Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Doctrine and Covenants 4

Today we have the "missionary section." When I was a Laurel, our stake had "MTC" for all the Laurels and Priests once a month. We would practice giving each other the discussions and we would recite this section.

I did a lot of work to this section today. I added "Goddess" and "women" and changed the "he's" to "one's" since "he or she" is a little wordy. I added "sisterly" to "brotherly" because I don't think "siblingly" is a word. I left "godly" because I wasn't sure if "goddessly" was needed. Do you think it is? I also put "Goddess" in before "God" a couple of times to mix things up a bit.

English really needs a good inclusive pronoun. I know a lot of people use "they" but I'm afraid the grammarians will come and say, "but 'they' is plural!" Of course, so many people are using "they" as a singular pronoun that it might be permissible. After all, English is always evolving. What do you think?

1 Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men and women.

2 Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God and Goddess, see that ye serve them with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God and Goddess at the last day.

3 Therefore, if ye have desires to serve Goddess and God ye are called to the work;

4 For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, who that thrusteth in one's sickle with one's might, the same layeth up in store that one perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to one's soul;

5 And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of Goddess and God, qualify one for the work.

6 Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, sisterly and brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence.

7 Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Amen.


CatherineWO said...

TopHat, I think what you're doing here is very interesting, and I don't find it in any way offensive or leading others astray. Though not shouted from the rooftops, the doctrine of a Mother in Heaven is accepted and taught in mainstream Mormonism. The wording in the scriptures (even in the Book of Mormon) has been changed many times over the centuries. It is not the words that are sacred, but the message.

Anonymous said...

You go girl! I think it is awesome that you are bringing our Mother into your life.