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123 From the moment of birth into mortality

123 From the moment of birth into mortality - Dealing with...

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Unformatted text preview: Dealing with Exceptions When we speak plainly of divorce, abuse, When gender identity, contraception, abortion, parental neglect, we are thought by some to be way out of touch or to be uncaring. Some ask if we know how many we hurt when we speak plainly. Do we know of marriages in trouble, of the many who remain single, of single-parent families, of couples unable to have children, of parents with wayward children, or of those confused about gender? Do we know? Do we care? Those who ask have no idea how much we care; you know little of the sleepless nights, of the endless hours of work, of prayer, of study, of travel—all for the happiness and redemption of mankind. mankind. Because we do know and because we Because do do care, we must teach the rules of do happiness without dilution, apology, or avoidance. That is our calling. avoidance. I once learned a valuable lesson from a mission Relief Society president. In a conference, she announced some tightening up of procedures. A sister stood up and defiantly said, “Those rules can’t apply to us! You don’t understand us! We are an exception.” understand That wonderful Relief Society president That replied, “Dear sister, we’d like not to take care of the exception first. We will establish the rule first, and then we’ll see to the exception.” Many times I have borrowed from her wisdom, grateful for what she taught me. Boyd K. Packer, “The Father and the Family,” Ensign, May Ensign, 1994, 19 1994, “From the moment of birth into mortality to the time we are married in the temple, everything we have in the whole gospel system is to prepare and qualify us to enter that holy order of matrimony which makes us husband and wife in this life and in the world to come. “Then from the moment we are sealed together by the power and authority of the holy priesthood– the power to bind on earth and have it sealed eternally in the heavens– … “…from that moment everything connected with revealed religion is designed to help us keep the terms and conditions of our marriage covenant, so that this covenant will have efficacy, virtue, and force in the life to come. “Thus celestial marriage is the crowning ordinance of the gospel, the crowning ordinance of the house of the Lord… “…Thus the family unit is the most important organization in our time or in eternity. “And thus we should have more interest in and concern for our families than for anything else in life.” (Bruce R. McConkie, “Salvation is a Family Affair”, Improvement Era, June 1970, 4344.) ...
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