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If you know you need help, but are reluctant to ask for it

I have one simple question for you:

What would Jesus want you to do?

Seriously.  The person who tells you that you “don’t know them well enough to ask” or “don’t really need help that badly” or “haven’t earned help yet” or “will screw things up if you ask” or whatever - that person is not on Christ’s side, here.

The reinforcement of shame, fear, distrust, etc.?  That’s not the Holy Ghost talking.

The hope that you won’t get help, that you’ll go it alone?  Who exactly roots for isolation and total independence for every human being?  It’s not Heavenly Father!

Everything in the scriptures, in General Conference, etc., tells us that we need to serve one another, that we need to lift up one another’s hearts, that we need to bear one another’s burdens.  I didn’t hear anything pleading for us to “struggle through things until you break, before you finally ask for help with the greatest of reluctance and self-hatred, and please make sure you wait till things are way past the point where you actually needed the help.”

That would be what Satan wants us to do.

So, just, you know, keep that in mind when you’re deciding whether or not to get the help you know you need.

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If a young man doesn’t know how to be a husband or a father, he should watch General Conference

These speakers demonstrate and describe pretty much exactly how men should think and act toward their families, even when they don’t mean to.

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And it came to pass that I said unto them that I knew that I had spoken hard things against the wicked, according to the truth; and the righteous have I justified, and testified that they should be lifted up at the last day; wherefore, the guilty taketh the truth to be hard, for it cutteth them to the very center.

And now my brethren, if ye were righteous and were willing to hearken to the truth, and give heed unto it, that ye might walkuprightly before God, then ye would not murmur because of the truth, and say: Thou speakest hard things against us.

1 Nephi 16:2-3

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Things that are true about General Conference this year but that, nonetheless, really really really aren’t the point

There are pants-wearing women in the audience.

There are gay people in the audience.  

There are pants-wearing female gay people in the audience.

There are even registered Democrats in the audience! And probably on the stand; can’t say I even know any of the political affiliations of the general authorities that I know for sure were actually up there.

Also, the person who gave the benediction for the Saturday morning session is female.

Seriously.  This identity politics stuff is so not the point of General Conference it’s pretty much impossible for me to articulate how not the point of General Conference they are.

(I’m quite certain there are pants-wearing female gay registered Democrats who were born in, I don’t know, South Dakota, in the audience.  It’s a big freaking audience.  All I can hope for is that they weren’t thinking about their pants, gender, sexuality, political affiliation, or birthplace during the session, because again, so not the point.)

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Gently Raise The Sacred Strain

Gently raise the sacred strain, 
For the Sabbath’s come again 
That man may rest, 
And return his thanks to God, 
For his blessings to the blest.

Holy day, devoid of strife; 
Let us seek eternal life, 
That great reward, 
And partake the sacrament 
In remembrance of our Lord.

Sweetly swells the solemn sound 
While we bring our gifts around 
Of broken hearts, 
As a willing sacrifice, 
Showing what his grace imparts.

Happy type of things to come, 
When the Saints are gathered home 
To praise the Lord 
In eternity of bliss, 
All as one with sweet accord.

Holy, holy is the Lord; 
Precious, precious is his word; 
Repent and live; 
Though your sins be crimson red, 
Oh, repent, and he’ll forgive.

Softly sing the joyful lay, 
For the Saints to fast and pray! 
As God ordains, 
For his goodness and his love, 
While the Sabbath day remains.

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