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I attended a Priesthood Leadership Meeting this evening, and one of the speakers was our Area Authority Seventy.  He shared an insight about the miracle recorded in Mark 4:36 — 41, where Jesus calmed the stormy seas.

This miracle has always been immensely meaningful for me, hopefully for obvious reasons.  There are many times when I have felt tossed by stormy seas, and in those times, I have had to rely on the Master, who has power over the storms.  But our Area Seventy pointed out something about this story I’d never thought of before.

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This past Saturday was one of those moments that defines your life as a parent.  I was privileged to baptize my oldest daughter, who had just turned eight the day before.  What a glorious experience!  Here was my own child, entering into the Church and Kingdom of God.  I felt for a moment how pleased the Father must be when we keep His commandments and strive to be like Him.

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Well, this is the longest I’ve gone without writing since I started this blog. I’m not sure why I’ve been out for so long. I’ve been busy, but I’ve always been busy. I guess maybe it’s that the one case I’m working on is starting to ramp up for trial after being on the verge of settling. It’s kind of funny how parties can agree on so much and be so close to resolving their differences for themselves, and then they’ll get hung up on one little thing—a minor amount of money, or a little detail—and neither party wants to give anymore. So they end up going all the way to trial. Not that I mind. I’m kind of excited to take this one to trial because I really think we’re right, and it looks like the judge is leaning our way. And I love advocating a position. And it may sound like I’m rambling (okay, I am rambling), but it does relate to what was on my mind.

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I’ve mentioned that I have like a million favorite scriptures. Well, this is one of them, and it has a neat story to go with it.

12 And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the arock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your bfoundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty cstorm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.

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Jesus Chrsit teaches a marvelous parable in Matthew Chapter 18, the parable of the unmerciful servant. A servant owed his Lord 10,000 talents, but when the sum was demanded, he could not pay. He begged for forebearance, and promised that with some time, he would pay all. While there’s no way to convert this directly to modern American dollars, it was probably on the order of $1 billion, give or take.The important point is that it was a debt that servant could not ever have paid under any circumstances. So the merciful Lord forgave the debt.

[UPDATE 9/20/2011—I have recently read an excellent history of Egypt by Jason Thompson. Around 60 BC, Ptolemy XII promised Julius Caesar 6,000 silver talents in exchange for being appointed emperor of Egypt. This was equal to a year’s revenue for the entire kingdom for one year. (Thompson, Joseph. A History of Egypt From Earliest Times to the Present. New York: Anchor Books, 2009). So the debt this servant owed his master was equal to about 167% of the entire annual revenue of Egypt. It was enough money to outright purchase the throne of Egypt, and maybe Syria and Palestine to boot.]

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So you’re assuming this is the post where I tell you how prayer has been my great lifeline to God, and how I spent eight solid hours praying before receiving some very significant answers about my condition. But I didn’t. Prayer is certainly a lifeline, but I do not feel like it’s something I’m really, really good at. I pray frequently and sincerely, but I’m not to the point where I feel like my prayers are super powerful. Many of my prayers are informal communications in a private moment rather than great, exemplary incantations at the beginning and end of every day. I want very much to be better at it, because I think if I was, it would be a great help to me.

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Elder Jeffrey R. Holland interviewed with PBS in March of 2006 for their segment on “The Mormons.” The interview is profoundly bold and powerful. Elder Holland speaks plainly and unapologetically about our beliefs. Surprisingly, something that struck me nearly as much as Elder Holland’s answers was one of the questions. “Others have said Joseph Smith gave us a weeping God; God is not distant and angry.”

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