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Tue - Aug 07, 2007 : 11:19 pm
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Sin and Hope
I'm not exactly sure what I want to write about today.  No...  I know what I need to write about, but I think it's too private, and I want to write something I can publish publicly.

Ya know...  I really hate sin.  I really do.

I am amazed at how much the world accepts what is wrong.  Pondering how much the world accepts sin now, I'll give you some examples:
  • Watching "On The Lot", a movie which really has nothing to do with anything sexual in nature, has a hostess who dresses immodestly.  The content of at least one out of every five movies has at least one reference to something sexual.
  • Very often is heard the phrase "Don't drink and drive.", but when was the last time you heard anything mainstream in the media say "Don't drink at all."?
  • The Internet is getting sneakier all the time.  As if straight-up porn wasn't enough, at least half of the dating sites I know of (which aren't many) now contain banners on non-sexual sites, which promote "adult" dating, or have a picture of a young woman sexually posed or barely dressed.

More than I hate sin in and of itself, to be completely honest, I hate sinning.  I hate what it does to my life.  I don't do anything terribly wrong, but the wrong things I do sure are felt.  It seems like I might feel a bit like Nephi did.

This brings up a question and an answer to mind:

Question: Why is it seemingly so unfair, that some people struggle and fight with the smallest of things, while others couldn't care less, and live seemingly happy liives...?

Answer: Because we're all here to make choices, and Satan wants *everyone* he can get.  Let me explain.

I'm convinced more and more that the little choices we make will ulitimately have an influence on our eternal salvation.  Now, I'm not talking about the choice between ham or sausage for breakfast.  I'm talking about the choice to swear or not to;  the choice to dwell on looking at a scantily clad woman on TV, or to quickly turn the channel;  the choice to do any little thing which we know we shouldn't, but do anyway - thinking it is insignificant, or doing it because we always do it and have become numb, or whatever the justification.

It seems those people (in my experience) struggle less with big sins.  I could be completely off-base, but I can name at least 5 people right now who take lightly things which scripture says not to take lightly, and it seems they struggle a little less with big temptation.  Maybe not.  That's a heckuva generalization, but hey - this is *my* blog, so there.

What I need to do is stay on the track which makes me and my family the happiest.  The rest of humanity can settle happiness with themselves.

I feel that I'm going to end this entry the same way I ended almost every entry I wrote between the years 1996 and 2002.  Yup, you guessed it....

I've just got to stay close to the things which my primary class taught me when I was 5, like Nephi did.
  • Read the scriptures
  • Pray and maintain a personal relationship with my Heavenly Father
  • Go to church and serve my neighbor.

And that's about it.