Thursday, June 25, 2015

Don't Hate on Anger

"School thy feelings, O my brother; Train thy warm, impulsive soul. Do not its emotions smother, But let wisdom’s voice control."
-Hymn number 336 

       If we were asked, chances are most of us would agree that anger is bad. We would say that most of the time anger is inappropriate, ineffective, and offensive. This is the myth that surrounds that most misunderstood of human emotions. Anger is not inherently good, but it's not inherently bad, either. As Latter-day Saints, we often mis-categorize anger and try to avoid this useful emotion when it could be helping us accomplish righteous goals.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Staying Focused on Love

      "Love is the motivating principle by which the Lord leads us along the way towards becoming like Him, our perfect example. Our way of life, hour by hour, must be filled with the love of God and love for others." - President Henry B. Eyring1
        President Kimball once said the most important word in the dictionary might be the word "Remember."2 If that's true, perhaps Satan's favorite word is the word "Forget." So often when we feel ourselves downcast or overwhelmed, it is because we have forgotten the most essential truth God has revealed to man on earth: His love for us.  

Thursday, June 11, 2015

What Did Jesus Look Like?

"For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him." (Isaiah 53:2)

       The most important man in human history lived centuries before the invention of the camera. No contemporary portraits of His face exist. Those who wrote about Him gave their readers His lineage, His deeds, and His message, but none gave us any description of His physical likeness. Yet despite an overwhelming lack of evidence, when you say the name of Jesus, it instantly conjures up a picture in your mind. Everyone sees a tall, strong man with long wavy hair, a beard, and fair skin. Whether in art or parody, this is the image we associate with Christ.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Chastity: Why It's Not All About the Consequences

"True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior." 
- President Boyd K. Packer1

       As a sophomore at BYU I was taking a marriage prep class when I was assigned to write a paper about a topic of my choice pertaining to dating and marriage. I was an active LDS youth and I had heard my fair share of chastity lessons, so I figured I would write about the harmful effects of premarital sex. I knew the basics already: premarital sex was a bad deal and you shouldn’t do it, because if you did, you would be overcome with feelings of guilt. All I had to do was find a few studies to back up my hypothesis and I’d finish my paper before you could say "abstinence."