Dear Bro. and Sis. Bloggernacle,
Thanks for rearranging your schedules to let us into your home. Ronan just got back from his Montana trip (cough*Brokeback*cough), so we really appreciate getting in to see you on the last day of the month. We don’t care about the statistics, mind you — we’re just honestly glad to share a brief message with you once a month.
LDS.org instructs as follows:
Because the May Liahona and Ensign contain a report of general conference, there is not a designated First Presidency Message or Visiting Teaching Message for May. Home and visiting teachers are encouraged to prayerfully select a message from the proceedings of the conference.
In that spirit, I’ve chosen “The Need For Greater Kindness” by President Gordon B. Hinckley. It’s a powerful and interesting message, and I would like to take a few quotes from it, some completely out of context, as a message.
First, it is interesting to note how much of President Hinckley’s short remarks were directed to issues of racism and diversity. I have rarely been prouder of my religion than to hear the Prophet say, “How can any man holding the Melchizedek Priesthood arrogantly assume that he is eligible for the priesthood whereas another who lives a righteous life but whose skin is of a different color is ineligible?”
Second, it is interesting to note the manner in which President Hinckley reinforces the necessity of parents to provide for their homes and their spouses: “I believe that no man can be considered a member in good standing who refuses to work to support his family if he is physically able to do so.” I do not believe that this implicitly results in the reinforcing of a “women should not work outside the home” policy, but that is certainly a permissible reading. What do you think, Bro. and Sis. Nacle?
The centerpiece of President Hinckley’s message is this: “This kind of miracle can happen and will happen when there is kindness, respect, and love. Why do any of us have to be so mean and unkind to others? Why can’t all of us reach out in friendship to everyone about us? Why is there so much bitterness and animosity? It is not a part of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Why are we mean and unkind, especially in the blog world? What barriers exist?
President Hinckley concludes by citing numerous positive examples of kindness in the Church: the Perpetual Education Fund, humanitarian services, and local levels of service. I would be interested in your thoughts as to how we could add the Bloggernacle to that list.
Thanks again for letting us into your home. Anything we can do to help you guys?