesians, how are you so good?
It’s just so full of doctrine and insight. I’m struggling with it because I want to read the whole thing every time I pick it up but there’s so much to take in that I need to pace myself. If you haven’t checked out this book of the Bible in a while, DO IT.
What allowed me to deal with all this historical stuff and not say, “Oh, I’ve got to leave” was that none of that stuff was really key to what my relationship to the church was. My relationship was that Mormonism had this powerful, positive impact on my family. It was something that I felt this certain attachment to and loyalty to. I literally knew, because I didn’t grow up in a very Mormon-centric environment, that my life was better because of my association with the church. With, you know, living and making good decisions. It didn’t have anything to do, really, with, “What did Joseph see in that grove?” or, “How many wives did he have?” and so forth. Those things were the back-story but they weren’t what connected me to it. So I was always able to read the history with an academic interest. I find church history totally fascinating. I love the unvarnished, warts-n-all stuff. It’s crazy stuff and crazy is what it should be. Because that’s humanity — that’s people.
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you,
ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
The goal of the first part is to align your will with His will. That’s how the second part works.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
In other words: Magnify your callings!
1 Corinthians 10:23
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not
Just because something is “not technically a sin” or directly breaking a commandment of God does NOT mean it’s a good idea or that there won’t be spiritual/temporal consequences. The goal is to be edified, to be nourished, uplifted, and filled with the Holy Spirit, not just to be within the lines. Obedience requires living the spirit of the law, not just the letter.
And never, until I did cry out unto the Lord Jesus Christ for mercy, did I receive a remission of my sins. But behold, I did cry unto him and I did find peace to my soul.