Aussie, I have great respect for my Church leaders, even though I believe them to be wrong in their decisions concerning my book, these people are great organizers, and just for those preparation skills, if that were all, I’d still love them enough to have patience with them, hoping at sometime in the near future they’ll begin to see past their present Sunday School doctrine mentality, learn to search, study, the truths, the words of the Lord through his Prophets teach us. In my old age I’ve learned to look past my own needs and look out for others. Yes, I could use the money, who can’t use money? But not at the expense of making enemies of my friends. Helping them learn is my object. I simply need more patience.
There are people in this world I’d love to be able to help, I cannot, circumstance doesn’t allow it. Once in Central America I was shown a whole warehouse filled with hundreds of bags of old hard flour, on each bag was printed the words “Donated by the People of the United States of America. The flour had sit in the warehouse for several years, it was all as hard as a rock, the local officials refusing to release it to the poor in their village because they themselves couldn’t make money from distributing the flour. Rats were running all over the bags, it made me ill.
The poor people the flour was meant for were trapping and eating the rats, rats fed on American flour, it would seem one way or another, the poor people found a way to benefit from my country’s gift.
One way or another, I hope to teach my friends and neighbors, my leaders who don’t have the time to study, the importance of understanding the scripture! They say the words now, but they enjoy picking and choosing their prophets, rejecting out of hand those prophetic statements they choose not to believe and hanging on to false or incomplete understandings. There was a time in my life when I did just that, then I met some good friends who taught me to “see” and to “hear” with the Spirit, I hope to accomplish the same with my friends. Hopefully before the rats get here, but we’ll see!
Patience is the word!
Every Prophet I quote, everything I write, is my opinion.
Joseph Smith "Salvation consists in the glory, authority, majesty, power and dominion which Jehovah possesses and in nothing else; and no being can possess it but himself or one like him