Posted by: rusch | November 30, 2006

Words of Wisdom and nothing to do with Tobacco

Greg sent me this message from the president of FAIR.  You can check out Fair’s website here.  He pretty much sums up how I feel about the Church and humanity in his message.

Hope you enjoy

I had the opportunity of taking a very close look at a mosaic last
week. It was in a floor that dated back to Roman times. The picture in
the floor was put together using various pieces of colored stones. As
I was looking at the many imperfect small stones up close, I was able
to see all of their odd shapes and flaws. But when I stepped back, the
entire beautiful picture came into focus.

Sometimes I think that happens when looking at the church. We can
spend a lot of time focusing on the imperfections in the people, past
or present, instead of stepping back and looking at the miracle that
was achieved.

Gordon B. Hinckley once said:

“Those who criticize us have lost sight of the glory and wonder of
this work. They are so busy finding fault with us that they do not
see the greatness of the Lord’s work.From a vast amount of
information our critics appear to select and write about those
items which demean and belittle some men and women of the past who
worked so hard in laying the foundation of this great cause.

“My plea is that as we continue our search for truth, that we look
for strength and goodness rather than weakness and failings in
those who did so great a work in their time.

“We recognize that our forefathers were human. They doubtless made
mistakes. Most of them acknowledged making mistakes. But their
mistakes were minor when compared with the marvelous work that they
accomplished.

“There was only one perfect man who ever walked the earth. The Lord
has used imperfect people in the process of building his perfect
society. If some of them occasionally stumbled, or if their
characters may have been slightly flawed in one way or another, the
wonder is the greater that they accomplished so much.”

I continue to be amazed by the scholarship that supports what Joseph
Smith taught. How did a farm boy from upstate New York get anything
right? Yet there are scholars today–even non LDS scholars–who talk
about and debate those principles that were revealed through Joseph
Smith.

I’m sure that all of the church leaders had flaws and even may have
held beliefs that were not accurate. Looking at our current wards, we
all know there are members who have flaws, and I count as one of those
with flaws.

Those of us who are married know that our spouses may have flaws. The
question becomes what we focus on. If we focus on the good things, we
will see them, and it will lead to a long lasting marriage and
happiness. If we focus on the flaws, we will see those, and it will
lead to bitterness and divorce.

While looking at that Roman mosaic, I could choose to focus on those
broken imperfect stones, or I could step back and see the beautiful
picture. It really was my choice. Did I want to look for the beauty or
for the flaws.

–Scott Gordon
President


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