Things I love and Things I struggle with: An attempt at openness 

August 30, 2015    By: Matt W. @ 12:44 pm   Category: Life

I love
The atonement

The call to be unselfish

Covenant making

The call to have loving families and make that a first priority

The community

The Book of Mormon

the pre-mortal life

eternal progression

the faith in miracles

Prophetic priesthood authority

The call to serve

baptism by immersion

giving blessings

Going on a two year mission

The mission to comfort the weary and strengthen the weak

The reminder that kindness begins with me

personal revelation

Living by faith

that repentance is turning toward god

The efficacy of temple

The religious outreach to the poor and needy

The Hope in Universalism

The efficacy of prayer

The New Testament

Modern Prophets and Apostles to help guide us and encourage us

The acceptance of fallibility 

wheelchairs, wells, perpetual education and other charitable acts

I struggle with

The gender exclusion of the priesthood

The anti-gay marriage issue and how we say we want religious freedom but are trying to deny it to others

The other “republican” platform stuff like:

  • Climate change denial
  • Evolution denial

Husband/wife male/female black/white equality being even slightly debatable

Treatment of Single people 

my personal Anxiety in social settings

the recent BSA stuff (I was introduced to the church at scout camp)

My own hypocrisy

Ok, that’s mine, what’s yours?


  1. I will not put in as much thought as you did, but I love:
    Being eternal beings
    3 degrees of glory
    spirit offspring of God
    Book of Mormon
    Temple worship
    Blessings from obedience (ie tithing)
    personal revelation
    priesthood authority

    Struggle with
    BSA before the gay leader thing
    BSA after the gay leader thing
    BSA during…
    Milk instead of meat
    bully management
    anything goes expectations.

    Comment by Eric Nielson — August 30, 2015 @ 3:07 pm

  2. Thanks Eric. Glad you shared.

    Comment by Matt W. — August 30, 2015 @ 4:12 pm

  3. You both left out God. The Bible says love the Lord thy God with all your heart soul and mind. And your brother as yourself. It’s the first command. How is it that your love is on works only guys?

    Comment by Barry — September 3, 2015 @ 7:48 pm

  4. Bury: You left out ment

    Comment by Matt W. — September 3, 2015 @ 8:05 pm

  5. Barry,

    I do not see how you can read either list and say that God is left out. Additionally one could say that love is a verb, and we are simply being specific in the nature of our love rather than being vague about it.

    Comment by Eric Nielson — September 4, 2015 @ 11:23 am

  6. Isn’t a same sex marriage a contradiction to evolution? Why do you put both in the same pot? It’s just a question that maybe you can clarify to me

    Comment by Sergio — September 7, 2015 @ 3:57 pm

  7. Sergio: I don’t see your reasoning.

    Comment by Matt W. — September 12, 2015 @ 9:07 pm

  8. I love the teaching of agency, the book of Mormon and how it fits in with the old testament and New Testament setting. I love and admire the selflessness of the people in my local ward, how they show love towards God and their fellow beings. I have a hard time with the “us vs them” and “we are better than the world” mentality. I prefer to see more of independent, critical thinking and open minded views. I don’t like the claim of God’s ownership from the church leadership. That the church has the full gospel and all truth.

    Comment by Mindy — September 15, 2015 @ 8:00 am

  9. Thanks Mindy. I can appreciate that. I too am frustrated by the “we are better than the world” mentality, because I think we paint a straw man of the world when we do that.

    Comment by Matt W. — September 15, 2015 @ 8:43 pm

  10. i understand from your post that you struggle with evolution denial and in the same group of the things that you struggle with, same sex acceptance. isn´t that a contradiction?

    Comment by sergio benidio — September 24, 2015 @ 5:51 pm

  11. if you were the president of the church would you bring back polygamy ? I don’t see distiction on a social points of view that states over there a liberalizing SSM and not Polygamy, after all people are adults they should be free to praise their God in the same manner?

    maybe I see things from an European points of view, our countries here, like Germany and the UK have about 5 millions Muslims which a great majority believe in having more that now wife, what should we do?

    Comment by sergio benidio — September 24, 2015 @ 5:57 pm

  12. Great lists Matt. Your lists look very similar to mine. I would add “hymns” to the list of things I love. I would remove climate change denial from the list of things I struggle with. But mostly we are aligned.

    It is obviously striking that the amount of goodness on the top list. The list of things you struggle with is a serious list with real consequence, but it would be quite a loss to jettison the top list because of the bottom list.

    Comment by Jacob J — October 4, 2015 @ 1:30 pm

  13. Completely agree Jacob.

    Comment by Matt W. — October 4, 2015 @ 3:05 pm

  14. Yay! You’re back!! I think you can see a difference in petiurcs too. A scale is a number, a picture is proof!! I love this idea and I wish you lots of luck

    Comment by Zied — November 24, 2015 @ 1:49 pm