>looking forward to the future

>heads up for my non-morm readers: i rarely get spiritual in my blog, but i should warn you that this post is a bit churchy. i will not be offended if you do not read it. but if you are interested, please read on.

just wanted to share this little quote from a BYU devotional from one of my favorite GA’s, elder jeffery r. holland. i’m feeling inspired by taza for sharing a passage from the D&C today. i thought of this talk from earlier in the year, at the very beginning of the semester. it was one of the few devotionals i watched all semester, and i’m glad that i chose to stay for this one. if i ever give a talk in church, i hope they let me speak on this talk. it’s truly inspiring.

“To yearn to go back to a world that cannot be lived in now; to be perennially dissatisfied with present circumstances and have only dismal views of the future; to miss the here-and-now-and-tomorrow because we are so trapped in the here-and-then-and-yesterday — these are some of the sins, if we may call them that, of both Lot’s wife and old Mr. Cheevy.”

“…Let me pause to add a lesson that applies both in your own life and also in the lives of others. There is something in us, at least in too many of us, that particularly fails to forgive and forget earlier mistakes in life — either mistakes we ourselves have made or the mistakes of others. That is not good. It is not Christian. It stands in terrible opposition to the grandeur and majesty of the Atonement of Christ. To be tied to earlier mistakes — our own or other people’s — is the worst kind of wallowing in the past from which we are called to cease and desist.”

(go here for the rest)

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