New Harmony: Pressing on and keeping our promises

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  • Mark Evans Palmdale, CA
    Dec. 26, 2011 12:35 p.m.

    About every 3rd year or so the winter solstice falls on the 22nd of December. Always by the 23rd however, the days start getting longer, the amount of light increases and the sun starts pointing to spring and renewed growth. It struck me as fitting when I read this article that we also mark the birth of Joseph Smith on December 23rd.

  • hc1951 Bend, OR
    Dec. 26, 2011 9:55 a.m.

    Thank you, Bro. Johnston. "Enduring to the end" is my LEAST favorite Gospel principle, but in some ways it's the most important.

  • Snarrbucks New Bloomfield, mo
    Dec. 23, 2011 4:56 a.m.

    I had to memorize that poem in 1971 in Miss Raithel's English IV class. Remarkably, I can still recite it. I love the imagery of sitting in a snowstorm contemplating the woods.

  • JRJ Pocatello, ID
    Dec. 22, 2011 11:44 a.m.

    Thank you for reminding each of us that whether it is darkness or light that we face, we must have courage and determination within to make the best things happen that we can.

  • The Atheist Provo, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 9:59 a.m.

    Keeping promises for their own sake is not necessarily a wise thing to do.

    Consider how Jerry's advice would apply to a radical Islamic terrorist who has doubts about a suicide bombing? Should such a person be admonished to "keep your promises"?

    Sometimes, what you think is "darkness" of doubt is really your mind and soul losing an unhealthy connection to something that is not what you thought it was. Sometimes, being "overcome by darkness" is simply the extreme anxiety and fear of a mind and soul conditioned since youth to believe things that are, ultimately, not true. Sometimes, the despair comes from the prospect of having been "duped" for so many years, and has nothing to do with some evil spirit or influence: it is the natural reaction of the human mind to letting go of childhood fables and embracing truth, reason, and reality.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 8:54 a.m.

    Jerry, I always enjoy your articles/your unique perspective. Merry Christmas!

  • Beowulf Portland, OR
    Dec. 22, 2011 8:33 a.m.

    Thanks for applying a Mormon perspective to one of the all-time great American poems.

    It made my day.