Friday, October 03, 2008

Commanded in All Things

by G.Parker

Recently, our religious leaders have asked us to step up to the plate, so to speak, and blog to the world about our beliefs. Blogging, it has been discovered, is a worldwide phenomena that has astonished even those who began it. It is a way to reach the masses in ways even the newspaper and the basic internet has not done before.

We, being the farsighted and intelligent writers that we are, were already ahead of the game and going full steam ahead. The slight difference in the idea being that we aren't writing solely about religion. We are writing about a craft -- writing, in general, and therefore, perhaps we are exempt from the suggestion. But are we?

Part of the reason we are in this group is because we are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If we weren't, we would never have met and gathered and collaborated.

But that is not all -- we have also decided (for the most part) that what we write affects those who read and therefore we want to write uplifting and generally religious work that shares the message of the gospel, be that in a small or large way. So, I think the shoe fits.

Even more recently, in Women's Conference, President Uchtdorf told us that we were created from a being who instilled that same gift within us. We are (basically) commanded to create -- it's something that is inborn and innate within each of us. It was the first time I really felt someone had given us permission (kind of) to be creative. Not only that, it's something that we are supposed to develop.

I don't think we need to be commanded in all things. In fact, we've been told that is unwise, for we are capable of independent thought and action.

So it's kind of nice that we're on the right path, so to speak, and doing what is expected of us. I think we all deserve a gold star for the day...

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