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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Wrestling with Comparisons

Notes from "Wrestling with Comparisons" BYU Devotional J.B. Haws, Associate Professor of Church History and Doctrine, May 7, 2019

From the story in John 21 and D&C 7
"Our perfect, loving God makes no horizontal comparisons in this story. In this verse, Jesus only compared John with John's former self, John with old John. He only compares Peter with old Peter, former Peter. He only compares me with old me."

comparisons "can fuel envying and coveting or self-loathing and the paralysis of inaction can really be just that debilitating can keep us from play the vital role that has been allotted to us."

Do not exceed the time allotted to us

Years ago, I remember Ben Stevenson during a teacher development class. He said that we should not "exceed the time allotted to us". That the attention of those in a class will begin to wander. Better to focus in on what you feel inspired to teach or lead in discussion. When the time is up, close the meeting.

Thank, Ben

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Rage in the hearts of the children of men

What am I enraged about? Where does this feeling come from?

"For behold, at that day shall he rage in the hearts of the children of men, and stir them up to anger against that which is good."