Boyd Matheson: Recognize the significance of the insignificant

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  • Thomas Thompson Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 25, 2018 6:39 a.m.

    Wise words, all. Thanks, Boyd Matheson! And Merry Christmas to all!

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 22, 2018 1:16 p.m.

    Well we have the macro and the micro, the large and the small. Yes, the things which mean the most to us are the things we do with our family and friends. In the meantime we are swept along by events which apparently lie beyond are our control. Are they beyond our control or influence? No, I don't think so.

    This piece glories in the small - fine, but invalidates us in the big picture. I don't like it.

  • Practical Patty ,
    Dec. 20, 2018 1:41 p.m.

    I appreciate your thoughtful ideas and your beautiful writing! You have a gift for voicing the thoughts of my heart! Your words are always uplifting and meaningful, and I thank you for your reminder of simplicity in this season of anxiety!

    Dec. 20, 2018 11:34 a.m.

    What a beautiful Article! -Just one Article among millions, but this one touched me in a special way!
    I love people who can help put things in proper (uplifting) perspective...Bravo!
    This article threw me a life-life of hope today so I can go forward and serve my family-knowing little things matter!

    Also, Loved your comments "Diligent Dave."

  • Diligent Dave Logan, UT
    Dec. 20, 2018 10:46 a.m.

    Spencer Kimball quoted F. M. Bareham in April General Conference, 1960.

    "A century ago men were following with bated breath the march of Napoleon and waiting with feverish impatience for news of the wars. And all the while in their homes babies were being born. But who could think about babies? Everybody was thinking about battles.

    In one year between Trafalgar and Waterloo there stole into the world a host of heroes: Gladstone was born in Liverpool; Tennyson at the Somersby Rectory, and Oliver Wendell Holmes in Massachusetts. Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky, and music was enriched by the advent of Felix Mendelssohn in Hamburg.

    But nobody thought of babies, everybody was thinking of battles. Yet which of the battles of 1809 mattered more than the babies of 1809? We fancy God can manage his world only with great battalions, when all the time he is doing it with beautiful babies.

    When a wrong wants righting, or a truth wants preaching, or a continent wants discovering, God sends a baby into the world to do it."

    Birth rates, even among LDS, are at sub-replacement levels. Yet, God's wisdom for us to 'be fruitful' is wiser than all the current commandments & traditions of men!

  • Diligent Dave Logan, UT
    Dec. 20, 2018 10:35 a.m.

    I would add these thoughts to your article—

    "...we see that by small means the Lord can bring about great things."

    —1 Nephi 16:29

    " small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.

    And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls."

    —Alma 37:6–7

    "...If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

    Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.

    Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, ....yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.

    Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!"

    —James 3:1–5

    "...and a little child shall lead them." —Bible - Isaiah 11:6

    My son's 1-year old daughter is an early riser. Last year, her 7-yr old brother was late for school half the year. Now, he hasn't been late even a day because of her!

  • jeanie orem, UT
    Dec. 19, 2018 4:05 p.m.

    Very nice article. Thank you.