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    A chat with Bishop Rose  echo $newRAM;
    added Sun April 24 2005 at 10:55 AM
    A new bishop was called just last week. This week, he called me in to talk with him. It caught me completely off guard, but I appreciate the gesture. Apparently both Bishop Petit (previous bishop) and President Black (Stake President) had talked to him and said the same thing: don't lose Jo-Pete Nelson. It's scary that I'm in such a position that requires that much attention from the "chain of command" as it were, but extremely touching that they sincerely cared enough.

    We talked about several things, much of which is inappropriate for me to talk about directly. Those that know background information may appreciate the insights more than others, but the next short entry will be given in the general context of testimony of realized truth. I am not ashamed of either my religion nor my problems. That is to say, since I am mortally shamed by my problems, that is beyond the scope of context and I do not hide from either one.

    If I err in my speech, please try to understand what I was trying to say instead of what is actually said. If you feel I err in my point, feel free to add your "two bits," and I will respectfully either address your point and its validity, or completely ignore it. Anything inflamitory by design or not in keeping with an honest appraisal with the topic at hand will be deleted at my sole discretion, with an editorial statement describing why. Rhetoric and devil's advocacy is tolerated as long as it does not conflict with the prior two guidelines.

    There's more to read. Read the extended entry.

    No temptation  echo $newRAM;
    added Sun April 24 2005 at 11:10 AM
    There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
    -1 Corinthians 10:13

    Of course, this scripture (as much Canon is wont to do) is applicable in many different settings and can be meaningful in diverse ways.

    Today's moment of discovery for this scripture deals with how good, righteous people still sin and are led astray. The idea of the scripture is generally stated to be that "you will not be tempted more than you can overcome." After all, if they are not tempted above that which they can overcome, then why were they not able to overcome the temptation at hand? There are, as I see it, two possible explanations for this behavior. Either they wanted to by sinful, being driven by the natural man, or they were not strong enough to resist the temptation. Because I am limiting my discussion to those that do desire righteousness, I will discount the first as not applying to this particular circumstance, although there are certainly people that do want nothing to do with righteous living. The second is contrary to the understanding that a person can overcome all temptation set before them.

    There's more to read. Read the extended entry.