Walk to the Edge of the Light

September 17, 2012

Sometimes we get impatient with faith. We pray, we wait; we pray, we wait. Nothing happens. We wonder why? Perhaps we’ve forgotten that while faith looks like a noun on paper, it’s really an action verb. Maybe we forgot to do our part; we forgot to move forward in faith. At times, we may get help with solutions to our problems from God in a burst of light. More often, we get answers here a little and there a little. Why is that? When I was a little girl, I found a small caterpillar on the school playground, struggling to get out of its cocoon. I decided to help. I broke open the cocoon only to have the little orange butterfly die in the palm of my hand. I had inadvertently denied it the struggle it needed to make its wings strong, killing it in the process. Maybe it’s the same with us and God. Maybe God lets us struggle so we can grow. He lets us walk to the edge of the light and wait. He asks us to Choose Faith.

 

Can Faith Keep Us Safe?

August 19, 2012
I was listening again to one of my favorite songs, "The Prayer."  Jessica Sanchez of American Idol fame beautifully sings this particular version of the song. I wondered about the words, "Give us faith, so we'll be safe."  What do those words mean exactly? Certainly having faith is no guarantee that life will always work out as we wish it would. Bad things will continue to happen to good people. So, then, how does having faith keep us safe?  It is faith that propels us forward regardless of t...
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Religious Reverts: Coming Home

August 12, 2012
This past week I learned of a new book that also details an author's return to full LDS church activity. The title of the book is: Rescued: A Prodigal's Journey Home, written by long-time Deseret News Columnist Jerry Earl Johnston. Similar in theme to my own book: Coming Home: A Mormon's Return to Faith, Johnston movingly tells the story of how he once was lost and then was found.  While I compare my own religious awakening to literary character Rip Van Winkle, Jerry compares his experience t...
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His grace is sufficient

August 5, 2012

Christ related the now familiar parable of the day laborers to his followers.The essence of the parable is that it doesn't matter the hour when we choose to begin our labors in the vineyard.The point is that we choose to labor at all. While it is paradoxically much easier to begin our course, run a steady race, and complete the journey on schedule, we can join the runners at any time.The important thing is not how fast we run or how soon we start, but that we at last cross the finish line. If...


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Guide for Book Groups: Coming Home: A Mormon's Return to Faith

July 28, 2012

Reading Group Guide
1. The title of the book is "Coming Home." Did you feel this accurately described Susan's story? Why or why not?

2. Family relationships were a big part of Susan's journey back to her faith. How can you support family members struggling in their own crisis of faith?

3. Friends also played a part in Susan's decision. These friends were all diverse - some bishops or volunteer lay clergy (home teachers) in her religion and others who were not even of her faith. How did those f...


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Program "Fresh Start"

July 22, 2012

 I went to see the new Batman movie, "Dark Knight Rises."  While I found the film to be the usual visual feast I've come to expect from similar super hero movies, the theme I found most interesting was the desire to start over, portrayed explicitly by Catwoman's obsession with a computer program called Fresh Start. It seems that Catwoman's past dogged her every step. She wanted to reinvent herself and begin again, but she couldn't make it happen without the fresh start program, which could ap...


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Choose to Act

July 15, 2012
It's often so easy to find ways to blame our circumstances on the actions of others. But God did not intend us to be helpless creatures. He did not create us to be as plants who must sit idly by waiting for someone else to feed us, water us, or even talk with us.  We are free to act or to be be acted upon.  2 Nephi 2:14 reads: ..."For there is a God,and he hath created all things, both the heavens and the earth, and all things in them are, both things to act and things to be acted upon." 

Let ...
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Choose Faith


Susan N. Swann I left my faith behind for 15 years,.During that time, I believed only in reason and lost all faith. Three years ago, my perspective shifted, and I reverted to my faith. I began once again to believe not in the ultimate randomness of life's events, but to believe instead that belief in God gives our lives purpose. I chose faith over doubt. Choosing faith is the focus of this blog.

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