|Contention Is Not of Me||June 2, 2005|
Not of the Savior, that is. I wish I could say not of me, Aaron. I am sad to see that on my very first thread things got a little heated.
We’re all brethren here. (Oh and for Miranda, sisters too.) We need to stay cloaked in charity like a mantle. Like my mom always said to her rough housing sons, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. When speaking about something close to my heart I speak too bluntly. I don’t have Pres. Hinckley’s talent for being soft spoken and diplomatic.
I know I have a problem here and many people have let me know, believe me. But my mission president taught me a great lesson in one of the several dustups I had with companions. That I had some trouble with companions I know comes as a surprise but its true. So many did not keep the rules and I had a hard time with that. I protested to the president with Nephi’s words that the truth cutteth the guilty to the quick, end of story. And I also told him a story Pres. Packer told at President Benson’s funeral. That Pres. Benson had a sign on his desk that said “Be right and get along but in that order.” That meant alot to me. And still does.
But the president said that Nephi confessed in his great psalm that he had a problem with anger. And that maybe if he had handled things with more charity things might have gone better with Laman and Lemuel. And I had a hard time believing that about Nephi, one of my childhood heroes. I kind of identify with him, being a younger brother and a strong kid. But there it was in black and white in 2 Ne. 4 and I had to admit my mission president was right.
Line upon line I try to do better. I will be patient with you if you will be patient with me. We may disagree, I know I don’t see eye to eye with most in the bloggernacle. But it’s not worth us getting bad feelings and driving away the Spirit. Aside from speculation, contention is another thing I have seen in the bloggernaccle that troubles me and I knew I would fall prey to it eventually. I just didn’t know how soon.