Carly Olson entered the hospital her first day, not knowing what heart rending and eye-opening experiences she would have working in the ICU before her three weeks of volunteering as a nurse were up. She was in New York, the epicenter of the virus, and her fight was from hour to hour to keep the young and old alive.
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"The earth gives me its generous sap, but heaven lights me with the reflection of unknown worlds. You say that the soul is nothing but the result of the bodily powers. Why, then, is my soul the more luminous when my bodily powers begin to fail? Winter is on my head, and eternal spring is in my heart." Read more of what Victor Hugo had to say about the immortality of the soul.
On May 3, 2017, I found myself standing in front of the office of Homeland Security in Salt Lake City, Utah, bullhorn in hand, leading a prayer vigil. Every major news outlet in the state along was there with cameras, notebooks, and reporters. What had brought me—a mild-mannered Latter-day Saint grandmother and a children’s book writer—to this place?
The current pandemic will likely inform the future of things like hospital design, emergency planning, supply chains, international trade and manufacturing, workplace technology, transportation, sporting events, and even (perhaps especially) how we educate and learn. As a guy named Einstein reminded us, we can’t solve our problems with the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
While the tragedy of the Coronavirus pandemic has brought out many examples of good as people pull together, sacrifice to help each other, and show courage in many ways, there have been many troubling developments as well.
In 1995, President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “As the work grows across the world it has become necessary to decentralize administrative authority to keep General Authorities closer to the people.”
It’s always a bit breathtaking in 2020 when legitimate religious news organizations publish columns and articles that sound like they came straight out of 19th Century anti-Latter-day Saint screeds. But such was a recent piece from Anna Abbott, a National Catholic Register blogger based in Massachusetts.