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Christlike Love is The Spirit of Christmas

10881608_10205740701096754_6560410214678572666_nToday's Spiritual Thought: Christlike Love is The Spirit of Christmas, and with it a reminder That It Is not thwart the grand gifts thathave the most impact. It is frequently the small, simple tender mercies we verbatim to one another That make the difference in healing hearts, building relationships, and delivering Our Savior's love to our human fellows.

"The Spirit of Christmas is Christlike love. The way to Increase The Christmas Spirit is to reach out generously to Those Around Us and give of ourselves. The best gifts are not material things but gifts of listening, of showing kindness, of remembering, of visiting, of forgiving, of thanksgiving time. I have learned from my great-grandfather Stringham sometimes it is the small and simple ACTS whichhave The Biggest Impact. "

https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/christmas-devotional/2014/12/christmas-is-christlike-love


I am Mitch Mayne. I am an openly gay, active Latter-day Saint.
I was raised in Idaho, and baptized into the Mormon Church When I was eight. I left the church for many years, due in large part to my parent's divorce. In my mid-20s, I Returned to the church of my own accord, knowing full well that i was gay, and That someday I would have to find a way to reconcile my sexual orientation with my faith.

For many years, I was fractured: I believed I was a man with a foot in two worlds, and That I belonged in neither. But as I've grown in my testimony of my Savior and my confidence in who I am, I've come to understand myself as a man with a foot in two worlds-who very much belongs in bothering. From August through November of 2011 2013, I served as the executive secretary of the bishopric of the Bay Ward within the San Francisco Stake.

I currently Remains of an active, happy and whole gay Mormon-just the way I am.

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Serenity Prayer

Serenity Prayer

Sometimes I find my peace of mind is crowded out by fear and uncertainty. One way to release myself is to apply the Serenity Prayer to my Circumstances, but in a precise way That cuts through my many Shortcomings. First, I Broaden 'acceptance' to include * everything * exactly as it is, not just the things I can not change. That Means I look at my entire life through the lens of gratitude, and trust That everything is unfolding exactly as it should-my Savior's timing is always Perfect. Then I ask Him to help me accept all things precisely as They are, and to see the opportunities in my Circumstances.

Sometimes asking my Savior for 'Courage to Change the Things I Can' is overwhelming-I can get trapped under the mountain of things I * Could * Change and I've become paralyzed with inaction. It helps for me to Ask Precisely for Guidance on what my Savior wants me to change into any given moment, and think of 'Things I Can Change' as the things my Savior wants me to change right now.

Last, I can trigger my perfectionism When asking for 'Wisdom to Know the Difference.' I always want to know Exactly what I'm supposed to do-I do not want to make any mistakes. To regain my Spiritual Center, I remind myself That everything (including me, Even When I'm walking through fear and uncertainty) ice Already in my Savior's hand, and That Decision-Making is a self-correcting process. Wisdom is something I feel in my heart. If I change something and still do not feel right, I can go through the process again Until my Savior's Will Becomes clear to me.

Then I breathe, and remember I am Exactly Who I Am, Exactly where I am, and remind myself that i am cared for-and loved.


I am Mitch Mayne. I am an openly gay, active Latter-day Saint.
I was raised in Idaho, and baptized into the Mormon Church When I was eight. I left the church for many years, due in large part to my parent's divorce. In my mid-20s, I Returned to the church of my own accord, knowing full well that i was gay, and That someday I would have to find a way to reconcile my sexual orientation with my faith.

For many years, I was fractured: I believed I was a man with a foot in two worlds, and That I belonged in neither. But as I've grown in my testimony of my Savior and my confidence in who I am, I've come to understand myself as a man with a foot in two worlds-who very much belongs in bothering. From August through November of 2011 2013, I served as the executive secretary of the bishopric of the Bay Ward within the San Francisco Stake.

I currently Remains of an active, happy and whole gay Mormon-just the way I am.

http://www.mitchmayne.com/press-coverage/

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A contrast in everything

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In 2 Nephi 2: 11 it says: "For it must needs be opposition in all things. If not, my wilderness first-born, no one would be able to righteousness, nor any wickedness, nor any holiness nor misery, nor anything good or evil. Therefore, all things must necessarily be a composite whole, because if there was only a single drive, it must remain as lifeless without either life or death, impermanence or incorruption, happiness nor misery, awareness or unawareness. "

This principle is found in many cultures and philosophies. Yin and yang, for example. Day and night, light and darkness, good and evil, wet and dry, hot and cold, sun and rain - we think in opposites, and nature is created with opposites.

Do you remember that a few years ago was a symbol that read "we like different"? This symbol came to protest against racism, and we talked about how society is enriched by all different people. In a sense, one can say that it applies the same principle that Paul speaks of in First Corinthians 12, where he resembles the Church members and their various talents at various body limbs. We are all different and have different talents, and therefore can fulfill different functions in cooperation. How would society be like if everyone was good at singing, but no one could cultivate? Or if all were talented economists, but no one was able to perform surgery?

Strangely enough, there is one area in our Swedish culture where diversity suddenly not at all acceptable, and where everyone should be exactly equal. This single difference that does not proceed, and that must not occur, is the inequality between the sexes. Men and women should be exactly the same, and do exactly the same amount of the exact same things.

I find it strange that this is called "equality", because when things are equal, they are of equal worth, not alike. And how can men and women be worth as much as that of women in all the millennia have done valued lower than that men have done? If you really want real equality ought to be, instead of trying to get everyone to do as much of the same things, valuing the care of children (including one's own!) As much as engineering. Let people be free to choose who should take care of the kids and for how long, if children go to kindergarten or be at home, and let child care giving as much of retirement employment.

Now say well no "but then people stay home with the kids and take a vacation from work and get retirement!" If you think it's vacation to be at home with the kids, you have not done it for years. When you are at home parent staying on the job 24 hours a day, while the rest of the family, a vacation from school and jobs has been more work than usual. It has been continuously operating, no salary, and usually you also do all the housework while since you "yet only'm home." But if you choose to stay at home parent, you do it because you think that the most important thing you can do is take care of their children, not because it is restful, or because you can not handle a "real" job.

Obviously there are many who can not afford one parent stays at home (our society's built for it to be so), and it does not fit either all be at home parent full time. But my point is that we humans are different, not only in terms of ethnic origin or ideology; we are also different as men and women, and as individuals. Can not the society stop trying to force us to be like?


Guest Columnist: Miriam

Celebrocracy - The world is governed largely by values

rat_pack_narrowweb__300x232,0Reading an interesting biography of the rock band U2 written by John Jobling. The singer of the band Bono has been heavily involved in political humanitarian work.

The book addresses a phenomenon called Celebrocracy. The world is run largely by appraisal.

We in the church would like to influence by individual examples.

In the Celebrocracy as Jobling talking about takes place through influence rather than a celebrity obsessed media. A few celebrities statements get a copious impact. Celebrocracy is a power institution.

A telling example mentioned in the book are from live 8 years 2005. Bob Geldof performs with a representative of an organization that works with humanitarian work 24 / 7. The Representative factual exposition of the complex problems ignored largely with silence. When his neighbor on the podium Bob makes some simple powerful "one liners" is the uncritical into newscasts and newspapers, and get a huge impact.

Forces of Celebocracy evident partly in the changed attitude to the definition of the concept of marriage and the right for same-sex couples to adopt. Celebrity statements have changed the values ​​of millions in a short time.

In social media appears increasingly celebrities (artists, actors, bloggers, writers) short highly simplified "one-liners". They also think a major impact on the members of the Church.

We're supposed to ponder and then ask God and study the best books. A patient strenuous path to sound values. It is I think worth noting the differences.

Celebrocracy can also turn negative. Avi Steinberg takes in his new book about lds up an example of this.

"To be a fan of The Book of Mormon is to walk a lonesome road. You have almost no one to talk to. None of your friends have read the book. None have had it assigned in school ... It is not Merely socially acceptable to mock and dismiss it, it's a prerequisite for being taken seriously. "

Avi is a non-believer, but deeply fascinated by the LDS. I think he's right describes something that increasingly will become universal thanks to the power of Celebrocracy. When deep contemplation replaced with powerful simplifications will members of an even higher degree of non-believers to be painted as weak, naive and foolish.

Hope I'm wrong because it's a scary way.

http://www.bokus.com/bok/9780385535694/the-lost-book-of-mormon-a-journey-through-the-mythic-lands-of-nephi-zarahemla-and-kansas-city-missouri/


Guest Columnist: Observers

Anything that affects me is not about me

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Have you ever met a person who takes everything personally? What other people do and say, they take as an expression of how humans feel about them. And of course, the most negative.

It's tricky to relate to such a man. You must consider both one and two laps before you say or do something, and it may be wrong in any case. Then you have to take the time to explain and assure that it did not mean anything bad, and to express their positive feelings about the person.

Most probably thinking "but I'm not like that, thank goodness." Or?

When we encounter negative things, such as illness, unemployment or a crime, we ask sometimes "why the Lord does this to me?" We assume that he must have done it to us by someone (unfair) reason. Or we ask 'what have I done wrong? "And assume that the negative that hit us must be punished by a fierce and angry God.

I think that in the premortal existence was fully aware that we are in mortality would be exposed to things that neither was our own fault or the Lord's action. Illness, accidents, natural disasters and other is simply a result of the mortal world we live in. But now that the veil of forgetfulness has hidden our memories of the premortal existence, we have also forgotten mortality conditions.

I always marvel at the people lose faith in God when a loved one dies. They have had their faith there while others relatives died, but when their own loved ones die can be no God, "he would have heard my prayers. I prayed's so intense! "

Other people who lost their relatives prayed safe too intense. But now it's not about how intensely the relatives ask, or how much they and the dying have done right or wrong. Sickness is a part of living in mortality. Sometimes we can cure, other times the disease is discovered too late, or there is no cure.

What matters is how we deal with the negative. We are here to evolve, and what we develop to depend on our choices. We can let the negative to make us bitter, or we can look for the positive. Since what we focus on expands, we choose for the negative will constitute a larger or a smaller part of life and of our personalities.

Now when it is darkest, the light especially valuable, and the most precious light is the light of love that burns in our hearts and reflect the divine light of love.


Guest Columnist: Miriam