A Friend Retires
My friend, John Kidd, from California called today. Yesterday was his last day at work. He finally retired!
We had a nice talk, mostly about camera equipment — lenses to be exact. It seems John has some birthday money and is looking to get a faster lens for low-light situations. It will interesting to see what he decides to do.
I suggested to him that since he’s now retired he come spend a couple of weeks out here. I could definitely keep him busy. Plus, it is fun to see your surroundings through someone else’s eyes for the first time.
There must be opposition in all things. Lehi said that in the Book of Mormon, and it is a law of physics – for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Sometimes news follows that pattern. I was really brought down by the media touting how great it is that some parents in Southern California took their little girl in for a sex change operation all because this little girl had tom-boy tendencies. Wow. Where was Children’s Protective Services during all of this?
Nobody knows where our thoughts and feelings originate. I’m not discounting that perhaps this little girl had some strong tom-boy feelings and a personality to go along with it, but to mutilate a child in such a way that they can no longer pro-create, and removing from them that choice at such a young tender age is just plain evil. Yes, I’m sure the parents believe they are doing the best for this child and have no malice in mind. When other hormonal changes kick in with this child, will her thoughts be the same as they are at age 5 when she’s age 12? 13? 16? 18? 30?
(At age 5 I wanted a pink bedroom. I thank God I was not born in this era to some misguided parents who would have taken that as a sign I was meant to be a girl.)
As a result, I entered our stake conference feeling a bit down that we, as a society, have become so depraved that we would not only allow a doctor to perform such an operation, but it would be celebrated by the media and special interests group. Some say we have evolved to a higher state as a society. I disagree. This put me in a mood where I didn’t know if I could be uplifted by the conference I was about to attend.
But, thank goodness for opposition in all things. My down mood was lifted by the messages of conference. It was repeated often we should have joy and hope. After all, “men are that they might have joy.”
I don’t think Mormon and Moroni or John the Revelator or Isaiah would have had words to describe some of the bad going on in the world today. Perhaps that’s what Isaiah was trying to say when he wrote…
16 ¶Moreover the Lord saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet:
17 Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will discover their secret parts.
18 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon,
19 The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers,
20 The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings,
21 The rings, and nose jewels,
22 The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins,
23 The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the veils.
24 And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty.
25 Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war.
26 And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall sit upon the ground.
I think Isaiah tried to describe the grim circumstances of our days (which will keep getting worse), and these were the only words he could find.