Monday, March 24, 2008

Absolutely

Just read a quote I really liked from Boyd K. Packer in the most recent Ensign.
I seldom use the word absolutely. It seldom fits.
I like the humility in that statement--tacitly admitting that there's a lot we don't know for certain. And at the same time, it also expresses conviction that there also are some absolutes, some certainties to be found in this life. For example, in the Ensign article it's from, Who Is Jesus Christ?, he immediately goes on to use the word 'absolutely' twice in talking about the necessity of the atonement. I think the acknowledgment that there are few absolutes makes those few all the more precious. There may not be many absolutes in life, but the ones that we do have are firm.

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