Have you ever felt complete rejection at the deepest level? Rejection of your existence or identity?
Have you ever known anyone who tried to avoid a calling as much as Jonah? The word of the Lord came to Jonah commanding him to call the people of Ninevah to repentance. We don’t know if “the word of the Lord” came to Jonah directly through the Holy Ghost or through his priesthood leader, but he rejected this home teaching or mission assignment in a major way.
When these things I have not
Turmoil and trouble reach critical boiling points and violence occurs daily throughout the world. It’s an “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” mentality…get them before they get me. People are sleeping on their swords and possessions but losing them anyway in their blindness of mind and shortness of sight.
More than a decade ago, the late Church President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910-2008) addressed the topic of racism when speaking to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He powerfully and clearly taught this principle: “No man who makes disparaging remarks concerning those of another race can consider himself a true disciple of Christ. Nor can he consider himself to be in harmony with the teachings of the Church of Christ.”
As I sat on the stand as the substitute chorister, I scanned faces of the ward members, pausing at each sister. How is she? What were her struggles this week? Is her relationship with the Savior stronger this week than last week?