I may choose to ignore anonymous comments. I consider this type of anonymity dishonest. Also, I don't post regularly. I post when I have something worth writing and something worth reading. I explain all this in: Don't Let Telling Tales Trip Up Your Truthfulness.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Forcing God's Agenda

In Alma, chapter 20, there is a wonderful story where Ammon, a Nephite by birth, is instructed by Heavenly Father to avoid the land of Nephi, because the King will want to kill him. Verse 2 reads:
And the voice of the Lord came to Ammon, saying: Thou shalt not go up to the land of Nephi, for behold, the king will seek thy life; but thou shalt go to the land of Middoni; for behold, thy brother Aaron, and also Muloki and Ammah are in prison.
Strangely enough, while traveling to Middoni, they meet up with the King anyway, and he still seeks Ammon's life. Verse 8 reads:
And it came to pass that as Ammon and Lamoni were journeying thither, they met the father of Lamoni, who was king over all the land.
However, Ammon has the upper-hand in this encounter and the King ends up pleading for his own life. Ammon grants it under certain conditions, all beneficial to the work of Heavenly Father.

My point in all of this is that timing is important. What's more, Heavenly Father is uniquely qualified to determine when the timing is right.

With our limited knowledge and vision, we are spectacularly unqualified to determine the best timing to implement Heavenly Father's agenda or to know the details of His agenda or the order in His agenda items.

We have no business forcing His agenda in any way.

If women receive the priesthood, it will be in Heavenly Father's way and on His own timescale. Until that occurs, it is not our business, whether we be male or female.

When, or if, the time is right, the change will come through His authorized servants and through His authorized channels.

What is left up to us? Being righteous and worthy to receive it and use it, should the time ever come.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Finally, A Line

Many were surprised when Kate Kelly was excommunicated. I wasn't.

Her actions and behavior left her church leaders with little choice.

In fact, the only thing that surprised me at all is why it took so long.

Her actions, and some other things that have been happening, made me wonder where the Church was going to draw the line, or if a line even existed anymore.

I'm old enough to remember a lot of other excommunicants and their circumstances. I don't see where Kate Kelly's activities were fundamentally any different from theirs.

The Church drew the line where it has always drawn the line.

If this excommunication surprised you, perhaps you need to examine some of your beliefs and see if there is some disordered thinking in your head somewhere.