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  1. Thanks so much for sharing this!

    I’ve likened being engaged with the church to going to the gym. Often I have to drag myself to remain active in the church. But it is there I become aware of and have the opportunity to “work” on those weaknesses–exercise unused muscles. Though I long for an “oasis” where I could be a part of a ward family that shared my views I recognize the value in being challenged. But it is hard and lonely. Largely I’ve kept silent, fearful of and not wanting to negatively impact others experience. But, perhaps I am cheating them of an opportunity to “exercise unused muscles?” The risk, of course, is exposing the distance between me and my ward family members where now it is hidden.

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  3. This is by far one of my most treasured essays on the church. I just love it. I gave a copy of the book by the same name to all seven of my adult children for Christmas. I was hoping that it might add more meaning to their lives than the bungee chords I gave them the year previously.

    Thanks for the reading. Great idea Danl.

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