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September 26, 2020 - Just keep climbing, just keep climbing

For me, life is a journey, a climb up a beautiful mountain. Some of the questions are deeply moving and touching. They invite reflection and give us pause for thoughtful contemplation, so that we may see ourselves—and life as a whole—in a new light. They draw love out of us, not fear or shame or guilt or regret.

S. Michael Wilcox, "What Seek Ye?", Deseret Book 2020

Today, there are a lot of questions in society. Some are legitimate, thought-provoking questions about life and human rights. But some are head scratching, seemingly ridiculous. Others are downright evil, freedom stealing. And this last type isn't even being discreet in their endeavors.

Problem is, that all of these questions can be wrapped up into the same circumstances. This is what is going on in society today, right now. We find the need to be sensitive, but also cautious and we have to find the line between offending someone and protecting our rights. But....protecting my rights surpasses hurting someone's feelings.

All we can do is focus on our own characters, developing them and getting them as close to the character of Jesus Christ as possible. Then helping those around us, especially loved ones, do the same thing. We can't control what others do. We can, and should, protect ourselves temporally and spiritually, our rights and freedoms, while still loving our neighbor, even if they don't walk the same direction as us.

There is always opposition while we climb this mountain. And we'll get tired, out of breath, even light headed and nauseous. But, we still need to keep climbing and lifting others along the way.

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