Tuesday, June 27, 2006

There's a doctrine in the Church called "Eternal Progression." It revolves around the notion that by progressing a little every day for the rest of eternity a person can become a perfected being. This doctrine depresses me. It basically means that the 'reward' for a lifetime of hard work is an eternity of hard work. Yuck! To add to that sometimes people exchange the word god for perfected being. In my humble opinion there is only one God, so I seriously doubt that I will ever be a god even if I wanted to be one which I don't. Again that sounds like a lot more responsibility than I would be ready to face. Now don't get me wrong. I'm certainly in favor of the idea of personal and religious progress, but part of progress as far as I'm concerned is doing less and accomplishing more. I am called to magnify my priesthood, and I do that best when I do it least. I would rather read and listen than write and speak. Maybe I'm just lazy, but I know I do a lot less harm than many well meaning motivated ambitious people. So what kind of 'progress' do you favor?

-markezuma

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Hello, my name is Mark. I'm married, have four kids, and spend most of my free time playing video games or reading the Book of Mormon. I wasn't raised LDS so I'm very opinionated about what's right (and wrong) about the Church. "My Testimony" is posted at www.geocities.com/markezuma and should be considered non-negotiable axioms when posting to me. So, who are you and what do you care about?