“I have tried for five months now to feel real joy like I felt everyday while serving my mission. I rise early, I study my scriptures, I pray often, sometimes all day, but I just can’t seem to feel it.” I was taken aback; it seemed almost as if the RMvirus had spread from my returned missionary students at the Institute and religion classes all the way to France.
More Nephi’s Bountiful Features
As families cluster at home, talk inevitably turns to the concerns we all share. There may be differing opinions about what is acceptable behavior and what is not. In addition, raw nerves can bring up old disagreements that resurface like a latent infection. Whatever problems we are facing, they become less manageable and more daunting when we are pulling apart. What is to be done?
Fascinatingly, the social and historical developments that set the stage for Jesus Christ have strong counterparts in the cultural and religious developments that prepared the way for the Restoration of the Gospel by Joseph Smith. As I began tabulating these parallels, the case became stronger and more interesting than I had ever surmised.
During this Coronavirus Crisis (which is likely to go on for a while) our grandchildren (and our children for that matter) need an extra measure of resilience. Interestingly, several studies have found that the more kids know about their grandparents and great grandparents, the more resilient and safe they feel in a crisis.
Stressful events are not experienced in isolation. They happen to us as families. Every family is unique in how it functions and what it finds helpful. With that in mind, let’s examine some of the things our families can do to emerge from the crucible of the coronavirus stronger and more sure of ourselves.
The 190th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (April 4–5, 2020) will be unlike any prior conference in the history of the Church. There are two main reasons for this.