Here’s where my meandering mind took me this Sunday.
1. We’re too formulaic with when we pray. At Elder’s quorum we split into committees. The temporal and spiritual welfare committee that I’m on did good work bringing up the current needs of specific Saints in our ward and deciding how to address them. But the whole process was a little dead, spiritually. I wish that after each concern was brought up–especially after the more intractable concerns were brought up–we’d taken time to say a short prayer on the subject. We want to do our counsels in the presence of the Lord and we need leaders who are willing to take us there.
2. I got real clever and figured out that one could calculate the 2d Coming by calculating the date at which the temples would run out of names to perform ordinances. Then I realized that in all likelihood more folks die every year than we perform ordinances for. So much for that. This does mean, however, that the field really is white to the harvest, and we can be saviors for as many people as we want to.
3. Taking the sacrament, I remembered that in the revelations we’ve learned that blood is the symbol of mortality but the flesh is raised in immortality. So when we take the sacrament we’re participating in Christ’s mortal being and in his immortal being. I have no idea what that would mean, though.
4. Our spirits are horribly subject to our bodies. Some damage to the brain, or some tinkering with the chemistry of it, and you can change personalities, ruin intelligence, or create madness. Our inmost selves are vulnerable. Why? Maybe because our spirits can’t truly unite with our bodies unless, first, our bodies participate in all that our spirits do (so every spiritual function is tied to a brain process) and, second, because our spirits can’t unite with our bodies unless they are truly linked to them, and thus truly vulnerable. In some way our spirits can’t become one with the body without becoming subject to it for a time. The same is true in marriage, I think. The scriptures only talk about wives being subject to the husbands, but as a practical matter union in marriage requires that both the husband and the wife subject themselves to the possibility that their spouse will let them down. A spouse who can’t be hurt isn’t a spouse.
5. I don’t understand those of you who bring books to church. For a connoisseur of character, every Mormon you meet or listen to at church is like a fine grape grown in a new valley. Its all delicious.