Saturday, June 30, 2012

Understanding Covenants, Part 1

I have been asked by a handful of ward members about the importance of covenants. In abraham fact, for all those who will go through the temple prep lessons with me, we spend a significant amount of time discussing this very issue. Why? Because as Latter-day Saints, we are a covenant people. As such, it is critical that we understand what a covenant is and why God insists on making covenants with His people.

To start this type of discussion, we must first understand the definition of a covenant. Most likely, the first definition that comes to mind is a promise made between us and God. Unfortunately, that definition does little to help us clearly understand the critical importance of a covenant. It is more than a promise, much, much more.

A covenant is a legal term. It is best understood in the buying and selling of a house. In such a transaction, there are two parties – the buyer and the seller. Both parties have a vested interest in a common goal – the house.

In the process of buying and selling the house, each party makes certain arrangements with each other. The seller, for example, will negotiate with the buyer regarding the price and the timing of the sell. The buyer will negotiate over the price and the condition of the house. So both parties have specific tasks to perform before the deal is complete. home

Now, let’s assume it is the day when the house will exchange hands. On that day, can the seller demand more money from the buyer? On that day, can the buyer demand the buyer to do more work on the house?

In both cases, the answer is no. Buyers and sellers cannot change the terms once they are agreed upon. Likewise, if one party fails to live up to the agreement, the covenant is null and void. A covenant demands that both parties live up to the agreement.

This is the nature of a covenant. When we covenant with God, we agree to His terms. In turn, He agrees to follow through with His promises. So, we have two parties making an arrangement with a common interest. In our covenants with God, that common interest is our salvation.

equation But we know that God is a reliable partner. When He makes a covenant He will not simply change His mind. So in the equation of a convent, God is the constant. We, however, are the variable. We are not always consistent in keeping our end of the deal.

So, the key question is if we are an unreliable partner, why does God insist on making covenants with us?

July’s Break the Fast

As tomorrow is Fast Sunday, we will have another great Break the Fast event. Besackclothcause of the heat, smoke, and mostly the great opportunity, we will hold Break the Fast in the new building across the street from Centennial. It will start promptly at 4:23 p.m.

If you have not already, please contact Greg Lines or Emily Sayer to determine what you can bring.

For those who are wondering, the image is of one in sackcloth and ashes which is how I “used” to look when I fasted.

Friday, June 29, 2012

A New Day is Dawning


In a vain attempt to stay relevant, I have decided to alter how I communicate to the ward. In the past, I inundated your inboxes with a flood of mail. Over time, the impact of such a steady stream of e-mail became less interesting and easy to ignore.

Added to the problem of too much e-mail, I also discovered that many ward members don’t use e-mail as a consistent channel of communication. Texts and Facebook posts are starting to make e-mail a far less effective tool.

So, I am changing with the times. From now on I will post all instructional information in this blog and post the links in the ward Facebook page. But I will also text and e-mail the link to this blog at the same time. This way I can communicate to the widest audience with the least amount of interruption.

The blog medium also gives me the flexibility to use multimedia to convey a message which, if used properly, can enhance the message without adding more text. And who needs more text….

Let me know your thoughts by posting comments on the blog.