How President Uchtdorf upended my apple cart

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  • Open and honest Manchester, 00
    Aug. 27, 2014 1:07 a.m.

    In the Kingdom, as the author puts it, people ARE defined by their differences. Up to 1978 the kingdom defined people by the colour of their skin. Today the kingdom defines people by their gender and by their sexuality. People in the kingdom are defined by wether or not they hold a little admittance ticket for temples. People are defined by how often they attend church, by the colour of their shirt. Wether the went on a mission or if they did, completed it.

    Unfortunately, the authors teary-eyed fairy tale of the kingdom is a myth. The reality is their is as much differentiation today, if not more, than there was when people with a black skin were defined as being less valiant in the pre-existence.

  • Jillian West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 12:55 p.m.

    I am always lifted by Jerry's words. They remind me to be of good cheer, to have hope and faith, and to waver not.
    He does it in such a pleasant way that it is a welcomed lesson - every time.
    I Am A Big Fan . . .

  • Don37 Nottingham, MD
    Aug. 22, 2014 2:28 p.m.

    Matthew 19:19 ". . . Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."

    Our neighbors come in many colors, come from many nations, and come from many economic conditions. Learn to love all of them by meeting them, listening to them, and learning from them.

    Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies , bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

    We will be much better off for following these two scriptures. We can change our attitudes toward our enemies, may not change them, but better to try making friends than to hate a person or group, especially if we do it in ignorance.

  • donn layton, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 2:12 p.m.

    RE: Anchovey Being of German descent, I was ashamed of my heritage until called to serve a mission in Germany.
    The German Dietrich Bonhoeffer (February 1906 – 9 April 1945)
    After returning to Germany from America in 1931, In April 1933, Bonhoeffer raised the first voice for church resistance to Hitler's persecution of Jews. Bonhoeffer's life as a pastor and theologian of great intellect and spirituality who lived as he preached — and his martyrdom(at 39) in opposition to Nazism — exerted great influence and inspiration for Christians across broad denominations and ideologies, such as Martin Luther King. Jr.

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    Aug. 22, 2014 7:49 a.m.

    I also love hearing Pres. Uchtdorf speak. His commentary is very inspiring, and his wit is uplifting.

    A generation ago, my children said the same thing about Pres. Monson. They all are prophets, seers, and revelators, and true disciples of Christ.

    When I read his comments out loud, I just wish I could duplicate his whimsical accent.

  • The Caravan Moves On Enid, OK
    Aug. 21, 2014 9:12 p.m.

    Pres. Uchtdorf is the bomb, baby!

    (And I'm not just saying that because like him, I'm also a pilot.)

    He is funny, warm and has an obvious gift for connecting with people and also bears a powerful and passionate testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ!

    Go Pres. Uchtdorf!

  • Sesshomaru Sama Sebring, FL
    Aug. 21, 2014 5:37 p.m.

    I have Nazi relatives, I also have WWI Relatives in the German side. Manfred von Richthofen to be exact. I have never felt ashamed of who I am or those of my past because I am me and nothing can change that. We may not always like everything about our family but someones got to do temple work, and I was very happy to do so. Germany should not be looked at because of the actions of past but of the actions of now. And Germany is a very awesome place.

  • bj-hp Maryville, MO
    Aug. 21, 2014 4:38 p.m.

    Open Minded Mormon: You and I have a lot in common except that I believe in limited Government where as you believe in huge Government. Our fore fathers would call you a federalist after James Madison and John Adams.

    What you seem to miss though is that most conservatives want what you want but without government interference from Washington DC. Most conservatives believe in states rights versus federal government. We also don't believe in socialistic programs such as Obamacare, Social Security and other thing that requires big government. Versions of Obamacare would be better by states than by the Federal Government.

    Most conservatives try to be Christ like and strive to do so without being told they have to be as in a socialistic society. Again Christ was neither conservative or liberal. He had no program to do except by what the Father wanted. All and I mean all of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and members of the First Presidency are great examples of Christ and we could do well to try to be more like them.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Aug. 21, 2014 12:02 p.m.

    President Uchtdorf is the lonely reason I'm still active in the LDS Church!

    Like me --
    He's a pilot,
    Had a professional in Aerospace,
    a Mechanical Engineer,
    a Miltary Veteran,
    I lived in Germany,

    but more importanly --

    His talks are about Christlike love, charity, empathy, inclusion, compassion, equality, love for our envirnment, and other Liberal traits, along with a heavy dose of Social Justice.

    Things severly lacking in Utah Mormons,
    but not at all uncommon with Latter-Day Saints in the REST of the God's green World....

    He has given me hope to stay stong in the Gospel,
    dispite the attitudes of those "members" who surround m, and scorn me.

  • Clifton Palmer McLendon Gilmer, TX
    Aug. 20, 2014 5:33 p.m.


    The character with the fatal bed was Procrustes, a villain of Greek mythology. He met his well-deserved fate on his notorious bed at the hands of Theseus (who slew the Minotaur).

    From that account, we get the adjective "procrustean" to describe a program or policy that, rather than being tailored to fit the individual, expects the individual to be tailored to fit the program or policy.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Aug. 20, 2014 11:43 a.m.

    "There is scarce any folly or vice more epidemical among the sons of men, than that ridiculous and hurtful vanity by which the people of each country are apt to prefer themselves to those of every other; and to make their own customs, and manners, and opinions, the standards of right and wrong, of true and false."

    Bolingbroke: Historical writings: Letters On the Study and Use of History: Letter Two

    Brigham Young more than once referred to the men of Sodom who, according to an old story, used to measure strangers on a bed of a certain fixed length. If the newcomer was too short for the bed they stretched him, and if he was too long they cut off his feet. I have been often reminded of this and his need to teach this to his audience. It is a sign of an unwholesome national pride when one feels that foreigners have nothing to teach you and everything to learn from you.

  • marathonmom ,
    Aug. 20, 2014 11:30 a.m.

    Love your article! I served in the Germany Munich Mission about the same time President Uchdorf was called as a stake president in Hamburg. In fact, he released my last companion. I love the German people! They are people whose strength and "crust" was forged by life's experience. But here I go stereotyping... I can tell you that whatever crusty shell they appear to have on the outside, they are usually all soft and tender on the inside. For the Uchdorf's and others I came to know and love, the gospel of Jesus Christ crumbled the crusty shell and kept the strength.

  • Anchovey Provo, UT
    Aug. 20, 2014 9:33 a.m.

    Being of German descent, I was ashamed of my heritage until called to serve a mission in Germany. Now, I love everything German! I also studied Spanish and love anything Spanish whether it comes from Spain or Mexico or further south...I love the French language and everything French whether it comes from Europe or Africa...This is a small world and we are all God's children. If we all knew our divine parents we'd probably treat one another with respect. In The Church, we have a wonderful blend of nationalities. What a great net the Gospel of Jesus Christ is...If we loved our neighbor, as the Savior taught, there would be no wars, no beheadings, no envyings... Thanks, Jerry, for a great article! Thanks, Elder and Sister Uchtdorf, for your examples!

  • Not Asleep Lewiston, UT
    Aug. 20, 2014 9:32 a.m.

    Beautifully written thoughts. I wonder if I might add though that in the eternities we might actually cherish the differences and call it variety (ie the spice of life). The similarities are good and comfortable but we learn so much from the "varieties."

  • hc1951 Bend, OR
    Aug. 20, 2014 9:30 a.m.

    Delightful insight; thank you!

  • Firefly123 Mapleton, UT
    Aug. 20, 2014 8:00 a.m.

    “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.”

    We all have different challenges in life. Thanks for a humorous perspective on this one.

    Thankfully, I had parents who knew of individual worth, and taught it to us kids. We grew up in a home free from stereotypes. We learned to see each person first as God saw them. "We are all children of the same God," my mother often said. "You don't care what color the guy in the foxhole with you is, as long as he's got your back," was the way my USMC father put it.

    When I married, I was shocked to discover my in-laws did not feel the same, and dismissed certain groups of people. My husband, fortunately, knew the higher law, and supported me in raising our children without a cultural bias.

    There are some people who judge Americans harshly. Is it right or fair to think you are just like the Marlboro man? No! Matt 7:1 "Judge not, that ye be not judged," is good advice for us all.

  • Lilalips Attleboro, MA
    Aug. 20, 2014 6:55 a.m.

    Beautifully written.