Thursday, July 31, 2014

Right.

My last post expressed my frustrations with working with my ward on genealogy projects.  I admit, I have very little patience for excuses and holdups on something as important as the Lord's work.  Ask any of my mission companions (unfortunately).  I have very little patience for people who simply wish to keep the peace at the expense of the work going forward and wish to sacrifice truth for comfort.  I just don't have the stomach for it.  To put it in context, my patients at the State Hospital are sharper in many cases at identifying a line of nonsense and excuses faster than most of the people I encounter in public.

However, I think there is a lesson in all of this.

At my last company I was their top performer and innovated a solution to most of their problems and it was working. I  was fired for whistleblowing by a corrupt organization.  You can have the best ideas in the world, and people may just not want it.  Like Jesus Christ in the year 33 A.D.  Or Joseph Smith in 1830.  I won't equate my work to either of them, or my ward to the Jews or Gentiles, but my point is - I think a bit of humility is necessary on my part.

In the movie "17 Miracles" Levi Savage was publicly excoriated, wrongfully, by one of the priesthood leaders for his assertion that their handcart company was leaving too late in the year and they were going to suffer casualties if they left and he encouraged them to all stay and wait until the next year.  He was accused of apostasy, rebellion, and you know what?  He took it on the cheek.  He sustained his leaders.  And nearly died with them.   

I'm not one for wanting to take it on the cheek or the chin.  Who wants to be?  But I do admire the fortitude that enables one to do it.  The confidence.  The security.  The strength.  The self-assurance.  The conviction.  The testimony. 

And how amazing that when we want these things, we are given plenty of opportunities to gain them.

And so it is with so many things.  We may be right!  We may have a great idea!  And that's all well and good.  But the test of life isn't only whether we are right on...whatever the issue is.  We also need to be right on what follows.

But in closing I will say that Moroni was right in Mormon 8:35-41 regarding our day.  And I don't always know what to do about it other than repent myself, but I do hate feeling like I'm wasting my time.

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