Concern for the One

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, April 2008 Conference

Some are lost because they are different. They feel as though they don’t belong. Perhaps because they are different, they find themselves slipping away from the flock. They may look, act, think, and speak differently than those around them and that sometimes causes them to assume they don’t fit in. They conclude that they are not needed.

Tied to this misconception is the erroneous belief that all members of the Church should look, talk, and be alike. The Lord did not people the earth with a vibrant orchestra of personalities only to value the piccolos of the world. Every instrument is precious and adds to the complex beauty of the symphony. All of Heavenly Father’s children are different in some degree, yet each has his own beautiful sound that adds depth and richness to the whole.

This variety of creation itself is a testament of how the Lord values all His children. He does not esteem one flesh above another, but He “inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; . . . all are alike unto God.”3


Brothers and sisters, if only we had more compassion for those who are different from us, it would lighten many of the problems and sorrows in the world today. It would certainly make our families and the Church a more hallowed and heavenly place.

what I've been reading

The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thorton Wilder

Wilder tells the stories of five people who died when a bridge in Peru broke. He creates this reality for them and tells stories full of warmth and truth about the human condition in all of its beauty and terror. The mythical nature of it reminded me of other novels set in South America. A great little book.


Ecclesiastes 9:7-10

7 ¶ Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a amerry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.

8 Let thy garments be always awhite; and let thy head lack no ointment.

9 Live ajoyfully with the bwife whom thou clovest all the days of the life of thy dvanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy eportion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.

10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy amight; for there is no work, nor device, nor bknowledge, nor wisdom, in the cgrave, whither thou goest.


juvat in sylvis habitare

Hiking in Nuuksio National Park, 20 May 2008.

looking down

Ruoholahti, near the Metro.

what I've been reading

English Music by Peter Ackroyd

I got this off the library shelf, based on having read some other Ackroyd. The core story of a father and son who are healers in 1920s and 30s London was interesting, but the dream chapters were long and dull. Meh.


what I've been reading

The Nuremberg Trials by Ann Tusa and John Tusa

This incredibly detailed and well-structured history pays close attention to the legal details while presenting them with clarity. I sensed a British bias, and the descriptions of the Nazis and their atrocities fell into cliche quite easily, but maybe there's no other way to deal with ugliness on such an epic scale. Not a quick or pleasant read, but great for anyone who has seen Judgment at Nuremberg or who has interest in international law.


'Carpe Diem Baby' by James Hetfield

'Carpe Diem Baby' by James Hetfield

Hit dirt
Shake tree
Split sky
Part sea

Strip smile
Lose cool
Bleed the day
And break the rule

Live win
Dare fail
Eat the dirt
And bite the nail

Then make me miss you…
Then make me miss you…

So wash your face away with dirt
It don't feel good until it hurts
So take this world and shake it
Come squeeze and suck the day
Come carpe diem, baby


juvat in sylvis habitare

From a short hike in Kaitalampi Friday 9 May.

Psalm 148

1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights.

2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.

3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.

4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye awaters that be above the heavens.

5 Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he acommanded, and they were bcreated.

6 He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a adecree which shall not pass.

7 Praise the Lord from the earth, ye adragons, and all deeps:

8 Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy awind fulfilling his word:

9 Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars:

10 Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl:

11 Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all ajudges of the earth:

12 Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his aglory is above the earth and heaven.

14 He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the Lord.

what I've been reading

The Big Bad City by Ed McBain

Th Big, Bad City

I read Ice and loved it -- the style was sharp and fast, the characters interesting with just enough detail to keep the reader in but nothing else. This was good as well, but not as sharp. Maybe a little more cliche, and the Clinton references made it too specific and dated. But still an entertaining and thought-provoking read.

'Sometimes' by Sheenagh Pugh

Sometimes things don't go, after all,
from bad to worse. Some years, muscadel
faces down frost; green thrives; the crops don't fail.
Sometimes a man aims high, and all goes well.

A people sometimes will step back from war,
elect an honest man, decide they care
enough, that they can't leave some stranger poor.
Some men become what they were born for.

Sometimes our best intentions do not go
amiss; sometimes we do as we meant to.
The sun will sometimes melt a field of sorrow
that seemed hard frozen; may it happen for you.

from the Wondering Minstrels