Jolanta was nine years old when we adopted her. Her reaction to years of abuse, which had left her a paraplegic, was to withdraw completely inside herself. She closed herself off physically by not responding to anyone who approached her. Even with the angel help of a translator from her home country, we didn't know how to reach her and prayed earnestly to find a way to get through.
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The American dogma that we cannot love anyone until we love ourselves is problematic because it inverts God’s well-being pyramid and stands it on its head. It suggests that we must get ourselves feeling peaceful, restored, and self-content before we can move on to helping others. This is perfectly upside-down.
When I think that God, who “cannot look on sin with the least degree of allowance”, does not punish me immediately for my foibles and sins but grants time and space for Mercy to do her work, I love Him more than ever.
During World War II, a young Herbert Fränkler was drafted into the German military. He went into the Airforce and was assigned as a test pilot at a two-seater plane manufacturing factory in Berlin. When the planes would come out of the factory, his team would be the first to test fly them. Herbert never knew just how he would take his life into his hands on that assignment. And how it would change his life forever.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, reengaged with his dear friend, the Rev. Dr. Andrew Teal, of Oxford University and the Church of England, in another discussion of theology Tuesday. Part of the discussion involved Elder Holland sharing his scripture study approach for 2021. Here's what he had to say.
What if the veil was lifted today and we saw ourselves back in the premortal world? Who were we there? What amazing things were we learning? Why did we decide to come here? What covenants did we make? Sometimes in very still moments of our lives we get magnificent glimpses…