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Elbow: Twilight of the Unknown

Friday, February 03, 2006

Twilight of the Unknown

Ultimately... I love the gospel. I know that the Church and it's culture are far from perfect, but there is so much sweetness around the feelings that I have for the gospel. I feel His goodness and know that He is real. I know that there is meaning in all of this, and I truly feel blessed to be brought up in the church.

There is a quote from a church leader (I can't remember who it was) who said: "God is our Father! All the love and generosity manifest in the ideal earthly father is magnified, beyond the capacity of mortal mind to comprehend, in Him who is our Father and our God. His judgments are just, His mercy without limit, His power to compensate beyond any earthly comparison." I have complete faith in the fact that Heavenly Father loves me and will take care of me. He knows what I struggle with, and He knows that I don't have any answers to what I am faced with. I simply take comfort in the hope that He will be merciful and generous when it is my time to stand before Him.

And to end this entry I want to include this quote that I think is one of the most beautiful that I have ever read. This quote speaks to me in so many ways because what I feel the gospel asks me to do, is exactly what Richard G. Scott is saying here: "When you push against the boundaries of experience into the twilight of the unknown, the Lord will strengthen you. The beauty of your eternal soul will begin to unfold." —Elder Richard G. Scott (Ensign, Nov. 2003, 41). Amen!

4 Comments:

Anonymous Foxx said...

I really believe this too. The choices I have made in regard to the church are being made with a greater view in mind: what does the Lord want me to do?

This question has led me to accept myself as a gay man, to seek healthy and committed ways of pursuing relationships, and has led me away from the church. A scripture that has helped me to make decisions for myself even in the face of great opposition from church sources is the scripture in Revelations 3:16 about being neither cold nor hot will get you spewed out of the Lord's mouth. I believe that the Lord wants people in his kingdom who are willing to stand up for what they believe with all their hearts. Those are the people he wants to lead -- people who will fight for the truth in spite of opposition.

What a wonderful, determined blog entry yours was to read in a time when confidence seems to be failing me. Thanks.

2:27 PM  
Blogger el veneno said...

yeah, honestly thanks for that post.

5:14 PM  
Blogger Tolkien Boy said...

It's good to see that you feel, amidst the confusion, God's influence.

I am envious of that.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I enjoyed your last entry of your blog. I am trying to have faith to venture into the unknown as you are. I hope that as I come to understand Christ better, I will know what He wants me to do.

12:02 PM  

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