For the past eight years, I’ve been helping run the Mormon Lit Blitz, an annual contest for flash fiction, short essays, and poems that explore Mormon themes and experience. This year, for the first time, we published twelve finalists in six languages—Spanish, Portuguese, English, Japanese, Tagalog, and Estonian. As we reflect on our experience, we wanted to share four things we learned from this contest.
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As members of the Church of Jesus Christ, we have been given the privilege to gather Israel on both sides of the veil. President Nelson has told us that absolutely nothing happening on the earth right now is more important. We’re not alone in this arduous yet joyful pursuit. There are angels available and willing to help us.
Have you ever been emotionally blindsided? Have you received the kind of news that shakes your world and leaves you uncertain about the future? Many years ago, I found myself in that situation—reeling from the shock. Though I had experienced sorrows before, this time my heart was truly broken.
I have read and written about Luke 15 many times, but I have always been so focused on the lost sheep and the lost coin and the lost son that I have skipped over that insight, which is the foundation for the whole chapter: “This man receiveth sinners.” Of course He does. He searches for them and seeks them and waits for them and rejoices when they return.
In recent years popular culture has declared self-esteem to be a critical component of psychological well-being. Common wisdom proclaims that you must love yourself in order to be a healthy human. But how does such self-regard fit into a gospel perspective?