Friday, October 14, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Don't forget the small things - they're actually pretty big

Alma 37:41 "Small means ...did show unto them marvelous works"

Alma 37:6 "By small and simple things are great things brought to pass"

This is an excellent talk. If you're a stay at home Mom, or anyone who is struggling with the amount of stuff they have to should listen to at least the first 12 minutes. Or you can read it here.

I'm also finding that the small things are not only the most important in spiritual matters, but also in my happiness in family life. The small things - like Jon texting me during the day to tell me that he misses me and is excited to come home, or Lily's face and arms covered in baked beans. I remember once saying to my uncle, Tim Zeidner, "It's the simple things that count" after his little boy had done something cute. He immediately responded in a more serious tone than I'm used to hearing from him, "You know - that's really true."

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fun Videos

Lily LOVES to play the guitar. Thanks again Dad for such an amazing present.

Wait till the end of this video - Lily was in a phase for a while where she loved to nod "yes yes yes."
We brought Lily to the park and she didn't really like anything there - all of it just made her nervous.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pernicious Lies

I am currently reading The Book of Mormon in Alma chapter 30. This is the chapter about Korihor - probably already know the story but the summary is that he goes around preaching that there won't be a Christ and that no one can possibly know that there is a God. He accuses the priests of only preaching the "silly traditions of their fathers" to get gain. He is brought before the chief judge, Alma, who finally tells him that if He denies God again, he'll be stricken dumb. Being the lawyer that he is, he tries saying there isn't a God without explicitly saying those words. Alma 30:48 "I do not deny the existence of a God, but I do not believe that there is a God; and I say also, that ye do not know that there is a God; and except ye show me a sign, I will not believe." So, he looses his ability to speak and a few verses later says this shocking thing: Alma 30: 52 "I always knew that there was a God." His confession goes on in verse 53 as he tells that the devil deceived him and told him what he should teach. Essentially the devil lied to him and instead of choosing not to listen to his lies, Korihor says, "I have taught his words; and I taught them because they were pleasing unto the carnal mind; and I taught them even until I had much success" (Here comes the whole point of this post...) "Insomuch that I verily believed they were true; and for this cause I withstood the truth."

My former Stake President has been emphasizing how the Book of Mormon is written for us. And, when I read that last bolded portion, little red flags went off in my head. I thought, "I've done that. I've told myself lies until I thought they were true." The pattern of Korihor was this:
1- Korihor knew the truth
2- The devil present a lie to him (this can happen in many ways, whether its the media that we see, an unkind thought about others or ourselves, there are a million lies that the devil presents to us and each is specially targeted for his audience - us as individuals)
3- Korihor entertained the lie - he told it to himself and others again and again
4- Korihor ended up believing that the lie was true even though he knew that it was a lie when he first heard it.

I thought about how this cycle happens - about how easy it can be to believe a lie about ourselves or about others which can have extremely damaging effects...sometimes even spiritual death. And when those lies are contained within our own mind, sometimes its hard to even recognize that we're thinking them. So, how do you break Korihor's cycle? I guess that leaves me with something to think about. Any ideas?

ps - "pernicious" means: having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual way.