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Audio April 28, 2015 2 Samuel 13-24 by Nancy Baird
“If the Latter-day Saints ever hope to make any headway with the Jewish people, they must stop talking about King David as a tragic, sinful figure, for we view him as one of the great figures of our history.”
A Jewish youth to his Latter-day Saint neighbor. Old Testament Student Manual, 287.
“For some reason, the Mormons feel this connection to the Jewish people.”
A Jewish person at a Bar Mitzvah, last week, to Susan Maughan.
“These men ask for…the same thing: fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have.” Abraham Lincoln, letter; May 30, 1860.
“Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.” Abraham Lincoln, Cooper Union Address, February 27, 1860.
“A man who by sheer force of character held a divided and disorganized country together.” James Adams (d. 1949) about George Washington.
“When Madame Curie’s husband, Pierre, explained to her the benefits for personal enrichment and for further scientific research which could be received from taking out patents on her process in discovering radium, she simply replied in refusal, “It would be contrary to the scientific spirit.” Madame Curie, 204.
“David had a strange and chequered life. He had been hunted like a partridge on the hills. He had suffered disloyalty at home, and sorrowed in the death of Absalom. But now, as he looked back upon it all, what stood out in transcendent clearness was the unfailing gentleness of God. Not the infliction of any heavenly punishment, though sometimes punishment has been severe. Not the divine apportioning of sorrow, though he had drunk very bitter sorrow. What shone out like a star in heaven, irradiating the darkness of his night, was the amazing gentleness of God. George H. Morrison, The Ever Open Door. 96.
“Healing is not cure. Cure is clean, quick, and done – often under anesthesia. The antibiotic kills the pathogen; the scalpel cuts out the malignancy; the medication resolves the distorted chemistry. Healing, however, is often a lifelong process of recover and growth…it requires time. We may pray for cure when we really need healing…healing needs work and time and energy…Cure is passive, as you submit your body to the practitioner. Healing is active. It requires all the energy of your entire being. Elaine S. Marshall, Dean of BYU College of Nursing, “Learning the Healer’s Art,” BYU Speeches 2002-2003, 4.
And you “must bear it…alone.” Neal Maxwell, All These Things Shall Give Thee Experience, 43.