From a sacrament meeting talk given on Father’s Day.
1. You can support any football you want and retain your father’s favour . . . bar one: Liverpool F.C., a.k.a. the RS.
2. For me, believing in God makes sense of the wonder and sheer weirdness of life. Try to really find out whether you agree with me.
3. This same God knows you, loves you, and has, through Jesus, shown you the way to live. Give it a go.
4. You are free to think for yourself. So are others. Show respect for other faiths and world views provided they are not destructive to human dignity. Give your mother’s Anglicanism special respect. Remember too that science and faith need not be in conflict. Simply believe what is true, whatever its source.
5. Mormonism is generally not as bad as its culture often makes it look.
6. Your ability to reason sets you apart from other animals. Work hard at school, read good books, and enjoy intelligent conversation. The Xbox One is good but not as good as reading The Silmarilllion.
7. You are a biped, built to walk. Compared with other animals your size you may be rather puny but you can out-walk them all. Walk, enjoy nature, and walk some more. Go on long walks. Walk the whole Camino de Santiago with me one day.
8. Be kind to animals, for how we treat those over whom we have power is the measure of a moral human being.
9. Another measure is how we act when there’s nothing in it for us.
10. Learn to love listening to cricket. In a world where our senses are overloaded with noise, listen to a Test series on the radio while gardening.
11. Be tolerant and forgiving. Worry mostly about your own sins.
12. Appreciate your country. You are lucky to live in England. Don’t waste it.
13. Don’t be afraid to come home. Wherever you are and whatever you do, your father’s love is unconditional. Well, almost (see #1).