I'm finishing up day 10 now. Due to weather emergencies I've had to endure 8 of the last 10 early weekday mornings by myself, without the intoxicating company of 13 mostly awake and alive young men and women choosing gospel enrichment over a more inviting pillow. Without the united spirit of 13 savvy students and one fired-up facilitator listening to, learning,and living the basic doctrines of the Gospel of Jesus Christ together via the revealed word of God in the Doctrine and Covenants. Without their engaging smiles, laughter, and quotable conversation that enlightens my heart and soul and prepares me for a more sullen day as a working stiff. Without the daily confirming witness of the Holy Ghost that we have a Savior who loves us so he chastens us; that there is real power in the Atonement to overcome our sins and weather our sorrows; and that sincere, honest pondering and prayer with a gut-wrenching desire to know will bring lasting, enduring answers too deep and delightful to describe.
Yes, I admit I have a problem,which is the first stage to recovery. I am addicted to early morning Seminary, my new “drug” of choice, and I don't know what to do about it, or whether I should do something about it.
Longtime readers of the Mormon Third Eye know that it often revels in viewing all aspects of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the church charged as its caretaker in different yet faith-enlightening lenses. In the spirit of this seven year-plus tradition, I propose three distinct, yet related analogies on the administration of pharmaceuticals that could apply to my desperate situation: this story, that story, and the last story.
When it comes to the power to restore and reinforce both body and soul, no one can deny the double-edged sword of pharmaceuticals. Just as the proper administration of the right dosage of medicine can relieve suffering and buy our hearts and minds more quality time to think deeper thoughts, regular doses of seminary every morning restores our souls and draws us closer to God.
Drugs can be addictive. When we become addicted to a substance, our minds send signals to our bodies that we cannot function without it. The addiction rules our lives, and unnatural and distorted priorities are placed on obtaining more of the addictive substance. Normally, addictions of any kind rob us of our free agency to make right choices. Currently, desires to rejoice in the spirit that accompanies early morning seminary rule my life. I find myself aching through the spiritual withdrawal of no seminary due to inclement weather. The thought of when and what I will teach next consumes many of my waking moments. I can't imagine life without early morning seminary. It's a good problem to have.
The Last Story
Pornography has been aptly labeled “the new drug” for good reason; it is highly addictive and destructive to individuals, families,and relationships. In the tradition of “fighting fire with fire,” certainly we can fight a bad addiction with a good one. Hence, I wholeheartedly recommend early morning seminary as the next new drug in the battle against this evil. A soul consumed with all that a successful, spiritual early morning seminary program demands of it has no room for the corrosive, cankering effects of pornography.