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January 13, 2021 - Spiritual Tapestry

The characteristics of Christ are woven into the fiber of [a disciple's] being, as into a spiritual tapestry.
[They] are not a script to be followed or list to be checked off. They are interwoven characteristics, added one to another, which develop in us in interactive ways. In other words, we cannot obtain one Christlike characteristic without also obtaining and influencing others. As one characteristic becomes strong, so do many more.

Elder Robert D. Hales, "Becoming a Disciple of Our Lord Jesus Christ", General Conference, April 2017

If you have ever woven a tapestry on a loom, then you understand the intracacies and the dependencies of each and every weave. I have not ever done this so this was a bit of an education for me.

To make my point, picture a frame, or loom, with threads going vertically and horizontally in the pattern of a grid. Then, the tapestry is made by weaving the horizontal threads over and under the vertical threads and then compacting them down to basically hide the vertical threads from view. Do this over and over until you've created a magnificent work of art. I'm sure that's an oversimplification, but that's how my mind understands the process. 😁

Now, think of Christlike attributes as those threads that are woven together to eventually create the overall masterpiece. That masterpiece being the the type of person that Christ is. It will take a long, long time, but that is where this straight and narrow path leads.

So, my point is, we can't just focus on one attribute until we perfect it and then move on to the next one. They are all interwoven. Strengthening one attribute will also influence others too. We can't love our neighbors, for example, while still being dishonest. Of course there are weaker threads in our tapestry that need attention, especially in mine. But strengthening those will also further strengthen others too.

I would also say that the opposite is true. We can't do everything right but still hold on to one not-so-good habit or vice, without that one vice also weakening everything else.

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