You're a great writer, Vai, and an even better example. Thanks for sharing
and prodding us on.@Free Agency: if what Joseph Smith taught is
correct, we are often watched over by our deceased ancestors on assignment from
our Heavenly Father. They love us, care about us, and want us to succeed in our
mortal estate. I believe they will help us even if we attribute their help to
magnetic alignment, the flying spaghetti monster, or whatever, because they
really do love us. It is very real, as you have experienced. Think how much more
effective it could be if you were to test the theory that it is really happening
under the direction of our Heavenly Father, and if you were to petition Him for
more specific guidance on how He would have you live and what He would like you
to accomplish with your life.
It's all good. Enjoyed the article. Welcome back!
KenThe comment free agency made may not be more believable, but it
no less than equally believable.
So glad you are back!
Crimendelsiglo - if his bio at the end of the column isnt enough, youtube or
google him with Jose Canseco. That might help offer how strangely unique he is.
You know any stake presidents whose on YouTube knocking out a guy 60 lbs
heavier, half a foot taller, younger & a world class athlete? Then, writes
poetic prose? If you still have friends in Willingboro, ask them. Dude is
universally loved by everyone in Philly. And respected. He could run for mayor
as a Republican (don't know if he is) and he'd win by a landslide in a
heavily D city.
As a father of a sister missionary serving in the Philippines, and having served
a few Filipino's during my mission in Japan 30 years ago I can testify of
the special nature of the Filipino people. Thank you, Vai.
@free agency"And, I venture to say, it's just as believable
as the narratives which religions present." Or said another way, not any
more believable than the narratives which religion presents.
@Ken,I don't at all dismiss the idea of the supernatural
helping out. I deeply believe in that.But I believe it in the sense
that the supernatural (or as I said, "The Source") set Its help up in
such a way that we can use our thoughts to create, via magnetic attraction, the
kind of life we desire.Other people believe results come from
prayer. My point was that people of different beliefs and paths all have access
to this same phenomenon in their own way.BTW, these
attraction-thoughts aren't created by my body but by my Source-given
spirit. It's as much a spiritual experience (since it affirms Life) as
religious people have. And, I venture to say, it's just as believable as
the narratives which religions present.
i don't still know who Vai is; i'll look him up laterbut
what a writer ! i've seen his name here for a while but never selected one
of his stories. i think i missed a lot. this short story is so well developed
and delivered. thnxi used to teach at willingboro in the 70's:
buckingham park schoolas a native californian, a true angelino (born at
Queen of the Angeles, downtown LA,) i really enjoyed living in and exploring new
jersey and the east coast for 3years. i didn't think i'd ever hear
anything abt willingboro again. i have even forgotten where the closest LDS
church was, and the one in philadelphia -- tiny tiny. i hope there are more LDS
free agency - You dismiss the idea of the supernatural helping out but believe
that when I think something my body creates is magnetized towards the exact
object I want and somehow the inanimate object becomes magnetized towards me?
Yep, that's more believable
I am so grateful for your column. I really want to do member missionary work
but I am like a bull in a china shop. Your example speaks volumes on how
missionary work should be done. If a serving Stake President and a news anchor
and a good husband and father can find time to be a bird dog for the
missionaries; anyone can. I have always looked forward to your column. As a
trained newspaper journalist (BYU 1978 graduate), I also appreciate your word
craft. You could keep and collet all these columns and place them in a book for
sale at Deseret Book and divide it in chapters based on each phase of your life.
I hope that you will follow through on this some time in your life.Yours
truly,Kenneth M. Johansen
The incident Val describes--of having just the right people cross his path,
after praying to God to make that happen--isn't unique to religious people.
The Law of Attraction works the same way.The idea is that we
attract the things we focus our thoughts on. It doesn't involve praying to
God, though we can believe in God (or "The Source"). It involves
magnetic energy. I've used it many times in my life, and it always
works.Once I needed to find a used Volvo, to replace my older one.
For some reason, I decided it had to be Navy Blue. I couldn't find one
anywhere, not even online--even though I allowed a span of 1000 miles in which
to find it.I was ready to give up and settle for one I didn't
want. Then I said, whoa! If the Law of Attraction really works, I've got
to apply it unconditionally, not just when it seems do-able.Within
three days, the perfect Navy Blue Volvo turned up five miles from where I lived.
So even people who aren't religious have access to experiences like
Vai Returns!You are the best writer the Deseret News has. Please
keep writing!Utah has become a bit fake over the years and it is
always refreshing to have someone show us the way again. Actually, more Utah
Mormons should try living away from Utah for awhile. Then they can come back to
Utah later and really appreciate how awesome it is.Your stories of
living the Gospel are awesome. Keep it up!
Vai has an amazing gift to connect with all kinds. A wonderful writer who is
able pass along the gospel without being arrogant. I think Stake President
is the beginning for Vai not the end of his callings. If there were ever to be a
guy I'd love to hear at General Conference it's him. Thanks for making
my day brother !!
Thanks, Vai. Rob here.
Thanks Vai for your example!
As a Mom with a daughter serving a mission in the Philippines this column was
wonderful to read. What an amazing example to all of us to OYM (Open Your Mouth)
and share the restored gospel!
Vai,What a cliff-hanger... I remember being a
missionary and having similar weekly discussions. I miss them and they were 35
years ago. I have had discussions in my home many times since and The spirit of
God can't be any stronger than at these special times.I need to
find some people to have these types of discussions in my home in Provo.
Vai,Thank you so much for your honest description of your feelings
about working with missionaries. It is good to hear someone of your stature in
the Church express the same feelings we all feel at times when trying to do our
part in the missionary effort. It was also very inspiring to read about your
wonderful experience with the Stewarts. I hope and pray to have similar
experiences in the future. I have had a few in the past, but it has been a
while so I am probably overdue.