Click on the title of this post. I dare you. I double dog dare you. But be warned that the contents are graphic and may cause your head to explode. Or they may put you into a catatonic state. It's this month's First Presidency Message. It's what God has revealed to you through one of his prophets, seers, and revelators.
If I've scared you off let me summarize for you.
- Christ set an example that we should follow.
- A New Testament quote about Nathaniel that's supposed to teach a lesson. Not sure what the lesson is since he never explains.
- Asks several questions: Am I what I want to be? Am I closer to the Savior today than yesterday? Will I be closer tomorrow? Do I have the courage to change for the better?
- Choose the family way. Supports this with an anecdote about a father who bought a boat. Asks GA for name advice. Advice is to call it the "Sabbath Breaker." Another anecdote about a boy who learned to pray from his mother and her example. Another anecdote about handing out flowers on Mother's Day as a deacon. This taught him a great lesson: when a person gives a flower the fragance lingers on the hands of the giver.
- Under the heading "Giving Our Lives in Service" he opens with the example of God giving his Son who gave his life. We should give our lives in service.
- Gives King Benjamin quote about being in the service of God when we are in the service of man.
- Must have faith and trust not in our own understanding.
- Then awkwardly segues into a really wierd anecdote about a French widow giving him her husbands war medals on his mission and then giving them another member with the same last name years later at temple dedication with the injunction to do genealogy on the family name.
This man has a tremendous platform to influence lives and this is the best he can do? The article is barely coherent. I'm to believe he is a prophet, seer, and revelator and this is all that God manages to squeeze out of one of his highest servants?
This is a big reason why I didn't continue going to church as many people do after they realize it's probably not true. There's simply nothing of substance there. This First Presidency Message is like a musician playing a sequence of random, yet harmonic and pleasing, chords on a major scale. The chords are meant to resonate and be pleasing, but they really don't fit together into a cohesive whole or carry any deaper meaning. Sort of like elevator music for the soul. I think that members are intended to read an article like this and feel good because the right notes have been pressed. But if you were to ask them what they learned you'd probably get a blank stare.
The Mormon church offers all kinds of trite, nice sounding ideas, but it is short on how to translate those ideas into meaningful action that will improve your life. Instead you are stuck an endless treadmill of meaningless busy work and left wondering why you don't feel good about it.