Notes for my writing

This blog is made up of notes on the gospel as found in the only true and living church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This includes notes that are either excerpts from or ideas for books I either have in draft or may yet write.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Children are not an obstacle to real Christian service

It is sad to think of the men and women I have known who thought of their families as an awkward appendage to the church. An odd side job they had committed to, as it were, that stood as an unfortunate obstacle to giving their all to the church.

We knew a family that had no problem having children, but intentionally stopped because they thought it would interfere with their church service.

Another woman recently bore fervent public testimony that she was willing to give up her career and the nicer house they would get with that income in order for her husband to keep a prominent church position. But it was clear from her discussion that there was no question she wouldn't have given it up to be home with their young children. In fact, she called their youngest an unexpected caboose. She finally expressed gratitude for the revelation she felt she had that she could keep her career without interfering with her husband's calling.

Couldn't we do better by remembering the example of the Savior?

Mark 9:33 And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way?
 34 But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.
 35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.
 36 And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them,
 37 Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.

How can children be an obstacle to real Christian service? Who cannot read about Christ and the little children and not know better?

I am glad some of us still understand the relationship between family and the gospel to one degree or another. I do not understand it fully myself. But I do know there are a great number of members who know, to one degree or another, the proper relationship between church and family. However, I am concerned about whether that great number is also a great percentage. And it appears that misbehavior regarding family, children and chastity is ebbing away at the percentage that does.

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