Out of the Mouths of Babes

On the evening of September 9 the sweet, bright girlfriend of my oldest grandson Trevor, was driving home from school when a drunk driver ran a red light going eighty five miles and hour and T-boned her car.  The truck struck the drivers side of the car, almost completely severing it in half.  This young woman now lies at deaths door on life support.  The shock of this tragedy has reverberated through the school and the community.  Endless prayers spiral heavenward on her behalf from family, friends and countless others who do not know her.

In the midst of our concern for Mia one person has been forgotten.  The driver of the truck.   Forgotten by all of us, perhaps, except Devan, Trevor’s fourteen year old younger brother. So many of us, including me, impulsively cry for the drivers head on the proverbial platter, decrying again and again the destructive effects of drugs and alcohol while demanding our pound of flesh.  Not sweet, kind, compassionate Devan.

Devan asked his mother what was going to happen to the driver.  His mother explained the possible consequences to the driver depending on whether Mia lives or dies.  That evening as Devan offered the family prayer, he paused in the midst of his prayer then asked his Heavenly Father to “bless the driver that he will find his way.”

I cannot imagine the flood of emotions now swirling through the mind of the man who was driving this truck.  In an instant his life has changed forever and he will never be the same. I have to assume that he is now sober, contemplating an uncertain future, fighting turmoil and a fire that cannot be quenched. It has taken a child to remind me of the need for compassion for the “other victim.”

I will pray for Mia’s recovery and I will pray for a nameless, faceless tortured soul who is also a son of a loving Heavenly Father.

 

Ordain Women’s Misguided Quest

Kate Kelly, a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints saw her campaign as a member of the church to receive the Priesthood of God came to an abrupt halt Monday when a Bishop’s Disciplinary Council excommunicated her from the church. Ms Kelly, a human rights attorney, made a name for herself on a national scale through the activities of Ordain Women, the organization of which she is the founder.

I will say, Ms. Kelly demonstrated uncommon courage in maintaining so vocally that the Lord’s revelation to give His priesthood to males is discriminatory but her excommunication should come as no surprise.  To adhere to doctrines or beliefs contrary to established revelation is the right of any member of the church.  To promote and teach those doctrines in defiance to guidance from church authority is one step toward apostasy.  What organization, from religious to social, from business to education would stand by without acting on a member who blatantly undermines the organization and its policies.  In business those people are fired.  In churches they are excommunicated.

1.  To believe that divine revelation should be a “participatory process” is to believe that man knows better than God what is best for his children.  Using social trends to guide policy for religion is to create a church made in the image of man, not God.  There is no question in my mind that the prophet has sought guidance from the Lord in responding to the demands from OW.  His silence is the answer.

2.   Suggesting that Mormon feminists will follow the prophet when he says the Lord has spoken and women will be ordained to the Priesthood decries the fact that the prophets HAVE spoken, beginning with Joseph Smith, whom Ms. Kelly appears to revere.

3.  The depth of Ms. Kelly’s stated love for the church is measured by actions that we may never know and have no business knowing i.e. Is she a full tithe payer?  Did she wear the garment? How often did she go to the temple?  Did she accept and fulfill church callings? Was she a faithful visiting teacher?  Her serving a full time mission, marrying in the temple and graduating from BYU is proof that she was well grounded and rooted in the church and her service is to be commended. This is a woman who has so much to offer, so much to give in compassionate service; one who would be expected to be a Young Woman’s President or Relief Society President, who would sit in council with the Bishop of her ward and draw those around her closer to the Savior.  There are innumerable ways women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have their worth validated.

4.  The role of the prophets from Adam to Moses, from Jeremiah to Jesus Christ and from Joseph Smith to Thomas S. Monson is to represent the Lord to the people, not the reverse.  Kate Kelly’s Bishop, her Stake President and her Prophet represent the Lord to the people they do not represent the people to the Lord.

5.  I truly hope that Kate Kelly, this woman of courage finds happiness and will feel the love of the Savior in her struggle.

6.  I say give all women the priesthood then I can go fishing!!