Thank you Jerry for raising such soul-growing issues. In the same vein as your
theme, I remember hearing that one Temple Presidency counseled their workers
that it is "better to bend a rule than break a heart." There
is wisdom there, but from the other point of view, some then go about thinking
all the rules can be bent often, instead of just in rare, inspired moments. Also, what if someone in Jerry and Bishop Baird's ward had seen
Jerry's "wiggling without reproof" and used it to justify their
I always say that we need to leave room to bend. Even though we are all taught
the same lessons in Sunday school, we do not all interpret the lessons in the
same way.Life becomes very difficult when we can not be at least a little bit
open minded. Things happen that don't fit in to our beliefs and it is ok to
step back and maybe look for a path or way that we normally wouldn't
consider. Then we don't have to judge so harshly. Unless we are perfect, we
all will have times when we do not perform to the best of our abilities. Times
when others have kept an open mind and allowed us to make corrections. There
will be moments that test everything we believe. If we don't leave room to
bend a little, we may just snap in half. I am thankful for all those who have
silently stood by me by allowing me to be imperfect and by showing me support
when I had to pick myself up! I try to do the same for others
Bishop Baird is my brother. I, too, am learning from him to be a much better
person. He and his wife are what I want to be. An open apology to
Jerry: I once criticized you with an email because you indicated in a column
that you would find it difficult to live up to the BYU honor code. I am sorry.
I know better now, having learned from you and from my brother. I have wanted
to comment many times about your fine columns but have reluctantly avoided any
more correspondence because I felt badly about my quick and inappropriate
This is a nice sentiment expressed by Jerry. I will add to it my observation
that, in my experience with Mormon Bishops (I am married to an LDS woman), the
ones like Bishop Baird are extremely rare! I have seen far too many strap on the
proverbial badge and holster and go about "cleaning up this ward" like a
certain militant Arizona sheriff!
To elaborate, without more detail it is easy to read into this that Jerry has
probably had a long string of insensitive bishops and finally had one who
oversaw his office appropriately.
Just a little too vague to be helpful. What did you do Jerry: wear a blue shirt
to church once in a while, only mouth the words to hymns?
RE: ...the human soul as a flame in the fireplace. To flourish it needs three
things:The Holy Trinity, is the central Mystery of the Christian
Faith. God has however given us some clues in regards to this mystery by what is
seen in creation.An example would be the Sun.The one Sun shows
itself as triune, sunlight and heat yet one substance or essence, as its
splendid in its unity and oneness. How much more the Creator of the
sun is splendid and One in his unity and oneness in his triune being.Christians therefore believe in One God in three divine persons, great is the
mystery of this unity. Its beyond unity, its more higher than what we can
conceive as unity.But as Saint Augustine says, if we could fully
understand God he would cease to be GOD
Beautiful, Jerry. Thanks!
Terra Nova,Well said. I always look forward to his insights.
For years and years, Jerry has written thoughtful articles that have resonated
with truths deeper than most. Thanks.
Thank you DS for publishing this letter. Being a bishop myself, it really hit
home and made me reflect on what I'm doing with this beautiful calling.
Thank you, Jerry, for writing it.