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I Want/Don't Want to Get Back to Normal

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As the United States wearies of life during a pandemic, I'm seeing lots of comments like:



I'm also seeing comments that seemingly express the opposite.





So it got me wondering. Just what is normal?  
According to Merriam-Webster it means
Conforming to a regular pattern
Conforming means to be similar or identical. I don't remember any us living the same pattern before the pandemic.  And as far as I can tell, no one is now.  
I'd argue we weren't normal before the pandemic and we certainly aren't normal now.  
Whether a person says,
"I want things back to normal."  or  "I don't want things back to normal."
I think both statements mean, 
"I don't want things to be abnormal anymore."
If you look up the word abnormal it means 
Unusual in an unwelcome or problematic way 
To me, that is the real issue.  It's not that we want to be normal (all conforming to the same way of life) it's that we want unwelcome or problematic disrup…

The Book of Mosiah: A Modern Humorous Retelling of an Ancient Story

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It happens every single time. Whenever I read the book of Mosiah, I ask, "Wait, what is happening?"

It doesn't matter how many times I try to get all the timelines, flashbacks, journeys, and wars straight, invariably I get confused as if I've never read it before.

I've tried to study the timelines, but that's confusing because some of the stories overlap.




I've tried to study maps of their journeys, but that's just a hot mess.


I even tried to look at the Mosiah chapters in chronological order, but I think it made it worse.



Now I consider myself to be pretty visual, but all these visualizations of the book are just hurting my eyeballs.  Then I started to wonder, how else do I like to process information?  I like to look for the humor in situations and I like to write dialog.  I began to look at Mosiah as a little novella.  I realized it's actually three novellas, it's a trilogy about three different groups of people: the immigrants, the repatri…

Abinadi Didn't Think He Failed—And We Shouldn't Think We Have Either

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A common telling of the story of Abinadi, the prophet who was burned by fire, is how he died thinking he hadn't converted anyone.



What follows next is a telling of a story of a missionary who converted just one person.  They come home feeling like their mission was a failure or a waste of time.

Then the point is made that unbeknownst to Abinadi, Alma's heart was pricked by the words of Abinadi.  He then baptized many at the waters of Mormon.



It ends with something like, "So you never know whose hearts you touched. You never know how many people will join the church because of that one baptism."

Putting these two stories together, it would then be easy to draw this conclusion.

Abinadi thought he was a failure just like the missionary did.

Now I don't want to disparage this lesson because I think it's a good one.  We never know the impact that we leave on others.  Rarely do we get a list of names of people who changed their life because of something we did or s…