When Overwhelmed, Stick to the Basics

Here’s a little secret: I actually have multiple blogs. Most of them have been dormant for a few years, but I’ve recently started one of the dormant ones back up. It’s the blog that is focused on the growth of my writing.  Because, YAY! I have the writing impetus back! It’s where I post random things that I write. I’ll post fiction, whimsy, poetry, vignettes, writing exercises, that sort of thing. You will see a different side of me and my writing there. I don’t think I’m going to have it publish to my private Facebook account at this time, so if you are interested in following that sort of thing, I would love to have you follow me! The link is www.scribblingtoday.com. Because you won’t find it on Facebook in the future, you’ll need to subscribe to the blog in order to stay up to date with what I post. There may be some overlap between the two blogs occasionally, but I figure they are my blogs, so I get to make the rules. 🙂

This canyon swing in Glenwood Springs, Colorado was the most terrifying thing I’ve ever done. As soon as it started going, I wished I could get off, and prayed with all my might to just get through it. After that, I just wanted to sit on something solid and immovable. A nice basic ride, like a park bench. It took a long time for my legs to stop shaking from the terror.

Today’s reading:

The Allegory of the Olive Trees – Jacob 5 (Book of Mormon)
“64 Wherefore, dig about them, and prune them, and dung them once more, for the last time, for the end draweth nigh. And if it be so that these last grafts shall grow, and bring forth the natural fruit, then shall ye prepare the way for them, that they may grow.
65 And as they begin to grow ye shall clear away the branches which bring forth bitter fruit, according to the strength of the good and the size thereof; and ye shall not clear away the bad thereof all at once, lest the roots thereof should be too strong for the graft, and the graft thereof shall perish, and I lose the trees of my vineyard.”
I wonder if this is sometimes how people new to the Church feel – like the core/root membership of the Church is going to overwhelm them with its intensity, and leave them uncertain of their own identity. They get so many new concepts thrown at them all at once. Do we pay enough attention to just emphasizing the basics? Pray, read the scriptures, make some friends who support your new path. Isn’t this what we all need?

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