The LDS church has 4 missions: proclaim the gospel, redeem the dead, perfect the saints, and care for the poor and needy. These describe processes. I think they are components that lead to an objective: the establishment of Zion. I call this the Fifth Mission.
Establishing Zion gives focus and purpose to the first four missions. Hence, Joseph Smith said, "We ought to have the building up of Zion as our greatest object."
This blog explores ways to do that.
The Fifth Mission
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Dealing with adversity
Insight from the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court reflects decades as a judge:
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts speaking at his son’s middle-school graduation, June 3:
From time to time in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice. I hope that you will suffer betrayal because that will teach you the importance of loyalty. Sorry to say, but I hope you will be lonely from time to time so that you don’t take friends for granted. I wish you bad luck, again, from time to time so that you will be conscious of the role of chance in life and understand that your success is not completely deserved and that the failure of others is not completely deserved either. And when you lose, as you will from time to time, I hope every now and then, your opponent will gloat over your failure. It is a way for you to understand the importance of sportsmanship. I hope you’ll be ignored so you know the importance of listening to others, and I hope you will have just enough pain to learn compassion. Whether I wish these things or not, they’re going to happen. And whether you benefit from them or not will depend upon your ability to see the message in your misfortunes.