Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Another Great Quote

"We have heard men who hold the priesthood remark that they would do anything they were told to do by those who preside over them [even] if they knew it was wrong; but such obedience as this is worse than folly to us; it is slavery in the extreme; and the man who would thus willingly degrade himself, should not claim a rank among intelligent beings, until he turns from his folly. A man of God would despise the idea. Others, in the extreme exercise of their almighty authority have taught that such obedience was necessary, and that no matter what the saints were told do by their presidents they should do it without any questions. When Elders of Israel will so far indulge in these extreme notions of obedience as to teach them to the people, it is generally because they have it in their hearts to do wrong themselves." (Joseph Smith - Millennial Star, Vol 14, Number 38, pages 593-595).

Isn't that great? I think it helps me today a bit...

I've kind of been struggling this week with thoughts of "am I an apostate?" I tend to over analyze and rehash conversations in my head over and over to the point that they literally drive me crazy (this time, of course, last Thursday's meeting with the Bishop). I almost had myself convinced last night that I am sliding down a slippery slope. Today at school, my friends at lunch reminded me that I am a good person, far from what they would consider "apostate" and that the thoughts I am having are from the adversary. I am feeling much better right now, but the thoughts come and go. I'm sure they will continue to fade as more time passes.

1 comment:

Beck said...

You're not an apostate!!!

This is a great quote. I've read this before, but thanks for bringing to mind. It is so appropriate to our discussions.

I've felt that maybe I'm drifting a bit as I contemplate things, but as JS counsels, we need to contemplate these things and come to our own understanding. That isn't apostate... that's being a true saint.