I, too, am one of those who have been in the Church for many decades (you might say I'm getting old!) without any negative experience with other members that comes anywhere close to matching the thousands of positive and wonderful elements of mutual support, respect, and inspiration. I, too, believe that even if one took away our wonderful understanding of what happens after we leave this life, my membership in the Church would remain the single best organization to which I could belong here on earth.
Thank you, Dan... Always great thoughts, so carefully and powerfully communicated.
Your thoughts struck a real chord this morning, prompting me to make a brief comment. This past week my own ward family lost a member - a sweet almost-8 year old girl who fought a bone marrow disease her whole life. It's been beautiful and awe-inspiring to witness the outpouring of love, service and support that is happening. What a privilege it is to belong to the LDS community of striving saints! And I join you in proclaiming a testimony of belief in eternal doctrines that bind this community together. Walking by faith through hard things is somehow easier when we can share our burdens with brothers and sisters in Christ.
Excellent! I have lived all over the world and it is true...what a great blessing to have such a fellowship of saints. I also loved seeing your friend singing! ;)
Great article! and I agree. I love the association with fellow Mormons. It's wonderful to be a part of the group. We rub elbows with people from all walks of life. There are examples of many occupations for our children to be inspired by. The list of benefits could go on and on.
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