Not Understanding Helps Me Understand

by Lori F. I am continually surprised by the way new things happen in the same old situations. Despite the Teacher’s assertion that there’s nothing new under the sun, there’s still a lot of new light being shed. We attended an Easter service at the Kiel (Germany) ward of our church, and there was a lot I didn’t understand. I know several dozen words in German, perhaps even a hundred. But only a few of the ones I know came up in conversation or in the service, and they were positively swamp...
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Thanksgiving in Prison

by Lori F. I have a friend in prison. At some point years ago he made choices that are hard to imagine now, but may have seemed like a good idea at the time.  He later made changes in his life, turned over a new leaf, began to come to church, and made friends there, but those earlier choices had not conveniently evaporated, and their aftermath eventually led him to prison.  As Thanksgiving approached I thought about my friend, whether he would get turkey that day. I wondered whether a pri...
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Why Stay Chaste?

By Lori F. Do you wonder if chastity is still important, or if we have outgrown it as a culture? After all, there are other Biblical teachings that have largely gone by the wayside--most of us don’t limit the number of steps we take on the Sabbath, nor do we sacrifice animals. We can see how the seventh commandment (prohibiting sexual intimacy between people not married to each other), was important for its time. But what if the reasons behind it are no longer relevant? I think we make a m...
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Finding Happiness

By Lori F. I think if you asked a hundred random people to tell you what they really want out of life, the vast majority of them would say they want happiness. It’s a hot topic these days, generating a lot of research, a lot of books and articles, a lot of opinions. Google can produce nearly 100 million links on the secret to happiness in a third of a second. Happiness: A Choice Contrary to many loud messages from popular culture, and despite what our instincts might tell us, happiness isn’t d...
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Why Commandments?

By Lori F. There’s usually a very short space of time between a parent telling a child she can’t do something and the child asking “why not?” Children aren’t the only ones interested in reasons. In my own life, I’ve pondered about the “why” of various commandments, and particularly about why God gives commandments to us at all. Some people compare commandments to guardrails--structures that keep us from driving off the road into danger. That makes a certain kind of sense, but I can also imagine...
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