Boyd K. Packer and 2 Timothy 3: Day 6

Church Today
Fat Mo here. I’m at church and typing from the pews on my iPhone. Today was great & one of the best openings to sacrament meeting in a long time: we had a convert confirmation. Last night, a teenager who lives in our ward boundaries got baptized & today, she was confirmed & welcomed as a new member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The ‘spirit‘ of today’s meeting is happy & quite joyous. I haven’t been to a convert confirmation sacrement meeting in a long time–since I lived in Korea. 

I love coming to church. I know others find church difficult. I often do, but I always find joy at church. 

This, I think is one of the reasons President Packer was so assertive/aggressive in his defense of the purity of the church: he honestly wanted church to be happy for everyone & recognized certain aspects of contemporary society makes church painful, guilt-inducing, rage-inducing, opposition-inspiring,  & occasionally awful for people living philosophies & lifestyles counter to the doctrine, ethos, & principles to LDS Gospel & the will of God as stated by modern LDS prophets. 

In my research this morning, I came across President Packer’s application of 2 Timothy 3:1-7:

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 

I have been guilty of some these in my life, but rarely directed at members of the church, mostly directed at people at school, work, and/or on the internet who insist on the stupidities of whatever orthodoxy they cling to instead of looking beyond their checklist world to seek the ‘truth‘. 

Progress: I’ve been adding speeches, sermons, & Ensign articles written by President Packer from 1971 to 1985 & extracting the reference material he uses. Even though I didn’t blog about it, I worked on this project on Friday & Saturday this week between activities with friends and family as well as this morning before church. 

My master document is getting huge & it’s only on my hard drive. I’m planning on breaking it up by year & saving it to Google Docs & Dropbox. I don’t have a working CD/DVD burner anymore, but I’m going to need one. Once I’m ready to, I’m going to be printing everything, but that won’t be for some time. 

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